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Meet: Jaime Fontanazza, Friends Board

CBMM_Fontanazza_Jaime_2017(St. Michaels, Md. – November 27, 2017) Originally from Tilton, N.H., Jaime Fontanazza first connected to the Chesapeake Bay during college, while living in Annapolis for a summer. Ten years later, Jaime and her husband moved to Annapolis from Newport, R.I. with their family, often traveling to the Eastern Shore to enjoy hiking and exploring its charming towns and picturesque rivers. After Jaime accepted a teaching position at The Country School in 2009, the family made Easton their home.

Now, their children enjoy sailing on the Miles River, partake in camps on the rivers and Chesapeake Bay, and explore the local beaches searching for sea glass.

“We had heard CBMM was the place to be for OysterFest,” commented Jaime about her introduction to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. “Our family attended OysterFest when we first came to Easton, and we’ve been huge fans of CBMM ever since.”

Jaime teaches third grade at The Country School, as part of a 17-year career in education. She earned a B.A. in early childhood education from Hood College in Frederick, Md., before earning a Master’s in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.

In addition to serving on CBMM’s Friends Board, Jaime serves on the boards of the Miles River Yacht Club, and Talbot Lacrosse League. At The Country School, she coaches lacrosse and field hockey. She is also actively involved with Christ Church Easton, and volunteered with the Junior League of Annapolis for many years, serving in numerous leadership and committee roles.

Jaime joined the Friends Board in 2016, and hopes while serving on the Board to further understand and share what is going on at CBMM with the larger community— particularly the local private school community.

CBMM’s Friends Board is comprised of individuals who have their local and regional communities at heart, and helps guide CBMM in its endeavors to strengthen partnerships and develop new ones, for CBMM to be a real resource to diverse audiences.

During her time on the Board, Jaime would like to see more students from throughout the state involved in CBMM’s educational school programs, and more local students involved in the Rising Tide after-school boatbuilding program.

“From student field trips to Rising Tide,” commented Jaime, “These are the best ways to reach our young audiences and educate them on the history, importance, and preservation of the Chesapeake Bay.

“Preservation of the past—including ships and supporting visiting ships—plays a huge role in understanding the history of the Chesapeake Bay for all ages,” said Jaime. “The ability for CBMM to attract additional support through grants and fundraising provides these opportunities to more of our students.

“CBMM has so much to offer to everyone,” continued Jaime. “As a family, we enjoy the well-organized community events. As an educator and parent, I appreciate the school programs such as Chesapeake’s Best Crab Cakes Immersive Tour and classroom resources–educating children to be stewards of our amazing part of the world. And, as an art and nature lover, I take a special interest in the exhibits at CBMM and learning about the history of the Chesapeake Bay.”

We thank Jaime for her time and dedication to CBMM!

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Meet: Spence Stovall, Friends Board

CBMM_StovallSpence_2017(St. Michaels, Md. – November 27, 2017) As a native to St. Michaels, Spence Stovall grew up with water less than 100-feet out his back door, spending much of his time fishing, boating, and skiing with his family. He later moved away to attend college in Fredericksburg, Va., but after graduating, was called back to what Spence refers to as ‘shore life.’

“It’s a very important heritage and way of life,” comments Spence. “Now, I enjoy sharing shore life with my wife, Kristen, and six-year-old son, Nathan.”

Spence currently serves as Vice President and the third-generation owner of Higgins & Spencer, Inc., an interior design and furniture business based in St. Michaels for more than 75 years. His volunteer work includes serving with St. Michaels Rotary, and as past president of St. Michaels Community Center, and past treasurer of St. Michaels Business Association, among others.

Spence’s connections to CBMM run deep. His grandfather, Alex Spencer, was instrumental in helping CBMM get its start, with Spence remembering attending knot-tying camps, sailing camps, and various other museum events as a child.

When it comes to CBMM’s work today, Spence enjoys seeing progress on the Edna Lockwood restoration project, and feels it’s very important that the area’s children have as much exposure to CBMM as possible, so that the heritage of the Bay and its importance to this area is understood and preserved.

