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Chesapeake Bay r e p Trip Priceless

A World Away at the Chesapeake Bay

Memorable Events on the Chesapeake Beautiful Spots So Close to Home! See page 8

Fresh, Delicious Farmers’ Markets

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Photo credit: Laurel McConnell, Photographer.

Where to Catch the Biggest Fish Story Page 10

Fun in the Sun Events Story Page 12


Our goal is to show you that there’s so much more on the western shore. Don’t fight that stressful Bay Bridge traffic – you’ll be surprised at the wonderful things you’ll find on this side of the Bay, less than an hour from anywhere in the metro area. With gasoline so expensive these days, everyone’s on the lookout for fun places to spend a day – or two that don’t cost a fortune. If you have a small business, we know you’re always looking for new venues for company picnics, meetings, and other events as well. In our area, you’ll find so many wonderful alternatives! The Chesapeake Bay Tripper is our second publication, and will be distributed in areas frequented by tourists. Our first, the Chesapeake Current is a very successful, hyper-local news magazine serving communities in Northern Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel Counties. For more information, see our web site: www.chesapeakecurrent.com. To subscribe to either publication so you always ‘stay current’, email editor@chesapeakecurrent.com for details! We hope you’ll also visit us online at www.chesapeakebaytripper.com and friend us on Facebook. Simply search Chesapeake Current and Chesapeake Bay Tripper. Please feel free to call our Account Representative, Clare O’Shea at (301) 873-5885 for information on our affordable advertising options to get your business in front of these savvy travelers. We hope you enjoy the summer season! Sincerely, Diane Burr Owner and Executive Editor Chesapeake Bay Tripper Chesapeake Current

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CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER is a seasonal monthly magazine with news and events for visitors to the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Look for us in Visitor Centers, on the Beach Trolleys, and in high-traffic areas in Washington DC and Maryland. Executive Editor and Publisher DIANE BURR Advertising CLARE O’SHEA JONATHAN PUGH Contributing Writers JENNY BOYLES NICK GARRETT JAY LOUNSBURY BOB MUNRO CLARE O’SHEA JONATHAN PUGH Cover Photo LAUREL MCCONNELL, Photographer For advertising rates and more information, email: ads@chesapeakecurrent.com or call Clare O’Shea at (301) 873-5885. Visit us online at: www.chesapeakebaytripper.com and friend us in Facebook! Chesapeake Bay Tripper P.O. Box 295 North Beach, MD 20714 (410) 231-0140

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Chesapeake Bay r Trippe Priceless

A World Away at the Chesapeake Bay

ON THE COVER:

Memorable Events on the Chesapeake Beautiful Spots So Close to Home! See page 8

With gasoline prices reaching all-time highs, so many folks are opting to stay closer to home this summer. But did you know that just a short distance from Washington DC, Baltimore and Northern Virginia there are a number of fabulous venues for weddings, corporate events, parties and more? Learn about these gorgeous hideaways on page 8.

Fresh, Delicious Farmers’ Markets

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Where to Catch the Biggest Fish Story Page 10

Fun in the Sun Events Story Page 12

Photo credit: Laurel McConnell, Photographer.

NEW UPSCALE CONCESSIONS AT THE WATER PARK Tired of rubbery hot dogs, bland burgers and greasy fries? One local water park is upgrading its concession stand this year to offer a variety of healthy – and delicious options including Ahi Tuna, veggie burgers, salads, fresh fruit and much, much more! The story on page 5.

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FRESH, DELICIOUS FARMERS’ MARKETS Struggling to keep healthy and fit? Join the ‘eat local’ movement and support Farmers’ Markets to find fresh, unprocessed foods. Several markets you’ve probably never heard of are within driving distance, and even have fabulous views of the water as! Find out about these secret farmers’ markets on page 7.

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They’re biting at the Bay! Learn what types of fish in the Chesapeake are in season right now and where to find them in our On the Water column on page 10.

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Community Focus Trolleys / Water Park Concessions Green Living Green Eggs / Farmers’ Markets

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On The Cover Weddings & Events 10 On The Water 12 Out & About

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C o m munity FOCUS

Hours for the Beach Trolleys this year: 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Saturdays

Hop On, Hop Off the Trolleys Fare Remains a Quarter

1 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Sundays and Holiday Mondays Fares are 25 cents each way.

