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History Monday Sunset Sails

Sunset Sails & History, aboard a 74-foot, classic wooden schooner, Woodwind.

We feature a History-slanted sunset sail every Monday night (mid-May through September). 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 2019:

Tom Guay, MusicionerMonday, May 13: Tunes & Tales – Annapolis 1750-1783, Tom Guay 6:30-8:30

Join us on the Woodwind for a lively set of tunes & tales about life during the heyday of Annapolis (1750-1783), the social life and events that created the American Revolution.

Tom Guay is a musicioner, novelist, and storyteller who mixes a few 18th-century fiddle tunes and tales about the life and times during the Golden Age of Annapolis (1750-1783). During the week, you can spot Tom (aka Squire Tomas) leading tours through the streets of Annapolis.
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Monday, May 20: 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, May 27: History of Carr’s Beach, William Ridgley  6:30-8:30

Come learn of the origins of Carr’s Beach. Learn how the 180 acres of farmland on the Annapolis Neck Peninsula in 1926, turned in to the blacks only beach.

Born in Baltimore, raised in Annapolis, William grew up in Downtown Annapolis. He graduated Annapolis Senior High in 1989 and joined the Marine Corps. He served during Operation Desert Storm (92) and Operation Groundhog (Mogadishu, Somalia; 93-94) and after his discharge, he lived in Southern California for about ten years and returned to Annapolis in 2005. He is an avid history student working on his bachelor’s degree. And he is also a reenactor and tour guide, and co-owner of Annapolis Colonial Tours and a rookie Boatsman.
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Monday, June 3: All about Schooners, Mike  Williams 6:30-8:30

The history of the schooner is very much the history of America. Invented by the Dutch in the 16th or 17th century, the schooner was further developed, and one could say, perfected in North America. The schooner came into extensive use in New England from the early 18th century onward, helping the young America develop into a trading nation. Built for speed and windward ability, the schooner was a backbone of the early American economy participating in trading, slaving, privateering, blockade running and offshore fishing. In the Chesapeake Bay region, several special types of schooners such as the Baltimore clipper, the bugeye and the pungy developed. In this history Monday sail, Prof. Mike Williams of NYU, will explore the history of the schooner covering how the schooner and its rig developed, the construction of schooners over the centuries and their evolution from working boats into leisure yachts.

Mike Williams is a professor at New York University and a former Woodwind crew member. Mike’s dad started Mike on sailing at the tender age of six in an aluminum sailing canoe and ever since he has been hooked. His dad tried to dissuade him of wooden boat ownership by gifting him a gaff rigged sailing dinghy when he was twelve, but the plot backfired! Mike loves wooden boats (and the smell of varnish). He is currently the custodian of Fiddlers Green, a 30 foot, gaff rigged cutter built and launched at Toronto in 1960.
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Monday, June 10: Tale of Two Cities, William Ridgley  6:30-8:30

Learn about The tale of two cities in Annapolis. These consist of the United States naval academy, and the actual city of Annapolis Maryland.

Born in Baltimore, raised in Annapolis, William grew up in Downtown Annapolis. He graduated Annapolis Senior High in 1989 and joined the Marine Corps. He served during Operation Desert Storm (92) and Operation Groundhog (Mogadishu, Somalia; 93-94) and after his discharge, he lived in Southern California for about ten years and returned to Annapolis in 2005. He is an avid history student working on his bachelor’s degree. And he is also a reenactor and tour guide, and co-owner of Annapolis Colonial Tours and a rookie Boatsman.
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Dave Gendell

Monday, June 17: 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 the 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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Kevin Brooks on the Woodwind

Monday, June 24: The Maritime Republic of Eastport, Still revolting after all these years! Kevin Brooks 6:30-8:30

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 downright 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 and has performed throughout the Chesapeake and internationally celebrating life in Annapolis, Eastport and on the Chesapeake. When not performing, he and his 1st Mate Jan can be found on the “Pearl of Eastport” cruising the waters of Gulf of Eastport and other exotic ports of call.
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Tom Guay, MusicionerMonday, July 1: Tunes & Tales – Annapolis 1750-1783, Tom Guay 6:30-8:30

Join us on the Woodwind for a lively set of tunes & tales about life during the heyday of Annapolis (1750-1783), the social life and events that created the American Revolution.

