Sukkot Celebration Matched with Concern for the Environment by Rabbi Peter Hyman

Starting Sunday night, September 23rd, at sundown, the Jewish community in Easton will join Jewish communities around the world in celebrating the holiday of Sukkot. We will moving our meals outside, to a temporary dwelling called a Sukkah. Spending time in the Sukkah, with a roof of branches open to the sky, invites us to be more aware of the changing seasons, our environment and more mindful of our place in the natural world.

Like faith communities everywhere, congregants at Temple B’nai Israel, have become increasingly concerned about the impact we are having on our environment. We’re mindful that our burning fossil fuels for electricity is pouring heat-trapping climate pollution into the atmosphere, damaging our climate and hurting our neighbors, close to home and around the world.

As warmer temperatures at the poles melt land-based ice, our seas are rising. Our own Eastern Shore communities are among the most vulnerable to rising seas. The subsidence of the Delmarva Peninsula and the slowing of the Gulf Stream will only exacerbate the harm caused by rising waters. Right here in our region, farmers, fishermen, and other residents are contending with wetter springs, hotter summers, and chronic flooding from coastal storms.

As we conclude the Sukkot holiday, the holiday in the Jewish calendar that focuses us environmental stewardship and ecological responsibility, we will reinsert into our daily liturgy a few seasonal words. We will praise God “Who causes wind to blow and rain to fall.” Here on the Eastern Shore, we can particularly appreciate this blessing and promise of the wind blowing across our coastal waters.

Recently, I along with other faith leaders, signed a letter to Congressman Andy Harris, speaking out proudly that our communities have an opportunity to show national leadership by hosting the Skipjack and U.S. Wind offshore wind projects. We called on Rep. Harris to oppose any expansion of oil and gas development and exploration in the Atlantic.

To address these problems, here in Easton and beyond, we’ll need to come together. Sukkot is a holiday for warmly welcoming guests! So we invite the entire Easton community to join us at Temple B’nai Israel this Thursday evening, September 27th at 7 pm for a free screening of the film “Reinventing Power,” and to gather in the Sukkah afterwards for a conversation about the promise of clean energy for our region. It’s a joyous time of year, please join us.

Rabbi Peter Hyman is the rabbi of Congregation Temple B’nai Israel, The Satell Center for Jewish Life on the Eastern Shore in Easton. The film screening, hosted by Interfaith Power & Light and Temple B’nai Israel, will take place Thursday, September 27th at 7 pm at 7199 Tristan Drive in Easton.

Local Student Creates Apiary Garden at CBMM

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s 18-acre waterfront campus now boasts an apiary garden, located next to the historic Mitchell House on CBMM’s Fogg’s Landing, thanks to the hard work of St. Michaels student and Boy Scout, Brandon Foy.

Foy’s project includes the apiary garden, along with an oyster shell pathway, two benches, and a kiosk, as part of his Eagle Scout Project. His project was funded through private donations and support from several local businesses.

Foy’s garden is meant to attract local bees and to raise awareness about the declining bee population.To attract bees and other pollinators, he planted perennial flowers, like Nanho Blue butterfly bush, Belleza Dark Pink gaura, and Autumn Joy sedum. These flowers can attract a diversity of wildlife for CBMM guests to see around the garden.

“This project is important to me because the problem that it addresses is not brought up often enough,” Foy said. “If youth like me take the initiative and try to make this problem known, maybe others will start to listen. Without honey bees, the world we know today would be completely different.”

Foy is a senior at St. Michaels High School, with plans to study nuclear engineering or cyber operations at the United States Naval Academy. He currently holds several leadership positions, as the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Leadership Council Representative for Maryland, an intern for Congressman Andy Harris, and as a recent senior patrol leader of his Eagle Scout troop.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all.

Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

Popular “Tastes of Tilghman” Returns for its 4th Year

The Tilghman Watermen’s Museum will hold its 4th annual “Tastes of Tilghman” on Sunday, October 7 from 4 to 7 pm. This popular fundraising event will be held under tent on the grounds of the picturesque Black Walnut Point Inn.

