The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has organized a Celebration Series to mark its 25 years of commitment to restoring the Bay.

Most of the events are open to the public and include a lecture series, canoe excursions and a gala night of dinner and dancing.

Fees for the events vary and members of the Alliance will receive a discount to thank them for their support. Anyone who joins the Alliance this year will also be eligible for the discounts. For membership information, call Jeff Moffatt at (410) 377-6270.

Canoe Trips

All one-day canoe trips are $12 per person ($10 members). For information, or to register, call the Alliance office in the appropriate state. Maryland: (410) 377-6270. Pennsylvania: (717) 236-8825. Virginia: (804) 775-0951.

  • Patapsco Paddle: Join local historian Paul Travers May 11 and explore the mid reaches of the Patapsco River as it winds its way through farmland and Patapsco Valley State Park to Baltimore. Lunch will be provided.
  • Chickahominy River: Local experts will interpret the wildlife as the canoes float through Virginia's cypress swamps, extensive wetlands and forests on May 11. A picnic lunch will be provided.
  • Nanticoke River: Join local experts June 1 in Mardela Springs, Md. to explore a maze of wetlands and forest in an undeveloped area of Nanticoke River, including Marshyhope Creek. Lunch will be provided.
  • Conodoguinet Creek: Learn about aquatic insects from river experts on a three-mile canoe with the Alliance and members of the Conodguinet (Pa.) Watershed Association on July 20. A picnic lunch will be provided.
  • Pamunkey River: See the Nature Conservancy's Cumberland Marsh Preserve, Sept. 21 with local experts who will unravel the mysteries of this exceptionally pure, freshwater tidal marsh. A picnic lunch will be provided.
  • Fifth Annual Susquehanna Sojourn: Join the Alliance on a paddle of the uppermost reaches of the Susquehanna beginning in Lake Otsego, N.Y. The eight-day trip begins June 15 in Cooperstown, N.Y. and ends June 23 in Binghamton, N.Y. Canoeists are welcome for any portion of the trip or the entire journey. The cost is $10 per person, per day. For information and registration packet, please call the Alliance at (717) 236-8825 by April 10.
  • Evening on Lake Otsego: See where the Bay is born and kick off the 1996 Susquehanna Sojourn at the headwaters of the Susquehanna, at Lake Otsego, N.Y. Activities include a tour of the lake on a research vessel, water quality sampling and testing, and storytelling. For information, call the Alliance at (717) 236-8825.

Lecture Series

The lectures are $12 each or $20 for the series (members $10/$18).

Thomas Hylton, author of "Save our Land, Save our Towns," will speak about the issues of growth and sprawl development on at 7 p.m. June 13 at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. There will be a cocktail reception afterward. Copies of the book will be available.

Tom Horton will speak and present slides about his new book, "Island out of Time: A Memoir of Smith Island and the Chesapeake Bay," at 7 p.m. July 12 at the Avalon Theater in Easton, Md. There will be a cocktail reception afterward. Copies of the book will be available.

Special Events

Taste the Chesapeake Dinner: Join the Alliance Sept. 27 at the National Aquarium in Baltimore to sample Chesapeake culinary creations prepared by guest chefs and sip spirits from local bottlers. This black-tie event also includes dancing under the stars on Pier 3. Tickets are $125 per person ($110 members) and are available by calling (410) 377-6270.

Port Isobel Trip: Take a three-day, two-night trip to Port Isobel Island, Va. in October. The island, owned and managed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, offers a rustic, but comfortable, experience in one of the remaining pristine areas of the Bay. A trip to Tangier will be a highlight of the stay. Reservations and a deposit of $25 are due by May 30. Total cost of the trip is $210 per person.

Day at the Dam:

Alliance members and friends are invited to visit the Pennsylvania Power & Light dam in Holtwood, Pa. Learn about water quality in the Susquehanna at Historic Lock #12. Other activities include BayScapes walks through a new demonstration planting site, nature walks and fish painting for children. For information, call the Alliance at (717) 236-8825. The event is free for Alliance members.