Ride the Bus For Free In St. Michaels

This spring, Delmarva Community Transit began operating a circulating bus service throughout the town of St. Michaels in an effort to provide an affordable option for residents to access local businesses and connect with bus service to Easton.

“Not everyone is familiar with riding a bus”, said Mary Handley, Mobility Manager for Delmarva Community Transit.  “We, in conjunction with the city and county thought it would be a great idea to have  a “Ride the Bus for Free Day”, to give folks an opportunity to try the service out and have a little bit of fun in the process, Handley said.

Saturday, July 7, between 9 a.m. and 12 noon, anyone may hop on and off of the circulator without paying a fare.  Anyone riding can put their name in to win prizes presented at 12 noon.  Also riders will   receive vouchers which when used to ride the bus any day after the 7th, will act as a discount coupon for local businesses.

Local participating businesses include Sunnyside Shop – 10% discount; Carpenter St. Saloon- one free coffee; Grauls – 5% off grocery purchase and a reusable shopping bag; Treasure Cove Thrift Store- $5 off purchase and more!

Other businesses have contributed toward gift basket prizes including breakfast for two at the Carpenter St. Saloon.

Travel Trainers will be located throughout the town to assist people with directions and helpful information about riding the bus.

“We are so grateful to the city and county for working to provide transit service for the residents”, Handley said.  “Now it is up to us to make sure everyone has an opportunity to try the service out, ask questions and hopefully continue to ride”.

For more information about the “Free Ride the Bus Day” in St. Michaels, or about transportation services in general, please call the Delmarva Community Transit One Stop at 410-822-7472.

Upcoming Programming at the Library July 16 to 20

Dr. Diane K. Stoecker

Children to Read with a Certified Therapy Dog at Easton Library

On Monday, July 16, at 11:00 a.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children 5 and older to bring in their favorite book or choose one from the library’s shelves to read with Janet Dickey and her dog, Latte.  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

Easton Library Group to Discuss “Hillbilly Elegy” by J. D. Vance

On Monday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, the Easton book group will discuss the best-selling “Hillbilly Elegy” by J. D. Vance.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this discussion.  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 Presentation on Mixotrophs by Horn Point Scientist

On Monday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, Horn Point Lab’s Dr. Diane K. Stoecker will give a PowerPoint presentation with dramatic photographs of “mixotrophs”—plankton that play both sides of the Animal-Plant divide, living off sunlight and using elaborate methods to hunt and subdue their prey.  Mixotrophs are a mixed blessing, improving the Bay’s productivity while also, occasionally, causing toxic blooms.

Uncle Devin

Stoecker received her Ph.D. from the Program in Ecology & Evolution at State University of New York at Stony Brook.  She was a Post-Doctoral Scholar and then Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  Since 1991 she has been at University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Laboratory, where she is currently Professor emerita.  She has conducted research on plankton in environments ranging from the Equatorial Pacific to polar waters and from estuaries to the open ocean.  Her research has focused on the biology, physiology and ecology of single-celled organisms (protists) at the base of planktonic food webs.

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

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

St. Michaels Library to Screen Free Film

On Monday, July 16, at noon, the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will show a free film on the library’s big, professional screen.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this film.  For more information (including the name of the movie, which we cannot publicize here due to distribution requirements), please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Shauna Beulah, telephone: 410-822-1626

Easton Library to Host Uncle Devin’s World of Percussion

On Wednesday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children of all ages to come in to hear, see, and play different percussion instruments, while exploring their musical creativity.  This program is sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council.  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

Tim Young

Learn How to Draw Monsters, Aliens, & Weird Creatures at the Easton Library

On Thursday, July 19, at 2:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, author and illustrator Tim Young will present “Creatures Rock! A Drawing Program” for ages 6 – 16.  Young will teach participants different techniques for creating their own special characters.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons do 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

Easton Library to Screen Free Film

On Friday, July 20, at 2:30 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will show a free film on the library’s big, professional screen.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this film.  For more information (including the name of the movie, which we cannot publicize here due to distribution requirements), please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

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

CBMM Hosts Bosnian Exchange Students

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., recently hosted Bosnian students from the University of Sarajevo. The students are participants in the Saving What Matters international exchange program, an effort facilitated by former CBMM shipwright Mike Vlahovich and funded through the nonprofit World Learning’s Communities Connecting Heritage Program. Through the program, students from Maryland’s Goucher College and the University of Sarajevo work together to explore the value of storytelling in heritage preservation, culminating in the students visiting each other’s countries. The Bosnian students are spending a few weeks on the Eastern Shore with Vlahovich’s Coastal Heritage Alliance, several of which were spent at CBMM learning about boatbuilding, museum practices, and educational programming. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

