Upcoming Programming at the Library Nov. 26 to 28

Read with Latte, a Certified Therapy Dog, at Easton Library

On Monday, November 26, at 4:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children 5 and older to bring a book or choose a library book and 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 to Teach You about Your Credit Score and How to Correct it

On Monday, November 26, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, Laura Heikes will present the last in her series of Financial Literacy lectures, this one on the subject of personal credit scores.  This program is sponsored by Shore United Bank and the library.  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: Scotti Oliver, telephone: 410-822-1626

St. Michaels Library to Offer Book Art for Teens & Adults

On Monday, November 26, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a program that teaches patrons how to create a “Japanese Bound Book” that can serve as one’s personal journal.  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 Screen Oscar-Winning Film

On Tuesday, November 27, at noon, the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer show a feature film rated PG-13 on its big, professional screen.  The film won two Academy Awards, including the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role.  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 (including the title of this film which, due to licensing agreements, we cannot publicize here), please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

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

Easton Library to Offer Sensitive Story Time

On Wednesday, November 28, at 10:30 a.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a Sensitive Story Time for children 5 and under who prefer a calm, comfortable, quiet environment with few distractions.  One caregiver per child is required.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons are asked contact Laura Powell at 410-822-1626 or lpowell@tcfl.org if they wish to attend this program.

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

Easton Library to Host STEM Program

On Wednesday, November 28, at 4:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will once again host its popular “We are Builders” program.  Children 6 – 12 will have the opportunity to build with 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 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

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

St. Michaels Fall Events and Tours

The St. Michaels Museum, located on historic 1778 St. Mary’s Square, is now closed until the first weekend in May 2019. The Museum will be open for two days during Christmas in St Michaels weekend, Saturday, December 8th, from 11:00 to 4:00 and Sunday, December 9th, from 12:00 to 3:00. To celebrate Christmas in St. Michaels, there will no admission fee to the museum.

The museum will be decorated for the Christmas season and there will be a small exhibit highlighting objects given to the museum during 2018 such as an early 1860’s school teachers workbook used in a school located on St. Mary’s Square and a tintype collection of a St. Michaels family dating from the mid-19th century.  We also will have photographs taken in St. Michaels during the 1960s and 1970s that show how much the town has changed.

Special Out Of Season Docent Led Walking Tours

Our regular Saturday 10:00 walking tours offered during the May to October season are no longer scheduled during this off-season period. But special tours can be arranged by calling 410-745-6591.

Out of Season Special Tours are $10 Per Person with a minimum of $40 for less than 4 people.

“Frederic Douglass, a Slave in St. Michaels 1833-36”

This tour is a 90 minute walking tour. It features Frederick Douglass and his significant ties to St. Michaels. Two periods of his life are covered: the first period, the three years (1833-1836) he lived in town and nearby farms as a slave. The second period covers his 1877 visit to St Michaels as a famous free man when he met with his former owner Thomas Auld.

“Historic St. Michaels: It’s People, Places and Happenings”

This tour is a 90 minute walking tour. It highlights St. Michaels people, events and historic sites from the last quarter of the 18th century to the early 20th century.

Visit our website www.stmichaelsmuseum.org or call 410-745-9561 for more details about arranging a special Frederick Douglass or Historic St Michaels walking tour or to request a special opening of the museum for a private tour. The Museum is located at  201 E. Chestnut Street, one block from Talbot Street.

Join YMCA of the Chesapeake for Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

The YMCA of the Chesapeake is excited to announce the Thanksgiving Day Charity Turkey Trot 5K at six locations across the Eastern Shore November 22, 2018. The locations are Queenstown, Easton, Salisbury, Perryville, Cambridge and Chincoteague Island, with all locations having a start time of 8:30am. Funds raised go directly to the Y’s Early Learning, Summer Camps and Before and After School Enrichment programs.

“When you run with us Thanksgiving morning, you are supporting our mission to work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.  What better way to kick off Thanksgiving than giving back and having fun in the process?” said Robbie Gill, CEO for the YMCA of the Chesapeake.

