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November 20, 2003
- CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
BALL RAISES FUNDING FOR NEW EXHIBIT
November 17, 2003
- HOLIDAY OPEN
LIGHTHOUSE AT THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
November 12, 2003
- DR. BARRY KNISLEY TO SPEAK
AT THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
October 28, 2003
- EDWIN McCAIN TO
PERFORM AT THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
30, 2003 - Seahorses by the Bay
September 25, 2003 - MUSEUM BALL TO BENEFIT SKATES AND RAYS EXHIBIT
September 22, 2003 - VINTAGE MODEL YACHT REGATTA AT THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
September 9, 2003 - UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR LIGHTHOUSE ENTHUSIASTS
August 19, 2003 - DR. MATTHEW CARRANO TO SPEAK
AT THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
August 14, 2003 - PATUXENT RIVER APPRECIATION DAYS 5K RACE ANNOUNCED
August 13, 2003 - ANNUAL DINNER CRUISE ABOARD THE
Wm. B. Tennison
August 13, 2003 - EXPLORE
A MARSH AT THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
August 12, 2003 - CMMS MEMBERS TRIP TO HIGHLIGHT NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE ACTION
August 8, 2003 - NEW OTTER EXHIBIT TO OPEN
AT THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
August 4, 2003 - CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM TO
PARTICIPATE IN 2003 MARYLAND LIGHTHOUSE CHALLENGE
July 31, 2003 - CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM TO OFFER UNIQUE
MARITIME CRUISE ABOARD THE QUEEN MARY
July 28, 2003 - CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM AWARDED
IMLS GRANT TO REPAIR LENS
July 21, 2003 - GRANTS AWARDED TO
LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
July 21, 2003 - CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM TO HOST 40s FASHION SHOW
July 9, 2003 - CRUISES OFFERED TO VIEW AMPHIBIOUS LANDING TRAINING SITES IN SOLOMONS
July 7, 2003 - HISTORIC SCHOOL BELL DONATED TO THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
June 24, 2003 - THE
COVE POINT LIGHTHOUSE
June 11, 2003 - CRUISE ABOARD THE SULTANA
June 4, 2003 - NEW SMALL CRAFT FACILITY DEDICATED
AT THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
May 26, 2003 - WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP AT THE COVE POINT LIGHTHOUSE
May 7, 2003 - Joshua
Barney / War of 1812 Cruise on the Wm. B. Tennison
May 7, 2003 - Northrop
Grumman is First Corporate Sponsor for the 2003 Cradle Of Invasion
April 24, 2003 - WOODEN BOAT BUILDING SKILLS TRAINING
TO BEGIN AT THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
April 15, 2003 - CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM TO HOST ELDERHOSTEL PROGRAMS
April 8, 2003 - THE LEGENDARY BOB DYLAN TO PERFORM
AT CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
April 8, 2003 - MUSIC OF 18th-CENTURY MARYLAND
April 8, 2003 - CHESAPEAKE ANTIQUE BOAT AND MARINE ENGINE SHOW
RETURNS TO THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
March 7, 2003 - CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM RECEIVES $5000 DONATION FROM CALVERT BANK
November 20, 2003
CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM BALL RAISES
FUNDING FOR NEW EXHIBIT
The Calvert Marine Museum
Society hosted its annual Ball on Saturday, October 25 to raise funds
needed to begin construction of the Museum’s newest exhibit, Secrets of
the Mermaid’s Purse: Skates and Rays of the Mid-Atlantic. Over 150 people
attended this year’s event, which raised over $20,000. The Ball was held
in the museum exhibition building this year, a change from the traditional
outdoor event. Guests enjoyed the beauty of the museum as it was
transformed into an elegant maritime banquet arena thanks to the talents
of the Ball Committee Members, and especially Gail Gibson, owner of Garner
and Duff Florist.
Food, fun, and festivities were the themes of the night. Catering was
provided by Mom’s In The Kitchen, and included a variety of delectable
cuisine arranged in food stations including a Mediterranean bar, carving
station, antipasto bar, dessert mountain, and the very unique and enjoyed
mashed potato bar. Guests also enjoyed a variety of fresh seafood items
provided by Capt. Smith’s Seafood and beautifully displayed with a
“seahorse” ice carving provided by Curator of Exhibits Jimmy Langley.
Music was provided by the Kevin Brooks Project during cocktail hour, and
later, the 25th Hour for dinner and dancing. A unique flair was a martini
bar sponsored by Ball committee chairperson, RoxAnne Cumberland and the
law firm of Cumberland & Erly, LLC.
Guests enjoyed browsing through the current museum’s exhibit on sea cows
as it was transformed into an auction floor. The silent auction raised
over $9,000 for the new exhibit and included 75 items ranging from a
private catered dinner by Lighthouse Inn to be served in the Drum Point
Lighthouse to fine jewelry and gems provided by G&H Jewelers.
“What an outstanding evening,” says Vanessa Gill, Director of Development
for the Calvert Marine Museum Society. “Everything was perfect. I have had
many positive comments from guests as to the format of this year’s Ball,
and I hope to top this special evening at next year’s Ball.”
RoxAnne Cumberland, Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Calvert
Marine Museum and the CMM Ball Committee, worked hard to increase
sponsorship for this year’s event which broke all records for past years.
“I cannot thank our museum friends enough for their generous donations to
the Ball. We worked hard to make this event something in which sponsors
would be proud to invest,” says Cumberland. “I want to provide a special
thank you to Mr. Mike Bresnhan of Top Hat Party Design for his generous
donation of tables, tents, chairs, linens, dinnerware, glassware, flatware
and more. That donation alone saved us thousands of dollars in expenses,
and allows us to instead put that money to use in building our new skates
and rays exhibit.”
Each year, the Calvert Marine Museum Ball raises funds for one of its new
exhibits. This year’s Ball revenue will help fund the new skates and rays
exhibit, The Mermaid’s Purse, slated to open in Summer 2004. The exhibit
will feature a touch tank which will allow visitors to reach in and touch
the skates and rays. The estimated cost of building and maintaining this
exciting museum addition is $50,000. Top donors to the Ball included Top
Hat Party Rental; G & H Jewelers; Quality Built Homes; Chesslie Lists,
Inc.; W. M. Davis, Inc.; John and Marianne Harms; DM Group; and SMECO.
Other sponsors include Stan and Barbara Benning; Larry and RoxAnne
Cumberland; Michael and Wanda DeBord; Garner and Duff Florist; Mike
Hewitt; Michael and Wanda King; Stoney’s Kingfisher’s Seafood House –
Phillip and Jeannie Stone; Lewie Aldridge, Jr. - Aldridge Ford; Veda
Barnes; Matt Boudreau – Nationwide Insurance; DynCorp; C.J. Pappas; Jim
Perkins; Constellation Energy; Dr. and Mrs. Vivek Amin; Zelma Margelos;
Dixie Miller; Margaret Phipps; Morgan Russell; and Jerry Shaw. Many other
donors contributed to the Ball through cash donations, auction item
donations, and Ball ticket sales.
