Volume 14, Issue 51 ~ December 21 - December 28, 2006

Organize the Next 365 Days
with a Chesapeake Calendar

Local choices keep you Bay-centered all year

by Carrie Madren

A calendar isn’t so different from a crystal ball. Both can guide you to what lies ahead. See into the future to discover what day your birthday falls on in 2007; chart the holidays and plan ahead to commemorate their real meaning; find that a Christmas Tuesday allows for an extra-long weekend. Then it’s up to you and time to fill in the blanks on 365 days and 12 months ahead.

Like the years they organize, calendars come and calendars go. This year, we’ve found fewer local calendars — like Chesapeake Beach’s annual town calendar — with more regional, mass-produced calendars filling in the blanks.

We’ve gathered 11 regional wall calendars and one photo note card collection to keep you organized and bring Chesapeake Country into your planning each month. From the bare-skinned gents of the Kent Island Fire Department to Chesapeake scenes to Chessies, how will your year look?


Chesapeake Bay Retrievers

In this annual Chesapeake Bay Retrievers wall calendar, canines in a range of brown hues play, splash and pose in their favorite element, the outdoors. Along with sporting dogs, you’ll find major holidays and solstices.

Published by Willow Creek Press: www.calendars.com: $12.99.


Chesapeake Bay, Naturally 2007

The Bay’s many moods make for fine art captured by photographer David Harp in Chesapeake Bay, Naturally. Scenes this year include a blue flag framed by an azure sky, a snow-covered dock, a marshy horizon and a pair of geese silently swimming at sunset.

Buy this calendar to benefit the nonprofit Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, advocating and teaching on the Bay since 1971.

Published by TideMark Press: www.tide-mark.com/chesapeake.html: $13.95.


Maryland 2007 Calendar: America in Miniature

Tour the diverse landscapes of Maryland, called America in Miniature by National Geographic magazine in 1927. From the Chesapeake waters to Appalachian Mountains, see Maryland through the eyes of photographer Middleton Evans, who’s captured a wooden three-mast sailing ship on the Chesapeake, log canoe races, blue crabs, colorful kite contests and snow-covered bridges.

In addition to holidays, each month includes annual events and stories of local lore.

Ravenwood Press: www.ravenwoodpress.com/catalog/calendar.htm; 410-877-2432: $12.95.



Maryland Natural Resource 2007 Calendar

Travel through 2007 — starting with a red fox darting through snow — visiting scenes and spying wildlife in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ 2007 calendar. Photos are 2006 prizewinners taken by nature lovers from all over the state. With your monthly art, you’ll also find facts on state wildlife, locations and activities featured in

the art.

Order at www.dnr.maryland.gov or 410-260-8009: $9.99


The Gents of Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department 2007 Calendar

The men of Kent Island dare to bare in this sepia-toned calendar. Well-placed fire-fighting equipment and other obstructions keep you guessing while raising money for a new fire station. Some 70 bare men — and a team of fully clothed kids in grown men’s firefighting attire — pose around the fire department and show off Kent Island businesses. The locals aren’t supermodels, but they will ignite smiles and smirks throughout 2007. Let’s hope they don their fireproof gear before returning to their day job.

Send check to: Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 27, Stevensville, MD 21666;

410-643-5638: $10 plus $3 shipping/handling.


Chesapeake Bay Watermen

In its 16th year, the Chesapeake Bay Watermen’s calendar takes you out on the Bay with the men and women who make their living there. This year, find scenes from Norfolk, Virginia to Annapolis, including a Marion Warren photograph to kick off 2007, an oyster tonger on the James River, Thomas Point lighthouse at sunset and a Christmas-bedecked Susan’s Seafood in New Church, Virginia. Each month, icons of watermen and women, and their tools, create haunting beauty that makes work into art. Photographers include Bryan Hatchett and David Harp, in addition to the tribute image by Marion Warren, who died this year at 86.

