Chesapeake Bay Tripper 040413
The Chesapeake Bay Tripper is packed with fun events, day trip itineraries and travel ideas around the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. It is distributed as an insert in the Chesapeake Current and as a stand-alone publication in Maryland.
Chesapeake Bay r e p p Tri Priceless April 2013 Chesapeake Beach’s Evolving History Story Page 4 Enjoy Spring! April Current Events! See Pages 13-23 Weddings – And More – On the Western Shore Cover photo by ColburnImages.com Rates in BOTH are very AFFORDABLE for FULL-COLOR ADS! To get your business noticed, call our office at CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER™ is a seasonal monthly magazine insert in the Chesapeake Current ™ and also distributed as a stand-alone in tourist locations throughout Southern Maryland. It’s packed with information about the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay and fun, family-oriented Current Events. Look for us in Visitor Centers, and high-tra c areas throughout Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia! Owner, Executive Editor & Publisher Diane Burr Call or email today for advertising information: ads@ChesapeakeCurrent.com A ordable ads for every budget! Account Executives Barbara Colburn (410) 867-0103 Kay Corcoran (443) 684-8497 (410) 231-0140 The Chesapeake Current provides EXCLUSIVE local news to residents in Anne Arundel and Calvert Counties. The Chesapeake Bay Tripper is distributed as an insert in the Chesapeake Current to readers in Calvert & Southern Anne Arundel Counties, plus to readers outside this area as well. Inside each Tripper, you’ll nd a full month’s worth of fun, family-oriented events, day trips, and locations for stay-cations on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Clare O’Shea (301) 873-5885 Graphic Design Guru Mackie Valdivia Cover Photo Dave Colburn, Sta Photographer ColburnImages.com O ce Administrator Norma Jean Smith Distribution Team Tamara Timmermann Katherine Willham Kory Quinn Visit us online at ChesapeakeBayTripper.com e Chesapeake Bay Tripper ™ P.O. Box 295 North Beach, MD 20714 (410) 231-0140 A sister publication of the Chesapeake Current™ Locally owned and operated. Copyright 2013. All rights reserved. No content or images may be used without express permission from Bayside Partners, LLC. ere are no authorized inserts in the Chesapeake Bay Tripper. Please contact us immediately if you nd any materials inserted into this publication and we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. 2 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER April 2013 Cove Point Lighthouse Beachfront Wedding Site Just Opened! Beautiful four-acre bay front historical site provides an idyllic setting for your wedding! Beachfront beauty with all the convenience and comfort of home in Lusby, MD. Reserve today at 410-474-5370. www.calvertmarinemuseum.com April 2013 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER 3 Reliving the History of Chesapeake Beach Imagine growing up in an amusement park. e Donovan sisters: Dianne Donovan Harrison, Gail Donovan Harkins, and Joanie Donovan Kilmon did just that in Chesapeake Beach along with their brothers, Gerald and Freddy. And the stories they have to tell! More than 150 people packed the North Beach Town Hall for the rst in a series of chats sponsored by the Friends of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum and the Bayside History Museum. e three sisters showed rare photos – and a recently found 8mm movie believed shot by their father in the late 1940’s – to the crowd to show the splendor of the Chesapeake Beach Amusement Park that operated from 1946-1972. Grace Mary Brady, President of the Bayside History Museum says that if you never experienced the Park, and you missed the chat, you can still relive the experience. e program was recorded and will be shown at the museum when it opens in its new location in the former North Beach Community Center on May 4 at 11:00 a.m. From 1900 – 1920, Chesapeake Beach had Seaside Park, which hosted a huge wooden rollercoaster over the Bay waters. Passenger ships from Baltimore and trains from Washington DC brought thousands in to enjoy the Chesapeake Bay every weekend in the summer. pleasant living.” e girls spent their days doing o jobs at the park and whenever they could, frolicking on the beach and listening to Paul Anka and other heartthrobs on their AM transistor radios. ere was a boy’s performing group called the “Aqua Nuts” that were stunt diving show-o s using the three diving boards at the huge pool. One of them, the girls remember, was Bobby Abner. e pool was located adjacent to and below the ballroom, which measured 154 feet long by 98 feet wide, held 2,000 people and was packed with dancers every Friday and Saturday night. Tommy Dorsey, and many other well-known Big Band era stars played there during its heyday. Both groups of local swimmers would entertain the dancers at intermission. e patrons would ock to the windows of the ballroom to watch the show in the pool below – complete with underwater lighting, hula hoops, oating owers and sometimes even rings of re! (back) Grace Mary Brady, president of the Bayside History Museum; e Donovan sisters: Dianne Donovan Harrison, Joanie Donovan Kilmon, and Gail Donovan Harkins. In front is Caroline Grace Garrett, age 8, the youngest helper at the Bayside History Museum. More than 150 people came to hear the Donovan sisters reminisce about the Chesapeake Beach Amusement Park. en, for 26 years, Chesapeake beach Amusement Park operated there from 1946 – 1972. It encompassed what’s now the Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, Rod ‘N’ Reel, Marina East, the Roland’s/Chesapeake Care Pharmacy shopping center, and the neighborhoods up to 17th Street. