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A Community Grows Oysters

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How to Have a “Green” Wedding Story Page 10

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July 2011

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A World Away at the Chesapeake Bay

ON THE COVER: Walking the New Railway Trail Since 1989, Chesapeake Beach Mayor Bruce Wahl has been pushing for a Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail to give access to Fishing Creek up residents and visitors. Now, it’s finally open! Get a sneak peek at this brand new boardwalk and nature lovers’ paradise in this issue! Cover Story on page 8.

Nature Lover’s Paradise

In a Town Center! See page 8

A Community Grows Oysters Story Page 5

How to Have a “Green” Wedding Story Page 10

HEROES NEVER CHANGE Wounded warriors from the Iraq and Afghan wars who are at Walter Reed Army Medical Center will be treated to well-deserved, relaxing day at the beaches this month during Operation Hope on the Chesapeake. Find out how you can honor our American heroes at this very special event! Story page 4.


Where the Fireworks Are Story Page 12


UNDER THE BOARDWALK Underneath the new Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail, members of the community will be growing oysters later this year. And you can help, too! Find out about the first municipality in Maryland to get into the governor’s Marylanders Grow Oysters Program on page 5.

CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE! Tired of fighting the crowds on the National Mall? Consider these alternative celebrations – less than an hour from anywhere in the Washington/Baltimore Metro area.


ALSO IN THIS ISSUE 6 Community Focus 7 8

10 Green Living Buying a Home by the Chesapeake How to Have a Green Wedding On The Water 11 Out & About The Fish are Now Biting Cruise the Chesapeake Bay in a Day On The Cover



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Heroes Never Change

Huge Outpouring of Community Support for Vets Again this year, Operation Hope on the Chesapeake is being planned to honor veterans wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Residents and supporters are again asked to turn out in force along Pennsylvania Avenue/MD Route 4, and MD Routes 260 and 261 to wave American flags and supportive signs at the busload of veterans from Walter Reed Army Medical Center as they came to the beaches for a weekend of rest and relaxation. Although groups wait all along the route, especially gathering at intersections. Organizers ask that you be in place by 7:15 a.m. as the vets come into Chesapeake Beach on Saturday, July 23. Last year, thousands of people turned out. The wounded veterans themselves were clearly moved by the outpouring of support from people they didn’t even know. Twenty fire and emergency vehicles from Prince Frederick, Dunkirk, Huntingtown, North Beach and Marlboro were in place with their lights flashing when the motorcade arrived, led by the Nam Knights motorcycle club. Mary Mathis, organizer of Operation Hope on the Chesapeake said, “Over and over, everyone was saying The veterans were treated to a day of fishing on the Chesapeake Bay, and a BBQ at the local American Legion Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach.



Want to do more to thank a vet wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan? Operation Hope on the Chesapeake is looking for area families to “adopt” a patient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and provide holiday presents to his or her family. For more information, contact Mary Mathis at

Thousands of people turned out to honor wounded veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars last year at Operation Hope on the Chesapeake. Buses carrying the vets from Walter Reed Army Medical Center were escorted into Chesapeake Beach by members of the Nam Knights Motorcycle Club.

all day, ‘I’ve never seen anything like this!’ The vets were so touched and many had tears in their eyes. They could not believe it, how much people appreciated them.’’ Cindy McGrew of Dickerson, MD, the founder of Operation Second Chance that has raised over $650,000 to date to help veterans in many ways, says she has never seen such an outpouring from a community. “We do events like this all over the country, and no where have I ever seen a turnout like this. It was so much more than last year. Your community here is absolutely amazing!” After going out on the Chesapeake Bay on charter boats for a day of fishing on Saturday, the vets are treated to a BBQ and social at the Stallings-Williams American Legion Post on Sunday. They are given overnight rooms at the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa by owner Gerald Donovan and breakfast on Sunday at the Rod ‘N’ Reel.

The Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail along Fishing Creek is now open! See story on page 8.