Dunkirk with stops at Walmart, Skipper's Pier on the hour and then Safeway and Rita's, as well as the arriving back at Herrington Harbour Calvert Fairview Library at Chaneyville South on the half hour. And, like the Dunkirk and Road and the World Gym in Owings. It will operate on a one-hour loop, Beach Trolleys, the Beach Trolley and beginning each hour at the Railway the Anne Arundel Trolleys will meet at Museum, passing through Dunkirk on Herrington Harbour South, so the half hour and arrive back at the passengers will not have to wait. The Beach Trolleys run Railway Museum on the hour. The Beach Trolley will again Memorial Day Weekend through operate from the Chesapeake Beach Labor Day Weekend. However, due to Railway Museum to heavy traffic over the Independence Herrington Harbour South in Day holiday, the Dunkirk and Beach Rose Haven, traveling through Trolleys will not run on Sunday, July the Towns of Chesapeake 3; although Carpenter says the Anne Beach and North Beach. It Arundel Trolley will operate normally will also operate on a that day. You can hop on and hop off at one-hour loop, beginning each hour at the Railway any stop, but each time you need to Museum, arriving at cough up a quarter. Simply wait by the Herrington Harbour South trolley stop signs and the driver will on the half hour, then arrive pick you up. Printed trolley route maps are back at the Railway Museum available at businesses throughout the on the hour. The above two loops area, and you can also view route are laid out so that someone maps on their web site at eys traveling from Dunkirk on www.beachtrolleyassociation.org. Call e Beach Troll people rode th 00 rk ,5 ki n 12 u the Dunkirk Trolley could (877) 777-2708 for more information. D an More th eale and Beaches to D in . w ar T meet up with the e ye th ain this through ys will run ag le ol tr e Beach Trolley at the re Th last year. Railway Museum and travel to North Beach or The only change is a Herrington Harbour without a slight modification of hours. Carpenter wait. The Anne Arundel says. Instead of starting at 5:00 p.m. on Fridays, the trolleys will roll at 6:00 Trolley will again operate p.m. this year. They’ll also begin a little from Herrington Harbour later on Sundays, starting at 1:00 p.m. South in Rose Haven through instead of 11:00 a.m. They’ll also shut Friendship to Skipper's Pier down at 11:00 p.m. on Friday and in Deale, with a stop at Herrington Harbour North Saturday nights instead of midnight. The routes remain the same, and in Tracy’s Landing. This three trolleys will run again this season. loop will also operate on an Inside, the trolleys are The Dunkirk Trolley, which hour schedule, leaving air-condition comfortable ed. They offer and a great high-u of the Chesap began last year, will operate from the Herrington Harbour South p view eake Bay an d the scenic side. Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum to on the half hour, arriving at coun Ding, ding, ding – here comes the Trolley! Beach Trolley Association opens its new season on Friday, May 27 for the Memorial Day Weekend and continues through Labor Day. Bob Carpenter, President of the Beach Trolley Association, says, “Fundraising has been a little harder this year, because the economy has been tough for some of the businesses, but we’re making do.”

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C o m m u nity FOCUS

Way Beyond Burgers and Fries

New Upscale Concessions at Water Park

How about a grilled teriyaki chicken or Ahi tuna sandwich, a veggie burger or a churro between water slides? Parents, you’ll be happy to know that the next time you spend the day at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park, there will be scores of healthy, gourmet choices available at the new Beachcomber Grill. And kids, you’ll love the new children’s menu as well. Water Park Manager Marilyn Van Wagner says thanks to professional consultants, the new Beachcomber Grill will offer a wide variety of new – and healthy – food choices. Of course, there will still be burgers, hot dogs, and fries. But this year, they will also serve veggie burgers and salmon, tuna and chicken sandwiches cooked to order on their new outdoor grill. There will be several salads to choose from, along with fresh fruit, and funnel cakes with strawberries. And to shorten lines and your wait time, there will be four windows instead of two. Also this year, you’ll be able to cool off with four to five flavors of Dip N Dots – those popular little ice cream treats in a bowl, along with Hawaiian shaved ices. Van Wagner says the staff is now in place, with 170 positions filled from 350 applicants. All must pass rigorous training. Last year, the Water Park received two major safety awards, including one after the park closed for the season, acknowledging the skills and professionalism displayed by the lifeguard staff. “We have a lot of great new things planned at the Water Park this year,” Van Wagner adds. “What we want everyone to remember is that you can rent the park for private parties, corporate events, and children’s birthday parties. Catering is also available. We have a sound system called ‘Splash Radio’ that allows the groups to choose the types of music they like, too. So if you want rock, calypso/island music or even contemporary Christian for a church group, whatever you like, we can do it!” They will also have several ‘Character Days’ on selected Mondays so the little ones can come and play with their favorite character and parents can get keepsake photos. Mark your calendars: June 27 is Sponge Bob Day, July 25 is Bob the Builder, August 15 is Dora the Explorer, and Sponge Bob returns on Labor Day, September 5. They will also offer “Friday Night Slides” this year for the first time, allowing slippery sliders to keep having fun until 10:30 p.m. Also for the first time this year, the Water Park will offer season passes for those living outside Calvert County. And for in-county residents, the cost is cut 50% so families can enjoy the Water Park more often without breaking the bank. “The season pass will quickly pay for itself in just a couple of visits,” Van Wagner adds. The Chesapeake Beach Water Park is open now through Labor Day Weekend. Check their web site at chesapeakebeachwaterpark.com for exact hours and more information.

