Deadliest Catch’ stars set for watermen’s day
Appreciation day to be held Aug. 12 at maritime museum
Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 2:00 am
ST. MICHAELS — Edgar Hansen and Jake Anderson of the Northwestern featured on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” are scheduled to appear at the third annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day on Sunday, Aug. 12.
The Talbot County Watermen’s Association announced the appearance this week, with the men coming to the festival, held at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, that celebrates Chesapeake watermen and their heritage.
“We are excited to have two of the Northwestern team to come visit us,” said Lisa Gowe, who coordinates the annual event.
Hansen, who attended last year’s appreciation day, and crewmate Anderson will be available for autographs throughout the day, and Hansen plans to be a passenger aboard one of the boats in the docking contest again this year.
“It was the total acceptance and hospitality from the people of Talbot County that made us feel so welcome and wanting to return. Also the sheer drive these people have to save and protect a resource. There were hundreds if not over a thousand that stayed in the pouring rain to support this cause,” said Hansen.
Activities begin at noon, with professionals competing in a spirited “Watermen’s Rodeo” boat docking contest in Fogg’s Cove. Following the boat docking contest — which is slated to end around 3 p.m. — the Pot Pie skiff rowing contest will begin followed by a small jigger throwing contest.
“The rowing competition is new this year. We have $100 prize for the children’s 10 to 15-year-old group and $500 for the adult 16 and older group,” said Gowe.
Live music will also start at noon, featuring the classic rock, country and blues of Bird Dog and Road Kings as they perform from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand.
Also beginning at noon, the day’s catch of steamed crabs will be served by Talbot watermen and volunteers in a traditional Maryland crab feast. Other food items include hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream.
“My favorite part of the day is the crab feast, I mean where else can you sit and eat crabs with hundreds of other people who love crabs as much as me?” said Hansen.
Kids and families can enjoy games and activities throughout the day, including model boat building and more.
Free boat rides on the museum’s replica buy boat, Mister Jim, will be available every half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bids can be placed on a number of silent auction items including artwork by Mark Castelli, alongside the museum’s Small Boat Shed.
Silent auction bids can be placed until 4 p.m. with proceeds supporting oyster restoration projects on the Bay.
“We are still looking for silent auction items,” said Gowe, “All the proceeds go to Talbot Water Association and to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. This is a great cause and the community is always very supportive.”
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has many features for guests including an up-close view of the museum’s floating fleet of historic Chesapeake vessels, along with a selection of working watermen’s boat.
Also on display are the museum’s exhibits of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse and the new “Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Bay Tugboats” exhibit, which are included with festival admission.
Admission will be collected at the gate for the day. Admission prices are adults $25, $16 for kids aged 6-17, and children under six are admitted free. Museum members get discounted admission of $15 per adult, $6 for kids.
The 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. event is hosted by the Talbot County Watermen’s Association in cooperation with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
August 12 brings Watermen’s Appreciation Day, crab feast to CBMM
Edgar Hansen of Deadliest Catch’s F/V Northwestern (Discovery Channel) will be at event
Come to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD on Sunday, August 12 to celebrate Chesapeake watermen and their heritage at the 3rd Annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day. Festival-goers will enjoy hot crabs, cold beer, a boat docking contest, and live music beginning at noon with Bird Dog and the Road Kings.
Coming back to this year’s event is reality TV star Edgar Hansen, from the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.” Hansen, of the F/V Northwestern––will be available for autographs throughout the day and plans to be a passenger aboard one of the boats in the docking contest.
The event is hosted by the Talbot County Watermen’s Association in cooperation with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Beginning at 11am, you can watch professionals in a spirited “Watermen’s Rodeo” boat docking contest along Fogg’s Cove. Following the boat docking contest—which is slated to end around 3:30pm, a jigger-throwing contest entertains event-goers, with winners taking home bragging rights for farthest toss.
