St. Michaels Community Center
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Trish Payne
Executive Director
P. O. Box 354
103 Railroad Avenue
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Office: 410-745-6073

Youth Programs: 410-745-5102    
Treasure Cove:  410-745-0669
helps here!

The United Fund

The Bryan Foundation

St. Michaels Rotary Club

St. Michaels Bus. Assoc.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime

Talbot County YMCA

Environmental Concern

Inn At Perry Cabin

Choptank Community
Health System, Inc

Computer Literacy for Kids.

Mid Shore Mediation

WCEI RADIO - Local Events

Talbot County P.E.A.C.E.

Talbot Partnership

Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Inc.

Carpe Diem Arts

St. Michaels Studio

Talbot Hospice

Maryland Coalition

Phillips Wharf E. C.
Links to our
Friends and
Many of our programs
are also partially
funded by the Talbot
Family Network and
other donors as
listed below
Talbot Humane Society
We always welcome
If you'd like to join our
"family", give us a
call at 410-745-6073
or stop in to
see us !
Donate by
credit card by  
clicking the
DONATE button
at top left-hand
corner of this
Email address:
St. Luke's U.M.C.
In loving memory of Avery Monique Bechtel
March 27, 1998 - August 15, 2011
Artists, Sue Stockman and Bobby Malzone work with SMCC after school kids to create a mosaic memorial in
depicting a friendship circle of love in honor of Avery Bechtel
At SMCC on Thursdays after school, any child
interested in learning about starting a garden,
planting seeds, tending the garden beds, harvesting
the bounty and recipes to make meals with what
we've grown is welcome to join anytime for free!      
Call Trish at 410-745-6073
The Garden Committee of
St. Michaels Community
Center, under the
leadership of Laurie Pratt,r
worked diligently for
nearly two years to
achieve the goal of
building a truly community
garden in St. Michaels.
With the help of so many,
such as Jerry Leonard,
Jack Shannahan, Frank
Hopkinson, Roger Clark,
The Rotary Club of St.
Michaels, Christmas in St.
Michaels, Master
Gardners, Volunteers from
Habitat for Humanity,
Water Boys for Jesus, The
Boy Scouts, The Town of
St. Michaels and much
more, a wonderfully
beautiful space has been
created to grow food,
friendships and
Reverand Johnson officially opening the
SMCC Community Garden

Hours:  Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm
Location:  at 933 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels
This quaint resale shop is staffed by community volunteers. Newcomers are always welcome to join us.
The Treasure Cove is always in need of clean, in season, clothing,  gently used furniture and  usable household goods.
We generally do not accept large appliances but will take your name and number in case we have a family in need.
Every penny we earn from your donations goes towards underwriting the programs and operating expenses of the St. Michaels Community Center.
SMCC strives to meet the unfilled needs of our community by providing low-cost merchandise that goes
back into our community. Please call 410-745-6073 if you'd like to volunteer your time or make a donation.
Thanks for your support !
Chuck Shenk with kids
The green tomatoes are piled by the big tree, the green beans have been stripped from all the gardens and there is not a gardener in sight. The mystery of the garden thief is quickly solved by observant neighbors. It appears that the deer
prefer the green beans and the squirrels have a preference for green tomatoes. The St. Michaels Community Garden is apparently a community garden in every sense of the word.

What comes to mind first when you think of a Community Garden: produce or community? Well, you will find an ample supply of both at the St. Michaels Community Garden. This grass roots project is a perfect example of folks building
something from scratch with the help of the whole community. In June of 2010, the Garden Planning Committee began meeting under the auspices of the St. Michaels Community Center. The committee grew to encompass volunteers
who shared their goal of a community garden. Inspired by the leadership of St. Michaels resident Laurie Pratt, the group worked diligently to bring this garden to fruition. When asked for his view of the garden Pratt replied, “By all accounts,
we are off to an enthusiastically successful first year. Surpassing the expectations of many, this year’s experience should make next year even better.”

Local groups such as the St. Michaels Rotary Club, Christmas in St. Michaels, Miller Electric, Bartlett Tree, Shanahan Wells, Jerry Leonard, Eagle Scout Lamont Brickhouse, Boy Scout Troop 741, the Thursday crew of Habitat for Humanity,
and the Easton Water Boys have all been generous with their time and labor. Horticulturist Roger Galvin created the original garden design and resident Frank Hopkinson created a template for the beds and built ten of them himself. Karin
Simmons at Bay Hundred Botanicals donated pepper and lettuce seedlings and Carol Bean from Pot Pie Farm donated lettuce seedlings. The St. Michaels Commissioners and the St. Michaels Community Center provided enthusiastic
support for the project.

