Traveling the East Coast waterway CENTRAL COUNTY--Arnold * Broadneck * Severna Park * Crownsville * Millersville

January 28, 1993|By Angela Winter Ney | Angela Winter Ney,Staff Writer

When Ken Creed arrives in Severna Park next week, he'll bring 1,000 miles of traveling adventure, from Smith Island to the Florida Keys, via the Intracoastal Waterway.

A professional filmmaker and traveler, Mr. Creed is the first of four travel writers scheduled in Severna Park in February through Windoes Travelogues Inc., a company that hires professional travelers to narrate films, and the Severna Park Rotary Club.

The series, which the club hopes to use as a fund-raiser for local charities, also will focus on trips to Italy and England and a tour of scenic rivers around the world, said Roger Carlquist, the project chairman. The proceeds from this event will go to Arundel Hospice and Meals on Wheels, he said.

Mr. Creed's program begins at Smith Island, where he visits with Edward Harrison, one of the oldest active watermen.

"I had to get up at 4:30 in the morning to get started before dawn, and we weren't back till after dark," Mr. creed says. "He's an amazing man.

"On Smith Island, you have 450 people with their own world and accent. Most came from Wales and talk much like the English," he says. "All those little islands make one of the prettiest stretches on the waterway."

The sheltered water route that stretches along the East Coast from Florida to the Chesapeake Bay mainly is highway for pleasure boats.

"You get on I-95 and head to Florida, and never think of the places that are less than a mile away, in an entirely different world," he says. "People don't realize what they could see and enjoy by taking a boat."

The program, which Mr. Creed filmed, covers not only the waterway, but a number of side trips. He explores the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia, flies kites off sand dunes in North Carolina's Outer Banks and stops at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kitty Hawk.

He stops at half a dozen islands, including Hilton Head, S.C., and a trip to the Scottish games in Savannah, Ga.

Mr. Creed has always lived the traveling life. After producing films in Alaska, where he also worked as a bush pilot, he signed on with the National Geographic Society in Washington. He also worked for the National Audubon Society before switching to travel films.

Mr. Creed travels seven months a year lecturing with his films, and spends the rest of the time researching and shooting new films. He presents 150 programs a season in 40 states and in Canada.

The Intracoastal Waterway, a WPA project completed in 1936, drew his attention because it was part of the great canal-building era of America, Mr. Creed says. By the time it was completed, however, railroads had made the canals obsolete for commercial purposes.

In 11 years producing adventure films, Mr. Creed has presented 1,500 programs, doing all the photography, editing, filming and script-writing himself. "I've driven almost a million miles," he says. The money isn't bad either; he makes about $500 a night, with five shows a week, he says. However, he also pays for his own travel expenses and must recoup the $2,500 he invests in making each film. He's made half a dozen films in the last several years.

The four motion pictures narrated by world travelers are scheduled for Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. at the Severna park High School Auditorium. Tickets for four performances cost $15; a single performance costs $5. Tickets are available at Severn Travel.

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