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Tri For The Chesapeake
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Tri For The Chesapeake

Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 7:30am
Event Location
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Swim, bike and run through the scenic SERC campus, at a Tri For The Chesapeake sprint triathlon! Prefer to stay on land? You can also participate in a run-bike-run duathlon.

Advance Registration Required
Yes

Event Details

On Sunday, Sept. 8, SERC will host the annual Tri For The Chesapeake: a swim, bike and run "sprint" triathlon, or an optional duathlon (run-bike-run).

See what your body is capable of doing, as you push your personal limits for a good cause! Participants will experience Chesapeake Bay ecosystems firsthand by taking part in a 1/2-mile swim, 10-mile bike ride, and 3.1-mile (5k) trail run, OR a 5k-run, 10-mile bike ride and 5k-run through the forested campus. This is a great beginners' race, as the scenic course provides enough of a challenge without pushing athletes onto open roads where they must compete with cars and other large traffic. (There is one small stretch of the bike course on Muddy Creek Road. Other than that it's all closed for the event.) All proceeds benefit SERC.

Park in the paved lot by registration at the Schmidt Conference Center. Parking is limited, so we strongly encourage carpooling.

Details and Registration:

https://www.active.com/edgewater-md/duathlon/races/tri-for-the-chesapeake-and-dualthlon-2019


(Photo: Meng Lu)

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SERC Public Tour - September 11th
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SERC Public Tour - September 11th

Free; Advance registration required

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 1:00pm
Event Location
Reed Education Center

Did you know that trees breathe? That beaver ponds can teach us how to clean water? That there are zombie crabs in our rivers? Welcome to the world of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, doing science in your backyard!

Advance Registration Required
Yes

Event Details

***This tour is currently at capacity. If you would like to be added to a waitlist, please reach out to SERCPublictours@si.edu. Thank you for your interest in SERC!***

Experience an insider's view of SERC on one of our free public tours. Learn about SERC’s long-term environmental research on marshes, trees, water quality, and the impacts of carbon dioxide on our land, water, and air. During your tour, you'll walk across the marsh boardwalk and visit the beaver pond and weir, where scientists monitor stream pollution. You'll also go inside the Mathias Lab, the Smithsonian's first building to earn LEED-Platinum, the highest sustainability ranking given by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Tours are adult-oriented and will include walks on forest paths and marsh walkways. Tours may not be suitable for children under 12. Proper footwear is required (no flip-flops). Regrettably, our vans are not suitable for individuals with mobility issues.

SERC loves animals, but because we're an active research facility, we can't accommodate pets on tours. Please leave all pets at home except service animals.

All tours are approximately two hours long and start at the Reed Education Center (directions). Tours are limited to 10 people and require advance signup. Larger groups, please contact Sarah Wade at WadeS@si.edu to arrange a group tour. If you have questions or comments, or if the tour you wish to attend is at capacity and you would like to be added to a waitlist, send us a message at SERCPublictours@si.edu

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Chesapeake Music Festival

Chesapeake Music Festival

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Enjoy an afternoon of live music overlooking the Bay, in a festival of Chesapeake folk music! 

Cost: $20/car online; $30 at the gate. Parking is limited, so we highly recommend advance registration. Cash only for beer and tickets at gate.

Event Details

African-American choir singing beside a forest
Washington Revels Jubilee Voices (Photo courtesy of Washington Revels)

Celebrate the Bay's rich musical heritage, in a festival dedicated to Chesapeake folk music! Enjoy songs and storytelling from local bands, while taking in the view from SERC's 18th-century mansion ruins overlooking the Bay. Live performances will be ongoing in two tents all afternoon: one main stage music tent, and one for sharing local history and stories. Food, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be for sale. Because we're an active research site, sadly we can't accommodate any dogs except service animals. The festival takes place on a hill with a view of the Rhode River and Chesapeake Bay. Visitors are welcome to walk up to the festival or take a shuttle bus. The event will be held rain or shine; no refunds.

Music starts at 2pm. Gate opens at 1pm, and shuttle service from parking to the festival site begins at 1:30pm.

