Sultana Might Have a Job For You

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Do you like working with children, spending time outdoors, and traveling around the Chesapeake Bay? If so, the Sultana Education Foundation (SEF) may have a job for you!

As SEF looks towards 2019, the Foundation is looking to fill seven program staff positions, both on the schooner SULTANA, and with its paddling programs. Here is a quick look at the available positions at SEF.

Schooner SULTANA

Second Captain – year round/full-time
Education Director
Educator/Deckhands
Cook

Paddling Programs

Paddling Program Director – year-round/full-time
Assistant Paddling Program Director
Paddling Program Associate

Click here for complete job descriptions and application instructions.

Founded in 1997, the Sultana Education Foundation is a private nonprofit dedicated to providing unique, hands-on educational opportunities that promote stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay’s historic, cultural, and environmental legacies. The Foundation is a two-time recipient of the National Maritime Historical Foundation’s Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education.

Revitalized Chestertown Marina One of the Headliners for Downrigging Weekend 2018

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The Sultana Education Foundation has announced the schedule for its annual Downrigging Weekend Tall Ship and Wooden Boat Festival, set for October 26–29, in Chestertown, Maryland.  Now in its 18th year, Downrigging Weekend is one of the largest annual tall ship gatherings in North America and features four days of tall ship sails, deck tours, concerts, lectures, films exhibits and family activities.

 

Unique among tall ship festivals on the East Coast, Downrigging Weekend offers visitors the opportunity sail on a fleet of tall ships. Over the course of Downrigging Weekend, an impressive array of historic vessels—including KALMAR NYCKEL (the state ship of Delaware), the schooners VIRGINIA, LYNX, LADY MARYLAND, and SULTANA, and skipjacks SIGSBEE and ELSWORTH—will take passengers out for four joint sails on the Chester River. Sailing tickets begin at $25 and are available at sultanaeducation.org. Visitors can also visit and tour the ships at the dock during one of several scheduled free open houses.  Those looking for more comfort for their voyage on the Chester also have the opportunity to cruise on Chestertown’s own River Packet.

This year’s event will serve also as the unveiling for Chestertown’s newly revitalized waterfront. Following two years of construction, and $6.2 million in improvements, visitors to Downrigging will be welcomed by larger, state-of-the-art floating piers, a raised parking lot, a new Marina office, public bathrooms and showers, and extensive landscaping.

The Downrigging Weekend festivities won’t stop at the water’s edge.  This year’s events will feature the return of the Delmarva Dock Dogs competition hosted by Kingstown Farm, Home and Garden. Taking place on both Saturday and Sunday, this competition will see dogs from all over the region compete to see who can leap the furthest. Local dog owners are welcome to enter their dogs in the competition and registration and scheduling information can be found at dockdogs.com.

The Festivals’ on-the-water events will be rounded out by an exhibit of Classic Cars and Boats on the waterfront in conjunction with the Antique & Classic Boat Society, a waterside 5K and half-marathon hosted by the Chester River Association, and concerts by The Eastport Oyster Boys, Levi Stephens, and the High and Wides. Visitors this year won’t have to leave the River to hear music, thanks to a new waterfront stage hosting performances by Betty and the Bullet, the Mountain Lion String Band, the Chestertown Ukulele Club, Apache Trails, and the Dovetail Trio.

For those interested in maritime history, lectures will take place throughout the weekend.  On Friday evening, John Brady, President and CEO of the Independence Seaport Museum, will talk about the 1892 cruiser OLYMPIA. Saturday afternoon, Press Harding will perform “Boy in the Boatyard,” a performance of music, spoken word and images inspired by his childhood in Wingate, Maryland, and the Bookplate will host a talk on Gilbert Byron and his work by author Jacques T. Baker.

Art will be a major theme for Downrigging, including an exhibit by Marc Castelli, “Minding the Dogvane,” at the Carla Massoni Gallery, as well as the Artworks annual Studio Tour. The Kent County Arts Council has produced a new play specifically for Downrigging Weekend by playwright Earl Price, “Unlading,” which tells the story 23 enslaved Africans as they are “unladed” from a Dutch Man of War.

Also back this year is the enormously popular annual nighttime illumination of the tall ships and fireworks display over Chestertown’s historic harbor.

For a full schedule, or to register for a Downrigging Weekend sail, please visit www.sultanaeducation.org.

 

Nice: Sultana Wins Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race for Second Time in Three Years

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For the second time in three years, Captain Michael Fiorentino and the crew of the Sultana Education Foundation’s schooner SULTANA claimed victory in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race.  This annual race sees a fleet of over 30 schooners race the length of the Chesapeake from Annapolis to Norfolk to benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.  Sultana completed the 118 Nautical Mile race in an astonishing 16 hours and 15 minutes, averaging approximately 7.5 knots under sail for the duration of the race.

