Art, Party, Food At The Waterfowl Festival

An all-new Premiere Night 2009 at the Waterfowl Festival introduces The Artful Feast, a tasting tour of the Festival’s art galleries. The opening gala for donors will be held Thursday, November 12, from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m.

“This is the don’t-miss event of the Waterfowl Festival this year,” said Executive Director, Judy Price. “We are excited to be able to offer this special evening to those who so generously support the Festival and its conservation mission.”

For the first time, each Festival art venue will feature tastings of a different pairing of international cuisine with wines or beers. Pairings will include Tex-Mex and margaritas, tapas and martinis, world beers and pub fare, Maryland seafood and wines, and international wines and cheeses. Patrons may top off their world tour with “decadent desserts” and champagne.

Tastings will be offered at the Armory Carving Gallery, the Academy Art Museum’s Masters Gallery, Christ Church Sculpture Gallery, the Elks Lodge Painting Gallery, the Festival’s Sculpture Pavilion and the Tidewater Inn Painting Gallery.

Guests may sample the food and beverages while mingling with artists and other donors. They will also be able to view and purchase artwork before the Festival opens to the public the next morning.

This will be the first chance for collectors to explore the featured “Nature in Miniature” exhibit at the Masters Galley, offering smaller pieces for sale by internationally renowned artists whose work is seldom seen at art shows.

Carvings in miniature, donated by participating artists, are offered up for bid at the evening’s Cocktail Decoy Auction. Proceeds fund the William A. Perry Scholarships for the Festival’s student volunteers.

The Premiere Night party serves to thank contributors to the Waterfowl Festival’s VIP Donor Program. The program helps fund the Festival’s annual Conservation Grants. The Waterfowl Festival has invested more than $5 million in environmental conservation and education projects since its beginning.

Premiere Night is open to Festival donors at the Conservationist and higher levels. The deadline for acknowledgment of contributions in the Waterfowl Festival Directory, the event’s program, is October first.

To attend Premiere Night or to make a donation, contact the Waterfowl Festival office at 410-822-4567 or visit its website, The 2009 Waterfowl Festival will be held inEaston November 13, 14 & 15.