A newsletter from the Friends of the
St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums
Summer Programs Showcase Museums
By Kimberley Cullins
The Friends support
From May to September, the museums spotlights on lighthouses and one-room
historical interpretation, offer a variety of programs that keep staff schools. Special events can help the visitor
educational programs and and volunteers hopping, and in turn, visi- get more out of the experience.
special needs of the sites tors hopping into our museums.
The Potomac Jazz and Seafood Festival,
managed by the
The month of May begins the tourist sea- for instance, appeals to the music lover. In
St. Mary's County Department son with dismissal of schools for the sum- marketing the jazz festival, an email blast is
of Recreation, Parks and mer, graduations, and
Community Services’ the first major summer
holiday: Memorial Day.
This is the time that
St. Clement's Island Museum, families pack up the car,
the Little Red Schoolhouse, the the kids, and Fido, and
Piney Point Lighthouse Museum head out for vacation,
perhaps for the day, the
and Park, the Drayden African-
week or just the week-
American Schoolhouse, and the end.
U-1105 Black Panther German
submarine shipwreck preserve. With rising gas
prices, some choose to
A non-profit organization, the
stay closer to home but Students and instructors from the St. Mary’s County Recre-
Friends sponsor special events, many seem to bite the ation and Parks karate program presented a demonstration of
assist with acquisitions and bullet and pay the cost skills and movements to those attending the Children’s Day
publish this newsletter to of a long distance trip, event in August at the St. Clement’s Island Museum.
perhaps being more dis-
broaden understanding of and
criminating in the destination than before. sent to over 30,000 subscribers to
interest in these important Our visitors are always our special guests. It www.dcjazz.com, a principal target audience
historic sites. is always our intention to give them a qual- for this event. As a result, jazz lovers from
ity experience, whether it is educational, all over the Washington metropolitan re-
cultural, or just plain fun. gion and mid-Atlantic travel to our little
museum in Colton’s Point for live music and
Inside: Kentucky Reunion Comes Special events and programs often ap- an array of food. What they get is so much
to St. Clement’s, Murder on the peal to specific audiences and are sometimes more. They learn about St. Clement’s Island
Menu At Interactive Dinner
Theatre, Friends News used as marketing tools. Museum programs as the birthplace of Maryland, about our
and more can target certain sectors of the community lovely museum and water taxi service, which
via events such as Children’s Day and Se- is offered free during the event, and about
nior Citizens’ Day can or through educational the gracious hospitality offered by the mu-
See Programs, page 4
The Friends of the
St. Clement’s Island and
Up From the Ashes:
Piney Point Museums
38370 Point Breeze Rd.
A New Old Lighthouse for
Colton’s Point, MD 20626
St. Clement’s Island
www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/ By Sheila Gibbons Hiebert
You know the saying, “everything old is new again”?
Happily, the old is becoming new on St. Clement’s Island State Park, with
Debra Pence construction of a replica of the Blackistone Lighthouse slated for 2007.
On August 5, about 100 persons assembled on the Island for a ground-break-
Historic Sites Manager ing ceremony for the reconstructed lighthouse. The St. Clement’s Hundred has
spearheaded the project, building on the late Josephine Mattingly’s $5,000 be-
Christina Barbour quest to the group with instructions to use the money to honor her grandmother,
Education Curator Josephine McWilliams Freeman, keeper of the Blackistone Lighthouse for nearly
40 years and the only woman ever to hold the job.
Kimberley A. Cullins
Marketing and Program The ground-breaking took place 50 years after the lighthouse, no longer an
active beacon, burned in a fire of unknown origin. The charred, crumbling ruins
Carol Cribbs were eventually knocked down by the U. S. Navy.
Museum Stores Manager
The St. Clement’s Hundred navigated the rough waters of multiple state agen-
Greg Mora cies to obtain permission to build the lighthouse replica on higher ground near its
Museum Technician original site (which is under water at high tide, according to Dick Gass, the group’s
president). The organization also has worked tirelessly to raise the funds from
state and county government, from its members, and from other donors. It’s hoped
Friends Board of Directors that federal dollars will be forthcoming as well.
