Grandparents and Grand- Kids “Summer Camp” Adventure on the Chesapeake Bay

“Summer Camp” adventure on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay awaits grandparents and grand kids for outdoor and artistic explorations.

Two 4 Day “Summer Camps” for Grandparents and Grand Kids will be offered in Crisfield, MD. and sponsored by the
Crisfield Heritage Foundation (aka J Millard Tawes Museum). 

Our Welcome Session kicks of this “Summer Camp” for Grandparents and Grand Kids with a Pool Party and Cook-out with some getting-to-know-everyone games. 
July is the perfect time for this Inter-generational “Summer Camp” !!

Beginning your visit we will have a session on Journaling. You will receive your own journals to collect all of your memories from this week as well as the rest of the adventures you will take together. 

Crabbing – the ultimate fun past-time for kids of all ages. I won’t say how old I am …. but I can still picture my Daddy and I tying chicken necks to a string and luring the crabs into our pail to take home to Mom to steam for lunch. Crabbing off of the shores of the famous Chesapeake Bay is an all-time favorite activity. That’s just for starters, though. 

There’s Sand-Castle building instruction from a pro, right here on our very own Wellington Beach
Which team will build the tallest? Whose will be the longest? 
Who is going to build the fanciest? We are eager to see them all! 
There are prizes in each category to be awarded.

Our local Master Gardener and Horticulturist will talk to us about the 
Bees and Butterflies, and why it is important to attract them to our local gardens everywhere we live. We will create a local garden to attract the Bees and Butterflies. You can track the progress of the plants via our Facebook feed for months after you go back home. 
After all, you want to be sure your garden thrives – and watch the bees buzz and the butterflies fly around and enjoy the flower bed you created for them. Then take the plan home and re-create it in your hometown.

During the Bonfire, you will roast hot dogs and make s’mores, and enjoy some local treats. We are looking forward to the Grandparent/Grandchild Dance-Off – or – Story Telling Night during each session.

What’s a Dance-Off, you ask? Your Grandparents have their favorite dances from their teenage years… and you have your current favorite. 
Sooooo – who can teach their dance to the other? hmmmmmm….
Dancing will make for a fun time around the Bonfire. 

OR – a local Storyteller will join us for the evening to regale us of some of the exploits that kids throughout time have been known to get into around here! Our very own Huck Finns and Tom Sawyers ……

Painting on Crab Shells and Oyster Shells  
Awesome! What could be more fun, or more of a memory than creating your own ornaments and memories with paint, your creativity and Crab shells and oyster shells form right here in Crisfield, Maryland.

Does learning Stand-Up Paddle-boarding interest you?
Launching off our very own beach in the calm shallow waters of the Bay, you will have lots of tries to get it right. No worries about falling off into deep water. Then when you have it mastered, the Instructor will take the group for an SUP excursion. Bring that sun protection !

Of course we have to take a trip to the Discovery Center and check out all of the local marine life that thrives in our area. You will want to be able to recognize it when you come across different marine species in your waterways travels during the week.

Kayaking will be on the schedule for one of the two sessions as well. What could be more enjoyable than kayaking through the waterways, and learning about the Eco-system, and bird-watchingthe many species that live here in the forests and trees especially around Janes Island State Park.

A true gift to take home, is a carving that you each will create during instruction from our local World Class award-winning carver, 
Rich Smoker. Carving is an ancient art form, and Rich has updated techniques that anyone can follow as you create your own carving.

One of our local Chefs will open her Pizza Shoppe to the group and will give each person dough to work with, and instruct us all how to make the perfect pizza, and how to top it to perfection with our favorites. 
Then into the huge pizza oven to bubble up so we can EAT OUR PIZZAS !

After pizzas – There will be a dessert stop! Our local Sweets Shopboasts hand made donuts, cakes, ice cream, brownies and cookies… among other delights. We MUST stop in to taste test!

A few days after you return home, you will receive a photo book, capturing the adventures you enjoyed here together. We want you to have these memories to treasure forever, of the time you spent with us here on our Eastern Shore.