Guests will enjoy a taste of the foods and culture of Tilghman Island, while awaiting a beautiful Tilghman sunset. Music will be provided by DJ Bobby Switzer, and local watermen will be on hand to share their colorful stories of working on the Chesapeake. Wine, beer, and light fare from area restaurants will be served. There will also be a raw bar.

“This is such a fun event,” says Mary Kellogg of the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum. “Tilghman’s pride and sense of community is felt by everyone attending.”

“Tastes of Tilghman” is presented with the support of Two if by Sea Restaurant, Black Walnut Point Inn, Tilghman Island Country Store, and Wylder Hotel. Tickets are $45 each, and are available at Two if by Sea Restaurant, Tilghman Island Country Store, or twm6031@gmail.com. The ticket price includes food, wine, beer, entertainment, and door prizes.

Tilghman Watermen’s Museum, a 501(c)3 organization,celebrates, documents,preserves, and shares the history, traditions, heritage, and culture of Tilghman Island.

Habitat for Humanity Choptank Breaks Ground in St. Michaels

On Saturday, September 8, Habitat for Humanity Choptank celebrated breaking ground on a seven-home neighborhood on Brooks Lane in St. Michaels.  The groundbreaking recognized the benefactors and partnerships that have helped to make this much-needed neighborhood a reality, and dedicated the ground on which seven affordable homes will be built and purchased by hardworking homebuyers.  Beyond this, the ceremony gave those with a vested interest in bringing affordable homeownership opportunities to St. Michaels a chance to come together in an effort to build new beginnings and brighter futures for seven local families.

Charlie Bohn, President of the Board of Directors of Habitat Choptank, addressed those in attendance with words of welcome and gratitude, and expressed that the Brooks Lane neighborhood would not have been possible without the generous donation of property by the Dodson Family; the additional support provided by the estate of Robert and Beverly Wolffe; and the collaboration between Habitat Choptank and Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development, Talbot County, and the Town of St. Michaels.

Guest speakers and Habitat home buyers were invited to grab a shovel to officially break ground on the soon to be Brooks Lane neighborhood. (Photo contributed by Tim Poly)

Rev. Steve Mosher— Rector of Christ Church of St. Michaels asked God for blessings for those who gathered for the groundbreaking, our sisters and brothers who will benefit from shelter, and asked that the spirit move every human heart and instill in us to be stewards in his creation.The blessing was followed by a rendition of “God Bless America” by the Trinity Singers of Trinity Cathedral in Easton.

Guest speaker, Mary Jane Dodson, then shared her remarks on leaving a legacy, emphatically stating that,“roots matter.”  She explained how the property on which the seven homes will be built had sustained her family for many years, and now new families will have land of their very own to plant their own roots and sustain their families.

Barb Pollard, the daughter of Robert and Beverly Wolffe, followed by invoking remembrance of her parents, saying that they would be “bursting with pride and joy” over the impact these homes will have on the community, homeowners, and those who will roll up their sleeves to help, as their civic-minded philosophies aligned well with those of her parents and Habitat’s guiding principles.

Guest speaker, Bridgette Lundfelt, Director of Community Outreach for the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, spoke on behalf of Governor Hogan to congratulate all parties involved and recognize the community effort it takes to change Maryland for the better.  Followed by the endorsement of William E. Boos, the President of the Commissioners of St. Michaels, who expressed that the work of Habitat is so much more than just building homes— it transforms communities and lives.

Amy Morgan from Trinity Cathedral in Easton sings Psalm 84. (Photo contributed by Tim Poly)

Finally, the event culminated with closing remarks from JoAnn Hansen, the Executive Director of Habitat Choptank, who read from Psalm 84 by stating her gratefulness for the dwelling place that St. Michaels will serve for new homebuyers but also for the dwelling place that exists within the hearts of those who have supported this project.In a closing prayer, she asked for God’s protection, provision and blessing on the project.

