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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: 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!

 

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CBMM acknowledges volunteers for generous service

CBMM_VolunteerRecognition_2017(ST MICHAELS, MD – June 22, 2017) On June 15, 2017, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum recognized a dedicated team of more than 385 volunteers aboard the Patriot for their combined 27,552.5 hours of service towards the museum over the past year. Several volunteers were recognized by CBMM for their work in boat restoration and maintenance, boat donations, buildings and grounds, education, exhibitions, museum store, and volunteer programming. The river cruise reception was generously sponsored by Patriot Cruises of St. Michaels, Md. and Garden & Garnish of Trappe, Md.

Special recognition was given to volunteers with the highest hours of cumulative service, including John Hawkinson with 10,000 hours; Ellen Plummer, Norman Plummer, and Mike Sweeney with 8,000 hours; Paul Ray with 7,000 hours; Lloyd Devigne, Roger Galvin, and Don Parks with 5,000 hours; and Jerry Friedman and Bob Petizon with 4,000 hours. Many other volunteers were recognized for reaching several milestones of 100 hours and above in their volunteer service toward CBMM.

 “The engagement and service from our volunteers is such an extraordinary part of what makes CBMM a very special place to visit,” says CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “The effort our volunteers put forth each and every day to ensure a great experience for our guests is quite remarkable.”

CBMM is always looking for volunteers to help throughout various areas of its operations, including front desk assistants, interpretive educators, festival helpers, buildings and grounds assistants, and more. For more information, contact CBMM Volunteer & Education Coordinator Allison Speight at aspeight@cbmm.org or 410-745-4941 or visit bit.ly/cbmmvolunteer.

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Several Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum volunteers gathered in front of the Patriot in St. Michaels, Md. at a June 15, 2017 river cruise and reception honoring their service and dedication in bringing people closer to the Chesapeake Bay through their volunteer work. More than 385 volunteers collectively contributed 27,552.5 hours of service to the non-profit, helping with all aspects of CBMM’s operations. Volunteers reaching milestones in hours of service were also recognized at the reception, which was generously sponsored by Patriot Cruises in St. Michaels, Md. and Garden & Garnish of Trappe, Md. CBMM offers year-round volunteer opportunities in various roles and capacities. To learn more, email aspeight@cbmm.org or visit bit.ly/cbmmvolunteer.

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CBMM’s floating fleet gets spring spruce-up

CBMM_BoatshopReport_Martha CBMM_BoatshopReport_OldPoint CBMM_BoatshopReport_Winnie(ST MICHAELS, MD – May 19, 2017) Under the guidance of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Shipwright James DelAguila, the maintenance season for CBMM’s floating fleet of historic vessels is once again in full swing, with all work done in full public view.

As is typical this time of year, work proceeds with the most-used and popular vessels, including the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, which received some system upgrades and a fresh coat of paint, thanks to the generosity of CBMM’s dedicated volunteers and staff. The Smith Island crab scraping replica Volunteer and crab dredger Old Point are each receiving minor carpentry repairs, along with fresh coats of paint in advance of their busy seasons.

The skipjack Rosie Parks is next up on the railway, where a leak in the forward staving will be eliminated, and her Cummins-powered pushboat will be recommissioned. Additionally, a rebuilt transmission has been installed on the draketail Martha, which is in the water awaiting a final solution to her cooling system.

Over the summer, CBMM offers on-the-water opportunities including Miles River cruises aboard Winnie Estelle, and small craft rentals of CBMM-constructed sailing vessels, rowing vessels, and wooden kayaks. Throughout the year, CBMM also sells boats through its Charity Boat Donation Program.

From now through 2018, CBMM guests can watch the progress on the log-hull restoration of 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, with photos, project updates, and more information at ednalockwood.org.

CBMM’s floating fleet is part of the largest and most important collection of Chesapeake watercraft in the world, with 92 vessels built from the 1880s to the 1980s, including wooden sail, power, and row boats. All of the region’s waterfowling boats are represented, along with most of the major types used in the region’s fisheries, along with a good sample of recreational watercraft. CBMM’s working boatyard maintains the floating fleet in working condition, and stewards all objects in CBMM”s watercraft collections. All work is done in full public view, with woodworking, boatbuilding, and other maritime-related educational programs offered in the boatshop throughout the year. To learn more, go to cbmm.org.

