Closures in St. Michaels

In a recent press conference this morning, Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the shutdown of all bars, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms in Maryland, effective at 5 p.m., to slow the spread of the coronavirus. While closing restaurants, Hogan’s order would allow drive-thru, carryout and food delivery service to continue. Please check with local restaurants to see if carry-out is an option. We encourage support of local businesses whenever possible.

With Maryland under a state of emergency, Governor Hogan had previously prohibited large gatherings and events of more than 250 people. That was in keeping with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. But the CDC has since recommended that events with 50 or more people be canceled or postponed. Governor Hogan ordered Maryland to follow suit. The order limiting gatherings to 50 people applies to social, community, religious and recreational or sports activities. Then limited to groups of 10.

Since then the Governor has issued a Stay at Home Order. Please stay at home as much as possible and only leave home if you work in an essential service, or for food, necessary services and supplies, prescriptions and medical care.

Grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, gas stations and other essential services can remain open.

Please feel free to contact us at 410-745-9535. For a list of staff email addresses, click HERE.

For Public Works concerns, call (410) 745-5147.

In case of emergency, contact St. Michaels Police Department at 410-745-5000 or call 911.

By Authority of the Commissioners of St. Michaels

April 4-30–St. Michaels Walking Challenge

To keep up our spirits up during these tough times, Commissioner Dennis Glackin is spearheading a Town-wide fun event (thanks for the idea, Mary Lou McAlister) to have residents monitor how much they walk and turn it into a fun contest. The Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order encourages enjoying the outdoors and exercising while maintaining the 6’ social distancing.

Here are the rules!

  • The contest starts Saturday April 4th, and ends at midnight on Thursday, April 30th.
  • Age groups are 5-18; 19-35; 36-55; 56-75; and over 75
  • Register with Dennis Glackin with your name, address and email address at and report the count of how many minutes you walk to him every Saturday. (Obviously, we will be operating on the Honor System.)
  • Stop and chat times during the walk should be excluded from the time walking, but are encouraged along the way (6 feet apart).
  • All walking should be outdoors, unless there is a physical reason that is not possible, then indoor walking can be counted.
  • When the stay-at-home order is lifted, we will have a Town-wide awards ceremony at Muskrat Park for the top finishers in each age category.
  • Check the St. Michaels website HERE and the At Home in St. Michaels Facebook page HERE for updates.
  • Remember…keep your social distancing.

April 4-28–Daffy-Dog Costume Contest

The St. Michaels in Bloom Daffodil Days events were cancelled, but you can STILL send us your photos to compete in our VIRTUAL Daffy-Dog Costume Contest! Dress your pooch in a daffodil theme! Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded in two categories – Best Individual and Best Group. Just be creative, email us a photo of your pup(s) to by April 28th and we will post the photos on the “St. Michaels in Bloom” Facebook page and pick a winner!

April to November—Farmers Market

MarketLocation: Municipal parking lot, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. See you again on April 18th!

Click here to watch a video about the St. Michaels Farmers Market

Follow the Farmers Market on Facebook

The St. Michaels Farmers Market promotes sustainable agriculture, brings fresh local food to the center of town on a weekly basis and improves food access and equity for our Bay Hundred community. We do this by operating a producer-only farmers market in the heart of St. Michaels, by creating vital economic opportunities for local farmers and food producers, and through innovative outreach programs that educate the public about food and related environmental issues.

Local farmers and food producers are at the core of our mission, and helping them to thrive is a pillar of our work. Across our 18-year history, we’ve supported farmers from Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, and Kent Counties, as well as small farmers from nearby counties in Delaware and Maryland counties west of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Founded in 1998 as part of FRESHFARM Markets, and becoming an independent community organization in 2017, the St. Michaels Farmers Market is a leader in the local food movement.

Located in historic town of St. Michaels, MD, on the Eastern Shore, the market is a Saturday destination for locals, weekenders, and boaters. Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut flowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, orchids, eggs, and honey. They also host events and activities throughout the season, including Chef at Market events and a community cook-off.

Partner Organizations:
The Community Food Bank, Commissioners of St. Michaels, St. Michaels Business Association.

May 1–May Basket Competition

Residents of the Town of St. Michaels are invited to participate in the First annual May Day basket competition! Compete for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place awards for the best and most creative May Basket. Just decorate your front door or front porch with a basket of fresh flowers on Friday, May 1st by 10 a.m. and show your support for St. Michaels in Bloom and the merry month of May! If you wish to be included in the competition, simply send an email to stmichaelsinbloom@gmail.comwith your name and address. Herald spring, join in with St. Michaels in Bloom, and make May 1st a beautiful blooming day in our lovely Town! 

April 18, 8:30 a.m.—Conversation with a Commissioner

Join Commissioner Mike Bibb for coffee and discussion of current projects, ideas, and citizen concerns. Usually held on the third Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the Town Office, 300 Mill Street.

April 25 & 26—WineFest at St. Michaels NEW DATE! October 3-4

Date: Friday, VIP evening events. NEW DATE! OCTOBER 3&4, 2020 from Noon-5 p.m. (Previously scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, April 25 & 26, 2020)
Locations: Throughout the town

Visit the WineFest website for information and tickets!

Join us at Maryland’s premiere wine event, featuring over 400 wines from around the globe. Now in its 11th year, WineFest is a streetscape event held throughout the town of St. Michaels. Wine tastings, great food, retail specials, and much more. Wine aficionados will experience hundreds of highly-rated U.S., international, and Maryland wines. Each wine venue will be retailing wine at special WineFest discount pricing. Some of these wines are in very limited supply and in some cases only available at Winefest!