Two 4 Day “Summer Camps” for Grandparents and Grand Kids will be happening in Crisfield, MD. in July and sponsored by the
Crisfield Heritage Foundation (aka J Millard Tawes Museum). 

Our local Museum is named after John Millard Tawes. He was the 54th Governor of Maryland in the United States from 1959 to 1967. He remains the only Marylander to be elected to the three positions of State Treasurer, Comptroller, and Governor. We are proud that he is from our tiny town of Crisfield. His family still lives here and carries on his traditions of caring about this community.
We are very proud to open up our shores to Welcome two generations of your Family to learn and have fun as you enjoy our artistic and outdoors activities combined in each session’s adventures.
All you have to decide is – WHICH 4 Day Session is for YOU !!

July 18th – July 22nd 

OR
July 22nd – July 26th


For More Information and to be added to the Waiting list…. 
Send an email to: marymazzullo@gmail.com

We are looking forward to Hosting you here in Crisfield, MD.  

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What IS There To Do in Crisfield ???

2019 Arts & Entertainment District CalendarHighlighted events – 
click here for additional events   OR – click the calendar button on the events page at CrisfieldArts.org

Valentines Ham & Oyster Dinner – Immanuel UMCFeb 16 – 4:30 to 7 pm – Immanuel UMC 206 W Main Street

1st Annual Crisfield Yard Sale & yART SaleMarch 30 – 9 am – 3 pm – Community WideContact events@wbycradio.com to donate items to support Crisfield Community Radio WBYC 107.3

Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend April 25-28, 2019 Bird watching trips
on the Eastern Shore, including Smith Island. Check out places to stay here! And great places to eat here!
Sign up at delmarvabirding.com

Hangin’ Out Art Show May 17 & 18 Calling all artists! Everyone is invited to hang one piece of work at this show. More information coming soon! To be the first to learn more details, email arts@crisfieldcityhall.com to join the event mailing list.​Hosted by the Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project.

Plein Air Crisfield May 22 – 26, 2019 Plein Air Crisfield will take place May 24-26. Artists participate in three days of painting in authentic, beautiful Crisfield and the surrounding areas. This is a casual, non-competitive painting event, featuring a Welcome cocktail party at a private historic home, and a group nocturne. ​Contact Debra Howard, artistdebrahoward@gmail.com to register.
​Sales of the paintings will take place at the May 25 4th Saturday Bay Stroll.

Smith Island Arts Festival May 25 – 11 am to 4 pm The annual Smith Island Arts Festival! Make an art day of it! Catch a boat from Crisfield and meet us back here for the evening for the 4th Saturday Bay Stroll.
The festival will take place at the Smith Island Cultural Center with outdoor artist tables, music, food, and a photo contest.  Click here for a photo contest prospectus.

4th Saturday Bay Stroll – Welcome Summer & Plein AirMay 25, 2019 – 4 to 7 pm – City DockBreak out the flip-flops and welcome the summer in the best possible location, on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Skip the beach crowds but get all the benefit of warm bay breezes and the Bay sunsets. Bring your lawn chair & relax to live music. Seafood, festival food, whole pig roast. Wet-paint sales from Crisfield Plein Air.
Follow 4th Saturdays on FACEBOOK!
Soft Crab Festival Sunday May 26, 2019 – 12 pm to 4 pm – City Dock 
Don’t miss an original Eastern Shore event, the Soft Crab Festival in Crisfield, sponsored by the Crisfield Lionesses. This is a great chance to make a weekend of it – especially for foodies!

Golf Cart Derby June 8 – Somers Cove Marina.
More information coming soon!

4th Saturday Bay StrollJune 22, 4 – 7 pm, Location TBD
Artists & vendors, save your space! Register for free here.

2nd Annual Marina Mac Fest,June 29 – 4 pm to 7 pm – Somers Cove Marina Charlie “Mac” McClenahan was a former mayor of Crisfield, state delegate, founding member of the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce and the Somers Cove Yacht Club. We are hosting a celebration featuring Front Page News, vendors and food!

