2018 Dining Out Card Helps Feed the Hungry

Four new restaurants will be participating in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s 2018 Dining Out Card. They join 11 other dining favorites who all help feed the hungry in Talbot County.

“This is such a wonderful program, and we’re so pleased to have 15 restaurants this year,” said Alex Handy, president of St. Vincent de Paul in the Saints Peter & Paul Conference.

Participating area restaurants offer discounts to patrons who buy the card. All proceeds from card sales go directly to help feed Talbot County neighbors in need. “Use the card to enjoy a good meal at a discount and help feed the hungry too,” Handy said.

This year’s card, valid from 1/1/18 to 12/31/18,costs just $25, and can be used all year.

The 2018 Dining Out Card partner restaurants are 208 Talbot, Ava’s, Banning’s Tavern, Blackthorn Irish Pub, Brasserie Brightwell, Harrison’s Restaurant, Hot Off the Coals, Hunter’s Tavern, Lighthouse Oyster Bar & Grill, Limoncello Italian Restaurant, Peacock Restaurant & Lounge, Pope’s Tavern, Robert Morris Inn, Roberto’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant and Scossa.

“St. Vincent de Paul is the largest all-volunteer organization feeding the hungry in Talbot County,” Handy said. “From our own food pantry, we’re providing food for over 25,000 meals each month. In addition, we now work with more than a dozen local churches and organizations. So we’ve become a ‘food hub’ for other organizations helping the hungry,” he added.

From their building at 29533 Canvasback Drive in Easton, volunteers at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Center give groceries to the needy every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Volunteers also collect and distribute clothing, furniture and housewares. Proceeds from items for sale at the Thrift Center are used to feed the hungry.

“We help people. That’s our mission,” said Handy. “We like to say our Dining Out Card is a gift that gives back all year.”

For more information or to order a Dining Out Card, call 410-770-4505 and leave a Dining Out Card request, along with your name and phone number. People can also order online at www.SvdpEastonmd.org Be sure to include your name, phone number, address and the number of cards you want. A volunteer will respond promptly, Handy said.

Shipwrights Combine Hull, Topsides of Bugeye “Edna Lockwood”

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman reports the historic restoration of Edna E. Lockwood is right on schedule, with her new hull now attached to her existing topsides. The 1889 bugeye and National Historic Landmark is set to launch at CBMM’s OysterFest 2018, scheduled for Saturday, October 27.

Fall and winter saw a very active shipyard at CBMM, with shipwrights and apprentices going through several steps to combine the two pieces of the boat. Her outer stems were removed, shims were added to make up for hidden material behind frames, plank lines were mapped, and the hull was jacked up to its final height on the hard. Additionally, centerboard posts were milled and fastened, bronze stock was used to make custom bolts to fasten the new hull, and Edna’s old hull was moved to storage, with the intention of the piece eventually being a permanent exhibition.They will move on to planking next, and will be replacing the cabin house.

The restoration team is reviving CBMM’s queen of the fleet Edna Lockwood by replacing her nine-log hull, in adherence to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Vessel Preservation. Shipwright apprentices working on the project are generously supported by the Seip Family Foundation and the RPM Foundation. All work takes place in full public view on CBMM’s waterfront St. Michaels campus. To learn about the project, visit ednalockwood.org. For more on CBMM, visit cbmm.org.

Upcoming Programming at the Library December 4 to 9

St. Michaels Library to Offer Coloring for Teens & Adults
On Monday, December 4, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to come in and explore the relaxing process of coloring. All library programs are free and open to the public. Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this program. For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Shauna Beulah, telephone: 410-745-5877

Easton Library to Offer Story Time
On Tuesday, December 5, at 10:00 a.m., and repeating at 11:00 a.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a story time program for children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. All library programs are free and open to the public. Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this program. For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Laura Powell, telephone: 410-822-1626

St. Michaels Library to Offer Maker Space
On Wednesday, December 6, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children 6 and older to enjoy S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math)—building with Legos, Zoobs, and more! All library programs are free and open to the public. Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this program. For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Diana Hastings, telephone: 410-745-5877

St. Michaels Library to Offer Arts & Crafts Program
On Thursday, December 7, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer an arts & crafts program featuring free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework, and tatting. Patrons are invited to bring their coloring books, Zentangle pens, or anything else that fuels their passion for being creative. All library programs are free and open to the public. Patrons do not need to pre-register for this program. For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Shauna Beulah, telephone: 410-745-5877

St. Michaels Library to Hold Annual Book Sale
On Saturday, December 9, from 9:00 a.m. till they sell out, the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will hold its annual (huge) sale of gently used books. Find holiday gifts for one and all! For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Shauna Beulah, telephone: 410-745-5877

Final Program Session Held for Shore Leadership Class of 2017

The final program session for the Shore Leadership Class of 2017 was held at Dixon Valve and Coupling Center, Inc., Center for Innovation in Kent County on November 15.  Leadership Facilitators, Carol Graser and Joe Thomas, focused the leadership session on Adaptive Leadership and Managing Energies.  The class learned the importance of managing our energy instead of time to maximize productivity.

