News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office
Series Kicks off with “The Civil War and St. Clement’s Island” cruise during the Black Diamond Disaster, an American Civil War Commemoration Weekend
Leonardtown, MD – Beginning April 28, visitors can enjoy a fun evening of cruising on the St. Clement’s Island Water Taxi, cocktail reception at St. Clement’s Island Museum and delicious seafood dinner at waterside Morris Point Restaurant during a series of themed events throughout the season.
The run of four cruises kick off on April 28 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. as part of the Black Diamond Disaster American Civil War Commemoration Weekend with “The Civil War and St. Clement’s Island.” The tour will include a guided presentation about St. Clement’s Island’s interesting role during the American Civil War. Your guide will be Foxhall Parker, the Commander of the Potomac Flotilla during the war. He will talk about events on the Island, on the Potomac River, and in Leonardtown. As a special addition to the April cruises, the event will include attending the Black Diamond Ceremony on St. Clement’s Island.
“After last year’s October 2018 inaugural cruise sold out almost immediately, we knew we had to continue offering these fun, yet informative, cruises as part of a new event series,” states Karen Stone, Manager of the St. Mary’s County Museum Division. “2019’s series includes four cruises, all concerning different interesting subjects. We now have plenty of opportunities for the public to grab tickets before they sell out.”Though there are more chances to get your spot before tickets are gone, Stone suggests reserving early. “We recommend calling in for any of the cruises as soon as possible – the tickets will sell out quickly as we only allow a maximum of 20 spots per cruise for these exclusive events.”
The three remaining cruises occur in June, August and October, and include the following themes: Sunday, June 2 features “An Evening with Father Andrew White, S.J.” from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. where your water tour guide will portray historical figure Fr. Andrew White and offer an account of White’s journey to the island in 1633. Sunday, August 11 features “The Flora, Fauna and Natural Beauty of St. Clement’s Island” from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. where your tour will include a guided presentation on the natural environment of St. Clement’s Island and surrounding environs. Sunday, October 13 features “A Narrated Fall Foliage Tour” from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. where your water tour will include a guided presentation about why St. Clement’s Island is so important.
Tickets for all cruises are $55 per person or $100 per couple, and include boat ride, cocktail reception at St. Clement’s Island Museum and dinner at Morris Point Restaurant. When making a reservation, the public is encouraged to choose an entrée for their meal, which include: Crab Cake; Seafood Combination (broiled or fried of any two: crab cake, shrimp, scallops, soft shell crab or fish); or Chicken and Pasta dinner. All meals include two sides.
For more information or to reserve your ticket, please call St. Clement’s Island Museum at 301-769-2222. For more information regarding the St. Mary’s County Museum Division’s museums and historic sites, please visit www.facebook.com/SCIMuseum or www.facebook.com/1836Light, or on Twitter at @StClemIsMuseum or @PineyPtLHMuseum.