Spence joined the Friends Board in 2016, bringing with him a passion for carrying his family’s legacy forward, while serving as an ambassador for CBMM.

“Being a part of something that my family has been passionate about for years, and the opportunity to be an ambassador for CBMM were major draws for me,” said Spence. “Many local folks my age don’t take enough advantage of CBMM, so I invite them to see all the museum has to offer, and does for this community.”

CBMM’s Friends Board is comprised of individuals who have their local and regional communities at heart, and helps guide CBMM in its endeavors to strengthen partnerships and develop new ones, for CBMM to be a real resource to diverse audiences.

We thank Spence for his time and dedication to CBMM!

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Meet: Pat Jones, Friends Board

CBMM_JonesPat(St. Michaels, Md. – November 16, 2017) Pat Jones’s connections to the Chesapeake Bay run deep, having grown up on the Eastern Shore, and then with her husband—a third generation waterman—raising a family in Bozman, Md. Pat first became connected to CBMM many years ago as a supporter of the Annual Fund, and then joined as a member after recently retiring from Talbot Bank (now Shore United Bank), where she worked for 25 years. Pat has been a tremendous friend to CBMM ever since, volunteering for Watermen’s Appreciation Day, and serving on our Friends Board since 2016.

CBMM’s Friends Board is comprised of individuals who have their local and regional communities at heart, and helps guide CBMM in its endeavors to strengthen partnerships and develop new ones, for CBMM to be a real resource to diverse audiences.

Pat would like to see the community—especially locals who grew up here—become more involved at CBMM, with her favorite parts of CBMM being Waterman’s Wharf, and the Waterfowling exhibitions.

“Watermen are becoming a dying breed, with regulations making it harder and harder to earn a living working the water.” says Pat. “The real answers are with the men and women who work the water every day, and in these exhibitions, CBMM shares their stories and perspectives well.”

Pat is deeply invested in the community, with her volunteer experience including serving as the current treasurer of the Talbot Watermen Association, and secretary at St. Luke’s Nursery School in St. Michaels, Md. She also volunteers with the Classic Motor Museum’s St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance, and Christmas in St. Michaels, helping with their annual house tours.

While serving on the Friends Board, Pat strives to support CBMM by giving feedback from her perspective as a long time community member.

We thank Pat for her time and dedication to CBMM!

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Meet: Heather Pickens, Friends Board

November 3, 2017

HeatherPickensA native to the Eastern Shore, Heather Pickens was born in Easton and grew up in St. Michaels. After attending college, she returned to the Eastern Shore and worked for the Grayce B. Kerr Fund. It was through her role with the Grayce B. Kerr Fund that she learned of the significance of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and of the maritime industry as a whole.

For nearly ten years, Heather has worked with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, an organization with a mission to enhance the quality of life throughout the Mid-Shore region of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties. Her role with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation—as well as numerous personal ties within the community—have kept her connected to CBMM, with those connections strengthened through her joining the Friends Board.

CBMM’s Friends Board is comprised of individuals who have their local and regional communities at heart, and helps guide CBMM in its endeavors to strengthen partnerships and develop new ones, while helping CBMM be a real resource to diverse audiences.

Heather earned her BA from Marshall University, with her professional experience including marketing, design, event planning, and administrative support. She resides in Royal Oak with her husband, daughter, Labrador retriever, and other creatures. When not at the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, she enjoys spending time with her family on and around the Chesapeake Bay.

Heather has observed CBMM’s developing role in the community, and looks forward to being an ambassador for the institution as it plays an important role in preserving, sharing, and defining, both the environment, and people, of the entire Chesapeake Bay region.

We thank Heather for her time and dedication to CBMM!

 

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Meet: Jay Tawes, CBMM Friends Board

November 1, 2017

CBMM_FriendsBoard_TawesJay2017As a grandson of former Maryland Governor J. Millard Tawes, Jay Tawes was born and raised along the Chesapeake Bay in Crisfield, Md., where he sailed upon the Bay’s waters from a very early age. Jay continues his family legacy of serving the local community through his generous volunteer work, and as the current president and CEO of the Philip W. Tawes Insurance Agency, where Jay has served the Bay’s people for more than 44 years.

