FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Oct. 2, 2007
Annapolis Maritime Museum presents ‘Grand ole Osprey’ at Maryland Hall
The Annapolis Maritime Museum will host the first annual “Grand ole Osprey” music and arts program and live auction at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007. The event will kick off with a VIP Reception from 5 - 6:30 p.m. followed by a musical program from 7 - 9 p.m.
“The Grand ole Osprey is a celebration of the Chesapeake Bay with a wonderfully unique evening of local music, photographic images of the Bay and fun for the whole family,” said Deb Smith, co-chair of the event and an a member of the Museum’s Board of Directors. “This event is in support of the Museum’s ongoing education programs, which serve to connect our students, residents and visitors alike with the maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay.”
The program will feature Tom Wisner, the “Bard of the Bay,” whose classic Bay song “Chesapeake Born,” inspired a National Geographic documentary. Tom will be joined by the musicians he’s mentored over the years, Janie Meneely and Paul DiBlasi, and Them Eastport Oyster Boys, who will perform their original songs inspired by the Bay. The Annapolis Chorale, the Annapolis Youth Chorus, the George Fox Middle School Ukulele Ensemble, and the Mt. Zion U.M. Church Gospel Choir will also be on tap, along with a woodwind quintet, which will perform the original classical composition “Thomas Point Suite” by Randy Neilson. The backdrop for all the great music will be provided by award-winning photographer David Harp, whose images of the Bay will be projected onto the screen above the stage.
Actors from Annapolis I Remember will interpret the oral histories of watermen and workers at the McNasby Oyster Company, the last oyster-packing plant in the City. The Museum is currently renovating the historic structure, which will serve as a world-class waterfront educational facility to be called the Bay Experience Center. Proceeds from the event will help support the Maritime Museum’s educational programs and future development.
For more information or to purchase event tickets, visit www.annapolismaritimemuseum.org or call 410-295-0104.