2015 Mid-Year Conference Attractions


Aboard the CBF skipjack Stanley Norman. Photo © Copyright Bill Portlock

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation Skipjack Tour                                                                 

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Skipjack, the Stanley Norman, was built in 1902 in Salisbury, Maryland.  It is a single-masted, Bay-built sailboat vessel designed to harvest oysters.  The Skipjack is a part of Bay history and an excellent platform to learn about oysters, the life of a Chesapeake Bay waterman, and Bay-related issues of the past, present, and future.  In the late 1880's, at the height of commercial oystering, there were close to 1,000 skipjacks on the Bay.  Now, there are less than 10. The skipjack fleet on the Chesapeake Bay is the last fleet of boats in the United States working under sail. While on the Stanley Norman for the three-hour cruise, you will help navigate the ship, dredge for oysters, serve as ship crew, and explore the Chesapeake Bay.  The Chesapeake Foundation's Skipjack Program provides participants with the opportunity to have a real Bay experience on a historic Bay vessel.  In addition to having fun, participants gain an understanding of the intrinsic value of he Chesapeake Bay.  Separate fee required.  Limited to 22 participants so register early.  Rain or Shine.  No refunds.



Additional Harbor Cruises you may choose on your own

Wondering what to do in Annapolis? Annapolis is a beautiful historic seaport that’s wonderfully explored by water! Get out on the water with Watermark on a sightseeing Annapolis boat tour. Relax, enjoy the sea breezes – it can be up to 10 degrees cooler on the water in the summer! – and learn about Annapolis history, the United States Naval Academy and the people that live here. We offer a variety of narrated Annapolis cruises and each one is different. Our boats have plenty of capacity so come on down and find us at Annapolis City Dock under the red umbrella. Annapolis city boat tours have been a Watermark specialty for 40 years. Chesapeake Bay Cruises are a wonderful way to experience the beautiful region of Annapolis and the Eastern Shore. We have the largest private fleet in the area so when it comes to boat rides in Annapolis, we’ve got you covered. Cruise for as little as 40 minutes on a Harbor Queen and Miss Anne Annapolis cruise or up to a full day to St. Michaels and back. Marvel at the engineering feat of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on a 90 minuteChesapeake Bay Bridges Cruise. Lighthouse enthusiasts will love our lighthouse cruises. Browse our calendar and types of Annapolis boat rides to find your perfect match. We have a lot of fun things to do in Maryland!  For more information, check out their website at:  http://cruisesonthebay.com/annapolis-and-baltimore-day-cruises/annapolis-cruises/ or http://www.watermarkcruises.com/


 Annapolis Attractions

 Founded in 1692, the historic City of Annapolis has been alternatively referred to as the Sailing Capital of the World, the home of the United States Naval Academy, and the heart of the origin of the American federal government.  It is also a vibrant waterfront town with lots of cobblestone streets and walkways, specialty boutiques, historic homes, and loads of restaurants and taverns.  Here are a few highlights:







Maryland State House

The State House in Annapolis served as Capitol of the United States of America from November 1783 until August 1784.  Completed in 1779, it is the oldest State House in the nation still in continuous legislative use.  As the seat of the Continental Congress, under the very dome that overlooks the City today, General George Washington resigned his commission as Commander-in-Chief on December 23, 1783, thereby establishing the authority of civilian government over the military might that today is the greatest in the world.  Two weeks later, on January 14, 1784, Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris in the same building, ending the Revolutionary War.  Don’t leave Annapolis without taking a leisurely walk through the building, taking in the impressive historic artifacts on display and imagining what it must have been like when America’s founding fathers gathered here in the Maryland State House 230 years before the House Chamber began serving as the set for filming the current dramatic hit series, “House of Cards.”

 altUnited States Naval Academy

 Founded in 1845, the USNA campus is located along the waterfront northeast of the State Capital.  Its attractions include walking tours of Tecumseh Court and the majestic Naval Academy Chapel, where some of America’s finest students have long prepared for their future leadership positions ranging from heroic naval officers to President of the United States.  Here you may visit the crypt of John Paul Jones and observe the flag bearing his famous motto, “Don’t Give Up the Ship,” one of over 500 trophy flags whose collection was initiated by Act of Congress enacted during the War of 1812.  There are also innumerable paintings, prints, statues, medallions and model ships memorializing some of the greatest achievements of the worlds’ finest navy.  Enter Gate 1 and proceed to the Visitor Center.  Photo identification is required to enter the academy grounds.  For more information, check here:  http://www.usnabsd.com/for-visitors/




Historic Homes of Annapolis

A thriving port in the 18th century, many of the original homes in the City of Annapolis are registered as historic sights and some of the grandest are open for tours.  They include two homes occupied by signers of the Declaration of Independence, namely, the Paca Home and Gardens at 186 Prince George’s St. and the Charles Carroll House at 107 Duke of Gloucester St.  The Chase-Lloyd House at 22 Maryland Ave. and the Hammon Harwood House across the street at 19 Maryland Ave. are additional spectacular homes from the Revolutionary era.  Specialty museums also dot the city’s landmarks, such as the Banneker Douglas African American Museum at 84 Franklin St., the Annapolis Maritime Museum at 723 Second St. across the Eastport bridge, the National Sailing Hall of Fame and the Annapolis Children’s Museum.


alt Taverns

 Many of the inns along Main Street in Annapolis have been serving oysters and specialty brews since some of America’s most luminary political figures in history gathered here just as the State’s leading elected officials do so today.  Perhaps the most historic tavern in town is the basement of the Maryland Inn, which has changed very little over the past 200 years.  Other Annapolis dining institutions which have remained popular over the past couple of hundred years are McGarvey's, Fran O’Briens and Middleton’s.  Fine hotels and many other drinking and dining options stand near the waterfront, among them being Pusser’s Landing in the Marriott Hotel, the locals’ favorite deli, Chick & Ruth’s, and Buddy’s to experience Maryland’s world famous blue crabs.




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