Chesapeake Beach on the Half Shell First Town in MD to Grow Oysters

Wahl says Chesapeake Beach is the “Oyster survivorship today is also at first municipality in the entire state to its highest since 1985, so we have a very good participate in Governor O’Malley’s chance. Critics will say that oysters cannot ‘Marylanders Grow Oysters’ program. clean the Bay or make a difference, but you Residents along 24 other streams and rivers are in a position to reduce pollution statewide are also involved, and they’re up to incrementally, and anything we do can help about 8,000 oyster cages. make change happen,” Zuza says. Maryland offers a $500 Wahl called the oyster cultivators, tax credit to each individual “An inspiration for everyone interested in who raises oysters. Wahl says making a difference.” even if you’re not a town Pardiek says he expects the spat on resident or live on the shell (baby oysters) to be delivered in August waterfront, you can help to or September, giving volunteers and grow oysters through this contributors time. program, and get every penny Beach Elementary School Principal back. If you are a Maryland Dr. Michael Sisler attended the meeting resident, and would like to along with two teachers who pledged to get purchase the cage system for local kids and parents involved. He predicts, $500 and donate it to the “It will be an excellent learning experience for Fishing Creek project, you will them.” get a $500 Maryland state tax Anyone interested in finding out Several spat (baby oyster credit. Contact Chesapeake more about volunteer opportunities – and/or s) fuse to an shell where th old oyster ey grow for ab Beach Town Hall for details. sponsoring an oyster cage - should contact out a year pro in a cage befo tected re being tran An informational web Chesapeake Beach Town Hall at (410) sported to oy ster beds. site about the project is under 257-2230 or (301) 855-8398. construction, and Wahl also wants One small town in Calvert County to document the entire is working to make a difference, establishing a CBOCS project with videos on new Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation YouTube to encourage others to Society (CBOCS) to place oyster cages in raise oysters to help the Bay. Fishing Creek, which runs through the John Farrington, owner of center of town. Johnny Oyster Seed Company at Chesapeake Beach resident Keith Wells Cove in the St. Leonard area, Pardiek is the project leader, and he says, “I has designed an innovative oyster want to see a hundred or so cages under the cage (pictured) that turns with the boardwalk on Fishing Creek in the next tides to take the drudgery out of three to four years. That would mean we oyster maintenance, which many could raise a half million oysters a year, cultivators complained about. Four right here!” of these cages are on their way to the This has become Mayor Bruce Wahl’s town. “pet” project since learning about the success Len Zuza of SMOCS says Jon esigned by of the Southern Maryland Oyster one, three-inch oyster can filter 55 ster cage d oy at e iv sp e at th ov tect Cultivation Society (SMOCS) in Mill Creek, gallons of water a day, which helps to The inn the tide to pro h it w s rn tu Back Creek and St. John’s Creek in the reduce algae and sequester nitrogen Farrington t build-up. s and sedimen Solomons and Lusby areas. In just a few short and phosphorous. from barnacle years, SMOCS’ efforts have resulted in “Oyster beds also create a rich enough oysters to filter the waters of these habitat for fish and other wildlife and tributaries in an area where there were no offer shore protection from waves,” Photos by Bruce Wahl. oysters just a few years ago. Zuza adds. Interested in the fascinating life cycle of oysters – and what they do to improve our waterways? Here’s a way you can help the Chesapeake Bay – and get a tax deduction to boot!



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Meet Norma Robertson By Brian McDaniel

“The best compliment I can receive is a referral to your friends and family.” ~ Norma Robertson, Realtor. RE/Max 100 Real Estate professional, Norma Robertson says, “Real estate is in my blood.” As far back as she can remember, she would organize listing slips for her father, who was also in real estate. She recalls driving around many afternoons looking at properties with him. She didn’t know that it would be something she would pursue more than 30 years later. After more than 800 home sales, Norma comes to you as a caring, dedicated and competent realtor who works with families one by one to find their perfect home. And that could be a second beach home, too! She says she finds real estate to be very rewarding, and loves working with buyers and sellers alike. She admits that she especially treasures the feeling of seeing people begin their lives in a new home. Helping people move up to a bigger house or assisting them with downsizing to a smaller place are among her specialties. Seeing a new family starting out takes her back to her first new home, when her first child was born. “That feeling of starting fresh is indescribable,” she explains. Eleven years later, after she started training for her real estate license, her third child was born whom she calls “her Real Estate Baby.” Eight years ago, Norma was motivated and determined to make a difference in a community, and moved to Chesapeake Beach to work and play while surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay. There are a lot of real estate agents out there. However, Norma seems to have a different approach than most to her profession. She has a very patient demeanor and takes detailed notes on what her clients seek in a home. She then takes that information and goes to work to find exactly what they’re looking for. She works tirelessly to make her client’s dream of home ownership a reality. She is quick to extend a helping hand in her community and give of herself for charitable causes. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Northern Calvert, and emphasizes raising money for the Bayside Unit of the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maryland, located in North Beach. She’s also part of fundraising for polio cures. Norma stays pretty busy as a member of the BBG, but is also a member of the North Beach Garden Club, North Beach Economic Advisory Board and a Trustee for the Beach Trolley Association. She has served on her Home Owners Association in Windward Key in Chesapeake Beach and is a Deacon at her church. Need a consummate professional in today’s real estate market? She is ready to answer any questions you may have and provide expert assistance. Contact Norma Robertson, Realtor with Re/MAX 100 Real Estate in Dunkirk at (301) 855-8108 (desk) or (301) 518-8930 (mobile). Email: About the Author: Brian “Crow” McDaniel is the owner of Crow Entertainment, LLC. He serves as one of three Ethics Commissioners for the Town of North Beach and is part of the communications team for the Bay Business Group (BBG).



