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.
Thank you EVERYONE for your friendship and your generous support !
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
Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday,
10 am - 3 pm
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.
had this to say....on Thursday, August 16, 2012
Senior Activities
Every Wednesday - Chair Yoga, Free
9:30 - 10:30 at the Housing Authority on Dobson Ave.

CONTINUING at St. Michaels Community Center
Wednesdays - Luncheon and Program  10:30 - 12:30
No charge but donations encouraged, all are welcome
1st Wednesday of each month - Bingo
2nd Wednesday of each month - Super Noggins
3rd Wednesday - Art Class with Shirley Sallett
4th and 5th Wednesdays - Speakers or Games
To take a little tour of the St. MIchaels Community Center
and to find out more about what we do....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

Every Mon. & Weds. from 3:30 - 4;30
ZUMBA at the St. Michaels Housing Authority
Community Room on Dodson Ave., St. Michaels FREE

Every  Wednesday at the Community Center
from 12:30 - 1:30 pm All welcome, no fee
Or call Pam or Amy at 410-745-5102 First Come, First Served
May 2014
Click here to view the fun!
Family Wilderness Weekend May 2014
Click here for Elementary Ages
Summer Camps for Kids K- 5th
Click here for Middle School Ages
Summer Camps for Middle Schoolers
Click here for a printable Summer Concert Schedule
Summer Concerts 2014
Click here for printable copy of   Talent "For Shore"
Neighborhood BLOCK PARTY!!!
Saturday, June 28th, Fremont St. & Railroad Avenue
Help us wish Reverand Johnson well on his next mission!
DJ Randy, Great Food, Games & Friendship

In an effort to preserve cultural heritage and protect our forebearer's
skills and talents,  SMCC is launching a "Mentor Series" of classes that
will offer new generations the opportunity to learn from masters of their
crafts. Family participation is strongly encouraged.

Our first class in this series will be the
taught by Professional Carver, Larry Parker of St. Michaels.
This class is open to anyone 18 and older who has an interest in
learning or improving their decoy carving skills.
The group will meet on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 - Noon
at the St. Michaels Community Center beginning July 3,  2014 and
will continue weekly. The cost of $20 per project will include wood,
professional instruction, use of carving tools, paints, brushes and mounts.

Please call 410-745-6073 for more information or to reserve your spot.
Drop ins are welcome anytime! Enjoy as much or as little as you want.

If you have a skill or talent you'd like to pass on to future generations, we'd
welcome the opportunity to help you share it!
The CHESS CLUB is open to anyone, novice to pro,
every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at the St. Michaels
Community Center from 1 - 3 pm. No Charge, just fun and friendship!
Call 410-745-6073 for more information.

TENNIS PLAYERS (moderate to intermediate) are encouraged to join
other players on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the St. Michaels
High School tennis courts at 8 am. Everyone welcome, no charge, just
show up for fun. Call 410-745-9589 for more information.
6th Annual SMCC Tea and Fashion
Show at the Inn at Perry Cabin

On June 8, the Inn at Perry Cabin hosted the St.
Michaels Community Center's 6th Annual Tea,
Fashion Show and Silent Auction. Over 100
guests enjoyed an elegant afternoon tea with
sparkling wine and a buffet of scones,
sandwiches and sweets which were generously
provided by the Inn at Perry Cabin.

A Fashion Show featured clothing from the
Chesapeake Bay Outfitters, Charisma,
Chesapeake Trading Company, Knotty Living
and the Treasure Cove Thrift Store.

A Silent Auction included items from the
following local businesses: Five Gables Inn &
Spa, Inn at Perry Cabin Linden Spa, Barbed
Wired Designs, Shore Fit, Come By Chance,
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Jan Kirsh, A
Wish Called Wanda, Higgins & Spencer,
Simpatico, St. Michaels Winery, Mike & Eric's
Front Street Restaurant, Marcoritaville, Oliven's,
Justine's Ice Cream, Lyons Distillery, Selina II,
Shore Pedal and Paddle Kayaks.

Twenty-five guests were given a tour of the Perry
Cabin gardens led by Joanne Effinger. Curt
Heavey provided beautiful classical guitar
music throughout the event.

The St. Michaels Community Center strives to
meet the unmet needs of the Bay Hundred
community. Proceeds from this event will
support the SMCC programs which include free
luncheons and activities for seniors, free holiday
dinners, clothing drives, after school programs
and summer camps for children.

To learn more about SMCC, visit our website at or call 410-745-6073.
SMCC Vice President Karen Shook introducing IPC General Manager, Hein
Olckers, Events Coordinator, Tisha Schefele and Ground Steward, Joanne
Effinger. Below: a few of the luscious treats provided by Inn at Perry Cabin.
Fashions were presented by models from Charisma, Chesapeake
Trading, Chesapeake Bay Outfitters, Knotty Living and The Treasure Cove.
Sparrow Rogers and SMCC
Director, Trish Payne