Shore Leadership Class of 2017 Visits Dixon Valve and Coupling Center, Inc.

The afternoon session focused on Manufacturing in Kent County.  Dan Lessard, Assistant V.P. of Human Resources – Training & Safety, took the class on a tour of the Dixon Valve and Coupling Company manufacturing facility.  Following the tour, the class heard from a panel on the challenges of finding the right skilled workforce and recruiting young people to move to Kent County, Maryland.  The panel explained how they are partnering with Kent County Public Schools to help educate students and parents on manufacturing careers and internship opportunities. The panel members were:  Marty Rodriguez, Dixon Valve and Coupling; Jamie Williams, Kent County Economic Development Coordinator; and, Jonathan Mabe, Eastman.  Dan McDermott, Executive Director of the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board was the facilitator for the panel discussion.

The class completed their day with a presentation and Engineering Challenge by Jim Shifrin, Director of New Product Development and Innovation.  Mr. Shifrin explained how new products are created and developed with his team of engineers using the Two Week Dixon Innovative Creativity Process.  The class was then divided into small groups and challenged to create a bridge from 10 sheets of paper and a roll of masking tape.  The bridge had to span a 14-inch gap, could not be taped to the table, and had to hold as much weight as possible.  By the end of the day, one class member shared, “This program was much more than I ever expected! I learned so much about myself and leadership skills to help me.  But, I also learned from classmates in a learning environment that challenged me to grow.”

Shore Leadership is now accepting applications for the Class of 2018.  The program begins in April and runs through November.  For more information contact, info@shoreleadership.org or complete the application online at www.shoreleadership.org. Click on Program for more information and the application.

For All Seasons Rape Crisis Grows Outreach in the Community

Ivy Garcia, Director of the Rape Crisis Center and a Spanish Speaking Interpreter at For All Seasons.

The Rape Crisis Center at For All Seasons provides crisis support to our Mid-Shore’s English and Spanish speaking women, men and children who have been impacted by trauma, rape, and sexual assault. The team of five full time staff members and eight after hours’ staff provide support and guidance through crisis intervention, counseling and education 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  According to Ivy Garcia, Director of the Rape Crisis Center, “Our numbers have grown dramatically since I started at the Center 10 years ago and our agency has continued to work to meet the needs of the community.”

According to the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network, (RAINN), every 98 seconds, someone in America is sexually assaulted.  Garcia comments that For All Seasons offers 24 hours a day, seven days a week crisis response services for victims of rape and sexual assault in five counties on the Mid Shore, offering both English and Spanish emergency hotlines for the community. She adds, “While we are meeting the needs of the Mid Shore community, we also know that there are still barriers to reporting rape and sexual assault.  We are working to break down the stigma. We have expanded our outreach – working with community agencies to share information about the services we provide so more people will utilize our Center.”

The team at For All Seasons is comprised of trauma-certified advocates who help survivors make the choice that is best for them. This includes ensuring that each survivor is aware of their options for care; believing the survivor’s account of the assault; providing support and listening without judgement; and serving as a support. Specifically, the Rape Crisis Center provides support as survivors receive medical care, legal support, and crisis counseling, regardless of their ability to pay.

In addition to Ivy Garcia, members of the Rape Crisis Center team include Lauren Kirby, Victim Advocate and Outreach Educator; Elizabeth Jaramillo, Regional Navigator for Human Trafficking; Alberto Ardaya, Victim Advocate and Spanish Speaking Interpreter; and Maria D’Arcy, Victim Advocate and Case Manager.

Victims of trauma, sexual assault and abuse are connected to the Rape Crisis Center through the agency’s Rape Crisis hotline, referrals in the community, or by the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner teams at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Centers at Easton, Cambridge or Chestertown.

