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News Release, Calvert Marine Museum
SOLOMONS, MD – February 7, 2020 – The Calvert Marine Museum’s Patuxent Small Craft Guild maintains the historic boats in the museum’s collection and preserves the art and skills of wooden boat building. These volunteers build and raffle a boat each year to benefit the ongoing activities of the Guild.
The Guild is pleased to announce Matt and Rachel Hilpert of Pasadena, Maryland, as the winners of the 2019 boat raffle. The Hilperts recently moved to Maryland from Hawaii and are thrilled that they won the sailboat. Though not currently boat owners, they have sailed in the past and look forward to enjoying the water this summer. Son Josh Hilpert has some experience, being on his high school’s sailing team, and has plans to teach his two younger brothers how to sail.
There were over 2,000 tickets sold last year at the museum’s annual events, including the Solomons Maritime Festival, Patuxent River Appreciation Day, and Waterside Music Series. This year’s winning ticket was sold at the 2019 Brett Eldredge concert.
The 2020 raffle boat will be on display in the Exhibition Building starting March 23 and tickets will be on sale for $1 each or six for $5 in the Museum Store and at the Patuxent Small Craft Center. They will also be available at the museum’s 2020 annual events and summer concerts.