Talbot Interfaith Shelter kicks off 10th Anniversary with a Matching Challenge

Ten years ago this month, a group of concerned citizens from Talbot County met to discuss
the growing problem of homelessness in Talbot County and to develop a way to assist those in need in
our community. Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) was born!

Ahead of the organization’s milestone 10th anniversary, a shelter supporter who has been with the
organization from day one made an incredible offer to match the next $10,000 TIS raised. The call went
out to shelter supporters on May 15th, and with the help of more than 30 donors, including generous
donations from Tom and Cathy Hill and the Dock Street Foundation, the $10,000 goal was not only met,
but exceeded within 10 days.

That’s when another long-time shelter supporter stepped up to extend the matching challenge by
$3,500, with the potential for a higher match if that number is exceeded. At the time of this article, TIS
had raised $13,396 towards the new goal. Those who are interested in making a matching donation and
doubling the impact of their gift can do so on|ine at ta|botinterfaithshelter.org or by mail to PO Box
2004, Easton, MD 21601.

TIS served its first guests in the winter of 2008-2009. The organization began as a “homeless” homeless
shelter, rotating every couple of weeks between various houses of worship throughout the community.
Staffed by volunteers from 17 partner congregations, who did everything from moving cots to cooking
dinner to laundry or driving guests to take a shower, the organization was initially open during the
winter months. Due to fire code regulations, only five individuals could be served at one time.

In 2014, TIS applied for and was awarded a permit to operate a permanent, year-round facility at a
former bed and breakfast in the heart of Easton called Easton’s Promise. They can now serve up to 14
people at a time, including families with children. Through partnerships with the Housing Commission
of Talbot and a private landlord, they have procured eight off-site transitional apartments. This allowed
for the development of their S4 Program (Shelter, Stability, Support, Success). The goal of the program
is to provide guests with the tools they need to build sustainable seIf-sufficiency.

Guests start the program at Easton’s Promise. They work with TIS’ Operations Manager Fran Doran to
develop a plan that addresses their specific needs. Ms. Doran then provides case management
throughout their stay in the program. Guests are directed to the necessary service agencies, and are
provided with budget assistance, health and parenting classes, participate in a program called ”Getting
Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World”, and will soon be offered on-site GED classes.

Once they achieve a certain level of financial stability, guests are invited to move into one of TIS’
transitional apartments. The organization subsidizes part of the rent, and the guests’ portion increases
incrementally over time until they are able to take over all expenses. They are then monitored for a
period of time to ensure that they can maintain seIf-sufficiency, at which point they are able to move
out on their own.

To learn more about Talbot Interfaith Shelter and the S4 Program, visit ta|botinterfaithshelter.org or
contactJulie Lowe by phone at 410-310-2316 or via email atjulielowe@atlanticbb.net.

St. Michaels Museum July 4th Celebration and Children’s Parade

The St Michaels Museum will again celebrate Independence Day with a beginning with children’s parade.  The festivities begin at St. Mary’s Square at 10 am. Patriotic dress is encouraged by all, and children, bicycles, wagons, and pets are welcomed to participate.

Follow the parade route from the museum at St. Mary’s Square, along Talbot St, and back to the square.  The patriotic program begins at 11am. The Pledge of Allegiance and flag raising will be led by Boy Scout Troop 741.  

Enjoy refreshments from the fire department’s food truck and Justine’s Ice Cream.  Phillips Wharf’s Fishmobile and Magician John Dodge will be there for the children’s enjoyment.  

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Curator Pete Lesher will speak on “Frederick Douglas and Freedom Through Education”. The Museum will be open so parade attendees can tour the current exhibit, “Business in St Michaels” and the Permanent Exhibit of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

For more information, please call 410-745-0530 or visit www.stmichaelsmuseum.org

CBMM to host Volunteer Friendraiser June 26

Are you a friendly, outgoing lover of the Chesapeake? Do you enjoy working with people? If so, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum needs you!

