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.

Maryland Statehouse as seen from sailing on Woodwind

Schedule for  History Mondays:

Monday, July 14: SOLD OUT DUE TO PRIVATE CHARTER “On this date in history …”, Diane Rey

Meet Anne Catharine Green, Colonial Annapolis’ pioneering newspaper publisher, and get the “scoop” on what was happening in town in the run-up to the Revolution. Imagine what life was like for a working mother of the 18th century who helped sow the seeds for independence while running a busy household.

Schooner Woodwind IIMonday, July 21: Last Days of The Golden Era of Annapolis (1765-1776).  The Little City That Threw Big Parties, Tom Guay

This will be a mix history, stories of mob protests against taxes as well as the night life and social scene in Annapolis, which was considered the Athens of the Colonies, full of parties, balls, theater and most exciting of all, political intrigue.  A little city that knew how to party and was a magnet for the up and coming politicos of the era (Washington, Carrol, Paca, Jefferson, Franklin).  They gambled on horse races, attended theater and danced the night away … but then it all came crashing down during the Peggy Stewart Affair (last actual social season was 1773).  Will emphasize the night life, music and dancing in taverns, the grand houses and the Assembly Rooms (now City Hall). On fiddle, I’ll play a few tunes from the era.

Monday, July 28: A Tale of Two Cities: United States Naval Academy & Annapolis, Janet Williman

Since 1845, the history of the United States Naval Academy and the town of Annapolis has been interwoven.  Both have fascinating individual histories, yet both are very dependent upon each other.  View the two cities from their best vantage point—the water—as you hear their tales.

Monday, August 4: Forts of the Severn, Mechelle Kerns

Annapolis was once protected by a number of forts but none remain. Fort Madison and Fort Severn stood overlooking on the Severn River protecting the Annapolis harbor from attack and the capital from invasion. This History Cruise will present the story of these two forts with maps and charts.  Presented by Dr. Mechelle Kerns, maritime historian and archaeologist.

Monday, August 11: Last Days of The Golden Era of Annapolis (1765-1776).  The Little City That Threw Big Parties, Tom Guay

This will be a mix history, stories of mob protests against taxes as well as the night life and social scene in Annapolis, which was considered the Athens of the Colonies, full of parties, balls, theater and most exciting of all, political intrigue.  A little city that knew how to party and was a magnet for the up and coming politicos of the era (Washington, Carrol, Paca, Jefferson, Franklin).  They gambled on horse races, attended theater and danced the night away … but then it all came crashing down during the Peggy Stewart Affair (last actual social season was 1773).  Will emphasize the night life, music and dancing in taverns, the grand houses and the Assembly Rooms (now City Hall). On fiddle, I’ll play a few tunes from the era.

Monday, August 18: In the Heat of the Battle:  War of 1812 on the Chesapeake Bay, Heather Ersts

The Chesapeake Bay was one of the five major venues for the War of 1812.  Some of the most important events of the war occurred here, including the bombing of Baltimore’s Fort McHenry, which inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star-Spangled Banner.  Join Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission’s Partnership and Outreach Coordinator, Heather Ersts, as she relates some of the local battles and activities as you sail into the heart of the War of 1812 arena.

Monday, August 25: Legends and Lore of the Annapolis Waterfront, David 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.

Schooner Sultana, replica of a revenue cutter

Schooner Sultana, replica of a revenue cutter

Monday, September 1 (Labor Day): Colonial Crime and Punishment, Rod Cofield

Listen to Rod Cofield from Historic London Town and Gardens discuss some of the more interesting crimes (fence burning) and punishments (whipping posts) from the colonial era.

Monday, September 8: “On this date in history …”, Diane Rey  5:30-7:30

Meet Anne Catharine Green, Colonial Annapolis’ pioneering newspaper publisher, and get the “scoop” on what was happening in town in the run-up to the Revolution. Imagine what life was like for a working mother of the 18th century who helped sow the seeds for independence while running a busy household.

Monday, September 15: History of the Chesapeake Bay, Sam Eckert  5:30-7:30

Discover the Chesapeake with life long resident Sam Eckert as we look into our past to find a brighter future.  Learn about the Chesapeake Bay’s history including from how it was formed, to the voyage of Captain John Smith and the bay he knew and loved, to the vitality of the bay today.

Monday, September 22: Legends and Lore of the Annapolis Waterfront, David Gendell  5:30-7:30

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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