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Update 2020 Boatyard Beach Bash – Event Canceled

It is with deep regret that the Annapolis Maritime Museum (AMM) announces the cancellation of the Boatyard Beach Bash due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The event had been scheduled for August 29th this year. The annual event and fundraiser featuring Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band is an annual favorite for passionate parrot-heads and party-goers.

“We are so disappointed to cancel the event, but health and safety is paramount. The Museum is busy installing its new exhibits and working on its campaign to develop the amazing 12-acre educational Park Campus at Back Creek. All this in addition to training captain and crew of the Wilma Lee, the AMM’s beautiful historic skipjack, for future programming. We will be back with the Boatyard Beach Bash bigger than ever next year.” – Dick Franyo, Boatyard Beach Bash Founder, AMM Board Member, Owner of Boatyard Bar & Grill

Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park Welcomes New Board Members

ANNAPOLIS, MD – (February 25, 2020) The Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park (AMM) is pleased to announce the addition of three new board members. Joining the board are Jay Fleming, Ann Schweitzer, and Cindy Whittle. They will join 14 distinguished board members as the AMM continues to grow and expand in 202o and beyond.

“These three individuals bring valuable perspectives and expertise that will guide the AMM through the expansion of both our programs and our campuses in the coming year.  This is an organization on the move and we need passionate and progressive thinkers,”  stated Carol Sisco, Board Chairman.

About Jay Fleming

Born and raised in Annapolis, Jay is a professional photographer, educator, and publisher. He has worked around the world in the field of fisheries while documenting life on and in the water. The primary focus for his photography is on his home waters of the Chesapeake Bay. In 2016, he published his regionally bestselling book, Working the Water – a documentation of Maryland and Virginia’s seafood industry. He is currently working on his second book, Island Life – a visual narrative of life on the bay’s two inhabited offshore islands, Smith and Tangier. He also serves on the board of Smith Island United. 

Jay has a B.S. in Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and two postgraduate degrees in Environmental Sciences. 

About Ann Schweitzer

A resident of the City of Annapolis, Ann is a marketing executive with over 25 years of experience in both the business and non-profit sectors. Ann has a proven record of accomplishments in product marketing, advertising, public relations and corporate and event marketing. 

Ann has served on numerous boards and committee roles for a multitude of worthy non-profits including Board Chair for IONA Senior Services,  a Board Member for The Lupus Foundation, Founding member of Box of Rain, Board Member The American Women’s Club of London as well as Grants Committee Member for Anne Arundel Women’s Giving Circle. 

About Cindy Whittle

Cindy is a retired math teacher and curriculum development specialist. In 2012, Cindy and her husband retired and returned to Annapolis, where she became involved with the AMM as a volunteer in a variety of areas for the Museum becoming intimately involved in all aspects of Museum operations.  She later joined the staff as the Venue Manager and built the program into a successful and robust feature for the Museum. Cindy had served as board president of Monterey Bay Spouse’s Club, as board treasurer of Child Justice in Silver Spring and as an active member of Anne Arundel Women Giving Together. 

Current officers of the board include Carol Sisco, Ph.D., Chairman, Drew Davis, Vice Chairman, Jack Whitelaw, Treasurer and Anne Harrington, Secretary. A  complete list of board members and bios can be found at

10th Annual Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning

ANNAPOLIS, MD – (January 20, 2020) “Goodbye to winter, only deck shoes we wear! Though the socks we are burning leave a stink in the air!” So reads the poem recited each year as hundreds of Annapolitans gather around a waterfront bonfire at the Annapolis Maritime Museum to burn their socks.    

At this most curious of traditions, the Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning, we celebrate the maritime culture of the Eastport community and all things Chesapeake Bay.  Join us on Saturday, March 21, from noon to 4 p.m. as we welcome spring and the beginning of boating season! Tickets are on sale now.

