History Monday Sunset Sails

Historic Annapolis Skyline when sailing on Schooner WoodwindSunset Sails & History, aboard a 74-foot, classic wooden schooner, Woodwind.

The Woodwinds features a History-slanted sunset sail every Monday night. When you set sail from downtown Annapolis, you see the gorgeous historic skyline that has welcomed ships in for centuries.  We sail past the United States naval Academy and into the Chesapeake Bay. Come listen to the stories that make up the fabric of history in this terrific town.  Topics change weekly.

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Schedule for  History Mondays 2015:

 

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Lafayette’s Ship Hermione

Monday, May 25: French Connection in Annapolis: Lafayette’s Ship Comes to Annapolis & More, Janet Williman

This is the perfect time to learn of Lafayette – America’s favorite first honorary citizen; and more. Discover why and how a replica of the majestic tall ship that brought him to the colonies is repeating that journey now.  Hear tales of other French connections and the sites you may enjoy visiting today.

Janet Williman: graduated with her BLA from Johns Hopkins University, additional history classes at the Maryland Historical Society and additional courses in Ecology Studies and nursing. She enjoys the three years on History Monday Sunset Woodwind Sails and she works presently as a USNA Information Specialist. She says, “I was almost born in a row boat while my mom was crabbing near the Chesapeake Bay, lived near the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans, rivers or bays in MD, NJ, MA & CA.”

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Sailing into Annapolis for Sunset

Sailing into Annapolis for Sunset

Monday, June 1: Legends and Lore of the Annapolis Waterfront, Dave Gendell

SpinSheet magazine co-founder Dave Gendell is a lifelong Annapolis sailor and longtime chronicler of the Chesapeake Bay. He brings aboard an entertaining and compelling set of stories and insights around Annapolis history, the Naval Academy, the sailing scene, and the personalities that make Annapolis one of the world’s most unique waterfront communities.

Dave Gendell is a lifelong Annapolis sailor. He has researched, written, and presented extensively on Annapolis and Chesapeake Bay history with a deep focus on the Schooner AMERICA and the Annapolis waterfront during World War II. “

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Diane Rey as Anne Catharine Green by Joshua McKerrow, Capital-Gazette

Diane Rey as Anne Catharine Green by Joshua McKerrow, Capital-Gazette

Monday, June 8: “On this date in history …”, Diane Rey

Set sail with Anne Catharine Green, Annapolis’ 18th century Printer to the Province — a woman way ahead of her time — to learn what was making news in the “Maryland Gazette” in the run-up to the Revolution and get a glimpse of the Ancient City through the eyes of one of its most illustrious early residents.

Diane Rey: A lifelong Marylander who grew up on a large dairy farm in Frederick County, she traces her roots to the South River Hundred who settled in southern Anne Arundel County on the original land grants from Lord Baltimore.  Diane M. Rey portrays pioneering newspaper publisher Anne Catharine (Hoof) Green of Colonial Annapolis. A marketing professional and freelance writer, Diane has written a weekly community news column in The Capital newspaper that traces its history to the Maryland Gazette published by Mrs. Green in the run-up to the Revolution.

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Chesapeake Bay BridgeMonday, June 15: You Can’t Get There From Here: History of the Severn River and Bay Bridges, Mechelle Kerns

The Severn River and Chesapeake Bay have been major waterborne travel routes since the 17th century. However, as the region’s population grew so did the need to cross these waterways. This was first accomplished by ferry crossing and then bridges.  This lecture will outline early ways to travel in this riverine region and the history of two of the most heavily traveled bridges in Maryland.

Mechelle  Kerns: Historian and Maritime Archaeologist specializing the 17th and 18th century colonial Maryland the British colonies in Maryland; teaching history (PhD) at US Naval Academy and for the University of Maryland system and Principal Archaeologist at Kerns CRM Consultants, a cultural resources services firm.

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History Mondays  with a little Fiddle Music (Tom Guay)

History Mondays with a little Fiddle Music (Tom Guay)

Monday, June 22: Tunes & Tales of the Golden Age of Annapolis, Tom Guay

Music and stories from the time when Annapolis was the live music and dance capital of the colonies, 1765 to 1783.

