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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 (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 2018:

 

Monday, May 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, May 21: 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, May 28: 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 Golden Age of Annapolis (1750-1783). Tom plays brings the life and times of Annapolis to life with stories of 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, 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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John Scarano and Ken Kaye signing the build contractMonday, June 4: History of the Schooner Woodwind from Dream to Reality, John Scarano and Ken Kaye 6:30-8:30

Frames done on the Woodwind 25 years ago25 years ago, Ken, Ellen, and Jennifer Kaye had a dream realized with the building of the Schooner Woodwind at the Scarano Boat Yard, the second schooner that Scarano built. Listen to the Naval Architect and Designer of the boats talk with Ken Kaye about how they decided upon the hull design, sail plan, functionality and proportions of the Woodwind.  John Scarano will talk about the beginning days of his family’s boatyard, and how it has grown to build more and more certified USCG vessels for entrepreneurs across the country.  This will be the first time since Woodwind II was finished, that they will be in a relaxed atmosphere to reminisce about the dreams they both had 25 years ago and where they are now.

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Monday, June 11: The Life of Frederick Douglass, William Ridgley  6:30-8:30

Frederick Douglass was described as a living counter-example that blacks we’re ignorant and unable to learn to read or write. Come learn how his everyday life was as a slave and how he was able to escape slavery.

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

CANCELLED (Boat privately chartered) Monday, June 18: 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, June 25: 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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Beverly Beach Aerial with buildingsMonday, July 2: The Heyday of Bay-Front Beach Resorts,  Stephanie Sperling 6:30-8:30

In the decades before the Bay Bridge was constructed, city people flocked to Anne Arundel County’s shores for summer recreation and relaxation. Many of the new communities included rustic cottages, dance halls, concert venues, gambling, and sandy swimming beaches. But most were segregated and closed after the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Learn about this complicated and fascinating history and how it affected our 21st-century landscape. 

 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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Tom Guay, Musicioner

Monday, July 9: 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 Golden Age of Annapolis (1750-1783). Tom plays brings the life and times of Annapolis to life with stories of 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, 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, July 16: 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, July 23: The Oyster Wars, William Ridgley  6:30-8:30

The oyster wars were series of sometimes violent disputes between oyster Pirates and authorities and legal Waterman from Maryland and Virginia in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River from 1865 until around 1959. 

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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Kevin Brooks on the Woodwind

Canceled (Boat privately chartered)  Monday, July 30: The Maritime Republic of Eastport, Still revolting after all these years! Kevin Brooks 6:30-7:30

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 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.

 Monday, August 6: 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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Monday, August 13: 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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Kevin Brooks on the Woodwind

Monday, August 20: 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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Dave Gendell

Monday, August 27: 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.  
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Monday, September 3: The Tale of Two Cities, Janet Williman 5:30-7:30

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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Monday, September 10: Environmental History of the Bay, Alice Christman  5:30-7:30

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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Emma Giles in Annapolis

Monday, September 17: Steamboats and Ferries of the Bay, Jeff Holland  5:30-7:30

Steamboats and Ferries were once common on the Severn River. They transported people, agricultural produce, and the seafood bounty that made the Chesapeake famous. They also were part of the leisure travel industry that has brought tourist to our beautiful capital city on the water for 100s of years.

 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.
Tickets go on Sale 6 Days In Advance, Buy Tickets Now

Kevin Brooks on the Woodwind

Monday, September 24: 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 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.
Tickets go on Sale 6 Days In Advance, Buy Tickets Now

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