In an effort to grow public programs, CBMM is looking for new volunteers interested in learning how to lead tours exploring the Bay’s history, culture, and environment. No experience is necessary, but an enthusiasm for the Chesapeake, a willingness to learn, and the gift of gab are essential.

Those interested are invited to join CBMM volunteers and staff at a Volunteer Friendraiser at 3 pm Tuesday, June 26, in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium.This event is free, but registration is encouraged to bit.ly/CBMMFriendraiser.

The Volunteer Friendraiser includes complimentary refreshments and the opportunity for prospective volunteers to learn more about volunteering opportunities, with emphasis on interpretive programs, public and school group tours, and training. Current volunteers and staff will be on hand to answer questions during the event.

Volunteers play an essential role in the mission of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, which draws more than 80,000 annual guests to its 18-acre campus and educational programming. In addition to fellowship, training, and enrichment trips, volunteers also enjoy special events and socials throughout the year, an annual recognition reception, library privileges, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. For details, visit cbmm.org.

Upcoming Programming at the Library June 25 to 28

Giant Walk-On Map of Maryland at St. Michaels Library

On Monday, June 25, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will play host to a giant, walk-on map of the state of Maryland. There will be special activities for children 6 and older. All participants must wear socks. All library programs are free and open to the public. Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this program (but don’t forget those socks!). 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 Story Time

On Tuesdays, June 26 and 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 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

St. Michaels Library to Screen Free Movie

On Tuesday, June 26, at noon, the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will show a film on its big, professional screen. For licensing reasons, we cannot publicize the name of the movie here, but if you can call the library at 410-745-5877 or visit www.tcfl.org to learn the title. 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

GSK Science in the Summer: The Science of Space at Easton Library

On Wednesday, June 27, and Thursday, June 28, from 10:00 a.m. – noon for scientists entering grades 2 and 3, and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. for scientists entering grades 4 – 6., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will host a STEM program sponsored by Glaxo Smith Kline and the Association for the Advancement of Science. Children will learn about the stars, the moon, space travel, and more through active, hands-on learning. All library programming is free and open to the public, but patrons are required to pre –register for this program. Online registration begins on June 1 at www.tcfl.org. 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 Story Time

On Wednesdays, June 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

Bay Hundred Chess at St. Michaels Library

On Wednesdays, June 27, July 11 & 25, and August 8 & 22, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., the St. Michael branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons of all ages to come in and learn and play the strategic game of chess. Beginners welcome. 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

Family Games at St. Michaels Library

On Wednesdays, June 27, July 25, August 22, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will present an afternoon of board games and fun educational children’s games for all ages (children 5 and under must be 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

Memoir Writers Program at St. Michaels Library

On Thursdays, June 28, 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 are invited to 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 Screen Emmy Award-winning Civil Rights Documentary

On Thursday, June 28, at 2:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a free showing of “Miles of Smiles: The Years of Struggle” on the library’s big professional screen. “Miles of Smiles,” filmed by Academy Award-winning director Paul Wagner, tells the story of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, which, under the leadership of A. Philip Randolph, became the first black union to win major concessions in wage and working conditions from a large American corporation.

The Brotherhood also played a central role in the nation’s civil rights movement. It was sleeping car porter E. D. Nixon who—under the guidance of Randolph—organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott that first brought Martin Luther King, Jr., into the Civil Rights Movement. “Library guy” Bill Peak, whose wife performed much of the archival research for the film, will be on hand to talk about its production and answer questions. “Mile of Smiles” is being shown as part of the yearlong celebration of Frederick Douglass’s bicentennial.

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: Bill Peak, telephone: 410-822-1626

2018 Juneteenth to Celebrate the Year of Frederick Douglass

Sankofa Dance Theatre will perform at the Juneteenth Celebration.

The Academy Art Museum proudly joins over 35 local organizations in celebrating the life of Talbot County’s most famous native son Frederick Douglass on June 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its annual Juneteenth Celebration. This year marks the 200th birthday of the social reformer, abolitionist, writer and statesman. The Museum will again partner with the Frederick Douglass Honor Society for “The Year of Frederick Douglass.”