The Chesapeake Beach Water Park’s old concession stand (shown in the background of this photo from last year) will be upgraded from two to four windows, and offer a wide range of fresh new and healthy foods.

The Chesapeake Beach Water Park is an easy day trip! From Washington DC and the suburbs, take I-495 to Route 4/Pennsylvania Avenue; and then take the exit for Route 260 (Chesapeake Beach/North Beach Recreation Areas). Go to the end of Route 260, until you see the Chesapeake Bay. Turn right on Route 261, and look for the Water Park on your right. Visit their web site at www.chesapeakebeachwaterpark.com for hours and additional special events! June 2011 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER

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Want Green Eggs & Ham? Local Farmer Offers Colorful Eggs

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hat a surprise when you open an egg carton from J & T Chickens & Eggs of Owings, MD. Inside are green, blue and tan colored eggs that look like pastel Easter eggs. However, these are not dyed – the colors come naturally. These special eggs are laid by fowl owned by Teresa Morris, who says, “Chicken eggs from various

Showing off their lovely and tasty green eggs are 4-H volunteer Teresa Morris of Owings; Carrie Jones, 4-H member; and Jessi Morris, Teresa’s daughter, who is also active in Calvert County’s 4-H Club.

breeds emerge in different shades because of pigments, which are deposited as the eggs move through the hen's oviduct. The pigment deposits are determined by the chicken's genetics, with some breeds producing rich dark brown eggs, for example, while others lay snow-white eggs. The eggs inside are essentially identical; there are no major flavor differences between chicken eggs from different birds, as the flavor is determined by the chicken's diet.”

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GREEN LIVING

She adds, “There are three main colors. Most eggs you’ll find in the grocery come in white or shades of brown. It is also possible to find blue to green chicken eggs, which come from the Aracuana, a breed of chicken developed in Chile. Araucanas have also been crossed with other breeds to produce the Americauna, sometimes called the “Easter Egg Chicken” in a reference to its multicolored eggs. Americaunas come in varieties of colors. The name is even spelled differently between different hatcheries and on the Internet.” Morris says she, daughter, Jessi (pictured) and son, Steven started raising Bantams and Fancy Bantams about two and a half years ago in their backyard, and later started raising larger breeds, Americaunas, for their unique, multi-colored eggs. “The blue/green eggs are not something you usually see around here,” she adds. “We ended up having more eggs than we could eat. It was my idea to apply for the North Beach Farmer’s Market. We usually sell out within a half hour.” Maryland requires a license to have poultry on your property and another to sell the eggs, and the chickens must be tested every year, which the Morris family does. “This has turned into a double bonus, as the sale of the eggs help pay for the chicken feed, and teaches both my children about sales and marketing, which is part of their 4-H projects,” Morris says. She adds, “If a customer returns a box, they get 50 cents off their purchase, which is a great way to recycle.” Raising baby chicks, hatching the eggs naturally, cleaning and care, and recognizing potential health issues are among Jessi’s many 4-H projects. She currently has several Partridge Silkies, which are considered Fancies and lay light brown eggs. Other chickens in their coops include a brown egg-layer, Snowball, who is a White Plymouth Rock.

They also have two Polish Fancies, one female, that lays white eggs. The three older Silkies lay the lighter brown, medium-size eggs. “I do not call our eggs organic, as you must be certified for that title,” Teresa says. “We feed them typical feed, and treats such as cracked corn, vegetables, oats, marigolds, seeds, worms, and sometimes beans to balance their natural diet. We even have our own chicken garden, since chickens will eat just about anything. Some of ours have names, and all have different personalities.” They purposely do not wash the eggs, so purchasers should do that at home just before cracking the shells. “All chickens produce what is called a “bloom” as the last step of laying their egg. This ensures that the bacteria won’t enter through the shell, since an eggshell is very porous. By washing the shell, or constant handling of the shell, this will remove the bloom and possibly allow bacteria to enter. Also, by not washing, the eggs can last four to five months in a refrigerator (the average grocery store egg can be three to four weeks old),” Morris adds. “Since I work from home, we usually collect eggs three times a day so they stay clean, and refrigerate them immediately.” Who laid these green eggs? Teresa Morris says they come naturally from her exotic chickens, a breed called Americaunas.