SULTANA competed in the “AA Class” of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, which sees her compete against the largest schooners, including VIRGINIA, LADY MARYLAND, COLUMBIA, and AJ MEEERWALD – all vessels whose designs are considerably more modern.   Using “corrected time,” a handicapping system that accounts for the differences in the competing vessels’ designs, SULTANA claimed victory by a margin of almost two hours over the second place finisher COLUMBIA, and four hours over the third place schooner LADY MARYLAND. 

Following the conclusion of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, SULTANA is scheduled to sail north to Solomons Island, Maryland to provide educational programs for Calvert County Schools in conjunction with he Calvert Marine Museum, before heading home to Chestertown for the Sultana Education Foundation’s annual Downrigging Weekend Tall Ship and Wooden Boat Festival on October 26-28.

Sultana Education Foundation Partners with Gunston School for Chesapeake Watershed Semester Kickoff

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Free Public Presentation on Thursday, September 27, 6:00 PM, at Sultana Education Foundation

Join Director of Watershed Restoration and former Pennsylvania Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Matt Ehrhart, for a free discussion on the Stroud Water  Research Center, a Pennsylvania non-profit that is leading the effort to help farmers use best management practices for whole farm restoration—preventing fresh water pollution in the Chesapeake Bay at its source.

Through extensive public and private partnerships as well as intensive outreach and education for farmers in the Chesapeake’s Pennsylvania freshwater tributaries, the Stroud Water Research Center helps landowners secure the best program funding to suit their farms and properties.

This talk is free to the public, with no registration required.

Sultana Education Foundation connects people to the Chesapeake Bay’s history, ecology, and culture, inspiring them to preserve and restore America’s largest estuary through land- and-water-based experiential education.  To learn more about Sultana Education Foundation’s public or school programs, visit sultanaeducation.org.

About the Sultana Education Foundation

Founded in 1997, the Sultana Education Foundation is a private nonprofit dedicated to providing unique, hands-on educational opportunities that promote stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay’s historic, cultural, and environmental legacies.   The Foundation is a two-time recipient of the National Maritime Historical Foundation’s Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education.

Sultana Snapshots: SEF and Gunston School Kick Off Chesapeake Watershed Semester

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Over a three-day, two-night kayak overnight trip from September 4-6, Sultana Education Foundation’s staff naturalists helped kickoff the Gunston School’s new Chesapeake Watershed Semester program. Throughout the course of the fall, Chesapeake Watershed Semester (CWS) introduces high school students to the complex environmental, political and cultural landscape of the Chesapeake Bay watershed through classroom and field experiences.

Gunston’s Chesapeake Watershed Semester student Zach Goss examines a longnose gar while paddling with Sultana Education Foundation on the Nanticoke River.

13 students and three CWS staff joined Sultana Education Foundation paddling educators to start their semester by exploring three rivers on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland—the Nanticoke, the Pocomoke, and the Little Choptank. From the pristine swamplands of the Upper Nanticoke to the Pocomoke’s primordial stands of bald cypress, the students explored some of the diverse habitat contained in the Chesapeake Bay’s 64,000 square mile watershed.

Chesapeake Watershed Semester students explored the bald cypress swamps of the Pocomoke River.

“We were honored to be asked by Gunston to lead the very first trip of their new, innovative program,” said Sultana Education Foundation Vice President Chris Cerino. “It was a great experience for everyone involved. In addition to seeing an amazing array of Chesapeake ecosystems, it was an important bonding activity for the students as they kicked off their semester.”

Sultana Education Foundation connects people to the Chesapeake Bay’s history, ecology, and culture, inspiring them to preserve and restore America’s largest estuary through land- and-water-based experiential education. To learn more about Sultana Education Foundation’s public or school programs, visit sultanaeducation.org.

Sultana Snapshots: Scott’s Point Findings to Share

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Photo by Kate Livie

The Scott’s Point area, historically African American, had many more homes than exist today—some of which were on the property where the Marina work is happening now. Though those buildings might be gone, there are reminders of the busy 19th century community that once existed here in the soil. These pieces of glass, salt glazed stoneware, transferware, milk glass and various crocks would have been thrown into a kitchen midden or privy vault when broken in daily use.

They’ve been unearthed by the construction at the waterfront; a reminder that no matter the century, Chestertown’s waterfront has always been a well-loved, well-used and important part of our river community.