This is a zero-waste event, with composting and recycling throughout the festival. We encourage visitors to bring reusable water bottles and help us keep the festival sustainable!

Main Stage Music Tent Lineup:
2:00-2:40pm - Thelma and Erika Peterson
2:50-3:25pm - Magpie (Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner)
3:30-4:00pm - Jubilee Voices: Work Songs, Menhaden Songs, Sea  Chanteys, Georgia Sea Island Songs and Spirituals
4:15-4:55pm - Teresa Whitaker and Frank Schwartz
5:00-5:40pm - Rob van Sante and Janie Meneely
5:45-6:30pm - Jeff Holland and That West River Band

Chesapeake Songs and Stories Tent Lineup:
2:30-3:15pm - Don Shappelle and Don Sennett: Songs of the Susquehanna
3:15-4:00pm - Janice Marshall: The Wit & Wisdom of a Waterman's Wife
4:00-4:45pm - Thelma Peterson: Three  Centuries, Two Shores, One Bay: A Family's Heritage on the Chesapeake
4:45-5:15pm - Jubilee Voices

About the Performers:
All photos courtesy of the performers

Five men in front of a red house, three with guitars
Jeff Holland (left) with That West River Band

Jeff Holland with That West River Band - Jeff Holland's ties to the Chesapeake run deep: For his day job, he works as the West & Rhode Riverkeeper with Arundel Rivers Federation. In his spare time, he's helped co-found bands like Eastport Oyster Boys, and written dozens of humorous and soulful songs to inspire audiences to be better stewards of the Bay. His song "Back Creek Crab" was featured in the National Geographic documentary Chesapeake: The Great Shellfish Bay. He's also performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, aboard schooners and on stages in the Chesapeake, Nova Scotia, Ireland and Estonia. For the Chesapeake Music Festival, he'll team up with That West River Band, a group that performs a mix of blues, jazz, roots rock and swamp music. (https://www.facebook.com/ThatWestRiverBand/)

A woman and man standing together holding guitars
Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner

Magpie (Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner) - Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner have been performing together for 46 years, lacing themes of environmental protection and social justice into their music from the beginning. Over the decades, they’ve sung at civil rights and environmental concerts around the country, including a Harpers Ferry Earth Day performance in 1998, where their anthem “We Belong to the Earth” followed a speech from President Clinton. In 2004, Magpie received the John Denver Memorial Award for environmental activism through music. Magpie’s songs range from vintage blues, swing, country, folk classics, contemporary and traditional. (www.magpiemusic.com)

a woman in an apron
Janice Marshall

Janice Marshall - Janice Marshall, a sixth-generation Smith Islander, was born in the community of Tylerton on Smith Island. As a waterman’s daughter, wife and mother, she has spent much of her life sorting soft shells and picking hard crabs. Marshall is deeply connected to the traditional lifeways of Smith Island, including crab picking and the famous Smith Island cake. She is an experienced demonstrator and speaker who can engage an audience while teaching them about a way of life that may be entirely unknown to them.

 

 

A woman playing accordion next to a man playing guitar
Janie Meneely and Rob van Sante

Janie Meneely and Rob van Sante - Singer/songwriter Janie Meneely was born and raised on the Chesapeake Bay. Her music captures the raucous ruminations of ne’er-do-well charter captains who encounter mermaids as well as more thoughtful ballads about the people who make a living “working” the water. Her songs often evoke the woman’s perspective on the maritime industry. She is partnered with Dutch-born guitarist and singer Rob van Sante, who lends his knack for melodies and flair for harmony to Meneely’s compositions. Rob draws deep from the well of traditional music, adding his virtuoso guitar as accompaniment or offering spellbinding a cappella renditions of gems he’s collected during a lifetime of performing around the world. (www.janiemeneely.com)

Two blonde women singing on stage with a tambourine and guitar
Erika Peterson (left) and Thelma Peterson (right)

Thelma and Erika Peterson - This mother-daughter duo hails from Machipongo, on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. They started singing together when Erika was just five years old. In addition to songwriting, Thelma also works as a professional painter with a specialty in environmental and conservation-themed art. Thelma’s original songs, like her paintings, reflect the landscapes, wildlife, seascapes and people of the Eastern Shore, and often highlight the rich history and culture of this area. (http://www.thelmapeterson.com/)

 

 

Two men on a boat with guitars
Don Sennett (left) and Don Shappelle (right).