Get Fresh, Locally-Grown Produce Now At Area Farmers’ Markets Joe-Sam Swann of Swann Farm in Owings is well-known for growing some of the finest strawberries available in the Washington DC area.

EATING FRESH AND EATING LOCAL is easier than ever this year at four Calvert County farmers markets. The markets in North Beach and Solomons Island even offer a wonderful water view! Offering a host of Southern Maryland produce, the Calvert County markets are now open on the following schedule: • Tuesdays in Prince Frederick at Calvert Memorial Hospital (Parking Lot D) from 3:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. through November 22 • Thursdays in Solomons on the Riverwalk from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. through November 17 • Fridays in North Beach at 5th Street and on 7th Street between Bay Avenue and Chesapeake Avenue from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. through October 7 • Saturdays in Prince Frederick at Calvert Fairgrounds (Barstow) from 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon through November 26 Late spring markets include items like bedding plants (vegetable, herbs

and flowers), hanging baskets and tasty salad greens, asparagus, kale and strawberries. Markets will include many of the favorite vendors from last year with plenty of fresh produce, baked goods, seafood and cut flowers. Calvert County farmers markets are unique because each is a producer-only market. The vendors are only allowed to sell produce raised by a local farmer and each market sells products that are regionally available seasonally. To find a list of seasonally available produce, visit www.somarylandsogood.com. All county farmers markets accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers from the Maryland Department of Agriculture. For more information on Calvert County’s agricultural community, visit www.calvertag.com. or contact the Calvert County, MD., Department of Economic Development at (410) 535-4583, via e-mail at info@ecalvert.com or on the Web at www.ecalvert.com. The North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market is in its 4th year, and this year stretches onto 7th street with four vendors, including Friday’s Creek Winery of Owings, Schlagel Farms of Waldorf, Trott's Fresh Farm Produce of Dunkirk, and Abner’s of Chesapeake Beach selling crabs and locally caught seafood. Entertainment is also planned for the corner of 7th and Bay Avenue. An open mic hour will be included and all are invited to participate.

Clip and Save Farmers’ Market Directory Calvert County Farmers’ Markets are open four days a week! (* denotes markets with water views) Tuesdays Calvert County Farmer's Market: Prince Frederick Calvert Memorial Hospital Parking Lot D 100 Hospital Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 (410) 535-8200 Directions: Route 4 to Calvert Memorial Hospital. Open seasonally May to November every Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Seasonal delights from local farms including vegetables, fruit, fresh herbs and baked goods. Thursdays *Calvert County Farmer's Market: Solomons Riverwalk Parking Lot North of Solomons Pavilion Solomons, MD 20688 (410) 535-4583 Directions: Route 4 South. Take exit for Solomons. Proceed approximately 1/3 mile to riverwalk area parking lot on right. Open seasonally May to November every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Seasonal delights from local farms including vegetables, fruit, cut flowers, bedding plants, fresh herbs, seafood and baked goods. Also enjoy the Southern Maryland Sailing Association's small boat races on the water in front of the gazebo starting at 6:00 p.m. Fridays *North Beach Friday Night Farmers' Market 5th Street between Chesapeake & Bay Avenues and 7th Street between Chesapeake & Bay Avenues North Beach, MD 20714 (301) 855-6681 Directions: Route 4 to Route 260 East toward Chesapeake Beach/North Beach/Recreation Areas. Follow signs to North Beach. At end of Route 260, turn left at traffic signal and proceed approximately one mile to Market. Open seasonally May to October every Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Seasonal delights from local farms including vegetables, fruit, cut flowers, bedding plants, fresh herbs, seafood and baked goods. Free entertainment. Classic car enthusiasts will enjoy viewing some of the coolest vehicles in the area at the simultaneous Friday Night Cruise-Ins. Plenty of free parking at the public lots on either side of 5th Street at Chesapeake Avenue. Saturdays Calvert County Farmer's Market: Barstow Calvert County Fairgrounds 140 Calvert Fair Drive Barstow, MD 20610 (410) 535-4583 Directions: Route 4 to Hallowing Point Road (Route 231) to Fairgrounds on left. Open seasonally May to November every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Seasonal delights from local farms including vegetables, fruit, cut flowers, bedding plants, fresh herbs and baked goods.

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he secret is out: tying the knot on the Chesapeake Bay is catching on. So are corporate parties and other events at a few select sophisticated venues that are becoming well established. When it’s hot outside, the Bay is the perfect place to cool down. And during the winter months, moderate temperatures and stunning vistas continue to be inviting. From waterfront venues to elegant reception facilities, event planners and floral designers, caterers to limos, spas and salons, the beaches are now on the map. And with gasoline prices and travel costs for destination weddings skyrocketing, it’s comforting to know you have alternatives with such beautiful facilities and amenities close to home in the DC/Baltimore region.

Take I-495 to Route 4/ Pennsylvania Avenue. Get off the Route 260 exit (Chesapeake Beach/North Beach/ Recreation Areas). Travel to the end of Route 260 until you see the Chesapeake Bay. Turn left at the stoplight to go to Herrington on the Bay in Rose Haven (two miles).

“We did 142 weddings in 2010,” says Anna Chaney, owner of Herrington on the Bay Catering. “When I first started Herrington on the Bay in late Fall 1992, the only other wedding event locations in our area were The Holiday Inn at Solomons Island and Rod ‘N’ Reel. We quickly evolved into a hot spot for weddings as we created the landscaped waterfront ceremony venues.” Herrington on the Bay is a waterfront, Eco-Lifestyle event venue with full service catering located at Herrington Harbour Resort in Rose Haven. The waterfront bridal lawns feature an extraordinary blend of natural and exotic landscaping emphasizing the pristine and expansive water views. Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, along with Herrington on the Bay have become two of the most sought-after waterfront venues in the

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Weddings, Events

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So Close to Home! Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa is one of two popular waterfront wedding venues in the Twin Beaches area offering memorable backdrops for photos. The other hot spot is nearby Herrington on the Bay in Rose Haven.

Baltimore/Washington area in recent years. The Hall at Huntingtown, with its soaring cathedral ceilings and glistening chandeliers, has become a popular venue for receptions. Facilities Manager Carole Fonfara says, “We’re booked every Friday, Saturday and Sunday with weddings, which is great because the facility raises funds for the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department.” “Being on the Washington DC side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is a great benefit for the guests especially from May to October when the beach traffic is unbearable,” Chaney adds. “Local lodging was non-existent back then other than the Holiday Inn. Since 1992, the Inn at Herrington Harbour has been renovated and rebuilt to modern day standards, the Chesapeake Beach Hotel and Spa has been built and many summer homes have been offered for overnight lodging in the Rose Haven and North Beach areas. Several bed and breakfasts have also popped up in the last 20 years as well,” Chaney notes. And the Inn this season has two

new luxury suites open for business, with walls of windows, wrap-around balconies, fireplaces, spas and antique furnishings. “The local attractions and amenities have greatly improved, making our area more attractive to out-of-town guests. We have all been able to maintain our southern hospitality and charm while offering better more sophisticated services to please the folks from D.C., VA, and Baltimore who are looking for gorgeous venues and great service,” Chaney says. “Wedding clients are much more food, wine, and service savvy than they were 20 years ago,” she explains. “They push us all to offer


The Inn at Herrington Harbour has guest 30 rooms and seven suites. They just completed construction this spring on two new luxury suites, featuring fantastic views of the Chesapeake Bay, Blue Ray movies, and a surround sound system you can plug your i-Pod into. On the premises, you’ll find two private beaches, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a fitness center, and an eco-trail for spotting Maryland terrapins, ospreys and other wildlife.

newer, better products and services to compete with the Annapolis and Eastern Shore venues and caterers.” “From the local wineries to the towns of North Beach, Dunkirk, Huntingtown, and Deale, every area has improved in the tourist attractions and retail services needed to support a better environment for special event guests. From restaurants, shops, salons, lodging, transportation, music, florists, bakeries, officiates; we have it all right here in our vicinity!” Chaney adds.

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arge Rockfish (those generally 10 years of age or older) continue to leave our area at an accelerated pace, which they do every year as part of their annual migration cycle. While the trophy season ended May 15, the "summer" season kicked off the next day and will run through December 15. During this season, you're allowed 2 Rockfish 18 inches or longer, only one of which can be over 28 inches per day per person (other restrictions apply).

Check out the big Black Drum caught by one of the boys Noah and Jacob with Dad Mike Tomasik last May.

Now is the time to start mixing and matching sizes of your lures. Don't put away all your big parachutes and 9-inch shad just yet, but include some smaller bucktails (2-3 oz) with 6-inch shad in your trolling spread. If you're running planer boards, keep your big baits behind the boards and use the 6-inch lures on your deck rods. Try a full size umbrella double-rigged with 6-inch lures, or a tandem rig with a big bait on the short leader and a small bait on the long leader. We should be able to catch a few big Rockfish until the end of May, like the one caught by Dana Mierzwicki on a recent charter aboard the "Worm" out of Chesapeake Beach. Speaking of big fish, Black Drum are back! These are the largest game fish you can catch in our part of the Bay, some stretching the scale to 80 pounds or more. Catching them is not difficult - it's finding them that's the challenge. The fish will be in small pods right on the bottom in 16-30 ft. of water. Unfortunately for us, Black Drum move on up the Bay in a few short weeks and disperse. Your best bet to

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Catch Them While You Can… Big Black Drum!

By Bob Munro

catch one of these leviathans is to book a charter -they have the equipment and experience needed to find the fish. The first few caught and reported in our area were brought aboard the charter boat, The Worm out of Chesapeake Beach. For the next few weeks, many of the local charter boats and a relatively small number of private boats will be hunting for Drum near James Island #2 buoy and the Stone Rock, both east of the main shipping channel in 15-30 feet of water over hard bottom. I say hunting because unless and until you find them on your fish finder, the experience is more like hunting than fishing. Only experience will tell you what they look like on the meter, but concentrate on the bottom and not the water column - drum are bottom feeders and are almost always observed on the bottom in our area. Soft crabs or peelers are the bait of choice for Drum, although other bottom feeders like Croakers and at times Rockfish will inhale a soft crab bait. Two ounces or so of lead on a fish finder rig with a large circle hook baited with a quarter of a soft crab is a good setup for terminal tackle. A conventional reel or stout spinning reel spooled with 30-50 pound mono or braid paired with a stout rod would be a good combination for drum. Once you’ve located some Drum, quietly position your boat uptide or upwind so that you can get your baits down to the feeding fish, drift over them and hope for a hookup. Remember that if you do use a circle hook, don’t set the hook! Let the fish swim away for a couple seconds and then just start reeling. The circle hook almost magically finds its way to the lip of the fish, thus making it easier to release the fish relatively unharmed. Don’t be surprised if other boats move in while you’re fighting a big Drum – it’s a common practice. Just make sure you don’t get close enough to cut off another boat’s fish when they’re hooked up and you’re not. Fishing for smaller Rockfish has been generally good for trollers on both sides of the main channel but in waters from 35-60 feet in depth rather than over the deep channel. Small bucktails (2 oz.), Drone spoons (#2 with flash scale),

Miss Chesapeake Beach

This massive Black Drum was hauled in this year aboard the charter boat, “The Worm.”

and 6-inch Storm Shad behind umbrella rigs have all been productive. You might as well put away your planer boards and big baits because the great majority of migratory Rockfish have left our area as they do every year for New England, where they’ll stay until late October. A headboat new to our area is now operating from the Rod ‘N’ Reel Dock in Chesapeake Beach. Relocated from Cape May (NJ), the “Miss Chesapeake Beach” shown in the photo will be skippered by Captain Luke Thatcher. Although specific times may vary, we expect that she will sail Monday – Saturday from 8:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m, two 4-hour trips on Sunday, and perhaps Thursday evening trips. Full day and evening trips will cost $65 per person, while the shorter Sunday trips will be $45. Have a question about Chesapeake Bay fishing? Send your questions to "onthewater@chesapeakecurrent.com" 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.


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Tobacco Trail Antique & Classic Car Meet Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center Fairy & Gnome Home Festival and Tour Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center Fireworks Cruise on the “Wm. B. Tennison� Calvert Marine Museum 26th Annual Native American PowWow Calvert County Fairgrounds &BUt%SJOLt(P-PDBM North Beach Calvert County Jousting Tournament Christ Church

Artsfest Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center .BSZMBOE-JHIUIPVTF$IBMMFOHF Drum Point & Cove Point lighthouses Calvert County Waterman’s Festival Solomons Island Solomons Offshore Grand Prix Solomons Island War of 1812 Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum Calvert County Fair Calvert County Fairgrounds

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Gallery Show – “About Face” Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center 13480 Dowell Road • Solomons, MD 20688 (410) 326-4640 • www.annmariegarden.org “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.

Gallery Show – “Fairies in the Garden” Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center 13480 Dowell Road • Solomons, MD 20688 (410) 326-4640 • www.annmariegarden.org 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.

Le Femme, Le Fleur – featuring Kathleen Addario and Pat Troiani Artworks @ 7th 9128 Bay Avenue • North Beach, MD 20714 (410) 288-5278 • www.artworksat7th.com

Solomons, Maryland Historic River Cruises

Summer Camps and Concerts

You OTTER visit!

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 JUNE 10 – AUGUST 21 Gallery Show - “Supersize is Better?” Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center 13480 Dowell Road • Solomons, MD 20688 (410) 326-4640 • www.annmariegarden.org What fuels our fascination with obscene quantities and obsessive amounts? From supersized to overstuffed, from bulk to buy-one-get-one, we are in a constant quest for more. How do artists interpret these ideas in their work? This exhibition explores the art of the supersized; art that tackles the absurdity of life on a grand scale. From humorous depictions to critical commentary, the exhibit will include indoor and outdoor works that address these issues through their scale, proportion and wit.