The race is open to all ages and abilities, everyone (including your pooch) can walk, run or leisurely stroll the 3.1-mile course and soak in the feel-good vibes! Your participation deeply benefits children and families in your local community, so whether you’re trotting solo, on a team or with your family, register now and be surrounded by a community of goodwill Thanksgiving morning. Gobble, gobble!

You can register today at ymcachesapeake.org.

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

Christmas Love in St. Michaels

As Tiny Tim exclaimed, “God bless us every one”.  At this time of year, the Bay Hundred Area is brimming with blessings and charity from many resources. The St. Michaels Community Center is one that is hosting a large toy drive so that local families will be able to provide presents under the tree for their children on Christmas morning.  We are in need of toys, books, diapers,boys and girls new clothing items and shoes (newborn to youth size 16), These items can be dropped off at SMCC at 103 Railroad Avenue in St. Michaels as well as the St. Michaels Library on Fremont St. and the St. Michaels Police Department, next to the Library on Fremont Street. Collections until December 14.

SMCC is also collecting household goods (laundry detergent, small laundry baskets, cleaning products, toiletries, personal hygiene items, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.) that will be distributed to local families and seniors in need of a little help this winter. These items are being collected at SMCC or St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on Talbot Street in St. Michaels until December 14.

Please check out the following websites for holiday church services and love being shared with our neighbors by local organizations in St. Michaels:

Christmas in St. Michaels: christmasinstmichaels.org

Town of St. Michaels, MD: stmichaelsmd.gov

St. Michaels Business Association: stmichaelsmd.org

Please be sure to check out all the other Bay Hundred Area churches and organizations from Royal Oak and Newcomb to Tilghman Island for holiday dinners, services and celebrations.

Kids Christmas Craft Week is scheduled for Mon., November 26 through Thursday, November 28.  Monday is Gingerbread houses with K – 2nd. Tuesday is Gingerbread houses with 3 – 5th grades. Wednesday is crafts and “shopping” with K – 2nd and Thursday is crafts and “shopping” with grades 3 – 5. Each day is $10 per student.  Call Amy or April at 410-745-5102 to sign up.

Christmas Train Villages

Once again, SMCC plays host to the Annual Christmas Train Villages, open to the public from December 7 through December 12 from 10am – 3pm daily. Baked goods and crafts will be for sale on Saturday, the 8th (after the parade) and Sunday, the 9th. There is no charge to see the trains. Donations are gratefully accepted.  Fun for all kids of all ages!!!

Neighborhood Holiday Dinner – Wednesday, before Thanksgiving, 11am to 3pm, SMCC, 103 Railroad Ave. Open to all!

Neighborhood Holiday Dinner – Saturday, Dec. 15, 4-7pm, Union United Methodist Church Parish Hall. Open to all!

Validating the Afterlife with Roland Comtois (Medium, Author, Speaker) – Nov. 17, 7-9pm at St. Michaels Inn. Pre-registration is required. He will offer random audience readings. For tickets and information, go to RolandComtois.net or call Bobbi Parlett at 610-209-5409.

On-Going Activities & Programs for the Community

Every Monday – Aunt Jeannie’s Community Café  – 4pm to  7pm at Union United Methodist Church, Parish Hall on Fremont Street.Jeannie has added an home-cooked dinner to the weekly schedule. Great for busy families and anyone looking for a welcoming place, friendly company and delicious food. Pay “what you can, IF you can”, donations gratefully accepted.

Every Monday and Wednesday – Food Distribution – to assist St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Bank, SMCC distributes food every Monday and Wednesday at 103 Railroad Avenue from 12:30 – 3pm. Anyone needing food assistance is welcome to stop by, once a week, to collect 2 bags of fresh veggies, fruit, bread, cheeses, meat and/or desserts.

Every Wednesday – Senior Gathering – Every Wednesday from 10:30 – 12:30, anyone over the age of 55 is welcome to join us at SMCC for a healthy meal provided by Upper Shore Aging amid fellowship and fun. Every first and third Wednesday enjoy Bingo, the second Wednesday the YMCA joins us for “Brain Games” and on the fourth and fifth Wednesdays, activities vary from games, movement exercises to art projects. Please join us!

