Easton will celebrate its waterfowl heritage 26th festival will feature crafts, auction, competitions

November 03, 1996|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

On Friday, colonial Easton in Talbot County will close its streets and open the town to the functions and festivities of the 26th annual Waterfowl Festival -- three days of buying, selling and learning about the world of waterfowling.

Each year, hundreds of wildlife artists produce thousands of sculptures, paintings, carvings and photographs for display and sale at the festival, which is spread over 18 sites around the town.

Gifts shops are filled with hand-crafted items, antique decoys, artifacts and memorabilia from the early days of waterfowling.

Among the special events are a decoy auction Saturday afternoon and duck- and goose-calling competitions Saturday evening.

Throughout the three-day festival, there will be retriever demonstrations, shooting exhibitions, fly fishing exhibits and wildlife seminars and workshops.

Tickets for the festival, which over the years has raised more than $3 million for wildlife conservation, are $10 for one day or $18 for all three. Children under 14 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call (410) 822-4567.

Around the world

Bill Shuff, a Philadelphian and a member of the Annapolis Singles Sailing Club, is going around the world the tough way, from east to west against the prevailing winds and currents, as a crewman in the BT Global Challenge.

Shuff is one of five Americans chosen from 5,000 applicants from around the world of sailing in the challenge, which started from Southampton, England, Sept. 29.

The challenge is a six-leg around-the-world sailed in 14 identical 67-foot, 40-ton cutters. Crews are made up of one professional skipper and 13 amateurs.

Shuff, sailing aboard Group 4 skippered by Mike Golding, finished the first leg at Rio de Janiero on Oct. 25, in a record time of 26 days, 3 hours, 47 minutes, 14 seconds.

The challenge fleet will start the second leg to Wellington, New Zealand, on Nov. 20.

Stopovers also are scheduled for Sydney, Australia; Cape Town, South Africa; and Boston before the final leg is sailed back to Southampton next summer.

This is the second running of the race, sponsored by British Telecommunications (BT).

Pub Date: 11/03/96

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