The Chesapeake Beach Water Park recently participated in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson, which will be in the Guiness Book of World Records.

Not Just a Job, It’s An Adventure And a 9-Year Career

Usually when kids get a summer job, they collect their minimum wage checks and go on to other things the next year. But that’s not the case with Kyle Jarrett. The Clemson University Senior is now in his 9th year at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park and is a valued manager. I met Kyle when I went to the Water Park to photograph the World’s Largest Swim Lesson Class for our sister publication, the Chesapeake Current on June 14. This was a national event in which kids at pools and water parks all across the country simultaneously leaped into the water for a beginners’ lesson in water safety. It was great fun, and will be listed in the Guiness Book of World Records! While there, a nice young man in a lifeguard uniform introduced himself to me as Kyle Jarrett. I happened to notice there was the title, ‘Manager’ on his shirt. It didn’t surprise me that he was a ‘manager’. He had all the earmarks of leadership. Assertiveness, focus, friendliness and responsibility, because as we spoke, and as he answered some of my questions, he also gracefully attended to corralling the visitors and staff’ with little suggestions to “Please, cover this…” and “Remember that…” and “Watch out for those two little ones over there…” He was on the job! However, Kyle says this is his last year at the water park. After this summer, he’s “retiring” and next summer hopes to move on to a “real” job since he will be a college graduate! Yes, he says, it has been fun to work there, to come up the ranks. He has done all the hard work to be, at this point, a truly successful young man. By all definitions, this young man is a winner. His family and friends and co-workers must recognize it, and I am sure that it won’t be hard for future employers to see it either. We all can be proud of Kyle and of the 170 other area young people who work at the Water Park each summer, taking care that it remains a safe and fun place to romp in the water!

Kyle Jarrett

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pot fishing in the Choptank River mouth and "The Diamonds" east of the main shipping channel is wide open right now, although most of the Spot are small to medium in size. These Spot are just right for live lining. The larger Spot are tender, white and flaky when prepared for the table. Some people would rather have Spot than Rockfish for dinner!

Live lining has been very good around the False Channel and the Gooses. Many boats are loading up their livewells with Spot near the #10 buoy in the Choptank. Some days Spot fishing is better on the north side of the River, so don't hesitate to look for them north and south of the River channel in 20-25 ft. of water. You'll catch a few Croaker and White Perch mixed in with the Spot. However, if you're catching bait for live lining, you might as well release the Croaker and Perch because they just aren't attractive baits for Rockfish, relatively speaking. The sharp spines on Croaker and Perch, when compared to the relatively soft fins of Spot, are no doubt the reason. Trolling for Rockfish continues to produce good results on both sides of the main channel. Small bucktails, Drone spoons, six-inch Storm Shad and surgical hose eels alone or behind umbrella rigs continue to produce good catches. Check out the fine catch of summertime Rockfish made by these young ladies!

It's Summertime and the Fish are Biting!

Speaking of Bluefish, it's time to get prepared for them. The surgical hose eel in various colors is one of the best lures for Bluefish. Not only are they preferred by Blues, but the surgical hose is almost indestructible. Anyone who has ever caught a Blue knows about their needle-sharp teeth and the job they can do on our hands or soft baits like Storm Shad. Make sure you have a good de-hooker or pair of long needle nose pliers on board to safely unhook Bluefish. A typical leader for either a spoon or a surgical hose is a 25-30 ft. long piece of 50 pound monofilament with a ball bearing swivel in the middle, and a ball bearing coast-lock swivel to connect the leader to the weight or running line. Always tie the hose or spoon directly to the terminal end of the leader. Bend the hose into a "u-shape" like a horseshoe. Remember to increase your trolling speed to around 5 knots and if there are any Bluefish nearby you'll soon start catching. By the way, some anglers are quite adept at catching Rockfish with surgical hose lures. Captain John Beach, who runs the "Beachcomber" out of the Rod 'N' Reel Marina, shares this advice for trolling hoses for Rockfish . . . "Bend and twist the hose so that from the front it looks like a helix or corkscrew rather than a horseshoe. Slow your speed down to 2.2 knots and basically drag your hose eels close to the bottom . . . ." Thanks, Captain John! Here's Captain Drew Payne of the charter boat "Worm" also out of the Rod 'N' Reel with

Independence Day: Free Fishing Day on Monday, July 4! The State of Maryland welcomes new anglers and visitors to enjoy the State's excellent fishing opportunities through free fishing day. Everyone is encouraged to take family and friends to our abundant streams, lakes, rivers ponds and bays for some quality free fishing time.