Upcoming Programming at St. Michaels Library July 9 to 13

Monday Movie Matinee @ the St. Michaels Library

On Monday, July 9, at noon, the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will show an animated film rated PG on its big, professional screen.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this film.  For more information (including the name of the movie, which, due to licensing requirements, cannot be published here), please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

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

St. Michaels Library to Host Bay Hundred Chess

On Wednesdays, July 11 & 25 and August 8 & 22, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to come in to learn and play the strategic game of chess.  Beginners are welcome, as are all ages.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend 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 Offer Memoir Writing Program

On Thursdays, July 12 & 26 and August 9 & 23, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to record and share their memories of life and family with a group of friendly, like-minded people.  Participants may 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

St. Michaels Library to Offer Story Time

On Wednesdays, June 13 & 27, July 25, and August 8 & 22, at 10:30 a.m., the St. Michaels 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 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Diana Hastings, telephone: 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Walking Tours Offered by St. Michaels Museum

Once again, the board of the St. Michaels Museum is pleased to offer its popular walking tours.  Every Saturday morning, docents lead tours beginning at 10:00 am.  The tours start at the Museum, at the corner of E. Chestnut and St. Mary’s Square. Two tours are offered, on consecutive Saturdays.

On the first and third Saturday, the tour topic is “Historic St. Michaels: Its People, Places and Events”. This tour is given on the 1st Saturday as a ninety-minute walking tour and in a shortened version with minimal walking on the 3rd and 5th Saturdays. The tour highlights life in St. Michaels during the 19th Century. Stories will be told by viewing many restored structures from that era and describing the life of famous and typical residents of these times including Frederic Douglass.

On the second and fourth Saturdays, the tour topic is “Frederic Douglass, a slave, in St. Michaels, 1833-1836”. This tour is given in a shortened version with minimal walking on the 2nd Saturday. On the 4th Saturday the tour is expanded to a ninety- minute walking tour and gives a view of the early life of St. Michaels’ most famous 19th century resident and the most important African American Abolitionist in the Civil War.

Cost of each tour is $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 6-17). The tour departs from St. Michaels Museum. Tours are also available upon request for groups of five or more. For more information, please call 410-745-9561 or visit www.stmichaelsmuseum.org.  Regular hours for the museum are Friday, 1:00 to 4:00, Saturday, 10:00 to 4:00 and Sunday 1:00 to 4:00. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for youth (ages 6-17). All other times by appointment.  The museum entrance is ADA accessible.

Talbot Mentors: Improving the Long, Hot Summer

School ends and gleeful students tumble out of school.  After a few days, however, “I’m bored”  becomes a common refrain.  We said it ourselves when we were kids.  Some of us might remember being home alone while the adult(s) in the family were at work.

There are 17 children of all ages in Talbot County who are on the waiting list to be matched with an adult mentor. Many are home most days in the summer while adults work.  Some live with elderly grandparents struggling to raise them, and still others could just use a little extra adult TLC in their lives.

What a great way to relive the fun parts of childhood while giving back to a child!  You won’t say, “I’m bored.” The rewards are endless…smiles, laughter, photos, new experiences, memories, fun!

To find out about mentoring, attend one of the Talbot Mentors Infosessions.  The next  sessions are: July 11 and September 12 @ 4:30 at Eastern Shore Conservation Center, 114 S. Washington St., Easton.

For more information: https://talbotmentors.org/ or (410) 770-5999.

Upcoming Events at St. Michaels Community Center

Every Monday (12:30pm – 2:00pm) and Wednesday (1:00 – 2:00) – Food Distribution
In order to help support St. Vincent DePaul in their distribution efforts, St. Michaels Community Center offers food distribution twice per week at our building located at 103 Railroad Avenue in St. Michaels. Open to all Talbot County residents. Must provide identification. Each family can participate once per week.

Every Wednesday – Senior Gathering – 10:30am
In partnership with Upper Shore Aging, St. Michaels Community Center hosts a Senior Gathering weekly. Beginning at 10:30 with games and activities followed at 11:30am for healthy lunch and conversation. Suggested donation is $2 per person.

Every Thursday – Mahjong – 10:00am
St. Michaels Community Center proudly announces Mahjong Play, hosted by Blue Crab Coffee on Fremont Street in St. Michaels. No charge. All skill levels are invited to attend!