We congratulate the St. Clement’s Hundred for their marvelous work in bring-
Sheila Gibbons Hiebert ing this project to fruition. The reconstructed Blackistone Lighthouse will boost
President the importance of St. Clement’s Island and the St. Clement’s Island Museum as
tourism destinations, and increase our opportunities to share Southern Maryland’s
Lewie Aldridge, Jr. wonderful history with many more visitors.
Paul G. Nelson
Thomas A. Mattingly, Sr.
Delegate John F. Wood, Jr.
Kimberley A. Cullins Pictured left to right: St. Mary’s County Commissioner President Thomas F.
Newsletter Editor McKay, St. Clement’s Hundred President Dick Gass, Commissioner Dan Raley,
firstname.lastname@example.org- Maryland State Senator Roy Dyson, Commissioner Tom Mattingly, Delegate
marys.md.us Johnny Wood, and Commissioner Kenny Dement.
Director’s Notes by Debra Pence:
Grant Projects Gear Up With Help from Volunteers
It does not seem possible
that summer can get any more
hectic then it usually is, but
we really set ourselves up for
a full schedule with last year’s
grant successes. We currently
have six grant projects valued
at $492,000 in progress, with
deadlines in this fiscal year
July 2006 to June 30, 2007.
Although very exciting, it
is also very intensive work.
The Piney Point / Chesapeake
Bay Gateways Network
Governor Robert Ehrlich explains the positive impact that Maryland Heritage Area
(CBGN) grant project is in the
Authority grants will have on heritage projects in St. Mary’s County. Afterwards, grant
editing stages of its interpre-
recipients from throughout St. Mary’s County pose with Governor Ehrlich August 3 at a
tive master plan and is prepar-
press conference held on the square in Leonardtown, MD.
ing to hire the exhibits firm
for the Potomac River Mari-
time Exhibit building. The Piney Point self-guide peake Bay Gateways reviews) and the Drayden African American School-
grounds brochure, made possible by the Southern house interpretive signage is in the capable hands of a graphic artist.
Maryland Heritage Areas mini-grant, has the graph-
ics in place and is ready to receive the descriptive Each project has its own team of volunteers and staff dedicated to
text that will complete that project. The 2005 Mary- conducting time-consuming research, and reviewing and implement-
land Bond Bill and the Maryland Heritage Areas ing the work necessary to make these projects happen. These grants
Authority grants will help match the federal CBGN have been made possible by donations from our Friends, the Chesa-
funds and move us to the next scopes of work ad- peake Bay Running Club, and the many event sponsors and corporate
dressing parking, walkways, signage and landscape members that assist us with the community portions of our grant matches.
In closing, I pass on the most recent good news that on August 3,
The other two projects are also well under way Governor Robert Ehrlich visited the Town of Leonardtown to announce
with the St. Clement’s Island interpretive panels in the 2006 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority grant recipients. The Piney
the hands of a professional text writer (after pass- Point Project was awarded another $80,000! It looks like summer 2007-
ing Department of Natural Resources and Chesa- 2008 will be just as busy!
New to the Children’s Day
program this year were the heri-
tage games, old-fashioned
schoolyard games such as
tiddlywinks, jacks, marbles and Crazy
walking on stilts. Thanks to Carlton After All These
Wood of Mechanicsville who Years
donated trees from his farm, the
Mennonites who sawed them, and
Museum Technician Greg Mora
who created the finished product,
stilt walking was the
big hit of the day!