Juneteenth, one of the most important African American holidays in the country, marks the abolition of slavery. The celebration will commemorate Emancipation Day, celebrate the significant contributions of African Americans in our country, and reflect on the common values that we share as a community. This free family event, which will include music, food, entertainment, and art-related activities, and more.

This year’s celebration will also join with the Talbot County Free Library’s Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Waterfowl Building (Armory) in Easton. The Festival is a one-day, rain or shine, free event that celebrates children, community, diversity, and literacy.  Festival-goers will have the opportunity to meet award-winning, best-selling, multi-talented authors and illustrators as they share their stories and love of children. As in past years, the Children’s Book Festival will also serve as the kick-off event for the Talbot County Free Library’s summer reading program.  Children who sign up for the summer reading program may receive a voucher good for a free book from one of the Festival’s authors (while supplies last).

For information, visit academyartmuseum.org/juneteenth or contact Damika Baker, Director of Development at (410) 822-2787 or dbaker@academyartmuseum.org.

2018 Waterfowl Festival Featured Sculpture Unveiled

The Waterfowl Festival is pleased to unveil it’s 2018 Featured Sculpture “The Lovers”, an elegant, impressionistic bronze created by renowned artist Eric Tardif of Canada.

Tardif, who hails from Gatineau in the Canadian province of Quebec, was at one time a naturalist in Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area preserve along the shores of the St. Lawrence River. However, his inspiration for this piece started nine years ago in Florida, when he and his family watched in fascination as two birds enacted their courtship ritual. “It was so intense – their focus, their wing movements; it is etched in my memory,” he recounts with a bit of awe.

“I decided to bring this memory to life for Waterfowl Festival and have created two long-tailed birds – The Lovers – in a single, strong piece that expresses the rich and solemn connection and communication between the pair,” said Tardif. “I hope that it expresses their grace, calm, peacefulness and formality during a moment in time.” The Lovers bronze stands 46 inches tall and is mounted on a single base of black marble 42 inches wide and 12 inches deep and is offered at $14,000.

The natural landscapes, heritage and bird life of Eastern Canada have been Tardif’s creative muse for over fifteen years – first inspiring him to pursue his art and still today, helping to shape his perspective. Wild birds, in particular, with their natural elegance and graceful movements, continue to be the source for his inventive and unique brass, bronze, wood and stone sculptures.

While some of Tardif’s work is in brass and bronze, his primary medium remains walnut, Canadian maple, ash, cherry and elm. He does not carve or sculpt in the traditional sense; instead he bends and shapes. “I have always been intrigued by the expressive possibilities of wood,” he explains. “I am constantly researching and refining my methods. Like birds, my work is in a state of perpetual artistic migration, from what I know toward even more expressive ways to form my vision.”

Using a process called ‘steam bending’ – in which strips of wood are steamed to a temperature of more than two hundred degrees (°F), making them pliable enough to bend into curving, intricate forms – Tardif creates abstract sculptures that capture the nuances and intimacies of our feathered friends as they fly, preen, hunt and interact with each other. He notes that even the choice of type of wood “adds touches that are sometimes voluptuous, sometimes solemn” to the feeling of a piece. He will be offering smaller, wood versions of “The Lovers” at the Festival as well.

In addition to many group exhibitions around the world and solo exhibitions in Canada and the U.S., Tardif has been highlighted in the annual “Birds in Art Exhibition” at Ohio’s prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Early in his artistic career he won several awards in Japan and more recently has been a finalist for the NICHE Awards in Washington, D.C., an esteemed competition celebrating excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft. Tardif exhibits at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, South Carolina and other wildlife art events across the U.S each year. He has also served on the Board of Directors for several culture, craft and art councils in his home country.

Visit www.waterfowlfestival.org for updates and more information on the 2018 Festival as it evolves.

