See Lady Maryland in St. Michaels October 20-23

Guests to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. can see Lady Maryland dockside from Friday, October 20 through Monday, October 23.

Built in 1985 by the Living Classrooms Foundation, Lady Maryland is a replica of a Chesapeake Bay pungy schooner. Pungies were considered fast sailing vessels in the 1800s, and were primarily used as workboats carrying perishable cargo such as oysters, watermelons, tomatoes, fish, peaches, and grain.

Throughout the warmer months, CBMM’s marina is host to numerous visiting tall ships and vessels, with on-board programming and dockside tour opportunities. For more information about docking at CBMM, visit or call 410-745-2916. For more about Lady Maryland and the Living Classroom Foundation, go to

Inspiration in our Midst: The YMCA Plans Bench Press Contest Honoring Dan Whitzel

Dan Whitzel was born in Baltimore, Maryland. As a young man, his Christmas present was a Y membership. Dan practically lived at the Y, lifting weights and building muscle, going every day. When he entered service in the Navy he found a Y wherever the ship docked and was training for the Olympics before long. In the 70s, Dan competed in the Mr. Maryland contest, missing first place by one point and securing second place.

Once he and his family settled in Easton, Dan became a member of the Easton Family YMCA. In the 1980’s Dan lifted at the Y and noticed a lack of equipment as he was working with a young man showing him how to do leg work. With the permission of Mr. Barton, the CEO at that time, they found equipment in closets and materials they could use to build squat racks. Dan started organizing weight lifting meets at the Y to raise money for more equipment and became the Chair of the Weightlifting committee. He helped the Y provide for the growing community of body builders and weight lifters. Dan has always passed on his passion for fitness by helping his children find their forms of fitness that they enjoyed. Not stopping there, he has helped countless young people develop routines based on their individual goals.

By far Dan’s biggest cheerleader in life is his wife Beverly, who has been by his side throughout every trial in their lives. They met in Baltimore when he was training to compete in a Mr. Adonis meet and she was competing in a beauty contest. At her brother’s suggestion she introduced herself but Dan was in the middle of a workout and when she said hi he practically ignored her. Beverly thought that was the end, but the next day he was at her door and they have been together ever since. They have been married for 57 years and have five children.

Dan, at 80 years young, had brain surgery this past January. He still tries to lift and though the weights are smaller, the commitment is larger than life. It is a passion he will have forever and he is very excited to see lifting competitions at the Easton Y again.

Ice Cream Social Fundraiser set for Progressive Candidates

The Eastern Shore Political Action Committee for Social and Economic Justice is having an ice cream social and fundraiser this coming Saturday, September 16 from 2-4 pm at the Friends Meeting House in Easton. You won’t want to miss hearing local leader, Richard Potter, discuss reversing racism in our communities. Delicious ice cream will be served by the local, family-owned, Kilby Cream Moo-Mobile.

Eastern Shore Political Action Committee for Social and Economic Justice
Ice Cream Social and Fundraiser

Saturday, September 16, 2017 2-4 p.m.
Third Haven Friends Meeting House
405 S. Washington St. Easton, MD 21601

Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity to Meet on September 13

We invite everyone to the first Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity (TACL) meeting of this year. The meeting will be a chance to re-connect, and to welcome those new to the community.

All are welcome as we consider the ways our faith traditions call us to respond in times of deep need – from the floods in Houston to the needs highlighted by ‘Talbot Goes Purple’ and more. What guides your heart? What guides your actions? What are your sources of strength?
Our TACL meetings are designed to encourage networking and fellowship among clergy and lay faith leaders. This meeting will be an opportunity for listening and open conversations as we consider ways to continually build partnerships in the community.

Event: TACL Gathering
Date: Wednesday, September 13
Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
Location: St. Marks Methodist Church, 100 Peachblossom Rd., Easton, MD
To help with our planning, please tell us if you plan on attending:

Talbot Special Riders Seeking Volunteers for Fall Session

Yoselin is all smiles as her volunteers, horse leader Jack Kirk, and side walkers Liz Zeria, left, and Teresa Banks, right, guide her and ” Sweet William” across the ring.