J. Millard Tawes Crab & Clam Bake July 17 – Somers Cove Marina
The J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake is a Maryland must-attend, see-and-be-seen political institution, equal parts seafood and schmooze.
The annual celebration is named in honor of Crisfield native, J. Millard Tawes, the 54th Governor of the State of Maryland. 
It is described in Frommers Travel Guides as “an outdoor all-you-can-eat affair featuring crabs, clams, fish, corn on the cob, and watermelon, and in election years, lots of politicians.”​Sponsored by the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce. More information here.

Dust & Bones ConcertJuly 20 – Somers Cove Marina
4th Saturday Bay StrollJuly 27 – 4 pm to 7 pmArtists & vendors, save your space! Register for free here.4th Saturday Bay StrollAugust 24 – 4 to 7 pm – City DockArtists & vendors, save your space! Register for free here.

National Hard Crab DerbyAug 26 – Aug 31 – Labor Day Week – Somers Cove MarinaCrisfield’s National Hard Crab Derby is an annual Labor Day weekend event. The unique crab themed festival features crab races, crab cooking and picking contests, carnival rides, arts and crafts, vendors, live entertainment, beauty pageants, a parade, fireworks and more.Sponsored by the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce
For a detailed schedule see nationalhardcrabderby.com

Shakespeake’s Measure for Measure Sept. 13 – Somers Cove Marina – FREE 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Brown Box Theatre Project’s 9th Annual Free Outdoor Shakespeare Tour, Measure for Measure will be performed under the stars in idyllic outdoor venues All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Measure for Measure It is performed outdoors and seating is on the lawn. For your comfort, feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair. For more information, including weather updates and rain locations, please visit the Brown Box website.

A Taste of Smith IslandSept. 14 – Smith Island Cultural CenterFor the cost of $55, guests receive transportation from Crisfield to Smith Island and back via the Chelsea Lane Tyler, and a menu consisting of Smith Island favorites, including the cake of course! The boat departs Crisfield at 3 pm. Proceeds benefit the Smith Island Cultural Center. To purchase tickets, call 410-425-3351. Sponsored by The Crisfield & Smith Island Cultural Alliance
4th Saturday Bay StrollSept. 28 – 4 to 7 pm – City DockArtists & vendors, save your space! Register for free here.  

Halloween Parade & PartyOct 26 – 12 pm – FREEMeet at City Hall parking lot, 319 W Main Street at noon for the paradeThen walk to Somers Cove Marina, 715 Broadway for the party & trunk or treat. 

4th Saturday Bay Stroll Eat Drink & Be ScaryOct. 26 – 4 to 7 pm – Location TBDCome in costume to compete for a first-place prize for both children and adults.  

Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit at Tawes MuseumDec 7, 2019 through Jan 18, 2020 – 3 9th St, Crisfield, MD 21817 The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition dives into water–an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically. Save the date! More information coming soon at crisfieldheritage.org

Amazon Shopping Helps Local Non-Profit

DID YOU KNOW ….. that when you shop on Amazon, and use their Smiles app – 
YOU CAN HAVE PART OF YOUR MONEY GO TO THE CRISFIELD HERITAGE FOUNDATION?????? 
Isn’t that exciting?? Yes, Yes it is.

Just sign in and designate the Crisfield Heritage Foundation, and start shopping.
Valentine’s Day is a good time to start, but you can help each and every time you shop on Amazon.Please go to Amazon Smiles and add us in. Thank you.

GO TO THIS LINK TO CHOOSE THE DEVICE YOU SHOP ON:
http://bit.ly/Shop4HeritageFoundation

There is Excitement in the Air Here at the Museum

The atmosphere is really vibrating with excitement, as our Decoy Carving course is preparing for the kickoff on Sunday afternoon !
We have 9 attendees registered, and are so excited to Welcome each and every one from as close as Crisfield, to as far away as Anchorage, Alaska !
Very exciting week coming up, as our Master Carver, Rich Smoker has planned a carving project that, in 27 years – he has NEVER taught before. This group is eager to see what it is and get started.

Check back during the week, and I will post photos every day.
See you here on the Blog !!
Mary

Decoy Carving Workshop

BY REQUEST: Pricing Reduced for LOCALS who want to create a decoy in the way of the Old Masters who lived and carved right here in Crisfield

FOR LOCAL who will not be staying overnight, or having meals during this workshop – Pricing HAS BEEN REDUCED so you also will be able to drop in to learn this locally admired craft, from one of the premier Master Carvers – World Champion Rich Smoker !
For immediate information on registering and for pricing, so you can experience learning how to create your decoy in this workshop session.-
contact: marymazzullo@gmail.com

Claire Otterbein named CHF Executive Director

CHF_OtterbeinClaire1_2017CHF_OtterbeinClaire2_2017(CRISFIELD, MD – June 6, 2017) The Crisfield Heritage Foundation’s Board of Trustees recently announced Claire Otterbein of Salisbury, Md. has been named Executive Director.

As Executive Director, Otterbein is responsible for managing all Foundation operations, including financial management, annual fundraising, and community outreach, along with the recruitment and retention of volunteers, and the coordination of education programs, private rentals, and special events.

Otterbein brings more than a decade of nonprofit leadership experience to her position, including serving as Executive Director of the Julia A. Purnell Museum in Snow Hill, Md. Otterbein is a magna cum laude graduate of Towson University, where she was a member of the Honors College, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in art history, minoring in English literature.

“As a longtime resident of Delmarva, I understand the positive impact of local cultural organizations on our communities,” commented Otterbein. “I look forward to making a difference in the way our local heritage is preserved, especially through our educational programming.”

“We are thrilled to have Claire at the helm,” said CHF Board of Trustees Chairman Jay Tawes. “She brings a great deal of enthusiasm for history and non-profit management to the table. I think she’s one of the best thing that’s happened to the Foundation in the last decade, and I can’t wait to see what our future holds next.”

CHF’s Board of Trustees are planning a public reception and CHF friend-raiser on Friday, July 7 from 4 to 6:00 p.m. at the Tawes Museum’s Chesapeake Room to help welcome Otterbein to the community, with details to be announced at a later date.

CHF is working in conjunction with Somers Cove Marina and the Crisfield Marketing Authority to host the annual Chesapeake Buy Boat Reunion this July 28-29, with dockside deck tours offered from 1–4:00 pm. on Saturday, July 29.

CHF’s 40th anniversary exhibition, Battles of the Bay, shares the stories of Chesapeake Bay conflicts and their connection to the Crisfield area through a collection of maps, illustrations, and stories, and can only be seen at the waterfront J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum in Crisfield, Md. through May 31, 2018.

CHF’s entities include the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum, Oyster Reef Gift Shop, Ward Brothers Workshop, J. Millard Tawes Library, Cedar Island Marsh Sanctuary, and the Crisfield Customs House. Newly extended museum and Oyster Reef Gift Shop hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sundays, now through Labor Day, with other hours as announced for special events and educational programs.

100% of the proceeds from every purchase made at the Oyster Reef Gift Shop support CHF’s mission to preserve the heritage of Crisfield and its environs while educating the public about this heritage. The second floor, waterfront Chesapeake Room at CHF’s Tawes Museum is now available for private rentals, with more information at 410-968-2501, or by visiting the non-profit’s recently updated website at crisfieldheritage.org.

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Battles of the Bay opens at Tawes Museum May 20

CHF_BattlesoftheBayMay20(CRISFIELD, MD – May 1, 2017) On Saturday, May 20, Crisfield Heritage Foundation members and the public are invited to the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum in Crisfield, Md. to celebrate CHF’s 40th anniversary with the opening of a new exhibit entitled Battles of the Bay. Through a collection of maps, illustrations, and stories, the special exhibit shares the stories of Chesapeake Bay conflicts and their connection to the Crisfield area, including a 1635 naval battle on the Pocomoke Sound, Chesapeake pirates, and local conflicts in the Oyster Wars, among others.