African American Family Community Day 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum 10515 Mackall Road • St. Leonard, MD 20685 (410) 586-8501 • www.jefpat.org A multi-cultural event for the entire family. Enjoy live entertainment, exhibits, displays, food and merchandise vendors, children’s arts & crafts, games, prize drawings and more. Sponsored by the Calvert Branch of the NAACP and Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum.

Fossil Field Experience

Shopping in the Museum Store

First FREE Fridays

Bay Breeze Concert Series – Hangman’s Faire 7:30 p.m. Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum 4155 Mears Avenue • Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 (410) 257-3892 • www.cbrm.org Gary and Jackie present a program of Celtic Isles, Colonial America, our maritime heritage and folk music of the 60s. Their acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, penny whistle and Irish drum will set your feet to tapping. 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.

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Fossil Field Experiences

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9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road • Solomons, MD 20688 (410) 326-2042 • www.calvertmarinemuseum.com 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.

Parkers Creek to Flag Ponds Kayak Trip American Chestnut Land Trust Warriors Rest Sanctuary • 1920 Scientists’ Cliffs Road Port Republic, MD 20676 (410) 414-3400 • www.acltweb.org Take a seven-mile kayak trip from Parkers Creek to Flag Ponds Nature Park along the Calvert Cliffs shoreline. Moderately strenuous, experience recommended. Limited registration accepted. Register by calling Battle Creek Nature Center at 410-535-5327.

Movie on the Beach Dusk 5th Street and Bay Avenue on the Boardwalk • North Beach, MD 20714 (301) 855-6681 • (410) 257-9618 • www.ci.north-beach.md.us Bring your family, chairs and a blanket and enjoy a movie on the beach.


 SUNDAY, JUNE 12 Patuxent River Wade-In 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum 10515 Mackall Road • St. Leonard, MD 20685 (410) 586-8501 • www.jefpat.org Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum is proud to be the location of this time-honored annual event. Roll up your pant cuffs, wear white sneakers and “wade into the river” and learn about the health of the Bay and its tributaries.

Workshops & Concert by Genticorum Workshops 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. / concert 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road • Solomons, MD 20688 (301) 375-0534 • www.cssm.org Sponsored by the Celtic Society of Southern Maryland, Genticorum is one of the most sought-after exponents of Quebecois musical culture. Workshops for guitar, flute, fiddle and feet from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.; concert from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Workshop fee $40 (some scholarships are available), concert $25. For information, e-mail info@cssm.org.

 THURSDAY, JUNE 16 Archaeology Speakers Series – Pig Point – Uncovering 8,000 Years of Prehistory 7 p.m. Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory • Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum 10515 Mackall Road • St. Leonard, MD 20685 (410) 586-8501 • www.jefpat.org Lecturer: Stephanie Taleff Sperling, Archaeologist, Lost Towns Project. On a bluff overlooking the Patuxent River in Anne Arundel County, archaeologists are excavating a remarkable site occupied for the last 8,000 years. Join Ms. Sperling as she describes the extensive excavations and unique artifact finds providing a wealth of information about Southern Maryland’s prehistory.

 SATURDAY, JUNE 18 Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Music Festival 3 – 11 p.m. Blue Crabs Stadium 11765 St. Linus Drive Waldorf, MD 20602 (410) 326-2042 www.calvertmarinemuseum.org Country music fans will enjoy a day-long music festival at the Blue Crabs Stadium just nine miles from Hughesville with 13 acts performing on three different stages. There are plenty of seats in the seating bowl or bring a folding chair to sit in the infield. See Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert and Willie Nelson. All tickets are general admission and $40 each (additional service fees apply) and may be purchased at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

 SUNDAY, JUNE 19 Father’s Day Cruises 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. / 5 – 6:30 p.m. “Wm. B. Tennison” Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road Solomons, MD 20688 (410) 326-2042 www.calvertmarinemuseum.com Dads love being on the water, so enjoy this perfect way to say, “You’re the best.” Brunch and evening cruises are available. Call for rates; preregistration required.

 FRIDAY, JUNE 17 Campfire on the Beach 7 p.m. 5th Street and Bay Avenue on the Boardwalk • North Beach, MD 20714 (301) 855-6681 • (410) 257-9618 • www.ci.north-beach.md.us Come to the beach for a campfire while we roast marshmallows and tell children’s stories.

