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Issue Date: Chesapeake Bay Magazine - March 2007

Cruiser's Calendar - March

Happy Birthday Maryland!
Jamestown may be turning the big 4-0-0 this year, but Maryland is no spring chicken either. March 25 marks the 373rd anniversary of the founding of Maryland, when English Catholics escaping religious persecution arrived aboard the Ark and Dove on the Potomac's St. Clements Island. This year you can join the celebration of Maryland's beginnings at the St. Clements Island Museum, which will hold a wreath-laying ceremony (5 p.m. 301-769-2222; www.co.saint- marys.md.us/recreate). Or visit historic St. Mary's City that day and enjoy an official commemorative ceremony and free admission to all the museum exhibits (10 a.m.-5 p.m. 800-762-1634; www.stmaryscity.org). The Historic Annapolis Foundation is also celebrating the day with free admission to Annapolis historic sites, and by giving kids the opportunity to learn about Maryland's symbols with live diamondback terrapins and a kid-friendly version of jousting--the state sport (noon-5 p.m. 410-990-4539; www.annapolis.org).
March 2 - 25
Captain's License Course
Towson, Md., Annapolis, Md., and Richmond, Va.
The Mariners' School offers these nine-session classes for USCG six-pack licenses. Call for details. 609-987-0555; www.marinersschool.com.

March 3
S.O.S. Spring Training Event
Broadneck High School, Annapolis, Md.
Singles on Sailboats hosts this stellar opportunity for boaters to learn more about seamanship and sailing, through classes on Bay weather to docking and grounding to preparing for offshore cruising. Participants do not have to belong to S.O.S. Preregistration required. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 410-295-1133; www.singlesonsailboats.org.

March 3
Rockfish Seminar
American Legion Post Number 175, Severna Park, Md.
This fourth annual seminar hosted by the Broadneck/Magothy chapter of the MSSA will feature area captains discussing the best techniques and best spots for catching big rockfish. 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Call for tickets. 410-991-8090; www.mssa.net.

March 3, 10, 17, 24
Womanship Fireside Sessions
Womanship Sailing School, Annapolis, Md.
Every Saturday in March, Womanship will host fireside sessions focusing on topics ranging from coastal piloting to electronics to knots and lines. Classes can be taken as a set or individually. Preregistration required. Call for times. 800-342-9295; www.womanship.com.

March 3 - 4
Fishing Seminars
Tristate Marine, Deale, Md.
Attend any of four lectures on popular fishing topics such as light-tackle fishing and jigging, trolling and rockfishing. Lectures will be taught by well known Bay fishermen and charter captains. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 410-867-1447 or 301-261-5220; www.tristatemarine.com.

March 5 - 28
Boat Smart Course
Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, Md.
The Rockville Sail and Power Squadron will hold this smart boating course over four sessions to help boaters learn the rules of the road.  7 - 9 p.m. 301-874-4337.

March 7
Historical Lecture: Early Cartography and Navigation
Havre de Grace City Hall, Havre de Grace, Md.
Learn how early explorers of the Chesapeake found their way. 7 p.m. 410-939-7778; www.lockhousemuseum.org.

March 8
Landfall Along the Chesapeake in the Wake of Captain John Smith
Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis, Md.
Susan Schmidt, who retraced John Smith's Chesapeake exploration journeys during a 100-day trip aboard a small boat will discuss her experiences, the book based on the adventures, Native Americans then and now, and more. Tickets available online or by phone. 7 p.m. 410-295-0104; www.annapolismaritimemuseum.org.

March 9 - 11
Battle of Hampton Roads
Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Va.
This fifth annual event, which coincides with the opening of the U.S.S. Monitor Center, focuses on the historic battle of Hampton Roads, and the role naval warfare played during the Civil War. There will be behind-the-scenes tours of the museum, lectures, artifacts on display from the U.S.S. Monitor, Civil War encampments, demonstrations, family activities and more. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 757-596-2222; www.mariner.org.

March 10
Eagle Festival
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge, Md.
Celebrate the bald eagle at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge with bird walks, live eagle and falcon programs, children's activities and more. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 410-228-2677.

March 10 - 11
Offshore Sailing Symposium
Hampton Inn, Annapolis, Md.
This intensive two-day workshop is designed to prepare boaters for bluewater cruising. Topics include planning for heavy weather, SSB and ham radio, diesel troubleshooting, equipping your boat for long passages, provisioning, watchkeeping schedules and more. Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 757-788-8872; www.carib1500.com.

March 17
Boat Smart Course
Chesapeake Yacht Club, Shadyside, Md.
The Potomac River Power Squadron will host this Boat Smart Class over four sessions. Noon. 202-526-0289.

March 17
Windjammer Lecture: Gary Jobson
Severn School, Severna Park, Md.
Join the Windjammers for the annual evening with Gary Jobson, who will speak about the upcoming America's Cup, the recent Volvo Ocean Race and will show exclusive footage from recent races such as Newport to Bermuda and the 2007 Key West Race Week. 8 p.m. 410-515-1441; www.neris.com/windjammers.