Local historian Joe Paden is curating Battles of the Bay, and will share stories of the heroes and villains of the exhibit with guided tours during the May 20 opening. These guided tours are free, with space limited, and will be offered on the hour from noon to 3:00 p.m., with sign-ups taken the day of the event at the Oyster Reef Gift Shop, located in the Tawes Museum.

At 4:00 p.m., CHF members and guests are invited to the waterfront lawn of the Tawes Museum for live music and light refreshments, with the reception generously sponsored by Tawes Insurance and the Pizza Shoppe in Crisfield. A 50/50 raffle will take place at the reception, with proceeds benefiting CHF. In the event of rain, the reception will move inside to the Chesapeake Room, located on the second floor of the museum with sweeping views of the marina.

The exhibit continues through May 31, 2018, and is open during Museum and Oyster Reef Gift Shop hours, which are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, now through Labor Day, with other hours as announced for special events and educational programs.

The Crisfield Heritage Foundation’s mission is to preserve the heritage of Crisfield and its environs; to educate the public concerning this heritage; and to serve as the central hub around which tourism in the Crisfield area revolves. CHF’s entities include the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum, Oyster Reef Gift Shop, Ward Brothers Workshop, J. Millard Tawes Library, Cedar Island Marsh Sanctuary, and the Crisfield Customs House. The second floor, waterfront Chesapeake Room at CHF’s Tawes Museum is now available for private rentals, with more information at 410-968-2501, or by visiting the non-profit’s recently updated website at crisfieldheritage.org.

 

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On Saturday, May 20, Crisfield Heritage Foundation members and the public are invited to the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum in Crisfield, Md. to celebrate CHF’s 40th anniversary with the opening of a new exhibit entitled Battles of the Bay. Free guided tours will be offered on the hour from noon to 3:00 p.m., with sign-ups taken the day of the event at the Oyster Reef Gift Shop, located in the Tawes Museum. At 4:00 p.m., CHF members and guests are invited to the waterfront lawn of the Tawes Museum for live music and light refreshments, with more information at crisfieldheritage.org.

New Ward Brothers sign installed in Crisfield

(CRISFIELD, MD – March 13, 2017) On Saturday, March 4, a new sign featuring the Ward Brothers and proudly announcing the “Home of the Ward Brothers” was installed along Crisfield’s entrance corridor. Sponsored by the Crisfield Heritage Foundation and financed by a grant from Crisfield’s American Legion Post 16, this new sign replaces one that had deteriorated on the same site for more than 15 years.

The back of the sign includes a picture of the depot with a greeting to all departing Crisfield guests, “Thanks for Visiting, Come Back Soon.”  Built by local sign maker Becky Lowe of “Brushworks,” the new sign was installed with the help of CHF Executive Board members Doug Crockett and Terry Pehan.

CHF continues its focus on promoting the unique cultural and heritage tourism of Crisfield and nearby communities. The original Ward Workshop on Crisfield’s Sackertown Road is available for tours by appointment by calling 410-968-2501, and on special dates announced by CHF.

The Crisfield Heritage Foundation’s mission is to preserve the heritage of Crisfield and its environs; to educate the public concerning this heritage; and to serve as the central hub around which tourism in the Crisfield area revolves. CHF’s entities include the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum & Gift Shop, Ward Brothers Workshop, J. Millard Tawes Library, Cedar Island Marsh Sanctuary, and the Crisfield Customs House. The second floor, waterfront Chesapeake Room at CHF’s Tawes Museum is now available for private rentals, with more information at 410-968-2501, or by visiting the non-profit’s recently updated website at crisfieldheritage.org.

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Crisfield Heritage Foundation Treasurer Doug Crockett, left, works with Brushworks sign-maker Becky Lowe, right, to install a new “Home of the Ward Brothers” sign along Crisfield’s entrance corridor. Sponsored by the Crisfield Heritage Foundation and financed by a grant from Crisfield’s American Legion Post 16, this new sign replaces one that was on the same site for more than 15 years. CHF’s entities include the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum & Gift Shop, Ward Brothers Workshop, J. Millard Tawes Library, Cedar Island Marsh Sanctuary, and the Crisfield Customs House.