 SATURDAY, JUNE 18 Father’s Day Fling 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center 13480 Dowell Road • Solomons, MD 20688 (410) 326-4640 • www.annmariegarden.org Bring the whole family to Annmarie Garden’s wildest yearly event! This Saturday afternoon hiatus challenges dads, granddads and their families to build catapults and use them to hurl paint at a large canvas in the spirit of Jackson Pollock. Dress for the mess as you explore catapults, slingshots, paint rockets and a variety of zany tools for mark-making. Each family comes away with a catapult, a large painting on canvas and some colorful children! Families of all shapes and sizes are welcomed. Payment and registration required in advance. Café open for lunch.

Tobacco Trail Antique & Classic Car Meet 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center 13480 Dowell Road • Solomons, MD 20688 (410) 326-4640 • www.annmariegarden.org Enjoy the automobile as art at this annual gathering with food, activities and exhibits. June 2011 CHESAPEAKE BAY TRIPPER

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out& about Fun in the Sun calendar  SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JUNE 19-20

Colonial Family Days 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Jefferson Patterson Park 10515 Mackall Road St. Leonard, MD 20685 Colonial Family Days: Life on a 17th century Plantation Fee: $10/family - All Ages Advance Registration required. Call (410) 586-8501 or email jppm@mdp.state.md.us. Pack a lunch and spend the day discovering what life at home during the colonial period was like! Learn the various tasks done by parents and children. Make a tin lantern, candles, and a pouch or pocket! Experience how colonists dressed, prepared food, and the many other chores required for everyday living. Great family fun!

 THURSDAY, JUNE 23 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 • www.cbrm.org Free children's programs, crafts, games and exploration of the museum and its history.

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 SATURDAY, JUNE 25 Lighthouse Adventure Cruise 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum • 14200 Solomons Island Road Solomons, MD 20688 (410) 326-2042 • www.calvertmarinemuseum.com Southern route participants depart from the Drum Point Lighthouse (Calvert Marine Museum) at 7:45 a.m. and head south, pausing to see Point No Point, Point Lookout and Smith Point Lighthouses, before stopping for lunch at The Bayside Inn on Smith Island. After taking in local sites, the cruise will continue to circle Solomons Lump and Hooper Island Lighthouses. The boat returns to the museum at about 4:30 p.m. The fee is $130 for the day-long trip; lunch is on your own; museum members pay $120. There is a $5 cancellation fee. Preregistration is required and space is limited. For information or to register, call 410-326-2042 ext. 41.

Kid’s Pirate Pizza Cruise 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. “Wm. B. Tennison” • Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road • Solomons, MD 20688 (410) 326-2042 • www.calvertmarinemuseum.com Dress like a pirate and eat pizza board the historic “Wm. B. Tennison.” Preregistration required.

Bluegrass on the Beach featuring Seldom Scene

6 p.m. 5th Street and Bay Avenue on the Boardwalk • North Beach, MD 20714 (301) 855-6681 • (410) 257-9618 • www.ci.north-beach.md.us Premium seating available for $20 per seat.


 SATURDAY, JUNE 25 Maritime Performance Series – MAGPIE 7 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road • Solomons, MD 20688 (410) 326-2042 • www.calvertmarinemuseum.com Known for their broad musical tastes, the depth of their commitment to humanist ideals, the richness of their chamber-folk arrangements, Greg Artzner and Terry Leonine have been wowing audiences across the country for years. Concert begins in the auditorium at 7 p.m. $10 per person charge at the door. Wine, beer and light refreshments available for sale.

 SUNDAY, JUNE 26 Guided Canoe Trip 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. American Chestnut Land Trust Warriors Rest Sanctuary • 1920 Scientists Cliffs Road Port Republic, MD 20676 (410) 414-3400 • www.acltweb.org Depart from Warriors Rest and enjoy a scenic tour of Parkers Creek. Reservations required. Call (410) 414-3400 or email info@acltweb.org 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.

 THURSDAY, JUNE 30 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 • www.cbrm.org Free children's programs, crafts, games and exploration of the museum and its history.

Every Friday at 6 p.m. through October 7: Friday Night Farmers’ Market and Classic Car Cruise-In May 27: Beach Trolley begins its season June 5, 1 to 5 p.m.: North Beach House and Garden Tour/Art Show June 11, dusk: Movie on the Beach—Daddy Day Camp June 17, 7 p.m.: Campfire on the Beach June 18, 8 to 11 a.m.: Tri-Forces Triathlon on Bay Avenue June 18, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Wellness Fair at 5th Street and Bay Avenue June 25, 6 p.m.: Bluegrass on the Beach featuring Seldom Scene July 3, dusk: Fireworks July 15, 7 p.m.: Campfire on the Beach July 16, dusk: Movie on the Beach—Shrek July 23, 6 p.m.: Rock ’N Roll on the Beach featuring The Hubcaps

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