Tom Guay is a musicioner, novelist, and storyteller who mixes a few 18th-century fiddle tunes and tales about the life and times during the Golden Age of Annapolis (1750-1783). During the week, you can spot Tom (aka Squire Tomas) leading tours through the streets of Annapolis.
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Dave Gendell

Monday, July  8: 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 the 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, July 15: 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, July 22: 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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Tom Guay, MusicionerMonday, July 29: Tunes & Tales – Annapolis 1750-1783, Tom Guay 6:30-8:30

Join us on the Woodwind for a lively set of tunes & tales about life during the heyday of Annapolis (1750-1783), the social life and events that created the American Revolution.

Tom Guay is a musicioner, novelist, and storyteller who mixes a few 18th-century fiddle tunes and tales about the life and times during the Golden Age of Annapolis (1750-1783). During the week, you can spot Tom (aka Squire Tomas) leading tours through the streets of Annapolis.
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Monday, August 5: Battle of the Severn and the War of 1812, William Ridgley  6:30-8:30

The Battle of the Severn took place right in the middle of the Severn River, in between Horn Point and Hospital Point. The Chesapeake part of the war of 1812 will be specifically on the lookouts standing on top of the statehouse and the Royal Navy anchoring right in the Severn River. Also there we will be discussing the Forts Severn, Horn Point (Eastport), and Fort Nonsense (Naval Academy bridge).

Born in Baltimore, raised in Annapolis, William grew up in Downtown Annapolis. He graduated Annapolis Senior High in 1989 and joined the Marine Corps. He served during Operation Desert Storm (92) and Operation Groundhog (Mogadishu, Somalia; 93-94) and after his discharge, he lived in Southern California for about ten years and returned to Annapolis in 2005. He is an avid history student working on his bachelor’s degree. And he is also a reenactor and tour guide, and co-owner of Annapolis Colonial Tours and a rookie Boatsman.
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Monday, August 12: Birds of the Chesapeake Bay, Heather Ersts 6:30-8:30

Osprey, herons, and eagles call the Chesapeake Bay home. Learn about these soaring Bay beauties, their domestic habits and vacation plans.

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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Private Event, History Monday Cancelled: Monday, August 19: 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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Dave Gendell

Monday, August 26: 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 the 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.
Tickets go on Sale 6 Days In Advance, Buy Tickets Now

Tom Guay, Musicioner

Monday, September 2: Tunes & Tales – Annapolis 1750-1783, Tom Guay 5:30-7:30

Join us on the Woodwind for a lively set of tunes & tales about life during the heyday of Annapolis (1750-1783), the social life and events that created the American Revolution.

Tom Guay is a musicioner, novelist, and storyteller who mixes a few 18th-century fiddle tunes and tales about the life and times during the Golden Age of Annapolis (1750-1783). During the week, you can spot Tom (aka Squire Tomas) leading tours through the streets of Annapolis.
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Monday, September 9: Annapolis and the US Navy, Mike  Williams 5:30-7:30

George Washington, despite having been General of the Continental Army, remarked that it was the Navy that was the most important aspect of American defense, saying “It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.” Annapolis is the home of the US Naval Academy and one of the most important cities to the development of the professional US Navy. Join military sociologist Prof. Michael Williams, on this history Monday to learn about the role Annapolis played in the development of the Navy and some of the more colorful characters that have rolled out of ‘The Yard’ and onto the High Seas to the benefit (and sometimes amusement) of the United States. In addition to learning about naval personalities and development, Michael will also explore how the Naval Base at Annapolis has been a hub of technological innovation and development, to the extent that it can even be said Annapolis is the birthplace of the American space program!

Mike Williams is a professor at New York University and a former Woodwind crew member. Mike’s dad started Mike on sailing at the tender age of six in an aluminum sailing canoe and ever since he has been hooked. His dad tried to dissuade him of wooden boat ownership by gifting him a gaff rigged sailing dinghy when he was twelve, but the plot backfired! Mike loves wooden boats (and the smell of varnish). He is currently the custodian of Fiddlers Green, a 30 foot, gaff rigged cutter built and launched at Toronto in 1960.
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Monday, September 16: The Key to Annapolis History, Jeff Holland 5:30-7:30

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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Dave GendellMonday, Sept. 23: 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 the 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.
Tickets go on Sale 6 Days In Advance, Buy Tickets Now

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