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Del Nero to Present at National Art Education Association

Del Nero Selected to Present at National Art Education Association

The Academy Art Museum’s Director of ArtReach and Community Programs, Constance Del Nero of Easton, was recently selected by the National Art Education Association (NAEA) to present a STUDIO Workshop at its annual convention in Seattle, WA.

Del Nero’s workshop, Junk Mail Fish, was born from a request by the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy in 2012, now known as ShoreRivers, to create an art project to complement their environmental science curriculum. Del Nero designed a STEAM project that taught children about the importance of reusing and recycling, explained the basic anatomy of a fish, and led them on a creative journey to design their own fish and collage it with unwanted paper materials. STEAM is the acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics and represents a group of core subjects deemed most significant for 21st century learning. To date, over 1500 local schoolchildren have participated in the program.

In 2016, Del Nero offered a Junk Mail Fish workshop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Parents and children worked side by side on their fish. Del Nero wrote an article about the experience, which appeared in the June 2017 issue of “Arts and Activities,” the nation’s leading art education magazine.

Upon selection of Junk Mail Fish for the 2018 NAEA National Convention, Kathy Duse, NAEA Executive Services and Convention and Programs Manager, commented, “NAEA received over 1,700 presentations this year; selection relied upon scoring criteria for the blind peer review and selection process. The peer review process ensure[d] each proposed presentation receive[d] three separate blind reviews that employ[ed] careful thought and consideration in terms of Statement of Purpose and Outcomes, Organization of Content, Relevance of Topic, and Impact on Practice. The caliber of this year’s presentations was excellent—making the acceptance of 801 sessions (approximately 45%) highly competitive.”

Kent School Students Support Food Pantry

Kent School Students Support the Kent County Food Pantry

Since the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, Kent School students have engaged in several projects that support the Kent County Food Pantry. Through this sustained effort in fundraising and food collection, Kent School students have been able to donate several hundred pounds of food which has served dozens of families in our area for a sustained period of time. Proceeds from Kent School’s annual Empty Bowls event, in which every Kent School student made a ceramic bowl to sell, allowed for a financial contribution of $1500. This contribution was enough to fund twenty-five families for one week.

Marilyn Parks,a Food Pantry Board Member said of the Empty Bowls event, “ What particularly impressed me that evening was the collaboration that this event represented, The challenge of doing so many art projects that had to be not only created by the students but guided through the various stages of firing and glazing is a huge undertaking. The student government’s support of the Empty Bowls concept shows young leadership at work. I know that it’s the faculty and the support they receive from the administration that guides such endeavors.”

The Empty Bowls event kicked off the year’s service efforts. It was followed by a student organized non-perishable food drive. Several events were hosted on the Kent School campus and the admission “fee” was a non-perishable food item. These events, held in November and December yielded 103 pounds of food.

In February, Kent School participated in the Chester Gras celebration in support of the Backpack Program.  In addition to a sponsoring the event, students engaged in another food drive specifically to fill the needs of the Backpack Program. Students in different grades partnered to collect specific food items like individual soups or cereals, granola bars, fruit cups, pudding cups and drink boxes. Students collected over 500 pounds of food. Once collected and sorted, seventh grade students filled backpack baggies with a breakfast item, a lunch item, snacks and a drink. The filled bags were immediately put to use in one school to fill a particular need.

The Backpack program provides food for children who face food instability when they are away from school on weekends and holidays. Michelle Duke, Assistant Head of School for Academics said, “We encourage our students to come to school well-rested and well-nourished so their brain is ready to learn. Our students understand that children cannot learn if they are hungry or tired which makes this ongoing community service partnership meaningful to them and to our entire school community.”

Sue Basener, Food Pantry board Chair said, “Kent School is very loyal to the Pantry and also to our Backpack Program. We truly value the ongoing support.”

Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving children from Preschool through Grade 8. The School’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information about Kent School visit or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110.

CBMM Awarded Grant

CBMM awarded grant from RPM Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the RPM Foundation for the second straight fiscal year.

This grant supports CBMM’s shipwright apprentice program, specifically RPM Foundation Shipwright Apprentice Michael Allen, who has been part of the team restoring CBMM’s 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood since 2016. RPM’s continued support of the program helps provide Allen and CBMM’s other apprentices with on-the-job training through the restoration and maintenance of historic wooden Chesapeake Bay watercraft.

