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Issue Date: Chesapeake Bay Magazine - February 2007

Cruiser's Calendar - February

Feb. 4-25
Walking with Washington Tours
Market Square, Alexandria, Va.
These free guided walking tours of Old Town Alexandria on Sunday afternoons explore the relationship between the town and George Washington. Reservations recommended, 1:30 p.m. 703-838-4399; www.funside.com.

Feb. 5-7
Diesel Engine Courses
Union, N.J.
Mack Boring offers a one-day diesel engine basics class focusing on familiarizing Yanmar owners with their engines. There is also a two-day, hands-on workshop that will introduce troubleshooting techniques, basic care and maintenance, and emergency repair. Preregistration required. Mack Boring, Union, N.J. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 908-964-0700; www.mackboring.com.

Feb. 7
Chesapeake Then and Now
Captain Salem Avery House Museum, Shady Side, Md.
Terence Smith will discuss Captain John Smith's journeys exploring the Chesapeake Bay during this installment of the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society's winter luncheons. 11:30 a.m. 410-267-0654; www.ang elfire.com/md/ssrhs.

Feb. 8
Our Local Legacy: African-Americans of the Past
Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis.
Historian and writer Janice Hayes-Williams will discuss the history of African-Americans on the Bay and their quest for freedom, use of the Underground Railroad and role in the War of 1812. Tickets available online or by phone. 7 p.m. 410-295-0104; www.annapolismaritimemuseum.org.

Feb. 9
A Very Deep Sleep
National Aquarium, Baltimore, Md.
Spend the night sleeping with the fishes at the National Aquarium. See animals in their nocturnal states and watch aquarium divers show off the coral reef's nighttime activity. The next morning visit the rain forest and catch the animals during their most active time of day. Reservations required. 410-727-3474; www.aqua.org.

Feb. 10
West River Winter Seminar: Tony Arends
West River Sailing Club, Galesville, Md.
Three-time America's Cup sailor Tony Arends will discuss how America's Cup members care for their sails to get the best performance and usage out of them and how the Chesapeake racer can use this information here on the Bay. 2 p.m. 410-867-WRSC; www.westriversc.org.

Feb. 10
Windjammer Lecture: The Challenges of Two Prides
Severn School, Severna Park, Md.
Tom Waldron, author of Pride of the Sea, will discuss the first Pride of Baltimore, her disastrous loss, and his research into the events leading to the disaster. Then Jan Miles, captain of the Pride of Baltimore II, will recount the dismasting of the Pride and the Herculean task of reconstructing and re-rigging her to seaworthy conditions. 8 p.m. 410-515-1441; www.neris.com/windjammers.

Feb. 10-25
Apprentice for a Day
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md.
Join the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's boatbuilding professionals during weekend sessions of the museum's 13-week apprentice program and help build a traditional two-sail crabbing bateau. [See "Congratulations, It's a Boat!" Channel 9, January 2007.] Preregistration required. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-745-2916; www.cbmm.org.

Feb. 11
Chef's Signature Gumbo Competition
Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Annapolis, Md.
Spice up your winter at the eighth annual Chesapeake Chefs Association's Signature Gumbo Competition. More than 20 chefs from area restaurants and beyond will compete, plus there will be live music, free Mardi Gras beads and more. 1-4 p.m. 410-956-0182.

Feb. 14
Waterside 2007 Concert
Calvert Marine Musuem, Solomons, Md.
Hear the hot blues of singer/songwriter Deanna Bogart during this Waterside 2007 concert event. 7:30 p.m. 410-326-2042; www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

Feb. 16-Mar. 4
Captain's License Course
Annapolis, Md.
This U.S. Coast Guard-approved, nine-session course held by the Mariners School runs over three week-ends and allows students to obtain their USCG six-pack license. Call for details. 609-987-0555; www.marinersschool.com.

Feb. 17
"The Navy Way" Boot Camp
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
Children ages 6 to 12 can learn what life is like at the Naval Academy [see Channel 9, page 18]. They will learn Navy terms, march in formation and learn to tell military time. The day includes lunch in a simulated mess hall and ice skating in Dahlgren Hall. Pre-registration required. 10 a.m.-noon. 410-263-6933; www.navyonline.com.

Feb. 17-18
Fishing and Boating Flea Market
Earleigh Heights Fire Deparment, Pasadena, Md.
The Pasadena Sportfishing Group will host its 15th annual marketplace for new and used fishing and boating equipment, hard-to-find items, prizes, knife-sharpening, and more. There will also be door prizes and refreshments. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 410-HEY-FISH; www.heyfish.com.

Feb. 17-18
Marine Diesel Basics
Annapolis, Md.
This introductory class will include both lecture and hands-on instruction in operating theory, maintenance, repairs and basic troubleshooting skills. Preregistration required. 410-263-8848; www.annapolisschoolofseamanship.com.

Feb. 21
Blacks of the Chesapeake Bay
Captain Salem Avery House Museum, Shady Side, Md.
This Shady Side Rural Heritage Society's luncheon will focus on the local legacy of African-Americans on the Bay. Scotti Preston and Janice Hayes-Williams will lead the program, which is the last of the Society's winter luncheons. 11:30 a.m. 410-267-0654; www.angelfire.com/md/ssrhs.

Feb. 22
Navigation: Then and Now
Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis, Md.
Peter Trogdon, owner and manager of Weems & Plath, will present a slide show highlighting the history of navigation, navigational instruments and famous explorers. 7 p.m. 410-295-0104; www.annapolismaritimemuseum.org.

Feb. 24
West River Winter Seminar: Gale Browning
West River Sailing Club, Galesville, Md.
One of the most well known women single-handed ocean racers, Gale Browning, will share her slides and video of her trip last March to Tierra del Fuego. The trip included exploring on land, a two week trip on Pelagic Australis, a 72-foot aluminum expedition yacht, and sailing around the infamous Cape Horn, through the Beagle Channel and the Straits of Magellan. 2 p.m. 410-867-WRSC; www.westriversc.org.

Feb. 24
MSSA Fishing Seminar
Perryville High School, Perryville, Md.
Captains Eric Burnley, Richie Gaines, Rich Novotny, Bob Walter and Pete Dahlberg will speak at this MSSA Northern Bay Chapter fishing seminar. There will also be door prizes, a raffle, book sales and signings, lunch and refreshments. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-885-2253 or 410-885-3044.

Feb. 24-25
Marine Electrical System Basics
Annapolis School of Seamanship, Annapolis.
This two-day class, taught by Bob Campbell of Marine Electric Systems and John Martino of the Annapolis School of Seamanship will focus on electrical theory, troubleshooting and repair of electrical systems, and system design and maintenance. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-263-8848; www.annapolisschoolofseamanship.com.

Through March 18
Winter Whale Watching
Virginia Beach Fishing Center, Rudee Inlet, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sneak a peek at endangered juvenile humpback whales who have traveled far in search of warm water. The two-hour boat trips, sponsored by the Virginia Marine Science Museum run dependent on weather and demand so make your reservations with an eye on the sky. Thurs.-Fri. 2:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. 757-437-BOAT; www.vmsm.com.

Through March 31
Cruise the Coastline
Little Island City Park, Virginia Beach, Va.
Hop onto the Terra Gator, an ecologically friendly beach-mobile and travel through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. You will journey through marshes, beaches and woodlands to see migratory birds, endangered species and other coastal wildlife in their natural habitats. Reservations required. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily. 757-497-4811; www.dcr.state.va.us/parks/fctrgatr.htm.

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