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Evening Contrails

Contrails at SunsetContrails at SunsetWe were heading to Cambridge to hear our friend Anne Watts and Boister play their latest CD live, when we got a feast for our eyes.

CBMM offers woodworking, new boat shop programs

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD has announced a new fall series of programs in the museum’s boat shop. The public programs begin September 14 and continue through November 23, with limited space and pre-registration needed.

CBMM’s Friday Open Boat Shop program takes place on September 14 and 28, October 26, and November 9 and 23, and invites members of the public to work on a small woodworking project of their own, or to bring ideas for a future project. Participants will receive the advice and guidance of an experienced shipwright and woodworker and can expect assistance with CBMM’s machinery and tools, plans, measurements, and the execution of their small-scale project. Small-scale projects could include plans for a small gift, frames, furniture, models, artwork, and more. The Friday Open Boat Shop program runs from 5:30-8:30pm and costs $20 per session for CBMM members and $30 per session for non-members. Space is limited with pre-registration required by calling 410-745-4941. Participants must be 16 or older, unless accompanied by an adult.

On Thursday, September 20 from 6:30-8pm, Woodcuts with Kevin Garber offers the opportunity to meet the master printmaker as he demonstrates and discusses the proper techniques for duplicating a print from an early 1960s Philip McMartin wood cut. Garber’s work can be found in the Kemper Art Museum and Island Press at Washington University, as well as in collections throughout the country, including the Whitney Art Museum in New York City, and in CBMM’s new exhibit, Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Bay Tugboats. The cost is $25 for CBMM members and $35 for non-members, with space limited and pre-registration required by calling 410-745-4941.

Summer sailing classes offered at CBMM

Kids can explore the Miles River and learn maritime skills in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s (CBMM) summer sailing program, where new sailors and old salts gain the confidence to sail a small boat in a fun, safe, and encouraging environment.

Weekly classes are available June 11 through August 3 for participants 8 years of age and older, and offer instruction for sailors at basic, intermediate and advanced sailing levels. The daily classes include limited classroom instruction and three hours of on-the-water experience.

Participants learn sailing and teambuilding skills including water safety, rigging, boat handling and docking. The week ends with a family picnic and awards ceremony, where the students’ accomplishments are celebrated. Pre-registration is needed, with a museum member cost of $200, or $225 for non-members.

Skipjack Offers Free Sails Memorial Day

The Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester will offer free sails from Long Wharf in Cambridge on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. The sails are sponsored by a grant from the Nathan Foundation.

Four sailing times are available, at noon, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. No advance reservations will be accepted. Passengers may sign up on a first-come, first-served basis at the dock on the day of the sails, beginning about an hour before the first departure time. These popular sails usually get fully booked quickly.

The skipjack’s regular public sailing season is now underway, with two-hour public sails being offered each Saturday the boat is in port. Two reduced-rate one-hour sails are offered one Sunday each month, beginning May 20. Passengers may reserve spaces on the public sails online at www.Skipjack-Nathan.org.

Sultana Projects Announces Guided Kayak Paddle Schedule for 2012

kayak paddle

Sultana Projects has announced its Public Paddle Schedule for 2012, featuring eight Saturday kayak paddles between May and October on the Sassafras, Chester, and Choptank rivers.  Led by Sultana Projects' veteran staff, each 2.5-hour paddle will focus on a particular inhabitant or feature of the river being paddled (see schedule below).


"We've timed many of these paddles to coincide with seasonal, natural events," said Sultana Projects' Director of Educational Programs and trip leader, John Mann. "We'll start this spring with a paddle through a Blue Heron rookery on the Sassafras River, followed by paddles to Bald Eagle and Osprey breeding areas.  In July we'll take an incredible trip to see acres of enormous American Lotus flowers in bloom, and in October we'll go to a small tributary off the Chester River renowned for its abundance of seasonal waterfowl."


Single-seat kayaks are provided so all participants need to bring is sunscreen, a bottle of water, and binoculars.  All trips take place on flat, protected water, so new and novice kayakers are welcome. Trips are limited to ten paddlers and advance reservations are required ($25 per person).   For reservations and additional information, please call the Sultana Projects office at 410-778-5954.


2012 Guided Kayak Paddle Schedule

Blue Heron Paddle 
Saturday, May 19 / 10:00am-12:30pm
Venture to the protected headwaters of the Sassafras River to see the busy nesting grounds of Blue Herons.

Taste of Mount Harmon

CookBook Launch Event

Mt. Harmon Front View

 Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 12 noon - 2pm. 
Come and sample recipes from the Treasures of Mount Harmon -
A new cookbook hot off the presses.
600 Mt Harmon Lane, Earleville, MD

Hearth Cooking, Demonstrations, Manor House Tours

Hike our beautiful Nature Trails 

Special Admission: $5

FOMH Members free

Join ESLC for Spring Guided Bird Tours

Join a bird tour led by ESLC's own lifelong birder Jared Parks. The tours will be held on Saturday, April 28th in Talbot County and Saturday, May 5th in Kent County. These tours are part of ESLC's ongoing efforts to allow the public to get up close and personal with some of the beautiful places ESLC has preserved on the Eastern Shore.

The Talbot County walk will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 28, on a preserved, private property about 15 minutes from Easton.  Registrants will be given the address and directions to the property.  Habitat to be explored will include woodlands, field edges and newly constructed waterfowl impoundments. A conservation easement was recorded on the property in 2011.

National Public Gardens Day.

FRIDAY, MAY 11 is National Public Gardens Day. Admission is free to Adkins Arboretum!



First Saturday Guided Walk
Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m.
Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m.
Saturday, July 7, 10 a.m.
Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m.
Explore the Arboretum’s diverse plant communities on a guided walk led by an Arboretum docent naturalist. Explore the bottomland forest and upland paths, meander through majestic beech trees, traverse the native meadows, and follow the narrow Tuckahoe Creekside path. Free for members, free with admission for the general public. 410.634.2847, ext. 0 for more information. 

Second Saturday Guided Walk
Saturday, May 12, 1 p.m.
Saturday, June 9, 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 14, 1 p.m.
Saturday, August 11, 1 p.m.

Come on a unique journey toward understanding native plants and how they can become a greater part of your home garden. Horticulturalist Eric Wittman will lead a walk about gardening with ornamental native plants. Join this walk to learn about native plants and how they can become a greater part of your home gardening experience. Free for members, free with admission for the general public. Register at adkinsarboretum.org or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.


FRIDAY, MAY 11 is National Public Gardens Day. Admission is free!


On two days in 1761 and 1769, astronomers across the world cast their eyes to the sky to witness a rare sight: Venus traveling across the face of the sun. The two transits were to become the most significant astronomical events in scientific history, as by recording the path of Venus and comparing results, these men hoped to calculate the dimensions of the solar system—one of the most pressing questions of the Enlightenment.

On Sun., May 20, New York Times Best Selling and award-winning author Andrea Wulf returns to Adkins Arboretum to discuss this extraordinary story as recounted in her newest book, Chasing Venus. Told as a race across the world, Chasing Venus features a cast of some of the most recognizable names in history, including Benjamin Franklin, Mason and Dixon, and Catherine the Great. It is a thrilling adventure story, a tale of personal tragedy and obsession, and an inspiring account of Enlightenment science and man’s quest to understand the universe.

Wulf’s talk begins at noon. Advance registration is required, and early registration is encouraged as seating is limited. The fee is $15 for members, $20 for the general public.

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