About the Waterfowl Festival & Waterfowl Chesapeake
Waterfowl Festival, a partner of Waterfowl Chesapeake, is dedicated to wildlife conservation, the promotion of wildlife art, and the celebration of life on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The 48th Festival will be held November 9-11, 2018 in historic Easton, MD. For more information visit www.waterfowlfestival.org or call 410-822-4567.

Chesapeake Charities Promotes Charitable Giving with Endow Maryland Tax Credit

Chesapeake Charities wants to get the word out about Endow Maryland, a Maryland state tax credit that encourages Maryland residents to give back to their local community in a meaningful and lasting way.  The Endow Maryland tax credit, which is designed to promote charitable giving in Maryland, for Maryland, applies only to gifts to permanent, endowed funds held at local community foundations such as Chesapeake Charities—gifts that will generate many times their initial value to benefit the community.Qualified donors could receive a 25 percent tax credit on their 2018 Maryland state tax return.

According to Linda Kohler, Chesapeake Charities Executive Director, “It’s a win-win for donors and the community. Contributions to the Community Endowment Fund at Chesapeake Charities will have a tremendous impact on the 85 funds under our umbrella and will leverage additional donations to the community.  Proceeds from the fund will be used to build the capacity of local nonprofit organizations and assist with grant research and grant writing – critical skills for every nonprofit.”

Endow Maryland offers a tax credit for gifts of at least $500 to permanent, endowed funds at qualified community foundations, resulting in $1 million in donations each year that directly impact local communities across the State.These credits are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and are anticipated to be claimed quickly. To find out how to take advantage of the tax credit, please contact Chesapeake Charities, at info@ChesapeakeCharities.org or call 410.643.4020. For more information about the Endow Maryland tax credit, refer to the Comptroller of Maryland website, “Spotlight on Maryland Taxes.”

Located in Stevensville, Maryland, Chesapeake Charities is a community foundation that supports over 85 nonprofit funds that impact a range of charitable causes including animal welfare, arts, education, health and human services, and the environment. All funds have a common cause – a passion for making a difference in their communities. Chesapeake Charities serves organizations in eight counties: Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot. They have invested more than $11 million in the Chesapeake Bay region since 2005, including $279,900 in scholarship awards to 254 local high school students, through nine scholarship programs.For more information, contact Chesapeake Charities at (410) 643-4020 or info@chesapeakecharities.org, or visit www.chesapeakecharities.org. Chesapeake Charities is accredited by the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

For more information, contact Chesapeake Charities at (410) 643-4020 or info@chesapeakecharities.org, or visit www.chesapeakecharities.org. Chesapeake Charities is accredited by the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

Watch Log Canoe Races Aboard Winnie Estelle this Summer

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is once again offering the opportunity to view Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoe races along the Miles River while aboard its 1920 buyboat, Winnie Estelle.

The two-hour scenic cruises depart from CBMM at 9:30am on Sundays, June 24July 29, and Sept. 16; at both 9:30am and 1:30pm on Saturdays, July 28Sept. 8, and Sept. 15; and at1:30pm only on Saturday, June 23.

Regular drop-in cruises aboard Winnie Estelle are otherwise offered at CBMM Fridays through Mondays, May to October.

These iconic Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoes only race along the Chester, Miles, Choptank, and Tred Avon rivers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With long masts and large sails, these boats keep upright as they accelerate to speeds of 10 knots or more, thanks to crew members climbing to the ends of 15-foot boards that hang off the side of the canoe.

These two-hour special cruises aboard Winnie Estelle offer scenic views and photo opportunities, along with commentary from CBMM’s docents and crew. The cost is $28 for CBMM members, or $35 for non-members, with boarding limited and advanced registration needed at cbmm.org/onthewater.

Talbot Young Professionals Bring on the Second Annual Paddle Jam

Talbot County Young Professionals will present the 2nd annual Paddle Jam on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Paddle Jam is a community event on the Tred Avon River with post paddling festivities at Easton Point Marina.