Each month includes a seasonal Bay recipe. So in April you’ll treat your honey with Mom’s Honey Dressing, and you’ll season your holiday dinner with Crunch Crusted Rockfish.

Published by RatMink, Inc., Hampton, VA: 757-722-7712. $13.95 at local bookstores and shops.


Chesapeake Beach 2007

Chesapeake Beach’s residents — and visitors — have been snapping photos all year long for the 7th annual 2007 Chesapeake Beach calendar. Calendar editors sifted through hundreds of submissions to find the most beautiful and telling photos for this year. This annual town calendar features Chesapeake Bay vistas, a solitary bugle player on the beach, bursting Independence Day fireworks and sunset across the docks.

Chesapeake Beach residents receive their calendar by mail; anyone else may pick up one of the 11,000 copies around town in local businesses, libraries and town hall. Free: 301-855-8398.


Old Farmer’s Almanac 2007 Gardening Calendar

Tack this colorful calendar up for year-round gardening advice. Each month, the Old Farmer’s Almanac 2007 Gardening Calendar features bright flora drawings of seasonal plants. Read to find out plant lore and garden reminders. Also find tips on when to plant what and find out how to attract butterflies. In December, see why cyclamen make a good poinsettia alternative.

As a bonus, the last page features an outdoor planting table with a U.S. map, so you’ll get your celery in the ground under a favorable moon (March 18-31).

Published by The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Dublin, OH: 800-223-3166; www.almanac.com/store: $11.99.


John Smith’s 400th Anniversary Calendar

Nine different Southern Maryland organizations and non-profits join forces this year to create a calendar in celebration of John Smith’s journey around the Chesapeake 400 years ago. The groups are American Chestnut Land Trust, Calvert Marine Museum, Chesapeake Bay Lab, Kings Landing Park, Flag Ponds Nature Park, Sotterly Plantation, Historic St. Mary’s City, Greenwell State Park and Jefferson Patterson Park.

Each of the nine groups submitted a photo for the calendar. For example, American Chestnut Land Trust features canoers on Parker’s Creek; the Calvert Marine Museum depicts its lighthouse.

The full-sized, sepia-tone calendar was supported by the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network under the National Park Service and designed by Jennifer Seidel. Pick up your copy at the Prince Frederick library or Calvert tourist information sites. Free: American Chestnut Land Trust: 410-414-3400.


Calvert Memorial Hospital

Order a year of good health with Calvert Memorial Hospital’s 2007 calendar, featuring vibrant illustrations from quilts handmade by the Calvert Quilt Guild. Each month you’ll find stories of neighbors who have benefited from the hospital’s community outreach programs. Get your copy at Calvert Memorial Hospital off Rt. 2/4 in Prince Frederick or its satellites in Dunkirk, North Beach or Solomons. free: 410-535-8233.


Chesapeake Bay 2007 Calendar

Walter Choroszewski’s colorful photos feature the Bay from Virginia waters up through Baltimore. Find big ships, hazy bird’s-eye views, a palm tree at Sparrow’s Point, scenic St. Mary’s River and the State House at Christmas in Maryland.

Published by Aesthetic Press. Order online or by phone: 908-369-3777; www.aestheticpress.com: $12.99


Send a Historic Note

Another way to keep your place throughout the uncharted year ahead is to write your notes on the Arnold Preservation Council’s paired sets of note cards, one featuring five different historic photos from Arnold, the other depicting five modern scenes in Arnold life. In the antique Arnold set, you’ll find the Arnold train station, B&S Motor Co. with a 1920s car outside and more. The modern-day set takes you sailing on the Severn and under an old B&A train bridge set in winter woods.

Your purchase helps the Arnold Preservation Council continue its excavation of local history. The Arnold Preservation Council: 410-544-1273; [email protected]; or APC Inc. P.O. Box 852, Arnold, MD 21012: $10 per set of 10.

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