County Council Congratulates Talbot Interfaith Shelter on Their 10th Anniversary

On June 19th, Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) Board members and staff addressed the Talbot County Council to update them on the growth of the organization since its founding in 2008. The Council then presented TIS with a proclamation in honor of its 10th anniversary.

L-R: Board Member Nancy Sajda, County Council Member Dirck Bartlett, Board President Gail Benjamin, Executive Director Julie Lowe, and Board Member Gloria Farrare.

The proclamation reads as follows:

“Whereas , Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) was formed in 2008 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing homeless population in Talbot County; and

Whereas, the organization served our community from 2008-2014 as a winter shelter which rotated between faith communities with the assistance of 17 partner congregations; and

Whereas, in 2014 TIS obtained a permit to operate a permanent facility at 107 Goldsborough Street, a former bed and breakfast known as Easton’s Promise, and opened its doors on November 30, 2014 to begin year-round shelter operations; and

Whereas, TIS has since developed its S4 Program (Shelter, Stability, Support, Success), which is designed to provide personalized case management, access to the necessary services, and resources designed to assist guests in building sustainable self-sufficiency, including a subsidized transitional housing program comprised of eight off-site apartments; and

Whereas, the organization brings together people from every corner of our community, with over 450 volunteers donating more than 10,000 hours of their time each year for the common cause of fighting homelessness in Talbot County; and

Whereas, Talbot Interfaith Shelter is the only shelter program in Talbot County that serves families with children; and

Whereas, 2018 marks their 10th anniversary of service to Talbot County and the Mid-Shore community;

Now, Therefore, We, The County Council of Talbot County, do hereby bestow upon Talbot Interfaith Shelter this Certificate of Recognition in honor of their 10th anniversary and their continued outstanding work towards creating a brighter future for our neighbors in need.”

Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) is a 501(c)3 organization based in Easton and serving Talbot County and the surrounding areas. The organization has developed a program that they call S4 (Shelter, Stability,
Support, Success), which is designed to give guests access to a stable home-like environment, services, and tools that can help them break the cycle of poverty and homelessness and regain their independence. Once guests are accepted into Easton’s Promise, they receive case management as they move through an individualized plan, eventually transitioning into one of the shelter’s eight subsidized off-site apartments, where they incrementally take over expenses until they are fully self-sufficient.

Their vision is that no one in Talbot County will ever have to spend a night on the streets, in a car or in the woods because he or she cannot find housing. To learn more about how you can help, visit or contact Julie Lowe at 410-310-2316 or

St. Michaels Art League Paints Edna Lockwood

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has partnered with the St. Michaels Art League to sponsor a contest that will name the official painting of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, currently under restoration through her October 27, 2018 re-launch at CBMM’s OysterFest.

The project began in early spring, with eight artists creating paintings of Edna Lockwood. Artists were provided photographs of the log-bottom bugeye as a basis for their 18” x 8” paintings of Edna Lockwood under sail.

“St. Michaels is fortunate to attract incredibly talented and passionate artists who also care about CBMM,” commented Guest Relations Manager Sara McCafferty, who spearheaded the project. “All of the paintings are spectacular, and we’re really pleased with all the artists’ work.”

In May, CBMM staff performed a preliminary evaluation of the paintings to select the four finalists for the contest, with all finalists receiving awards from CBMM. Next, a public vote will determine the contest’s winner, with images of the paintings online and voting taking place on Facebook through July 15 at

The winning painting will be featured on Edna Lockwood memorabilia and keepsakes sold in the Museum Store beginning this August, with proceeds from each sale benefiting the children and adults served by CBMM’s education and exhibition programs. CBMM will additionally include the winning artist in publicity leading up to the October 27 re-launch of Edna Lockwood.

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 in historic St. Michaels. For more information, visit

CBMM Offers Three Educator Workshops this Summer

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., is hosting three free workshops for educators this summer.

The first workshop, from 10am–3:30pm Wednesday, July 11, invites educators to follow the blue crab from the Bay to the table in the hands-on Chesapeake’s Best Crab Cakes Educator Workshop. The program is designed to complement CBMM’s Chesapeake’s Best Crab Cakes Immersive tour, with educators exploring the relationship between people and the blue crab and leaving with resources to implement the accompanying 5E Model Lesson in the classroom. The curriculum emphasizes Chesapeake geography, biology, and economics for students in grades PK-5. Secondary-level, informal and homeschool educators may attend as space allows.