Jay first became connected to CBMM and the Friends Board at the encouragement of staff member Tracey Johns. They jointly served on the Crisfield Heritage Foundation’s Board of Trustees, where Jay currently serves as Chair. His volunteer work runs vast and deep on the lower Shore, including service to the Greater Crisfield Action Coalition, Crisfield Chamber of Commerce, Somerset County Economic Development Commission, and McCready Memorial Hospital.

Jay says his favorite aspects of CBMM are the massive boats, and the opportunity to experience Bay-built boats, as well as CBMM’s first-class gift shop.

“I am absolutely astounded by the activities and programs of CBMM,” continued Jay. “The heritage information being exposed to children is a great investment in our future.”

Jay joined the Friends Board in 2016, with hopes to seek knowledge and wisdom on creating synergies between CBMM’s work and that of the Crisfield Heritage Foundation. CBMM’s Friends Board is comprised of individuals who have their local and regional communities at heart, and helps guide CBMM in its endeavors to strengthen partnerships and develop new ones, while helping CBMM be a real resource to diverse audiences.

We thank Jay for his time and dedication to CBMM!

 

 

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Meet: Frank Garahan, CBMM Friends Board

October 31, 2017

CBMM_FriendsBoard_GarahanFrank_2017Frank Garahan first become connected to the Chesapeake Bay while attending a number of strategic planning sessions held at the Aspen Institute on Wye Island; filing away the beauty and serenity in his mind for a possible retirement destination. That retirement destination became a reality in 2008, when he moved to St. Michaels, Md. He immediately joined CBMM as a member, and very soon his new neighbor, Lloyd Devigne, encouraged him to become a CBMM volunteer. Today, Frank remains active as a docent, and crew aboard Winnie Estelle.

Frank says CBMM is unique because it is a living museum, inviting guests of all interests and ages to engage in activities that are authentic, stimulating, and memorable. He also feels CBMM is doing an excellent job at inspiring and educating the Bay’s future stewards.

“Just look in the eyes of any K-12 child visiting CBMM for a docent-led activity or an Ecology Cruise,” commented Frank. “In my view, the focus on that age group is what CBMM does best for the community.”

When asked to be a member of CBMM’s Friends Board in 2016, Frank was honored to accept. CBMM’s Friends Board is comprised of individuals who have their local and regional communities at heart, and helps guide CBMM in its endeavors to strengthen partnerships and develop new ones, while helping CBMM be a real resource to diverse audiences.

Frank also serves as liaison between the Friends Board and CBMM’s volunteer corps, and hopes for CBMM to gain clarity on what a successful future looks like while executing a strategy of continuous improvement towards that vision.

Originally from New York, Frank received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an Associate’s Degree from SUNY’s North Country Community College in Saranac, N.Y., with executive education received from Stanford and Northwestern Universities. He spent more than 30 years in the hospitality industry, focusing his work with Marriott-owned destinations throughout the United States and abroad.

Frank’s other volunteer work has included serving on the Board of Directors for the Hospitality Industry Business Council in Palm Springs, Ca., and with the United Way of the Desert in Palm Desert, Ca. He was the founding Chairman of the Palm Springs Area Marriott Business Council and served as an Editorial Board Member with the Desert Sun Newspaper in Palm Springs, Fl. In 2003, he received a Congressional Citation for Community Service.

We thank Frank for his time and dedication to CBMM!

 

Community Day

Community Day 2017 at CBMM

CBMM_CommunityDay2017isMay21Free admission for everyone, all day long!

As a way of saying thank you to the regional community, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is hosting its second free Community Day on Sunday, May 21, 2017, with all festivities taking place on CBMM’s Fogg’s Landing, and including free admission for everyone, plus live music, regional foods and drinks, family activities, free boat rides, and more.