RPM Foundation (RPM) is an educational grant-making program of America’s Automotive Trust (AAT). RPM is funded by collector vehicle and classic boat enthusiasts to serve youth and young adults on their pathways to careers in automotive/marine restoration & preservation along with the long-term interests of the collector vehicle and classic boat communities. Visit for more information.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving nearly 80,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated along the Miles River and St. Michaels’ harbor. For more information, visit

Ecology Cruises Offered

Ecology cruises aboard Winnie Estelle offered this summer

On Tuesday, June 19, from 10–11:30am, children and adults are invited to join Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum educators aboard buyboat Winnie Estelle for an up-close and personal exploration of the Miles River and its unique habitat and ecology. The cruise will be offered again on Thursday, July 12, from 1–2:30pm, and Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 10–11:30am.

During the ecology cruise, participants will learn how to monitor the water quality of the river, perform water testing, and explore the critters on an oyster reef, all while cruising in the breeze on CBMM’s buyboat. Birders will enjoy the route, which features a route near Long Point Island, known for its eagle and osprey populations and heron rookery.

Built in 1920 by Noah T. Evans—a native Smith Islander—Winnie Estelle was used as a workboat on the lower Chesapeake for more than 50 years, carrying seafood and produce to market across the Bay. In the 1970s, she made Belize her port of call, where she operated as an island trader, carrying lumber from Honduras to Belize, and later as a charter boat for divers. She returned to the Chesapeake in 2012.

Winnie Estelle runs four daily cruises on Fridays through Mondays beginning each May and continuing through October, with same-day tickets purchased at CBMM. Cruises are also offered to watch Miles River log canoe races on June 23 and 24, July 28 and 29, and Sept. 8, 15, and 16. For details, visit

Boarding passes for the CBMM’s ecology cruises are $16 for members and $20 for non-members, with registration required to For more on Winnie Estelle or CBMM, visit

Chestertown Planner Watson Honored

Chestertown Planner Elizabeth Watson Named to Prestigious Planning College of Fellows

CHICAGO – Elizabeth Watson of Chestertown, MD, has achieved the planning profession’s highest honor by being named to the prestigious American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows for her outstanding achievements in urban and regional planning. Watson is the only planner from Maryland to be named FAICP this year. A lifelong innovator working to enhance rural communities and landscapes, Watson has devoted her career to educating non-planner stakeholders about the benefits of protecting heritage assets and to reinforcing communities’ capacity for effective action.

Fellowship is granted to planners who have achieved certification through the American Planning Association’s professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and have achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service, and leadership. Invitations to join the College of Fellows come after a thorough nomination and review process, ensuring the candidate has had a positive, long-lasting impact on the planning profession.

“Individuals who make up the College of Fellows are the true leaders of the planning profession,” said past AICP President Valerie Hubbard, FAICP. “These individuals have made lasting contributions to the profession and have inspired generations of new planners. They are truly awe-inspiring.”

Watson co-authored Saving America’s Countryside, an award-winning guidebook and textbook published by Johns Hopkins University Press for the National Trust for Historic Preservation that inspired a generation of practitioners. Her work preceding that publication in a pilot community, Oley Township, PA, included the groundbreaking listing of 25 square miles (the entire jurisdiction) in the National Register of Historic Places.

She also wrote and co-produced the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s award-winning film, Chesapeake: Living Off the Land, used statewide in environmental education classes, about the impacts of land development on the bay’s water quality. The film was produced by Walkabout Productions of Annapolis.

One of Watson’s greatest achievements in celebrating American landscapes was leading the early movement to establish a system of National Heritage Areas. Today, Congress has recognized 49 of these unique American regions, whose federal support is managed by the National Park Service. This leadership arose from her experience of planning for the nation’s third National Heritage Area, the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor in eastern Pennsylvania. She completed management plans for the D&L twice, in 1993 and 2014, the first with Mary Means & Associates of Silver Spring, MD. From that first D&L plan, she and her partners at Heritage Strategies went on to create National Heritage Area plans for the Shenandoah Valley, northeastern Iowa, Abraham Lincoln territory in Illinois, the Erie Canal, Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Niagara Falls, and Revolutionary War landscapes in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Watson founded Heritage Strategies, LLC, in 2009 with her partner Peter C. Benton of Birchrunville, PA. Heritage Strategies has a national practice in planning for heritage development and historic preservation and special-project strategic planning.

From 2002-2009, Watson was the founding executive director of the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area, a Maryland-certified heritage area serving Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties. In other Maryland experience, prior to her work with Stories, she participated in planning for all other Maryland heritage areas serving the Eastern Shore – Lower Eastern Shore, Heart of the Chesapeake, and Susquehanna Greenway. She also planned the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area (now known as Maryland Milestones), and participated in the first plan for Maryland’s National Road (a national scenic byway), created by Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects of Alexandria, VA. She recently completed plans for the Potomac River area of Prince George’s County and for Southern Maryland combining interpretive themes for the Star-Spangled Banner and Potomac River National Historic Trails and the Religious Freedom National Scenic Byway.