The 40 beds were made available to rent for $5.00 each per year. Interested gardeners could pick up an application at the St. Michaels Community Center and now those 40 beds are bursting at the seams with a variety of fresh produce.
There are tomatoes, lettuce, beets, peas, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, radishes, and more, with the corresponding gardeners a perfect picture of the local community. There are children from Critchlow Atkins Day Care center who tend
their beds regularly , which often requires on the spot tasting, just to make sure things are ripe. There are Master Gardeners who are generous with advice for the beginning gardeners. Seniors, teens and all ages in between are meeting
new people and learning from each other while they water, weed and harvest their crops.

Aside from community involvement, educating new gardeners in Bay Wise gardening methods has been an important goal of the project. Along with learning sustainable, environmentally friendly practices, people have enjoyed making
their beds uniquely their own with a variety of garden art. There is a garden pig, flamingos, a bird cage, statues, scare crows and more.

The garden is not only for individuals to enjoy, but also offers another source of nutritious food for those in need. Reverend Emanuel Johnson and members of Union United Methodist Church share their crop with members of the
community and excess produce is donated by the gardeners to the St. Michaels Food Bank and the St. Michaels Community Center.

While bringing pleasure to many, the garden has become a very popular tourist spot in town; everyone brings visitors to witness the new and bustling sight. Locals pack a lunch and sit on the benches enjoying the beauty of this lovely
oasis. Gardener Mala Burt offered this observation when asked about her experience as a member of the Community Garden: “I planted the first seeds in my garden on March 19th and we were eating French Breakfast radishes a month
later. I planted sugar snap peas at one end of my bed because I wanted the children from the daycare to be able to pick them and taste how sweet a raw pea can be. I love meeting people at the community garden as we water and weed
and compare notes about what is doing well and what was not successful.”

The garden provides a vital space where local residents can learn gardening practices and at the same time turn a vacant lot into a vibrant space where people gather to work together and socialize.

The Community Garden is located beside the St. Michaels branch of Talbot County Free Library at 106 Fremont Street. For info: contact Val Kenn Gray at 410 745-2418, or Trish Payne at St. Michaels Community Center at 410 745-6073.
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To find out more about the St. Michaels Community Center .... Click Here:    What is SMCC all about???
Chief Tony Smith of the SMPD teamed up with Trish Payne of SMCC and through
the S.M.Y.L.E. (St. Michaels Youth and Law Enforcement)  took eight children and
their parents to the Wilderness Presidential Resort in Spotsylvania, VA over a the
long Easter holiday weekend. A reward program was intiated that allowed children
to earn the opportunity to go with their families to the resort by completing
community service projects or participating in drug and alcohol prevention
classes. Chief Smith and Trish Payne intend to offer 3 - 4 trips per year to
alternating groups of local children and their families.

To see all the fun click on the link below
SMPD & SMCC, our 1st trip to Wilderness Resort, Spotsylvania, VA
First Camp Wilderness Resort Trip
with Chief Tony Smith
Frequently throughout the year, SMCC and S.M.Y.L.E. provide community service opportunities and/or
drug/alcohol abuse prevention programs to the youth and families of our community. The community
service activities often help our neighbor non-profits or the Town of St. MIchaels and instill a sense of
accomplishment and pride. Young participants earn eligibility to join SMCC and (sometimes
representatives of S.M.Y.L.E). on a weekend camp trip to the Wilderness Presidential Resort in
Spotsyvania ( Call Trish at 410-745-6073 to learn how to join us!
SMCC and S.M.Y.L.E. join forces to inspire youth to
"Give Back to the Community"
click here to find out more:  "Community Give Back"
The Green Team
at Pickering Creek
On October 10, the Jr. Gardeners used vegetables and herbs from our
Community Garden beds and learned to make spaghetti sauce from
scratch. It was SOOOOO good!
The Green Team
The Treasure Cove Thrift Store
May 2014
Click here to view the fun!
Family Wilderness Weekend May 2014
Visit us on Face Book at:
StMichaels CommunityCenter  (only two words)
Thank you EVERYONE
for your friendship and
your generous support !

Swimming, Art, Tennis, Gardening, Field Hockey, Field trips and MUCH MORE!

St. Michaels Community Center
1990 - 2015 and going strong!
Celebrating 25 years
of community service!
Ongoing SMCC Programming

Every 2nd & 4th Wednesdays - Chess Club
from 1 - 3 p.m., at Railroad Avenue, no charge, everyone
welcome from novice to expert.

Every Wednesday,  6 - 8 p.m. and Sundays from Noon to 4 p.m.
Mosaics with Jen Wagner.
Stained Glass Window Project,  $250 fee includes instruction,
supplies and use of tools. No time limit. Other projects priced
individually.  Contact Jen at 443-521-4084.

Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday  from 9 a.m. to noon,
Duck Carving Class with Master Carver, Larry Parker
Everyone welcome from novice to pro. Fee based by project.