Construction of the Brooks Lane neighborhood is projected to begin in the fall of 2018 and will continue for two to three years, relying mostly on volunteer labor as well as the “sweat equity” of the prospective homeowner.  After completing “sweat equity” hours, attending pre-homeownership classes, and meeting debt reduction and savings goals, seven families will purchase their homes and assume the full responsibilities of homeownership, including maintaining their home, paying property taxes and repaying an affordable mortgage.

About Habitat for Humanity Choptank

Since 1992, Habitat Choptank has made homeownership possible for 78 local Dorchester and Talbot county families.  Income qualifying home buyers are offered access to affordable mortgage financing in order to purchase a new construction or rehabbed home from the nonprofit.  After completing “sweat equity” hours, attending pre-homeownership classes, and meeting debt reduction and savings goals, these individuals and families will purchase homes that they helped construct and assume the full responsibilities of homeownership including maintaining their home, paying property taxes and repaying their mortgage. Habitat Choptank’s toolkit of services also includes Neighborhood Revitalization which helps existing homeowners with critical repairs. Currently 15 home buyers are working through the home ownership program. Eleven homes are under construction at this time with plans to start at least nine more over the coming year. For more information, to donate, volunteer or apply contact 410-476-3204 or visit habitatchoptank.org.

Benedictine’s Charity Golf Classic Set for Oct.19

Benedictine’s charity golf tournament returns to the Eastern Shore on Friday, Oct. 19 for the 30th Annual Charity Golf Classic at Hog Neck Golf Course in Easton.

The tournament raises funds in support of Benedictine’s mission to help children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their greatest potential. Funds raised directly support programs and services that provide community-based opportunities for over 200 adults as well as support academic programs for over 60 students.

Hog Neck Golf Course is both an active community partner with Benedictine’s Adult Services program and an employer of individuals with disabilities.

The tournament will feature a seafood and raw bar, live auction, as well as lunch and dinner buffet. Tournament entry fee is $175 per person or $700 for a team of four which includes: green fees, cart, refreshments, hole-in-one prize, and team prizes. Each golfer will take home a custom Maryland themed gift bag provided by presenting sponsors PNC Bank and the Mason Family. Register by Oct. 1 at www.benschool.org. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Providing opportunities to live meaningful, productive lives in communities of choice, Benedictine helps children and adults with developmental disabilities reach their greatest potential without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, or age.

Upcoming Programming at the Library October 2 to 5

Easton Library to Host “A Pro’s Tips & Tricks for Microsoft Word”

On Tuesday, October 2, from 1:00 –2:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, Computer Training Specialist Rita Hill will offer another of her popular introductory classes, this time in Microsoft Word.  Participants are asked to bring their own PC laptop (no Apple laptops, please) or just observe.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this class.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Scotti Oliver, telephone: 410-822-1626

Learn to Play Chess at Easton Library

On Tuesdays, October 2, 16, and November 6, at 4:30 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will once again offer its popular Afternoon Chess Academy for ages 6 – 16. Participants will learn and play chess, and snacks will be served.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons do need to pre-register at www.tcfl.org 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 Family Crafts

On October 2, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a crafts program for all ages.  Children will learn how to create a their very own Treasure Box.  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 Maker Program

On Wednesday, October 3, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children of all ages to come in to design and create using Legos and Zoobs.  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

Easton Library to Offer Makers Program

On Wednesday, October 3, at 4:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a MuzArt program by Jonathan Williams for ages 6 -12.  Children will sketch their impressions and create a “soundtrack” using an easy-to-play Celtic-tuned ukulele (which is provided).  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons do need to pre-register at www.tcfl.org 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

Kirk Bloodsworth

St. Michaels Library to Host Arts & Crafts Program

On Thursday, October 4, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will host an arts and crafts program.  Free instruction will be available 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.  They may also bring their lunch.  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 Host Discussions of Books about the Chesapeake Bay and Environs

