Local museum exhibit honors watermen


Eastport, the Annapolis neighborhood that recently was named one of the best places in the state to live, is an intriguing mix of blue- and white-collar families, mom-and-pop businesses and yacht brokers who cater to those who spend their leisure time on Chesapeake Bay.

It grew up as a home and base for those who made their living on the water. Those early residents are honored in "The Watermen of Eastport," a new exhibit at the Barge House Museum on Bay Shore Avenue.

Peg Wallace, champion publicist for and one of the founders of the museum, told me that the exhibit is designed to be interesting to young and old. It tells the stories of 14 Eastport families through pictures and artifacts.

Central to the exhibit is Capt.

Roy's Shack, a glimpse into the reality of a fishing shack, with foul weather gear, crab traps and other gear.

"We have a full gill net, a piece of trotline [to catch crabs] and a description of how it works; oyster tongs for serious dredging, and oyster nippers for the half dozen or so one might have wanted with one's supper," Ms. Wallace said.

The museum shows a full set of caulking tools and caulking cotton to repair boats, nets and shuttles to make nets, and a hoop net, reminiscent of Civil War era hoop skirts but infinitely more practical in the long run.

The museum, at the foot of Second Street on Back Creek, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, or by special arrangement for groups or schools.

For more information, or to arrange special hours, call Ms. Wallace at 268-1802.


Those of us who are married to sailors, and who have a fine time being along, but don't know much about sailing, generally harbor in the back of our minds the fear that something could happen to our mate or significant other out there, and we'd have to get the boat back to a dock.

Suzanne Pogell, the founder of Womanship, a sailing school for women, comes to the rescue with a seminar based on her course called "Sail Yourself Safely Home."

The seminar is being offered at West Marine at Forest and Hillsmere drives at 7 p.m. Wednesday. It includes an introduction to the basics of boat handling, safety and emergency procedures.

For more information on Womanship, the Sail Yourself Safely Home course and video, and the seminar, call Womanship at 267-6661.


Cradle of Hope Adoption Center of Washington and Adoption Alliances of Baltimore are co-sponsoring a program on international adoption April 26 at the Annapolis Public Library on West Street.

The center places children from Eastern European countries, Chile, Paraguay, and China with families in the United States and works with Adoption Alliances.

The April 26 program will introduce an adoptive family and offer information about the adoption process. Admission is free.

For more information, call Adoptive Alliances in Baltimore, at (410) 466-8439.


The St. John's College annual film series, at $3, is priced below what I pay for videos. This Saturday's offering is "Citizen Kane," surely a leader on the list of movies that deserve the big screen.

The movie will be shown at 8:15 p.m. in Francis Scott Key Auditorium.

For information on the rest of the series, call 626-2539.

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