When working with victims at the hospital, Advocates provide a comfort kit which includes items such as a change of clothes, personal hygiene items, a notebook for journaling and emergency food, and provide a safety check for the victim returning home. For All Seasons provides hotel stays when necessary to ensure a victim’s safety. For All Seasons then provides follow-up with the victim to offer advocacy services, which can include crisis and long-term counseling, legal support, and connection to law enforcement.

Garcia adds, “We are a victim’s advocate throughout the entire process.  No one has to go through this alone.”

The English Hotline is 410-820-5600 or 1-800-310-7273. Para Español llame o envíe un mensaje de texto al 410-829-6143. For further information, visit forallseasonsinc.org.

For All Seasons offers individual and group therapy, general, child and adolescent therapy, marriage and couples counseling, grief counseling, school-based mental health therapy, urgent care services, Rape Crisis Response, Rape Crisis Counseling and Support, 24-Hour English and Spanish Hotlines, and education and outreach programming. For further information about For All Seasons, call 410-822-1018.

TACL Community Thanksgiving Service Nov. 19

All are invited to an interfaith family service offered in the spirit of  Unity and Gratitude, with guest speaker Rev. Dr. Shirlyn Brown on Sunday, November 19, 2017, 4-5:30 p.m., at Temple B’Nai Israel, 100 West Earle Ave., Easton.

The Rev. Dr. Shirlyn Henry Brown is an ordained Elder and the Easton District Superintendent (consisting of 124 churches) of the Peninsula Delaware Conference of The United Methodist Church.

This service is sponsored by the Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity. TACL is a welcoming interfaith association of congregations, clergy and laity. TACL promotes spiritual welfare through works of compassion, justice, peace and reconciliation for the common good.

Waterfowl Festival Wraps Up Its 47th Year

Waterfowl Festival had many successes as well as some challenges during its 47th year. Despite the cold temperatures, the streets of Easton were full of people of all ages enjoying food, music and fall weather, making the downtown area vibrant with activity and showcasing the best of an Eastern Shore fall. Yet bustling streets are not the only measure of success for the town-wide, non-profit event; this year’s official attendance came in at approximately 14,300 people, a decrease from the last several years.

“Festival has always been about celebrating our community – through wildlife art, our sporting heritage, and the Eastern Shore way of life. We are very pleased to have attracted so many visitors to town,” says Festival President Albert Pritchett. “As an event, however, tickets sales are also a measure of our continued success, so the reduced number of tickets purchased is something we’ll be thinking about as we plan for the future.”

The more than fifty Festival Chairman – who volunteer countless hours and days to manage everything from venues and exhibits to ticket sales, transportation and security – were supported by a veritable army of more than 1,200 people who also gave their time to the weekend. “The Chairs and the community volunteers are the engine that make the Festival unique,” says Judy Knight, Festival Volunteer Chair, who is a volunteer herself. “We are so grateful to everyone who came out to make our 47th year a great success!”

The Festival weekend kicked off with Waterfowl Chesapeake’s Premiere Night Party, attended by more than 600 guests – including corporate supporters and art buyers – who turned out to enjoy an evening of food, cocktails and a preview of the Festival’s five downtown art galleries. The “Making Way for Ducklings” Art and Decoy Auction, held that evening to benefit the Wm. A. Perry Scholarship Fund, successfully raised more than $8,000 that will benefit local college-bound students. “We felt the evening was a great fun overall and were very pleased with the number of new people that joined the party,” said Waterfowl Chesapeake Executive Director Margaret Enloe.

The Chesapeake Conservation Pavilion, sponsored by Easton Utilities, hosted twenty conservation exhibits this year, a kids’ scavenger hunt and offered “Chesapeake Snap Chats” – short talks by experts that highlighted everything from oyster restoration efforts to using mosquito-larvae-eating zooplankton for pest control to changes in student education programs. It was also the location for the Friday morning “Coffee & Conservation” breakfast, co-hosted by Waterfowl and the Talbot County Office of Tourism and Economic Development, where more than 100 local business and conservation representatives networked and heard about innovative efforts to improve quality of life, build business and conservation partnerships and ways in which ‘green’ financing can be supportive of capital improvement projects.

In the five Festival Art Galleries, more than 110 of the world’s finest nature and wildlife artists – some here for their first Festival, some who were returning favorites – came from all over the world. Featured Artist Julia Rogers had a great weekend, selling “The Long Stretch” to a Festival guest from Virginia, who came specifically to purchase the piece. Master Carver Richard Jones was thrilled to sell several of his unique, interpretive bird sculptures as well, having one of his best events of the year.