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, people ocked to the park. e owners of the parks over the years were Joseph O’Meara, Wesley Stinnett, and their father, Fred Donovan Sr. eir mother, Daphne also worked in the park with their father until their ve kids began coming along. Living at the park was “teenage heaven” remembers Dianne who adds, “it was everything childhood and youth should be. It was the land of “ ere was the Ferris Wheel and the little boats, eventually replaced by the Daisy Cups ride,” remembers Gail Harkins. A clip of those charming boats children could ride in are included in the movie clip (scan the Current Code with your smart phone). ere was something for everyone in Chesapeake Beach back then. ere was a kiddie train ride, and for the adults, charter boats, row boats, and a sherman’s paradise. Of course there was the arcade/casino for adults as well. ere was a huge Bingo Hall. e kids could play pinball machines and at the Beachcomber restaurant, chow down juicy cheeseburgers and hear their favorite 45’s on the jukebox. ere was also a Fun House, where lots of young people had their rst kisses. For 5 cents, you could buy cards of movie stars. Just about every church and business in the area had their summer picnics on the grounds overlooking the bay and the beach. Joanie Kilmon, who’s the librarian at the Twin Beaches Branch, fondly remembers that her brother, Gerald Donovan’s rst job was emptying the big orange trash cans. And she remembers the huge saltwater swimming pool where she and her sisters performed synchronized swim routines as the “Synchronettes.” “ ere were ten to twelve of us bathing suit-clad beauties and every morning at 8:00 a.m. in the summer – before the pool opened to the public – we’d go practice,” she says. “No matter how hot it was the day before, that water was always frigid that early in the morning.” Gri Harrison of Plum Point and Stuart King of North Beach reminisce over old photos taken at the Chesapeake Beach Amusement Park. King allowed his photos to be scanned and added to the archives of the Bayside History Museum, which is looking for other photos and artifacts. One of the biggest events held at the historic ballroom in Chesapeake Beach was Calvert County’s 300th Anniversary celebration. And annually, there was the famed Bay Breeze Ball very July. Want to know more about the old-time attractions at Chesapeake Beach? Be sure to make plans to come to opening day of the Bayside History Museum in North Beach on May 4. Scan the Current Code with your smart phone to watch a clip of the movie showing some of the attractions at the Chesapeake Beach Amusement Park in the 1940’s. e entire movie will be shown at the Bayside History Museum when it opens May 4 at 11:00 a.m. Movie clip and historic photos courtesy of the Donovan family, the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, and the Bayside History Museum. 4 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER April 2013 Facts About the Chesapeake Carousel One of the most popular attractions at the Chesapeake Beach Amusement Park was the magni cent carousel featuring gorgeous horses, and exotic animals including a lion, a tiger, an ostrich and a seahorse. Although it was removed in 1972 after the park closed, fortunately, it was saved and you can even go see it today. Itâ€™s located at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro and is still in operation. is Chesapeake Carousel is believed to have been constructed by Gustav Dentzel at the turn of the century, according to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), which now owns and maintains it. e carousel operated at Chesapeake Beach through 1972. Restoration has been ongoing since its acquisition by M-NCPPC in 1974; it was re-opened to the public in July 1977. e carousel is open seasonally, and provides delightful experiences for the young and the young-at-heart. Facts about the Chesapeake Carousel, from the National Carousel Association: Park: Description: Carousel Class: Status: Model: Year Built: Type: Figures: Watkins Regional Park Dentzel Classic Wood Carousel Active menagerie c.1905 3 rows, park, All-wood composition 15 Jumping Horses, 16 Standing Horses, 13 Menagerie Animals,1 Goat, 1 Deer, 1 Hippocampus, 2 Lions, 1 Ostrich, 1 Kangaroo, 2 Burros, 2 Bison, 2 Tigers, 1 Rabbit, 2 chariots. No Band Organ: Recorded music Figures include articulated kangaroo. The ring machine is original but not operated. Original lion on display in the carousel building. Original Location Unknown, Date Unknown to Unknown Chesapeake Beach, MD, 1929 to 1972 Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro, MD, 1972 to present pgparks.com/places/parks/watkins.html