Museums’ Programs Offer Great Summer Fun
Programs: continued from page 1
seum staff and volunteers, all in a scenic riverside Museum programs are also marketed to and through the local busi-
setting. And their patronage at this event raises funds ness community where partnerships are fostered through event sponsor-
for the Friends and sponsorship of the museum pro- ships. Business owners have been enthusiastic about supporting our
grams. programs and the community by having their names associated with a
museum event. Partnerships not only benefit the museums financially
Sarah Lee Smith of Washington, D.C., shared her but raise awareness of our museums among business clients, customers,
thoughts about being at the jazz festival: and staff. When a business or individual becomes a sponsor, they be-
come one of the team, another cheerleader for the museum mission. It is
“My past weekend was AWESOME. We had such a win-win situation: we gain the support of new business sponsors,
a wonderful time that I am planning to come while sponsors reap the well-deserved publicity their investment brings.
back real soon. I just want to say thank you so
much for the great hospitality and togetherness If you or someone you know would like to help with museum
I felt while I was there and we can’t wait until programs, the museums are always seeking new event sponsors, new
next year. My guests enjoyed themselves as well. volunteers, and even new ideas to better serve our community. Please
It was the first time for most of us and if it is call the St. Mary’s County Museum Division at 301-769-2222 or email
God’s will, it won’t be our last.” marketing and program specialist Kim Cullins at email@example.com-
(Left) Reunion participants Jim and Joyce Edelyn, of Owensboro, KY, relax inside the St. Clement’s Island Museum. Jim
says one of his many-great grandfathers came to America in 1660, to St. Mary’s and Prince George’s Counties and then
to Washington County, KY, in 1795. Another ancestor moved to Davis County, KY, in 1850 and his family has been there
ever since. (Right) Reunion participants board the cart to take them back to the pier after touring St. Clement’s Island.
2006 Reunion Comes to St. Clement’s
More than150 people visited St. Clement’s Island on July 15 as part of the 2006 Maryland – Kentucky Reunion. They
came, most from Kentucky, the descendants of an emigration from St. Mary’s (and Charles and Prince George’s counties)
The reasons for emigration from Maryland to Kentucky are varied. There were economic reasons with the depletion of
available land and the consequences of constant plundering during the Revolutionary War. Religious freedom was also
an issue for colonists who felt anti-Catholic bias for nearly a century. These ambitious Marylanders settled together in
what today are the three Kentucky counties of Nelson, Washington, and Marion. As land opened in the west for settlement,
some of these same pioneers packed up and headed out, seeking yet another opportunity for a better life.
The idea for a reunion originated in 1988 with descendents living in Missouri, who were having a reunion of their own.
What a genealogical opportunity to get the countrywide “cousins” together in one place! In 1990, the first reunion was
held in Nazareth, KY, with a follow-up reunion in St. Mary’s County, MD, in 1992. Subsequent reunions have been held
with the opportunity to research that hardy stock of ancestors who originally hailed from Southern Maryland and from
St. Clement’s Island.
It’s more compelling than a Nancy Drew
mystery! It’s more thrilling than an episode of
CSI: Miami! It’s more rewarding than
discovering Colonel Mustard did it in the
conservatory with a lead pipe! It’s another
murder mystery dinner theater in Piney Point,
with proceeds going into the Friends treasury
in support of museum projects.
Pictured left to right: Mark Markovich of J. F Taylor, Inc., Bob Eaton
Last year’s murder mystery presentation of BB&T, Jeremy and Wayne Hicks. Wayne explains the popularity of
of “Murder at the Lighthouse” was deemed custom bikes is a niche he fills with Performance and Custom Ameri-
such a success, that another presentation, “The can Motorcycles.
Art of Murder,” is scheduled for Saturday, Sep-
Friends Co-Host Chamber’s
tember 16 inside the Potomac River Maritime
Exhibit at the Piney Point Lighthouse Mu-
Business After Hours Event
seum and Park. The evening will begin with a
cash bar at 6 p.m. followed by a live auction
at 7 p.m. The wildly-entertaining auctioneer
Rodney Thompson will conduct the bidding For the sixth consecutive year, the Friends co-hosted the St. Mary’s
so bring your wallet and buckle your seat belts County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours with Friends cor-
— it will be a fun ride! porate member BB&T (Branch Banking and Trust) at the St. Clement’s
Island Museum. The event, held monthly, is hosted by a chamber mem-
Delicious appetizers and a menu of ber to bring visibility to their business and staff and offers networking
romaine salad, jumbo shrimp and filet of beef opportunities for all attending. The Friends and BB&T always offer
brochettes, rice pilaf, and fresh vegetable great food and entertainment along with a unique theme that has earned
medley will be served at your table. their mixer a reputation as “the one you can’t miss.”
