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"The Voices of the Chesapeake Bay Interview Project is created to help  us further develop our 'sense of place.'  The Voices Project is ongoing, inherently 'inclusive' and well-rounded, giving us the ability to see our bio-region, the Chesapeake Bay watershed, from a variety of perspectives 
and points of view. With this ability we can fully and truly appreciate this incredible place called the Chesapeake Bay." 

Michael Buckley, Project Director

(Read the full interview)

Voices of the Chesapeake Bay

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Interview Listing   (Page in development - audio sampling and links coming!) 

Songs of the Chesapeake Show to promote the new CD which benefits the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Chesapeake Bay Trust, Living Classrooms Foundation and the Maryland Watermen's Association.

David Harper, Maryland Eastern shore family farmer talks about his farm along the Choptank River.

Terry Hutchinson, professional sailboat racer talks about his professional career and offering a sailing program to less advantaged inner city kids.

Mike Vlahovich talks about the Skipjack restoration program he heads up at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St Michaels, MD


Russ Brinsfield talks about the Maryland Agro-Ecology Center he directs for the University of Maryland. Russ is also a family farmer from Maryland's Eastern Shore and the Mayor of Vienna, MD.

Mary Ekroos talks of her life as a painter, learning from her famous painter father, sailing with Maryland watermen and painting the Chesapeake Bay.

Kent Island decoy carver Allen Lopez talks about winning numerous championships and his process for carving winning waterfowl.

Glen Page discusses the outreach programs presented by the Baltimore Aquarium and his work as director of these programs to teach kids about the importance of underwater grasses and the marine life of the Chesapeake Bay.


Members of AmeriCorp talk about their residency on Wye Island cleaning out brush so that new growth can sprout up in the springtime. They also talk about the history of the Dept of Natural Resources Conference Center at Wye Island.

Author columnist Tom Horton and photographer David Harp discuss their book The Great Marsh about the Chesapeake Bay waters edge.

Annapolis Frostbite sailboat racers discuss sailing in the winter months.

Steve Carr talks about his latest Chesapeake Bay book Water Ways.


Author Dr. Robert and illustrator AJ Lippson talk of their explorations and writings about the Chesapeake Bay. Their book is considered the handbook on Chesapeake Bay life and is called Life in the Chesapeake.

Elaine Eff and interviewees from the new book From Bridge to Boardwalk including legendary TV host Scortchy Tawes and a muskrat skinning champion.

Maryland paddlers from the Kent Island Outriggers Association discuss their quest to take the Hawaiian sport to the highest level, culminating in Maryland paddlers competing in Hawaii.

Open water swimmer Joe Stewart talks of his work to raise money and awareness about the Chesapeake Bay by swimming for dollars and taking photos of the Chesapeake Bay.


Becky Fitzgerald, Exec Director of the Susquehanna Museum and lock house explains the history of the Susquehanna River and how locks were used to transport goods down the shallow river.

Author and United States Naval Academy Political Science Professor Howard Ernst talks about the importance of political action in the efforts of environmental organizations and how laws and enforcement are the best way to save the bay.

Interview and flight demonstration with the Blue Angels recorded at PAX River Naval Air Station in Solomons Island, MD.

Songs of the Chesapeake Bay are the focus as we highlight some of the artists that will perform at the third Songs of the Chesapeake Bay concert at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore the following weekend.


Senior Scientist Bill Goldsborough of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation discusses the dire situation with the lack of dissolved oxygen in the Chesapeake Bay causing great zonesont>

Senior Scientist Bill Goldsborough of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation discusses the disappearance of underwater grasses and the declining fish populations due to massive discharges from the Susquehanna River. Mr. Goldsborough also talks about the problem with over-fishing menhaden.

A visit to Poplar Island which is being rebuilt after being nearly wiped out by erosion. The island is being reconstructed by the Army Corp of Engineers along with participation from numerous environmental groups. We hear from Christie Albenese of the Maryland Environmental Service, Col. Bob Davis of the Corp of Engineers, and John Wolfin of US Fish and Wildlife.

An interview with Ann Swanson, Exec Director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission discussing the role of the Commission in informing elected officials as to situations and concerns with the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Past Interviews...

