Sip & Socialize Winter Speaker Series

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center's Sip & Socialize Winter Speaker Series features Chesapeake Bay enthusiasts and experts speaking on topics pertinent to the estuary's wildlife and environmental changes.

Each Sip & Socialize event begins with wine, refreshments, and light snacks, as you learn more about today's important topics around the Chesapeake Bay.

Please check back for new Sip & Socialize dates of interesting presenters lecturing on an array of topics.

 

You Want Chessie to be a Symbol
Saturday, February 15

5:00 - 5:45 pm: Wine & Hors d'oeuvres
5:45 - 6:15 pm: Speaker  & Discussion
Eric Cheezum, Historian

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Classroom
FREE, with donations gladly accepted

Sea Serpent

Gloucester sea serpent of 1817. Source: Ellis, R. 1994. ''Monsters of the Sea''. Robert Hale Ltd.

Our Feb. 15 Speaker Series, “You Want Chessie to Be a Symbol,” tells the story of the Chesapeake Bay's Chessie's rise and fall, and the many ways in which the creature’s career intersected with life on the shores of the nation’s largest estuary.

Our speaker is Eric Cheezum, who will share the story of the legendary sea monster that surfaced in 1978 out of the Potomac River's waters.

Initially reported in rural Virginia, the sea serpent was propelled to stardom by newspapers looking for stories to offset the August news doldrums. By 1980, the creature–now dubbed “Chessie”-had migrated into the Chesapeake Bay's northern section. Reputed to be friendly and non-threatening, the estaurine serpent quickly became a major pop culture sensation in Maryland.

In 1982, a couple filmed what they thought was the monster, beginning a serious scientific debate over the existence of what zoologists and video analysts termed the “Chesapeake Bay Phenomenon.” Three years later, now at the zenith of its celebrity, Chessie was nearly protected under state environmental law, and for the second half of the decade its “image” was appropriated for use in environmental advocacy. Then, after fifteen years of fame, sightings stopped coming in.

About the Speaker: Eric A. Cheezum is a Preston, Md. native, where he operates the family farm and researches, writes, and teaches history. He received his PhD in U.S. History from the University of South Carolina in 2007.

Bring your curiosity and questions to the Sip & Socialize, as Eric has a wealth of knowledge to share.

PREVIOUS 2020 SIP & SOCIALIZE EVENTS:

Mallows Bay, Beyond the Ghost Fleet
Saturday, February 8

5:00 - 5:45 pm: Wine & Hors d'oeuvres
5:45 - 6:15 pm: Speaker  & Discussion
Susan B. M. Langley, PhD, Maryland State Underwater Archaeologist 

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Classroom
FREE, with donations gladly accepted

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Photo: F Delventhal from Outside Washington, D.C., US [CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)].

Maryland State Underwater Archaeologist Susan B. M. Langley, PhD will speak on Mallows Bay on a discussion beyond its recent designation as a National Marine Sanctuary.

Dr. Langley will present the history of the largest fleet of wooden shipwrecks in the world. Langley will also speak on Mallow Bay's most prominent vessels and its recent designation as a National Marine Sanctuary.

The history of Maryland's other maritime heritage resources, and the integral role the fleet now plays in the environment will also be explored. More>>

Falconry & Red-tailed Hawks
Saturday, February 1

5:00 - 5:45 pm: Wine & Hors d'oeuvres
5:45 - 6:15 pm: Speaker  & Discussion
Eric Werner, Eastern Shore Experience
 Owner/Operator
Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Classroom
FREE, with donations gladly accepted

Our first speaker is Eric Werner of Tilghman and Owner/Operator of Eastern Shore Experiences. Eric will be sharing  details of the 4,500-year-old sport of falconry with a Red-tailed Wawk.  As a falconer for more than 20 years, Eric is one of only 3,400 licensed falconer's in the United States.

Falcons are brilliant birds and have been trained for thousands of years to work with hunters in the field. Now, you have an opportunity to get up-close and personal with one of the Eastern Shore’s top predators, a Red-tailed Hawk.

Bring your curiosity and questions to the Sip & Socialize, as Eric has a wealth of knowledge to share.  Admire the bird in all its glory right here at Phillips Wharf. More>>

 


All events will be held at the Phillip Wharf classroom beginning at 5:00pm.
*All Events are subject to change according to the availability of the speaker.


 

To suggest a topic, please email missy@pwec.org

As a private, non-profit organization, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center relies entirely on grants and donations to fund our educational programs, maintain the Fishmobile, sponsor lectures, and support our operations and activities. You can help support the children and adults served by Phillips Wharf by making an online gift here.