“There is nothing more authentic and unique to Annapolis than this ritual of burning socks that started right here in Eastport,” said Alice Estrada, President/CEO of the Museum. “This beloved event brings the community together and raises funds for our important environmental education programs which serve over 12,000 students annually.”

Burn your socks my friend, the winter is done, Tis time for boating, crabbing, and fun.

The always-popular oyster shucking contest returns this year, along with electric boat tours of Back Creek. Admission to this Eastport party includes unlimited raw and roasted oysters, live music by the Eastport Oyster Boys and Naptown Brass Brand. Food trucks will be on site, and beer, wine, and select cocktails will be available for purchase.

For guests ready to revel in all things oyster, a People’s Choice ticket is a perfect fit. Just $85, it includes two drink tickets, ten food tickets and admission to a private reception featuring the competition for Best Oyster Dish. Sample offerings from the area’s best restaurants and caterers and vote for the winner! Children’s People’s Choice tickets (ages 3-12) for $35 include five food tickets, along with everything included in a General Admission ticket.

General admission tickets are just $30 per person in advance, $35 at the door (if available; this event sells out each year). Children’s General admission tickets (ages 3-12) are $15. All tickets are available for purchase online through What’s Up Tix.  

Trammell Crow Company, one of the nation’s leading developers and investors in commercial real estate, is returning as this year’s title sponsor.  All proceeds from the event benefit the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s award-winning education programs.

2020 Volunteer Open House at Annapolis Maritime Museum

ANNAPOLIS, MD – (January 8, 2020) The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park (AMM) invites you to a Volunteer Open House to be held on January 20, 2020, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Bay Room.

Do you love meeting new people? Do you love the Chesapeake Bay? Help AMM create the next generation of Bay stewards by joining the volunteer team!  

AMM currently enjoys a robust group of 363 volunteers who worked a total of 8,187 hours in 2019. However, recent expansion, including renovations at the McNasby Museum location that will be completed in April along with the refurbished skipjack Wilma Lee, has made it necessary to grow its corps proportionally.

“Our hard-working volunteers continue to be the heart of the organization,” said President/CEO Alice Estrada. “Local residents interested in history, continuing education, or handy with a hammer will find great options for involvement with various levels of commitment. There is something for everyone!”

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Winter Lecture Series | Duties: Setup/Cleanup, Check-in (Eight lectures January-February.)
  • Special Events/Fundraisers: Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning/Boatyard Beach Bash  Duties: Guest Check-in, Setup/Cleanup (1-day commitment)
  • Concert Series: Tides and Tunes (10 concerts) & September Sunsets (4 concerts)

Duties: Guest Check-in, Setup/Cleanup                                                                         

  • Docent/Tour Guide | Duties: Greet visitors & provide tours

(Shifts available Tuesday-Sunday (excluding major holidays), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., training available Thursday, April 9th to learn about new exhibits)

  • Wooden Boat Crew | Duties: restore/repair wooden boat exhibits (Days vary in warmer months.)
  • Gardening Team | Duties: maintain grounds of the Museum (Days vary in warmer months.)
  • Education Programs | Duties: assist in educating local school children at both campuses and on harbor cruises (Days vary year round. Mostly mornings.)
  • Grounds Crew at Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park | Duties: Landscaping projects, trail restoration & general gardening (Days vary in warmer months.)
  • Skipjack Wilma Lee | Duties: Guide Tours, Maintenance, Sailing Crew
  • Administrative Support | Duties: Filing, Correspondence, Organizing

(During normal business hours.)

  • Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse | Duties: Guide Tours, Maintenance

(Saturdays & Sundays, June-October, Weather Permitting)

  • Archives & Oral History | Duties: Interviewing, Editing Transcripts (Flexible daytime hours.)

No pre-registration is required for the open house. Current volunteers will be on hand to discuss all opportunities at this event. Those who are unable to attend but are interested in volunteering can email or visit to fill out an interest form.