Tom Guay is a young novelist, musicioner and a member of the legendary folk band, Them Eastport Oyster Boys.  Tom brings tunes and tales of the Golden Age of Annapolis, 1765-1783, to the Schooner Woodwind’s Monday sunset cruises. The stories are about the  glorious history of Annapolis when it was known as the Athens of the Colonies.

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Sunset over AnnapolisMonday, June 29: Tale of Two Cities, Janet Williman

Now, is an exciting time – the beginning of Plebe Summer – to view Annapolis and the USNA by sea. Discover how a fading ancient beauty, Annapolis, attracted a dashing new Naval college.  Learn this symbiotic relationship benefits both in the past and plans for the future.
Janet Williman: graduated with her BLA from Johns Hopkins University, additional history classes at the Maryland Historical Society and additional courses in Ecology Studies and nursing. She enjoys the three years on History Monday Sunset Woodwind Sails and she works presently as a USNA Information Specialist. She says, “I was almost born in a row boat while my mom was crabbing near the Chesapeake Bay, lived near the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans, rivers or bays in MD, NJ, MA & CA.”

Same cloud as before, just an hour later! This is our view as we sailed into the Bay.Monday, July 6: Francis Scott Key: The Annapolis Years, Robert Dudley

Francis Scott Key lived 10 years in Annapolis in his youth. He was educated at St. John’s and studied law locally. He married in Annapolis and even went sailing. Join us for an insightful look at the formative Annapolis years of the author of our National Anthem!

Robert Dudley: Co-Author of the recent book Sam Smith: Star-Spangled Hero.

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History Mondays  with a little Fiddle Music (Tom Guay)

History Mondays with a little Fiddle Music (Tom Guay)

Monday, July 13: Tunes & Tales of the Golden Age of Annapolis, Tom Guay

Music and stories from the time when Annapolis was the live music and dance capital of the colonies, 1765 to 1783.

Tom Guay is a young novelist, musicioner and a member of the legendary folk band, Them Eastport Oyster Boys.  Tom brings tunes and tales of the Golden Age of Annapolis, 1765-1783, to the Schooner Woodwind’s Monday sunset cruises. The stories are about the  glorious history of Annapolis when it was known as the Athens of the Colonies.

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pirateMonday, July 20:  Pirates of the Chesapeake, Heather Ersts

Pirates have plied the waters of the Chesapeake Bay for hundreds of years, and still do today. Hear tales of Black Beard, the town dubbed the “Nest of Pirates,” and today’s modern pirates as you sail along the same waterways they have sailed.

Heather Ersts is a public historian who specializes in heritage education, interpretation and programming.  She most enjoys connecting the public with historic sites and organizations through engaging programs that educate, inspire, and motivate people to get more involved in history.  She has worked in a variety of museums and historical organizations.

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woodwind2-sailingMonday, July 27: Secrets of Greenbury Point: Colonial Intrigue to Modern Controversy, Janet Williman

View Greenbury Point, across the Severn from Annapolis; while sailing to the Chesapeake.  It is the only way to visually appreciate how this now bucolic site was once a battle ground for Puritans. Learn of the struggles to preserve our countries peace and conserve a unique ecological treasure.

Janet Williman graduated with her BLA from Johns Hopkins University, additional history classes at the Maryland Historical Society and additional courses in Ecology Studies and nursing. She enjoys the three years on History Monday Sunset Woodwind Sails and she works presently as a USNA Information Specialist. She says, “I was almost born in a row boat while my mom was crabbing near the Chesapeake Bay, lived near the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans, rivers or bays in MD, NJ, MA & CA.”

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Diane Rey as Anne Catharine Green by Joshua McKerrow, Capital-Gazette

Diane Rey as Anne Catharine Green by Joshua McKerrow, Capital-Gazette

Monday, August 3: “On this date in history …”, Diane Rey

Set sail with Anne Catharine Green, Annapolis’ 18th century Printer to the Province — a woman way ahead of her time — to learn what was making news in the “Maryland Gazette” in the run-up to the Revolution and get a glimpse of the Ancient City through the eyes of one of its most illustrious early residents.

Diane Rey: A lifelong Marylander who grew up on a large dairy farm in Frederick County, she traces her roots to the South River Hundred who settled in southern Anne Arundel County on the original land grants from Lord Baltimore.  Diane M. Rey portrays pioneering newspaper publisher Anne Catharine (Hoof) Green of Colonial Annapolis. A marketing professional and freelance writer, Diane has written a weekly community news column in The Capital newspaper that traces its history to the Maryland Gazette published by Mrs. Green in the run-up to the Revolution.