The murder mystery will be performed Not to disappoint, the theme this year was “Born to Be Wild” which
from scripts distributed to audience members included a custom motorcycle show by Performance and Custom Ameri-
who will read their parts as specific charac- can Motorcycles in Mechanicsville, MD. Proprietor Wayne Hicks trans-
ters. There are no paid actors and no rehears- ported nine of his finest custom machines for display on the lawn for a
als. The audience participants are allowed to jaw-dropping reaction. Kathy Hollyer, proprietor of HyperSpace Fun
“ham” their way through the course of events Center in Hollywood, provided deejay services and air-brushed tattoos
and activities as the entire group listens (and for that walk on the wild side. A scrumptious array of food was prepared
laughs) to the action, the clues, and the mo- and served by Lenny’s Restaurant along with cool libations to comple-
tives of the cast of characters. The parts of ment a warm summer evening. More than 100 people attended, many
Crystal Ellington, socialite and investigative who had not visited our museum before, to enjoy a beautiful, breezy,
journalist (played by Kim Cullins), and news- riverside setting in one of the most beautiful spots in St. Mary’s County.
paper editor Sid Greenwell (played by Steve
Dunlap) have been revived for more sleuth-
ing and case solving.
Coffee and dessert will be served and the
crime solving will begin as guests collabo-
rate to analyze clues and alibis to discover
the identity of the murderer.
Tickets for Friends Members are $60 per
person, $65 for the general public, and are
available by calling 301-769-2222. Don’t
miss this evening of fun and intrigue — after
all, the murderer could be YOU! Kathy Hollyer air-brushes a dragon tattoo onto the arm of Dr. Hae
Sook Kim of Tidewater Dental in Lexington Park
Museum Volunteer Turns 94 Years Young
She was lured to the
St. Clement’s Island Museum for
a phony volunteer meeting, but
Alice McWilliams got quite the
surprise when it was announced
that the gathering was for her. The
day was July 27 and her fellow
volunteers and museum staff had
gathered to honor this lovely lady
and share her 94th birthday with
cake and ice cream and sincere
birthday wishes. Happy Birthday,
Miss Alice! (Photo at right: Vol-
unteer Coordinator Laura Roys
helps Alice cut the birthday cake
shared with museum staff and fel-
UP AND COMING . . .
Set a course for these exciting events
Visit www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums or call 301-769-2222 for more information on these events.
Senior Citizens’ Day – of all the lighthouses, please log on to Sunday and all work and pleasure
September 15 www.cheslights.org or contact David boats are welcome to line up near the
Senior citizens are invited to attend and Karen Rosage at 410-437-0741. museum pier. This event is presented
this special event at the St. Clement’s by the 7th District Optimist Club and
Island Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – all proceeds benefit community pro-
The day will feature free water taxi September 16 grams and projects.
rides around St. Clement’s Island and Don’t miss this exciting evening of fine
free admission to the museum. cuisine and silent auction with a side St. Clement’s Island Museum
Morning refreshments will be available dish of murder at the Piney Point Light- Winter Hours Begin and Water
and those who wish to stay for a riv- house Museum and Park! An interac- Taxi Ends– October 9
erside picnic should bring their lunch.tive dinner theater presentation entitled The St. Clement’s Island Museum will
Fishing is available at the pier and a “The Art of Murder” will keep you in begin winter hours of Wednesday
variety of presentations will continue stitches and appeal to your Sherlock through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
throughout the day. Stay long or stay Holmes side to solve the crime. Tick- Water taxi service to St. Clement’s
ets for Friends members are $60 per
a little, just don’t miss this day of fun Island concludes and will resume
and learning! person, $65 for the public, and avail- Memorial Day weekend 2007.