Every Friday – Aunt Jeannie’s Soup Kitchen – 11:00am – 3:00pm
All are welcome to attend! Jeannie provides a hot, nutritious lunch every Friday at SMCC at 103 Railroad Avenue in St. Michaels. Menu changes weekly but is sure to please. Pay what you can, if you can! Eat in or Take Out available.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
NEW!!
Plein Air – Kid’s Day Paint Out in St. Michaels – Tuesday, July 17th – 1:00 – 4:00 pm
St. Michaels Community Center will be hosting the Kid’s Day Paint Out in Muskrat Park. Registration is open and free for kids ages 4 and up for the Paint Out which will take place from 1-3 pm. Prizes will be awarded at 4:00.Kids can also participate in other art projects in various mediums set up in stations around the park. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested to help with purchasing of supplies and can be made by contacting SMCC at 410-745-6073. Registration can be made at the park the day of the event as well.

Talbot Idol – SMCC is proud to present Talbot Idol, held at St. Michaels Middle/High School
Auditorium. Auditions – August 4th from 9:00am to 4:00 pm. (You MUST call 410-745-6073 to schedule your audition time! – $20 entry fee). LIVE Competition begins at 3:00pm – August 5th (Winners are voted on by the AUDIENCE!) What a great opportunity to showcase your singing talent.

Prizes awarded for top Youth, Adult and Group performances. Tickets: $10/Adult & $5/student. Grand Prize is $250 plus Annual Grand Champion Trophy.

(Funded in part by the Talbot County Arts Council with funds from Talbot County Council and Maryland State Arts Council.)

NEW!!
National Night Out – Tuesday, August 7th – 5:00 – 8:00 pm – Bay Hundred Area Pool and SMES Parking Lot
The St. Michaels Police Department will be hosting the Inaugural St. Michaels – Bay Hundred National Night Out on August 7th with help from several local organizations. Come out and join us for this FREE event. It promises to be an evening full of free food, fun and fellowship! For more information, contact Marianne of St. Michaels Community Center at 410-745-6073.

2018 St. Michaels Community Center – Homecoming Dance – Saturday, August 25, 2018 – 8:00 pm at St. Michaels Inn
The theme of this year’s Homecoming is “The Golden Age of Hollywood”. Live music will be provided by Radio City, dancing, lite fare, raffles, live auction and more. Our court includes Shawn & Marissa Carter, Laura Chance, Mike & Courtney Gorman, Kim & Bob Hannon, Helene & Ed Higgins, Peter & Lucka Paris, and Richard & Monica White. Each ticket purchased, or donation made in one of their names gets them closer to the crown!! Tickets are on sale now, $65 per person, or a reserved table of 8 for $600. Tickets are available by calling 410-745-6073 or contacting a member of the Court.

Concerts in the Park – Thursday, June 28 – 6:30-8:00 pm – Muskrat Park, St. Michaels
Flatland Drive – bluegrass

Concerts in the Park – Thursday, July 5 – 6:30-8:00 pm – Muskrat Park, St. Michaels
Blues DeVille – rocking blues
The Drawing for our Fishing Trip on “The Biff” will be drawn during intermission.

Concerts in the Park – Thursday, July 12 – 6:30-8:00 pm – Muskrat Park, St. Michaels
Three Penny Opera – local crowd favorite!!

Concerts in the Park – Thursday, July 19 – 6:30-8:00 pm – Muskrat Park, St. Michaels
Bay Jazz Project – upbeat jazz

Concerts in the Park – Thursday, July 26 – 6:30-8:00 pm – Muskrat Park, St. Michaels
Chris Noyes – Bay Hundred’s own songstress!

Summer Youth Programs

We still have openings in some of our Summer Programs! Call today to register. 410-745-5102.

June 27th Harry Potter Day – This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book. Come celebrate with Ms. Carla and be sorted by the Sorting Hat. You will have a wizardly good time at Hogwarts. $25.

July 9 – 12 Fun in the Sun – A wonderful week of playing outside! Explore the park, play outdoor games and go on a few field trips too! $95.

July 16 – 19 Mosaics – Join award-winning mosaic artist Jen Wagner in the creation of a mosaic mural. Participants will produce a mural of their design to become part of an on-going exhibit at SMCC. $95.

July 6 – 26 Acting Up – Want to sing? Dance? Act? This class is for you! We will learn the parts of the musical, Welcome to the Ever After, over two weeks and then have a show on Saturday, July 28th. No experience necessary! $100.

July 10 – Aug 2 Bowling League – Tues & Thurs only – A month-long bowling league at Easton Bowling Center. We provide the transportation to and from Easton. We should play 3-4 games each day and eat lunch in the park. Socks required. $60.