Talbot Special Riders (TSR), a therapeutic horseback program for children and adults with special needs, is seeking volunteers to work with our riders during the fall session which started the first week of September and continues through mid-November.  Serving Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne’s and Dorchester Counties, TSR has been enriching the lives of special riders for more than 36 years.  A member of PATH, Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship, International, TSR’s mission is to change and enrich lives by promoting excellence in equine-assisted activities, and inspire and enrich the human spirit. Classes are held Tuesday, morning and afternoon, and Wednesday and Thursday mornings.   Volunteers receive training and select the day and time that best suits their schedule.  Experience with people with special needs or horses is not required.  Minimum age for volunteers is 14. The program is located at Timber Grove Farm, 6292 Statum Road, Preston, the farm of TSR Executive Director and fulltime certified instructor Kim Hopkins and her daughter Ashley.  TSR, a volunteer run organization,welcomes volunteers year-round. To find out more about Talbot Special Riders or to visit the program please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Nancy Radosta at 410-570-6933 or

Talbot County Free Library Goes Purple

As part of Talbot Goes Purple, Sheriff Joe Gamble’s Opioid Epidemic/Drug Awareness initiative, the Talbot County Free Library will itself turn purple during the month of September.  Every night, purple lights will be trained on both the Easton and St. Michaels branches of the library to remind passers-by of our community’s ongoing campaign to fight and vanquish the opioid plague.  Nationwide, drug overdoses have now surpassed traffic accidents as the most common cause of accidental death in the United States in Americans 25 to 50 years of age.

The Talbot County Free Library is our area’s go-to resource when it comes to self-help, information, public education, and community involvement.  In keeping with this tradition, the library will offer programs and educational campaigns throughout the month of September to help individuals and families learn all they need to know about this crisis and how, as a community, we can defeat it.

The library’s programming begins on Thursday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m., in the Easton library, as Jayne Fitzgerald, executive director of the Talbot Partnership, will give a talk entitled, “Adolescence & Substance Abuse: The Times They Are A-Changing.”  Fitzgerald, who has called adolescence “one of the most extraordinarily positive times in any person’s life, and also one of the most risky,” holds a BA in psychology and has spent her career studying family life and adolescent behavior.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this program.

For more information about programs being offered throughout the community during Talbot Goes Purple, please access the County’s site: or call the library at 410-822-1626.

Floral Design and Competition Coming to QA County

Kent Island will be the site for an Eastern Shore-wide floral design and horticulture competition on September 21st from 1:30 to 5:30 at the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department.  The competition, hosted by the Kent Island Garden Club, is open to all for entries, but all entries must comply with the guidelines of the National Federation of Garden Clubs.

Representatives from all 11 federated clubs on the Eastern Shore will interpret the theme “A Blast From the Past.” The era of LP’s, poodle skirts, and letter sweaters will be depicted in the floral arrangements, memorabilia, and photos submitted by participants. Ideal specimens of horticulture from participants’ yards and gardens will be in another competitive class.

“The Kent Island Garden Club is proud to be the host for this great event,” said Linda Elias, President of KIGC. “The show gives the members an opportunity to display their own talents and to appreciate the creativity of others.”

Judging will occur on the morning of September 21st. The public is invited and welcome to come to the show that same afternoon and meet the designers, club members, and judges. Admission is free. For further information call 410-827-6981.

Library Card Sign-Up Month Joins Talbot Goes Purple at Library

Nationwide, September is Library Card Sign-Up month.  Here in Talbot County, September is also Talbot Goes Purple month, dedicated to raising awareness of our nation’s and our region’s ongoing opioid crisis.  As part of its efforts in support of Talbot Goes Purple, the Talbot County Free Library will offer purple library cards in September to all new applicants while supplies last.  When they receive their new card, each patron will also be given a “free book buck,” which can be exchanged for any book in the library’s book sale.  As always, there is no charge for getting your first library card.  It is absolutely free.

Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.  Libraries play an essential role in the education and development of children.  Research shows that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifelong learning.

Librarians are literacy experts.  Libraries offer a variety of programs to stimulate an interest in reading and learning.  Preschool story hours expose young children to the joy of reading, while libraries provide computers and homework assistance to older children after school.  The Talbot County Free Library’s Brainfuse database offers live tutors online (among other services) to students in our area.  The library’s summer reading program keeps children reading during school vacation and have been shown to be the most important factor in avoiding the decrease in reading skills that educators refer to as “summer learning loss.”

Society is changing in the way it consumes information.  Libraries are evolving with these changes to serve the public and to continue to fulfill their role in leveling the playing field for all who seek information and access to technologies.