On Thursday, October 4, at 6:30 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, will host the introductory get-together of “The Chesapeake Bay Book Club” with a discussion of William Warner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Beautiful Swimmers.”  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this discussion.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Scotti Oliver, telephone: 410-822-1626

Author of the One Maryland One Book, “Bloodsworth,” to Speak in Cambridge

On Thursday, October 4, at 7:00 p.m. The Talbot County Free Library, in partnership with the Caroline County Public Library, the Dorchester County Public Library, the Dorchester County Public Schools, and Maryland Humanities, will host a reading and talk in the Cambridge-South Dorchester High School (2475 Cambridge Beltway) by Tim Junkin, the author of this year’s One Maryland One Book, “Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence.”  One Maryland One Book is the Maryland Humanities program in which people all across the state read the same book at the same time.  The program at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School will also feature a special appearance by the book’s subject, Cambridge waterman Kirk Bloodsworth, who spent 9 years in jail (including time on Death Row) for a murder DNA evidence would eventually prove he did not commit.

Tim Junkin

Tim Junkin is the author of two well-received novels, The Waterman and Good Counsel. All three of his books are centered in the Choptank River-Eastern Chesapeake Bay area.

Spending much of his youth in Talbot County, he is a graduate of Easton High School. He attended the University of Maryland and then completed his law studies at Georgetown University Law Center.

An attorney who worked for thirty years as a trial lawyer and advocate of civil rights, Junkin cofounded and for twenty years served as the managing partner of a private law firm in Washington, D.C.  He has also taught at American University, Georgetown University Law Center, Harvard University Law School, and the Bethesda Writer’s Center.  The founding director of Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy—which became ShoreRivers, a Maryland river protection nonprofit—Junkin is the recipient of several awards for his environmental work.

All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this talk.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Bill Peak, telephone: 410-822-1626

Easton Library to Host Art Show Reception

On Friday, October 5, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to a reception in celebration of the opening of a special art show sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council and the St. Michaels Art League in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Maryland State Arts Council and the 40th of the Talbot County Arts Council.  This show offers a great opportunity to see local talent in the disciplines of drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and various other visual art forms.  Many of the works will be offered for sale by directly contacting the artist.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this reception and show.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Scotti Oliver, telephone: 410-822-1626

CBMM Welcomes New Volunteer Docents, Greeters

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., recently held an ice cream social for docent and greeter volunteers to kick-off the fall tour season. Fourteen new volunteers recently completed a five-week-long training course, and will now assist CBMM as docents leading guided tours of the campus, exhibits, and artifacts for adults and children and as greeters, introducing guests as they first step onto CBMM’s waterfront campus. These volunteers play an important role in helping bring the Chesapeake alive for CBMM guests.

Over the past year, nearly 250 volunteers logged more than 26,735 hours of service, taking on a variety of jobs across many departments. Volunteers are critical to CBMM’s success, and the museum is always looking for more. CBMM’s next docent and greeter training course is scheduled for March 2019. To learn about how you can get involved, visit bit.ly/cbmmvolunteer, or contact CBMM Volunteer & Education Program Manager Allison Speight at aspeight@cbmm.org or 410-745-4941.

Watch Elf Classic Yacht Race Aboard Winnie Estelle

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is offering a special cruise aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle to watch the 8th annual Elf Classic Yacht Race, taking place on the Miles River in St. Michaels, Md. on Saturday, September 29, 2018. The annual race is sponsored by the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

The Elf Classic Yacht Race spectator cruise will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30a.m. so that passengers can view the beginning of the race. Participation is limited, with advanced registration needed at bitly.com/watchelf.

The September 29 race features a 19th century traditional yacht racing start, beginning with a captains meeting on land, followed by the boom of a cannon, signifying each captain’s mad dash to a tied-up dinghy, or tender. Next, the captains row out to their moored vessels and waiting crews, before tying up their tenders and raising anchor, with up to 30 yachts racing on the Miles River in a cloud of sail.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all. Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

Christmas in St. Michaels Spreads the Cheer to 2018 Grant Beneficiaries

More than two dozen local non-profit organizations will have a little  more tinsel on the tree this year after they were selected to receive grants from the 2018 Christmas in St. Michaels celebration. The newly named beneficiaries provide services to the Talbot County community in a wide range of areas from community enhancement to family services.

