Michael Lynch grew up on an isolated peninsula on the Chesapeake, crabbing, fishing, and wandering the woods and fields with his 5 brothers and sisters, dogs and cats, a horse, ducks and the occasional snapping turtle completed the circus.
In his first zig-zag, sports and science gave way to theater and philosophy in college, first at the University Of MD, where his political interest led to work with the Maryland Public Interest Research Group. He returned to his heartland at St. Mary’s College of MD, where revered Confucian scholar Henry Rosemont lured eminent thinkers such as Huston Smith and Noam Chomsky to its verdant shores.
His senior-year production of Yeats “At The Hawks Well” was parlayed into training and a position as chef in the sailing port of Solomons MD. It began a life-long passion. He he fell in love with a dancer, Peggy Scharmen, as he filmed her college recital. They were married. A daughter was soon a part of the adventure. A stint with the Bond Street theater and workshops with Odin Teatret founder Eugenia Barbra ensued.
The zig-zagging continued with an apprenticeship in classical French pastry in Boulder, CO. Rock-climbing, mushroom foraging in the Rockies, and opening a restaurant in Carmel, CA came next.
Returning home to St. Mary’s County when his father suffered a heart attack, he became involved with a local environmental group which successfully opposed his alma mater’s decision to place a new science building in an historically and environmentally sensitive site.
A visit to a college friend’s inherited 200-year-old in Bucks County, PA home led to a decision to build the long-dreamed of artist commune. It remains a dream, but he still lives and writes there, as well as hunting morels, chanterelles with his wife Peggy, while daughters Selah and Marta thrive in the renaissance city of Philadelphia. In the latest zig-zag, Michael’s day work has been as IT Director for a structural engineering firm in Philadelphia. He has dabbled in local politics for 20 years, on the local school board and most recently as township supervisor in the Delaware River village, Upper Black Eddy, where he resides.