Every Friday – Aunt Jeannie’s Community Café – open for lunch every Friday at SMCC from 11 – 2. Open for dinner every Monday evening at Union United Methodist from 4 – 7pm. All are welcome! No charge, donations appreciated.

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE to the “Rockettes – Christmas Spectacular” bus Trip on Thursday, December 6 with time to shop after the show!  Cost of $179 per person includes round trip bus fare, tip for driver and tickets on the first mezzanine for the 11am show. Make this your special, holiday tradition! Call NOW 410-745-6073

Townsend, Zecher Join CBMM Board of Governors

Gary B. Townsend, Sr., and Linda K. Zecher have been named to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Board of Governors.

Gary Townsend has spent most of his professional career in banking and investments, including seven years as chief examiner of the Federal Home Loan Bank System. After 15 years in government work, he joined Friedman Billings Ramsey & Company as a securities analyst of both bond and equity investments.  In subsequent years, he covered financial institutions such as Wells Fargo & Company, Bank of America, and Wachovia.

In 2007, Townsend co-founded Hill-Townsend Capital, LLC, a long-short hedge fund that focused on financial institution investments. He now manages GBT Capital Management, LLC, which he founded in 2013.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Townsend holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Arts in history from George Washington University. He and his wife, Holly, share their time between Chevy Chase and Easton, where they have a home on the Miles River. Holly is currently on the Board of the Avalon Foundation in Easton. Gary spends much of his spare time on the golf course, traveling, and building boats.

Gary B. Townsend, Sr. and Linda K. Zecher

Linda Zecher is currently the managing director of the Barkley Group, a boutique consulting firm focused on digital transformation of enterprise organizations. Prior to founding the Barkley Group, she was as president, CEO and director of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a global education and learning company.

Zecher has also worked as the corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Sector organization, and had a distinguished career providing management expertise and leadership to market leaders in the technology industry. She began her career as a geophysicist with Texas Instruments and later joined Bank of America as vice president of the business services division, where she led the product management, sales, and marketing division for HR and accounting solutions.

Zecher previously served on the U.S. State Department’s Board for Overseas Schools, The Emily Couric Leadership Forum, James Madison University Board of Visitors, the Tandem Friends School Board, the Cradles to Crayons Board, and the Intelligence and National Security Association Board.

She is currently a member of the Hasbro Corporation Board, where she serves on the audit, cyber security, and compensation committees; and the John F. Kennedy Foundation Board, where she serves on the finance committee and chairs the technology committee. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University and an Honorary Doctorate from Bentley University. She currently lives in Bozman, Md., and has three adult children.

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.

Museum’s Shipyard Programs Announced

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. recently announced its Apprentice for a Day Shipyard Programs, taking place now through April 2019.

Programs take place on weekends and select weekdays, and include a variety of programs for every interest and age. Programs include Timber Frame Raising; Electronic Navigation for Non-Technical People; Boating Essentials; Plane-Making; Intro to Woodworking; Lofting; Open Boatshop; Chart Navigation; Three-Strand Rope Splicing; Recommissioning your Outboard; Bronze Casting; and more.

This year, CBMM’s Shipyard will also host special days when the public can help with the restoration of the 1912 river tug Delaware. Participants will work with CBMM shipwrights to learn some of the fundamentals of boatbuilding by taking part in the stem-to-stern restoration of the historic wooden tug. Participants will have the opportunity to work on the project from lofting to her launch.

CBMM’s Apprentice for a Day Shipyard Programs take place year-round, and offer demonstrations, workshops, intensives with visiting master craftsmen, on-the-water experiences, and customized programming.

Participation in each program is limited, with advanced registration needed and more information about each program at cbmm.org/shipyardprograms. CBMM members receive a 20% discount on all registration fees.

For more information, email afad@cbmm.org or call 410-745-4980.