July 30 – Aug 2 Summer Gardens – From Garden to Table, we’ll explore the world of gardening. Join us for a few field trips and hanging out in the kitchen creating tasty treats from the fruits and vegetable we gather. $95.

August 6 – 9 Artistic Expression – Do you like art? Like exploring different types of art? This program offers the opportunity to explore different art techniques and projects each day. We might even take a field trip or two! $95.

Mondays Community Club – This on-going program meets every Monday to do community service projects throughout town. This is an incentive-based program where points are earned for the hours you contribute. Pizza Parties and Field Trips free of charge are planned for those who log the hours. Call Amy Dewitt for more information, 410-745-5102.

(Scholarships are available. For more info, contact Amy Dewitt at 410-745-5102)

Harwood Re-Joins CBMM Board of Governors

E. Brooke (Brooke) Harwood recently re-joined the Board of Governors of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. He previously served two consecutive terms from 2009–2015.

Harwood is a retired commercial airline executive with extensive international experience. In 1994, as managing director, China, for Federal Express, he led a team establishing scheduled air service to and from mainland China, concurrently inaugurating pick-up and delivery operations and sales in 25 cities. Prior to its purchase by FedEx, he was director, Southeast Asia, for Flying Tigers. Based in Hong Kong, he was responsible for operations, sales, and government relations in five southeast Asian countries and for General Agents in Australia and India.

A Maryland native, Harwood retired in 2006 and moved to Chestertown to renew an involvement with the Chesapeake Bay. That involvement began on the Western Shore, and at his grandmother’s farm on Dividing Creek at Ditchley, Va., where he spent summers working on his waterman uncle’s fishing boats. His participation in CBMM’s Apprentice for a Day Program led to fulfilling a dream of building his own wooden boat, a Delaware Ducker built in CBMM’s shipyard, which won first place at the 2010 Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport.

Harwood also volunteers at the Sultana Education Foundation in Chestertown and at the Kent County Library, takes courses and has taught at the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning. He is currently rebuilding a 55-year-old Alberg 30. Brooke and his wife, Trish, live full time in Chestertown.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving nearly 80,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated along the Miles River and St. Michaels’ harbor. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

Upcoming Programming at Easton Library July 9 to 13

Easton Library to Offer Stitching Time

On Monday, July 9, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to come in and work on their favorite needlecraft project with a group.  Limited instruction will be available for beginners.  Newcomers are welcome.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons do 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: Chris Eareckson, telephone: 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Learn Microsoft Excel from a Pro at the Easton Library

On Monday, July 9, and Thursday, July 12, at 6:00 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, computer training specialist Rita Hill will teach a two-class introductory course in Microsoft Excel.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons do 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: Sabine Simonson, telephone: 410-822-1626

Easton Library to Offer Story Time

On Tuesdays, July 10 – 31, 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

Easton Library to Host Turtle Dance Music

On Wednesday, July 11, at 10:30 a.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will host “Turtle Dance Music,” an interactive, inclusive musical performance with stuffed animals, instruments, and music technology.  This program is sponsored by the Eastern Shore Regional Library.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend 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

Easton Library to Offer Makers Program

On Wednesdays, July 11 & August 8, at 4:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a program of drawing, painting, and collage for children 6 – 12.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons do 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, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Easton Library to Offer Bilingual Book Club

On Thursdays, July 12, August 9, and August 23, from 4:30 – 5:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will host a bilingual book club for children entering grades 1 and 2 who wish to practice Spanish and English.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons do 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.

Club de Lectura Bilingüe.  Jueves, 12 de Julio, 9 de agost, 23 de agosto, de 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Disfrute de un buen cuento!  Practicand su español y ingles.  Para niños de lero y 2do grado escolar.  Espacio limitado, inscribase ya!

Contact: Laura Powell, telephone: 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Easton Library to Screen Free Film

On Friday, July 13, at 2:30 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will show an award-winning film on its big, professional screen.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this film.  For more information (including the name of the movie, which, due to licensing requirements, cannot be published here), please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

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

Upcoming Programming at the Library July 2 to 6

St. Michaels Library to Offer Family Crafts

On Monday, July 2, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a program of patriotic crafts for children of all ages.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend 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 to Offer Adult Arts & Crafts Program

On Thursdays, July 5 and August 2, from 10:00 a.m. – noon, the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to come in for an adult arts and crafts program.  Free instruction will be available for knitting, beading, needlework, and tatting.  Patrons may 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 to attend 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 Screen Free Film

On Friday, July 6, at 2:30 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will show a feature film on its big, professional screen.  Please call the library for the title (which licensing requirements won’t permit us to publicize here).  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this film.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

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