The second program will be held from 10am–2pm Monday, July 30. In this workshop, educators will explore strategies for teaching with maps in the classroom, utilizing CBMM’s newest exhibition, Exploring the Chesapeake: Mapping the Bay. Hosted in partnership with the Maryland Geographic Alliance, this workshop is open to K-12 school-based and homeschool educators.

The final educator workshop for the summer will be held from 9am–5pm Monday, Aug. 6. In this professional development course, hosted in partnership between CBMM and Baltimore’s Downtown Sailing Center, educators will explore engaging STEM and Ocean Literacy lessons. Open to middle school educators, all participants will leave with the Reach Educator Guide for Middle School, Modules 1-10 and earn US Sailing STEM Educator certification. The Reach modules are correlated to National Education Standards in science and math, as well as US Sailing’s Learn Sailing Right!Beginner and Intermediate. Elementary, high school, informal, and homeschool educators may attend as space allows.

Space is limited in all workshops, with advanced registration needed at

New Chesapeake College President to Speak at Independence Day Celebration

The Queen Anne’s County Historical Society has announced that Dr. Clifford Coppersmith will be the Keynote Speaker for its Independence Day Celebration at Aspen Institute. Dr. Coppersmith is the new President of Chesapeake College.

The annual Independence Day Celebration is jointly sponsored by the Queen Anne’s County Historical Society and the Aspen Institute. The celebration will be held on July 4 at 11am at the William Paca Memorial in front of the Institute’s Houghton House off Carmichael Road near Queenstown, MD. It will last approximately 90 minutes.

Judy Price the Director of Aspen Institute’s Wye River Campus said, “Aspen Institute invites the community to join us on July 4 to celebrate Independence Day, a tradition that was started over fifty years ago by the former owner, Arthur Houghton, Jr. We promise our visitors a moving and meaningful ceremony to commemorate this treasured national holiday.”

Dr. Coppersmith’s address will be “These Evident Truths: The Declaration of Independence and the Idea of America”.

The Society’s President, Chris Pupke, said, “We are delighted that Dr. Coppersmith will deliver the Keynote Address this year. It will be a great way to introduce him to the rich history of the Eastern Shore and for us to gain perspective from him about the Declaration of Independence and our nation.”

Dr. Coppersmith became the sixth president of Chesapeake College at the end of May. Prior to coming to the Eastern Shore, Dr. Coppersmith was the Dean of City College, an embedded community college within Montana State University Billings. Dr. Coppersmith holds a doctorate in history and anthropology from Oklahoma State University. He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard, and has spent 45 years in scouting with the Boys Scouts of America.

Founded in 1965 as Maryland’s first regional community college, Chesapeake College serves five Eastern Shore counties –Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot. With more than 130,000 alumnae, Chesapeake has 2,300 students and almost 10,000 people enrolled in continuing education programs.

Established in 1950, the Aspen Institute is a nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas. It has earned a reputation for gathering diverse and renowned thought leaders, scholars and members of the public to grapple with some of the world’s most complex issues.

The Queen Anne’s County Historical Society is dedicated to preserving and disseminating the history of Queen Anne’s County. The Society owns two museums in Centreville that are open to the public on the first Saturdays of each month.

Upcoming Programming at Talbot County Free Library in July

Uncle Devin

Children’s Programs


Friday Flix!
Fridays, July 1 – July 27, 2:30 p.m. Enjoy fun, music-themed movies. For a list of titles, please visit the library’s calendar of events at, or call 410-822-1626.

Afternoon Chess Academy
Tuesdays, July 3 & 17, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Learn and play chess. For ages 6-16. Snacks served. Limited space, please pre-register.

Story Time
Tuesdays, July 10 – 31, 10:00 a.m.; program repeats at 11:00 a.m. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Turtle Dance Music
Wednesday, July 11, 10:30 a.m. Interactive, inclusive musical performance with stuffed animals, instruments, and music technology. Sponsored by Eastern Shore Regional Library.

We Are Makers
Wednesday, July 11, 4:00 p.m. Enjoy art and creativity. Drawing, painting and collage. For ages 6 – 12. Limited space, please pre-register.