By Bob Munro

daughters Tiffany (left) and Emily out for a rare day of fun fishing with Dad. The "Miss Chesapeake Beach" will sail Sunday evening July 3 to watch the fireworks from the Bay. She'll leave at 8:00 p.m. and return at 10:00 p.m. Costs will be $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. For more information, call Captain Luke Thatcher (301) 643-5775. Remember to arrive early because traffic and parking will be a nightmare and the Beach and Dunkirk Loops of the Trolley won't run that day or evening. Have a question about Chesapeake Bay fishing? Send your questions to "" and we'll do our best to get you an answer. Don't catch 'em all, Bob Munro About the Author: Bob Munro of Chesapeake Beach has been a career research biologist for the US Fish & Wildlife Service. At one time or another, he has visited every river entering the Chesapeake Bay from the Susquehanna Flats to Hampton Roads. An avid fisherman, he's fished the mid-Chesapeake since the mid-1980s.



A Nature Lover’s Paradise


’ve been working on this since 1989,” says Chesapeake Beach Mayor Bruce Wahl. “Aren’t the views just stunning?” After the first meeting of the newly-established Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society (see story on page 5), Wahl announced that he received a call just the day before that the long-awaited Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail was finally completed. Barriers had quietly been taken down that morning, allowing public access, although the formal dedication ceremony will not be until later this summer. “I invite everyone to join me – let’s go walk it!” Wahl suggested. Many of the people at the meeting decided to go and were treated to a memorable stroll with the Mayor down the new boardwalk through some of the most beautiful critical area wetlands imaginable. Red-winged blackbirds flitted and scolded as the group approached their nests. They saw and heard frogs jumping and saw big Blue Crabs crawling through the shallow water, which Wahl says varies, “from a few inches in some spots to eight feet or so deep in others.” Near the Chesapeake Beach water tower at Richfield Station, large birds circled. “I believe that’s our colony of Bald Eagles,” Wahl said. “I can’t tell for sure from here, but that’s usually where you can see them flying.” What’s so remarkable about this new trail is its incredible location. “If you look at a map, you’ll see that Fishing Creek is in the geographic center of the Town of Chesapeake Beach. But just look around you! It looks like we’re in the middle of the wilderness,” Wahl says. In many spots, you can’t even see a house.



In Downtown Chesapeake Beach Breathtaking, panoramic views from ‘downtown’ Chesapeake Beach on the new Railway Trail provide a peaceful, up-close and personal connection with nature that was never accessible before.

Until the trail was built, the amazing Fishing Creek had been mostly inaccessible by foot. Several kayakers paddled by and a small rowboat with two fishermen waved along the way. But from the elevated walkway, the pristine panorama is much more dramatic than at ground level. The creek itself looks like something from a painting as it winds its way though the lush, green wetlands. In the distance, you can see many small pools where ducks and other birds are nesting, along with smaller streams feeding into the main waterway. The new boardwalk is designed with high railings to prevent people from interfering with nature. “And for us old guys, we put in a lot of benches,” Wahl laughs. Trash receptacles have also been installed, and Beach Patrols will keep the

trail clean and free of problems from dawn to dusk. At night, it will be closed to the public. And no fishing from the boardwalk is allowed. The entire distance is a little under two miles. From the parking lot behind the Chesapeake Beach Water Park, it’s about nine-tenths of a mile to what Wahl calls “The Trapezoid,” or the T-shaped bridge that crosses the creek. If you walk to the left, it’s another four-tenths of a mile or so to the old

Chesapeake Beach Mayor Bruce Wahl

railroad trestle, its broken pilings still visible in the water. That’s where the trail abruptly ends. If you go to the right, the trail extends another fourtenths of a mile to the Richfield Station sub-division. Past the Trape- zoid, the boardwalk to the left soon dips to a small stretch of land with a paved trail. “We’re encouraging people to ride bikes and jog,” Wahl says. “It’s completely free and now open to the public to enjoy.” Along the short stretch of paved trail, Wahl says signage will be posted to discourage people from getting off the path, which is lined with Poison Ivy. “There are lots of snakes and other creatures in there, too, that you don’t want to mess with,” Wahl adds. “So I’d advise that you stay on the trail.” Once at the trestle site, the trail ends with a wide observation deck. “DNR (Maryland Department of Natural Resources) told us we had to

stop there because it’s ‘too critical’ of an area. Now all of this, mind you, is Critical Area, and that’s why it’s taken so long to get permission to build anything here. But the town line does go quite a ways farther back, and I’m going to bring them (DNR officials)

A paved portion of the trail, which follows the old railroad tracks, ends at the spot where a trestle, or bridge, used to be.

out here and show them, and try to convince them that they should let us keep going and extend this trail as far as we can,” Wahl adds.