Baltimore Museum of Industry Canning, Fire Companies, Sweatshops, Apothecary, Printing

Charles, Former Secretary, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, EPA

Cpt. Rip Delaudrier, Fall Fishing Report

David Spencer, author, How I Became A Fisherman Named Pete

Deanna Dove, musician, growing up on Broomes Island, MD

Howard Ernst, Professor Political Science, United States Naval Academy,
    author, Chesapeake Bay Blues: Science, Politics and the Struggle to Save the Bay

Jahn Tehansky, owner/head instructor, J-World Sailing of Annapolis

John Page Williams, Senior Naturalist, Chesapeake Bay Foundation,
                            author, expert, new generation marine engines

Marion Warren, photographer

Mame Warren, author, daughter of Marion Warren

Michael Nelson, former Asst. Secretary MD DNR, Director of Project Open Space

Mary Parks Harding, daughter of legendary skipjack builder Bronza Parks

Kent Island Outriggers Club (with Paula Phillips)

Rachel Carson Council

Dr. Robin Jung, Biologist USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Schooner Imagine Schooner Sultana Pride of Baltimore II

Skydive Delmarva

Spinsheet 100th Anniversary

The Story of Schooner America

Terry Hutchinson, professional sailboat racer

Wendy Mittman Clark, author Window On the Chesapeake, Exec Editor Chesapeake Bay Magazine

Plein Aire Painters Association of Annapolis

Mike Aiken, sailor, musician

Dr. John Wennersten, author, Chesapeake: An Environmental Biography

Jeff Opel, Director, AA County Soil Conservation Board, soil con & agricultural history

John Rodenhausen, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Educator, Grasses In Classes Program

Don Baugh, VP Education, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Steve Barry, Director, Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center

Bill Burton, columnist, fisherman

Robert Bob spson, co-author, Life In the Chesapeake Bay

Peg Wallace, Chairman Emeritus, Annapolis Maritime Museum

Joe Stewart, open water swimmer

The Blue Angels

Jane Sinclair, Director, Unity Gardens

Lee Oxenberg, Executive Director, Patapsco Riverkeeper

Tom Wisner, Bard of the Chesapeakeician, educator

Mel Noland, Chairman, Baltimore County Forestry Board

Dr. Wayne Bell, educator, Director Environmental Studies Program at Washington College

Jacques Baker, President, Gilbert Byron Society


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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President, Waterkeeper Alliance (Riverkeepers)
Captain Art Daniels, Chesapeake's Oldest Working Waterman (82 years old)
Dick Franyo, Owner, Boatyard Bar & Grill - Community Action
Chefs On the Bay - Three Chefs Talk Seafood
Evan Belaga, President, Weems Creek Conservancy (with Paula Phillips)
The Crab Soup Cookoff, Maryland Seafood Festival 2002
60th Blue Crab Derby, Crisfield, MD
(Little Miss Crustacean/Crab Picking Contest/Crab Races)
Whitey Schmidt, Blue Crab Guru, author of 8 crab cookbooks!
Captain Will Gates, Maryland Dove, St Mary's City, MD 
(Immigration/Crossings/Indentured Servants/First Colonists)
Plein Air Painters - Paint Annapolis Day
Author Drew McMullen & Photographer Lucian Niemeyer "Sultana" the book
Jan Harrison, architect, Green Buildings
Captain Carl Willey and Crew, the new Chesapeake Bay Oyster Research Vessel
(with South River Federation President Drew Koslow, planting new oysters)
COSPAS/SARSAT Satellite Search and Rescue, Suitland, MD
Annapolis Mayor Ellen Moyer on trees, horses and being Mayor
Chesapeake Light Craft - Kayak Building Kits
Chris Haley on uncle Alex Haley's Annapolis Kunta Kinte Memorial
Mary Parks Harding - daughter of Chesapeake boat builder Bronza Parks
Jack & Becky Gurley, Organic Farming in the Chesapeake Watershed

Baugh, Don                    Vice President, Education, Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF)
Belaga, Evan                  President, Weems Creek Conservancy, etc.
Blackistone, Mick          Vice President, Govt. Relations, National Marine Manufacturers                                  
                                             author, "Dancing With the Tide" (Tidewater Publishers)
Chapelle, Helen              Author, "Oysterback Tales" (Johns Hopkins University Press) etc. 
Collins, George               Former CEO, T. Rowe Price, owner, Chessie Racing
Crockett, Davy                Ferry Boat Captain, musician Crisfield, MD-Tangier Island, VA
Dorbin, Ann & Richard   Authors "Saving the Bay" (Hopkins Press, 2001)
Flood, John                     Citizens at work on the Watershed. 
Jobson, Gary                  ESPN Sailing Analyst
Morris, Stephen              Senior Designer, Farr Yacht Design, Ltd.
Rodenhausen, John       Restoration Coordinator, Educ. Dept., Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Royal Oak Musicians     Ed Klein with Lynn Henderson and Lisa Selby CD "Chesapeake Cowboy"
Simns, Larry                   President, Maryland Watermen's Association (MWA)
Vojtech, Pat                    Author, photographer "Chesapeake Wildlife: Stories of Survival & Loss"
Williams, John Page      Senior Naturalist, CBF, author, "Chesapeake Almanac" (Tidewater)
Wisner, Tom                   Folklorist, musician "Bard of the Chesapeake" CD "Made of Water"

