Friday, March 31, 2017

2017 Talbot Street Banners Feature Aspects of St. Michaels Life ​ ​

Talbot Street in St. Michaels is once again sporting its annual finery – the colorful art banners of 2017!  Now in its eighth year, this event is a favorite with residents and visitors alike, compliments of the members of the St. Michaels Art League.
Artist members offer their talents with paintings designed to “Celebrate St. Michaels”.  Each year, the banners are produced through a collaboration of the St. Michaels Art League, Talbot County advocates, and local merchants. 

In addition to the installation of the banners, by Choptank Electric Cooperative, an exhibit of the original banner artwork hangs throughout the month of April at the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library, 106 Fremont Street.  The Talbot County Free Library has been a partner of the St. Michaels Art League, lending space, throughout many years of advocacy. Another partner, the Talbot County Arts Council, continues to encourage the League’s community art endeavors with funding support.
As a reward for their efforts, contributing artists can gain a commercial opportunity.  Kevin Snelling, a local merchant, singles out banner artwork and produces posters of the winning images, which are offered for sale at Creative X-Pressions on South Talbot Street.  This year, he is again joined by Ms. Alice Marie Gravely, who will show posters at her gallery, A.M. Gravely, on SouthTalbot Street.  In addition, Michael Morgan has volunteered to fly banners at the St. Michaels Marina.  Other merchants are encouraged to participate as well.
Patrons will have an additional opportunity to purchase original banner paintings during the League’s Labor Day weekend art show on the grounds of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on Talbot Street.  The outdoor banners made from these paintings can be purchased directly from the artists in December, when the banners are taken down from the street poles. 
St. Michaels Art League membership is open to artists and art enthusiasts.  Information on events, meetings, and membership can be found at  Sincere appreciation is extended to the Talbot Arts Council, St. Michaels Branch of the Talbot County Free Library, Choptank Electric Cooperative, and local merchants for their continued support.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

6th Annual Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival to be held April 8 - 9, 2017

The 6th Annual Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.   

The Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival will be held outdoors under tents and will be a rain or shine event.  The festival is hosted by Ophiuroidea “The O”, a coastal inspired clothing, home d├ęcor and gift shop located at 609 S. Talbot St. in St Michaels, Maryland.   The festival will be held in the Historic Mill District, creating a unique backdrop for the festival.

The Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival will include two fun filled days and over 35 artisans from all over the East Coast, from Maine to South Carolina.   Renowned author of Pure Sea Glass, Richard LaMotte and wife Nancy, sea glass artisan, will be at the festival all day Saturday only.   Local musicians will keep the festival atmosphere going throughout the weekend.  The festival entrance fee is $5.00 per person, per day, children under 12 are free.   The festival is a tented event and will be held rain or shine.

 Parking is available at the St Michaels School Campus parking lot two short blocks away, as well as municipal parking lots throughout the Town of St. Michaels.  

Retail shops throughout town will also feature their favorite sea glass artisans all weekend long, a list of participating shops and galleries can be found on the festival website.

For a list of participating artisans, musicians, parking and general information, please visit

2017 Festival Poster available during the festival or at Ophiuroidea. 

Justine's Celebrating 30th Year of Scooping

106 Talbot Street, St Michaels, MD 21663
410 745 0404

Celebrating 30th Year of Scooping

Justine’s Ice Cream Parlor will reopen on Saturday, March 25th at 12 noon to celebrate our 30th year of scooping ice cream in St. Michaels, Maryland.

For 30 years, Justine’s has been serving ice cream to Eastern Shore residents as well as visitors to St. Michaels. Justine’s has become a stable in our town, attracting generations of loyal customers.

“There are folks in town who have been enjoying Justine’s ice cream, sundaes and shakes for decades,” said Kathy Lash owner of Justine’s. “We have seen families coming here for years and now we serve their children who have families of their own. It is pretty amazing.”

Justine’s opened in St. Michaels in 1987. Kathy Lash bought the business in 2012 and with Tyler Heim, the head churner, they have expanded the menu and added house made ice cream to the menu. This year’s homemade flavors include “Saturday Morning” a cereal infused ice cream served with a foot loop topping and “Life By Chocolate” a chocolate and coconut ice cream topped with a graham crackers, coconut flakes and chocolate sauce.

“Every year, we let our creativity expand,” said Tyler Heim. “I hope this year our customers will be delighted with our newest creations that truly represent what we love most about ice cream”.

In celebration of Justine’s 30th anniversary, there will be in store and online promotions including a birthday celebration the 30th of each month all season, Baltimore Orioles tickets give-a-way, and a special 30th anniversary shake.

Justine’s is open on the weekends from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m. until April 1st when we reopen 7 days a week. We are located in downtown St, Michaels, Maryland – 106 North Talbot Street. For more information call us at 410 745 0404 or visit our website

Justine’s new addition -- Saturday Morning