How to Have a “Green” Wedding


etting engaged this summer? The next step is planning your wedding. Here are some tips on how you can make your special day more fun, green, and respectful to Mother Earth. First, as you make your list of everything you “need” for your wedding, think, “how can I use less, then-reuse, recycle, repurpose.”

By Anna Chaney Consider hosting your ceremony and reception in close proximity to the majority of your guests. Second, host the ceremony and reception in the same location to prevent extra travel from one to the other. Hotels are one of the greatest offenders of the environment, mainly due to the thoughtless consumption of large volumes of electricity and water, and the production of large amounts of waste from trash to food waste, without a thought of recycling or composting. Therefore, choose a location that is certified “green” by a third party, is a park or other outdoor venue. Many people are also choosing to host more events at home! Herrington on the Bay, an Eco-Lifestyle Resort in southern Anne Arundel County, has won accolades for its eco-friendly approach to events, especially weddings.

Vintage is always in. A wedding dress is a very personal item; how a bride presents herself on this very important date is not to be taken lightly. It may be tough to re-use someone else’s dress. But, if your theme is green, vintage, and gentle to the Earth this could be a viable concept. Or, the next best thing, consider having someone local make your dress out of other wedding dresses that are being given away or sold second hand. Menus, beverages, music, attire, decorations, photography, officiate, transportation, travel, invitations, favors, rings, rehearsal; these are just a few of the services and products you will be planning for your wedding celebration. Generally speaking, try to focus on less use and less waste. So, the less travel required of you and the majority of your guests, fewer fossil fuels will be burned and/or wasted.



When you select your vendors, keep in mind their travel time as well. Use vendors local to the chosen venue. Consider all vendors from caterers to florists who source their products locally when available. If you are hosting your event at home, make lists of the food and beverages that you will be providing for your guests. Ask an event expert to help you trim your list to prevent food and beverage waste. Hire some catering staff to ensure that effective recycling is accomplished as well as composting, if possible. Consider recyclable, Earth-friendly serving ware or rent reusable china, silverware, and glassware from a local vendor. For the ladies and gentlemen attendants, consider attire that they can rent or re-use themselves. Once again, using a local tuxedo rental outfitter is a good idea. And, for the ladies, choose dresses from a local department store that they would actually wear again. Allow each person to choose his or her own, with certain parameters that you may create, such as length, color, neckline, etc. Can you imagine how much material

would be saved and re-used instead of hanging in a closet for the next 50 years? Or, if you select a traditional bridesmaid dress, hire a local seamstress to make elegant, useful pillows out of these dresses (that will likely never be worn again) and give them back to your bridesmaids as their gifts. Lastly, the traditional wedding invitation is not always tree-friendly. Consider creating a wedding website where you can design a super elegant invitation for all of your guests to visit for the wedding details. Emailing an invitation to visit this beautiful website is appropriate and/or sending out a glam postcard printed on recycled paper with the link to your wedding website will save a few trees, save some money and allow you to creatively design and share your wedding with your friends and family. About the Author: Anna Chaney is the founder of Herrington on the Bay Catering in Rose Haven, MD, which has achieved the first level of certification from the Green Restaurant Association. For more info, visit her web site at

Cruise the Chesapeake Bay

Aboard Historic Boat

Enjoy specialty cruises all year long aboard the historic Wm. B. Tennison departing from the Calvert Marine Museum at Solomons Island. Built in 1899, the Tennison is the only Coast Guard licensed log-hulled, passenger carrying vessel in the United States. The vessel served as an oyster buyboat until 1978 and has been designated a National Historic landmark. All cruises are open to the public, and sold on a firstcome, first-serve basis. For more information or to purchase cruise tickets, please contact Melissa McCormick at (410) 326-2042, ext. 41 or

Saturday, October 29 10th Annual Monster Mash Cruise 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This cruise is for little goblins and their families. Adults $7, children 5-12 $6, children 4 and under $4. Advance registration required by Thursday, October 27.

Monday, July 4 Fireworks Cruise 8:00 p.m. till...... Come aboard for the best view in town and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Adults $35, Sorry no children under 7. Advance registration required by Wednesday, June 29.


Solomons, Maryland

Saturday, July 23

Historic River Cruises

Sunset in the Tropics 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Experience a spectacular sunset on the Patuxent River while enjoying tropical appetizers. Parrot Heads are welcome. Adults $30. Advance registration required by Wednesday, July 20.

Saturday, August 20 Picnic Cruise 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Bring a picnic basket along and enjoy a cruise on the Patuxent River. Adults $15, children 12 and under $10. Advance registration required by Friday, August 19.

Saturday, September 17 Cheese and Cracker Cruise 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. You bring your favorite wine or brew and we’ll supply the cheese, crackers, and more. $20 per person. Advance registration required by Thursday, September 15.