For more information on the CMM Ball, please call 410-326-2042 x16 or 17.
The Ball is held annually in September. This year’s CMM Ball was
rescheduled due to the effects of hurricane Isabel.
November 17, 2003
HOLIDAY OPEN LIGHTHOUSE AT THE CALVERT
Celebrate the spirit of a
waterside Christmas in Solomons, Maryland at the Calvert Marine Museum’s
first annual Holiday Open House at the Drum Point Lighthouse on Saturday,
December 6, from 4:00pm-6:00pm. See the entire lighthouse trimmed in
holiday lights, and enjoy live music and homemade refreshments. Admission
is free and open to the public; however, donations of canned goods will be
graciously accepted and donated to SMILE.
For more information, please contact Karen Stone at 410-326-2042 x32.
November 12, 2003
DR. BARRY KNISLEY TO SPEAK
AT THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
The Calvert Marine Museum is
pleased to offer a free public lecture by Dr. Barry Knisley on Saturday,
November 22, 2003, at 2:30pm in the museum auditorium. Dr. Knisley is
faculty member of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. His lecture
will be on the biology and conservation of two rare tiger beetle species
in Calvert County.
The lecture, hosted by the Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club, is sponsored
by the Clarissa and Lincoln Dryden Endowment for Paleontology, and is free
and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Stephen
Godfrey, CMM’s Curator of Paleontology, at 410-326-2042 x28.
October 28, 2003
EDWIN McCAIN TO PERFORM AT THE CALVERT
On Saturday, November 15,
Ralph’s Dodge-Jeep and Cumberland & Erly, LLC present Waterside 2003 with
singer/songwriter Edwin McCain live in concert at the Calvert Marine
Museum indoor auditorium. McCain will perform two shows – one at 6:00pm
and the other at 8:30pm. Tickets are $24 for CMMS members and $26 for the
general public. All tickets are general admission, and seating is limited
to 195 per show. Tickets can be purchased beginning November 3 by calling
410-326-2042 x16 or 17, or by visiting the museum store.
McCain is a platinum-plus recording artist whose hits "I'll Be,"
"Solitude," and "I Could Not Ask for More" have brought him to the
attention of millions, and a tireless troubadour whose rapturous concerts
regularly sell out. Yet, despite the heights to which his career has taken
him, McCain is most grateful for the gift he's been given to write songs
that are meaningful to him, but that also resonate with anyone within the
sound of his voice. "Songwriting has always been the main thing," says
McCain. "It's funny - you can dress 'em up however you want to, but it
always comes back to the song - to the acoustic guitar and the voice.
That's how it all started for me, and that's how it is yet today." (Danny
Waterside 2003 sponsors are Ralph’s Dodge-Jeep; Cumberland & Erly, LLC;
Bozick Distributing - Coors, Coors Light, and Killian’s; Quality Built
Homes; G&H Jewelers; RadioShack- Prince Frederick/Dunkirk/Charlotte Hall;
Solomons Landing; Papa John’s Pizza; DM Group; WKIK Country 102.9; Star
98; Mom’s in the Kitchen Catering; Southern Maryland Newspapers; Bay
Weekly; Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative; Main Message Center;
Comcast; the Birchmere; and the Holiday Inn Select Solomons. For
additional information, please call 410-326-2042 x 16 or 17.
Seahorses by the Bay
A Collaborative Public Art Project
Annmarie Garden ♦ Calvert Marine Museum ♦ Calvert County Schools
Calvert County Department of Economic Development
P.O. Box 99, Dowell, Maryland 20629 USA
Contact: Stacey Hann-Ruff, 410/326-4640,
Seahorses delivered to local
schools today and tomorrow
Tuesday, September 30, 2003,
Calvert County, Maryland – As part of the Seahorses by the Bay Project, a
public art project to commemorate Calvert County’s 350th Birthday
Celebration, 25 seahorses are being delivered to local school around the
county today and tomorrow. The project involves all Calvert County schools
to showcase the creativity of young people and to provide awareness of the
important of seahorses to the Chesapeake Bay. Not many residents or
visitors know that seahorses are indigenous to the Chesapeake Bay and
serve as a barometer of the overall health of the Bay environment. 25
local schools will receive one three dimensional 6’ x 4’ fiberglass
seahorse to decorate. The seahorses themselves were designed and created
by the talented staff of the Calvert Marine Museum and all the seahorses
have been paid for by local sponsors. Once the children have decorated all
the seahorses, they will be displayed throughout the county during 2004.
At then end of the year, they will be auctioned off and all the proceeds
will benefit arts education in the schools.
The Seahorse Committee is on
the road today and tomorrow towing a trailer full of 4’ x 6’ seahorses.
They are a difficult sight to miss as they tool around the county
delivering seahorses and meeting with school officials. To find out the
exact location of the delivery team, contact Stacey Hann-Ruff at Annmarie
Seahorse Committee Members:
Sue Apple (Chair), Melissa Daman, Skip Edwards, Jimmy Langley, Stacey Hann-Ruff,
Sponsored by: Annmarie Garden, Calvert Marine Museum, Calvert Auto Rental,
Chris Reynolds, Comcast, Common Grounds, Dickinson Jewelers, Direct Mail,
Educate & Celebrate, Glascock & Meenan, Great Coupons, Granados Tire
Company, Holiday Inn Solomons, Howlin Company, Jim & Patsy Atkinson,
Koenig Private Foundation, Lighthouse Inn, Lord Calvert Bowl, Marrick
Properties, Maryland Bank & Trust, Mimi Little, One World Travel, Prince
Frederick Graphics, Rath & Carmean, Remax, Sheryl Jones Alu, Solid Ground
Farm, Stevenson Pools, Telecom Consulting Group, Town Center Amoco, Town
of Chesapeake Beach, Town of North Beach, Ralph’s Dodge.
September 25, 2003
MUSEUM BALL TO BENEFIT SKATES AND RAYS EXHIBIT
The Calvert Marine Museum will host its annual Museum Ball on Saturday, October 25, beginning at 6:30pm; this is a rescheduling of the original date of September 20 which was postponed due to the effects of hurricane Isabel. The Ball will take on a new format this year, as it will be held throughout the exhibit halls of the Museum, and will feature delectable food stations and creative drinks.
Each year, the Museum Ball raises funds for one of its new exhibits. This year’s Ball will raise funds for the new skates and rays exhibit, The Mermaid’s Purse, slated to open in Spring 2004. The exhibit will feature a touch tank which will allow visitors to reach in and touch the skates and rays. The estimated cost of building and maintaining this exciting Museum addition is $50,000. Sponsors of the Calvert Marine Museum Ball have been most gracious this year; top donors include G & H Jewelers, Quality Built Homes, Chesslie Lists, Inc., W. M. Davis, Inc., John and Marianne Harms, DM Group, and SMECO. Many other supporters have combined to make this a promising fundraiser. Funds from ticket sales also contribute to the overall success of the ball.