Don Shappelle and Don Sennett - Don Shappelle is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who lives on the banks of the Susquehanna River. His homespun songs are evocative of his mentor, the late Pete Seeger. A staunch supporter of Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts, Shappelle laces his songs with the beauty and magic of the Bay shore. Don Sennett will join him on vocals and bass guitar. The two have been heard harmonizing together on the schooner Woodwind in Annapolis, and as part of the band Don Shappelle and the Pick-Ups. (www.donshappellemusic.com)

African-American choir singing beside a forest
Washington Revels Jubilee Voices

Washington Revels Jubilee Voices - Since 2010, the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices have been using the power of music to preserve African American history and traditions. Through a cappella singing and spoken word, its members present songs and stories of struggle and perseverance, trials and triumphs. Performances have especially honored local area heritage sites, Black History Month events, and Montgomery County Heritage Days. Recent appearances include the National Park Service’s Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Birthday Celebration and the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Congressional Night.  (http://revelsdc.org/ensembles/jubilee-voices/)

A woman and a man playing guitars together
Teresa Whitaker and Frank Schwartz

Teresa Whitaker and Frank Schwartz - Frank Schwartz and Teresa Whitaker offer a compelling mix of Bay songs and spoken-word stories that focus on our interaction with the natural world. Riveting performers in their own right, they also carry with them the legacy of the late Tom Wisner, the Bard of the Bay, with whom they performed extensively, appearing on several of his albums. Frank was also a founding member of the Irish folk rock band O’Malley’s March. With Frank playing guitar and Teresa adding percussion and (sometimes) harp, the two present songs that sparkle like the rivers they sing about. (www.teresawhitaker.com; www.frankschwartz.com)

This event is part of the Smithsonian Year of Music, in partnership with the Arundel Rivers Federation. Thanks to all our sponsors! 

 

Principal Eco-Sponsors:

Smithsonian Year of Music logo Four Rivers logo Maryland Heritage Area Authority logo

Aveda logo

The Brick Companies logo Folklore Society of Greater Washington Logo

Major Eco-Sponsors:

Sweet Water Brewing Company logo WRNR logo Baird Logo

 

 

 

 

Eco-Sponsors:

Pirates Cove Restaurant & Dock Bar logo

 

Michael and Debbie Wagener

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Project Owlnet: The Secretive Journeys of Saw-whet Owls

Project Owlnet: The Secretive Journeys of Saw-whet Owls

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Melissa Acuti, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Advance Registration Required
No

Event Details

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Did you know that Maryland's smallest owl, the Northern Saw-whet Owl, weighs less than a bar of soap, yet travels thousands of miles over its lifetime? Each fall, these tiny travelers pass through Maryland during their annual migrations. Scientists are now learning much more about the Northern Saw-whet Owl as part of Project Owlnet. Once thought to be a rare species in Maryland, we now know more about these tiny owls and their populations through years of bird banding data. For the last two years, biologist Melissa Acuti has run a Project Owlnet station at SERC, to further the research in Maryland during the fall migration season. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Acuti)

SERC's monthly evening lectures run every third Tuesday of the month, from March through October. Lectures are free and open to all: No RSVP required!

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SERC Public Tour - September 21st
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SERC Public Tour - September 21st

Free; Advance registration required

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:00am
Event Location
Reed Education Center

Did you know that trees breathe? That beaver ponds can teach us how to clean water? That there are zombie crabs in our rivers? Welcome to the world of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, doing science in your backyard!