Easton Family YMCA Take the Helm Program is Paddle Jam’s beneficiary. Take the Helm is an afterschool enrichment program for high school students in Talbot County that teaches woodworking and leadership skills through the art of wooden boat building.

This six-mile paddling event will leave from and return to Easton Point Marina. Paddlers will launch kayaks, canoes or paddleboards to enjoy a leisurely paddle along the Tred Avon River. Onsite check-in and registration is 3-4:45pm; launch is at 5pm. Paddlers are asked to be off the course by 7:30pm. You may register at www.talbotyp.org, find Paddle Jam 2018 on www.active.com or call the Talbot Chamber at 410.822.4653. Register by June 3 to guarantee an event moisture wicking t-shirt in your size. Paddle Jam is scheduled to take place rain or shine.

A few of the paddlers from Paddle Jam 2017.

Starting at 3pm, there will be a community event at Easton Point Marina until 10pm with food and drink vendors, live music by Black Dog Alley Band (6-10pm), games/activities, face painting, PWEC fishmobile and more. If you do not want to paddle, come out and enjoy the party.

The Paddle Jam will include a poker run, where participants pick up poker cards from designated boats along the river. At the end, participants turn in their hand for a chance to win a prize. The grand prize is the winner’s choice of a kayak or stand up paddleboard from Easton Cycle and Sport! Each comes with a paddle and lifejacket. Both will be onsite for the winner to choose from.

Don’t have a vessel to paddle, no problem. Rental may be reserved and waiting for you at Paddle Jam: Easton Cycle and Sport – Call (410) 822-7433 or visit www.eastoncycleandsport.com; Wahe SUP – (410) 924-0919 or easternshoreyoga@gmail.com; or through the Easton Family YMCA, 410.822.4653 or ahollis@ymcachesapeake.org.

Paddle Jam is looking for sponsors, prizes and participant goodie bag items. Please contact Kristin at 410.924.5244 or email yp@talbotchamber.org to help.

Sponsors to date include Platinum Sponsor Easton Cycle and Sport.

Gold sponsors are Easton Economic Development/Chesapeake Harvest, Koons Toyota Easton, Willow Construction, Easton Point Marina, M&T Bank Wahe SUP, Talbot Partnership, Town and Country Wine, Liquor, Etc., Solar Energy Service, Inc., The Star Democrat, Kelly Distributors/Sweetwater Brewery and Cricket Wireless.

Silver Sponsors are Shore United Bank, Pixel Print & Post, Provident State Bank, Tidewater Inn, 1880 Bank, BDK, Inc., Tricycle & Run, Aqua Pools Spas, Konsyl Pharmaceuticals, Easton Utilities, Easton Shore Smile Solution, Belle Aire Farms Inc., Tawney Accounting Group, Londonderry on the Tred Avon, Avery Hall Insurance Solutions, Tidewater Physical Therapy, Paulson Investment Company, LLC Albers/Nixon Team, Teddy Bear Fresh and Brackish Life.

Sts. Peter and Paul-St. Vincent de Paul Club Award Ceremony

Photo by Rene Fuentes

On May 24, 2018, 42 student-members of the Sts. Peter and Paul—St. Vincent de Paul Club received Award Certificates as members of the Youth ministry of the St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference in Easton, MD during the 2017-2018 school year.  Awards were presented by Lisa Morrell, leader of the SSPP-SVdP Club and assisted by Paula Broll.  Eight Vincentians of the Conference’s leadership team attended the award ceremony and personally thanked and congratulated each student for their service to help those in need in Talbot County.

The SSPP-SVdP Club is comprised of Middle School students from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Easton, MD.  The awards signify the achievement of the students toward the three essential elements of the SVdP Society—Spirituality, Friendliness and Service.  Twice a month, the students support the Conference’s Food Pantry and Thrift Center ministries on Canvasback Drive.  During monthly SSPP-SVdP Club meetings, the students offer prayers for the needy and prepare crafts and gifts for clients.