“We are very excited about this year’s Calvert Marine Museum Ball,” says RoxAnne Cumberland, Board of Directors Chairperson for the Calvert Marine Museum. “Our sponsorships have reached a record level which we feel is a testament to the new event format and the worthy cause for which we are celebrating. We are also seeing new names on our guest list, and look forward to an event that is exciting for everyone.”
Catering for the CMM Ball will include food stations with gourmet cuisine including passed appetizers, a carving station featuring steamship round of beef and whole roasted turkey, a Mediterranean delight of antipasto, a unique mashed potato bar with roasted garlic mashed potatoes with toppings to taste, a salad bar with a wide variety of creative toppings and dressings, and a dessert mountain with the finest in cakes, tarts, cheeses and breads. A new addition to the Ball will be the featured seafood bar provided by Captain Smith’s Seafood. The bar will include fresh shucked oysters in addition to steamed spiced shrimp, fresh mussels, crab fingers and more atop a bed of ice highlighted by an ice sculpture carved by CMM’s own Jimmy Langley. A wide selection of beer, wine and spirits will be available, as well as a unique and exciting cocktail hour martini bar offering various martinis.
During the cocktail hour, guests will enjoy live jazz provided by the Kevin Brooks Projects, and a fun new martini bar catering to the variety of tastes. Guests will dance the night away to the sounds of the 25th Hour Band. The silent auction, which is always the talk of the Ball, will offer over 75 items such as a rare catered wine dinner for two in the Drum Point Lighthouse, artwork from local artists, charter fishing trips, a weekend condominium rental at Wrightsville Beach, NC, private Indian cooking lessons in your home, lunch and private tour of the Sotterley Plantation, a party for 25 on the grounds of the Cove Point Lighthouse catered by Sunshines Catering, sports tickets and golf packages, lunch for 10 every month for a year prepared by Mom’s in the Kitchen, and much, much more. G & H Jewelers, a major supporter of the Calvert Marine Museum, will have a special section of the auction where they will offer an assortment of over 25 pieces of their finest jewelry for men and women.
The highlight of the auction is one of Pepper Langley’s final carvings which has been donated to the Ball auction by his son, Jimmy Langley. The half-model of a skipjack has been meticulously carved and beautifully mounted, and will be proudly presented to the highest bidder at the conclusion of the auction.
Tickets are still available for the Calvert Museum Ball at $100 each (a portion is tax deductible), and include cocktails, dinner, entertainment, dancing, and admission to the silent auction. To purchase tickets, please call 410-326-2042 x16, 17 or 18.
September 22, 2003
VINTAGE MODEL YACHT REGATTA AT THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
A rare opportunity to see some of the finest radio controlled vintage model yachts in the country is coming up this weekend, September 27 and 28, at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons. Plan a trip to the museum to watch beautifully hand crafted models of skipjacks, schooners, “M” class sloops and other traditional sailing craft competing in races in front of the Drum Point Lighthouse. Races will be held throughout the day on Saturday, and until 1:00pm on Sunday.
In addition to the radio controlled yacht regatta, visitors to the museum will have an opportunity to try their hand at free sailing models (no radio control) in the children’s pond in front of the exhibition building. There is no charge for this event; however, visitors wanting to build their own model can purchase kits during the regatta.
For more information, contact the museum at 410-326-2042.
September 9, 2003
UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR LIGHTHOUSE ENTHUSIASTS
Mark your calendars and plan for a weekend of fun and adventure at the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14. Tour magnificent sentinels of the region, mingle with fellow lighthouse enthusiasts, and visit Kim Andrews at the Drum Point Lighthouse as an added bonus. Kim is the CEO of Harbour Lights, the collector’s choice for authentic, detailed lighthouse sculptures. She will be on hand at the Calvert Marine Museum Store from 10:00am-5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, and will proudly hand-sign the new Cove Point Harbour Lights released this month.
For more information on the MD Lighthouse Challenge or the Harbour Lights signing at the Calvert Marine Museum, please contact Maureen Baughman at 410-326-2750 or Melissa Carnes at 410-326-2042 x17.
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August 19, 2003
DR. MATTHEW CARRANO TO SPEAK
AT THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
The Calvert Marine Museum is proud to
offer a free public lecture by Dr. Matthew Carrano on Saturday, September 6, 2003 at 2:30pm in the museum auditorium. Dr. Carrano, the new Dinosaur Curator at the Smithsonian, will present a lecture on "Exploring the Past on the Great Red Island: New Dinosaurs from Madagascar."
For the past ten years, expeditions by paleontologists to the island nation of Madagascar have unearthed an amazing array of new and exotic dinosaurs. Many of these 100 million year old finds from the Cretaceous Period are superbly well preserved. During his lecture at the Calvert Marine Museum, Dr. Carrano will discuss these unique findings.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Stephen Godfrey, CMM's Curator of Paleontology, at 410-326-2042 x28.
CMMS MEMBERS TRIP TO HIGHLIGHT NATIONAL
HOCKEY LEAGUE ACTION
Members - Get ready for National Hockey League action as the Washington Capitals host the Florida Panthers on November 22 at the MCI Arena in Washington.
Game-time is at 7:00 p.m. Your $35.00 fee includes one Mezzanine Ends/ Side Balcony ticket, chartered bus to/from the game, a hamburger, bag of chips, soda, and a Caps baseball cap. Gate prices for the ticket, food, and hat would be $67, so you save $32 by being a CMMS Member, not to mention the added bonus of complimentary bus service!!
Game attendees should meet at the Calvert Marine Museum at 4:30 p.m. for bus load-in. Another pick-up will be scheduled in Prince Frederick around 5:00 p.m. Exact times will be available closer to the game date. Please call Debra Strozier in the Membership Office at 410-326-2042 x 16 to reserve your space for NHL action. She is also available through email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. See you at the rink!
August 14, 2003
PATUXENT RIVER APPRECIATION DAYS 5K RACE ANNOUNCED
The Patuxent River Appreciation Days Committee is proud to announce its annual 5K Race / 5K Walk taking place on Saturday, October 11, 2003. The race starts at 9:00am at the Solomons Island Yacht Club on Solomons Island, and is one of many events occurring during the weekend of celebration at the Patuxent River Appreciation Days Festival.
Entry fee to the race is $20 per person when registering prior to 10/03/03. Entry fee on the day of the race is $25; race day registration begins at 7:00am. The race is a Chesapeake Bay Running Club Grand Prix Series event. The first 150 entries receive a t-shirt. The fastest male and female for the event will receive a special prize and trophy. Medals will go to the top three male and female finishers in the various age groups. Medals go to the top three male and female walkers as well.