Chesapeake Carousel photos printed with permission from the National Carousel A s s o c ia t io n (nationalcarousel.org) and Gary Nance. Music: Comments: History: Web Site: April 2013 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER 5 Brilliance of the Bay Catering by Skipper's Pier The perfect combination of the Chesapeake Bay wedding and true Maryland seafood cuisine! • Specializing in local seafood dishes with fresh local produce from nearby. • Various dining styles are available for your event including crab feasts, seafood buffets, and plated dinner or lunches. • Pastry Chef on site to sculpt your wedding cake or any beautiful array of desserts you can imagine. • Host your wedding, bridal shower, or special event at our private marina. • Wedding packages including tents, tables, chairs, etc are available to make an appointment for more information. 6 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER April 2013 or call at 410-867-7110 Please contact our catering manager at Skipperspier@gmail.com April 2013 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER 7 Destination By Alison Setzer Choosing the right ring is the rst step in popping the question and it can be overwhelming. With the help of friendly and knowledgeable sales associates, you will quickly realize that it’s not so intimidating. You’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with… the rest is a piece of cake! W e dd ing s So You’re Ready to Pop the Question? e Big Day Wedding bands play a big role in saying, “I do.” Platinum and white gold are the most popular metal choices for the bride. Platinum, while more valuable than white gold, is a pure white metal and naturally hypoallergenic. Its toughness makes it extremely durable and over time, it needs less maintenance and develops a beautiful patina nish. White gold is perhaps the more popular and more a ordable choice for many brides today. Because gold is yellow in its natural state and mixed with other alloys like nickel to turn white, these rings require a little more maintenance to stay looking bright white. Most brides choose a band that compliments and doesn’t compete with the style of the engagement ring. Many designers o er a matching wedding band, so be sure to ask. At rst you may While there are certainly trends in engagement rings, the one constant is that the ring is as unique as the woman receiving it. e ring will be the everlasting symbol of your love and commitment, so it should re ect your relationship and your personalities. A very popular style for 2013 is a “halo” of diamonds surrounding the center diamond. To shake things up a bit, you could choose a princess-cut or cushion-cut center stone and even add a pop of color. Fancy colored diamonds are increasingly popular. Whether you pick icy blues to symbolize your last beach vacation or warm yellows as bright as the sun, these diamonds will give your ring a splash of color with the signature sparkle of a diamond. Another p o p u l a r option for engagement rings is a vintageinspired style. Whether it’s an antique or a reproduction, a vintage ring adds personality and romance to the proposal. Kathy Dickinson, owner of Dickinson Jewelers, says, “We see more and more couples looking in our antique and estate jewelry collection for a truly unique engagement ring. Old mine-cut and European cut diamonds always attract attention, not to mention the incredible workmanship in these older rings. Antique engagement rings, especially when in platinum, never last long in the case.” Have you been looking non-stop and still can’t nd the perfect ring? Design it yourself! Technology has made this option especially attractive and easy to obtain. With thousands of customizable options, cutting-edge 3D design software lets you have creative control to customize every detail of the ring. “We help a little, at least to get the ball rolling. But once the basic ring is up on the at screen, with the touch of a button we work together to make any changes the customer wants and can easily price it in platinum, 18k, and 14k gold, giving the customer even more choices. A really nice feature of this technology is that the end result is a totally custom ring that is mindful of one’s budget,” explains Kathy Dickinson. Dickinson Jewelers has been using this new technology with its customers for the past year. 8 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER April 2013 think every band you try on looks funny because you’re used to wearing your engagement ring on its own. Keep the faith; the perfect wedding band for you is out there. Working with a knowledgeable sales associate whom you feel really listens to you is key. And remember that custom design is always an option, too. Men’s wedding bands have been trending towards alternative metals like tungsten carbide and titanium. ese bands are durable and unique, with designs ranging from simple and classic to wild and outrageous. “At the recent bridal fairs we attended in the community, the grooms overwhelmingly loved the camou age pattern bands we had on display. Anytime you can get a guy excited about jewelry, especially for him, it’s a beautiful thing.” adds Dickinson. Dickinson Jewelers has recently added a line of alternative bands that includes