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Free Fishing Day & License Free Fishing Areas in Maryland!

Update: July 17, 2014
License Free Fishing Areas

You are required to observe all other fishing laws and regulations. A free MD/PRFC angler registration is also required for anglers fishing without a license in designated license free fishing areas, you may register online through dnr.maryland.gov/service/fishing_license.asp.

Anne Arundel
•Annapolis–Maryland Route 450 old bridge at the Severn River.

Baltimore County
•Cox’s Point on Back River and Deep Creek. Directions: Eastern Blvd. (Rt. 150) to Riverside Drive south.

Baltimore City
• Canton Recreational Pier at Boston Street
• Hull Street Recreational Pier – Directions: Key Highway to Hull Street north.
• Middle Branch Park from fishing pier south of the Hanover–Pottee Street Bridges, to Hanover Street Bridge over Middle Branch. Directions: Route 2 to Middle Branch Park

Caroline County
•Denton–Pier associated with G. Daniel Crouse Memorial Park on the east side of Choptank River north of Maryland Route 404 Bridge.

Cecil County
• Charlestown–Town-owned stone wharf on the Northeast River near the corner of Conestoga and Water Streets and the historic site of Charlestown Wharf.
•North East–North East Community Park at mouth of North East Creek.

Charles County
• Friendship Landing–County-owned pier and property adjacent to the pier off Friendship Landing Road southeast of Ironsides Riverside Road (Rt. 425) on Nanjemoy Creek.

Dorchester County
•Cambridge–Long Wharf from south end of city-owned bulkhead associated with the Municipal Yacht Basin within Cambridge Creek to the end of east breakwater at mouth of the Municipal Yacht Basin.

Harford County
•Havre de Grace–Tydings Memorial Park within designated area, and pier at the end of Congress Street.

Kent County
• Chestertown–Maryland Route 213 Bridge over Chester River.
•Worton–Bridge No. K-004 over Still Pond Creek on Still Pond Creek Road near Chestertown.

Somerset County
•Princess Anne – The Manokin River Park along approximately 350 feet of the south bank of the Manokin River west of the bridge at Somerset Avenue and the west side of that bridge.

Wicomico County
•Sharptown–Pier and town dock off Ferry Street on the Nanticoke River.
•Salisbury–Designated city-owned bulkhead on the Wicomico River between Mill Street and Division Street.
•Tyaskin Park–County-owned park on Wetipquin Creek west of Rt. 349 at Tyaskin.

Worcester County
•Pocomoke City–County-owned dock at Cedar Hall Landing near western terminus of Route 371 on Pocomoke River.
•Pocomoke City–City docks from Laurel Street boat ramp to U.S. Route 13 overpass and Winter Quarter dock on Pocomoke River.
•Snow Hill–County bridge on Porter’s Crossing Road west of U.S. Route 113 and east of Route 354 and Pocomoke River.
•Snow Hill-All city-owned riverfront property which includes Byrd Park, Sturgis Park, and city bulkheading adjacent to the municipal parking lot near the Route 12 bridge over the Pocomoke River.
•Ocean City – Northside Park – Town-owned pier and park at 125th Street.
•Ocean City – Chicago Avenue – Bulkhead between 2nd and 4th Streets.

For more information:
http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/license-free.aspx

Image Courtesy of Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Image Courtesy of Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Friday, July 4 is the last of 2014’s three license-free fishing days in Maryland. No fishing license or trout stamps are required to fish on these days.
Take a friend and your kids and just go fish.
For information on species, fishing locations, and limits visit the online Maryland Fishing Guide:
http://www.eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/


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HEALTH ALERT: NORTHERN CALVERT COUNTY, MD BEACHES RE-OPENED

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Image Courtesy of Calvert County, MD

The Calvert County Health Department has lifted restrictions at the northern Calvert County beaches recently closed due to a release of untreated waste from the Chesapeake Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant June 12. Samples from all of the north county beaches now show safe conditions for swimming and other water activities.

