There was a lot to cover on the Calvert Marine Museum grounds. Environmentalists were talking to everyone about saving the Chesapeake Bay and wildlife. Exhibits were plentiful along with persons capable of answering questions on their exhibit. Men were fascinated with the antique engines, while the ladies seemed to be drawn to the arts and crafts, especially the jewelry and the purses, bags, candle holders and sun catchers. Face painting was the order of the day for the kids, along with the fish, horseshoe crabs and other wildlife that were in large pools around the grounds. Boats on display that were in the process of being built or had been built.
Inside the museum, the Coast Guard Auxiliary was busy passing out literature on safe boating. John Johnson was demonstrating knot tying. SMECO’s Tom Dennison was conversing with people on saving energy and passing out flashlights, lunchboxes and shopping bags. Youngsters were fascinated with the boats and aquariums.
Music was in the Corbin Pavilion and the PNC Waterside Stage. Riverside South, Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition, GrooveSpan, Southern Maryland Orchestra, Patuxent Voices, Some Assembly, Mac Walter, Gary Rue/Smoke Creek Rounders and Mermalaide were there to entertain the attendees. There was wine tasting from the local vineyards in the Corbin Pavilion. Across the road from the museum, pony rides were being given in the field. Visitors were climbing up the stairs to tour the Drum Point Lighthouse. Boat rides were available for those who wanted a tour of the creek and river. If you were a person who likes books, there were authors there to sign your book or just answer your questions.
PRAD would not be complete without the favorite food vendors. The Rotary Club was offering popcorn shrimp, oyster sandwiches, and knockwurst and kraut. Myra Campbell New Orleans Catering was offering fried fish and crab cakes. Calvert Sportsman Club had the beer concession. Maggie Moo had ice cream, sorbet and drinks. Calvert Kettle Corn was doing business with their kettle corn. Boomerangs was offering burgers and pulled pork sandwiches.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon