Eight Couples Vie for “Homecoming Court” to Benefit Local Nonprofit

Jen Shatwell and Jonathan Dietrich

Not everyone looks back on high school fondly, so when the St. Michaels Community Center (SMCC) went searching for volunteers to run for King and Queen of its upcoming Homecoming Dance fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 26 … well … let’s just say that hands didn’t shoot up into the air.

Soon and surely enough, though, eight couples stepped forward and throttled down into the fast lane of teenage nostalgia. This motley crew of now upstanding citizens represents a history of all kinds—the academics and valedictorians, the debate teamers, the cheerleaders, the sports team leaders, the newspaper editors, the band captains, the class clowns and more—and for the next four weeks, they are committed to doing whatever it takes to raise critical cash and in-kind donations for SMCC, now in its 26th year of serving kids, elders and other circles of neighbors across our Bay Hundred Area.

Even if it means tucking their egos into a drawer.

Laura and Jason Chance

That’s right, the SMCC Homecoming Court will be donning tutus, washing cars, sharing throwback photographs of themselves from high school on Facebook, dressing up in the fashion of their graduation decade, and dancing the night away on Aug. 26—all in the name of charity.

Those competitors are Laura and Jason Chance, Crystal Foxwell and Derrick Richardson, Peter and Lucka Paris, Jen Shatwell and Jonathan Dietrich (JD), Karen and Langley Shook, Chief Anthony Smith and A’knea Smith, Kathy Lash and Joe Trippi, and Shawn and Marissa Carter.

SMCC’s Homecoming Dance is open to the public and all Bay Hundred residents are welcome to dance the night away to the sounds of their own high school generations. You can follow the competition for court on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/smccorg/ and vote for who you’d like to seen crowned King and Queen when you buy tickets online at http://www.stmichaelscc.org/. Yes, you can make a tax-deductible donation and vote even if you don’t want to attend the dance, but why wouldn’t you want to dance through the decades for a good cause?

For more information please contact:
Jen Shatwell, SMCC Board Member and Communications Committee Chair
(202) 262-1488

St. Michaels MD Retailer Donates Another 100 Pairs of Shoes to Local Community Center

St. Michaels, Maryland –  For the second year in a row Chesapeake Bay Outfitters, (CBO) and Yaleet Inc. distributers of Naot Footwear will team up together again to donate one hundred pairs of quality shoes to the St. Michaels Community Center, a local St. Michaels, Maryland charity.

CBO has provided the residents and visitors of St. Michaels and beyond with high quality footwear for over 25 years. On Saturday, September 24, Chesapeake Bay Outfitters along with Yaleet will donate 100 pairs of Naot shoes and sandals to the St. Michaels Community Center, an organization that provides community outreach, and activities for children, adults and seniors for the underserved community in St. Michaels, Maryland. “Last year’s event exceeded our expectations so this year we plan to set up our “try-on” tent where our staff will be on hand to help distribute shoes”, commented CBO President, Matt Stuart.

CBO and Yaleet plan to donate the shoes during the St. Michaels Community Center’s annual neighborhood block party on July 30th. “This year, St. Michaels Community Center will be partnering with Christ Church, Union United and St. Michaels Police’s S.M.Y.L.E program to host another great event of fun and fellowship within our local community, SMCC is very grateful for the generosity of Yaleet and CBO for contributing to our annual community celebration,” explained Trish Payne, Executive Director. The event will be held from 11am to 3pm on Fremont Street directly behind the St. Michaels Community Center.

Naot footwear is manufactured in Israel and is one of the leading comfort footwear brands in the market. Since 1991, Yaleet Inc. and Naot have been donating shoes to people in need with the help of their retailers. Naot shoes and sandals have outfitted hurricane victims, homeless and crisis shelters and beyond.

The St. Michaels Community Center in St. Michaels has been providing community outreach for 25 years. From holiday dinners and food drives to youth and senior programs the St. Michaels community center play a vital role in the community.

SOUPS ON! for St. Michaels Community Center

The St. Michaels Community Center hosts the SUPER SOUP SALE on Friday, February 19 from 11am – 2pm. Many varieties of delicious homemade soups will be available .Visitors can choose to eat on site, order delivery, or take home in pint or quart containers which can be frozen to enjoy later. Varieties include: Chicken & Dumplings, Chicken and Rice, Ham & Bean, Vegetable Beef and Corn Chowder. Buy one of each to keep you warm ‘til Spring! Pints are $5 and Quarts are $8. All proceeds go towards programming at St. Michaels Community Center.