Bradshaw, Dallas & Kaki  An inter-island Chesapeake Bay love story (related website)
Crockett, Davy   Ferry boat captain, musician from Tangier Island, VA
Curry, Lee  Key School Outdoor Education Coordinator
Donegan, Claudia   MD DNR Tributary Strategies Coord
Flood, John     Community Activist, founder, South River Federation
Goldsboro, Bill  CBF Senior Scientist, Oyster Restoration Specialist
Horton, Tom Chesapeake Bay's most renowned author
Jacobs, Walter Community Activist and Retired Chesapeake Bay Pilot
Key School Kids Captured live on canoe tour of the Patuxent River
Koslow, Drew MD DNR Fisheries Officer, and President of South River Federation
Laird, Larry  Captain "The Learn It" Eco-Tours Boat, Crisfield, MD
Lathbury, Esq., Meredith Director of Land Acquisitions, Potomac Conservancy
Leggett, Vince  President, Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation, Inc.
McHugh, Tom Educator, Musician, Fulbright Scholar
McGown, Andy  Assoc Dir Echo Hill Outdoor School, Chester River Assoc.
McMillen, Drew Executive Director Sultana Schooner Project
Meneely, Jane Folk Musician, Educator, Chesapeake Bay Magazine Editor
Mountford, Kent  Environmental Protection Agency-Chesapeake Bay Program
Nelson, Mike MD Department of Natural Resources, Land Management Conservation
Rodenhausen, John  Educator, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Rodney, Bill                          Fisheries Expert, MD Department of Natural Resources

Samoraczyk, Barbara             Anne Arundel County Council

Savoy, Mervin                       Piscataway-Canoy & Sub-Tribes

Settina, Nita                         Adventure Tourism Director, MD Dept. of Natural Resources

Silverton, Sarah                    Senior Citizen Reflecting on the Chesapeake Bay in the early 20s

Tiffany Granberg                   CBF Education Coordinator, Port Isabel, Tangier Island, VA     

Them Eastport Oyster Boys     Chesapeake Bay Musical Group 

William, John Page                Author and Senior Naturalist, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Wisner, Tom                         Folklorist, "Bard of the Chesapeake" Founder of Chestory

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Voices of the Chesapeake Bay
The book

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Fifty-three life stories.  Amazing people from all walks of Chesapeake Bay life.

Includes: former Maryland Governor Harry R. Hughes, "Presidential Medal of Honor" recipient Russell Train, Univ. of Maryland Center for Environmental Science president Donald Boesch, ESPN Chief Sailing Commentator Gary Jobson, farmer & mayor Russell Brinsfield of Vienna, MD, Queenstown historian Harry Rhodes, author/ fisherman Bill Burton, author Tom Horton, Chesapeake Bay Foundation V.P. of Education Don Baugh, Maryland Watermen's Association president Larry Simns, and many more. (464p).  

Voices Radio Project 

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for the Environment

C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at 
Washington College

16 Songs - 16 Artists
3 Grammy Winners!

The only CD of its kind,
bringing together a range of
Chesapeake Bay artists and songs in a variety of styles.

Featuring Bruce Hornsby (Williamsburg, VA), Tom Chapin (Upstate NY),  Al Petteway (NC), Deanna Dove (North Beach, MD), Tom Wisner (Lusby, MD), Earl White (Dames Quarter, MD), Magpie (Takoma Park, MD), Them Eastport Oysterboys (Eastport, MD), Bruce Myers & Crew (Baltimore, MD), Dan Haas & Robin Jung (Annapolis, MD), Mike Garfinkel (Edgewater, MD), Robbin Thompson (Richmond, VA), Mike Aiken (Norfolk, VA), Dominick Murray (Baltimore, MD), The Geckos (Annapolis, MD), and The Millers (Tilghman Island, MD)

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