Every Wednesday -  Senior Lunch Gathering
9:30 - 10:15 Chair Yoga with Susan Irwin at  the St. Michaels
Housing Authority Bldg. on Dodson Avenue in St. Michaels

from 10:30 - 12:30 at Railroad Avenue, no charge,  donation
requested for lunch, provided by Upper Shore Aging.
Activities vary weekly. Week 1 - Bingo, Week 2 - YMCA Brain
Week 3 - Art/Crafts, Week 4 - guest speaker.  All are welcome.

Also, Tuesdays and Thursdays,  Community Tennis,
8:30 a.m. at the courts at the St. Michaels High School.
Moderate to intermediate players are welcome to join. No
Call 410-745-9589 for more information.

The MRYC Foundation seeks to assure that all children
under 18 learn to swim.
The Sink or Swim (SOS) Program started in the summer of 2014 by
partnering with the St. Michaels Community enter to offer free
swimming lessons for children at the Bay Hundred Community Pool.
To date, through classes at the Bay Hundred Pool, this program has
helped nearly 300 students learn to swim.
Registrations are now being taken at SMCC
by calling 410-745-5102
Please help  support theSOS program by donating to the
MRYC Foundation
at their website:
New Officers Elected and New Board Members
join SMCC for the 2015/2016 term
(seated l to r) Vastine Holliday, new member   Karen Shook, President   
Mattie Fountain, new member  (standing l to r) Harley Gates, new member
and Treasurer   Rene' Stevenson, Secretary, Betsi Shays, Vice President
and Richard Berntsen, new member


(St. Michaels, MD   June 1, 2015) The St. Michaels Community Center celebrated its 25th
Anniversary with a good ‘ole fashioned, Eastern Shore Clam Bake on Saturday, May 23 from
5 – 9pm. Joe Trippi and Kathy Lash generously hosted this fantastic event at their lovely home
at Cummings Creek Farm. There were nearly 225 registered guests including Senator Addie
Eckhardt, Delegate Johnny Mautz, SMCC Board members and esteemed attendees from far
and near. Steamed clams, shrimp, corn and potatoes filled the buffet trays in addition to pit beef,
bar-b-que chicken and hot dogs with all the fixin’s thanks to generous sponsors, Chesapeake
Landing, Catering By Jamie and lots of volunteer help from Advisory Board members and friends.
Plenty of fresh salads garnished the table and dessert was provided by Justine’s Ice cream
topping off the 25th Anniversary Cake. Lively and wonderful music by AKA Productions kept
the crowd dancing all evening under the lighted tent in the meadow by the water.

In celebration of the SMCC’s 25th Anniversary, the Board of Advisors decided to award the first
Annual “Heart of the Community Award” to a recipient who signifies exemplary service to St.
Michaels, the Bay Hundred Area and beyond. The first Annual award was presented to Jeannie
Haddaway, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs on the Governor’s Staff,  for her efforts to keep
our community strong economically and environmentally and her work to preserve our quality of
life. The engraved, crystal heart was chosen as the award to represent the slogan of SMCC  
being  “the heart of the community”.

The St. Michaels Community Center After School Kids (A.S.K.) Art
Program exhibited the creative works of 24 budding artists at the
St. Michaels Branch of the Talbot Free Library on June 1 from
5 - 7pm.  Instruction was provided by 6 local artists from the St. Michaels
Art League, including Joan Cranor, Heide Wetzel, Ann Farley, Judy
Bittorf, Marty Smythe and Valerie Sypula, who
introduced the students to 6 different media types of art.
The young artists ranging in age from Kindergarten through
5th grade experienced basket weaving, collage, pastels, water
color, making storyboards, and mixed media creative expression.

This program was orchestrated by Ann Farley and allowed students
to showcase their new-found talents to their parents and the community.
The  funding was partially provided by the Talbot
County Arts Council with funds from the Talbot County Council
and the Towns of Easton, Oxford and St. Michaels in addition to funding
from the Talbot Family Network and the St. Michaels Art League. The
artwork will be on display through the month of June . We invite you to
please come and enjoy it!
Dust off your dancing shoes and warm up those vocal chords........
Talbot "For Shore"
will be hosting auditions on Saturday, August 1 from 9am - 3pm
at the St. Michaels High School Auditorium
Contestants who are chosen to compete by the judges will
perform in front of a live audience, Sunday, August 2 at 7pm
Audience members will vote the winners of dance and music.
$10 entry fee to audition      $10 admission to show , students $5

Begin Thursday, June 11 and end August 27

Every Thursday evening from 6:30 - 8pm
everyone is welcome to enjoy a beautiful
view of St. Michaels Harbor while listening
to a variety of fantastic musicians
throughout the summer.

Bring family, friends, dogs, picnic baskets,
and lawn chairs.
(alcohol is prohibited in the park)

For a line up of the scheduled performers
2015 Summer Concert Schedule