The Sultana Education Foundation in Chestertown offers a diverse variety of history and science-based field programs serving students and teachers throughout Maryland and beyond. For more information please go here.

 

Sultana Snapshots: Radcliffe Creek Gets an “A” for Wild Celery

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This summer the Sultana Education Foundation went paddling up Radcliffe Creek with a group of teachers from Kent School, Radcliffe Creek School, and Kent County Middle School as part of a collaborative effort to plan field trips for their 7th grade students during the upcoming school year. On its most recent report card, the Chester River Association (now part of ShoreRivers) gave Radcliffe Creek a grade of “D” for poor water clarity and high nutrient levels. However, on this particular day, the water was running clear and the streambed revealed thick, lush grass beds full of wild celery. Wild celery is a native grass that provides important habitat for a wide variety of marine organisms and serves as an important food source for waterfowl. The short video was filmed and narrated by SEF Vice President Chris Cerino, who expresses his astonishment at the conditions observed in the creek that day.

The proliferation of submerged aquatic vegetation (also known as SAVs) in Radcliffe Creek coincides with an upward trend for grasses Bay-wide. In 2017, the Chesapeake contained over 100,000 acres of SAVs for the first time since scientists started monitoring SAV levels in the late 1970s. The grasses serve as a keystone species for Bay health, as they can only survive in water clear enough to allow sunlight to reach the bottom. Thus, increasing levels of grasses generally coincide with healthier water conditions in the estuary.

The Sultana Education Foundation in Chestertown offers a diverse variety of history and science-based field programs serving students and teachers throughout Maryland and beyond. For more information please go here

 

Sell Out Expected for Sultana Gala

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Don’t say that you weren’t warned!   With just two weeks remaining before the Sultana  Education Foundation’s 22nd Annual Gala, “Smoke & Mirrors,” only 130 tickets remain for this landmark event.  If past years are any indication, remaining tickets will be spoken for well before the curtain goes up on September 15th.

Gala revelers at “Smoke  & Mirrors” will enjoy a delicious meal from Occasions Catering, refreshments provided by JJ’s Deli and Liquors, dancing, and an amazing performance by the Illusionists of Cirque-tacular.  Based in New York, Cirque-tacular has gained a nationwide reputation for their show-stopping performances, which feature an array of tricks including sleight of hand, optical illusions, and even conjuring and transformations.   Following the performance, the floor will clear and the evening will close with dancing to the sounds of the Monocacy Music Factory.

Sultana’s 2018 Annual Gala will take place at the waterfront farm of Tom and Pam Maher outside of Chestertown.  The event is Sultana’s largest annual fundraiser, with proceeds supporting the Foundation’s award-winning Chesapeake Bay Field Programs for Eastern Shore students.

The Sultana Education Foundation is again proud to have Mastercard North America as the lead sponsor for its 2018 Annual Gala, as well as significant sponsorship support from Chesapeake Bank and TrustRBC Wealth Management, and J.J.’s Deli and Liquors.  Support from these corporations will allow Sultana to dedicate more than 80% of the cost of each Annual Gala ticket directly to underwriting educational programs.

Please visit www.sultanaeducation.org or call 410-778-5954 for additional information and tickets.

Schooner Sultana Offers Sunday Sails During 2018 Tea Party Festival

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Visit the historic port of Chestertown, Maryland this weekend to sail on the schooner SULTANA during the Chestertown Tea Party Festival. This annual event—commemorating Chestertown’s colonial protest of British tea taxes in 1774—offers the best of small-town Chesapeake life with food, music, craft vendors and entertainment. During the festival, the schooner SULTANA will be in port for a host of public sails. Although Saturday sails are fully booked, tickets are still available for sails on Sunday, providing participants with a unique perspective on the festival’s waterfront events.

SULTANA’s two-hour public sails are a great way to sail the Chester River onboard a traditional schooner. Passengers are encouraged to help raise the sails, steer using SULTANA’s seven-foot long tiller, and explore the authentically reproduced crew’s quarters below-decks.

On Sunday, May 27th, the schooner will depart from the town dock at 10:00am, returning to port at 12pm in time to take full advantage of the ongoing Tea Party festivities in Wilmer Park. The second sail departs at 1pm and returns at 3:00pm, giving participants a view of the action at the annual Tea Party Raft Race.

Advance reservations are recommended for all sails and can be completed online or by contacting the Sultana Education Foundation office at 410-778-5954. Online registration is available until midnight of the preceding day of the program. If available, tickets may be purchased at the dock before the sail. For more information or reservations, please visit www.sultanaeducation.org.