March 17
Waterside Concert: Johnny Jump Up
Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md.
This St. Patrick's Day waterside concert will feature Johnny Jump Up and their fun blend of Celtic, rock and soul music. 7:30 p.m. 410-326-2042; www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

March 17
Advanced Electrical Systems Training
Annapolis School of Seamanship, Annapolis, Md.
This one-day class is for those wishing to learn how to troubleshoot electrical system failures. Hands-on training will allow students to identify and resolve faults in circuitry. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 410-263-8848; www.annapolisschoolofseamanship.com.

March 17
Refuge System Birthday Bash
Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, Md.
Celebrate the Patuxent Research Refuge with children's activities, live animal demonstrations, and tram and wildlife tours. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 301-497-5760; patuxent.fws.gov.

March 17 - 18
Fishing Flea Market
Commodore Hall, Essex, Md.
The Essex-Middle River chapter of the MSSA holds this annual flea market, where you can find lots of new and used fishing tackle, boats and trailers, and have your knives professionally sharpened. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 410-255-5535; www.mssa.net.

March 17 - 18
Military Through the Ages
Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, Va.
Military re-enactors will depict centuries worth of military encounters from the Middle Ages to modern times. See what camp life was like, and learn about military tactics and weaponry. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 888-593-4682; www.historyisfun.org.

March 17 - 18
Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show
White Stone Volunteer Fire Department. White Stone, Va.
This annual waterfowl show will feature original paintings, prints, carvings and other waterfowl artwork by over 90 exhibitors from all over the East Coast. Sponsored by the White Stone Volunteer Fire Department. White Stone, Va. Preview night gala, Fri. 6 - 8:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 804-435-6355; www.rrws.org.

March 18
Installing Electronics and DC Equipment
Annapolis School of Seamanship, Annapolis, Md.
Learn how to design circuitry, layout hardware installation and crimp and wire components for common marine equipment at this one-day electronics class. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 410-263-8848; www.annapolisschoolofseamanship.com.

March 21
Sock Burning
Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis, Md.
It's springtime again . . . time to let go of your bundling-up clothes and burn those socks! 5 - 7 p.m. 410-295-0104; www.annapolismaritimemuseum.org.

March 22
Lecture: An Annapolis Tea Party
Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis, Md.
Historical archaeologist Mechelle Kerns-Nocerito will tell the story of the Annapolis version of the Boston Tea Party—the burning of the Peggy Stewart. Tickets available online or by phone. 7 p.m. 410-295-0104; www.annapolismaritimemuseum.org.

March 23 - 24
Sleepover with the Sharks
National Aquarium, Baltimore, Md.
Head to the National Aquarium and spend a night with the sharks. Learn about their nocturnal behaviors, visit the behind-the-scenes areas, including the food-prep area and catwalk over the shark tank, and visit the shark discovery lab. 5 p.m. - 9 a.m. 410-576-3833; www.aqua.org.

March 24
Children's Day at the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum
Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, Havre de Grace, Md.
Celebrate the coming of spring with some nautical fun for the kids. There will be a Bayscapes planting demonstration, kite flying, storytelling, nautical games and crafts, and boatbuilding classes. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 410-939-4800; www.hdgmaritimemuseum.org.

March 24
Fishing Seminar
Northumberland County Community Center, Wicomico Church, Va.
Chesapeake Angler Magazine and the Northern Neck Anglers Club will host this annual fishing seminar featuring six speakers focusing on fishing different areas of the lower Bay. Preregistration suggested. 8 a.m. 804-436-1523; www.chesapeake-fishing.com/nnac.

March 24 - 25
Fishing Fair
Solomons Firehouse, Solomons, Md.
The Southern Maryland chapter of the MSSA will host its 14th annual fishing fair, featuring more than seventy in-door and outdoor tables of new and used tackle and fishing gear, plus food and drinks, and raffle prizes. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 301-371-3071; www.mssasmc.com.

March 24 - 25
Weekend Boat-building Class
Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md.
Head to the Calvert Marine Museum and build your very own 16-foot canoe with the help of the museum's expert boatbuilders. Preregistration required. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 410-326-2042; www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

March 24 - 25
Marine Diesel Basics
Annapolis School of Seamanship, Annapolis, Md.
This introductory marine diesel engine workshop will include both lecture and hands-on instruction in operating theory, maintenance, repairs and basic troubleshooting skills. Preregistration required. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 410-263-8848; www.annapolisschoolofseamanship.com.

March 31 - April 1
Potomac River Cleanup
Visitors Center, Piscataway Park, Accokeek, Md.
Join the Accokeek Foundation in its annual Potomac spring cleaning, which includes over one hundred sites along the rivershed. Wear your boots and help by removing shoreline trash and debris. 9 a.m. -  noon. 301-283-2113; www.accokeek.org.

March 31 - April 1
Weather Seminar
Hampton Inn, Annapolis, Md.
The Chesapeake Area Captains Association will host this course to help boaters understand weather concepts including surface weather and pressure systems, forecast charts and local marine weather issues. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 410-267-7651; www.capca.net.

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