Today’s public libraries are thriving technology hubs that millions rely on as their first or only choice for Internet access and digital content.  In addition to books, magazines, DVDs, computers, games, software and other multimedia materials, the Talbot County Free Library provides access to e-books, online movies, music, and more … all absolutely free of charge.

The Talbot County Free Library is often the first point of contact in helping community members achieve their goals. From providing assistance to small business owners to helping people learn more about healthy lifestyles, the Talbot County Free Library is changing lives.

Libraries are America’s great information equalizers – the only place people of all ages and backgrounds can find and freely use such a diversity of resources, along with the expert guidance of librarians.

CBMM Participates in Maryland Lighthouse Challenge this September

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is participating in the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge, which takes place September 16-17, 2017, with an early bird date of Friday, September 15 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse now at CBMM is one of 10 Chesapeake lighthouses featured in this year’s tour. CBMM celebrated the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Hooper Strait Lighthouse in its St. Michaels location on May 20 of this year.

Sponsored by the Chesapeake Chapter of the U. S. Lighthouse Society, the challenge is a bi-annual “road rally” held in September at participating lighthouses and lightships along the Chesapeake Bay. Other participating lighthouses for this year’s challenge include Concord Point, Seven Foot Knoll, Choptank River, Drum Point, Cove Point, Piney Point, Point Lookout, Fort Washington, along with the Lightship Chesapeake. Bonus lighthouses include Millers Island, Sandy Point Shoal, and Blackistone.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate by visiting all 10 lighthouses and the lightship, collecting specially-designed commemorative souvenirs from each. Participants can visit any number of lighthouses along the challenge route, but will have to visit all mandatory stops to collect a specially designed souvenir to mark the accomplishment.

The Hooper Strait Lighthouse, now standing on Navy Point, was originally built in 1879 to light the way for boats passing through the shallow, dangerous shoals of Hooper Strait, a thoroughfare for boats bound from the Chesapeake Bay across Tangier Sound to Deal Island or places along the Nanticoke and Wicomico rivers. Saved from demolition, the lighthouse was moved by barge to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. in 1966, one year after the non-profit museum opened. It now serves as a hands-on exhibition that explores the life of a lighthouse keeper, and a venue for CBMM’s Lighthouse Overnight Adventures program for youth groups.

As a “screwpile” lighthouse, it is built on special iron pilings which were tipped with a screw that could be turned into the muddy bottom for a depth of 10 feet or more. CBMM’s lighthouse is the second lighthouse constructed at Hooper Strait—the first one was destroyed by ice in 1877.

The 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse at CBMM will open at 8:00 a.m. as an early bird lighthouse on Friday, September 15, with $5 reduced admission for lighthouse challenge participants offered for the entire three-day challenge weekend. The lighthouse will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for challenge participants on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, with more information at or

Hinckley Yachts to Rendezvous at Perry Cabin this Weekend

General Manager Michael Hoffmann and Captain Jason Pinter of Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond will be dockside Friday, August 25 to welcome more than a dozen experienced and discerning yacht owners as they sail into St. Michaels in a veritable procession of luxurious Hinckleys.

One by one, Hinckley owners from as far away as Florida will arrive beginning around midday for the 2017 Hinckley Owners Rendezvous. The owner appreciation event is held in a different location every year—from Nantucket to Key Largo—and this is only the second time in the event’s nearly 10-year history that it will take place on the Chesapeake Bay.

Save for a Saturday sail across Eastern Bay to Kent Island, the Miles River will sparkle all weekend with elegant, high-performance crafts while Rendezvous participants enjoy cocktail receptions and private plated meals at Inn at Perry Cabin. Among those crafts will be “Five Star”—a 55’ Hinckley yacht and the newest addition to Inn at Perry Cabin’s fleet, available for private charters and “Skip the Bridge” escape packages.

The public is welcome to stroll along the Inn’s docks and waterfront lawn Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. to admire the yachts, speak with owners and meet with Hinckley representatives.

Now in its 89th year, The Hinckley Company is a world-renowned builder of premium jet boats and sailing craft from 29 to 79 feet in length. It produces only 50 boats each year, from stem to stern and here in the United States, each of them to order.

For more information, to schedule an interview and to RSVP for Saturday’s sail, please reply to this email or contact me on 202.262.1488



Hnckley Yachts Will Rendezvous At Inn At Perry Cabin This Weekend