Proceeds from the race will benefit the Education Department at the Calvert Marine Museum and Environmental Grants through P.R.A.D. For more information or to register for the race, contact Melissa McCormick at 410-326-2042 x41 or
August 13, 2003
ANNUAL DINNER CRUISE ABOARD THE Wm. B. Tennison
The Calvert Marine Museum would like to invite the public to its annual crab cake dinner cruise aboard the historic Wm. B. Tennison on Sunday, September 7, 2003. The cruise is from 5:00pm - 7:00pm, and departs the docks of the Calvert Marine Museum.
Seating is limited, and reservations are required by September 2. The cost is $20 for adults, $18 for CMMS members, and $16 for children. For more information or to make reservations, contact Melissa McCormick at 410-326-2042 x41 or
Wm. B. Tennison
August 13, 2003
EXPLORE A MARSH AT THE
CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
When you see a marsh, do you simply see mud and water? If so, then why not come to Calvert Marine Museum on Saturday, September 13, from 1:00-3:00pm for a closer look at what lies in the mud and waters of a marsh. Exploring Our Marsh is an educational program for children ages 7 to 10, and offers an in-depth look at our marsh with lots of fun activities along the way.
The cost for the program is $6 for CMMS members, and $8 for non-members. For more information, or to register for the program, please call Melissa McCormick at 410-326-2042 x41.
August 8, 2003
NEW OTTER EXHIBIT TO OPEN
AT THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
After months of design and construction, combined with overwhelming support from members and the public, the Calvert Marine Museum will open its expanded otter exhibit on Saturday, August 16; the public is invited to attend a special celebration beginning at 2:00pm.
Not only will the exhibit addition be new to the museum, but so will the exhibit's residents. Keenan and Chumley (better known as Bubbles and Squeak) are two new juvenile otters owned by CMM. The otters arrived in June and have adapted well to their new home. Bubbles and Squeak will entertain guests during the exhibit's opening festivities.
"The otters have always been a high point of our visitors' experience at CMM," says Doug Alves, Director of CMM. "We have had great success with our otter program, and are excited to have the two new otters in our museum. They have already become a big hit in the community, and we hope that others will help us welcome them into their new habitat during our otter exhibit opening on August 16."
Snacks, a door prize and a visit with the CMM otter will be a part of the festivities. For more information on the August 16 celebration, please contact Vanessa Gill at 410-326-2042 x18.
August 4, 2003
CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM TO PARTICIPATE IN
2003 MARYLAND LIGHTHOUSE CHALLENGE
On September 13 and 14, 2003, the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society and the Lighthouse Organizations of Maryland will host the 2003 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge. Fashioned after an event that is held annually and quite successfully in New Jersey, the Challenge will be a weekend-long adventure up and down the state to see all of our land-based lighthouses.
The Challenge is open to guests of all ages. Along the Challenge route,
participants will visit nine historic lighthouses at some of the most
beautiful Chesapeake Bay area locations statewide, and the historic
Chesapeake Lightship, which is currently anchored at Baltimore's famous
Challenge participants can begin their journey at any one of the land-based lights participating in this year's challenge including Drum Point, Cove Point, Point Lookout, Piney Point, Fort Washington, Seven Foot Knoll/Chesapeake Lightship, Hooper Strait, Turkey Point and Concord Point. At the first lighthouse visited, participants will receive a special commemorative map created just for the occasion, and a souvenir stamp depicting that lighthouse. At every subsequent lighthouse visited, participants will receive a souvenir stamp depicting that lighthouse.
Special commemorative souvenirs will be available at each sites' store. The Calvert Marine Museum will be offering for sale a limited edition Harbour Lights Cove Point Lighthouse replica during the Challenge event. Museum store manager, Maureen Baughman, announces that Kimberly Andrews, daughter of the Harbour Lights artists Bill and Nancy Younger, will be on hand offering to autograph the new Cove Point Lighthouse statues. "We are so excited to have Kim coming in from California during the opening of sales of the Cove Point Lighthouse Harbour Lights. This is a rare opportunity for Harbour Lights collectors, and we are glad that the Calvert Marine Museum can offer this special bonus for shoppers who purchase this statue during the Challenge weekend," says Baughman. Volunteers will be at each location Saturday and Sunday from 8:00am until 6:00pm to greet and assist participants.
Participants are encouraged to come out and visit as many or as few of the lighthouses as they choose. There will be a special stamp for those individuals who do "meet the Challenge" and visit all of the participating lights. This will be the first time in Maryland's history that all of the state's land-based lights will be open simultaneously for public access, and climbing wherever possible. To the lighthouse enthusiast, this is a highly anticipated event.
"We are very excited to be a part of this wonderful event," says Karen Stone, Curator of Education at the Calvert Marine Museum. "We hope that many Southern Maryland lighthouse enthusiasts will take part in this event, and will begin their Challenge at our Drum Point and Cove Point Lighthouses."
For more information on the 2003 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge, please contact Dave and Karen
Rosage, Maryland Lighthouse Challenge Coordinators, at 410-437-0741. For information on the New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge being held October 18-19, 2003, contact the New Jersey Lighthouse Society at
PRESS RELEASE September 4, 2003
Top Lighthouse Artist Donna Elias to participate in
1st Annual Maryland Lighthouse Challenge, September 13 & 14, 2003
with a showing at Cove Point Lighthouse on Sunday the 14th
Nationally renowned artist Donna Elias will participate in the inaugural Maryland Lighthouse Challenge this September 13 and 14. The noted watercolor artist has painted an official "Lights of the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge" print, and will make appearances at two of the nine host sites.
The Maryland Chapter of the US Lighthouse Society is sponsoring the first annual event, which invites the public to tour and climb nine of Maryland's historic land based beacons over the weekend. The event is modeled after the New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge held every October. Thousands attend the Jersey event. Lighthouse enthusiasts from around the country are expected to attend the new
Maryland Challenge. Participating Lighthouses include Turkey Point, Concord Point, Seven Foot Knoll, Hooper Strait, Drum Point, Cove Point, Point Lookout, Piney Point and Fort Washington.
Elias has painted an 8" x 20" watercolor featuring all nine of the Challenge lighthouses. A fine art print of the original watercolor will be available at most of the sites for approximately twenty dollars.
Donna Elias will present her "Great American Lighthouses Art Show & Sale," 9 am until 5pm at the Cove Point Lighthouse in Solomons, on Sunday, September 14.
Elias will show a number of her works, meet and greet fans, sign her prints, and discuss her work with all those attending. The artist is donating 25% of her sales to each of the two lighthouses she will be visiting.
Donna Elias is best known as the artist and creator of the Great American Lighthouses Collection, a series of over two hundred and fifty watercolor paintings commemorating historic American lighthouses. Elias' artwork, published as a series of fine art prints, also adorns some forty licensed giftware and home accessory product lines. Over a million products bearing Elias' images have been sold worldwide, making her one of the more successful living artists.
Touring annually, Donna Elias donates both her time and financial resources to the cause closest to her heart, the preservation of America's maritime heritage. This work has gained her the respect and endorsement of many preservation groups, including the official endorsement of the United States Lighthouse Society. Elias has also appeared on QVC, had signings at Walt Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, and showings at numerous museums and lighthouses nationwide.