able by calling 301-769-2222. Proceeds
Maryland Lighthouse Challenge – go into the Friends’ treasury for sup- Piney Point Lighthouse Museum
September 16 & 17 port of museum programs. Begins Winter Hours –
The Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. November 1 to December 17
Lighthouse Society presents the 4th Blessing of the Fleet – The museum, lighthouse, and mari-
Annual Maryland Lighthouse Chal- October 7 & 8 time exhibit will be closed but the
lenge. The Challenge is a weekend- The St. Clement’s Island Museum will Lighthouse Lens Museum Store will
long adventure up and down the state be the host site for the 39th Annual be open weekends from noon to 4
to see all of the land-based light- Blessing of the Fleet, a two-day event p.m. The grounds are open year round
houses and one lightship. The Piney featuring delicious foods, live music, from sunrise to sunset. Use your
Point Lighthouse will be open for this parade, fireworks, children’s activities, membership discount and do your
event on both days from 8 a.m. to 6 exhibitions, and more! The actual holiday shopping at the Lighthouse
p.m. For more information and a list Blessing of the Fleet will take place on Lens Museum Store for great gifts!
The Friends welcome these new members:
Lynn Erwin, Mechanicsville, MD The Friends’ corporate members provide
Star Mehaffey, California, MD substantial support to our mission through
Frank Roys, Jr., Frederick, MD their dues and through in-kind assistance
and special sponsorships throughout the
Senior: year. We’re grateful for their involvement
Joy Parks Cox, Ramona, CA and once again, we want to say thank you!
Jerry Johnson, Glendale, WI
Special Thanks! Aldridge Ford
POTOMAC JAZZ & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL BB&T (Branch Banking & Trust)
The Friends would like to thank the following sponsors of the
Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival held in July: Lenny’s Restaurant/ Brick House Realty
Sleep Inn & Suites, The Show Place Arena, Bozick Distibutors, Callaway Retail Enterprises
Community Bank of Tri-County, W.M. Davis, Inc., Balenger Total
Health & Fitness, Aldridge Ford, Colton’s Point Marina, Michael B. Cedar Cove Marina
Norris, The Baynet.com, Café des Artistes. The Friends also re-
ceived a grant from the St. Mary’s County Arts Council through the
Colton’s Point Art
Maryland State Arts Council. We are very grateful of their continu- Studio & Gallery
ing support of this cultural event. We also extend our gratitude to Colton’s Point Marina
the museum staff and volunteers who make this event possible and
create a warm and hospitable experience for the audience. More Combs & Drury Insurance
than 750 people attended.
Community Bank of Tri-County
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Communication Research Associ-
Sincere gratitude is once again extended to Bob Eaton and
Steve Hall of BB&T, who co-hosted the St. Mary’s County Cham-
ber of Commerce Business After Hours event in July at the St. Cross & Wood and Associates
Clement’s Island Museum. Through their collaborative efforts with
the Friends, the Business After Hours was one of the best attended W. M. Davis, Inc.
of the year. It’s an organizational partnership that has proved ben- Eagan, McAllister Associates
eficial for both.
Children’s Day at the St. Clement’s Island Museum was another Heritage Printing
great success with more than 450 children and adults attending. Jahn Corporation
The Friends would like to thank all the sponsors who funded 100
free t-shirts and the expenses of the event: Chesapeake Custom Lighthouse Road Associates
Embroidery, Cullins Pool Water, Combs & Drury Insurance, The
Baynet.com, Chesapeake Family Healthcare, Embry Riddle Aero- Maryland Bank & Trust
nautical University, Tidewater Dental, Hyperspace Fun Center, Company
Christine Lennox, BB&T in Wildewood Shopping Center, and Del-
Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home
egate Johnny Wood. We would also like to thank those who made
the program such a success: 7th District Optimist Club, 7th District Mercantile Southern Maryland
Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, St. Mary’s County Bank
Sheriff’s Office, Health Department, Transportation Services, St.
Mary’s Hospital Health Connections Van, Parent Line Newspaper, The Printing Press
and Recreation and Parks program instructors of karate and hip
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