Green Drinks Archive
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park’s Ellen O. Moyer Back Creek Nature Park
Theme: Get to Know Your Creek
Although it was a blustery evening, an intrepid group joined us and our event partners, Coastal Conservation Association Maryland and Chesapeake Bay Magazine at Annapolis Maritime Museum’s Ellen O. Moyer Back Creek Nature Park.
Thank you to our host, the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park! Museum staff was wonderful and thoroughly professional in helping us with logistics and even providing lighting! If you haven’t had a chance to visit or further explore the park, please go back and walk the trails. If you haven’t been there in a while you’ll be amazed at the transformation. You’ll be glad to you did. It’s a forested, waterside oasis right in the City.
All photos by Ken Tom.
Since the theme was “Get to Know Your Creek,” we were thrilled that the Severn River Association’s Back Creek Program – in the person of Jack Turner – teamed up with the Museum’s education director Sarah Krizek. They put on their waders and ran a seine net through the water at the park to see what “critters” they could find. Since the water is getting colder only two types of wildlife was found – some silversides and little invertebrates that looked like jelly fish but were not. That gave us an opportunity to discuss marine life, their migrations in different seasons and how the creek’s health is faring in general.
It was great to see the faces of adults as they saw the tiny fish and jellies and learned more… exactly the same expressions on the faces of the 12,000 kids the Museum educates each year about the ecology of the Bay. Learn more.
We want to team with the Museum for a “Chesapeake 101” session in the spring. This would be the same curriculum they have developed for the kids… but with wine afterward! Even if you think you know the Bay well, you’ll learn more. If you like this idea, please let us know so we can get the planning started!
Coastal Conservation Association Maryland’s director, David Sikorski, literally dressed the part when he spoke briefly about CCA’s reef ball program. Yes, he was dressed as a 6-foot 3-inch reef ball. It was hilarious but made the point that marine animals like oysters need a hard surface on which to attach and grow. CCA Maryland, whose objective is to conserve, promote, and enhance the present and future availability of coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public, works with kids and adults to build these mini artificial reef structures. The reef balls become habitat for many kinds of animals and are a great benefit to the Bay. Thank you to Assistant Director Maggie Hughes for helping to make our event possible as well as making the connection with Sweetwater Brewing so we could enjoy its Kick Plastic Pilsner – how perfect! Read more about CCA, get involved, make a difference!
Chesapeake Bay Magazine is our valued media partner and the staff provided a big presence at Green Drinks along with many of its publications about the Bay. We appreciate their continuous support and for writing about the “very best of the Chesapeake lifestyle as we showcase the culture, news, events, boats, and people of the region.” Here’s a special thanks to publisher John Stefancik, production manager Patrick Loughrey, Senior Account Manager Amy Krimm (who has been attending Green Drinks from the very beginning), and other members of the staff who did a lot of hands-on work to help us put on the event.
And editor in chief Joe Evans wore two hats – that of his “day job,” and as a member of the fabulous band, Jeff Holland and That West River Band! Their music was perfect for the evening. We hope we can have them back for another Green Drinks in the spring. The band was sponsored by Founding One Hundred supporter Boatyard Bar & Grill. Thank you, Dick Franyo!
While the event focused on Back Creek, other watershed organizations joined us to tell us about their restoration work including St. Luke’s Restoration of Nature project – on Back Creek; Spa Creek Conservancy, Annapolis’ other creek; and the Arundel Rivers Federation. We all know that restoring the Chesapeake Bay starts with its streams and rivers. The more we get to know the waterways in our backyards the more we’ll appreciate and protect them.
Neighborhood Sun, our energy partner, was in attendance offering you a way to get your power from the sun even if your rooftop is not your own.
Annapolis City Director of Environmental Policy Jackie Guild congratulated the Severn River Association for progress on the No Discharge Zone. Mayor Gavin Buckley and County Executive Steuart Pittman signed the joint City/County application to EPA to designate the creeks and rivers of the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County as a No Discharge Zone last Friday. She also announced that City just received its Sustainable Maryland Certified award at the Maryland Municipal League fall conference and noted that Plastic Free Annapolis, the recent campaign orchestrated by Annapolis Green was a contributing initiative to this award. Read more about the award.
We want to send out a huge thank you to our caterer – and Founding One Hundred supporter – La Prima Food Group, for a very generous and absolutely delicious spread of their award winning Maryland Crab Soup Shots (fresh crab in a spicy tomato stock with vegetables and a touch of Old Bay seasoning), Focaccia Cocktail Sandwiches (petite sandwiches on freshly baked focaccia bread: grilled chicken, Swiss cheese, pesto aioli and caramelized onions, prosciutto, fontina cheese, olive oil, and arugula; turkey, pepper jack cheese and avocado spread), and Avocado Corn Salsa (chopped avocados, roasted red peppers, red onions and sweet corn tossed with lime and cilantro; accompanied by tri-colored corn tortilla chips).
Also delighting us was Maryland’s Best Chef Kevin Cauthorne of Myth & Moonshine Tavern in Canton who served us his signature Baltimore-Buffalo Fried Blue Catfish — an invasive species. The best thing we can do with the invasive Blue Catfish is to eat ’em! | Here’s the recipe.
Thank you also to Port Annapolis Marina, right next door, for letting Green Drinkers park there when the Park’s lot was full.
Finally, we owe a big thank you to our wonderful volunteers who are always there for us. We can’t put these events on without them: Daphne Ferrier and Sandy Williamson at registration; Greg Perry and Joyce Bolton bartending; Tom Cagle, Susan Moynihan, and our Board members Noel Gasparin, Betty Davis, Lynn Stack, and Julie Crudele!
And of course, we are ever grateful to volunteer photographer Ken Tom who not only takes the time to document our events but countless hours processing the photos and sending them to us in a format we can use. Note: We are working on developing a photo gallery for our website so to fully document all of our events over the past many years!