Annapolis Maritime Museum to Close for Renovations

ANNAPOLIS, MD – (December 20, 2019) The Annapolis Maritime Museum (AMM) will be closing due to construction of their new permanent exhibits beginning December 30th. The AMM anticipates completion of the project in spring 2020.

The Museum was most recently renovated in 2008, five years after it was severely damaged by Hurricane Isabel. With the number of visitors increasing annually, there is a growing need to expand the experience of the Museum. New exhibits will provide a state-of-the-art, high tech, high touch gallery divided into three thematic sections: Bay Health, Oyster Economy, and Annapolis Waters.

“Our 2,500 square foot space will be transformed from a static, sleepy exhibit into a dynamic, interactive space that feels alive. I think this exhibit will accomplish the balance between offering a truly exceptional experience for our visitors while retaining our sense of authenticity. These exhibits will reflect AMM’s desire to be on the leading-edge of the industry while we continue to grow and engage with our community.” said Caitlin Swaim, Museum Curator at AMM.

Events such as the Winter Lecture Series and the Oyster Roast & Sock Burning will continue as planned. For more information, please visit

The AMM’s Park Campus, known as Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park, will remain open.

The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park Announces 2020 Winter Lecture Series

Annapolis, MD –(December 11, 2019) Warm up this winter with the enlightening Lecture Series at the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park (AMM) beginning Thursday, January 9, 2020. The popular educational and informative series of eight wintertime talks provides rich and stimulating topics from an esteemed group of scholars, photographers and historians. Lecture topics represent a diverse and relevant range of topics, from the history of lighthouses and Victorian Bay Ridge to spotlights on sustainable agriculture in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Lectures at AMM will be held Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., January 9th through February 27th. Admission is $10 per lecture and FREE for First Mate-level AMM members and above. Join at the $100 level, and admission to all eight lectures is free, along with many other perks of membership. Registration is not required; pay at the door.

Lectures will take place in the Museum’s Bay Room located at 723 Second Street, Annapolis, MD 21403.

The 2020 Winter Lecture Series is presented by BB&T Wealth.

Complete Schedule:

January 9 | 7 p.m. 
The Ghost Ships of Archangel: Allied convoy PQ-17 on the Murmansk Run
Presenter: William Geroux | Award-winning Journalist and Author  
January 16 | 7 p.m.   
Where Land and Water Meet: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Chesapeake Bay
Presenter: Dave Harp | Professional Photographer and Filmmaker  
January 23 | 7 p.m.            
“The Happiest of All Showboat Stories”: The James Adams Floating Theatre
Presenter: Dr.Patricia Samford | Director of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum  
January 30 | 7 p.m.
Teaching the Chesapeake: Lessons from the Last Half-Century
Presenter: Tom Horton | Award-winning Author, Journalist, and Bay educator  
February 6 | 7 p.m.
Bay Ridge – “Queen Resort of the Chesapeake”: The Victorian Years (1880-1903)
Presenter: Carol Patterson | Author and Local Historian  
February 13 | 7 p.m.
Smoke by Day, Fire by Night: A History of Lighthouses including those of the Chesapeake Bay
Presenter: Ralph Eshelman | Historian and Author of several successful National Historic Landmark Nominations  
February 20 | 7 p.m.
The Chesapeake Table: Eating Local for the Bay
Presenter: Renee Catacalos | Author and board member for multiple sustainable agriculture non-profits  
February 27 | 7 p.m.
Working toward a sustainable Chesapeake Bay and a sustainable world: a new way forward
Presenter: Paul Kazyak | Scientist and Professor, Johns Hopkins University  

For presenter biographies and topic details, please visit the Winter Lectures Series event page on

Volunteer of the Year and Legacy Award Recipients

Legacy Award

The Legacy Award is reserved for those who have over a long period of time contributed wisdom and work to the Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park resulting in significant sustained impacts.

