Class to build Piscataqua wherry


June 20, 1994|By LYN BACKE

The rhythms of Walt Whitman niggle in the back of my mind, and I want to sing of family, and of tradition (and tradition nodded to but not bought whole), and of cooperative labors of love.

I sing of a wedding that lasted -- with breaks -- from picnic Friday through brunch on Sunday, planned and coordinated by bride, chopped, peeled, minced and pureed by aunts and mother and cousins and friends.

It was a three-day festivity because, said my daughter, "I traveled to two friends' weddings and it was, 'Glad you're here, here's the wedding, so long!' "

And on top of all the love and sharing and consideration, the weather in New Hampshire -- where the wedding was held -- averaged a high of 75 with low humidity for all three days of outdoor activities.


Coincidentally, during the wedding activities I was on, over or near the Piscataqua River between New Hampshire and Maine, and it's the building of a Piscataqua River wherry that master boatwright Clark Posten will be supervising this summer in a seven-week course at St. John's College in Annapolis.

The narrow-hulled, 16-foot river boat was built in Maine in the 1850s as a means of basic transportation.

Students will begin with a stack of lumber and a few patterns, and learn how to keep and use edge tools, how to recognize characteristics of native American woods, and how to make a boat, from fashioning the backbone to planking the hull and steam bending the frames.

The completed wherry is intended to be sold for use as a tender to The Dove, which is moored in St. Mary's City.

Mr. Posten taught boat building for seven years at Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut.

The course will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings from June 28 through Aug. 13. Tuition is $675. For information, call Leo Pickens at 626-2537.

Most of us who need to write harbor the dream of a book or 10 one day, and for all of us in our middle years who likely never will do it, there are scores coming up through our schools who likely will.

Local children will have the chance this summer to meet and talk with three children's authors and learn how books are created, thanks to the county public library's summer reading program. The meet-the-author events are free and open to all children entering grades one through six this fall.

Featured in the Annapolis-South County area will be former circus clown David Wisniewski of Bowie, who will use shadow puppets to show how he developed his unique cut-paper illustrations in books such as "Elfwyn's Saga" and "Rain Player."

Wisniewski will appear June 28 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Annapolis branch on West Street, and at 2 p.m. at the Eastport-Annapolis Neck branch. The latter program will be signed for the deaf and hearing-impaired.

Chadwick the Crab's creator, Annapolis resident Priscilla Cummings, will present a program July 13 at the Edgewater branch at 11 a.m., and at the South County branch in Deale at 2 p.m.

Advance registration is not required for summer reading special events, but seating is limited. For more information on the summer reading program and authors' appearances in other parts of the county, call your local branch or library headquarters, 222-7371.


There's almost as much sound and fury in response to Annapolis' announcement that it will not have fireworks on the Fourth of July as there would have been at the festivities themselves.

Meanwhile, members of the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society move happily ahead with plans for their annual old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration, complete with a band concert, a country fair, hot dogs, flags, and children's games.

No fireworks were planned from the outset, and a very fine time will still be had by all.

The day begins with a parade at 10 a.m., coordinated by Leigh Woodling. Call 867-2363 to participate.

Cakes, pies, jellies and pickles will be judged by state Dels. Mike Busch, John Astle and Phil Bissett at 12:45; call Brenda Earley at 867-0953 to enter.

The Bay Winds Concert Band will give a free concert at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum at 1 p.m., and children's games begin at 2 o'clock.

Families are invited to picnic on the museum grounds, or buy refreshments at the Rural Heritage Society stand while enjoying the festivities.


A brief sports note for those who suffer summer merely as a prelude to fall: the Naval Academy Athletic Association has started its 1994 season ticket drive, with new individual game miniplans and a home game season against Virginia, Duke, Lafayette, Louisville, and Rice.

For information, call 1-800-US4-NAVY, or 268-6060.


Auditions will be held for the Colonial Players' September production, "Lend Me a Tenor," on Sunday and June 27, at the Colonial Players annex, 2132 Renard Court in Annapolis.

The age range for men is early 30s to mid-50s; for women, early 20s to early 50s. There's also a call for people to work backstage in many categories.

For more information on positions, call director Phil Levy at (301) 622-1148.

The production opens Sept. 9 and runs through Oct. 8.

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