Exhibition exploring Potomac River waterfowling opens April 8

Washington, D.C.’s deep influence on the Potomac River’s unique waterfowling tools, traditions, and culture will be explored in a new exhibition at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., opening to the public on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Potomac Waterfowling: Gunning the Nation’s River follows the harvesting history from 18th century statesmen like George Washington—who wrote about memorable hunts of the Potomac’s stunning numbers of waterfowl—to the 20th century, when the combination of Washington, D.C.’s growing economy and the rich Potomac environment spurred both commercial and sport markets for waterfowl.

Through decoys, photographs, period objects, and historic documents, Potomac Waterfowling demonstrates Washington, D.C.’s influences on the waterfowling culture of the Potomac—especially the decoys carved for the region’s gunning clubs. Often commissioned from craftsmen who hailed from far corners of the Chesapeake region, the canvasback rigs displayed a remarkable diversity of form. Whether the work of James “Corb” Reed, whose Chincoteague roots are evident in his stunning naturalistic decoys, to James E. Baines, who carved decoys for gunning on the Potomac that were dead ringers for Upper Bay birds, the melting pot quality of Washington D.C. clearly extended to its waterfowling culture in creative ways.

CBMM_PotomacDecoyExhibit“The Potomac River decoy style is unlike anywhere else—it encompasses techniques and details found all over the Chesapeake Bay,” said CBMM Director of Education and Associate Curator Kate Livie, curator of the exhibition. “Decoy carvers were bringing the traditional decoy forms from their hometowns to the Potomac region when they moved to D.C. for work. So, you see it all—from classic Upper Bay birds to Chincoteague stools—all created to harvest the Potomac’s enormous waterfowl population.”

Potomac Waterfowling: Gunning the Nation’s River is generously sponsored by Judy and Henry Stansbury, and the world’s leading decoy auction firm, Guyette & Deeter. Entry to the exhibition is free for CBMM members or with general admission. Potomac Waterfowling will travel to the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Md.November 10-12, 2017, and return to CBMM’s Waterfowling Building through March 2018.

CBMM and East Coast Decoy Collectors Association members will be invited to a private exhibition preview reception on the evening of Friday, April 7, with light refreshments served. The reception is free for CBMM and ECDCA members, with space limited and registration needed by contacting Nancy Wells at nwells@cbmm.org or 410-745-4991 by April 1.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 77,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St Michaels harbor. Charitable gifts to CBMM’s annual fund help support the non-profit’s exhibition, education, and restoration programs, with online giving and more information at cbmm.org/donate.

From now through 2018, CBMM’s guests can experience the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood, with more information at ednalockwood.org.

CBMM’s Sea Squirts Summer Camp begins June 19

Beginning June 19 and continuing through August 11, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is offering its week-long, half day Sea Squirts Summer Camp, formerly called Kids Club, for 4-9 year-old children. In age-appropriate Chesapeake-themed sessions, campers will explore the magic of the Chesapeake Bay’s people, animals, and environment through creative, hands-on activities, stories, games, and crafts.

summer campCBMM’s summer camps for children 4-6 years of age are offered during the weeks of June 19, July 3, July 17, and July 31; camps for children 7-9 years of age are offered the weeks of June 26, July 10, July 24, and August 7. Camp themes include Chesapeake Critters, Time Travel Adventure, Clever Creations, and Bay Explorers.

Daily camps take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon, with campers meeting at CBMM’s Dorchester House and exploring CBMM’s 18-acre campus and numerous exhibition buildings as part of the program.

Participation is limited, with camps filling fast through pre-registration. The cost for the week-long camp is $125 for CBMM members, or $150 for non-members, with scholarships available. To register, go to bit.ly/CBMMSeaSquirts17, or for more information, visit bit.ly/CBMMsummercamp17.

Half-Hull Model Workshop March 18 & 19

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Model Guild is offering a beginner’s model boatbuilding workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on March 18 and 19, with limited participation and advanced registration needed.

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CBMM Maritime Model Guild President and volunteer Bob Mason holds an example of the half-hull model.