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samsmithcoverMonday, August 10: Sam Smith & the Defense of Baltimore, Robert Dudley

Sam Smith was the Commander of all American forces in the Defense of Baltimore in 1814. His military career began in the American Revolution when he came to Annapolis to arrest the British Colonial Governor. Join us for an exciting look at the War on the Chesapeake 200 years ago and how Sam Smith helped save America!

Robert Dudley: Co-Author of the recent book Sam Smith: Star-Spangled Hero.

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Colonial WomenMonday, August 17:  Cooking Up the Dough: 18th-Century Working Women in Annapolis, Heather Ersts

Annapolis was a bustling seaport before the American Revolution and opportunity abound. Image the lives of women of all economic levels as you hear their personal stories, the types of jobs they held, and the clients for whom they worked.

Heather Ersts is a public historian who specializes in heritage education, interpretation and programming.  She most enjoys connecting the public with historic sites and organizations through engaging programs that educate, inspire, and motivate people to get more involved in history.  She has worked in a variety of museums and historical organizations.

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Sailing into Annapolis for Sunset

Sailing into Annapolis for Sunset

Monday, August 24: Legends and Lore of the Annapolis Waterfront, Dave Gendell

SpinSheet magazine co-founder Dave Gendell is a lifelong Annapolis sailor and longtime chronicler of the Chesapeake Bay. He brings aboard an entertaining and compelling set of stories and insights around Annapolis history, the Naval Academy, the sailing scene, and the personalities that make Annapolis one of the world’s most unique waterfront communities.

Dave Gendell is a lifelong Annapolis sailor. He has researched, written, and presented extensively on Annapolis and Chesapeake Bay history with a deep focus on the Schooner AMERICA and the Annapolis waterfront during World War II. “

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Bay Ridge on the ChesapeakeMonday, August 31: Bay Bridge on the Chesapeake, Carol Patterson 5:30-7:30

Author and Bay Ridge resident Carol Patterson will discuss the history of Bay Ridge with a special focus on 1886-1903 when the area was the “Queen Resort of the Chesapeake” and included a grand Victorian summer resort with a large frame hotel on the bluff near Tolly Point and hosted thousands of daily visitors who arrived by railroad and steamship. Among the attractions were all-day band concerts, dining and dancing pavilions, games and amusements, the gravity road, picnic grounds, and a two-mile electric trolley ride that wound along the river and lake shores.

Carol Patterson: Carol Patterson is the co-author of the popular book “Bay Ridge on the Chesapeake, An Illustrated History”, the definitive history of what was once “The Queen Resort of the Chesapeake” and today is one of the most historic waterfront communities along the Bay.

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Monday, September 7 (Labor Day): 5:30-7:30

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History Mondays  with a little Fiddle Music (Tom Guay)

History Mondays with a little Fiddle Music (Tom Guay)

Monday, September 14: Tunes & Tales of the Golden Age of Annapolis, Tom Guay   5:30-7:30

Music and stories from the time when Annapolis was the live music and dance capital of the colonies, 1765 to 1783.

Tom Guay is a young novelist, musicioner and a member of the legendary folk band, Them Eastport Oyster Boys.  Tom brings tunes and tales of the Golden Age of Annapolis, 1765-1783, to the Schooner Woodwind’s Monday sunset cruises. The stories are about the  glorious history of Annapolis when it was known as the Athens of the Colonies.

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Romantic Cruises on the Schooner Woodwind in AnnapolisMonday, September 21: Romance on the Chesapeake: Naval Courtship & Nautical Traditions, Janet Williman  5:30-7:30

Sunsets, sails and the sea breeds romance.  Find manly deeds and womanly ways from the past and present that lead to passion, romance and love; that only happen on waterways.

Janet Williman graduated with her BLA from Johns Hopkins University, additional history classes at the Maryland Historical Society and additional courses in Ecology Studies and nursing. She enjoys the three years on History Monday Sunset Woodwind Sails and she works presently as a USNA Information Specialist. She says, “I was almost born in a row boat while my mom was crabbing near the Chesapeake Bay, lived near the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans, rivers or bays in MD, NJ, MA & CA.”

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