Donna Elias began her career at sixteen, drawing caricatures on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She has no formal art training, but spent years skilling herself in pen and inks and later watercolors. The artist spent the summer of 1988 in Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, where she first "discovered" and began painting lighthouses. Today, she continues her work from a studio and workshop located on Clam Creek in Atlantic City's marina district. The entire Lighthouse Challenge is open to the public and families are encouraged to attend. The event will take place rain or shine. For more information phone 410-437-0741 or go to the web site at cheslights.org.
For interviews with the artist, please contact Melissa Carnes at the Calvert Marine Museum at 410-326-2042 x17.
July 31, 2003
CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM TO OFFER
UNIQUE MARITIME CRUISE ABOARD
THE QUEEN MARY 2
The Development Office of the Calvert Marine Museum is excited to announce a cruise vacation opportunity, exclusively for museum members. The cruise, aboard the brand new Cunard Queen Mary 2, will sail for 11 days and 10 nights. An exciting video preview of this cruise will be presented at the Calvert Marine Museum on Saturday, September 27, 2003. Refreshments will be served at 6:30pm with the presentation beginning in the auditorium at 7:00pm.
Departing for London from New York City on June 19, 2004, the cruise will host 10 special seminars at sea presented by the President of Mystic Seaport Museum, Douglas H. Teeson and President Emeritus of the National Maritime Historical Society, Peter Stanford. Two exciting seminars will be given each of the 5 mornings at sea, leaving each afternoon and evening to enjoy the many amenities of this fabulous floating resort. The QM2 is the longest, tallest, widest and fastest ship ever built. Passengers may choose from 8 different restaurants for dining, and all food and entertainment is included.
In London, guests will enjoy four nights accommodations at a superior first-class hotel with full English breakfast daily. Included maritime tours will take guests to the Portsmouth Royal Naval Museum, the Historic Dockyard, the MaryRose, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, the National Maritime Museum, the Imperial War Museum, Churchill's Underground Cabinet War Room, and Hampton Court Palace & Privy Garden. Many optional tours are available such as Bletchley Park/Enigma Museum, Dover Museum & Castle & Runneymeade, Stratford-On-Avon, Stonehenge & Bath, Full Day London Tour, and a 4 day/3 night extension tour to Normandy and Paris.
There is no charge for the cruise presentation on September 27, however seating is limited and you must reserve a seat by September 15, 2003. The presentation is open to everyone; those interested in the cruise may join as CMM members following the presentation. Cruise reservations will be taken at the conclusion of the presentation. A portion of the cruise fee will be donated to the Calvert Marine Museum.
To make a reservation for the presentation, or to inquire about CMM membership, please call Debra Strozier at 410-326-2042 x16. For cruise information and brochures, please call VanGuard Cruises at 1-800-624-7718 or visit www.cruisevanguard.com/maritime. When making cruise reservations, please do not forget to mention the Calvert Marine Museum when you call.
July 28, 2003
CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM AWARDED
IMLS GRANT TO REPAIR LENS
Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Calvert Marine Museum is preparing to repair the Fresnel lens in their 1883 Drum Point Lighthouse. Mr. Jim Dunlap of Lighthouse and Lens Restoration Corp. has been contracted to undertake a thorough evaluation and stabilization of the prisms that make up the lens.
As the restoration of a lighthouse lens is a rare occurrence, the Calvert Marine Museum will make this project an exhibit at their museum. Mr. Dunlap will be on-site on August 25 and 26 to undertake the removal of the lens from the lighthouse and initial phase of the repairs to the lens. He will return on September 8 and 9 to complete the project. The public is invited to view this project as it occurs. Work will be undertaken in the lobby of the museum's Exhibition Building.
For more information, please contact Richard Dodds at 410-326-2042 x31.
July 21, 2003
GRANTS AWARDED TO LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
The Patuxent River Appreciation Days (PRAD) Committee is pleased to announce the awarding of three $1,000 grants aimed at raising awareness and concern for the productivity of the Patuxent River. The awards were issued to the Academy of Natural Science, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and the Calvert Marine Museum. The PRAD committee, through proceeds from its annual October festival, makes grant awards to non-profit organizations that either provide educational programs or conduct research activities focusing on the Patuxent River or Patuxent River Basin. Awards are made on a competitive basis by the PRAD, Inc. Board and do not exceed $1,000 per organization in any one year. The PRAD, Inc. Board includes members of the Calvert County Government, the Calvert Marine Museum, American Legion Post 274, the Patuxent Naval Air Station, the Pa-Po-Peake Shrine Club, SMILE, Naval District Washington's Solomons Complex, Calvert County Waterman's Association, Solomons Business Association, Solomons Island Yacht Club and the Solomons Optimist Club.
Funding for this year's PRAD grants will provide a host of programs to the community. The Academy of Natural Sciences will host a Patuxent River Cleanup; the activity will include an education component for youth along with a cleanup activity. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay held a week-long camping and paddling trip, as part of their 2003 Patuxent River Sojourn, which celebrated the rich history and ecology of the rivers that make the Chesapeake Bay unique. The Calvert Marine Museum will host 8th grade students from Our Lady Star of the Sea School for an educational program on the oystering industry, and the value of oysters to our local river and bay.
For more information on the PRAD grants or future grant programs, please contact Melissa McCormick at 410-326-2042 x41.
July 21, 2003
CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM TO HOST 40s FASHION SHOW
Step back in time and enjoy an evening of entertainment, dining, and 40s fashion at the annual Cradle of Invasion 40s Nite Club and Fashion Show on Friday, August 8 at the Calvert Marine Museum. The Master of Ceremonies will be none other than Miss Mae West (portrayed by Calvert Commissioner Linda Kelley). Entertainment will be provided by Bix Bullock.
The 40s Nite Club and Fashion Show is just a small piece of the many activities planned for Cradle of Invasion weekend. For a complete listing of the Cradle of Invasion activities scheduled for August 8-10, visit the Calvert Marine Museum's website at
Admission to the 40s Nite Club and Fashion Show is $15 and includes the fashion show, entertainment, coffee, tea and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets can be purchased by calling Karen Stone at 410-326-2042 x32.
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July 9, 2003
CRUISES OFFERED TO VIEW AMPHIBIOUS LANDING TRAINING SITES IN
View the landing site where thousands of servicemen trained in the 1940s at the nation's first naval amphibious training base in Solomons, Maryland aboard the historic Wm. B. Tennison. Sponsored by the Calvert Marine Museum during its annual Cradle of Invasion event, two cruises will be offered. On Saturday, August 9 a lunch cruise will leave the museum at 11:00am and return at 1:00pm; the cost is $15. Advance tickets are required by August 1 for the lunch cruise. A second cruise will be offered on Sunday, August 10 from 9:00am - 11:00am; the cost is $10 and advance tickets are required by August 8. Both cruises will take visitors along Back Creek and along the beached of Calvert Cliffs where they will view these former training facilities from the river.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact Melissa McCormick at 410-326-2042 x41 or
July 7, 2003
HISTORIC SCHOOL BELL DONATED TO THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
On June 25, the Calvert Marine Museum proudly accepted the original school bell used at the Solomons Elementary School into its collection of artifacts. The bell, donated by former county commissioner Bobby Swann, was owned by Mary Louise Gray who had an extensive career in the Calvert County Public School system.