everything from black ceramic bands approved for use in active duty, to bands with diamonds and even camou age. e day before your wedding, it’s always a good idea to visit the jeweler to have the engagement ring cleaned to ensure it looks its best. Dickinson Jewelers, in Prince Frederick and Dunkirk, o ers a complimentary polishing and cleaning to its brides before the big day. “With so many guests wanting to peek at the bride and groom’s rings the day of the wedding, and considering how many photos of the bride and groom’s rings are taken, we like to do our part to make sure their big day is perfect by polishing and cleaning her ring so it looks its absolute best. Our brides Wedding photography courtesy of Mike B. Photography. always love this service,” explains Kathy Dickinson. Jewelry for the bride and bridesmaids for the big day can range from the classic strand of pearls to big statement pieces. Spice up your wedding day jewelry with layers and di erent shades of stones. Make sure you try on di erent lengths and layers when deciding on necklaces, you’ll know right away what works best with your dress. If a necklace just won’t work, try dramatic earrings or a wide cu bracelet. Gather your girlfriends and have a photo session with your jewelry of choice, it’s the best way to know you like how you’re wedding ensemble looks before the big day. In the end your big day is just that, yours. About the Author: Alison Setzer is the Marketing Manager of Dickinson Jewelers, with locations in Prince Frederick and Dunkirk, locally-owned and operated ne jewelry stores since 1957. April 2013 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER 9 Where To Have A Memorable Wedding L By Kim Breedlove rustic charm transforms the space into a haven you have dreamt about. Or you can get married at Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood, MD. eir rustic backdrop and barn can be transformed into upscale BBQ style wedding or make your style into a rustic/elegant feel with all of Southern Maryland’s Favorites. Maybe you would like a unique venue to have your wedding… like Tuscany without the airfare costs? Running Hare Vineyard in Prince Frederick truly has a Tuscan feel. Running Hare is a 291-acre private farm with a custom built Italian Pergola for a ceremony overlooking the vineyard. en head inside the Tuscan-style Villa to dance the night away and make great memories! ocation, Location, Location…. It’s not just for buying a home! Location is the number one deciding factor when you’re looking for a place to have your wedding or special event! Southern Maryland is truly a wedding paradise unknown to many. As I look over the Chesapeake Bay, I see the potential of beautiful weddings. Herrington on Bay, in Friendship, MD is a gorgeous location for a ceremony and then you can party all night long in a beautiful tent with views of the water. Just down the road in Chesapeake Flora Corner farm barn Beach is Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa. Newly renovated rooms that overlook the rustic charm in as well! the water and a new gazebo make this a But what if you’re not a water person luxury wedding paradise. and you want more of a rustic wedding or a countryside setting? Well, Southern Maryland has that too. Are you looking for rustic barn décor, Mason jars, twinkling lights and burlap runners? You are in luck; we have some beautiful locations just waiting to serve you and your guests. Flora Corner farm in Mechanicsville, accommodating up to 125 guests your wedding can take place in a stunning, renovated barn. Just imagine taking a ride through the property in a beautiful horse and carriage! Je erson Patterson Park is a 560-acre park in St. Leonard that takes on a whole Flora Corner farm, picture by Leah Hewitt of new meaning on outdoor weddings. L Hewitt Photography Imagine hanging rustic chandeliers from the rafters and Mason jars on the tables. Stoney’s ( e Pointe) in Broome’s Weatherly Farm in Newburg is Island has amazing water views and a another location that overlooks the beautiful waterfall to captivate your guest Potomac River but yet when you add the during your ceremony. Cove Point Lighthouse and the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons are going to give you the stunning views of the water then satisfy your needs when you are ready to eat! Travel down to St. Mary’s and check out Historic St. Mary’s City and the Broome Howard Inn. ey are both situated on the water with breathtaking views for a ceremony. Olde Brenton Inn in Leonardtown is also a location that has stunning views overlooking the the Potomac River, Breton Bay and St. Clements Bay. Why not throw Running Hare Vineyard by Bella Photography CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER April 2013 Je erson Patterson Park Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center in Solomons is another unique location to have your wedding. You can have your ceremony on the Sculpture Lawn and then head inside for your reception and be tantalized by great works of Art. Or take a drive to Charles County and have your wedding at the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs-Regency Stadium. 