Read with Latte, a Certified Therapy Dog
Monday, July 16, 11:00 a.m. Bring a book or choose one from the library’s shelves and read with Janet Dickey and her dog, Latte. For children 5 and older.

Uncle Devin’s World of Percussion
Wednesday, July 18, 10:30 a.m. Hear, see, and play different percussion instruments and explore musical creativity. Sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council.

Mike Rose

Creatures Rock! A Drawing Program
Thursday, July 19, 2:30 p.m. Author and illustrator Tim Young shows you how to draw amazing monsters, aliens, and other weird creatures. He will teach you different techniques for creating your own characters. For ages 6 – 16. Please pre-register.

We Are Builders
Wednesdays, July 25, 4:00 p.m. Enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Build with LEGOS and Zoobs! For ages 6 and up.

The Magic of Mike Rose
Thursday, July 26, 10:30 a.m. Action-packed and hilarious magic show.

St. Michaels

Family Crafts
Monday, July 2, 3:30 p.m. Patriotic Crafts

Story Time
Wednesday, July 25, 10:30 a.m. For children age 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Family Unplugged Games
Wednesday, July 25, 3:30 p.m. Bring the whole family to the library for an afternoon of board games and fun educational children’s games. For all ages (children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult).

Dr. Diane Stoecker

British Culture Party
Tuesday, July 31, 2:00 p.m. Create a fascinator or crown, greet members of the royal family, and enjoy a royal tea party! Pre-registration required. For ages 5-12, with children 7 and under accompanied by an adult.

Teen & Adult Programs

Libraries Rock! Adult Summer Reading Program begins July 1. Win a $50 gift card courtesy of Target! Why should kids have all the fun?


Afternoon Chess Academy
Tuesdays, July 3 & 17, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Learn and play chess. For ages 6-16. Snacks served. Limited space, please pre-register.

Stitching Time
Monday, July 9, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Work on your favorite project with a group. Limited instruction provided for beginners. Newcomers welcome.

Learn Microsoft Excel from a Pro
Monday, July 9, and Thursday, July 12, 6:00 p.m. Computer Training Specialist Rita Hill teaches a two-class introductory course in Microsoft Excel. Pre-registration required.

Book Discussion: Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
Monday, July 16, 6:30 p.m.

Lecture: The Plankton Dilemma: Plant, Animal, or Both?
Monday, July 16, 6:30 p.m. Horn Point Lab’s Dr. Diane Stoecker gives a PowerPoint presentation with dramatic photographs of “mixotrophs”—plankton that, playing both sides of the Animal-Plant divide, can live off sunlight and use elaborate methods to hunt and subdue their prey. Mixotrophs are a mixed blessing, improving the oceans’ productivity while also, occasionally, causing toxic blooms.

Book Discussion: Guns, Germs, & Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
Monday, July 23, 6:00 p.m. “Library guy” Bill Peak hosts a discussion of the book that won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction.

St. Michaels

Arts & Crafts
Thursday, July 5, 10:00 a.m. – noon. Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework, and tatting. Bring your coloring books, Zentangle pens or anything else that fuels your passion for being creative.

Bill Peak

Monday Movie Matinee @ Noon
July 9: Despicable Me 3
July 16: Leap
July 23: Nut Job 2
July 30: Cars 3

Bay Hundred Chess
Wednesdays, July 11 & 25, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Learn and play the strategic game of chess. Beginners welcome. For all ages.

Memoir Writers
Thursdays, July 12 & 26, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family. Participants are invited to bring their lunch.

Book Discussion: Guns, Germs, & Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Thursday, July 26, 3:00 p.m. “Library guy” Bill Peak hosts a discussion of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Jared Diamond.

Events Taking Place This July in Celebration of Frederick Douglass’s Bicentennial

Bus Trip to the National Museum of African American History & Culture
Wednesday, July 11, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Academy Art Museum. Fees: Member: $25, Student: $20, Non-Member: $30.

Note: All library programs are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, patrons do not need to pre-register to attend a library program.

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

June 30 Brings Big Band and Fireworks to St. Michaels Waterfront

In celebration of Independence Day, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on the Miles River in St. Michaels, Md. welcomes The Shades of Blue Orchestra for a live performance at its Saturday, June 30 Big Band Night. The St. Michaels fireworks are scheduled to launch after dusk that evening, with CBMM’s waterfront campus a great venue from which guests can enjoy the fireworks. The rain date for the concert and fireworks is Sunday, July 1.