Martina McBride July 30

Fossil Field Experiences

First FREE Fridays

Shopping in the Museum Store

You OTTER visit!

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Our area is one of the most beautiful spots to see and enjoy fireworks, with the rocket’s red glare reflecting on the water everywhere. Here’s the local fireworks schedule. All displays begin at dusk, but arrive early to find parking and a good viewing spot:

Saturday, July 2: Independence Day Celebration

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Herrington on the Bay 1 Lake Shore Drive • Rose Haven, MD 20714 410-741-5101 • Their annual Independence Day Celebration is from 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Bring the family and enjoy food and beverage vendors, moonbounces and other family activities with a spectacular fireworks show at dusk.

 THROUGH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Gallery Show – “About Face” Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center 13480 Dowell Road • Solomons, MD 20688 (410) 326-4640 • “About Face” explores the artist as storyteller. How does an artist develop and arrange the elements of a good story—character, setting, plot, conflict, climax and resolution—through the format of a portrait? How do traditional and new media types affect the impact of a portrait? This exhibition highlights portraits that tell a compelling story in a visually interesting way.

Sunday, July 3: Chesapeake Beach Fireworks.

It’s the biggest fireworks display on the Chesapeake Bay, brought to you by the Town of Chesapeake Beach. The fireworks are launched from several barges taken out from Fishing Creek into the Chesapeake Bay. (Photo of Chesapeake Beach fireworks by Jacqueline Molonson, Jax Photography, One spot locals love for watching these fireworks is North Beach, with great views all along the beach, boardwalk, and fishing pier. If you’d like to watch the fireworks from a different angle (on the Bay), the new charter boat in town, The "Miss Chesapeake Beach" will host a fireworks cruise Sunday evening, July 3. She'll leave Chesapeake Beach at 8:00 p.m. and return at 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. For more information, call Captain Luke Thatcher (301) 643-5775. Remember to arrive early because traffic and parking will be difficult and the Beach and Dunkirk Loops of the Beach Trolleys won't run that day or evening.

Monday, July 4: Solomons 4th of July Street Faire & Fireworks beginning at 4:00 p.m. until? There will be live

music, moonbounces, vendors, popcorn, cotton candy and much more, all in the heart of Solomons Island. Following the Street Faire will be the annual fireworks display at about 9:00 p.m.

Also on July 4: City of display (rain date: Tuesday, July 5).

Annapolis Fireworks

Parades: 4th of July Parade in Shady Side

Starting at 10:00 a.m., the 4th of July Parade sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Shady Side, MD begins at Cedarhurst Road and ends at the Kiwanis Club on Snug Harbor Road.

Galesville July 4th Celebration and Parade

A community parade and July 4th celebration is being planned in Galesville, MD by the Board of Directors of the Galesville Heritage Society; they apologize that there will be NO fireworks this year. The parade kicks off at 1:00 p.m. down Main Street in Galesville, which will be closed to traffic for about an hour.





Fairy & Gnome Home Festival and Tour

Gallery Show – “Fairies in the Garden”

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center 13480 Dowell Road • Solomons, MD 20688 410-326-4640 • If you loved the fairy house exhibit last summer, you will love our 1st annual Fairy & Gnome House Festival and Tour. Some activities include fabulous fairy, gnome and garden artists and vendors, dress-up tours of the fairy house exhibit, fantasy facepainting, magical music, fairy and gnome obstacle course for kids and fairytale storytimes. Build your own fairy or gnome house at Annmarie.

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center 13480 Dowell Road • Solomons, MD 20688 (410) 326-4640 • Explore the nooks and crannies of the sculpture garden and try to find all the fairy houses. Bring your little fairies in their costumes for some lovely photographs or borrow one of our fairy costumes from our dress-up trunk. Visit the Arts Building to pick up a fairy house guide. “Fairies in the Garden” is held in memory of Mary Beth Harry.

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Summer Fun Days Children’s Programs

“We’ve Got Your Number” CalvART Gallery Prince Frederick Shopping Center • 98 S. Solomons Island Rd • Prince Frederick, MD 20678 410-257-7005 • Join us for the opening reception, Saturday, July 9, 5 to 8 p.m.

10 – 11:30 a.m. Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum 4155 Mears Avenue • Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 410-257-3892 • Free children's programs, crafts, games and exploration of the museum and its history



featuring the works of Nancy Jung-Warmke and Carol Wade Artworks @ 7th 9128 Bay Avenue • North Beach, MD 20714 410-288-5278 •

 FRIDAY, JULY 1 First Free Friday 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road • Solomons, MD 20688 410-326-2042 • The museum is open free to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. with special entertainment and activities each month. The Drum Point Lighthouse will be open and 30-minute cruises are available on the “Wm. B. Tennison.” The 257th Army Band will perform on the outdoor stage at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs.