“The SUPER SOUP SALE is very close to our hearts at SMCC because the soups are made by our community for our community” says Executive Director Trish Payne, “It is an event that really brings us together. Also, every dollar raised truly impacts our ability to offer new exciting programs for all ages. It’s a win-win for us all!”

The Mission statement of the Saint Michaels Community Center is to promote and provide quality activities and services that will contribute to the physical, emotional and social wellbeing of the community.

Call 410-745-6073 to Pre-Order – Local delivery in St. Michaels is available.

Good Deal: A Place to Call Home for St. Michaels Community Center

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Karen Shook, President of the Advisory Board, Signs Transfer

The papers were signed today to transfer the title of ownership of 103 Railroad Avenue in St. Michaels to the St. Michaels Community Center. Since its formation in early 1990 by local church members and community philanthropists, SMCC has been on a mission to provide the Bay Hundred Area with resources, programs and activities that strengthen and preserve the integrity and vitality of our community and its members. With the support of the Town of St. Michaels and being awarded a Community Development Block Grant through the state of Maryland to purchase our own home, one of our dreams has come true. The St. Michaels Community Center looks forward to a long and successful future of service to the Bay Hundred Area Community.






3rd Annual Talent “For Shore” at St. Michaels High School This Sunday

The St. Michaels Community Center’s 3rd Annual Talent “For Shore” event will take place at St. Michaels High School Auditorium on Sunday evening at 7pm. The contestants will compete in two classes, Music or Dance and will be chosen by audience votes at the conclusion of the competition. Any amateur of any age living on the Eastern Shore is eligible to enter.

A Grand Prize Trophy will be awarded to the overall Best In Show in addition to a large cash prize. Cash prizes will also be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in Music and Dance. Auditions to compete will be held from 9am to 3pm on Saturday, August 1 at the St. Michaels High School Auditorium.

There will be a $10 entry fee and you will need to call St. Michaels Community Center at 410-745-6073 to reserve your audition time slot. Ticket prices for the competition on Sunday evening are $10 for adults and $5 for students. The doors will be open at 6:30. Be sure all family and friends are there to vote! Children under 6 are free.

St. Michaels Community Center Adult Class Offerings

Beginner Tap with Sharon Gilroy, Monday evenings from 6 – 7 pm starting Feb. 9, running through April 13 at SMCC. To register call 410-745-6073. Class fee is $60 for the ten weeks. Bring your own tap shoes and prepare to have lots of fun!

Scrumptious Soups & Stews with Sharon Gilroy, Tuesdays, Feb. 17, 24 and March 3 & 10 from 11:30 am to 2 pm at SMCC. Call 410-745-6073 to register. Class fee is $50 for 4 wks. Learn to make delicious winter meals to share with family and friends or freeze for later. Class size is limited to 5 so call now 410-745-6073.Adult Classes

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 11.00.00 AMRecycled Beaded Necklace Workshop with Barbara Barrowcliff, March 15 from 11am to 3pm at SMCC at 103 Railroad Avenue, St. Michaels, MD, 410-745-6073. This class we’ll use pieces of your old jewelry and recycle them into a rosary style wrapped necklace and make it funky and fun. We will use antique bronze wire and findings to make this have great bohemian look. I’ll provide the wire, inspiration, and findings; you provide the old necklaces, your tools, and creative energy. Class fee is $55. Tool list and supplies needed will be sent by email with registration. Bring your brown bag lunch or snacks.

Mermaid Necklace Workshop with Barbara Barrowcliff, March 22, 11am – 3pm at SMCC at 103 Railroad Avenue.In this class, we’ll assemble assorted sea memorabilia to make a stunning necklace for Spring and summer. Bring your charms, sea glass favorites and loose pearls and your tools. We’ll provide the chain, wire, clasps and assorted charms and a lot of inspiration and design ideas. A list of tools and items to bring will be provided at registration. Class Fee is $55. Bring your brown bag lunch or snacks.