Two vocalists will join the 18-piece Shades of Blue Orchestra as they perform from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand. The orchestra first played at CBMM’s 2014 Big Band Night, with numerous requests from patrons for return engagements.

The orchestra is set to begin at 7:00 p.m., with the public invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets for an evening of music, dancing, and fireworks along the Miles River. Food, ice cream, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase during the event, which is generously sponsored by Eastern Shore Tents & Events.

Mixing together popular standards, a variety of musical styles, and dance-able rhythms, the Shades of Blue Orchestra combines brass, woodwind, and rhythm instruments to bring music from the 1930s to present to the Miles River. Established in 1976, this 18-piece Big Band consists of a well-balanced complement of brass, woodwind, and rhythm instruments, as well as two of the finest Big Band vocalists anywhere.

The Orchestra’s repertoire of music includes swing, rock, standard and popular ballads, Latin, retro, waltzes, and other selections. The Baltimore-based orchestra has performed at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, M&T Bank Stadium, Camden Yards, the Smithsonian Institution, Ocean City’s Sunfest, and more. Music samples and more information can be found at

CBMM’s exhibitions and campus will close at 5:00 p.m. for Big Band Night, and re-open at 6:00 p.m. for guests to enter the campus for the event. Admission to Big Band Night is $6 for CBMM members and $10 for non-members, with children ages 5 and under free. After 8:45 p.m., admission will be reduced to $2 for those watching the fireworks only. Advanced tickets and more information are at

Proceeds benefit the children and adults served by CBMM’s education, exhibition, and restoration programs.

For safety reasons, non-service dogs are prohibited on CBMM’s campus during Big Band Night, and other festivals. Leashed dogs are permitted during regular operating hours. For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit

Get Out on the Water with CBMM this Summer

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering two kayak paddles this summer to help its guests get out on the water. Registration for both is required to

The first offering is scheduled for 9am–1pm Saturday, June 30, when participants are invited to join CBMM Shipyard Programs Manager Jenn Kuhn and Lead Educator Matt Engel for a guided paddle along the San Domingo Creek and around Hambleton Island. The group will meet at the boat launch on E. Chew Street in St. Michaels, and the day will conclude with a tasting at Eastern Shore Brewery. Participants are invited to bring their own kayak or rent one from CBMM, and are encouraged to bring sunscreen, lunch, and something to drink.

The cost for the June paddle is $28 for CBMM members and $35 for non-members without a kayak rental. With a rental included, the cost is $60 for members and $75 for non-members.Participants must be 21 or older. To learn more, visit

On Monday, July 30, from 7:30–9:30pm, an evening Full Buck Moon Paddle will launch from Fogg’s Cove on CBMM’s St. Michaels campus. Native American tribes gave moons names as a way of tracking seasons. During this time of year, a buck’s antlers are in full growth, giving July’s full moon the name Full Buck Moon. Participants are again welcome to rent gear or bring their own.

The cost for the July paddle is $16 for CBMM members and $20 for non-members without a kayak rental. With a rental included, the cost is $28 for members and $35 for non-members. For details, visit

CBMM’s small craft rental program runs from June through October, with sailing vessels, kayaks, and rowboats available for hour or daily rentals. The program operates Saturdays and Sundays, June 2–10, and will expand to include Fridays June 22 through Aug. 26; Sept. 7–30; and Oct. 12-21. Rentals are closed during CBMM festivals, which are listed at For more, visit

Horn Point Laboratory’s Dr. Katja Fennel to Speak at Library June 20

“Gasping for Breath: what is taking the oxygen from our coastal waters?” will be the subject of the free special public talk by Dr. Katja Fennel on Wednesday, June 20 from 4:30 to 5:30 at the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library.  Dr. Fennel’s program will shed light on the culprits, challenges, and possible solutions to the serious problem of oxygen deprivation that impacts our Chesapeake Bay in a big way.

Dr. Fennel is the 14th Ian Morris Scholar in Residence, a recognition presented biannually at the Horn Point Laboratory (HPL) to a leader in marine research.Mike Roman, HPL Director, shared his enthusiasm Katja and her research, “Our Ian Morris Scholar in Residence program gives our graduate students the opportunity to interact with a world-renowned scientist for a week. This year we are fortunate to host Dr. Katja Fennel from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. Fennel is an international leader in the use of models to assess the impacts of climate change and land use on the marine environment.”