10 Why not have your ceremony on the ball eld while your guests watch in the stadium seating and then have an amazing view for your reception. Step back in time to e Port Tobacco Court House, which is a reconstructed 1819 Courthouse that has Civil War exhibits that o er a little bit of history for your guest to enjoy, while they settle in for a wedding of the year. So no matter what location you chose you can’t go wrong! Just make sure you go where your heart takes you, BUT remember your budget as well. When planning any sort of event, rst create a realistic budget and stick to it. It’s ok to not have everything you have dreamt of, but choose the right spot, get a professional event planner you can trust, then spend your money wisely on key factors and everything else will fall into place. Herrington on the Bay e Point at Broome’s Island About the Author: Kim Breedlove of Chesapeake Beach is the owner of Breedlove Events, LLC (breedloveevents.net) and has been a full-service Wedding and event planning company serving Southern Maryland since 2007. Breedlove Events, LLC is proud to be a member of e Association of Bridal Consultants at the ABC™ level, and a Certi ed Green Wedding Planner. April 2013 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER 11 12 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER April 2013 April 2013 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER 13 History Abounds On Archaeology Day April is Maryland Archaeology Month. You and your family can experience this annual event highlighting M a r y l a n d ' s archaeological heritage at Je erson Patterson Park & Museum annual D i s c o v e r i n g Archaeology Day, Saturday, April 20. Enjoy exhibits, displays and hands-on activities with archaeologists from all over Maryland. Visit the ongoing excavations of an 18th-century plantation site. Tours of the museum grounds and the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory will be available. Explore JPPM's FAQ Archaeology and War of 1812 exhibits and stop by the Indian Village for activities and demonstrations. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can complete requirements toward badges in archaeology. e free event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call (410) 586-8501 or visit jefpat.org. Learn About, Tour Local Forts e Southern Maryland Civil War Roundtable (SMCWR) will host a presentation by licensed Washington, D.C. tour guide Peter MacNeill on Civil War forts in the Washington, D.C. area. e event is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., Sat., April 9 at the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM’s) Center for Business and Industry (BI), Chaney Enterprises, Conference Room BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. e masonry Fort Washington was designed by Pierre L’Enfant, architect of Washington DC. According to the National Parks Service, Fort Washington is the only permanent forti cation built to defend the river approach to the nation's Capitol. It took ten years to construct and cost over $426,000. (Photo Credit: NPS – Gant) Information and registration details for an April 27 tour of a number of Civil War forts led by MacNeill will be available at the SMCWR meeting on April 9. Forts in our area varied from rudimentary structures to magni cent engineering marvels and all were constructed to help keep the enemy out of Washington. MacNeill will talk about location and composition of forts, and their strategic purpose. While most of these forts are gone, some, like Fort DeRussy, Fort Foote, Fort Marcy, Fort Stevens, Fort Ward and Fort Washington are partially or wholly intact. MacNeill’s fascination for American military history began while watching John Wayne and Errol Flynn movies with his father on Saturday mornings in the 1950s. Since moving to the Washington, D.C. region in 1971, MacNeill has passed the National Park Service Gettysburg Battle eld tour guide exam and in 1992 began a career as a licensed Washington, D.C. tour guide specializing in veteran's military reunion tours and Civil War battle eld tours. MacNeill estimates that he has visited Antietam and Gettysburg battle elds thousands of times. e SMCWR hosts monthly meetings, the second Tuesday of every month from September through May. Meetings are free and open to the public, but membership to the roundtable is highly encouraged. Annual membership is $30. For information, contact SMCWR President Dr. Brad Gottfried at email@example.com or (301) 934-7625. 14 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER April 2013 Go Green at Expo Learn about ways you can save energy, recycle, re-use and be more earth-friendly at this year’s Calvert County Green Expo. is year’s event is the 5th annual one organized by the Calvert County Citizens' Green Team. Green living abounds at the Calvert County Green Expo April 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons. It’s free and open to the public. is leading sustainability event aims to teach participants ways to integrate green practices into everyday life. Environmental leaders, businesses, organizations and educators will provide information on new developments in renewable energy, green technology, harnessing solar power, composting and building a greener home to lower energy costs. At the Green Expo, you can enjoy