St. Michaels Rotary Joins Fight Against Deadly Epidemic


“We’re in the middle of the deadliest drug epidemic in our history,” said Talbot County Sheriff Joe Gamble. “Much of it starts with prescription painkillers.” The problem is so serious that, according to Gamble, “your child has a much higher chance of dying from an opioid overdose” than from any other cause.

September is Talbot Goes Purple month, a substance abuse awareness program to engage our community and youth to stand against the scourge of opioid and other substance abuse. An initiative of the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and Tidewater Rotary, in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools and Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Talbot Goes Purple is an all-hands-on-deck effort that everyone in our community can support.

Custom-made Giampietro Rampini bowls.

As part of the month-long awareness campaign, the Rotary Club of St. Michaels will host a Gourmet Pasta Dinner on Saturday, September 16, at the Christ Church Parish Hall, 103 Willow Street, St. Michaels. Tickets are $65 per person. Contact Mike Mabe by email ( or phone (410-714-0466) to make reservations.

The mouthwatering menu begins with assorted crostini, followed by capresi salad, pasta with marinara sauce (meatballs optional), and a polenta/olive oil cake. Complimentary beverages (sparkling water, wine, tea, coffee) will be served throughout the evening.

Each diner will take home their beautiful pasta bowl (see photo) custom-made for this event by Giampietro Rampini of Gubio, Italy. Additional bowls will be available for purchase at the event.

All proceeds from the dinner will support Project Purple. For those unable to attend on September 16 but wishing to help, please contact Mike Mabe. Your generous gift of $35 or more will entitle you to receive a Rampini bowl.

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