Starting at noon, the classic rock, country, and blues sounds of Bird Dog and the Road Kings will have people tapping their toes and dancing along the museum’s waterfront as the region’s favorite band plays live from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand. Also beginning at noon, the day’s catch of steamed crabs will be served by Talbot waterman and volunteers in a traditional Maryland crab feast. Beer, water/soda, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, cake, and snow cones will be available throughout the event.
Kids and families can enjoy games and activities throughout the day, including model boat building and more. Free boat rides on the museum’s replica buyboat, Mister Jim, will be available every half hour from 10:30 to 4:30pm.
Bids can be placed on a number of silent auction items—including artwork by Marc Castelli, alongside the museum’s Small Boat Shed. Silent auction bids can be made up until 4:30pm, with proceeds supporting oyster restoration projects on the bay.
Throughout the day, festival-goers can get an up-close view of the museum’s floating fleet of historic Chesapeake vessels, along with a selection of working watermen’s boats. Entrance to all the museum’s exhibits—including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse and the new “Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Bay Tugboats” exhibit, is included with festival admission.
Admission to the 10am to 5pm event will be collected at the gate the day of the event and includes the Bird Dog and the Road Kings concert and crab feast at $25 for adults, $16 for kids 6-17, and under-six admitted for free. Museum members get discounted admission at $15 per adult, and $6 for kids 6-17. Proceeds benefit CBMM and the Talbot County Watermen’s Association. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-5011
Talbot Co. watermen help restore oyster bars
Worked at Peanut Bar in Neavitt last week
By ERIN FLUHARTY Staff Writer The Star Democrat Tuesday may 12,2012
NEAVITT Local watermen last week restored oyster bars in Neavitt as part of the Habitat Oyster Restoration project with help from the Maryland Department of Natural Resouces.
More than $2 million is earmarked annually for local watermen from license fees and bushel tax, Bunky Chance, Talbot County Watermen’s Association president, said.
”These funds are ones watermen have contributed for restoring these bars,” Chance said. “A lot of these bars have sunk or are no longer active and we are trying to reclaim by restoring.”
Chance, who is working with Captain John Hamilton of Bozman on the buy boat Myrtle Virginia, hosed slightly more than 5,000 bushels of shells on Peanut Bar off Neavitt last week. All shells need to be planted well before June for the best chance of spat growth, Chance said.
“We are leaving dock at midnight or 1 a.m., go to Sixfoot Knoll to dredge oysters and then go plant the shells in designated areas; in this case Neavitt,” he said. “When we get back to the dock, a lot of the time it is after dark, almost 24-hour runs.”
Oyster shells are evenly hosed off both sides of the boats to assure the distribution to the bar is equal. Chance said it can take up to three hours to unload all oyster shells off the boat.
“This program is a necessity for those of us who want to continue to oyster and see our Bay grow again,” he said.
Captain Guy Spurry of the Challenger and his mate Joe Spurry are working the same rotations. Spurry’s boat will hold roughly 4,000 bushel of shells at a time.
“I do this to make a living,” Guy Spurry, who has participated in the program for 19 years, said. “It is a great program. We still need to rely on Mother Nature, but this program really helps.”
Years ago, more watermen could lay shell, but over the years the numbers have diminished, he added.
“I hope this program lasts. We all have to adapt to change,” Guy Spurry said.
Watermen are adding oyster shells to public oyster bars in Talbot, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, Wicomico, Somerset, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties.
Each site location will receive oyster shells on a three-day rotation. Once each county receives shells, the rotations will begin again.
These shells are dredged from Sixfoot Knoll, an area where the DNR previously placed 200,000 bushels of recycled shell in Anne Arundel County, not from the historic oyster bar. The area also is known for a high oyster mortality rate because of fresh water kills.
“Only 200,000 bushel of shell that was previously planted can be removed,” Michael Naylor, shellfish program director for DNR.
“It is our hope that sending these shells to the lower Bay will help spat growth,” said Naylor, who also is on the DNR’s Oyster Advisory Committee. “In turn, this could potentially be a beginning for spat growth at other locations throughout the Bay.”