Headlining this month’s First Free Friday was a performance by The U.S. Navy Commodores, a jazz ensemble. The ensemble’s setlist explored subgenres within jazz, including classic American big band, vocalist Blues, and Latin Jazz, all to positive crowd reception. The 18-piece group also celebrated their return to Solomons on the PNC Waterside Pavilion after one decade, as remarked by unit leader and alto saxophonist William C. Mulligan. Highlights of the performance include a Frank Sinatra cover, led by two-year veteran vocalist Kristine Hsia.
Visitors were offered an opportunity to board a cruise on the historic WM B. Tennison free of charge, sponsored by the Community Bank of the Chesapeake. Through the acquisition of the J.C. Lore & Sons oyster house and the buy-boat Tennison in 1979 by sponsorship of the U.S Department of Interior, Calvert Marine Museum is able today to use the two historic pieces to preserve and teach watermen culture in Southern Maryland and beyond to all visitors.
Despite the evening’s rainy weather, the museum grounds were packed with families exploring the various activities and exhibits. First Free Friday is staffed by volunteers of the Calvert Marine Museum. The volunteers host special displays, such as a showcase of fossils from the museum’s study collections and demonstrations of nautical knot-tying.
The next Calvert Marine Museum’s First Free Friday event will be held on November 6, 2015 featuring a performance by local musicians, Song Circle.
Alexya Brown / Calvert Beacon Intern
Editor’s Note: Please welcome Alexya Brown, who is our newest intern. She is the school’s representative to the Calvert Board of Education.