Eric Rubin, the recipient of the 2019 Legacy Award, has been involved with the Museum for nearly 15 years. This is substantial considering the organization will celebrate its 20th birthday next year.  Eric started on the Board January 2005.  He was elected Chairman, following Buck Buchanan, in October of 2010 and served as Chairman until April of 2018. Eric feverishly recruited an excellent board, strong arming some of them in the AYC parking lot.  He was committed to fostering fellowship among the Board and checked in with each individually on monthly basis, whether they wanted to hear from him or not. During his tenure as chairman the Museum’s education program blossomed. We started our first summer camp and first after-school program. Today we see 12,000 students annually.

Additionally in October 2016 Eric signed the lease to acquire the 12-acre Ellen Moyer Nature Park. Eric’s legal talents were instrumental in this lease negotiation since it was completed with the City of Annapolis in a record 9 months. Under Eric’s leadership our budget grew six- fold and programs ten-fold. The Staff grew from 2 to 12. You can’t experience this growth and success without great faith in leadership.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Ken Tom actually started photographing Museum events in 2012, back when our Summer Concerts only brought a crowd of a few dozen. Since then he has chronicled all of our major and minor events which number 20+ annually. This chronological capturing of our experiences, our progress and the many wonderful faces and smiles of members, donors, students and visitors have provided us with a rich diary of life at the Museum.

Ken also visits us on a regular basis through the week. He always comes bearing gifts, whether it be a framed photo, or delicious treat from the Amish Market which delights everybody. He is a beloved member of the Museum family and our Volunteer of the Year for 2019.

Congratulations Eric Rubin and Ken Tom!

Heritage Awards go to two Annapolis Maritime Volunteers

Last week, two of our fantastic volunteers, Captain Craig Biggs and Dennis Krizek, were awarded the Four Rivers Heritage Area  2019 Heritage Volunteers of the Year Award!

This award recognizes an outstanding volunteer (or in this case volunteers) who has made a significant difference to the growth, sustainability, programming, or other essential element of a non-profit or for-profit heritage organization.
This year that truly resonates with the Museum when we think of Captain Craig and Dennis, as demonstrated through their leadership, drive, and passion for preserving the AMM’s historic skipjack the Wilma Lee. Together, Craig and Dennis have contributed more than 1,000 service hours overseeing extensive restoration efforts for this historic Bay
The Museum’s mission is to educate youth and adults about the Annapolis area’s rich maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay through programs, exhibits and community events. Craig and Dennis have played a pivotal role in propelling the Museum forward to accomplish this mission. Their lasting legacy will be their unwavering commitment to the total restoration of this traditional working skipjack – the focus of the organization’s longstanding and easily recognizable logo.
Congratulations Dennis and Captain Craig!

BEFORE – Restoration of Wilma Lee

AFTER – Restoration of Wilma Lee Photography Credit: © Jay Fleming

Wilma Lee Update – July 2019

The Wilma Lee first arrived at the docks of McNasby’s on June 20, 2018. Over the summer, necessary repairs were identified and plans were made to move her to Tilghman Island on the Eastern Shore for a makeover.

In early September, she was moved in advance of the anticipated landfall of Hurricane Florence. Upon arrival, she was removed from the water and placed “on the hard” at Knapp’s Narrows Marina. Involved from the beginning were Museum volunteers Captain Craig Biggs and Dennis Krizek. These gentlemen have put in countless hours making sure that she is in tip top shape. Read more about their mission to make her shine below.

At Tilghman Island after a 3 hour, 20 minute cruise.


On the hard at Knapp’s Narrows Marina.

In early October 2018, her sails were removed and transported to Force 10 Sail Loft in Easton for necessary repairs. The main sail is so large it took three people to lift it into the truck. Also in October, a portion of the port-side rub rail was replaced, the props and shafts were removed and and sent for evaluation and reinstalled after no issues were found, all of the through-hull fittings were reconditioned by the Shipwright, Mark Wiest, the transom finish was stripped (including the name and hailing port) and refinished.  Other small repairs to posts and planks were made, and the “walkboards” were removed.

Main sail ready for transport.