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Shipwright James DelAguila and RPM Foundation Shipwright Apprentice Michael Allen work on the 1909 crab dredger Old Point, one of the historic Chesapeake boats in CBMM’s floating fleet, now undergoing spring maintenance. CBMM’s working boatyard maintains the floating fleet in working condition, and stewards all objects in CBMM”s watercraft collections. All work is done in full public view, with woodworking, boatbuilding, and other maritime-related educational programs offered in the boatshop throughout the year. To learn more, go to cbmm.org.

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Martha, a 1934 Hoopers Island draketail or dovetail, sits in the Miles River at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael, Md. CBMM’s floating fleet is part of the largest and most important collection of Chesapeake watercraft in the world, with 92 vessels built from the 1880s to the 1980s, including wooden sail, power, and row boats. All of the region’s waterfowling boats are represented, along with most of the major types used in the region’s fisheries, along with a good sample of recreational watercraft.

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Volunteers work on sanding Winnie Estelle at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. They later re-painted the 1920 buyboat to prepare her for the summer, when the boat is used for drop-in scenic cruises on the Miles River.

Volunteer Profile: Stephanie Ross

Museum Store volunteer Stephanie Ross was born in Flemington, N.J., and spent her summers growing up on the Jersey Shore. She has always loved anything to do with the water, so when she and her husband, Neil, retired to the Eastern Shore, volunteering at CBMM was an easy choice.

“We’d kept our boat in Oxford for ten years and visited the Eastern Shore and St. Michaels frequently,” says Stephanie. “We always enjoyed visiting Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and became members. Every trip there is always something new to learn.”

Neil, who volunteers for CBMM’s Charity Boat Donation Program, retired in 2013, and Stephanie retired the following year from her job as an accountant for a golf cart distributor.

“Being new to the area, I knew I wanted to volunteer at CBMM. I always had an interest in retail. I love setting up displays and meeting people. Working in the store, you meet the school groups and share their excitement about discoveries of the Chesapeake,” says Stephanie. “There are also the ‘old timers,’ and it is a pleasure to hear their stories of their days on the Bay.”

Stephanie’s duties as a Museum Store volunteer include working the register, setting up displays, assisting with merchandising, customer service, and greeting guests.

“It is also very rewarding to hear all the positive comments from visitors about the quality and vastness of the displays and merchandise in the store. I look forward to expanding my opportunities at the Museum,” says Stephanie.


This story originally appeared in the Winter 2016 Chesapeake Log.

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CBMM documents Floating Fleet, pins Logs on Edna

CBMM_BoatshopReport_FloatingFleet(ST MICHAELS, MD – March 18, 2017) Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Shipwright James DelAguila, a former apprentice who recently re-joined CBMM working on the Edna Lockwood restoration project, is leading efforts to update the documentation process for CBMM’s floating fleet of historic Chesapeake watercraft.

Using open-sourced software, CBMM’s shipwrights and apprentices have been streamlining CBMM’s methods of collecting, reporting, and sharing boat conditions over time. The documentation program is helping to guide and improve yearly vessel maintenance, and supports curatorial record-keeping.

CBMM_BoatshopReport_PinningCBMM maintains and preserves the largest collection of Chesapeake Bay watercraft in the world, with more than 93 vessels built from the 1880s to the 1980s, including wooden sail, power, and row boats. CBMM’s boatyard maintains a floating fleet and a collection of small craft used for on-the-water programs, with the floating fleet representing most major types of boats used in the region’s fisheries and now seen along CBMM’s waterfront in St. Michaels, Md.

Work continues in CBMM’s boatyard on the 2016-2018 restoration of the 1889 log-bottomed bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, with all nine logs for her new hull now shaped and pinned together. A National Historic Landmark and queen of CBMM’s floating fleet, Edna represents the last of her kind, and is the oldest historic log-hull bugeye still under sail. The restoration work is being done in full public view, and continues through fall 2018. For more information, visit ednalockwood.org or cbmm.org.