Always enthusiastic and dedicated, Gray worked constantly to improve curriculum and develop new approaches to teaching. Because of her innovative techniques, she received statewide recognition. In 1933, she began her teaching career at Solomons School as a first grade teacher. After 3 years, she transferred to Prince Frederick Elementary School and remained there until 1962. She returned to Solomons to become principal until the school closed in 1971. Continuing her career as an educator, Gray transferred to Appeal Elementary until her retirement in 1973.
The school bell was used to open and close Solomons Elementary School for every day it was opened during its 46 years. During a luncheon held at the school at its closing on July 10, 1971, Principal Gray introduced Calvert resident Mr. H. Gordon Trueman to her staff of teachers, the students, and the guests by ringing the old brass school bell. Mr. Trueman took the bell and stated, "it has taken me 46 years to hold this bell which on many occasions, while attending school, broke up many a good old ball game."
As the last custodian of the bell, Miss Gray kept and preserved the bell for future generations until her death in 1999. Her nephew, Swann, on behalf of Gray's surviving family, is happy and honored to return the school bell to the Calvert Marine Museum - the former site of the Solomons Elementary School. The former Solomons Elementary School building continues to provide educational opportunities to the people of Calvert County and the State of Maryland as the museum's administration building, housing the library/archives, collection storage, and exhibit production department. The bell will be proudly displayed in the reading room of the museum's library for visitors to admire.
June 24, 2003
THE COVE POINT LIGHTHOUSE
The Calvert Marine Museum is proud to announce the seasonal opening of tours at the Cove Point Lighthouse. From June through August, the lighthouse is open daily from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Admission is $3, and visitors are shuttled from the Calvert Marine Museum to the Cove Point Lighthouse. Shuttle schedules can be obtained by calling the museum at 410-326-2042.
Built in 1828, The Cove Point Lighthouse is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in Maryland. Opened to the public in May 2001, the lighthouse is now cared for and maintained by the Calvert Marine Museum, but the aids to navigation are still operated by the U.S. Coast Guard. A visit to the lighthouse provides a unique opportunity to see the resources keepers used to help with the safe passage of vessels along the Chesapeake Bay. Located along the four acre property are several buildings including the keeper's house, the lighthouse, a 1901 fog signal building, a generator and fog signal building, and enlisted quarters home. Visitors can catch a stunning view of the bay and Calvert Cliffs on the bayview platform that runs along the edge of the property. The Calvert Marine Museum has installed shaded panel displays containing actual photos of former lighthouse keepers and their families, along with various interpretations of the property and its role in our community in the 1800s and 1900s.
The lighthouse was designed to mark one of the narrowest parts of the Chesapeake Bay and guide ships safely into the Patuxent River. The tower is of brick, forty feet high, surmounted by an iron lantern containing a fourth-order Fresnel lens, built in France in 1897. The six-panel lens rotates once every minute, producing a flashing white light every ten seconds. The keeper's house was originally a small, one-and-a-half story brick structure. It was later enlarged twice in 1883 and 1925. James Somerville was appointed the first keeper, with an annual salary of $350.
The Calvert Marine Museum Society provides the opportunity for anyone to make a lasting impression at the Cove Point Lighthouse through its engraved brick campaign. Bricks can be purchased for $75 and are personalized with three lines, up to fifteen characters per line. As appointed caretaker of the lighthouse, the Calvert Marine Museum plans to use the proceeds from the sale of personalized bricks to benefit the preservation efforts currently underway at the Cove Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse has always been the embodiment of safety and security for local shoreline communities; its story conveys to us the lives of the watermen as well as those of the dedicated keepers serving through the last two centuries. An engraved brick purchase ensures a permanent home for these stories and adds new commitment to a history that might otherwise disappear.
For more information on the Cove Point Lighthouse, the brick campaign, and the other sites and exhibits of the Calvert Marine Museum, please visit the museum's website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com or call 410-326-2042.
June 11, 2003
CRUISE ABOARD THE SULTANA AT THE
CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
Spend an afternoon sailing aboard a reproduction of the 1768 colonial schooner SULTANA on Sunday, August 3rd from 4:00-6:00pm, sponsored by the Calvert Marine Museum. The cruise will board and return at the J.C. Lore Oyster House on Solomons Island.
The 100' long SULTANA is a meticulous reproduction of a vessel of the same name, employed by the British Royal Navy on the Chesapeake Bay in the years preceding the American Revolution. Built directly from original plans, SULTANA is considered to be one of the most authentic 18th century reproductions afloat today and has been featured in numerous publications including Wooden Boat and Maritime Life & Traditions. Guests will have the opportunity to handle sails, steer the vessel using her 7' long tiller, and explore authentic below deck areas.
The cost for the cruise is $25 for adults, and $15 for children under the age of 12. No children under the age of five are permitted on the public sail. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling the SULTANA offices at 410-778-5954, Monday through Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm.
For more information on the SULTANA, visit www.schoonersultana.com.
June 4, 2003
NEW SMALL CRAFT FACILITY DEDICATED
AT THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
The Calvert Marine Museum officially opened the doors to its newest facility, the Patuxent Small Craft Center, on Saturday, May 3. On hand to assist in the dedication were Commissioner Susan Shaw, Former-Commissioner Bobby Swann and Senator Roy Dyson. The Patuxent Small Craft Center will enable visitors to see maritime crafters at work, and it will also offer the public the opportunity to participate in boat building and other related classes. "This is a public facility unique in Southern Maryland and is a great addition to the educational offerings of the museum" said Richard Dodds, Curator of Maritime History. While the center is in operation, a roped-off viewing area will allow museum visitors to watch craftsmen at work utilizing their talents to build and repair boats and marine engines. "A unique aspect of the facility is a dedicated area for the restoration and repair of small antique engines," said Dodds, "and we hope to offer classes on engine maintenance and repair in the future."
The Patuxent Small Craft Center will serve as an interactive exhibit at the museum. The Calvert Marine Museum will offer its first phase of boat building courses in the new Patuxent Small Craft Center in June. The first course offering, Basic Woodworking Skills, will be held on Saturday, June 21 from 9:00am until noon. Students will learn basic wood working skills while constructing an old-time wooden bailing scoop, crab tongs, and a crab mallet set. For the more avid woodworking enthusiast, a Weekend Boat Building course has been developed, and will be offered for the first time on June 28, 9:00am - 5:00pm and June 29, 10:00am - 5:00pm. Students will leave the class with their own canoe which will be ready to take home for painting and launching. Classes will be taught by museum boatwright, George Surgent. "We are hopeful that we will be able to partner with the local school systems to offer courses where students will come away with boats that can be used in environmental programs," Dodds said.