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road • Solomons, MD 20688 410-326-2042 • This year features the incredible work of underwater shark photographer Nick Caloyians who, along with his daring diving partner Clarita Berger, will share their experiences diving with sharks around the world. Experience the shark cage used for their underwater photography and get your picture taken as a shark hunter. See incredible video from Shark Week. The day will include fish face painting, marine games, shark crafts, displays by the Fossil Club and shark mural painting.

 SUNDAY, JULY 10 Guided Canoe Trip

Maker’s Market 9 a.m. - Noon Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center 13480 Dowell Road • Solomons, MD 20688 410-326-4640 • Annmarie Garden hosts Maker’s Market on the first Saturday of the month, featuring vendors selling fresh produce, handmade crafts and products.

9 a.m. - Noon American Chestnut Land Trust 1920 Scientists Cliffs Road • Port Republic, MD 20676 410-414-3400 • Reservations are required; call 410-414-3400 or e-mail for more information. Please note: Canoe trips are physically strenuous, requiring paddling for three hours (frequently against wind and tides), and may require participants to help carry a canoe for up to one-quarter mile over sand to access the creek.

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 THURSDAY, JULY 14 Summer Fun Days Children’s Programs 10 – 11:30 a.m. Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum 4155 Mears Avenue • Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 410-257-3892 • Free children's programs, crafts, games and exploration of the museum and its history.

Bay Breeze Concert Series – The Dixie Ramblers 7:30 p.m. Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum 4155 Mears Avenue • Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 410-257-3892 • The ever-popular bluegrass band, the The Dixie Ramblers never fail to arouse many devoted fans. All concerts are outdoors on the museum porch starting at 7:30 p.m. and free. This series of concerts is made possible with the cooperation of the Calvert County Commissioners and financial assistance from HELP Associates, Inc., the Town of Chesapeake Beach and generous memberships.



 FRIDAY, JULY 15 Campfire on the Beach 7 p.m. 5th Street and Bay Avenue on the Boardwalk • North Beach, MD 20714 310-855-6681 • 410-257-9618 • Come to the beach for a campfire while we roast marshmallows and tell children’s stories.

 SATURDAY, JULY 16 Fossil Field Experience 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road • Solomons, MD 20688 410-326-2042 • This program is designed for adults and children 8 and older who want to learn more about fossils, where to find them, how to identify them and what they tell us about the past. Space is limited and registration is required.

Movie on the Beach: Shrek Dusk 5th Street and Bay Avenue on the Boardwalk • North Beach, MD 20714 310-855-6681 • 410-257-9618 • Bring your family, chairs and a blanket and enjoy a movie on the beach.

 THURSDAY, JULY 21 Summer Fun Days Children’s Programs 10 – 11:30 a.m. Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum 4155 Mears Avenue • Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 410-257-3892 • Free children's programs, crafts, games and exploration of the museum and its history.

Archaeology Speakers Series Using Geophysical Techniques to Reveal Buried Archaeological Remains 7 p.m. Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory • Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum 10515 Mackall Road • St. Leonard, MD 20685 410-586-8501 • Lecturer, Dr. Tim Horsley, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology. Geophysical techniques can identify what is underneath the ground surface before excavation begins. Join Dr. Horsley as he describes how to use these new archaeological investigation tools. Featured in the lecture will be identification results from Maryland and around the globe.

 FRIDAY, JULY 22 Maritime Performance Series – DRAMTREE-O 7 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road • Solomons, MD 20688 410-326-2042 • An acoustic folk group based in Norfolk, Virginia, DRAMTREE-O features the traditional music of North America, the British Isles and the seven seas, in an electric mixture of songs that reflect the joys and sorrows, hard work and hard luck, high spirits and low humor of ordinary people. Concert begins in the auditorium at 7 p.m. $10 per person charge at the door. Wine, beer and light refreshments available for sale.

 SATURDAY, JULY 23 Rock ‘N’ Roll on the Beach featuring The Hubcaps 6 p.m. 5th Street and Bay Avenue on the Boardwalk • North Beach, MD 20714 310-855-6681 • 410-257-9618 • Premium seating available for $20 per seat. Contact Stacy at 301-855-6681.

St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department Concert Series Firehouse Rock Festival

5 p.m. St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department 200 Calvert Beach Road • St. Leonard, MD 20685 410-586-1713 • Bring your blanket or your chair. General admission - $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Information available online Sponsored by Bayside Toyota. July 2011 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER


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 SUNDAY, JULY 24 Guided Canoe Trip 8 – 11 a.m. American Chestnut Land Trust Warriors Rest Sanctuary • 1920 Scientists Cliffs Road • Port Republic, MD 20676 410-414-3400 •

Reservations required; call 410-414-3400 or e-mail Please note: Canoe trips are physically strenuous, requiring paddling for three hours (frequently against wind and tides), and may require participants to help carry a canoe for up to one-quarter mile over sand to access the creek.