Image Courtesy of Calvert County MD

Image Courtesy of Calvert County MD

The Health Department will continue to perform weekly water quality testing from North Beach to Brownies Beach/Bayfront Park between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The department also conducts routine testing at all public bathing beaches in Calvert County.

http://www.co.cal.md.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=388


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URGENT HEALTH ALERT: NORTHERN CALVERT COUNTY, MD BEACHES CLOSED

June 18, 2014 Update
Northern Calvert County Beaches Reopened

The Calvert County Health Department has lifted restrictions at the northern Calvert County beaches recently closed due to a release of untreated waste from the Chesapeake Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant June 12. Samples from all of the north county beaches now show safe conditions for swimming and other water activities.

The Health Department will continue to perform weekly water quality testing from North Beach to Brownies Beach/Bayfront Park between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The department also conducts routine testing at all public bathing beaches in Calvert County.

http://www.co.cal.md.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=388

June 16, 2014 Update:

Announcement from Calvert County Health Department

Test results from the state lab last night (June 15, 2014) showed elevated bacterial levels along the 4 closed beaches in Northern Calvert. These bacteria can be dangerous to human health.

The Health Dept will continue to test water samples this week. We will notify you when the results show the water is safe for contact.

If you go fishing in an area close to Chesapeake Beach, including nearby tidal creeks, do not eat any raw seafood.

Remember that if a fish has bacteria on its skin, it can contaminate whatever it comes in contact with (kitchen countertops, sinks, etc.) until it is fully cooked.

Make sure you wash very well with soap and water if you handle anything that is in contact with the waters (including tidal creeks) in the area until we have clear lab results.
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June 13, 2014

Due to a release of untreated waste from the Chesapeake Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant late Thursday night (June 12), the waters of the following beaches are closed to wading and swimming until further notice:

• North Beach
• Windward Keys Beach
• Chesapeake Station Beach
• Bay Front Park/Brownies Beach

It is possible that contact or accidental swallowing of bay or tidal water in the area could lead to serious illness. Children are particularly susceptible to bacterial illness that can result from untreated sewage.

The Health Department wants to emphasize that well water for nearby residents is safe to drink and use for bathing. The discharge from the treatment plant does not contact the aquifer that supplies wells in Calvert County. The Health Department will continue to monitor the safety of the surrounding waters and notify the residents of Calvert of any changes.

The Chesapeake Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant operates under authority of the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE). MDE has been working with the Treatment Plant to upgrade the facility and prevent future untreated discharge. Any questions about the operation of the Plant should be directed to the Plant or to the Maryland Department of Environment.

http://www.co.cal.md.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=384


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American Girl Tea at Mount Clare Museum House in Baltimore, MD

Image Courtesy of Mount Clare  Museum House

Image Courtesy of Mount Clare Museum House

Doll fans of all ages will delight in the Tea with American Girl Caroline Abbot, Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Mount Clare is a 1760 colonial Georgian home built by one of Maryland’s leading patriots and one of Maryland’s first state senators, Charles Carroll, Barrister. Mount Clare was the center of Georgia Plantation, a self-sufficient plantation with a diverse community. Today, Mount Clare Museum House educates the public about all aspects of life on an 18th century plantation including the lives of enslaved Africans and indentured servants.

This makes Mount Claire Museum House an ideal location for a Tea with American Girl Caroline Abbott. During the War of 1812 Caroline’s father is kidnapped by the British. Learn about her life in the great lakes area during the War of 1812. Guests will enjoy hot chocolate and cookies and also make a historic craft inspired by the adventures of Caroline.

$10.00 non-member, $6.00 Member.
Pre-paid reservations are required.
For more information or to make reservations call Erica Davis at 410-837-3262 ext.101 or email at: ericad@borail.org.

http://mountclare.org/index.html


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Free Fishing in MD in 2014

Striped Bass Seasonal Maps
Image Courtesy of MD Department of Natural Resources

Anglers have several opportunities to fish without a license in Maryland. Normally a license is required to Fish in Maryland but there are a few exceptions to this requirement.

The first is there are specific areas in Maryland that are designated License Free Fishing Areas throughout the tidal portions of the Chesapeake Bay. You are required to observe all other fishing laws and regulations. A free MD/PRFC angler registration is also required for anglers fishing without a license in designated license free fishing areas, you may register online through dnr.maryland.gov/service/fishing_license.asp.


License Free Fishing Areas

You are required to observe all other fishing laws and regulations. A free MD/PRFC angler registration is also required for anglers fishing without a license in designated license free fishing areas, you may register online through dnr.maryland.gov/service/fishing_license.asp.

Anne Arundel
•Annapolis–Maryland Route 450 old bridge at the Severn River.

Baltimore County
•Cox’s Point on Back River and Deep Creek. Directions: Eastern Blvd. (Rt. 150) to Riverside Drive south.

Baltimore City
• Canton Recreational Pier at Boston Street
• Hull Street Recreational Pier – Directions: Key Highway to Hull Street north.
• Middle Branch Park from fishing pier south of the Hanover–Pottee Street Bridges, to Hanover Street Bridge over Middle Branch. Directions: Route 2 to Middle Branch Park

Caroline County
•Denton–Pier associated with G. Daniel Crouse Memorial Park on the east side of Choptank River north of Maryland Route 404 Bridge.

Cecil County
• Charlestown–Town-owned stone wharf on the Northeast River near the corner of Conestoga and Water Streets and the historic site of Charlestown Wharf.
•North East–North East Community Park at mouth of North East Creek.

Charles County
• Friendship Landing–County-owned pier and property adjacent to the pier off Friendship Landing Road southeast of Ironsides Riverside Road (Rt. 425) on Nanjemoy Creek.

Dorchester County
•Cambridge–Long Wharf from south end of city-owned bulkhead associated with the Municipal Yacht Basin within Cambridge Creek to the end of east breakwater at mouth of the Municipal Yacht Basin.
Harford County
•Havre de Grace–Tydings Memorial Park within designated area, and pier at the end of Congress Street.

Kent County
• Chestertown–Maryland Route 213 Bridge over Chester River.
•Worton–Bridge No. K-004 over Still Pond Creek on Still Pond Creek Road near Chestertown.

Somerset County
•Princess Anne – The Manokin River Park along approximately 350 feet of the south bank of the Manokin River west of the bridge at Somerset Avenue and the west side of that bridge.

Wicomico County
•Sharptown–Pier and town dock off Ferry Street on the Nanticoke River.
•Salisbury–Designated city-owned bulkhead on the Wicomico River between Mill Street and Division Street.
•Tyaskin Park–County-owned park on Wetipquin Creek west of Rt. 349 at Tyaskin.

Worcester County
•Pocomoke City–County-owned dock at Cedar Hall Landing near western terminus of Route 371 on Pocomoke River.
•Pocomoke City–City docks from Laurel Street boat ramp to U.S. Route 13 overpass and Winter Quarter dock on Pocomoke River.
•Snow Hill–County bridge on Porter’s Crossing Road west of U.S. Route 113 and east of Route 354 and
Pocomoke River.
•Snow Hill-All city-owned riverfront property which includes Byrd Park, Sturgis Park, and city bulkheading adjacent to the municipal parking lot near the Route 12 bridge over the Pocomoke River.
•Ocean City – Northside Park – Town-owned pier and park at 125th Street.
•Ocean City – Chicago Avenue – Bulkhead between 2nd and 4th Streets.

http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/license-free.aspx

The second option is that Maryland hosts Free Fishing Days. During a free fishing day, a person may catch and possess finfish in the tidal and nontidal waters of the State for recreational purposes without an angler’s license, Chesapeake Bay sportfishing license, or any fishing stamp normally required by the State, but shall otherwise observe all fishing laws and regulations. Maryland’s free fishing days are the first two Saturdays in June and July 4. In 2014, that’s June 07 & 14 and July 04.

Lastly, all those folks under 16 years of age are allowed to fish without a license.

http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/free-fishing.aspx

Get all the info regarding limits, etc. at:
http://www.eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/


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Win Free Tickets to The Annapolis, VA Arts and Crafts Festival

Image Courtesy of Visit Annapolis

Image Courtesy of Visit Annapolis

Win tickets to the Annapolis Arts, Crafts and Wine Festival, June 7 & 8, 2014. Free tickets will make a day filled with wine, art and music even more exciting.

The newly renamed Annapolis Arts, Crafts and Wine Festival 2014 is a two-day celebration of the arts in Annapolis, Maryland featuring the juried works of more than 200 fine artists and craftsmen, wine tastings, food, live entertainment and activities for the entire family. The festival will showcase the prized work of artists employing a variety of mediums—paintings, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry, fabric and wearable art, wood, leather, glass and photography. Enjoy wine tastings from over 15 Maryland wineries while shopping for arts and crafts – purchase wine by the glass or bottle under the new Wine and Specialty Food Pavilion.