Beneficiaries include:

Family Services
St. Michaels Family YMCA/CarePacks of Talbot County
St. Michaels Food Pantry
Channel Marker, Inc.
Mid-Shore Pro Bono

Education and Child Development
Back to School Project at Christ Church
Character Counts
Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers – St. Michaels Site
Imagination Library of Talbot County
Phillips Wharf Environmental Center
Sink or Swim (SOS)
St. Luke’s School
St. Michaels After School Help (SMASH)
St. Michaels Little League
St. Michaels Middle/High School Band Boosters
St. Michaels Middle/High School Musical Theater Program
Tilghman Area Youth Association (TAYA)

Community Enhancement
Bay Hundred Community Volunteers
Classic Motor Museum
Drew Landis Memorial Fireworks Fund
St. Michaels Farmers Market
St. Michaels Fire Department
St. Michaels Middle/High School After Prom
St. Michaels Museum
Talbot Village Connections (TVC)
Union United Methodist Church

School students learn about biodiversity at Pickering Creek Audubon Center. (photo courtesy of Pickering Creek)

The actual grant amount will be based on the proceeds from this year’s Christmas in St. Michael’s events including the Tour of Homes, The Yuletide Party, Marketplace and sale of Gingerbread Houses. Over the past 32 years, hundreds of grants worth over a million dollars have been given to local organizations providing an important source of funding for needs both large and small.

If last year is any guide, the grant funds will be put to good use.  The Classic Motor Museum used CISM grant funds to begin work on its new education building, while at

Pickering Creek Audubon Center, sixth and seventh graders explored the biodiversity of the Chesapeake Bay and learned about food webs.

“We are honored to have Christmas in St. Michaels support these programs, said Mark Scallion, center director, Pickering Creek Audubon Center.

Although the Christmas holiday comes around once a year, the Christmas in St. Michaels Grant Fund is truly the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year.  To find out more about 2018 Christmas in St. Michaels, please visit: christmasinstmichaels.org.

Taking the Fight Against Parkinson’s Disease to the YMCA

The Easton Family YMCA, partnering with the Maryland Association for Parkinson’s Support (MAPS) and Bayleigh Chase, will start Rock Steady Boxing at the Y’s Washington Street location. Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative movement disease that effects large and fine motor skills, speech, and sensory function.

In 2006 former prosecutor Scott C. Newman created Rock Steady Boxing in Marion County, Indiana. The class is largely adapted from boxing drills. In a Rock Steady Boxing class participants will work on agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant.

Instructor Lyn Sutton passionately embarked on exercise programs designed for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, becoming nationally certified in Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) and Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR) in 2017. She currently is the Affiliate Owner of Rock Steady -Mid Shore in Grasonville, MD. She states “I am thrilled to be expanding the Rock Steady Boxing program at the Y @ Washington Street facility for advanced Parkinson’s clients. We have found great results with this program in Grasonville over the past year and know that our new boxers in Easton will enjoy this incredible program. Rock Steady provides not only a boxing exercise regimen but we also incorporate other functional movements throughout the class that will help with everyday quality of life while battling the disease. The YMCA has provided a great location and set-up for our new boxers that will also build camaraderie for the participants but also their care partners. We have found that Rock Steady Boxing Program is so much more than just an exercise program. I am honored to lead this new venture in the Easton Area.”

Please contact Amy Schiefer (aschiefer@ymcachesapeake.org) for more information.

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits and the largest Human Service organization on the Eastern Shore of Maryland; strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the Shore Ys engage 40,000 members; men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the shore’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.  In 2017, the YMCA of the Chesapeake provided over $1,500,000 in assistance to over 13,000 community members, turning no one away due to inability to pay. www.ymcachesapeake.org