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History Monday Sunset Sails

Sunset 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.

Schedule for  History Mondays 2017:

Monday, May 15: The Tale of Two Cities, Janet Williman 6:30-8:30

Since 1845, America’s sailing capital and our Navy intertwined to engage with interesting characters from all of over the world.  Delight in nautical skyline views; while discovering amazing, amusing and sometimes surprising stories. For example, a connection with the movie, King Kong is revealed during our sail.  

Janet Williman is a native of the Chesapeake Region.  Her lifelong passions for history and Bay ecology were pursued at Johns Hopkins University; and knowledge gained was enriched at The Maryland Historical Society, Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, Historic Annapolis, Hammond Harwood House and the Naval Academy. Presently, Janet is an Information Specialist at the USNA.
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Forts of the ChesapeakeMonday, May 22: The Forts of the Chesapeake, Mechelle Kerns 6:30-8:30

An overview of the military forts located in the Chesapeake Bay including those related to Annapolis and Baltimore.

Dr. Mechelle Kerns is a Historical Archaeologist and History Professor (USNA and UMUC). She specializes in topics related to Colonial America and maritime history.
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Tom Guay, MusicionerMonday, May 29: Tunes & Tales of the Golden Age of Annapolis, Tom Guay  6:30-8:30

On Schooner Woodwind’s History Monday cruises,Tom’s fiddle playing takes you on a trip back in time to the The Golden Age of Annapolis (1750-1783). Tom plays brings the life and times of Annapolis to life with stories of the the social and musical events that enriched the lives of this charming city. He also has a few stories about the fiery events in town that helped turn British America into the fledgling new nation.

Tom Guay is a musicioner, novelist, docent at the Charles Carroll house, and storyteller who spins tunes and tales about the life and times during the Golden Age of Annapolis (1750-1783). On Schooner Woodwind’s History Monday cruises, that’s Tom telling tales and playing fiddle tunes from the 18th century. Tom’s historical novel, “The Musicioner,” begins a series of stories about the social, political and musical events of the era.  During the week, you can spot Tom decked out in colonial drag leading tours through the streets of Annapolis.  
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Monday, June 5: Severn River History & Ecology: Greenbury Point to Manresa, Janet Williman  6:30-8:30

Sail where the Bay meets the Severn River and discover how a 1649 peaceful Puritan settlement evolved into England’s bloody battlefield. Nautical views reveal, in 1918, Annapolis’ own “Eiffel Towers” once were the ideal site for secret trans-Atlantic radio transmissions.  Observe a grand stately retreat, Manresa, while navigating the Severn River Bridge.

Janet Williman is a native of the Chesapeake Region.  Her lifelong passions for history and Bay ecology were pursued at Johns Hopkins University; and knowledge gained was enriched at The Maryland Historical Society, Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, Historic Annapolis, Hammond Harwood House and the Naval Academy. Presently, Janet is an Information Specialist at the USNA.
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Monday, June 12: Legends & Lore of the Annapolis Waterfront, Dave Gendell  6:30-8:30

Lifelong Chesapeake Bay sailor Dave Gendell brings aboard a boatload of stories of the Annapolis waterfront with a special focus on the Schooner America, wooden boatbuilding in Annapolis during World War II, and the personalities and events that make the waters off Annapolis one of the world’s most vibrant sailing grounds.  

Annapolis sailor and writer Dave Gendell is the co-founder of SpinSheet Magazine. Dave keeps a busy schedule speaking about history of Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay with a focus on the Schooner AMERICA, wooden boatbuilding in Annapolis during World War II, and the Thomas Point Lighthouse.  
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Tom Guay, MusicionerMonday, June 19: Tunes & Tales of the Golden Age of Annapolis, Tom Guay  6:30-8:30

On Schooner Woodwind’s History Monday cruises,Tom’s fiddle playing takes you on a trip back in time to the The Golden Age of Annapolis (1750-1783). Tom plays brings the life and times of Annapolis to life with stories of the the social and musical events that enriched the lives of this charming city. He also has a few stories about the fiery events in town that helped turn British America into the fledgling new nation.

Tom Guay is a musicioner, novelist, docent at the Charles Carroll house, and storyteller who spins tunes and tales about the life and times during the Golden Age of Annapolis (1750-1783). On Schooner Woodwind’s History Monday cruises, that’s Tom telling tales and playing fiddle tunes from the 18th century. Tom’s historical novel, “The Musicioner,” begins a series of stories about the social, political and musical events of the era.  During the week, you can spot Tom decked out in colonial drag leading tours through the streets of Annapolis.  
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Diane Rey portrays Maryland Gazette publisher Anne Cathrine Green for Historic Annapolis.Monday, June 26: Eating, Drinking and Making Merry in Colonial Annapolis, Diane Rey  6:30-8:30

Set sail with Anne Catharine Green, Annapolis’ 18th century Printer to the Province — a woman far ahead of her time — to discover the kinds of activities that helped make Annapolis the “Athens of America” during its golden age. Learn about early tavern life, sought-after imports, the “clubbical behavior” of the celebrated Tuesday Club, and the whirlwind that was Annapolis’ social season, as drawn from the pages of Mrs. Green’s newspaper, the Maryland Gazette. Enjoy your craft beer while hearing about the strange concoctions that Colonials quaffed!