Listen to music all day long. Children are welcome. Afterwards, visit colonial Annapolis with its many shops, restaurants, and boats sailing in and out the harbor.

To enter, go to: http://on.fb.me/1jdk87X


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Visit the Niña and Pinta in Maryland

Image Courtesy of The Columbus Foundation

Image Courtesy of The Columbus Foundation

Popular movies, like those in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, give viewers the impression that seafarers during the Golden Age of Pirates traveled the oceans in massive ships with ample cabins. Nearly 200 years earlier, in 1492, the reality was much different. When I first saw replicas of the Niña and Pinta, I was alternately appalled and amazed that discoverers set off in uncharted waters in such small crafts.

Now you can view the Niña, the most historically accurate Columbus replica ship ever built, at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM). Replicas of two of Christopher Columbus’ ships, the Niña and Pinta, are set to dock at CBMM in St. Michaels this May 10 – 18, with boarding opportunities available daily between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily for unscheduled, self-guided tours. Tickets include tours of both ships and will be available upon boarding at $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for students 5-16, with children 4 and under free. Museum admission is an additional cost for non-CBMM members.

The Niña is a replica of the ship on which Columbus sailed across the Atlantic on his three voyages of discovery to the new world beginning in 1492.  Columbus sailed the tiny ship over 25,000 miles.  It is an exact replica and was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools before her 1991 launch. The Pinta, an authentic reproduction of Christopher Columbus’ ship, was launched in 2005 in Valenca, Brazil.

Both ships tour together as a sailing museum dedicated to educating the public and school children. On board exhibits highlight the history of the Age of Discovery, navigation of the era, how the ships were built, and a taste of what life was like more than 500 years ago.

For More information:

The Columbus Foundation: http://thenina.com/index.html

The CBMM: http://www.cbmm.org/


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Tall Ship in Maryland from May 4 though May 10

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's

Image Courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

On the afternoon of Sunday, May 4 and through the early morning of Saturday, May 10, the schooner Sultana will visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD. A near replica of a British schooner that patrolled the North American coast just prior to the American Revolution,

The schooner will be docked harbor side at CBMM and sailing on the Chesapeake with students throughout the week. It serves as an on-the-water classroom for learning about the history and environment of the Chesapeake Bay. Sultana provides day-long programs as well as live-aboard programs for participants.

The Sultana will be open for boarding to all museum visitors from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6. The tour is free for museum members or with general admission.

During Sultana’s visit, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s waterfront campus and 12 exhibit buildings are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.


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Free Jazz Concert in Maryland

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Image Courtesy of Caroline County Council of Arts

Eric Byrd Trio
Friday, March 14, 7pm, Free Admission!
Central Library, 100 Market St., Denton, MD 21629

The Eric Byrd Trio is comprised of musicians whose vision is to glorify the age of traditional jazz while providing an energetic and modern approach to standards and original compositions at the same time. As true ambassadors of jazz, the Eric Byrd Trio has performed internationally for over 10 years. With several studio albums released, the EBT has enjoyed immense popularity and recognition from fans and government officials alike. They are former Kennedy Center/United States State Department Jazz Ambassadors which provided them the opportunity to tour countries like Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Honduras and Trinidad.

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Annapolis Film Festival Sweepstakes

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Image Courtesy of VisitAnnapolis.org

On March 27-30 the Annapolis Film Festival (AFF) returns to town with over 70 films. VisitAnnapolis is proud to announce our support for the AFF with a Sweepstake.

ENTER TO WIN – Two (2) Four Day Passes to the AFF and Three (3) nights’ accommodation at the O’Callaghan’s Hotel in the heart of the Film Festival.

Click Here to Enter https://api-apps.com/s/B7VM5r

Set for March 27, 2014 to March 30, the Annapolis Film Festival (AFF) returns to add to last year’s success. Featuring more than 80 movies—including 20 international films—in five venues across the city, organizers hope to build upon last year’s progress while bringing the community together through film. Tickets are $12 per showing. Tickets for the opening show, Jamesy Boy, are $30 for the screening and after-party. Festival passes are $95, allowing entry to any show, panel discussion, and event.

For more information about the film festival, check out: http://www.visitannapolis.org/film-festival/