Chesapeake Bay Magazine's Talk of the Bay

Summers come and summers go, but we’re not ready to let go of this one quite yet! So much Bay to discover out there and only 30 September days! Hard as it may be for you and us to believe, the September 2013 issue of Chesapeake Bay Magazine is in fact on its way to newstands and subscribers now. Look for managing editor Ann Levelle’s story on the two distinct faces (north and south) of Herring Bay, Wendy Mitman Clarke’s take on Kennersley Point Marina off the Chester River (Yes, Wendy’s back! Look for a feature story from her next month!), and George Carrigan’s Cruise of the Month on a charmed and charming visit to Tangier Island, under the care of its “unofficial goodwill ambassador,” Milton Parks. Other features include a side-by-side comparison—a tale of the tape, as it were—of the Bay’s two powerhouse ports, Baltimore and Hampton Roads; and writer Larry Chowning’s walk down memory lane with 81-year-old Duck Ruark of Deltaville, Va., who still remembers the days of cargo schooners on the Bay, his own family’s Maggie in particular.

If you need more inspiration for the last couple of months of Bay adventures, allow us to suggest a bit of online rummaging. Just go to the front page of our website,, and click on “Quick Cruises” to browse through our archive of Cruise of the Month articles, organized by state. In addition to this month’s Tangier article, the most recent archived cruises of the month include last year’s cruises to Maryland’s Corsica River, off the Chester; Virginia’s Mobjack Bay; the Captain Salem Avery House on Maryland’s West River; Virginia’s Little Wicomico River; Port Deposit, Md.; and good ol’ Calvert Cliffs (which includes detailed information on access points and places stay while your fossil hunting). See you on the Bay!

Looking for boats of all kinds built by Maryland's best? Or boats from Delmarva dealers? Come to the Maryland Boatbuilders and Dealers Expo September 20-22 at the Cambridge Yacht Club and Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin. Entry fee benefits Richardson Maritime Museum.

Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa  is offering its Stay & Play Hotel Package, which includes overnight accommodations, $25 for game play, 20% off spa services, and a $25 resort voucher. Advanced reservations are suggested. Valid until 8/31/13. Restrictions apply. Call 866-312-5596.

Knapp's Narrows Marina is offering a special deal for transient dockage for September. Stay two nights and you will get the third night free. Call for availability. 410-886-2720

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum offers free day-docking at their members-only marina for all family-level memberships and above. To join call 410-745-2916 or online at

Spring Cove Marina in Solomons is continuing its Transient Rewards Program. Earn points for a free night with every stay. 410-326-2161

The Annapolis Brokerage Show is NEW this year at the United States Powerboat Show, Oct. 3-6, 2013, and will feature a large selection of previously owned boats for immediate sale. One admission price for both shows.

Eat, drink and be festive this weekend at the Tangier Island Homecoming Festival, the Bluegrass Festival at Point Lookout Marina, National Harbor's Crab and Beer Festival, and the 12-Ounce (Beer-Can) Regatta in Annapolis. Details and lots more events can be found on our Cruiser's Calendar.

15-million-year-old whale fossil found on Potomac riverbank


Did you know you can fish license-free in Maryland's designated areas?

CBM's own John Stefancik was trimmer for the 2013 J/27 North American champions

Snakeheads carry virus that may be harmful to the Bay's bass population

Corpses, sunken ships, gold bullion, and dirty bombs make Deadrise a great choice for summer reading

Flag etiquette. Cruiser's Exchange explores this fine nautical tradition.

Sportsman Boats' Masters 227 center console will serve both hardcore light tackle anglers and water-loving families. Review by John Page Williams

Time to take Conowingo Dam owner to task for Bay sediment?


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