 

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On Saturday, March 4, a new sign featuring the Ward Brothers and proudly announcing the “Home of the Ward Brothers” was installed along Crisfield’s entrance corridor.

 

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The back of the sign includes a picture of the depot with a greeting to all departing Crisfield guests, “Thanks for Visiting, Come Back Soon.”  Built by local sign maker Becky Lowe of “Brushworks,” the new sign was installed with the help of CHF Executive Board members Doug Crockett and Terry Pehan.

Crisfield Heritage Foundation recognizes Board Members

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(CRISFIELD, MD – March 8, 2017) The Crisfield Heritage Foundation’s Board of Trustees recently recognized new and retiring board members at its annual meeting, held at the waterfront J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum in Crisfield, Md. Also recognized were Mary Ann Peterman as 2016 Volunteer of the Year, Eddie Heath Crab Pot & Supply with the Heritage Award, and U.S. Coast Guard Station in Crisfield with the Chairman’s Award.

Retiring from the CHF Board are Beth Clough, Shawna Kearsley, Tom Shores, and Cindy Stevens. Each received a plaque recognizing their service and commitment to the non-profit foundation. Joining the Board are Barbara Kuebler—who is returning to the Board—along with Cathleen Bradshaw-Parks, Martin Schlegel, and Eddie Somers.

Crisfield native Beth Clough has served on CHF’s Board for eight years, serving a term as Secretary. For Clough, the inception of Dock Day as well as the purchase of the Custom House are noted accomplishments of CHF, as well as the continual success of the Road Scholar and camp and tour programs for the children. She hopes CHF will attract more of the public to the museum and gift shop in the future, along with the completion of the Custom House renovation project. Clough has worked with PNC Bank AVP Business Banking for more than 32 years, currently serving as Vice President Business Banking. She is on the Board of Amanda’s Mission for God and includes the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, Crisfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Crisfield High School Band Boosters, along with numerous church boards in her volunteer service.

Relocating to her hometown of Crisfield 10 years ago, Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art’s Client Services Coordinator Shawna Kearsley joined the Board in 2014, and feels the Road Scholar programming hosted at the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum each spring and fall are highlights to the Foundation’s achievements. Her hopes for CHF moving forward include expanding program offerings to meet the interest of diverse audiences, including K-12 and adult education programs. Kearsley’s volunteer service includes working with Somerset County Arts Council and Crisfield Economic Development committee.

Serving on the Board since 2008, Tom Shores feels CHF’s most significant accomplishment during his tenure is the preservation of many of Crisfield’s most treasured places—including the Ward Workshop—along with the history of the seafood industry through the shanty at the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum. The now-retired Crisfield native served 39 years to the local community through his work as a banker, starting at the Bank of Crisfield and continuing through at PNC Bank. Shores currently serves as Treasurer of the Crisfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Music Director and Organist at Crisfield’s Asbury United Methodist Church. His volunteer work includes serving on various committees and boards throughout the years.

Wilson Realty owner Cindy Stevens is a previous Secretary and Past-Chairman of the Board, having served in the position for four terms over 11 years and with deep ties to the organization’s beginnings. The Marion, Md. native’s father, Robert Wilson, was a founding member of CHF and the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum. She is a Past President and Treasurer of the local Junior Auxiliary Board, and served on the Board and as Finance Committee Chair for the McCready Foundation. Stevens’ currently serves as Treasurer of Crisfield High School’s Band Boosters, and is active in the Athletic Boosters. Her volunteer work has served the Crisfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Crisfield’s Asbury United Methodist Church, Junior Achievement at Woodson Elementary School, and Christmas in Crisfield. During her time on the Board, Stevens recalls a fundraising gala on the Manokin River that raised funds for the Cedar Marsh project and was widely supported by people in the community as a significant accomplishment, and hopes the Foundation will continue to focus on its mission looking forward.

Barbara Kuebler previously served on CHF’s Board from 2000 to 2005. Born and raised in Crisfield, Kuebler lived in northern Virginia for 31 years before moving back to her hometown in 1998, after selling her patent and trademark research firm, Landon, IP.  Now back on the Board, Kuebler says she hopes to see the economic success of the CHF and its commitment to keep our rich heritage alive during her tenure. Kuebler is a longstanding volunteer in the community, with her service contributing to the Crisfield Elks Lodge, Ladies of the Elks, Crisfield American Legion Auxiliary, Crisfield Community Beach Committee, Salvation Army, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and The Moving Wall’s appearance in Salisbury, Md. Her American Legion committee work includes Freedom Fest, Veterans Day breakfasts, special dinners, and numerous other functions and events benefiting the people of Crisfield, Md.

New CHF Board member Martin Schlegel grew up outside of Reading, Pa. before moving to Salisbury, Md. 28 years ago. Schlegel often stays in Crisfield aboard his boat The Lucky Dog at Somers Cove Marina, and hopes to help CHF create an environment and atmosphere that builds awareness of Crisfield’s rich heritage and history. Schlegel is the owner of Strategic Commerce Solutions, a merchant service company for Ignite Payments, having served on Easterseals’ corporate board for one term, and on its advisory board for more than 12 years. His volunteer work includes serving the United Way, Oak Ridge Baptist Church, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training.

Also joining the Board is Eddie Somers, originally from Smith Island, and now of Crisfield, Md. Captain of the Maryland buoy tender and icebreaker J. Millard Tawes for 28 years, Somers is the current volunteer President of Smith Island United. In serving CHF, he hopes the organization continues to invest in the Road Scholar program and showcases the true character, knowledge, and integrity of Chesapeake Bay watermen to Crisfield’s locals and guests alike.

New CHF Board member Cathleen Bradshaw-Parks was born and raised on Tangier Island, and moved to Crisfield in 2004. Now a Special Education teacher at Greenwood Elementary School, Bradshaw-Parks began her 16-year teaching career in Virginia, and has served the last 13 years teaching in Somerset County Public Schools. During her time on the Board, she hopes CHF will help promote tourism and economic growth in Crisfield and its surrounding areas, while preserving and sharing the region’s rich history. Bradshaw-Parks has served 4 years as American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Virginia Eastern Shore Chapter Chairman, and is a past member of the McCready Memorial Hospital Junior Auxiliary Board. Her volunteer work has served Riverside Hospice and numerous charities benefiting women and children through Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

“We’re grateful for the work and vision of our retiring Board members to bring the Foundation to where it is today,” said CHF Board Chair Jay Tawes. “And we’re equally grateful for the commitment to Crisfield’s future with our new and returning Board members joining the Foundation.”

The Crisfield Heritage Foundation’s mission is to preserve the heritage of Crisfield and its environs; to educate the public concerning this heritage; and to serve as the central hub around which tourism in the Crisfield area revolves. CHF’s entities include the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum & Gift Shop, Ward Workshop, J. Millard Tawes Library, Cedar Island Marsh Sanctuary, and the Crisfield Customs House. The second floor, waterfront Chesapeake Room at CHF’s Tawes Museum is now available for private rentals, with more information at 410-968-2501, or by visiting the non-profit’s recently updated website at crisfieldheritage.org.

 

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The Crisfield Heritage Foundation recently recognized several Board members at its annual meeting, held at the waterfront J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum’s Chesapeake Room in Crisfield, Md. Pictured from left: Tom Shores, Jay Tawes, Beth Clough, Mary Ann Peterman, and Barbara Kuebler. Mary Ann Peterman was recognized as 2016 Volunteer of the Year, along with Eddie Heath Crab Pot & Supply with the Heritage Award, and Crisfield’s U.S. Coast Guard Station with the Chairman’s Award. Retiring from the CHF Board are Beth Clough, Shawna Kearsley, Tom Shores, and Cindy Stevens. Joining the Board are Barbara Kuebler—who is returning to the Board—along with Cathleen Bradshaw-Parks, Martin Schlegel, and Eddie Somers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howard retires from Crisfield Heritage Foundation

CHF_HowardTim1_2016(CRISFIELD, MD – November 19, 2016) Crisfield Heritage Foundation Curator Tim Howard recently announced he is retiring at the end of 2016, with plans to continue serving as a speaker and contracted administrator of the local Road Scholar program the non-profit organization facilitates each spring and fall.

