Great Weather for our 2nd Schooner Event

These are a few of the images from our outing with the Schooner Woodwind: Annapolis Sailing Cruises. We had a gorgeous day for it, and Dave Gendell gave us some brilliant historic insights into the area. 19 RBSA members and friends all had a wonderful time.

Schooner Woodwind Burns Society Event

Given the success of last year’s cruise on the Schooner Woodwind, we will once again ply the high seas (well, the Chesapeake Bay) in August. Many people on last year’s cruise expressed an interest in doing one of the Monday night historical cruises, so we have chosen one that sounds interesting and entertaining.

From their website:
Legends and Lore of the Annapolis Waterfront presented by Dave Gendell
Dave Gendell brings aboard an entertaining and compelling set of stories and insights around Annapolis history, the Naval Academy, the sailing scene, and the personalities that make Annapolis one of the world’s most unique waterfront communities.
Dave Gendell has researched, written, and presented extensively on Annapolis and Chesapeake Bay history with a special focus on the Schooner America, World War II along the Annapolis waterfront, and the Thomas Point Lighthouse.
The date we’ve chosen is Monday, August 22nd for a sunset cruise, which is from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. The Woodwind sails from the dock behind Pusser’s restaurant in Annapolis. The boat will leave right on time, so it’s a good idea to arrive a little early. Wear shoes and clothing appropriate for sailing. The price is:
$53.75 for adults
$51.00 for seniors and students
$34.75 for children under 12
These prices include all taxes and an 18% gratuity for the crew, and includes a soft drink and a snack. $5.00 from each ticket will go to the RBSA as a fundraiser.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested and how many might be in your party. We require a minimum of 18 people to book the cruise, so we need a rough count fairly quickly to start the booking process.
The Schooner Woodwind requires that all money for a group booking be paid a couple of weeks before the sailing date, so to ensure your spot is saved we will need to have all payments in hand no later than July 31st.
Please send checks as follows:
Payable to: RBSA
Address to:
Heather Ackroyd
1602 Havre de Grace Drive
Edgewater MD 21037
Many thanks to Heather for organizing this cruise for RBSA members. If you have any questions give Nancy a call at: 410-224-3433.

Scottish American Heritage Month

Dear Fellow Scottish-American:
Attached is a computer file of a color poster intended to be used to celebrate Scottish-American Heritage Month, which is April, as well as Tartan Day (April 6). It is 11 by 17 inches in size and could be posted in libraries, work places, schools, etc. as you see fit. It does not advertise a specific event requiring attendance or include a particular contact person, but rather states several impressive facts for the reader to consider. So it can be used over and over, year after year.
Please help me and the many other Scottish-Americans throughout the United States who agree that we should keep our identity in front of the many other groups that make up the fabric of America. We have much to be proud of folks! Above all, PLEASE pass the file and this email content on to your friends, fellow clan members, Scottish societies, etc. This can be an amazing project if we all join in.
Following are some suggestions that I hope you will observe in using this poster:
  • The file is in PDF format and can be taken to your local printing service via a flash/thumb drive for printing, in that most of us do not have the 11 by 17 capacity on our home printers.
  • In order to look professional, it should be printed on glossy card stock. This will cost somewhere around two to three dollars for each copy printed. Don’t hesitate! It’s worth the price, even if you decide to print up several copies.
  • When you display this poster, be sure to get permission from the facility manager so we are not making a nuisance of ourselves, and making enemies in the process. Many people do offend the facility managers who don’t like being taken for granted and will simply take the poster down right after you put it up and sneak away.
  • You should plan on displaying the poster at the very end of March or during the very first week of April. If you want to display a second, smaller (8.5 by 11) flier alongside this larger poster advertising your local event, that would certainly add value.
  • When mounting the poster, please use four (not just one or two) staples (recommended), thumbtacks (preferred) or other products such as pushpins (not recommended since they are very easy for others to “borrow”).
  • The facility manager may ask you to take the poster down at the end of the month, or they will do it themselves. In the second case, the poster will probably be discarded. Oh well! It was money well-spent.
Thank you for helping with this project. If we don’t make the effort, who should?
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