CBMM_CommunityDay2017_SultanaHighlights for this year’s event include the opportunity to see the schooner Sultana dockside, along with numerous family activities and special exhibitions. The event’s generous sponsors include CBMM’s Friends Board, Choptank Electric Cooperative, Curtis Stokes & Associates, Ewing, Dietz, Fountain & Kaludis, P.A.Shore United BankTalbot County Free Library, and What’s Up? Magazine.

The day’s events kick off at 9:00 a.m. with the Bay Hundred Covenant Churches’ tent service,  with festival guests invited to attend, and continues to 5:00 p.m.

The Covenant Church service includes leaders and congregations from area churches, with participants engaging in gospel singing and prayer. Covenant Churches works to unite the Town of St. Michaels and surrounding Bay Hundred community by connecting African-American and Anglo-American churches from throughout the area.

CBMM_CommunityDay2017_BlindWindThe day’s live music includes performances by Blind Wind, an award winning local band fronted by 14-year-old blind harmonica player, Cole Moran, along with his father, Frankie Moran on guitar and vocals. Their repertoire includes bluegrass, country, Americana classic rock, reggae, fiddle tunes, and more.

CBMM’s Model Sailing Club will hold a radio-controlled skipjack regatta from the Steamboat Building’s docks and along Fogg’s Cove from 11:00 a.m. until noon. Afterwards, festival-goers will have the opportunity to try their hand at operating the radio-controlled boats.

The Talbot County Free Library will be hosting several programs throughout CBMM’s free Community Day, including a presentation in the Van Lennep Auditorium by Maryland author and storyteller, Ed Okonowicz on “Delmarva Tales, Legends, and Ghost Stories” at 11:00 a.m., and a performance by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre at 1:00 p.m. Families can also explore the Chesapeake’s critters in the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Fishmobile, with children invited to participate in a footrace hosted by Chesapeake Sports Alliance.

CBMM_CommunityDay2017_LighthouseWhile enjoying the festivities, Community Day guests can enjoy a climb to the top of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, talk with shipwrights and apprentices engaged in wooden boatbuilding and restoration in the boatyard, and explore any of CBMM’s 12 exhibition buildings and historic structures, all situated in a park-like setting along the Miles River and the St. Michaels harbor. CBMM’s waterfront campus is within walking distance to the specialty shops, restaurants, inns, and bed and breakfasts in St. Michaels’ historic district.

Throughout the day, Community Day guests can take free scenic river cruises aboard a number of CBMM’s historic vessels, including the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, or get out on the water rowing or sailing aboard one of CBMM’s small craft. All boat rides are offered free of charge for this event.

For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during Community Day. Leashed dogs are only permitted during regular operating hours.

CBMM_CommunityDay2017_WinnieEstelleWhile at Community Day, guests can also watch the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, now underway in the boatyard through 2018. Special exhibitions include Potomac Waterfowling: Gunning the Nation’s Rivers, and Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, featuring 80 photographs curated from the more than 10,000 by de Gast in CBMM’s collection. Potomac Waterfowling opens April 8, 2017 and continues through March, 2018, with Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake opening May 12, 2017, through April, 2018.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 77,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings and historic structures. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

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May 21 is Community Day at CBMM

CBMM_CommunityDay2017isMay21(ST MICHAELS, MD – February 24, 2017) As a way of saying thank you to the regional community, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is hosting its second free Community Day on Sunday, May 21, 2017, with all festivities taking place on CBMM’s Fogg’s Landing, and including free admission for everyone, plus live music, regional foods and drinks, family activities, free boat rides, and more.

CBMM_CommunityDay2017_SultanaHighlights for this year’s event include the opportunity to see the schooner Sultana dockside, along with numerous family activities and special exhibitions. See what’s lined up for food, music, activities, boat rides, and more! 

The event’s generous sponsors include CBMM’s Friends Board, Choptank Electric Cooperative, Curtis Stokes & Associates, Ewing, Dietz, Fountain & Kaludis, P.A.Shore United BankTalbot County Free Library, and What’s Up? Magazine.

The day’s events kick off at 9:00 a.m. with the Bay Hundred Covenant Churches’ tent service,  with festival guests invited to attend, and continues to 5:00 p.m.

The Covenant Church service includes leaders and congregations from area churches, with participants engaging in gospel singing and prayer. Covenant Churches works to unite the Town of St. Michaels and surrounding Bay Hundred community by connecting African-American and Anglo-American churches from throughout the area.

CBMM_CommunityDay2017_BlindWindThe day’s live music includes performances by Blind Wind, an award winning local band fronted by 14-year-old blind harmonica player, Cole Moran, along with his father, Frankie Moran on guitar and vocals. Their repertoire includes bluegrass, country, Americana classic rock, reggae, fiddle tunes, and more.

CBMM’s Model Sailing Club will hold a radio-controlled skipjack regatta from the Steamboat Building’s docks and along Fogg’s Cove from 11:00 a.m. until noon. Afterwards, festival-goers will have the opportunity to try their hand at operating the radio-controlled boats.

The Talbot County Free Library will be hosting several programs throughout CBMM’s free Community Day, including a presentation in the Van Lennep Auditorium by Maryland author and storyteller, Ed Okonowicz on “Delmarva Tales, Legends, and Ghost Stories” at 11 a.m., and a performance by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre at 1:00 p.m. Families can also explore the Chesapeake’s critters in the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Fishmobile, with children invited to participate in a footrace hosted by Chesapeake Sports Alliance.

CBMM_CommunityDay2017_LighthouseWhile enjoying the festivities, Community Day guests can enjoy a climb to the top of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, talk with shipwrights and apprentices engaged in wooden boatbuilding and restoration in the boatyard, and explore any of CBMM’s 12 exhibition buildings and historic structures, all situated in a park-like setting along the Miles River and the St. Michaels harbor. CBMM’s waterfront campus is within walking distance to the specialty shops, restaurants, inns, and bed and breakfasts in St. Michaels’ historic district.

Throughout the day, Community Day guests can take free scenic river cruises aboard a number of CBMM’s historic vessels, including the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, or get out on the water rowing or sailing aboard one of CBMM’s small craft. All boat rides are offered free of charge for this event.

For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during Community Day. Leashed dogs are only permitted during regular operating hours.

CBMM_CommunityDay2017_WinnieEstelleWhile at Community Day, guests can also watch the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, now underway in the boatyard through 2018. Special exhibitions include Potomac Waterfowling: Gunning the Nation’s Rivers, and Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, featuring 80 photographs curated from the more than 10,000 by de Gast in CBMM’s collection. Potomac Waterfowling opens April 8, 2017 and continues through March, 2018, with Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake opening May 12, 2017, through April, 2018.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 77,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings and historic structures. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

See photos from last year’s Community Day here:
Festival: Community Day @ CBMM

 

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is hosting its second free Community Day on Sunday, May 21, 2017, with the event kicking off at 9:00 a.m. with the Bay Hundred Covenant Churches’ tent service and including free admission all day long for everyone, plus live music, regional foods and drinks, family activities, and free boat rides. More information is at cbmm.org.

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CBMM’s free Community Day event on Sunday, May 21, 2017 gives guests the opportunity climb to the top of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, shown here, or talk with shipwrights and apprentices engaged in wooden boatbuilding and restoration in the boatyard, and explore any of CBMM’s 12 exhibition buildings and historic structures, all situated in a park-like setting along the Miles River and the St. Michaels harbor. CBMM’s waterfront campus is within walking distance to the specialty shops, restaurants, inns, and bed and breakfasts in St. Michaels’ historic district, with more information at cbmm.org.

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Highlights to CBMM’s free May 21 Community Day include the opportunity to see the schooner Sultana dockside, along with numerous family activities and special exhibitions. The event’s sponsors include CBMM’s Friends Board, Choptank Electric Cooperative, Curtis Stokes & Associates, Talbot County Free Library, and What’s Up? Magazine, with more information at cbmm.org.

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On Sunday, May 21, Community Day guests can take free scenic river cruises aboard a number of CBMM’s historic vessels, including the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, or get out on the water rowing or sailing aboard one of CBMM’s small craft. All boat rides are offered free of charge for this event, with more information at cbmm.org.

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CBMM’s May 21 free Community Day includes live music by Blind Wind—an award winning local band fronted by 14-year-old blind harmonica player, Cole Moran, left—along with his father, Frankie Moran, right, on guitar and vocals. Their repertoire includes bluegrass, country, Americana classic rock, reggae, fiddle tunes, and more. Now in its second year, the free event was created as a way of CBMM saying thank you to the regional community, and includes free admission for everyone, plus live music, regional foods and drinks, family activities, and free boat rides, with more information at cbmm.org.

 

 

 

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Meet: Jaime Windon, CBMM Friends Board

jaime-windon-photo(ST. MICHAELS, MD — October 15, 2016) Jaime Windon moved to St. Michaels in 2012, after living and working in Kenya as a photographer. An elected Town of St. Michaels Commissioner through 2018, Jaime is also the co-founder and owner of Lyon Distilling Co., Maryland’s premier craft distillery, located in St. Michaels.

CBMM first brought Jaime to St. Michaels when she photographed a wedding held on campus. After moving here, Jaime attended a women’s woodworking class (one of CBMM’s boatyard programs), and soon realized that CBMM’s waterfront was a wonderful place to watch the sunrise. Jaime says, “It’s a thrill to be alone on campus—normally such a bustling place—to watch the light casting across the water as the sun rises.”

Jaime joined CBMM’s Friends Board in 2015. CBMM’s Friends Board is comprised of individuals who have their local and regional communities at heart, and helps guide CBMM in its endeavors to strengthen partnerships and develop new ones. Jaime is enjoying getting to know other members and providing her advice to help further CBMM’s mission.

Jaime loves the Chesapeake Bay because it provides opportunities for scenic enjoyment and recreation juxtaposed with practical support and vitalization for the region. As a resident of St. Michaels, she feels proud to have CBMM in her community. CBMM shares the authentic legacy of Eastern Shore tradition through its working boatyard, exhibitions, and programs. In turn, this legacy operates synergistically with other businesses in town, like Lyon Distilling and their offerings of authentic, hand-crafted spirits.

We thank Jaime for her time and dedication to CBMM!

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Meet: Cassandra Vanhooser, CBMM Friends Board

cassandra-photo(ST. MICHAELS, MD – October 15, 2016) Cassandra Vanhooser first visited CBMM while working as a travel writer for Southern Living magazine. She vividly remembers climbing the steps of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse for the first time, and taking in the breathtaking view of the Miles River from the top. Cassandra says the experience of visiting CBMM and St. Michaels strengthened her love for the Eastern Shore.

Originally from Tennessee, Cassandra received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She spent more than 14 years as a travel and features writer at Southern Living where she first covered Georgia, then Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. She has crisscrossed the region’s highways and byways, writing about everything from the Big Bend of Texas to the South’s best fried chicken. Cassandra also served as the magazine’s football editor and in 2012 wrote the schools and travel sections of Southern Living’s Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook.

In February 2013, Cassandra was named the Director of Tourism for the Office of Tourism for Talbot County. CBMM is one of Talbot County’s top tourist attractions according to Cassandra, playing a significant role in drawing first-time and returning visitors to Talbot County.

When asked to be a member of CBMM’s Friends Board in 2015, Cassandra was honored to accept. CBMM’s Friends Board is comprised of individuals who have their local and regional communities at heart, and helps guide CBMM in its endeavors to strengthen partnerships and develop new ones, while helping CBMM be a real resource to diverse audiences. Cassandra admires the way CBMM celebrates the region’s history and helps create the next generation of stewards.

To the Friends Board, Cassandra contributes her skills as a professional communicator. She also serves as a representative of the guest experience. This past September, Cassandra led the effort in Talbot County hosting this year’s annual Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) Conference. The Conference included an Eastern Shore-style Crab Feast at CBMM, with tours of the campus.

We thank Cassandra for her time and dedication to CBMM!