The weekend workshop includes instruction on carving a solid half-hull model of the historic Chesapeake Bay tugboat Delaware. This model is band-sawed from a two-tone wood block and carved to the rounded shape of the Delaware’s hull. The cabin and pilot house are cut from the same pieces. The pieces are then shaped and sanded to a fine finish and then mounted on a baseboard to form a wall display piece.

The workshop is taught by the skilled craftsmen of CBMM’s Model Guild, who enjoy sharing their knowledge and techniques with CBMM members, visitors, and students.

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Built in Bethel, Del. by William H. Smith, the 1912 tug Delaware once hauled scows on Broad Creek and towed ram schooners to and from Laurel, Del.

Built in Bethel, Del. by William H. Smith, the 1912 tug Delaware once hauled scows on Broad Creek—often laden with lumber—and towed ram schooners to and from Laurel, Del. Occasionally, she carried parties of young people to Sandy Hill for day trips on the Nanticoke River. Donated to CBMM by Bailey Marine Construction in 1991, Delaware is now a floating exhibition along CBMM’s waterfront campus.

Adults and children 12 years of age and older can participate in the workshop, with all tools and materials supplied, as well as some use of the Model Guild’s power tools. The two day workshop takes place in CBMM’s Bay History building and is $80 for CBMM members or $110 for non-members, with participants taking home their half-hull model at the end of the workshop.

Pre-registration is at bit.ly/buildahalfhull, with more information about CBMM’s Maritime Model Guild and Sailing Club at bit.ly/CBMMModelGuild, or by contacting Bob Mason at 410-745-3266 or at bobmason@atlanticbb.net.

Boater Safety Courses begin March 22 in St. Michaels

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering five, two-day Maryland DNR-approved boater safety courses, beginning on select dates in March and continuing through July.

The courses will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium, and run March 22-23, April 12-13, May 17-18, June 21-22, and July 19-20. The cost is $25 per two-evening session, with space limited and pre-registration required.

CBMM_BoaterSafetyCourse1_2017Participants completing the course and passing the test will receive a Maryland Boating Safety Education Certificate, which is valid for life. The certificate is required for anyone born on or after July 1, 1972, and who operates a numbered or documented vessel on Maryland waters. The course is also recommended for anyone looking to become a safer, more experienced boater or personal water craft operator.

Participants must be 12 years of age and older, with early registration recommended as classes fill fast. To register, go to bit.ly/safeboating2017.

For information on Maryland DNR’s boating safety program, visit dnr.maryland.gov/boating.

Joshua Mills hired as Charity Boat Donation Program Associate

CBMM_MillsJoshuaJoshua Mills of Wayne, W.Va., has been hired to join the Charity Boat Donation Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., as an Associate. CBMM’s Charity Boat Donation Program accepts and sells all manner of craft year-round to support the non-profit’s education, curatorial, and boatbuilding programs. Mills is returning to CBMM in this full-time position after working this past summer in a seasonal position with the charity boat donation and sales program.

“This is a special place full of good, friendly people who make home feel not so far away,” said Mills. “I’m really looking forward to working full-time at CBMM and am so thankful for the kindness everyone here has shown me.”

Mills brings a wide range of experience, having worked at a state park in West Virginia and Keeneland Thoroughbred Horse Race Track in Lexington, Ky., and as an archaeologist for the Kentucky Archaeological Survey and Cultural Resource Analysts and substitute school teacher in West Virginia.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, and minor in Spanish, from the University of Kentucky, and a graduate certificate in Appalachian studies and a master’s degree in humanities from Marshall University.

Mills’ volunteer experience includes time spent as a summer camp counselor for his local police department in West Virginia; work with school groups, scout groups, and the interested public at archaeology sites in West Virginia and Kentucky; and help with his hometown church’s various projects and events.

A current resident of Claiborne, Md., Mills had spent little time on the Chesapeake Bay before joining CBMM, but plenty with sailing. He built a small sailboat with his grandfather and sailed on small lakes in West Virginia and Kentucky; joined the only sailing club in West Virginia, the Sewell Mountain Sailing Association; and in 2015, was invited to go on a sailing trip from Virginia to Annapolis and back.

“That was my first experience with the Bay and I was amazed at its wildlife, geography, and natural beauty,” Mills said. “I knew this was a place that one day I may want to live.”

Throughout the year, CBMM’s Charity Boat Donation Program Director Lad Mills and Program Manager Todd Taylor travel up and down the east coast working with boat owners, yacht brokers, marinas, boatyards, and other donors and potential buyers, working to support CBMM through boat donations and sales. CBMM’s current list of donated boats for sale is at bit.ly/buyaboat.

“One hundred percent of the revenue generated by each donated boat sale goes directly toward helping CBMM’s educational programs and restoring and preserving its historic structures and boats,” said Taylor. “We sell donated boats all year long, with each sale helping CBMM do great things for the people we serve. We’re glad to have Josh with us full time, as it helps to strengthen our program and the mission-related work CBMM works to achieve.”

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 77,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St. Michaels harbor. Charitable gifts to CBMM’s annual fund enable CBMM to educate and inspire the next generation of Chesapeake Bay stewards, and can be made online at cbmm.org/donate.

Learn Electronic Navigation in St. Michaels March 12

From 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is offering an Electronic Navigation for Non-Technical People workshop, with class size limited and pre-registration needed.

Participants will join Captain Jerry Friedman, a USCG-licensed Master, as he provides short non-technical descriptions of how GPS, GPS chart plotters, radar, depth sounders, and automated identification systems work.

CBMM_ElectronicNavigation2017_SkyA retired electrical engineering executive, Friedman has held a USCG captain’s license for 59 years. During that time, he also operated an emergency service towboat for Boat US, assisting boaters along the Chesapeake Bay in distress, delivering boats around the Chesapeake and from Florida and Long Island to Annapolis, teaching navigation courses, editing a monthly professional captains’ publication, and providing instruction to boat owners in the operation of their boats. He currently holds a 100-ton Master’s license and serves as the volunteer lead captain of CBMM’s 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle.

CBMM’s 18-acre campus is situated in a park-like setting along the Miles River and St. Michaels harbor, and is within walking distance to the shops, restaurants, inns, and other attractions within St. Michaels’ historic district.

The March 12 Electronic Navigation workshop will be held in CBMM’s waterfront Van Lennep Auditorium and is $10 for CBMM members or $20 for non-members, with pre-registration needed at bit.ly/electronicnavig2017.

DelAguila re-joins CBMM on Edna project

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James DelAguila of Bethlehem Township, N.J., a former Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum apprentice, has rejoined CBMM as a shipwright.

James DelAguila of Bethlehem Township, N.J. has re-joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., as a shipwright. A former CBMM Shipwright Apprentice, DelAguila is working on the historic restoration of the 1889 sailing log-bottomed bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood. He is also responsible for the summer maintenance season of CBMM’s floating fleet.

“We’re thrilled to have James back with us,” said CBMM Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman. “His experience, talent, and knowledge of the project will be incredibly valuable as we continue work on Edna Lockwood.”

DelAguila is a graduate of the International Yacht Restoration School’s two-year boatbuilding and restoration program. Prior to attending IYRS, he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in economics from The New School. His work experience includes six years as the health care market research study director at Ipsos Healthcare.

DelAguila was introduced to CBMM when he participated in CBMM’s Apprentice for a Day public boatbuilding program, where a CBMM journeyman shipwright encouraged him to attend IYRS. After his apprenticeship at CBMM, DelAguila worked in Easton for Abreu Boatworks—first helping to finish up the restoration of Mister Jim—a former CBMM boat now privately owned—and Minots Light II, an Aage Nielsen-designed yawl.

“I’m very excited to return to CBMM at a time of such great activity and progress,” DelAguila said. “I look forward to working with shipwrights I’ve known, as well as apprentices, for whom I hope to convey ideals and methods of great craftsmanship.”

Built in 1889 by John B. Harrison on Tilghman Island for Daniel W. Haddaway, Edna Lockwood dredged for oysters through winter, and carried freight—such as lumber, grain, and produce—after the dredging season ended. She worked faithfully for many owners, mainly out of Cambridge, Md., until she stopped “drudging” in 1967. In 1973, Edna was donated to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum by John R. Kimberly. Recognized as the last working oyster boat of her kind, Edna Lockwood was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1994. Edna is the oldest historic sailing bugeye in the world. More about the project, including progress videos, is at ednalockwood.org.

CBMM Offers Chart Navigation Course in February

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering a two-day chart navigation course which begins on Saturday, February 25, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and concludes Sunday, February 26, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Participation is limited, with pre-registration needed.

Led by Captain Jerry Friedman, a USCG-licensed Master, this course is designed to teach participants the necessary steps to plan a cruise using navigation charts, which includes plotting courses to safely pilot a boat from one place to another. Boaters interested in being more proficient in navigation will learn techniques to determine a boat’s location without the use of electronic aids.

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Captain Jerry Friedman, a USCG-licensed Master—shown here using parallel rulers to chart a course.

The course will cover reading charts, identifying objects, and plotting on a navigation chart; determining latitude and longitude to identify a boat’s location; using a compass rose, including the effects of deviation and variation; understanding the rules of the “road” on the water; identifying navigation aids, such as buoys, lights, daymarks, and ranges; and other instruction on planning a cruise.

A retired electrical engineering executive, Friedman has held a USCG captain’s license for 59 years. During that time, he also operated an emergency service towboat for BoatUS, assisting boaters along the Chesapeake Bay in distress, delivering boats around the Chesapeake and from Florida and Long Island to Annapolis, teaching navigation courses, editing a monthly professional captains’ publication, and providing instruction to boat owners in the operation of their boats. He currently holds a 100-ton Master’s license and serves as the volunteer lead captain of CBMM’s 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle.

The program takes place in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium and is $25 for CBMM members or $35 for non-members, with pre-registration needed at bit.ly/ChartNavFeb2017.

CBMM Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned the non-profit museum a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the second time CBMM has earned this top distinction in the last eighteen months.

CBMM_CharityNavigatorSince 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders. On June 1, 2016, Charity Navigator upgraded its methodology for rating each charity’s financial health with CN 2.1, further substantiating the financial health of the evaluator’s four star charities.

“The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds CBMM to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support CBMM.”

“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to inspire and educate future stewards of the Chesapeake Bay,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”

CBMM’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on charitynavigator.org. More-detailed information about CBMM’s rating is available at no charge to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users at bit.ly/CBMMcharitynavigator.

Charity Navigator is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 75,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St. Michaels harbor. Charitable gifts to CBMM’s annual fund enable CBMM to educate and inspire the next generation of Chesapeake Bay stewards, and can be made online at cbmm.org/donate.

Learn Boating Essentials at CBMM in February

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering a two-session Boating Essentials course on Saturday, February 18, from 9:00 a.m. to noon and continuing on Sunday, February 19, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Class participation is limited, with advanced registration needed.

Led by Captain Jerry Friedman, a USCG-licensed Master, class participants will gain knowledge and confidence in reading charts, understanding navigational aids, plotting courses, proper anchoring, knot tying, knowing what to do in emergencies, and other helpful information for anyone who spends time aboard a boat.

CBMM_BoatingEssentials_2017A retired electrical engineering executive, Friedman has held a USCG captain’s license for 59 years. During that time, he also operated an emergency service towboat for BoatUS, assisting boaters along the Chesapeake Bay in distress, delivering boats around the Chesapeake and from Florida and Long Island to Annapolis, teaching navigation courses, editing a monthly professional captains’ publication, and providing instruction to boat owners in the operation of their boats. He currently holds a 100-ton Master’s license and serves as the volunteer lead captain of CBMM’s 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle.

The program takes place in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium and is $25 for CBMM members or $35 for non-members, with pre-registration needed at bit.ly/BoatingEssentialsFeb2017.