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Shipwrights and apprentices at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., work to pin together two of Edna Lockwood’s nine logs for the historic restoration of her 1889 hull. To learn more about the project, visit ednalockwood.org.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., is currently in the process of updating its documentation for its floating fleet of Chesapeake watercraft, including (from left) the 1912 river tug Delaware, the 2002 Smith Island crabbing skiff Volunteer, and the 1934 Hoopers Island dovetail Martha. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

 

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CBMM hosts Volunteer Friendraiser February 16

CBMM_VolunteerFriendraiserDotLow(ST MICHAELS, MD – January 25, 2017) In seeking friendly, outgoing lovers of the Chesapeake to join their dynamic docent team, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is inviting active adults with a passion for learning to a Volunteer Friendraiser at its waterfront campus in St. Michaels, Md. on Thursday, February 16. The event is free, with limited seating and advanced registration needed.

Beginning at 4:00 p.m. in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium, the Volunteer Friendraiser includes complimentary refreshments and the opportunity for prospective volunteers to learn more about docent volunteering opportunities, with emphasis on interpretive programs, public and school group tours, and training. Current docent volunteers and staff will be on hand to answer questions during the event.

CBMM_VolunteerFriendraiserBobHinkel“The best way to convey the joy of guiding tours is by introducing new folks to our current docents,” said Director of Education & Associate Curator Kate Livie. “We’re excited to expand our incredible community of volunteer interpreters. No experience is necessary to be a guide—just an enthusiasm for the Chesapeake, an excitement for working with the public of all ages, and the gift of gab.”

Volunteers play an essential role in the mission of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, which draws more than 75,000 annual guests to its 18-acre campus and educational programming. In addition to fellowship, training, and enrichment trips, docent volunteers also enjoy special events and socials throughout the year, an annual recognition reception, library privileges, discounts in the Museum Store, and more.

“Each spring, thousands of school children come to experience the Chesapeake with us, and as those programs grow, so does the need for docent volunteers,” said CBMM Volunteer & Education Coordinator Allison Speight. “It’s not just a great way to make a difference, it’s also a great way to make a few new friends.”

The open house is free, with advanced registration needed at bit.ly/CBMMFriendraiser.  For more information, visit cbmm.org or contact Allison Speight at aspeight@cbmm.org.

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum docent Dot Low works with students in the Crab Cakes Program. CBMM is looking to expand its volunteer corps of interpretive docents, and will be hosting a Volunteer Friendraiser open house on Thursday, February 16 where active adults are invited to learn more about docent volunteering with CBMM. The social event starts at 4:00 p.m. in the waterfront Van Lennep Auditorium, with light refreshments served and advanced registration needed at bit.ly/CBMMFriendraiser.

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Volunteer & Education Coordinator Allison Speight stands with docent Bob Hinkel aboard the Patriot in St. Michaels, Md. during a recent volunteer awards ceremony. CBMM is looking to expand its volunteer corps of interpretive docents, and will be hosting a Volunteer Friendraiser open house on Thursday, February 16 where active adults are invited to learn more about docent volunteering with CBMM. The social event starts at 4:00 p.m. in the waterfront Van Lennep Auditorium, with light refreshments served and advanced registration needed at bit.ly/CBMMFriendraiser.

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Volunteers needed for CBMM’s October 29 OysterFest

cbmm_oysterfest_volunteer(ST MICHAELS, MD – October 4, 2016) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is seeking volunteers to help with the annual OysterFest on Saturday, October 29. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and draws more than 2,500 guests to St. Michaels.

The festival features live music, oysters and other food, children’s activities, boat rides, oystering demonstrations, harvesting displays, retriever demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, and oyster stew competition among regional chefs.

Volunteer needs include helping with registration, information tables, the oyster stew competition, boat ride sign-ups, and more. Volunteers are also needed to help welcome guests and monitor festival entrances. Length of shifts vary, with all allowing time to attend the festival, as all OysterFest volunteers receive free festival admission for the entire day.

To volunteer, please contact CBMM Volunteer and Education Coordinator Allison Speight at aspeight@cbmm.org or 410-745-4941 as soon as possible.