"I would like to thank the many volunteers and financial supporters who helped turn the center into the facility it has become. I am confident that it will be an asset to the community," says Dodds about the ten-year project. The museum received a $75,000 Maryland State bond bill which was matched by locally raised funds.
The Patuxent Small Craft Center is located on the grounds of the Calvert Marine Museum adjacent to the Drum Point Lighthouse. Visitors can stop by the center during their visit to the museum; when staffed, the center will be open for viewing by the public.
To register for classes or for more information on future classes, please call Melissa McCormick at (410)326-2042 x41.
May 26, 2003
WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP AT THE COVE POINT LIGHTHOUSE
Join local artist Mary Blumberg for three days of watercolor instruction at the historic Cove Point Lighthouse on June 17, 18, and 19 from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Students will learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting of nature landscapes; no experience is necessary.
The class, which is open to people ages 18 years and older, costs $50 per person plus the cost of supplies. Students should bring their own lunch; transportation will be provided from the Calvert Marine Museum to the Cove Point Lighthouse each day.
For registration and a class supply list, please contact Karen Stone at (410)326-2042 x32 or
May 8, 2003
WAR OF 1812 / COMMODORE
JOSHUA BARNEY CRUISE
Experience history through the eyes of Commodore Joshua Barney, during a narrative cruise aboard the historic Wm. B. Tennison. On Friday, June 20, the Calvert Marine Museum will host this narrated dinner cruise, following Barney's route from the mouth of the Patuxent River to St. Leonard Creek.
During the Battle of St. Leonard Creek, Commodore Joshua Barney and his small flotilla of barges faced the British ships on the Patuxent River in 1814. The barges could not withstand the onslaught of British rockets, and took shelter in St. Leonard Creek. After a five-day battle, the British withdrew, but not until after burning much of the local property. The British then continued upriver to Benedict. From there, 4500 troops marched overland to Washington, D.C., where they burned the capitol building on August 24, 1814.
Cruise fees are $25 for adults and $20 for Calvert Marine Museum Society members. Reservations must be made by June 16, and capacity is limited. For more information or to make reservations, please call Melissa McCormick at 410-326-2042 extension 41.
April 24, 2003
WOODEN BOAT BUILDING SKILLS TRAINING
TO BEGIN AT THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
Thanks to the opening of its new
Patuxent Small Craft Center, the Calvert Marine Museum is able to teach and preserve the traditional skills of wooden boat building, and continue the important and ongoing work of the maintenance of its small craft collection. Two courses will be offered, both beginning in June.
Basic Woodworking Skills will enable students to construct an old time wooden bailing scoop, crab tongs, and crab mallet set through learning such skills as how to rivet and trunnel while using a variety of tools including hand planes, chisels, saws and drills. The course, open to students aged eleven and older, will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2003 from 9:00am-12:00pm. The cost for the course is $45 for CMMS members, and $55 for nonmembers. All tools will be provided.
The second course offering, Weekend Boat Building, will teach the fundamentals of wooden boat construction in a weekend while students assemble their own 15 ½ foot canoe and double paddle. Students will work under the direction of the museum's boatwright, and will learn the origins of canoe construction and links to local Chesapeake Bay craft. At the end of this weekend course, students' canoes will be ready to take home and paint. Weekend Boat Building is open to students aged eleven and older; two people per boat is recommended with one person being over the age of eighteen. The first offering of this course will be Saturday, June 28 from 9:00am-5:00pm and Sunday, June 29 from 10:00am-5:00pm. The cost for Week Boat Building is $480 for CMMS members, and $530 for nonmembers.
The Calvert Marine Museum will be celebrating the grand opening of the Patuxent Small Craft Center during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 3 at 12:00pm. The public is invited to attend.
For more information, or to register for either class, please call Melissa McCormick at (410)326-2042 x41.
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April 15, 2003
CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM TO HOST ELDERHOSTEL PROGRAMS
As part of its "Just About Birds"
Elderhostel program, the Calvert Marine Museum will present three programs which are open to the public. On Monday, April 28 at 7:00pm, Chandler S. Robbins will present "A Year in the Life of a Neotropical Migrant." On Tuesday, April 29 at 1:00pm, the Department of Natural Resources Scales and Tales team will present a live bird program featuring a variety of birds of prey. On Tuesday, April 29 at 7:00pm, Greg Kearns will present "A Life History of the Sora Rail: A Patuxent River Story." All programs will be held in the museum auditorium, and are provided free of charge.
During his neotropical migrant presentation on April 28, the extensively published Chandler Robbins will focus primarily on the Wood Thrush, and will also discuss many other long-distance migrants. He will share information on how changes in the environment have affected the Wood Thrush, both here and in the tropics, through presentation of research he has conducted. Information on conservation measures to protect these birds will be offered.
A naturalist with the Maryland Capital Park and Planning Commission, Greg Kearns will describe his primary research studying sora rails, a little known member of one of the most secretive families of North American birds. Mr. Kearns has conducted interpretive tours at Jug Bay, one of the primary areas where sora rails concentrate as they migrate in the fall, for fifteen years. He will share information from this extensive experience during this
Elderhostel program on April 29.
Elderhostel programs are offered at various sites nationally. There are more than one hundred active elderhostel programs in Maryland; programs are offered locally at the Calvert Marine Museum. For more information, please contact Bob Boxwell at (410)326-2042 x45.
For additional press information, including photos, or press badges for the programs, please call Melissa Carnes at 410-326-2042 x17 or visit
April 8, 2003
CHESAPEAKE ANTIQUE BOAT AND MARINE ENGINE SHOW
RETURNS TO THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
Spend a weekend perusing Southern Maryland's rich maritime history at the Calvert Marine Museum's third annual Chesapeake Antique Boat and Marine Engine Show on the grounds of the museum's scenic waterfront campus. The show will feature exhibits from over 60 collectors of antique and classic boats, and vintage marine outboard and inboard engines. The event will be held on Saturday, May 3 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, May 4 from 10am-3pm. Admission to the show is free.
Throughout the weekend, show-goers will be able to take part in many museum activities. The Calvert Marine Museum Volunteer Council will hold an auction of maritime related items from 1:00-3:00pm on Saturday. At 12:00 on Saturday, the new Patuxent Small Craft Center will be dedicated, and the ceremony is open to all. CMM's annual Family Discovery Days will take place throughout the weekend offering fun and festivities for all ages. The national landmark Wm. B. Tennison will offer one-hour cruises of the harbor and river on Saturday at 12:30, 2:00, 3:10 and 4:20, and museum visitors will be able to view a special exhibit "Outboard Motoring in America: The First 50 Years." Cove Point tours begin this festival weekend, as well as the opening of the J.C. Lore Oyster House.