Event Details

***This tour is currently at capacity. If you would like to be added to a waitlist, please reach out to SERCPublictours@si.edu. Thank you for your interest in SERC!***

Experience an insider's view of SERC on one of our free public tours. Learn about SERC’s long-term environmental research on marshes, trees, water quality, and the impacts of carbon dioxide on our land, water, and air. During your tour, you'll walk across the marsh boardwalk and visit the beaver pond and weir, where scientists monitor stream pollution. You'll also go inside the Mathias Lab, the Smithsonian's first building to earn LEED-Platinum, the highest sustainability ranking given by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Tours are adult-oriented and will include walks on forest paths and marsh walkways. Tours may not be suitable for children under 12. Proper footwear is required (no flip-flops). Regrettably, our vans are not suitable for individuals with mobility issues.

SERC loves animals, but because we're an active research facility, we can't accommodate pets on tours. Please leave all pets at home except service animals.

All tours are approximately two hours long and start at the Reed Education Center (directions). Tours are limited to 10 people and require advance signup. Larger groups, please contact Sarah Wade at WadeS@si.edu to arrange a group tour. If you have questions or comments, or if the tour you wish to attend is at capacity and you would like to be added to a waitlist, send us a message at SERCPublictours@si.edu.

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SERC Public Tour - September 25th
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SERC Public Tour - September 25th

Free; Advance registration required

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 1:00pm
Event Location
Reed Education Center

Did you know that trees breathe? That beaver ponds can teach us how to clean water? That there are zombie crabs in our rivers? Welcome to the world of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, doing science in your backyard!

Advance Registration Required
Yes

Event Details

Experience an insider's view of SERC on one of our free public tours. Learn about SERC’s long-term environmental research on marshes, trees, water quality, and the impacts of carbon dioxide on our land, water, and air. During your tour, you'll walk across the marsh boardwalk and visit the beaver pond and weir, where scientists monitor stream pollution. You'll also go inside the Mathias Lab, the Smithsonian's first building to earn LEED-Platinum, the highest sustainability ranking given by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Tours are adult-oriented and will include walks on forest paths and marsh walkways. Tours may not be suitable for children under 12. Proper footwear is required (no flip-flops). Regrettably, our vans are not suitable for individuals with mobility issues.

SERC loves animals, but because we're an active research facility, we can't accommodate pets on tours. Please leave all pets at home except service animals.

All tours are approximately two hours long and start at the Reed Education Center (directions). Tours are limited to 10 people and require advance signup. Larger groups, please contact Sarah Wade at WadeS@si.edu to arrange a group tour. If you have questions or comments, or if the tour you wish to attend is at capacity and you would like to be added to a waitlist, send us a message at SERCPublictours@si.edu

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  • SERC Public Tour - September 25th
    autumn trails

    SERC Public Tour - September 25th

    Free; Advance registration required

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 1:00pm
    Event Location
    Reed Education Center

    Did you know that trees breathe? That beaver ponds can teach us how to clean water? That there are zombie crabs in our rivers? Welcome to the world of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, doing science in your backyard!

    Advance Registration Required
    Yes

    Event Details

    Experience an insider's view of SERC on one of our free public tours. Learn about SERC’s long-term environmental research on marshes, trees, water quality, and the impacts of carbon dioxide on our land, water, and air. During your tour, you'll walk across the marsh boardwalk and visit the beaver pond and weir, where scientists monitor stream pollution. You'll also go inside the Mathias Lab, the Smithsonian's first building to earn LEED-Platinum, the highest sustainability ranking given by the U.S. Green Building Council.

    Tours are adult-oriented and will include walks on forest paths and marsh walkways. Tours may not be suitable for children under 12. Proper footwear is required (no flip-flops). Regrettably, our vans are not suitable for individuals with mobility issues.

    SERC loves animals, but because we're an active research facility, we can't accommodate pets on tours. Please leave all pets at home except service animals.

    All tours are approximately two hours long and start at the Reed Education Center (directions). Tours are limited to 10 people and require advance signup. Larger groups, please contact Sarah Wade at WadeS@si.edu to arrange a group tour. If you have questions or comments, or if the tour you wish to attend is at capacity and you would like to be added to a waitlist, send us a message at SERCPublictours@si.edu

    Register

    Registration Form
    The number of spaces you wish to reserve. 7 spaces remaining.
    The email to associate with this registration.
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