Skip to main content

What's Up Magazine

Towne Spotlight: Local Business and Community News of the Eastern Shore

Jun 30, 2017 03:00PM ● By Nicole Gould

Nine students from Afya Public Charter School in Baltimore did a recent overnight visit at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. Pictured with the students from the left are Afya teacher Julie Oxenhandler, Afya Community School Coordinator Scott Johnson, CBMM Shipwright Educator Matthew Engel, CBMM President Kristen Greenaway, CBMM Board Member Len Foxwell, and Maryland State Delegate Cory V. McCray. To learn more, visit

Afya Baltimore Students Learn about the Bay

Nine students and two teachers from Afya Public Charter School in Baltimore, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization started by five Baltimore City Public School System educators for the purpose of creating charter schools in the city of Baltimore, spent a recent weekend at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum learning about the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay.

The students spent time exploring CBMM’s campus, working on a dugout canoe, tonging for oysters, and trying their hand at blacksmithing. They were also able to cruise the Miles River aboard Volunteer, a replica Smith Island crab scraping boat, with each student getting a chance to steer.

Haven Ministries Seasonal Shelter Gets Designated Space at Kent Island United Methodist Church

Pictured left to right: Krista Pettit, Executive Director of Haven Ministries; Sandi Wiscott, Case Manager for Haven Ministries; Caroline Aland, President of Haven Ministries Board of Directors; Haven Ministries Board Member Margie Reedy; and Haven Ministries Volunteer Coordinator Karen Bardwell.
There were smiles all around when Haven Ministries held an open house for the public to see the newly-designated space for its seasonal shelter at Kent Island United Methodist Church in Chester. The shelter, which previously occupied three classrooms in the church, has received a new open space including a common room consisting of a living room, dining room and kitchen, as well as an adjacent room with bunk beds to accommodate men, women, and children.

Haven Ministries has focused on providing a very homey and comfortable space for its guests. Cots have been replaced with permanent bunk beds and small Sunday School chairs have been replaced with comfortable overstuffed couches and chairs, as well as café tables for eating. The furnishings and paint for the new space were funded by private donations to Haven Ministries.

Top Hat Goes Country – Third Annual Performance Fundraiser, a Smash Hit!

On Friday, March 31st, Talbot Tappers promoted their annual fundraiser event for St. Michaels Community Center (SMCC) featuring local students and performers. SMCC is a nonprofit organization that offers programs for local kids and adults in the community.

Over the past two years, the show was called ‘Top Hat Goes Broadway’ with many Top Hat and Broadway acts. This year it went country! There were a variety of dances including, Irish folk, Mexican folklore, Country, clogging, and tap, featuring all local musicians.

Do you have community or business news to publicize? Send What's Up? an Email at