locally grown food and locally brewed beer and enter to win a door prize. e artLAB, Annmarie Gardens' creative re-use center, will have hands-on activities for all ages. e Pollution Solution Superheroes will also make an appearance to delight the kids. New this year is a Green Craft Fair that will feature eco-friendly vendors selling everything from all-natural body care products and jewelry to home décor and art made from repurposed materials. For more information, visit calvertgreenexpo.org. Celebrate Spring at Celtic Festival If you never tire of hearing “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes and enjoy watching burly guys run around in kilts, you won’t want to miss this event! e Southern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering is Saturday, April 27, which marks the 35th year for the oldest Celtic celebration in Maryland. is wonderful cultural extravaganza celebrates the heritage of the Scots, Irish, Breton, Cornish, Irish, and Welsh immigrants to our area. e festival is held on the last Saturday of April every year from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Je erson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard. ree performance stages o er continuous music and dance featuring internationally known recording artists and groups. Watch craft and country dance demonstrations and listen to harp and Scottish ddling while storytellers weave tales near grazing sheep alongside historical displays, crafts and food. In the Celtic Market, you will nd food and gifts with an old-world atmosphere. All-day competitions include pipers, ddlers, highland dancers, athletes, drummers, pipe bands and Celtic harpers. After closing ceremonies, join the group in the dance pavilion. April 2013 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER 15 Go Fly A Kite! e annual Solomons Island Kite Day Saturday, April 6, with Wings Over Washington Kite Club from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Glascock Field, directly across the street from the Calvert Marine Museum. Bring your own kite or make one at the museum. Kite kits will be on sale for $5 each, cash only. Admission is free and the public is welcomed. General museum admission applies for visitation to the exhibition gallery. For information on these events and more, visit calvertmarinemuseum.com or call (410) 326-2042. Love Otters? If youâ€™re searching for that one-of-a-kind experience, the Otter Lover's Package may be exactly what you've been looking for! is exclusive opportunity at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons is an experience for up to six guests that includes a o n e - h o u r behind-the-scenes tour; observation of the museumâ€™s otters feasting on their breakfast while practicing their art skills; and an authentic otter artwork original in colors of your choosing. is package is being o ered on a rst-come, rst-served basis at a cost of $250 ($125 of which is tax deductible). Contact David Moyer, curator of Estuarine Biology, for more details. Call (410) 326-2042, ext. 33 to schedule your Otter Lover's P a c k a g e today. Otter Art. 16 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER April 2013 Dragon Boats Are Coming! End Hunger Calvert, which currently provides assistance to 700 families in Calvert County is planning a very unique fundraiser: a Dragon Boat Festival. Rev. Robert Hahn, pastor of Chesapeake Church in Huntingtown, MD and founder of End Hunger Calvert came up with the idea. e event will be held Saturday, June 22 at the North Beach waterfront. Even if you don’t want to paddle, it will be a fun event for the entire family to watch. Rev. Hahn says 100% of the proceeds will bene t end Hunger, a 501©3 non-pro t, and if you sign on as a crew member ($2,000 per boat or $150 per person) it’s a tax-deductible donation. e beauty of this event is that spectators have just as much fun as the paddlers! Dragon Boat photos from 22Dragons.com, Come, cheer on the teams a Montreal company that organizes and visit the local food and Dragon Boat Races. craft vendors e Bay Business Group (BBG) was the rst to endorse the event, and we’re forming boats now. If your business or non-pro t group is interested in being a crew member, please email president@BayBusinessGroup.org for info about becoming a BBG member and helping the crew! So what is Dragon Boating? Dragon boating is today's fastest-growing international team water sport. e End Hunger Dragon Boat Festival will feature boats of 16 paddlers and one drummer in a competition to paddle across the nish line with the fastest time. If you’re a vendor interested in booth space, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch the Chesapeake Current and Chesapeake Bay Tripper for more info as the event date draws near! Scan the Current Code with your smart phone to learn more about how Dragon Boats work. April 2013 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER 17 18 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER April 2013 CURRENT EVENTS MONDAYS, APRIL 8, 15, 22 AND 29 (ALL DAY) Monday Memories Tour Je erson Patterson Park & Museum 10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard 410-586-8562 • www.jefpat.org The public is invited to free Monday Memories guided