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.

A lifelong Marylander who grew up on a large dairy farm in Frederick County, Diane traces her roots to the South River Hundred who settled in southern Anne Arundel County on the original land grants from Lord Baltimore.

Historic Annapolis City SkylineShe indulges her love of American history by bringing to life Mrs. Green who took over as official Printer to the Province of Maryland upon the death of her husband, Jonas Green, in 1767. Besides her work as editor, printer, and publisher of one of America’s first newspapers, Mrs. Green printed the laws, proceedings and paper money for the Maryland General Assembly after petitioning the legislature for the same contract extended to her husband  – 48,000 pounds of tobacco per year – making her an early example of “equal pay for equal work.” In 2010, this remarkable woman was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame.  

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Beverly Beach Aerial with buildingsMonday, July 3: Before the Bay Bridge: Historic Chesapeake Bay Beach Resorts, Stephanie Sperling  6:30-8:30

From the mid-1800s through the 1950s, countless resorts and summer communities sprung up along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. People from Washington D.C. and Baltimore flocked here using new transportation networks, like steamships, trains, and paved roads. Most resorts featured rustic cabins for rent, swimming piers, and sandy beaches, and some even had animal shows, amusement rides, and gambling halls. Nearly all of these places were segregated, forcing African Americans and other minorities into forming their own leisure destinations. Most resorts closed after the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the opening of the Bay Bridge, which allowed people of all colors to bypass the Bay on their way to the ocean. However, traces of this resort heyday are still visible today in waterfront communities and parks all around Annapolis and throughout Anne Arundel County.

Stephanie Sperling is an Anne Arundel County-based archaeologist who has excavated sites ranging from ancient Native American villages to Colonial plantations to 20th century beach resorts and everything in between. She lives in a renovated old beach house with her family and yellow labby-type mutt.  
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Monday, July 10: The Key to Annapolis History, Jeff Holland  6:30-8:30

The key to Annapolis history lies somewhere in the harbor… Jeff uses his original songs and narrative verse to tell three centuries worth of stories about Annapolis, some of which are actually true.

Jeff serves as the Riverkeeper for the West and Rhode Rivers, estuaries just south of Annapolis. He helped to launch the Annapolis Maritime Museum and was a founding member of Them Eastport Oyster Boys. He was appointed Poet Laureate of Eastport way back in the last century.  
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Tom Guay, MusicionerMonday, July 17: Tunes & Tales of the Golden Age of Annapolis, Tom Guay  6:30-8:30

On Schooner Woodwind’s History Monday cruises,Tom’s fiddle playing takes you on a trip back in time to the The Golden Age of Annapolis (1750-1783). Tom plays brings the life and times of Annapolis to life with stories of the the social and musical events that enriched the lives of this charming city. He also has a few stories about the fiery events in town that helped turn British America into the fledgling new nation.

Tom Guay is a musicioner, novelist, docent at the Charles Carroll house, and storyteller who spins tunes and tales about the life and times during the Golden Age of Annapolis (1750-1783). On Schooner Woodwind’s History Monday cruises, that’s Tom telling tales and playing fiddle tunes from the 18th century. Tom’s historical novel, “The Musicioner,” begins a series of stories about the social, political and musical events of the era.  During the week, you can spot Tom decked out in colonial drag leading tours through the streets of Annapolis.  
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Monday, July 24: Environmental History of the Bay, Alice Christman  6:30-8:30

How is the Bay? It’s a popular question to ask when you are cruising. But how has the Bay changed is also a good question. We’ll talk about the environmental history of the Bay, starting with what John Smith saw leading up to today. Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Pier, a crab restaurant in southern Anne Arundel County. A relative newbie to Maryland at the time, the day Alice Christman walked into Skippers Pier presented many new things: First job, first time seeing a blue crab, first time smelling Old Bay. By the end of the summer, she was an in-house expert at educating tourists on the delicate art of crab picking and creating the perfect balance of old Bay and vinegar on the side. It was these early successes as a community builder that drive her in the never-ending quest to engage as many communities as possible into saving the Bay.
When she is not working, she is found messin’ about on the Bay, where she races sailboats, catches sunsets, and finding daily inspiration to keep others inspired. Fair warning when you meet her: you will either end up being her best friend or hosting her as a guest speaker at a special event.    
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Monday, July 31: Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay, Heather Ersts  6:30-8:30

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 work in a variety of museums and historical organizations.   
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Monday, August 7: Oyster Wars, Sherri Marsh 6:30-8:30

The Oyster Wars were a nearly century-long series of violent disputes between oyster pirates, the Maryland Oyster Navy and legal watermen from Maryland and Virginia.  It is a tale of kidnapping, murder, machine guns, and honest folks just trying to make a living.  