If the number of children playing is any indication, families certainly seemed to enjoy the more family-friendly atmosphere at Easton Middle School venue which included an expanded food vendor area, a birds-of-prey handler and a hay bale maze. Several artisans in the Artisans’ Crafts and Gifts there reported selling out and seemed to enjoy the new layout for the venue. The ever-popular Delmarva DockDogs® continued to draw spectators but the temperatures meant fewer dogs made the leap into the chilly pool. Across town, temperatures didn’t stop our regional hunting dogs from showing off their skills at the Retriever Demonstrations, though the hardy spectators there and during the fishing activities were bundled up tight.

The expanded Sportsman’s Pavilion focused on the regions’ sporting heritage was a beehive of activity all weekend. With two new tents, including an additional space for duck and goose call-makers, several major vendors completely sold out of their wares. Activities onsite like the new Kids Goose & Duck Calling Clinic, led by champions from the World Waterfowl Calling Contest, saw registration fill quickly and helped introduce at least sixty of the youngest Festival guests to the nuances of duck and goose calling. Across the street, the Buy, Sell, Swap offered visitors the opportunity to learn about the Shore’s waterfowl-related heritage by visiting with traders and collectors. At the Harry M. Walsh Artifacts Exhibit next door guests had the singular opportunity to see museum exhibitions and private historic collections – including one belonging to a young, 13-year-old collector.

“The Festival owes a great deal of thanks to our many corporate, business, promotional and non-profit partners for their new or continued support this year,” says Pritchett. “We absolutely couldn’t do it without each and every one of them and the services that the town and county also provide. We are particularly grateful for the funding we received from the Talbot County Arts Council and Maryland State Arts Council.”

Waterfowl Festival will be back next year on the second weekend in November, the 9th – 11th, 2018.

December Events at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Here are two upcoming events happening at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 304 Talbot Street, St. Michaels.

Come to Midday Madness on December 2 for our Christmas Boutique and Used Jewelry Sale. Lovely jewelry and accessories, gifts and baked goods available from 2-8 p.m.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast as we celebrate “Christmas in St. Michaels.” From 7:30 AM to 10 AM on December 9, we will be serving home-cooked breakfasts at very affordable prices.

For more information, call the church office at 410-745-2534.

A Successful Jewelry Sale by Woman’s Club of St Michaels

The Woman’s Club of St Michaels held “Be Dazzled,” a successful Jewelry and Accessories sale on Saturday and Sunday, November 4th & 5th. The event drew throngs of shoppers to their Club House on St. Mary’s Square.

The “Be Dazzled” Committee members: Back row L-R Vivian Landau, Layne Conrad and Pam Board. Front row L-R Julie Lippke, Nancy Parnell, Nancy Cossu and Barbara Rose.

The Woman’s Club thanks all who came out to participate in this event, with all proceeds going to support the club’s charities, including a yearly scholarship to a deserving St. Michaels High School senior.  The first scholarship award was granted in 1977. The scholarship may be given to an applicant planning to attend a 4-year college or university, a community college or a vocational/ technology school. In 40 years, the Woman’s Club of St. Michaels has awarded $131,500.00 to deserving St Michaels students.

The club supports local civic endeavors through donations and the participation of its members. Its mission includes advancing the interests of the community and promoting education and philanthropic work. Club members come from the Bay Hundred area and Easton.

For more information about the club, its civic and recreational activities, please see the club’s website: www.wcstm.com or contact Membership Chair, Lori Riley, for more information about membership. rileyridge@aol.com.

Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity November 15th Meeting

All are invited to attend the Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity (TACL) fall meeting on Wednesday, November 15th from 12:00 – 1:30 at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 100 Peachblossom Rd, Easton, MD 21601.

TACL will provide lunch and activities designed to encourage networking and fellowship among clergy and lay faith leaders as we engage in this year’s theme of “Making Connections”.

Our speaker for the meeting will be the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, Nancy Andrew.  Ms. Andrew will share her experience of leading this volunteer-based group for the last 8 years and will update us on the Habitat’s latest initiatives.

TACL is a welcoming interfaith association of congregations, clergy and laity, now in our 51st year.  TACL promotes spiritual welfare through works of compassion, justice, peace and reconciliation for the common good.  TACL achieves this through education, relationship building, and diverse ministries.

To help with our planning, please tell us if you plan on attending: taclexcom@gmail.com

TACL Chairperson – Rev. Sue Browning
TACL Vice Chairperson – Rev. Tim Poly
TACL Secretary – Minister Dee Pinder
TACL Treasurer – Rev. Nancy Sajda