Upcoming Programming at the Library November 19 to 21

William Faulkner

Easton Library Group to Discuss William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying”

On Monday, November 19, at 6:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, the Easton Library’s Book Group will discuss one of William Faulkner’s shortest, most accessible novels, “As I Lay Dying.”  Faulkner won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950.  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 Offer Coloring for Teens & Adults

On Tuesday, November 20, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites teens and adults to come in and explore the relaxing process of coloring.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

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

St. Michaels Library Book Group to Discuss “Elephant Company” by Vicki Constantine Croke

On Wednesday, November 21, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., in the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library, the St. Michaels book group will discuss Vicki Constantine Croke’s “Elephant Company.”  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

Horn Point Lab to Present Nutrient Pollution & Water Quality

On Thursday, November 15, at 6:30 p.m., in the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library, Horn Point Laboratory’s Dr. Patricia Gilbert will give a talk and PowerPoint presentation entitled “Nutrient Pollution and Water Quality: Global Insight, Local Perspective.”

The Chesapeake Bay and its rivers are the lifeblood of the Eastern Shore. While many easily recognize the natural beauty Bay country offers, the Horn Point Laboratory is offering these “Science After Hours with Horn Point Laboratory” programs to make the science of the Chesapeake Bay as accessible as its beauty.

All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons may pre-register for this program at https://www.umces.edu/science-after-hours-november, or by contacting Carin Starr atcstarr@umces.edu or 410-221-8408.

Contact: Carin Starr, telephone: 410-221-8408

Talbot Special Riders to Host Fall Horse Show

Talbot Special Riders will host its second show of the Jaime Lee Hutchison Memorial Horse Show series on Saturday, November 17, 2018 starting at 9 a.m. at Timber Grove Farm, 6292 Statum Road in Preston, Maryland.

The series is held in loving memory of Jaime Hutchison who tragically lost her battle with cancer in 2017. “She was truly one of our special riders,” said Kim Hopkins, Executive Director of Talbot Special Riders. “She taught everyone how to live and love in the moment.”

Talbot Special Riders has been serving Shore area children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional needs since 1981. Over thirty of its program riders are expected to compete in a trail class and a barrel race. A rider recognition ceremony will be held at noon.

The public is invited to attend free of charge. Donations are welcomed and appreciated. Food will be available for purchase on site.

About Talbot Special Riders
Talbot Special Riders is a registered nonprofit organization and a member of PATH. Its mission is to build confidence, self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment for individuals with physical, cognitive, and emotional needs by utilizing equine assisted activities and therapies. Talbot Special Riders has been providing this service to residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne and Talbot counties for more than 37 years. Learn more at www.talbotspecialriders.org.

Bugeye Edna Lockwood Relaunched at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Following a historic two-year restoration project, 1889 bugeye Edna Lockwood was relaunched into the Miles River during the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s annual OysterFest on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

Edna, queen of CBMM’s floating fleet, has spent the past several years having her nine-log hull completely replaced by CBMM shipwrights and apprentices. All work was done in full public view in St. Michaels, Md., and in adherence to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Vessel Preservation. Shipwright apprentices working on the project were generously supported by the Seip Family Foundation and the RPM Foundation.

Shipwright Joe Connor smashes a bottle of champagne against the bow of 1889 bugeye Edna Lockwood to christen her before her return to the Miles River.

Built in 1889 by John B. Harrison on Tilghman Island for Daniel W. Haddaway, Edna Lockwood dredged for oysters through winter, and carried freight—such as lumber, grain, and produce—after the dredging season ended. She worked faithfully for many owners, mainly out of Cambridge, Md., until she stopped “drudging” in 1967. In 1973, Edna was donated to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum by John R. Kimberly. Recognized as the last working oyster boat of her kind, Edna Lockwood was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1994. Edna is the last historic sailing bugeye in the world, and will undertake a heritage tour around the Chesapeake Bay during summer 2019, funded by the National Park Service.

To learn more about Edna Lockwood and what’s next for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Shipyard, visit cbmmshipyard.org.