The bottom has been repainted.

Three major items were identified that needed to be addressed:

  • The bowsprit needed to be replaced. A new one will be handmade by the Shipwright.
  • A section of the “strongback,” most commonly known as the mast step, needed to be repaired.
  • The keelson needed repairs. A remedy was proposed but needed USCG approval.

All of these actions required mast and standing rigging to be pulled, which took place in early November. While off, the mast, its 15 hoops, the standing rigging, the running rigging, and block were also evaluated.

The bowsprit free from the vessel.


The mast free from the vessel.

 Around this same time, winterizing processes began, starting with the fresh water system.

On November 19th, after two months on the hard, she was returned to the water so the winterization process could continue. After an overnight stay in the slings, she was found to be “tight as a drum.” At this point, the engines were winterized and the A/C system was inspected.


The Wilma Lee being lowered back into the well.


After a long day of work, she is secured at Knapp’s Narrows.

In early December and through January, Dennis and Captain Craig worked to get the bilge system inspected and cleaned. Other cleaning and winterization efforts continued. They also reviewed the Coast Guard’s inspection list to ensure that all areas of concern were being addressed. Mark continued to work on the mast, bowsprit and strongback.


Hand tools used to work on the bowsprit. Some are vintage.


Mark fine tuning the end of the sprit.

In February, work continued on the bilge system. Much progress was made in getting the automatic systems functional. Benches were also being refinished for the deck. By the end of the month, the bowsprit was nearly complete (with the exception of painting and varnishing). The team was still waiting to hear back from the USCG on the keelson issue.

Benches for the deck under construction.

In March, warmer weather allowed for more cosmetic work on the exterior of the vessel to be tackled. Doors and trim were sanded and varnished. Labels were made for the bilge system and the decks were swabbed! Dennis also measured the mast to order new hoops.

The exterior of the cabin was caulked in preparation for painting.


Captain Craig posts necessary signage on board.


Dennis Krizek measures mast hoops.

By the end of March, the Wilma Lee was ready to be outfitted with the refurbished benches, generator, and the bowsprit. In order to get these heavy items on board, she had to be dewinterized and relocated to Severn Marine (just a half mile away and home to Mark’s shop), which had the necessary equipment. The bridge didn’t go up as Wilma could fit beneath with no mast.

Wilma on her way to Severn Marine.

In April, smaller ongoing projects have kept Dennis and Craig busy as the larger issues with the keel and mast are tackled. The name and hailing port will be painted on soon, a major milestone commemorating her new home in Annapolis! A few more months of work should have the Wilma Lee looking brand new again, and we hope to see her grace our docks once again in the summer. Be sure to follow our Facebook page for more updates in the coming months!

Ariel shot of Wilma Lee at Knapp’s Narrows.

In early May, Wilma Lee had the benefit of assistance from two additional members, and able craftsman, Jim Sandison and Jim Bunce. The finish coat was painted on the four remaining cabin ports and the sanding of the boom was completed.

Jim Bunce paints the cabin ports.

Both Jim B. and Jim S. applied a coat of Cetol, a protective wood finishing stain, which significantly helped move the project along. Additional coats will be required to complete this project phase for the boom.

Jim S., left, and Jim B., right, apply Cetol to boom.

Johnathan Dodge prepped the railings of Wilma Lee, scrapping the paint off and sanding the railings. Soon a primer will be applied, followed by a finish top coat.

Johnathan sanding the railings.

Dennis and Craig were finally able to complete the repairs to the fresh water system. Meanwhile, Mark Wiest begun lofting the paint scheme on the original bowsprit to transfer to the new sprit.


Late May and June made for an exciting few weeks for Wilma Lee.

Towards the end of May, Mark Weist completed the installation of a new strongback and maststep, constructed from five separate large pieces of wood. Each piece was placed individually in Wilma Lee and then epoxied together. The strongback was too large to mate outside of the vessel. A massive structural element of the vessel as well as a wonderful example of Mark’s engineering & fabricating skills. Wilma’s starboard and port walkboards were dry fitted and installed too!