tours of Point Farm, located at JPPM in St. Leonard. All are welcomed to enjoy the memories of Calvert County, the Patterson family, JPPM or those who once worked on the land that is now JPPM. Visitors may share stories or simply enjoy the tour and listen to the memories of others. Point Farm was the country retreat of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jeﬀerson Patterson. In 1983, Mrs. Patterson donated the property to the state in honor of her late husband, creating JPPM. The tour highlights this beautiful 1933 Colonial Revival brick house and gardens designed by noted female architects Gertrude Sawyer and Rose Greely. exhibit and sale will brighten any evening. Enjoy wine, light hors d’oeuvres and live music and don’t forget to visit the gift shop. Stop by Annmarie before or after dinner and make it a night on the town. No reservations required. SATURDAY, APRIL 6 (10 A.M.-4 P.M.) Solomons Island Kite Day Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons 410-326-2042 • www.calvertmarinemuseum.com Celebrate our annual Solomons Island Kite Day with Wings Over Washington Kite Club. Bring your own kite or make one at the museum. FRIDAY, APRIL 12 (7:30-9:30 P.M.) Planet Party Kings Landing Park 3255 Kings Landing Road, Huntingtown 410-535-2661 • www.calvertparks.org Ever wondered what our Earth and the planet Jupiter have in common? Bring the family out to learn via hands-on activities inside Tom Wisner Hall before venturing outside to view Jupiter’s cloud tops and its Galilean satellites through telescopes. Enjoy views of the Great Orion Nebula, laser constellation tours and try to catch a view of the waxing crescent moon before it sets. TUESDAYS, APRIL 9 AND 16 (10 A.M.-4 P.M.) e Exhibit Barn at JPPM Je erson Patterson Park & Museum 10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard 410-586-8562 • www.jefpat.org Enjoy the new War of 1812 exhibit and others! FRIDAY, APRIL 5 (1 P.M.) First Friday Tours Je erson Patterson Park & Museum 10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard 410-586-8562 • www.jefpat.org Enjoy a free behind-the-scenes tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility that houses more than 8 million artifacts, including collections from every county in Maryland. The tour allows visitors to get up close and personal with our conservators and our collections. Group tours are oﬀered year round for a small fee. FRIDAY, APRIL 5 (6-9 P.M.) Annmarie After Hours: e Living Gallery Exhibition and Sale Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center 13480 Dowell Road, Solomons 410-326-4640 • www.annmariegarden.org Explore the work of the 20 artists who participated in the Living Gallery program. Fiber, jewelry, sculpture, painting and more; this April 2013 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER 19 THURSDAY, APRIL 18 (6:30-9 P.M.) PEM Talks: Sustainable Chesapeake – Restoring Oysters to the Chesapeake Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons 410-326-2042 • www.calvertmarinemuseum.com Ken Paynter will talk about continuing eﬀorts to restore the oyster population to the Chesapeake for this Paleontology, Environment and Maritime History event. Come taste an authentic Chesapeake oyster and participants who are over 21 can have a glass of wine from a local winery. SATURDAY, APRIL 20 (11 A.M.) Free Milkshake Music Concert Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons 410-326-2042 • www.calvertmarinemuseum.com Led by singer Lisa Matthews and guitarist Mikel Gehl, Milkshake has won over preschoolers with its authentic rock-and-roll spirit. Milkshake has previously released three critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning CDs and a Parents’ Choice Silver award-winning DVD. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 (10 A.M.-3 P.M.) Homeschool Day: Tramping the History Trail Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons 410-326-2042 • www.calvertmarinemuseum.com Special hands-on workshops all day focusing on maritime skills, boatbuilding and the lighthouse. Check online for the schedule, cost and information on how to register. SATURDAY, APRIL 20 (10 A.M.-5 P.M.) Bring Your Parents to the Museum Day! Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons 410-326-2042 • www.calvertmarinemuseum.com Special activities throughout the museum designed for the younger set will demonstrate how parents can use the museum as a fun, interactive learning experience for their toddlers and preschoolers. SATURDAY, APRIL 27 (10 A.M.-6 P.M.) Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering Jeﬀerson Patterson Park & Museum 10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard 410-586-8562 • www.jefpat.org The Celtic Society of Southern Maryland will present the 35th Annual Southern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering, the oldest Celtic celebration in Maryland. The festival highlights Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Manx, Breton, Cornish and British heritage. Information and tickets are available online at www.cssm.org; by calling 443-975-0972; or by email at email@example.com. SATURDAY, APRIL 20 (10 A.M.