Sherri Marsh Johns is a Smith Island native and the daughter of a waterman who “fought” in the Oyster Wars.  Ms. Johns earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Maryland and carried out her Master of Arts work in Historic Preservation and Museum Studies at the University of Delaware.  She has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of architectural research and historic preservation.  In 1996 she founded Retrospect Architectural Research, LLC, a private consulting firm that provides historic preservation and cultural resource management services to a variety of private and public-sector clients  Ms. Johns enjoys volunteering her services to nonprofit cultural organizations.  She currently serves as the Smith Island Cultural Center’s executive director, as well as president of the Lost Towns Project, and  on the board of directors of the Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservations, Inc.
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Monday, August 14: The Key to Annapolis History, Jeff Holland  6:30-8:30

The key to Annapolis history lies somewhere in the harbor…Jeff uses his original songs and narrative verse to tell three centuries worth of stories about Annapolis, some of which are actually true.

Jeff serves as the Riverkeeper for the West and Rhode Rivers, estuaries just south of Annapolis. He helped to launch the Annapolis Maritime Museum and was a founding member of Them Eastport Oyster Boys. He was appointed Poet Laureate of Eastport way back in the last century.  
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Monday, August 21: Legends & Lore of the Annapolis Waterfront, Dave Gendell  6:30-8:30

Lifelong Chesapeake Bay sailor Dave Gendell brings aboard a boatload of stories of the Annapolis waterfront with a special focus on the Schooner America, wooden boatbuilding in Annapolis during World War II, and the personalities and events that make the waters off Annapolis one of the world’s most vibrant sailing grounds.  

Annapolis sailor and writer Dave Gendell is the co-founder of SpinSheet Magazine. Dave keeps a busy schedule speaking about history of Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay with a focus on the Schooner AMERICA, wooden boatbuilding in Annapolis during World War II, and the Thomas Point Lighthouse.  
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Monday, August 28: Legends & Lore of the Annapolis Waterfront, Dave Gendell  5:30-7:30

Lifelong Chesapeake Bay sailor Dave Gendell brings aboard a boatload of stories of the Annapolis waterfront with a special focus on the Schooner America, wooden boatbuilding in Annapolis during World War II, and the personalities and events that make the waters off Annapolis one of the world’s most vibrant sailing grounds.  

Annapolis sailor and writer Dave Gendell is the co-founder of SpinSheet Magazine. Dave keeps a busy schedule speaking about history of Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay with a focus on the Schooner AMERICA, wooden boatbuilding in Annapolis during World War II, and the Thomas Point Lighthouse.  
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Diane Rey portrays Maryland Gazette publisher Anne Cathrine Green for Historic Annapolis.Monday, September 11: Eating, Drinking and Making Merry in Colonial Annapolis, Diane Rey  5:30-7:30

Set sail with Anne Catharine Green, Annapolis’ 18th century Printer to the Province — a woman far ahead of her time — to discover the kinds of activities that helped make Annapolis the “Athens of America” during its golden age. Learn about early tavern life, sought-after imports, the “clubbical behavior” of the celebrated Tuesday Club, and the whirlwind that was Annapolis’ social season, as drawn from the pages of Mrs. Green’s newspaper, the Maryland Gazette. Enjoy your craft beer while hearing about the strange concoctions that Colonials quaffed!

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.

A lifelong Marylander who grew up on a large dairy farm in Frederick County, Diane traces her roots to the South River Hundred who settled in southern Anne Arundel County on the original land grants from Lord Baltimore.

Historic Annapolis City SkylineShe indulges her love of American history by bringing to life Mrs. Green who took over as official Printer to the Province of Maryland upon the death of her husband, Jonas Green, in 1767. Besides her work as editor, printer, and publisher of one of America’s first newspapers, Mrs. Green printed the laws, proceedings and paper money for the Maryland General Assembly after petitioning the legislature for the same contract extended to her husband  – 48,000 pounds of tobacco per year – making her an early example of “equal pay for equal work.” In 2010, this remarkable woman was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame.  

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Monday, September 17: Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay, Heather Ersts  5:30-7:30

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 work in a variety of museums and historical organizations.   
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The Eastport Flag

The Eastport Flag

Monday, September 25: The Maritime Republic of Eastport, Still revolting after all these years! Kevin Brooks 5:30-7:30

Join Eastport Oyster Boy and Local Revolutionary Kevin “Brother Shucker” Brooks for an entertaining look at the upstart “Maritime Republic of Eastport”‘s  interesting and down right fun history through the past four centuries. Historic forts, world class boat building centers, proud diversity, resilient waterman and becoming the ever fun and ever mighty Maritime Republic of Eastport!… Join Kevin for this fun, irreverent and music filled journey through the “Gulf of Eastport and Around the Horn”…(Horn Point that is…) sunset sail through history, music and mirth. 

 Sailor, musician, revolutionary and proud Eastportirican, Kevin is a founding member of the Eastport Oyster Boys.

kevin brooksWhen not performing with the boys can be found on his “good boat” the Pearl of Eastport cruising the waters of Gulf of Eastport and other exotic ports of call.

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