The assembled strongback with the maststep hole outlined.


Mark Weist sanding top of the starboard walkboard.

Her volunteers started the labor intensive job of developing an electrical schematic for the 12 volt systems on board, starting in the engine room. Although space to work was near non existent, with a bit of moaning and groaning progress was made on the starboard side.

Dennis was able to repurpose a bit of an old sail cover as a cover for the instrument panel to keep the sun and rain off the engine instruments & ignition switches. Recycling at it’s best!

By early June Wilma Lee was getting nods of approval from even the most gnarled watermen with her freshly painted decks and newly installed teak deck benches.

Wilma’s volunteers tackled the decayed sections of wood in the steering gear box, sealed the leaking seam in the steering gear hatch, and changed the engines primary fuel filters.

Jim Bunce applying the first coat of paint to the steering gear box.

While the volunteers were working, Mark Weist and his crew were busy delivering the Douglas fir for the laminated mast, measuring out each piece precisely, truing up, and laying up a few of the many courses needed for the mast.

Diagram of the mast drawn on a piece of plywood.


The torrential rains of mid June gently reminded us that, while our attention has been focused on repair, Wilma is still an eighty year old wooden boat which demands constant maintenance and inspection. The conditions resulted in the re-appearance of an old pesky leak in the galley and the boom developed a new check. However, both were investigated and quickly repaired.

Towards the end of June, the apprentices from the Chesapeake Maritime Museum’s boat building program assisted Mark Weist with the beginning stages for the lay up of the mast, including the scarf joint and specially constructed jig.

Jim Sandison assists with clamping mast boards.

By mid July the laminating process for Wilma Lee’s new mast was well underway. Each “layer” of lamination takes a day to glue and set up.

Layer number five drying.

The laminating process was taken place outside of Mark Weist’s shop because the length of the mast is too long to construct inside. Mark used 113 clamps to secure each layer! Once the final four layers have been added the build-up of the mast timber will be complete and the shaping will ensue.

Lamination outside of Mark’s shop.

While the mast is an enormous undertaking, Wilma’s volunteers could not forget the smaller, yet equally as important, projects that will make her into an operating vessel. The wooden blocks from the main sheet were disassembled, cleaned and lubricated. The blocks were then refinished and the main sheet was washed. The sheet was made ready to be turned end-for-end to evenly distribute wear when placed back in service.

In the end of July, Mark Weist completed the lamination of the mast “timber” and begun shaping the timber into Wilma’s mast. Mark defined the center line with string and marked off the 64 foot length in 2 foot increments. At each increment, he calculated the width of the mast at that point so that it will be tapered to the specifications of the old mast.

The defined center line on the mast timber that is 12 1/2 inches square and over 64 feet long.

Stay tuned to hear how Wilma Lee approaches the finish line of this amazing restoration process!

The 15th Annual Boatyard Beach Bash with Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band

ANNAPOLIS, MD—(July 2, 2019) The Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park (AMM) is hosting the 15th Annual Boatyard Beach Bash, Saturday, September 14th, 2019 at their waterfront property in Eastport. Founding Sponsor, Boatyard Bar & Grill and Title Sponsor, Annapolis Subaru have worked their magic once again, and have put together the event’s best lineup, to date.

“Spend time with a band that shaped a lifestyle” ~ the Coral Reefers members, Peter Mayer, Roger Bartlett, Eric Darken, Brendan Mayer, Doyle Grisham, and as well as world-class musicians, Scott Kirby, John Frinzi, Tom Corcoran, Aaron Scherz, and JD Spradlin from Radio Margaritaville.

This is a rare opportunity to enjoy these world-class artists in an intimate setting at the beautiful beachfront campus of the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Eastport.