Two VIP tasting venues will be available for tasting premium wines often not available in Maryland. One VIP venue will be on the Patriot Cruise Boat where you will taste fine wines while cruising the Miles River. The other VIP venue will be at the Old Brick Inn. At the conclusion of your two great VIP tasting experiences, all of the wines you have tasted will be available for purchase at the Old Brick Inn.

All attendees will be able to “Walk throughout St. Michaels” using a WineFest map as their guide or ride the shuttle buses provided by WineFest.

April 24, 8 a.m.–Coffee with a Cop

Please join us at 8 a.m. on the last Friday of each month (previously the first Friday of each month) to hear from Chief Smith and special guests to discuss public safety and other citizen concerns that matter to you, our residents.

As always, please follow us on Facebook and our police blotter page located on the Town of St. Michaels website.

By Authority of the St. Michaels Police Department

May 16—St. Michaels Running Festival CANCELLED


Hi Athletes, Race Team and Friends.
It is with heavy hearts we have made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming St. Michaels Running Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2020. Given the great uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the guidance and information provided by our local authorities, and, a standing executive order issued by the Governor of Maryland, the decision was made to protect participants, staff members, volunteers, and our overall community. The decision was not made lightly, and we recognize the disappointment it may cause. Please know this is something we considered very seriously and cancelling the race is the last decision we wanted to make.
The governor’s executive order initially issued the beginning of this month has been further expanded and modified. The additional precautionary measures taken were to extend the closing of all public schools until April 27th, the closing of all non-essential Maryland businesses and a tighter restriction on holding any public event of more than 10 people. Governor Hogan has repeatedly indicated we are on the front end of the COVID-19 battle and no definitive date can be given as to when the temporary restrictions will be lifted – whereby we can begin to resume our normal lives. Additionally, the federal guidelines we’re updated yesterday to strengthen precautionary and social distancing measures until April 30th further indicating we are dealing with an extended timeline.
In addition to safety, it is also now clear the logistics of holding this year’s event are simply not feasible considering the current circumstances and our extended state of emergency. Therefore, we can no longer keep our race team, volunteers, and most importantly our participants, in a holding pattern in light of the fact that little will change over the weeks to come – unfortunately cancelling the event was the choice that needed to be made.
PARTICIPANTS: If you are registered for this year’s event, please see your email for options and further information about the cancellation.
SMRF thanks everyone and we wish you much health and safety as we navigate our way through these very trying times.

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Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
Location: Start at St. Michaels Middle High School on Seymour Ave. Race day info.

The St. Michaels Running Festival, now in its 9th year, is one of the premier destination races in the Mid-Atlantic. Based in one of the oldest waterfront towns on the Chesapeake, runners will be treated to gorgeous water views, a quick mile past charming main street shops for the half-marathon, family friendly 5k, and a rockin’ after-party in downtown St. Michaels. In addition to offering the flattest, fastest USATF half marathon in the region, runners get a generous package including race shirt, finisher medal or pin, complimentary refreshment, handmade finish line treats, and so much more. This year also includes a 1k Kids Fun Run for children ages 12 and younger. All children will receive a very cool finisher’s medal, race bib and finish line food/drink! Registration fees are $20. This is a great way for kids to be a part of the event and start learning about their own physical fitness. The run benefits the St. Michaels Community Center, St. Michaels YMCA, Talbot Goes Purple, Talbot Humane Society and many more! Set up a fundraising campaign for any charity of your choice! Prior to the race, come to our expo on Friday for insights from the experts, personalized stride analysis and great SWAG provided by our great sponsors. This event is family friendly so whether you want to set a new PR or come out and take it easy as a family or group, you’re sure to have a wonderful time at the 8th St. Michaels Running Festival! For race info contact St. Michaels Running Festival.

May 30, 11 a.m.—St. Michaels BrewFest NEW DATE September 26

Brewfest-2014Date: NEW DATE! September 26, 2020 (Previously Saturday, May 30, 2020)
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ticket Prices/Links:
General Admission $38.50 per person – Click here for tickets!
VIP Ticket/Cruise $100 per person – Click here for tickets!
Designated Drivers $5 – available at the door!
Locations: Throughout the town

StMike2016St. Michaels Brewfest 2020 will feature over 100 beers including one-off’s, seasonals, collaborations and casks from local, regional & national breweries. More to come…cheers! This will all take place at three locations within easy walking distance in the heart of St Michael’s, MD…the Old Mill behind Eastern Shore Brewing Co, Foxy’s and Town Dock, and The Crab Claw Restaurant. Along with great beer & ales, we’ll have live music and delicious food. Last year was a sellout, this year we’re adding a VIP Package, so be sure to get your tickets early!

patriotVIP Beer Cruise! Can it get any better?! Tickets are $100, you’ll board at 10:30 (next to the Crab Claw Venue), enjoy a 1 hour and 15 min cruise, talking about beers, and drinking beers only available to you. Disembark at 11:45 p.m. and directly enter the event at the Crab Claw venue. No check-in lines, let the day begin! {Due to the nature of this venue, there will be no Designated Driver tickets available or allowed.}

Brewery List so far:

Dogfish Head Brewery – BBC – 16 Mile Brewery – Tall Tales Brewery – Eastern Shore Brewing Co – Real Ale Revival – 3rd Wave Brewing Co – Troegs Brewing Co – Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Victory Brewing Co – Flying Dog – Port City Brewing Co. – Yards – Duclaw – Terrapin – Southern Tier – Brewers Art – Burley Oak – Lagunitas – Union Craft Brewery – DC Brau – Allagash – and that’s just to start with….

For more information visit the BrewFest website!