 SUNDAY, JULY 24 Barn Work Day 8 a.m. - Noon American Chestnut Land Trust South side trail head barn • Scientists’ Cliffs Road • Port Republic, MD 20676 410-414-3400 • Join the Barn Volunteer Crew as they maintain these historic barns. Bring work gloves, clippers and a smile.



 THURSDAY, JULY 28 Summer Fun Days Children’s Programs 10 – 11:30 a.m. Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum 4155 Mears Avenue • Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 410-257-3892 • Free children's programs, crafts, games and exploration of the museum and its history.

 FRIDAY – SUNDAY, JULY 29 – 31 Gallery Exhibition – “Art Blooms” Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center 13480 Dowell Road • Solomons, MD 20688 410-326-4640 • “Art Blooms” is a three-day show featuring the work of floral designers from across the region. Each floral designer is assigned a work of art in the Main Gallery and asked to create an arrangement inspired by the art. The results are surprising, beautiful, and provocative. Co-hosted by the Calvert Garden Club and Annmarie, proceeds from the Friday night opening reception benefit a project at Annmarie. Opening Reception for Art Blooms, Friday, July 29, 2011, 7-10 p.m.; tickets required.

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Calvert Marine Museum’s Waterside Concert Series Martina McBride Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road Solomons, MD 20688 410-326-2042 •

Join Martina McBride at the Calvert Marine Museum as she brings her signature vocals to songs like “Walk Away,” “What Do I Have To Do,” “God-Fearin’ Women,” “You’re Not Leaving Me” and “Don’t Cost A Dime.” Gates open at 6 p.m.; show time at 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices.

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Where to Find Gorgeous Pieces

Artists abound along the Chesapeake, marveling in the beauty of the water, nature, rustic old tobacco barns, wide, open spaces and so much more. Thinking of a day trip in search of such inspired art? Take Route 4/Pennsylvania Avenue and all the way to Solomons Island you’ll find so many lovely galleries where spectacular original art is showcased! The largest is the CalvART Gallery, which is a cooperative located in Prince Frederick, MD, and is affiliated with the Arts Council of Calvert County. CalvART is a showcase for artists from Southern Maryland and highlights work from a wide range of styles and media. Our artists excel in paintings, pottery, jewerly, sculpture, woodturning and photography. As a 501c3, CalvART highlights artwork by the Southern Maryland Friday’s Creek community and partners with commuWinery & Art Barn 3485 nity groups and organizations for its Chaneyville Road Owings, MD shows. You are always welcome to browse, and spend a part of the day looking at our artwork and meeting the artists. Consider joining us at our monthly receptions and special events. You’ll be amazed at the talent!

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Artworks @ 7th 9128 Bay Avenue North Beach, MD

Chesapeake Gallery & House of Frames 475 Main Street Prince Frederick, MD

CalvART Gallery 110 S. Solomons Island Road Prince Frederick, MD

Directions The CalvART Gallery is located at 110 South Solomon's Island Road in Prince Frederick, MD at the Prince Frederick Shopping Center. From Rt. 4 North towards Prince Frederick: Upon reaching Prince Frederick, turn right on Duke Street. Take your first left into the Prince Frederick Shopping Center. From Rt. 2/4 South towards Prince Frederick: Pass through the Prince Frederick Town Center till you reach the stoplight at the Church Street intersection. Continue through the light, but quickly turn left into the turning lane for Duke Street and cross Rt. 4. Take your first left into the Prince Frederick Shopping Center.

Medart Galleries 10366 Southern Maryland Blvd. Dunkirk Market Place (near Safeway) Dunkirk, MD

Carmen’s Gallery 14550 Solomons Island Road Solomons, MD

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center 13480 Dowell Road Solomons, MD



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Our Beach is less than an hour away; Walk our Boardwalk on the Bay; No tolls, no bridges no hassles on the way; Relax, unwind, eat, shop & dine; Pamper yourself with sweets, spas and wine.

North Beach Maryland…… A Great Getaway!! FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. Take Route 4 East (Pennsylvania Avenue, which turns into Southern Maryland Boulevard) to Route 260 East (bear right). Follow Route 260 until it ends at the Chesapeake Bay. Turn left and follow Route 261 (Chesapeake Avenue) to North Beach. Visit the North Beach Loop on Facebook

Chesapeake Bay Tripper - July 2011  

Visit the beautiful Western shore of the Chesapeake Bay - less than an hour from the Washington DC/Balitmore/Northern Virginia Metro. Great...

Chesapeake Bay Tripper - July 2011  

Visit the beautiful Western shore of the Chesapeake Bay - less than an hour from the Washington DC/Balitmore/Northern Virginia Metro. Great...