While it receives acclaim for being one of the best parties in Annapolis, the Boatyard Beach Bash was designed with a philanthropic objective. “100% of proceeds from this event benefit the Museum’s programs.  We cannot express our gratitude enough for the continued support of Dick Franyo of the Boatyard Bar & Grill and our other sponsors. With their help, we have been able to raise over $965,000 since 2004 and host more than 10,000 local students at the Museum this year alone,” commented Alice Estrada, President/CEO of the AMM.

NEW this year:  For just $85.00 per admission ticket, each patron will receive a buffet dinner from a variety of their favorite local restaurants and 2 drink vouchers and the opportunity to witness first class entertainment from the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.  Enjoy the festivities with signature Painkiller or Tito’s cocktails while dancing the night away at this Bay-front concert.

Tickets are now available on the Boatyard Beach Bash event page. Don’t hesitate to purchase yours, as this event sells out each year. For inquiries about corporate sponsorship packages please call the Museum at 410.295.0104 x3.

Shuttles will run continuously from nearby designated lots, and the event is also accessible via water taxi. This event is rain or shine.

Yoga at the Annapolis Maritime Museum

Mondays at Noon (Museum)

**Classes will resume Monday, June 10th, 2019.**

Instructor: Julie Blamphin of Stretch Your Spirit

Join us for Gentle Flow Yoga. This is a practice that focuses on mindful movement, structural stability, and breathing consciously. It’s a work-out and a work-in.

$10; no registration required.

Please bring your own mat. Julie will have some available for purchase if you need one. 

About Julie:

Julie Blamphin is a Registered Yoga Teacher and the Founder of Stretch Your Spirit. Since 2008, she has been providing guidance through physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional techniques taken from the yogic tradition to practice on the yoga mat and in daily life to support personal transformation and encourage peaceful communities. Julie’s own personal yoga journey began more than 40 years ago at the age of 3 in her mother’s school of gymnastics in upstate New York. At the age of 12, she began teaching young Special Olympians — practicing balance, flexibility, strength, & sensory awareness. This experience was the foundation for her life work. And ever since, Julie has committed her teachings in a myriad of ways & worlds. Currently, she’s busy facilitating special events and teaching private and small group yoga practice.

Email Julie.






Capital SUP Opens New Location at Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park

 ANNAPOLIS, MD – (May 9, 2019) The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park (AMM) is excited to announce the opening of a new Capital SUP location at the Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park. The park campus is home to AMM’s Education Center, which will now share a portion of the 12-acre waterfront park with the company.

Capital SUP specializes in stand up paddleboarding, the fastest growing non-motorized sport in the world.

“A partnership with Capital SUP provides a revitalization of a part of the park that is currently underutilized,” said Alice Estrada, President and CEO of AMM. “Both organizations have a passion for getting people on the water and educating them about the importance of fighting pollution and maintaining natural shorelines, so this addition provides a dynamic and synergistic partnership.”

The company will take on the restoration of the area along with the Museum, ensuring a natural and healthy environment for the many flora and fauna that call Back Creek home.

Previously, Capital SUP was located at the South Annapolis Yacht Center. Redevelopment of the property led them to search for a new home. The new partnership between the Museum and Capital SUP will allow the 2019 paddleboarding season to begin on time, with a projected start date of Memorial Day weekend.

Capital SUP will continue to offer a variety of recreational opportunities, many established, including rentals, lessons, race training, SUP yoga and fitness, camps, and Yappy Hour.  In the meantime, check out Capital SUP’s UNLIMITED paddling memberships with a new family plan and five tiers of memberships.

“We will open Friday, May 24th of Memorial Day Weekend, with a soft open for Mother’s Day, where Moms Paddle FREE!  There is something for everyone. Everyone should be on the water!” stated Owner and Co-Founder Kevin Haigis

About Capital SUP

Capital SUP, established in 2014, and headquartered in historic Annapolis, MD, was founded from a vision of creating a gym on the water experience. In three short years, Capital SUP has become the leading stand up paddleboard company in the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit