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Chesapeake Anecdotes April 2012

Apr 12, 2012 07:16PM ● By Anonymous

And we can thank United States Senator Gaylord Nelson for jumpstarting this global bandwagon in 1970, when he proposed our country’s first Earth Day to be held on April 22. The concept grew into what’s become The Earth Day Network (EDN), which now operates in 192 countries to promote various environmental movements. EDN also estimates that Earth Day is the largest celebrated holiday on the globe. And it should be right? We, the world over, ought to celebrate this bright blue ball spinning, spinning free. To learn more about Earth Day events that are taking place regionally, refer to our April calendar of events.—J.D.

Where, Oh Where, Did the MANITOU Go?
If you noticed the mahogany sailboat docked at City Dock in recent years, you’ve probably since noticed she’s gone. That’s because the yacht, formerly John F. Kennedy’s presidential sailboat, was sold in fall of 2010.

In 1962 JFK added the 62-foot Sparkman and Stephens to the presidential fleet—an incumbent 92-foot powerboat he renamed Honey Fitz, was there first. Built by M. M. Davis and Son in Solomons, MANITOU spent most of her time with JFK sailing the Chesapeake and around New England. JFK referred to her as the “floating White House.”

Eventually, the original owner’s granddaughter acquired MANITOU, but later decided to sell. MANITOU came to City Dock mid-restoration for the boat show in 2008, listed for more than $1 million; in 2010 the priced dropped to $475,000. After being purchased, MANITOU went back to Solomons Island where she was refit by Zahniser’s Yachting Center. Last summer, she was shipped the Mediterranean, where she made her racing re-debut in Cannes. Au revoir, MANITOU!—Amy Russell

Find Found Art
“Found art” is a term that one might surmise to mean a magnificent discovery of some long lost masterpiece by a world-renowned artist. But where’s the creativity in finding a castaway “Blue Period” Picasso? No, what “found art” really implies is a work of art made from everyday objects; a more creative way of turning “trash into treasure.” In honor of Earth Day, the Talbot County Visual Arts Center will celebrate the works of regional found object artists, as a part of its “Illumination: Found Art Show” throughout this month, with an artists’ reception scheduled for April 6th. Featured artists will include, Karen O’Dowd, Julia Burr, Deborah Haynes, Mary Ann Schindler, Bob La Force, and Greg VandeVisser. These artists have taken ordinary objects, many cast off and destined for the landfill, to create works of art. For more information about this unique exhibit visit Talbot-art-center.org.—James Houck