Remembering Bill Cummings at Tilghman Watermen’s Museum

Well known artist, Marc Castelli, has created a very unique print exclusively for the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum.  When Tilghman artist Bill Cummings passed away in September of 2014 he was working on another painting. Marc and Bill had become very good friends and in light of their friendship, Mr. Cummings’ daughter asked Marc if he would do a painting based on Bill’s last sketch.  The result is “Remembering Bill, Remembering Fishing” painted by Marc in December, 2014. Marc has worked with Museum to issue 25 limited edition prints with the remarque of Bill’s sketch attached. The 25 prints produced will be named, numbered and signed by Marc Castelli. The cost of each unframed print will be $800.  All proceeds benefit the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum  which is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the history, traditions, heritage and culture of Tilghman Island.

“Tastes of Tilghman” by Tilghman Watermen’s Museum October 15

“Tastes of Tilghman” – the culture and foods of Tilghman Island – will be held under tent at Black Walnut Point Inn on Sunday, October 15, from 4 – 7 p.m.  This fundraising event benefits the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum which is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the history, traditions, heritage and culture of Tilghman Island.

There will be informal discussions with Tilghman watermen, as they relive their careers on the Chesapeake. There will be tastes of Tilghman food from Two if by Sea Cafe and other area restaurants, and local songstress, Shelley Abbott, will perform.

Tickets are $45 per person and are available in advance only. No tickets will be available at the door.  Ticket price includes food, wine, beer, entertainment and door prizes, and can be purchased at Two if by Sea Cafe,  Tilghman Island Country Store, and the Museum at the Lee House, payable by cash or check.  The sunset is free.  For more information, contact the museum at 410-886-2930 or twm6031@gmail.com

Countdown to Tilghman Watermen’s Museum Fundraising Event

Countdown to SPLENDOR!  Join your friends and neighbors this Saturday night at SPLENDOR, the annual fundraising event to benefit the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum.

Here is a brand new item just added:  Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays box seat tickets for four on Friday, May 19, plus parking pass. Also, a lovely coffee table made by Tilghman’s Stanley Covington, a visit to your home by the Tilghman Island Santa himself, lots of artwork and photography by local artists, several unique pieces of jewelry, and a five to six foot Nellie Stevens Holly tree, planted.

We have trips!  A crabbing trip for 6 with Captain Russell Dize,  a fishing trip with Captain Willie Roe, a sunset champagne cruise for 4 on the Lady Patty, a cruise for 2 on the “Patriot”, including dinner at the Crab Claw, and a wine and cheese cruise for 6 aboard the “Screaming Eagle.”

There is something for everyone including many gift baskets and gift certificates for local goods and services.

Items will be available for viewing on Friday, April 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, April 8, from 10 until noon at the Tilghman Fire Hall.  The event is Saturday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.

Admission is $35 per person, and includes a variety of beers and fine wines, a raw bar, and hors d’oeuvres provided by Two if By Sea Cafe, Characters at the Bridge, and Harrison’s Chesapeake House.  Tickets are available at Two if by Sea Cafe, at the door or by contacting the museum at 410-886-2930 or twm6031@gmail.com.

Additional Items at Splendor, Tilghman Watermen’s Museum Fundraising Event

The Tilghman Watermen’s Museum has announced some additional items up for bids at  SPLENDOR, the museum’s annual fundraising event.  This year’s SPLENDOR will be held at the Tilghman Island Volunteer Fire Hall on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m.  As in previous years, SPLENDOR will feature a variety of fine wines, a raw bar, and hors d’oeuvres, all included with the price of admission.

Two exciting getaways top this year’s list of items you will definitely want to bid on.  The first is an overnight stay for two, including dinner, at the lovely Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michael’s.  The second is a one-week stay in a house in Biddeford Pool,  Maine, the week of September 9-16, 2017.

Also new this week is a coffee table, hand crafted of ambrosia maple with live edge, by Tilghman artisan, Ken Peake, and oyster knives hand crafted by Tilghman’s Tim Fluharty.  A dinner for two at the Crab Claw with a cruise aboard the “Patriot”, and a wine and cheese cruise for six with “Screaming Eagles Charters “are just a few of the excursions being offered.

Gift certificates to area restaurants and attractions, artwork by local artists and photographers, and the ever-popular visit from Santa are also on the list.  There’s a little something for everybody, so plan to come and enjoy.

Chuck Livingston will serve as auctioneer again this year, with Linda Haddaway King as Master of Ceremonies. Admission is $35 per person, and tickets are available at Two if by Sea Cafe, at the door or by contacting the museum at 410-886-2930 or twm6031@gmail.com.

Annual Splendor by The Tilghman Watermen’s Museum

What does an overnight stay in a classic room at the Tidewater Inn, together with a $50 gift certificate for the Avalon Theater and breakfast the next day, have in common with a fishing trip captained by Willie Roe on his boat, “Big Will”? They are the latest items added to the list of treasures that will be up for bid at SPLENDOR, the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum’s annual fundraising event.


This year’s SPLENDOR will be held at the Tilghman Island Volunteer Fire Hall on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m. As in previous years, SPLENDOR will feature a variety of beers and fine wines, a raw bar, and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, all included with the price of admission.

Gift certificates to local attractions and restaurants are up for bid, as well as a visit from Santa for your children or grandchildren, artwork by local artists Colleen Sadler and the late Bill Cummings, and gift baskets from local merchants. For those who like Maryland blue crabs, there’s a crabbing trip for six with Captain Russell Dize, and a bushel of crabs for those who like to purchase them all ready cooked. A week’s vacation on the coast of Maine, an overnight stay at the Inn at Perry Cabin, and an ambrosia maple coffee table hand crafted by Ken Peake will inspire you to bid.

Chuck Livingston will serve as auctioneer again this year, with Linda Haddaway King as Master of Ceremonies. Admission is $35 per person, and tickets are available at Two if by Sea Cafe, at the door or by contacting the museum at 410-886-2930 or twm6031@gmail.com

Tilghman Watermen’s Museum “Splendor” Event on April 8

The Tilghman Watermen’s Museum has announced the date for SPLENDOR, the museum’s annual fundraising event.  This year’s SPLENDOR will be held at the Tilghman Island Volunteer Fire Hall on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m.  As in previous years, SPLENDOR will feature a variety of fine wines, a raw bar, and hors d’oeuvres provided by area restaurants.

Live and silent auctions will feature artwork by local artists, gift certificates to area restaurants, fishing, crabbing and sailing trips, and the always popular visit to your home by Santa Claus.

There will be something for everybody, so plan to come out and join your neighbors in an evening of fun.

Chuck Livingston will serve as auctioneer again this year, with Linda Haddaway King as Master of Ceremonies. Admission is $35 per person, and includes beer, wine, and food.  Tickets are available at Two if by Sea Cafe, at the door or by contacting the museum at 410-886-2930 or twm6031@gmail.com.

Christmas at the Museum

 

posterBecome a child again….or create a childhood memory at the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum this Christmas season.  On Friday night, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, the museum will recreate a miniature Christmas village with a collection of lighted houses, train sets, and dolls.  Family fun holiday activities and light refreshments will be available.  Please join us from 5:00 to 8:00 on Friday night and from 12:00 to 4:00 on Saturday for a peek into our magical winter wonderland.

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” ― Laura Ingalls Wilder

Watermen’s Museum Names New Director

The Tilghman Watermen’s Museum has announced the appointment of Linda Haddaway King to its Board of Directors.

lking-pictureA native of Tilghman Island, Linda left Maryland when she was eighteen to go to Grossmont College in California. After a successful twenty-year career in Student Information Systems at the University of Pittsburgh, she left the University to pursue a Master’s Degree, teach and do missionary work in Romania. She was recruited to work for Cornerstone Television where she is currently employed remotely as a Systems Administrator. She learned many facets of television production, fundraising, and was on-air for three years.

Linda and her husband of 41 years recently moved back to Tilghman. She was recruited to volunteer at the Museum, and is pleased to have found a place to tell the stories of growing up on Tilghman. Her goal as a volunteer is to recruit more local people to get involved with the museum so that they, too, can tell the stories of Tilghman.

“We look forward to welcoming Linda and appreciate the time and talent she will bring to the museum as it develops its educational programming,” said Ann Polo, the museum’s president.

Tilghman Watermen’s Museum is Sponsoring Two Speaker Events in November

Tilghman Watermen’s Museum is sponsoring two speaker events in November.

On November 3rd at 6:30 pm Peter K. Bailey will share a slide show and speak on his book, “Poplar Island – My Memories as a Boy”.

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Jay Fleming

Bailey writes his true story of a young boy growing up on Poplar Island and going to school by boat.  The book includes an interesting history of this unique island, the first settlement in Talbot County, and also the home to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s exclusive “Jefferson Island Club” in the 1930’s.  Also included is the story of the island’s incredible reconstruction, started in 1998, after the island had all but washed away.

On November 16th at 6:30 pm Chesapeake Bay Photographer, Jay P. Fleming will share a slide show of his Bay photography – many from Tilghman Island.

Fleming’s newly released book, “Working the Water” a visual narrative of the lives of those individuals whose livelihood is directly dependent upon the Chesapeake Bay will be available for purchase and signing.  Fleming will have his photography for sale.

Both events will be held at the Tilghman United Methodist Church.

Tilghman Watermen’s Museum, located at 6031 Tilghman Island Road, is open weekends April through November. For more information, contact Ann Polo, 609-805-3341, aapolo2786@gmail.com

Tilghman Tales: Building Boats, Lives and Memories on the Chesapeake Bay

TT DVD front cover[2]“Tilghman Tales: Building Boats, Lives and Memories on the Chesapeake Bay” is the most recent educational video produced by the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum, Maryland Heritage Trust, Jennifer Shea and Peter Carroll Productions.

“Tilghman Tales” shares the stories of a few of the island’s notables recounted by colorful storytellers, local experts, self-taught historians, innovative boat builders, “jacks-of-all trades” and self-reliant women. Through them we meet several generations of legendary Tilghman boat builders and some intrepid women who love the water and the waterman’s life as fiercely as the men.

“The Tilghman Log Canoe” features Frazier Stanley Covington and Pete Lesher, Curator of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s. “Tilghman Work Boats” features David “Bunky” Miller, William “Willie” Roe, John C. Kinnamon, Jr. and John C. Kinnamon, Sr.

“Tilghman Women on the Water” features Elaine Crow, Colleen Sadler, Carolyn Cummings Swann, Debbie Sherwood and Lois Ann Lednum. The “Maynard Lowery” Story features Tommy Caplan, Captain Bobby Marshall and George Moose, Jr., and “The World of William E. Cummings” features the late, William E. Cummings.

“Tilghman Tales” will be shown by Tilghman Watermen’s Museum October 28th, at 7:00 pm at the Tilghman Elementary School. For questions or additional information call Ann Polo at 609-805-3341.