Early in her consulting career, for the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, Watson authored the successful nomination of the Potomac River as one of the nation’s eleven American Heritage Rivers. Prior to becoming a consultant, she worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources as special assistant to the secretary, the Land Trust Alliance, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Watson studied as a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Design at Harvard University in 1993-94 and in 2017 was named by Wake Forest University as a Distinguished Alumna. Her master’s degree in regional planning is from Penn State and included study at the Preservation Institute on Nantucket, a program of the University of Florida.

Watson is one of 64 inductees into this year’s College of Fellows. Inductions are done biennially. This year’s formal induction will take place during APA’s National Planning Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Sunday, April 22.

APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic, and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. The American Institute of Certified Planners provides recognized leadership nationwide in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice. For more information, visit

Bull and Oyster Roast

The Kent Island Yacht Club had a Bull and Oyster Roast in March and graciously donated $890.50 from that event to the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department. According to KIVFD President Jody Schulz,” The Kent Island Yacht Club has been a longtime support of the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department and we are proud of our partnership which enhances the local community.”

Seniors and Planning for Their Care

Seniors Are More Comfortable Planning for Their Funerals
than Planning for Their Care Baltimore Area Home Instead Senior Care Offers Final Years Planning Resources

BALTIMORE, Md. In today’s share-everything culture, final years planning might seem like the last taboo. In an effort to avoid the topic, seniors and their adult children often do not take the necessary steps to plan for their final years of life, which include getting financial affairs in order and creating plans for care in case of declining health.

In fact, a new survey by Home Instead, Inc. found that while 73 percent of seniors have a written will, only 13 percent have actually made plans for long-term care.

“When planning for their final years, many people go straight to making funeral arrangements and financial plans rather than taking time to prepare for care that might be necessary in the final years, months and days of life,” said Jerry DePetris, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care® offices serving Baltimore County. “Unfortunately, many people do not consider that as we age, we need extra care. While the vast majority of seniors prefer to age at home, they may not realize the range of options available to them, and that this time in their lives requires planning, too.”

According to AARP, 90 percent of seniors would prefer to spend their final years at home. Despite this fact, Home Instead, Inc. found that only 74 percent of seniors have shared their wishes with their adult children.

Dr. Julie Masters, chairperson of the department of gerontology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, explains that one barrier to planning is the discomfort the conversation brings to seniors and their adult children.

“Final years planning can bring up a host of emotions for seniors and their adult children. These conversations, while difficult, can help people feel more prepared and empowered. They can also deliver a sense of relief for families, who already have the legal documents in place, when the time comes to face those difficult decisions,” Masters said.

According to the Home Instead, Inc. survey, aging parents are far more comfortable discussing plans for their own final years (89 percent) than their own adult children are discussing their parents’ plans (68 percent).

To help start the conversation around final years planning, the Home Instead® network is introducing free resources to encourage seniors and their adult children to talk to one another about their plans, while also exploring options for end-of-life care, finances, insurance and funeral planning. The program also features the online “Compose Your Life SongSM” music generator, which can help families think about what steps to take to be better prepared for this journey. Completing the activity will result in a customized song that will reflect the user’s final years’ preparedness level.

Knowing plans are at least written, even in the absence of specific arrangements, creates emotional benefits of preparation, such as confidence and relief. Among adult children whose parents have written plans, knowing their parents have mapped out a plan makes them feel confident they are prepared for the future (48 percent), relieved that making these plans won’t be their sole responsibility (43 percent) and relieved to know their parents will have care when they need it (41percent), according to the Home Instead, Inc. survey.

“Our hope is that we can equip aging adults and their families with the tools they need to plan for what may come in the later years of life. We want families to enjoy their time together while also being able to provide loved ones with the care they need,” explains DePetris.

Families can find program resources and information at . Or, contact your local Home Instead Senior Care office for additional resources and to learn how their professional CAREGiversSM may be able to assist. Find an office near you by visiting

Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network provides personalized care, support and education to help enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Today, this network is the world’s leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,100 independently owned and operated franchises that provide more than 60 million hours of care throughout the United States and 11 other countries. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ approximately 70,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services that enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. The Home Instead Senior Care network partners with clients and their family members to help meet varied individual needs. Services span the care continuum – from providing personal care to specialized Alzheimer’s care and hospice support. Also available are family caregiver education and support resources.

Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency Donation

Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency donates to CASA of the Mid-Shore. Pictured left to right: Rich Trippe, President & CEO of Avon-Dixon Agency; Brandy Guy, Insurance Agent at Avon-Dixon and volunteer for CASA of the Mid-Shore; Robin Davenport, Executive Director of CASA of the Mid-Shore.

Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency, member of the Shore Bancshares community of companies, recently donated $1,000 to CASA of the Mid-Shore. CASA of the Mid-Shore is a non-profit organization that allows for children to have an advocate within the court system due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or their parents’ inability to safely care for them. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are volunteers, much like Brandy Guy, who make it their mission to do all they can to ensure the child’s best interest is in mind.

“We are deeply appreciative of this generous gift from the Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency. Community support is a critical component to our ability to provide Court Appointed Special Advocates to every child who needs our advocacy in Talbot, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, and Kent Counties,” says Robin Davenport.

For more information about Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency, visit

CBMM Welcomes New Staff Members

CBMM welcomes four new staff members

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., has announced four recent additions to its staff.

Joining the team are Barry Raymond as Assistant Guest Relations Manager, Laurel Seeman as Programs Administrative Assistant, Tom Shephard as Charity Boat Donation Program Associate, and Taylor Williams as Shipwright Educator.

A current Easton resident who grew up in Annapolis, Barry Raymond will assist with day-to-day operations of CBMM’s Welcome Center and Museum Store.

Raymond holds a Bachelor of Science in business management from Salisbury University, and has previously worked as an IT recruiter, new home sales manager, and bartender. He first connected with the Chesapeake Bay as a child while sailing and racing his family’s S2 30 sailboat, and has volunteered for CASA of the Mid-Shore.

Laurel Seeman will provide CBMM’s education department with administrative support for programming and volunteer events. A Grasonville resident originally from Columbus, Ohio, she earned a degree from Eastern Michigan University, and has work experience in art galleries, libraries, and as a museum docent.

Seeman has done volunteer work for the Literacy Council of Anne Arundel County, the Junior League, Girl Scouts, and at Bacon’s Castle. She and her family moved to Maryland when she was 12, and her connection to the Bay came from crewing with her siblings on their father’s boat.

Tom Shephard will be working with the Charity Boat Donations Program, which accepts and sells all manner of craft year-round to support the children and adults served by CBMM’s education, curatorial, and boatbuilding programs.

Shephard joins CBMM after a career spent in the manufacturing sector. A New Jersey native, he’s attended CBMM’s Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival for a number of years, which help lead to his desire to re-locate, and has done volunteer work for the Traditional Small Craft Association, Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River Association, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the endangered Swamp Pink program.

Taylor Williams is also joining CBMM’s education department and will be responsible for coordinating the Rising Tide Program. The program teaches students basic boatbuilding and woodworking skills in an effort inspire participants to develop a sense of self-confidence and pride and facilitate mentorships that provide guidance and support.

Williams comes to CBMM after spending the past five years managing a marina in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he also headed up boatbuilding, and boat repair and restoration operations. A native of Winchester, Va., he attended Old Dominion University and holds a Bachelor of Science in recreation and tourism management.

Williams grew up sailing and fishing the Chesapeake Bay on weekends with his father, and has a love for deadrise workboats, skipjacks and buyboats.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving nearly 80,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated along the Miles River and St. Michaels’ harbor. For more information, visit

Free Admission for Military Families

CBMM offers free admission for military families this summer

For the 8th consecutive year, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is participating in the national Blue Star Museums program to offer free, general admission to all active-duty military personnel and their immediate families from Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 2018 through Labor Day, September 3, 2018.

Blue Star Museums represents a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The list of 2018 participating museums will be available at in May.

Located near the nation’s capital on the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore, CBMM’s 18-acre waterfront campus offers 12 exhibition buildings to explore in a few hours or over multiple visits. Highlights of the experience include climbing and exploring the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, interacting with shipwrights restoring authentic, wooden Chesapeake boats, renting a small craft to paddle the Miles River on your own, taking a river cruise on the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, and engaging in numerous hands-on exhibitions, family-oriented activities, and other programming and events.

This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts and maritime museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums.

While at CBMM, guests can see progress on the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, now underway in the shipyard through her re-launch at OysterFest on October 27, 2018. Special exhibitions include Kent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gunners and Co-Ops: Exploring the Chesapeake: Mapping the Bay; and Lines of the Floating Fleet.

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard as well as Active Duty, Reservists, National Guardsman, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps—and their family members.

Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum. Free admission is extended to up to five family members.

The program excludes festival admission, with CBMM offering free, year-round general admission to all active military individuals.

Free, on-site parking is available, with more information at or by calling 410-745-2916.

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