Eastern Shore Brewing Continues Ugly Sweater Party

For some, an annual Ugly Sweater Party is just another excuse to laugh it up with friends during the holiday season. For St. Michaels’ Eastern Shore Brewing Company, a 3rd annual Ugly Sweater Party turned into a chance to give back. This year, brewery owners Adrian and Lori Moritz and bartender Jay Hudson concocted a new plan for the annual shindig. Instead of having a competition and prizes for the ugliest sweater, they raised funds for local charities.

“We’re pleased to announce that we have raised $833 for the St. Michaels Community Center and have received over 100lbs of ready to eat meals that will be donated to the Talbot Food Bank” said Moritz. “This was accomplished through the generosity of the local residents, musicians, and town visitors. Over 200 people attended throughout the company’s Ugly Sweater Party during the day and evening of December 13th. Musicians Uncle Ward, Road House Clams, Sam Pugh, Tony B. & Kenny Knopp entertained the crowd from 2:00 – 10:00 pm. With a cash or food donation, patrons received discounted Eastern Shore Brewing craft beers. 100% of the cash donation and 10% of the gross revenue from E.S.B.’s day was presented to Trish Payne, Executive Director of the St. Michaels Community Center on Monday.

“This really makes a difference” said Payne. “For $833, we can give 80 seniors a hot meal once a week for an entire year. Sharing meals with neighbors makes a difference in the lives of our often isolated seniors. The same amount could cover the cost for 40 kids to take an afterschool class for a semester. We’re thrilled with the tremendous support from our community.”

And that makes a win for everyone. For more information about the programs of the St. Michaels Community Center, see their website at www.stmichaelscc.org. Visit Eastern Shore Brewing at 605 Talbot St. in St. Michaels.

“Adrian Moritz, Ward Ewing, Joycelyn Moritz, Trish Payne, Jay Hudson, Jim Bass. Background Paul Moritz & Wendy Moritz”

“Adrian Moritz, Ward Ewing, Joycelyn Moritz, Trish Payne, Jay Hudson, Jim Bass. Background Paul Moritz & Wendy Moritz”



St. Michaels: Community Center Holiday Dinner December 24

St. Michaels Community Center at 103 Railroad Avenue in St. Michaels will be hosting our Annual Holiday Dinner from 10:30 – 2:30 on Wednesday, December 24. A full buffet of traditional favorites will be offered to all our guests, free of charge. Donations will be gratefully accepted. Please join us to share the joy of the season and some great food! Donations of hams, desserts and volunteers would be greatly appreciated. For more information please call 410-745-6073.

Board Members Thanked for Their Service to SMCC

At the last Board meeting of 2014 on December 9, the St. Michaels Community Center Advisory Board acknowledged the dedication and commitment of three members whose terms of service have come to an end. Helen Van Fleet, Ilene Morgan and Cynthia Principi (not pictured) were praised for their contributions and support that have helped to make SMCC a successful and valuable part of the Bay Hundred Community. To learn more, visit our website at www.stmichaelscc.org.

L-R:  Carolina Barksdale - outgoing President of 2014, Ilene Morgan and incoming President for 2015 - Karen Shook.

L-R: Carolina Barksdale – outgoing President of 2014, Ilene Morgan and incoming President for 2015 – Karen Shook.

L-R: Incoming President for 2015 - Karen Shook, outgoing President for 2014 - Carolina Barksdale and Helen Van Fleet.

L-R: Incoming President for 2015 – Karen Shook, outgoing President for 2014 – Carolina Barksdale and Helen Van Fleet.


Community Thanksgiving in St. Michaels A Success

St. Michaels celebrated a beautiful community gathering on Wednesday, November 26 at the St. Michaels Community Center when neighbors, local businesses, church friends and volunteers came together to provide over 150 meals, give thanks and enjoy sharing the blessings of the season.

A huge thank you goes out to Ava’s, Marcoritaville, Joe’s Bagel Bakery, Ben Franklin, Graul’s and local individuals that provided so much of the delicious dinner for our guests. Acme in St. Michaels, St. John’s Church and our local 4H group, led by Jan Duley and her children supplied non-perishable food which was collected, bagged and offered to anyone to take home.

Friendship, smiles, good wishes and full tummies were plentiful and lots of Thanks Given!

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