In Crisfield, CHF facilitates Road Scholar week-long adventures, including “Maritime Heritage in Crisfield, Maryland and the Chesapeake Islands,” and “Woodworking: Decoy Carving like the Old Masters.”

A Crisfield native, Howard joined CHF as a volunteer around 2004, sharing his love and knowledge of the area’s history as a walking tour guide for groups visiting the area. He officially joined the staff as Curator in 2007, where he has continued as the face of the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum and local Road Scholar program to many locals and guests alike.

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“I have very much enjoyed meeting people and introducing them to the area and our culture,” commented Howard. “What I’ve enjoyed most, however, is giving locals an opportunity for their heritage to be shared and appreciated by shining a light on their memories, and their stories. It’s like giving locals their fifteen minutes of fame, with recognition they truly deserve.”

Over the years, Howard has introduced thousands of guests to Crisfield, through his walking tours and curated exhibitions at the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum. To Howard, his most meaningful contributions include the 88 Photographs and the Alive & Dead Box exhibitions. Displayed in 2010, 88 Photographs showed professionally produced images of Crisfield during the 1938 crab pickers’ strike and the beginning of the Congress of Industrial Organization’s (CIO) collective bargaining agreement with local crab packers.

“The journey of the original negatives from Crisfield to the West Coast and back over a 50-60 year period is nearly as interesting as the story the images tell,” commented Howard.

Opening in 2011, the Alive & Dead Box exhibition displayed photographs taken over a lifetime by Gordon’s Confectionery owner Kenny Evans. Patron’s photographs were stored in a cigar box but as the box could no longer contain all the photos, a second box was commissioned to hold those photos of individuals who had passed away.

“The Alive & Dead Box exhibition brought so many new faces to the museum—many who may have thought they weren’t interested in museums. To have more than 150 people contribute and attend—many stepping foot in a museum for the first time—has been a highlight of my career.”

Howard has deep roots in Crisfield, with his family involved in the seafood business for many years.

“Tim’s work with the Foundation comes out of his love of history and the area,” said CHF Chair Jay Tawes. “Over the years, he has stepped in to cover many roles beyond Curator, and with his even-keeled manor and knowledge, has done a great job. His heart is in the museum, and we are extremely grateful for his years of service, and the opportunity to continue working with him.”

Howard earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from Salisbury University and plans to continue being a lifelong learner and participating in the Foundation’s Road Scholar program.

Road Scholar was founded in 1975 as Elderhostel, with a mission to inspire adults to learn, discover, and travel. A not-for-profit education organization, Road Scholar has guided generations of knowledge seekers on transformative learning adventures from Greenland to Cuba and nearly every locale in between. Elderhostel was rebranded Road Scholar in 2010 to reflect the growth and evolution of the organization and of the legions of loyal lifelong learners who rely on its programs for an in-depth study of the world. More information is at roadscholar.org.

The Crisfield Heritage Foundation’s mission is to preserve the heritage of Crisfield and its environs; to educate the public concerning this heritage; and to serve as the central hub around which tourism in the Crisfield area revolves. CHF’s entities include the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum & Gift Shop, Ward Brothers Workshop, J. Millard Tawes Library, Cedar Island Marsh Sanctuary, and the Crisfield Customs House.

The second floor, waterfront Chesapeake Room at CHF’s Tawes Museum is now available for private rentals, with more information at 410-968-2501.

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Tim Howard recently announced he will be retiring at the end of the year as Curator of the Crisfield Heritage Foundation, where he has worked furthering a mission of preserving the heritage of Crisfield and its surroundings since 2004. Howard plans to stay on as a speaker and contracted administrator of the local Road Scholar program the organization facilitates each spring and fall. The non-profit organization operates and supports the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum, Ward Workshop, Crisfield’s Customs House, Oyster Reef Gift Shop, and the Cedar Island Marsh Sanctuary.