For more information on the Chesapeake Antique Boat and Marine Engine Show, including exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, please call Richard Dodds at 410-326-2042 x31. For information on other museum activities mentioned, please call 410-326-2042 or visit the museum website at
www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. Admission to the museum $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 55+, $2 for children 5-12, and under 5 are free.
For additional press information, including photos, or press badges for the show, please call Melissa Carnes at 410-326-2042 x17.
MUSIC OF 18th-CENTURY MARYLAND
David and Ginger Hildebrand, colonial music specialists, will present a special program on music of early Maryland at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, on Thursday, June 19 at 7:00p. This program is part of the "Chesapeake Bay: Gateway to a Nation" Elderhostel, then in session, but is also open to the public. Nationally-known performers and recording artists, the Hildebrands will offer informal commentary between selections and lean heavily on music drawn from several manuscripts from early Annapolis and the music library of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Maryland's longest living Signer.
This concert will feature vocal and instrumental music related to Maryland and dating from the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Federal periods. The performers will appear in appropriate attire, using instruments including harpsichord, violin, hammered dulcimer, English flute, Spanish and English guitars, and voices. In addition to patriotic and military songs, musical selections will include drawing room music, ballads, theatre songs, and energetic dance tunes.
Hailing from Annapolis, Maryland, this husband and wife team has been recreating both the serious and lighter sides of our nation's historic music for over 23 years. They appear regularly at Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian, and at museums and historic sites throughout the East and Midwest. David and Ginger have performed live on national television, and they provided soundtrack materials and consulting services for the PBS series Rediscovering George Washington, Liberty! -- The American Revolution and also the C-Span series American Presidents. Both holding Master's degrees, David also earned his Ph.D. in American music history - he writes and lectures widely on this topic. Ginger does outreach solo performances for the Baltimore Symphony and David teaches part-time at the Peabody Conservatory.
For tickets, please call 410-326-2042 x32. Ticket prices in advance or at the door are $5 for CMMS members and $7 for general public admission.
Additional information requested by the press, including photos and performer information, can be obtained through the Calvert Marine Museum Development Office by calling Melissa Carnes at 410-326-2042 x17 or by visiting
(this site includes a press area with many useful photos).
April 8, 2003
THE LEGENDARY BOB DYLAN TO PERFORM
AT CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
On Sunday, May 11, Ralph's Dodge-Jeep and Cumberland & Erly, LLC present Waterside 2003 with the legendary artist, Bob Dylan. Opening act is the Waifs. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 for premium and $40 for reserved seating. Tickets go on sale April 22 and can be purchased at the Museum Store or through phone charge at 1-800-787-9454, beginning at midnight, April 22 (early Tuesday morning). This is a rain or shine concert; there are no refunds or exchanges. Food and drinks will be available, and coolers are not allowed.
As the most profoundly influential singer-songwriter of the rock era, Bob Dylan has released over 45 albums since his 1962 debut and remains today as vital an artist as he was in his '60s heyday. "There are literally no major artists in popular music who have not been affected by Dylan on one level or another: He was a major catalyst in the careers of the Beatles and Rolling Stones in the '60s; his song All Along the Watchtower was the sole hit single by the Jimi Hendrix Experience; he was the figure to whom distinguished singer-songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen, John Prine, and Loudon Wainwright III were compared upon their debuts; he was the subject of a song by David Bowie and the central inspiration of new wave up-and-comer Elvis Costello in the 70s; and his Mr. Tambourine Man sparked the Byrds' success and thus spawned R.E.M. and the entire genre of folk-rock. Dylan's memorable 30th anniversary concert, held at Madison Square Garden on October 16, 1992, gave just an inkling of the number of superstar artists who consider themselves indebted to the singer-songwriter; among those performing were Neil Young, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Lou Reed, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder, John Mellencamp, the Band, the O'Jays, Chrissie Hynde, Sinead O'Connor, Kris Kristofferson and even Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam." (Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide).
For a figure of such substantial influence, Dylan came from humble beginnings. Born in Duluth, MN, Bob Dylan (b. Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) was raised in Hibbing, MN, from the age of six. As a child he learned how to play guitar and harmonica, forming a rock & roll band called the Golden Chords when he was in high school. Following his graduation in 1959, he began studying art at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. While at college, he began performing folk songs at coffeehouses under the name Bob Dylan, taking his last name from the poet Dylan Thomas. Already inspired by Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie, Dylan began listening to blues while at college, and the genre weaved its way into his music. Dylan spent the summer of 1960 in Denver, where he met bluesman Jesse Fuller, the inspiration behind the songwriter's signature harmonica rack and guitar. By the time he returned to Minneapolis in the fall, he had grown substantially as a performer and was determined to become a professional musician.
Dylan released Time Out of Mind, his first album of original material in seven years, in the fall of 1997. Time Out of Mind received his strongest reviews in years and unexpectedly debuted in the Top Ten. Its success sparked a revival of interest in Dylan -- he appeared on the cover of Newsweek and his concerts became sell-outs. Early in 1998, Time Out of Mind received three Grammy Awards -- Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Male Rock Vocal.
Bob Dylan performs at the Calvert Marine Museum on May 11. Waterside 2003 sponsors are Ralph's Dodge-Jeep; Cumberland & Erly, LLC; Coors, Coors Light, and Killian's; RadioShack- Prince Frederick/Dunkirk/Charlotte Hall; Solomons Landing; Papa John's Pizza; DM Group; WKIK Country 102.9; Star 98; Mom's in the Kitchen Catering; Southern Maryland Newspapers; Bay Weekly; Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative; Main Message Center; Comcast; the Birchmere; and the Holiday Inn Select Solomons. For additional information, please call the Waterside hotline at 410-394-6684 or visit the CMM website at
www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. To reach a staff person, please call 410-326-2042 x 16, 17, or 18.
For additional press information, please contact Debbie Strozier at (410)326-2042 x16.
March 7, 2003
CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM RECEIVES $5000 DONATION FROM CALVERT BANK
Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) in Solomons, Maryland recently received a $5000 donation from Calvert Bank and Trust Company to support the museum's Young Salts' educational program.
Held on two Saturdays each month, Young Salts, a one-day program designed for children ages 4-6, focuses on monthly topics varying from boats and fossils to birds and fish. Each session includes a presentation, craft activity, and a special snack. Recent sessions have included sharks, fossils, light houses, and weird creatures of the bay.
"The recent donation from Calvert Bank is allowing us to expand the program which will enable more of the area's children to participate," said Karen Stone, Curator of Education at CMM. "This money will also help defray some of the costs of running the program, which allows us the keep the registration fee at its current level for another year."
"Calvert Marine Museum is a gem," said Calvert Bank President and CEO Lloyd Harrison." "Doug Alves and his staff have put together an outstanding array of exhibits and services. Calvert Bank is delighted to help to support the Museum and to enhance its educational programs,"
For more information or to be placed on a mailing list for the Young Salts program, please call 410-326-2042 x 45. For general museum information, please call 410-326-2042 or visit the CMM website at
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