Green Drinks is Tuesday, March 28. Potomac River Cleanup is Saturday, April 8.

Blue Dog Port Tobacco MDGreen Drinks (Happy Hour) is Tuesday, March 28, at 6:00 p.m. at the Blue Dog Saloon, 7940 Port Tobacco Rd, Port Tobacco MD 20677. Come enjoy Blue Dog Happy Hour Specials, learn what PTRC has been up to, make new friends, and just have fun. Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

The 29th Annual Potomac River Cleanup is on Saturday, April 8, 2017. We will be at Chapel Point State Park, 8160 Pisces Rd, Port Tobacco MD 20677, from 9 a.m. to noon. We will supply bags, gloves, drinking water and snacks. Please come join us to have fun and to help make our river more beautiful.

Tired of Trash? So Are We.

PTRC’s next public meeting on Thursday, March 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse, 8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco MD 20677, will feature an all-star line-up of trash busters:

  • Julie Lawson, Executive Director, Trash Free Maryland, will update us on the status of legislation to ban polystyrene food containers statewide, as well as the Trash Trawl project to gauge the prevalence of micro-plastics in the Bay;
  • Hannah Seligmann, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Alice Ferguson Foundation, will tell us about the Trash Free Potomac campaign, including this year’s Potomac River Cleanup;
  • Frances Sherman, Recycling & Litter Control Superintendent, Charles County, will let us know about the County’s litter control programs;
  • Mike Bellis, Executive Director, United Way of Charles County, will tell us about the UW’s new Watershed Discovery and Exploration grant. The grant will fund kayak outings for low-income families that increase public awareness of the value of our watersheds and how we can all protect them, with a focus on litter control.

Light refreshments will definitely not be trashy. We will offer complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks served by Kaley, our professional bartender, as well as delicious snacks. For more information, contact us at 301 934-2025 or ptrc@porttobaccoriver.org.

The event is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

Join Us Thursday, January 19, to Learn the Story of the True Blue

True Blue
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco MD 20677
Complimentary light refreshments will be served.

Join PTRC and Peace Lutheran Church as member Don Zimmer describes his research on the ship True Blue, which he began when he discovered an announcement in the August 16, 1759, edition of The Maryland Gazette announcing the ship’s arrival in Nanjemoy carrying 350 Gold Coast slaves. What became of the captured and kidnapped people aboard the ship, and what can we learn about those who brought them to Maryland? The whole story of the True Blue is a difficult and complicated one, filled with people who have left their mark in history.

The program is free and open to the public.

Original oil painting by Don Zimmer.

 

Thanks for helping us protect the Port Tobacco River in 2016

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

There is so much to share with you about the Port Tobacco River Conservancy as 2016 comes to a close. As you know, protecting and preserving our watershed continues to be our goal, along with providing educational and community outreach programs. Let us share with you some of this year’s highlights.

  • Construction is complete at the new Meditation Garden at Christ Church, Port Tobacco Parish. The garden is a cooperative effort between the church and PTRC that converted an unused courtyard on the church grounds into a rain garden open to the public.
  • PTRC partnered with the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, Conservancy for Charles County, high school students, and local scout troops to plant 2700 native trees in the new Port Tobacco River Park.
  • We engaged community members in seven shoreline cleanups this summer at Chapel Point State Park, collecting hundreds of bags of trash and recyclable materials. We also conducted fish-sampling surveys at the Park, where we netted this beautiful pumpkinseed sunfish.
  • We have been working with the Maryland Park Service and the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism as they develop a strategic management partnership plan for a portion of Chapel Point State Park.
  • PTRC is the beneficiary organization for an Eagle Scout Candidate project of planting 225 bald cypress seedlings near the Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse and installing four wood duck nesting boxes in the nearby swamp.

Requirements at the state and local level for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay leave many tasks still to be completed. We remain committed to working with the County to take advantage of these opportunities for achieving success.

We are again asking for your generous support as we continue to move forward with our mission. You can donate online using the PayPal button on the sidebar, or by mail to PO Box 104, Port Tobacco MD 20677-0104.

We extend our many thanks and best wishes for the New Year to you all.

Join Us for ChocolateFest 2017

On Friday, February 10, 2017, the Port Tobacco River Conservancy will be holding its second annual ChocolateFest!

Join us from 7 to 11 pm at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees (3090 Crain Hwy, Waldorf), for a night filled with fun, romance, and chocolate. Bid on beautiful items in our silent auction, try your luck gambling with real money, and enjoy the company and conversation of fellow PTRC supporters as we dance the night away to wonderful music by local musicians GrooveSpan.

Tickets are only $45 per person, $400 for a table of 10, and all proceeds go directly to our work of protecting and restoring the Port Tobacco River and its watershed. Each ticket includes a free glass of wine, beer, or non-alcoholic drink and heavy hors d’oeuvres. This year’s menu will include:

  • Maryland crab balls with cocktail sauce
  • Roast top round of beef with a carver
  • Variety of egg rolls
  • Cheese and fruit tray
  • Vegetable crudites with dip
  • Spanakopita
  • Dessert buffet
  • Signature drink — Mudslide

Tickets are on sale now! Buy your tickets online or by mail at P.O. Box 104, Port Tobacco, MD 20677. For more information, please contact us at 301.934.2025 or email PTRC@PortTobaccoRiver.org.

 

Your Chance to Comment on the Future of Chapel Point State Park

Beach at Chapel Point SP

The Maryland Park Service and the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism have been working together to develop a strategic management partnership plan for a portion of Chapel Point State Park. The draft plan is now available at http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/southern/chapelpoint.aspx .

Highlights of the plan include:

  • Repairing and maintaining existing roads and the park entrance
  • Supporting historic uses of the park by waterfowl hunters and fishermen
  • Evaluating and improving bird habitat, forest habitat, and water quality
  • Assessing areas of shoreline erosion that may need protection
  • Working with the Piscataway tribe to build on their interest in and connection to Chapel Point
  • Integrating recreational and tourism activities with Port Tobacco Village and Port Tobacco River Park
  • Maintaining and promoting passive recreation activities such as biking, beach-combing, kayaking, and bird watching
  • Improving staff presence and discouraging unauthorized activities
  • Addressing issues with trash and illegal dumping

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the process for improving the habitat and recreational potential of this beautiful park. Take a look at the full plan and submit your comments to Park Manager Patrick Bright of the Maryland Park Service at pat.brightjr@maryland.gov until October 19, 2016.

Learn How Meadow Restoration Benefits Birds and Water Quality

Grassland Chester River
Grassland at Chester River

Wednesday, November 2, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse

8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco, MD 20677

PTRC and the Southern Maryland Audubon Society present a talk by Dan Small, Field Ecologist at the Center of Environment and Society at Washington College, “Native Grassland Restoration, Management and Avian Studies at the Chester River Research Station.” Dan will inform us of his latest efforts in working with landowners to add habitat to their land that will be beneficial for grassland birds as well as helping to improve water quality.

The Center for Environment and Society is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Its land-based research arm, the Chester River Field Research Station, conducts    research on breeding bird response to a long term grassland restoration project and also operates a migration banding station. During the summer months, Dan can be found out in the native warm season grassland leading undergraduate interns through the fields studying breeding grassland birds. He is a NABC certified trainer and has been banding and birding for around 15 years.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks will be served.