The first session of duck season ended yesterday, the goose seasons are yet to come. Can the waterfowl shows of the Eastern Shore be upon us already?
You bet your shotgun.
Two of the interesting shows are the Waterfowl Festival in Easton and the Chestertown Wildlife Exhibition and Sale.
The Chestertown affair runs Friday and Saturday and is more intimate than the Easton show, which will be open Nov. 8-10.
At Chestertown, more than 50 exhibitors of carvings, art and photography will be on display in seven galleries at town center. The headliners of the show are an original Andrew Wyeth watercolor, a one-man show by painter Scott Woolever and a world premiere multimedia wildlife slide show.
There also will be a townwide wine and cheese party, full-length wildlife movies for children in the local theater, falconry demonstrations in the town park and the Maryland State Duck Calling Championship.
Tickets for exhibition and sale are $3 for adults and $1.50 for children.
In Easton, the Waterfowl Festival is planned to a greater scale, with some 500 exhibitors from the United States and Canada displaying their work and seven experts on waterfowl art will giving seminars on the finer points of their fields.
The Waterfowl Festival also will be the site of the World Championship Goose Calling Contest, the Mason-Dixon Regional Duck Calling Contest and retriever demonstrations.
As in Chestertown, the Easton Waterfowl Festival takes over the municipality and the townspeople are largely responsible for the success of the two shows.
Seminars scheduled for the restored Avalon Theatre are:
* Walt Matia on the lost wax method of casting bronze sculpture and the finer points of purchasing and caring for bronze.
* Vance Strausburg on how to discover, identify and evaluate antique decoys.
* Russell Fink on understanding the pitfalls and rewards of vTC collecting duck stamps and duck stamp prints.
* Tan Brunet on the basic techniques of carving decoys, from selecting the right woods to first cuts.
* Jim Sprankle on the fine finishing and marketing of carved decoys.
* Robert Koenke on the acceptance of wildlife art by the art community.
* Kit Breen on color-control techniques photographers can use to make more artistic and satisfying photographs in the field.
Admission to the Waterfowl Festival ranges from $8 for one day to $18 for three days.
Next Saturday and Sunday at Sandy Point State Park near Annapolis, the diverse activities of the Chesapeake Bay will be brought together during Chesapeake Appreciation Days, a festival to celebrate the traditions and lifestyles of the tidewater.
Among the activities scheduled are skipjack races, workboat docking contests and shoreside boat displays, watermen's demonstrations, draft horse demonstrations, jousting, K9 exhibits, environmental displays and more.
As usual, there will be plenty of food, live music and arts and crafts activities for children and adults.
Admission to the festival is $5, with children under 12 admitted free. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.