Admission to OysterFest is $5 for CBMM adult members, free for children five years and under, or $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $6 for children between the ages of six and 17. Food and boat rides are an additional cost. For safety reasons, non-service dogs are prohibited at CBMM festivals.

Click HERE for advanced OysterFest tickets & festival information

 

Free parking will be at St. Michaels’ schools, with free shuttle service running through 5:00 p.m. Credit cards are accepted for admission at the gate, with festival-goers encouraged to bring cash for food and vendors. For advanced tickets and more information, visit www.cbmm.org/oysterfest or call 410-745-2916.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is seeking volunteers for its October 29 OysterFest. Volunteers are asked to work a 3-4 hour shift, and in return will receive free admission for the entire day at the festival. To sign up for a volunteer position, email Allison Speight at aspeight@cbmm.org. For advanced OysterFest tickets and more information, visit www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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Meet: Lin Moeller, Friends Board

Lin Moeller PhotoLin Moeller became acquainted with CBMM through her career as a middle school environmental studies teacher in Annapolis, MD. Lin brought her students to CBMM to participate in education programs about oystering on the Chesapeake. Seven years ago, Lin decided to retire and move to St. Michaels where her husband, Paul, had started a new job. She’s been helping to further CBMM’s mission through volunteering ever since. As a docent volunteer, Lin shares her environmental studies knowledge with school groups and on ecology cruises aboard the historic 1920 buyboat, Winnie Estelle.

Lin expanded her volunteer service to CBMM when she was appointed to the Friends Board in 2016. Founded 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, for CBMM to be a real resource to diverse audiences.

Lin believes CBMM does a fantastic job of bringing Chesapeake Bay heritage to life and giving the St. Michaels and entire Chesapeake Bay community a sense of pride in its history. She says she is humbled to be a member of the Friends Board and looks forward to building relationships with other board members. In addition to her extensive teaching background, Lin contributes to the Board the perspective of a longtime volunteer to CBMM.

Lin volunteers her time at other nonprofit community clubs and organizations, including the Talbot County Garden Club. When asked about her favorite aspect of the Chesapeake Bay, Lin replied that she loves all the organisms—large and small—which are drawn to the region because of the Bay’s presence.

We thank Lin for her time and dedication to CBMM!

 

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Meet: Brenda Wooden, Friends Board

BrendaWooden_e_crop_04.06.16Brenda Wooden was born and raised in Easton, MD. She attended Chesapeake College and is a graduate of Maryland Banking School. Brenda is the Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the Tred Avon Branch of Shore United Bank (formerly The Talbot Bank), where she has worked for more than 28 years.

Brenda first became involved at CBMM in May 2012, when she volunteered at Frederick Douglass Day, which was organized by the Frederick Douglass Honor Society in collaboration with CBMM. From that point on, Brenda became engaged in CBMM’s work and mission, and was soon volunteering at other events. She joined the Friends Board in 2015 for a three-year term, and includes volunteering at CBMM as part of her giving back to the community.

Founded 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, for CBMM to be a real resource to diverse audiences.

Volunteering and giving back to the community have always been important to Brenda. Through her work on CBMM’s Friends Board, Brenda hopes to spread awareness about CBMM and lend a helping hand when needed. Her favorite aspect of the Chesapeake Bay is the feeling of home it encompasses. She greatly appreciates CBMM for preserving knowledge and teaching others how to safely interact with the Bay.

Brenda continues to live in Easton with her daughter and also volunteers her time with Soroptimist International of Talbot County, Historic Easton, The Talbot County Branch of the NAACP, Frederick Douglass Honor Society, Talbot County Housing Authority, Habitat for Humanity, Shore Leadership, and Bethel AME Church. In 2014, she was the NAACP Dorothy Webb Black Community Service Legacy Award recipient, which recognizes dedication and service to the local community in honor of Dorothy Webb Black, who was known for her civil rights and humanitarian efforts as well as being the founder of the Neighborhood Service Center in Easton. Brenda has also been twice recognized by the American Association of University Women for her service within the community.

We thank Brenda for her time and dedication to CBMM!