The Ian Morris Scholar in Residence is an endowed program to honor the memory of Ian Morris, Director of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) from 1981 to 1988.  In his brief tenure Dr. Morris’ contribution to the successful growth and scientific reputation of UMCES was enormous.  Through the Scholar in Residence program Ian Morris’ legacy continues to have a positive impact on the next generation of science and our local community.

To learn more visit or contact Carin Starr or 410-221-8408.

Haven Ministries Opens Second Food Pantry for North Queen Anne’s County

Haven Ministries has announced the opening of a second food pantry in Queen Anne’s County at Centreville United Methodist Church at 608 Church Hill Road in Centreville to increase the northern part of the county’s use of the services, including residents from zip codes 21617 and 21657 and north. The new location is in addition to Haven Ministries Food Pantry at Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church at 931 Love Point Road in Stevensville, serving residents from zip codes 21658 and south. Both food pantries, which are open the third Friday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., will open July 20, 2018 and will serve clients of each geographical location. Until July 20, the Food Pantry at Safe Harbor Presbyterian will still continue to serve all Queen Anne’s County residents.

According to Krista Pettit, executive director of Haven Ministries, the food pantry currently serves about 235 clients with over 10,000 pounds of food being given out each month. She adds, “We need volunteers for both food pantries. Volunteers set up the food for shopping, help disabled and handicapped clients to their cars, and clean up after the pantry is held.”

Haven Ministries is encouraging youth and civic organizations and businesses to volunteer. Youth volunteers must be accompanied by an adult. Community resource organizations and area churches are also being invited to set up informational tables during the hours the food pantry will be open. Pettit adds, “We want to educate people as well as help them with food items. We have found by providing information and connecting clients to relevant resources, we can really make a difference.”

Haven Ministries is continuing to work with the Maryland Food Bank to provide food items. Food donations of small quantities can also be dropped off at the main entrance of Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To volunteer for Haven Ministries Food Pantry, visit For questions, call Krista Pettit at 410-739-4363.

Love shapes the ministry, love transforms people, and hope prevails at Haven Ministries.  Haven Ministries operates a Resource Center at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Centreville, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with job training, educational programming, and case management services.  The Haven Ministries Food Pantries are held on the third Friday monthly at Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church in Stevensville and at a second location (opening July 20) at Centreville United Methodist Church at 608 Church Hill Road in Centreville from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Our Daily Thread Thrift Store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Homeless Shelter is open October through April at Kent Island United Methodist Church. For further information about Haven Ministries, visit or call 410-739-4363.

St. Michaels Police S.M.Y.L.E. Receives Grant from Bryan Brothers Foundation

The Bryan Brothers “Building Dreams for Youth” Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce the St. Michaels Police Department S.M.Y.L.E. Program as a 2018 grant recipient. The grant is awarded in recognition of Chesapeake Landing Restaurant as a 2017-2018 Community Challenge for Kids Sponsor.

Photo: L-R: Dawn Bryan Turner (Bryan Brothers Foundation), Sharon Poore (Bryan Brothers Foundation), Erin Spurry Gottleib (Chesapeake Landing Restaurant), P.F.C. Toby Hafer (SMPD), Allen Bryan Jr. (Bryan Brothers Foundation), Jason Bryan (Bryan Brothers Foundation)

The SMPD S.M.Y.L.E. (St. Michaels Youth and Law Enforcement) program provides a much-needed community service mentoring local area children on drug & alcohol abuse prevention. Junior Police Academy cadets are mentored by St. Michaels Chief Anthony Smith and his officers. Participation includes afterschool activities like visits to the police department, fire department and airport.

The Bryan Brothers “Building Dreams for Youth” Foundation’s mission is to help ensure that all children on the Mid-Shore have the opportunity to experience personal growth through participation in youth sports, recreation and development programs. Since its inception in 2003, the Bryan Brothers Foundation has provided over $1,100,000 in grants to support Shore Kids. The Foundation provides donors with the opportunity to support a broad range of worthwhile youth programs with their contributions. For more information, please call 410-819-3780 or call