-4 P.M.) Calvert County Green Expo and Green Craft Fair Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center 13480 Dowell Road, Solomons 410-326-4640 • www.annmariegarden.org Learn how to go green in everyday life and celebrate the Earth with a variety of free and engaging activities. Learn how to lower energy costs, build a green home, harness solar power, compost your waste and much more at the fourth annual Green Expo. It is easy and fun to go green! Also enjoy the Green Craft Fair! SUNDAY, APRIL 28 (9-11 A.M.) ACLT Spring Guided Hike at Warrior’s Rest Warrior’s Rest Sanctuary, Port Republic 410-414-3400 • www.acltweb.org This will be a leisurely guided walk to explore Warrior’s Rest Sanctuary and Arboretum. Bring your binoculars and view early migratory birds and spring wildflowers. Meet at 9 a.m. sharp at Warrior’s Rest Sanctuary. Hike will last until about 11 a.m. Hike will be rain or shine unless thunderstorms develop. Dogs are not permitted on guided tours. Registration required. SATURDAY, APRIL 20 (10 A.M.-5 P.M.) Discovering Archaeology Day Jeﬀerson Patterson Park & Museum 10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard 410-586-8562 • www.jefpat.org Experience, discover, learn and have fun exploring the what, where and how of archaeology. Demonstrations, tours and activities for budding archaeologists of any age! SUNDAY, APRIL 28 (3-5 P.M.) Christine Keiner Presents e Oyster Question Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons 410-326-2042 • www.calvertmarinemuseum.com Dr. Christine Keiner will discuss her book, “The Oyster Question: Scientists, Watermen and the Maryland Chesapeake Bay Since 1880.” Her outlook challenges standard interpretations of the local oyster fishery as the epitome of the “tragedy of the commons.” The lecture will be followed by a brief question-and-answer period and autographed copies of “The Oyster Question” will be available for sale in the museum store. Keiner is an associate professor in the Science, Technology and Society/Public Policy Department at Rochester Institute of Technology. Her book won the 2010 Forum for the History of Science in America Prize and co-won the Maryland Historical Trust’s Heritage Book Award, as well as Honorable Mention for the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians. For additional Current Events, see our sister publication, the Chesapeake Current. SATURDAY, APRIL 20 (10 A.M.-4 P.M.) e PNC “Grow up Great” Mobile Learning Adventure Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons 410-326-2042 • www.calvertmarinemuseum.com The Mobile Learning Adventure is a traveling exhibit that includes interactive kiosks and the “When I Grow Up” station, where kids dress up as diﬀerent professionals and have their picture superimposed on an appropriate background. In addition, parents can take home activity books and learning kits that demonstrate how to take everyday moments and turn them into learning opportunities. 20 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER April 2013 April 2013 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER 21 Ride with Ripley When: Saturday, April 20th at 8:45am Where: Solomonâ€™s Island board walk, near the gazebo Price: $10.00 per person for the ride, (which will also get you 5 Ra e Tickets) Ra e tickets can be purchased on site for $2.00 each. Join Ripley from 977 The Rocket, WMDM-FM and friends on the ride, or meet at All American Harley-Davidson in Hughesville for this great fund raising event. Great prizes ra ed o and 50-50, all proceeds from the ra e and 50-50 bene t Southern Maryland Battle Buddies. Southern Maryland Battle Buddies helps Military veterans with service connected illnesses/injuries that have trouble accessing Veterans A airs (VA) hospitals and clinics due to distance, expense of travel and, at times, Stress related disorders. Listen to 977 The Rocket for more details or go to our website www.977TheRocket.com. Or email Ripley@977TheRocket.com 2nd Charity Motorcycle Ride While supplies last. FREE Food Bike & Car Show All American Harley Idol By: Bike & Rider with Boston Nichols Registration- 9am-12pm, $20 to enter. Awards-3pm DJ Tommy Houck, Playing music through out the day and hosting the First EVER, ALL AMERICAN HARLEY IDOL Contest! 1st, 2nd & 3rd place trophies awarded! Judged by Ripley and the sta of 97.7 THE ROCKET! 22 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER April 2013 Chesapeake Beach Railway Right-of-Way Hike Since the 1970s, members of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum and friends have been exploring sections of the historic “right-of-way” of the old Chesapeake Beach Railway bed, laid over 100 years ago. Amazingly, even today, there are still visible “cuts” and ridges in the earth where the railway was laid that one can walk along and imagine the past. Saturday, April 13th e public is welcome to join us as we “hike” down several sections of the Right-of-Way rail bed. Meet promptly at 9:00am at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum 4155 Mears Ave, Chesapeake Beach, Maryland *FREE* Wear your walking shoes and bring a bag lunch. e terrain is mostly at and suitable for walking. We will use personal vehicles to drive between walkable sections of the Right-of-Way. Questions? Call 410-257-3892 April 2013 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER 23