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"The Voices of the Chesapeake Bay Interview Project is created to help  us further develop our 'sense of place.'  The Voices Project is ongoing, inherently 'inclusive' and well-rounded, giving us the ability to see our bio-region, the Chesapeake Bay watershed, from a variety of perspectives 
and points of view. With this ability we can fully and truly appreciate this incredible place called the Chesapeake Bay." 

Michael Buckley, Project Director

Voices Radio Sundays 7-10am on 103.1 WRNR-FM
Annapolis/Baltimore/DC - webcast live at www.wrnr.com

Photo: Randy Loftus, U.S. Fish & Wildlife

A sure sign of Spring...

The Osprey are returning to the Chesapeake region now... returning from the warmth of the sunny south, as far as the Caribbean / South America (often flying 3,000 to 5,000 mi) ...exercising their instinctual ingenuity to reach back to their native home shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

Welcome home...a sure sign of Spring!

Follow the osprey migration here.

Voices article:

Ruark Boatworks 
Story by Michael Buckley
with photos by Kathy Thornton
(see pg. 59)

You may have to request an emailed copy of 
this unless you become a member of Issuu.com.

Ruark Boatworks interview audio coming soon...

Voices events and new books of note:

Skipjack Event at Washington College
(Photo: Dan Biegel)

Christopher White, author of the newly published and critically acclaimed book,Skipjack: The Story of America's Last Sailing Oystermen (St. Martin's Press), appeared at the Decker Theatre with the Voices of the Chesapeake Bay's Michael Buckley and four legendary skipjack captains from the Eastern Shore, including 89-year old Captain Arthur Daniels, Jr. and his son Captain Stan Daniels, both of Deal Island plus Captain Wade Murphy, Jr. and Captain Stanley Larrimore of Tilghman Island. (See photos here.)

The event, produced by Michael Buckley for the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College, also included an exhibition of skipjack-inspired art, including photography and paintings by Tim Bell, Marion Warren, A. Aubrey Bodine, Michael C. Wooten, Carolyn Egeli, Constance Stuart Larrabee, Mary Ekroos, Pat Vojtech, Chris White, David Harp, Dan Beigel, David Turnbaugh, John Barber, plus ship models from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Modeling Guild and many others, with poetry by Chestertown skipjack captain Andrew McCown, and a post-program oyster reception.

Skipjack: America's Last Sailing Oystermen
Christopher White and the Watermen of Tilghman & Deal Islands

Author Christopher White spent two years living on Tilghman Island and working with four legendary captains of the traditional wooden Chesapeake Bay oyster boats known as skipjacks. Through a discussion with a group of these lively characters, we will begin to understand the challenges of living on the Bay and sailing a traditional skipjack. The event will bring the audience face-to-face with a critically endangered tradition that reaches back over 100 years.

The Oyster Question
Christine Keiner

In The Oyster Question, Christine Keiner applies perspectives of environmental, agricultural, political, and social history to examine the decline of Maryland's iconic Chesapeake Bay oyster industry.

Oystermen have held on to traditional ways of life, and some continue to use pre-industrial methods, tonging oysters by hand from small boats. Others use more intensive tools, 
and thus it is commonly believed that a lack of regulation enabled oystermen to exploit the bay to the point of ruin.

But Keiner offers an opposing view in which state officials, scientists, and oystermen created a regulated commons that sustained tidewater communities for decades. Not until the 1980s did a confluence of natural and unnatural disasters weaken the bay’s resilience enough to endanger the oyster resource. Keiner examines conflicts that pitted scientists in favor of privatization against watermen who used their power in the statehouse to stave off the forces of rural change. Her study breaks new ground regarding the evolution of environmental politics at the state rather than the federal level.

Interview with Christine Keiner broadcast Sunday, October 3, 2010 on Voices of the Chesapeake Bay (www.wrnr.com and 103.1 WRNR-FM).

Voices of the Chesapeake Bay
The book

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Fifty-three life stories.  Amazing people from all walks of Chesapeake Bay life.

Includes: former Maryland Governor Harry R. Hughes, "Presidential Medal of Honor" recipient Russell Train, Univ. of Maryland Center for Environmental Science president Donald Boesch, ESPN Chief Sailing Commentator Gary Jobson, farmer & mayor Russell Brinsfield of Vienna, MD, Queenstown historian Harry Rhodes, author/ fisherman Bill Burton, author Tom Horton, Chesapeake Bay Foundation V.P. of Education Don Baugh, Maryland Watermen's Association president Larry Simns, and many more. (464p).  

Voices Radio Project 

Broadcast as part of 
The Sunday Brunch 
on 103 WRNR-FM
Each week

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Sponsored by

The Boatyard Bar & Grill

The Keith Campbell Foundation 
for the Environment

C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at 
Washington College

16 Songs - 16 Artists
3 Grammy Winners!

The only CD of its kind,
bringing together a range of
Chesapeake Bay artists and songs in a variety of styles.

Featuring Bruce Hornsby (Williamsburg, VA), Tom Chapin (Upstate NY),  Al Petteway (NC), Deanna Dove (North Beach, MD), Tom Wisner (Lusby, MD), Earl White (Dames Quarter, MD), Magpie (Takoma Park, MD), Them Eastport Oysterboys (Eastport, MD), Bruce Myers & Crew (Baltimore, MD), Dan Haas & Robin Jung (Annapolis, MD), Mike Garfinkel (Edgewater, MD), Robbin Thompson (Richmond, VA), Mike Aiken (Norfolk, VA), Dominick Murray (Baltimore, MD), The Geckos (Annapolis, MD), and The Millers (Tilghman Island, MD)

$10 plus $2 shipping 
Purchase by check made 
out to:

Songs of the Chesapeake Bay
1131 Bay Ridge Road
Annapolis, MD 21403

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