Nathan ‘Scavenger Challenge’ in Cambridge

Dorchester Banner
Posted 3/24/21

CAMBRIDGE — Unique prizes are destined for the winners of the “Nathan Scavenger Challenge” to be held May 8 in Cambridge. The challenge is free to participants, but donations for …

Create an account for additional free stories

Thank you for visiting BayToBayNews. Registered visitors can read 5 free stories per month. Visit our sign-up page to register for your free stories.

Start a digital subscription today!

Subscribers can read unlimited stories for a special introductory rate of $5.99 per month.

Subscribers, please log in to continue

Nathan ‘Scavenger Challenge’ in Cambridge


CAMBRIDGE — Unique prizes are destined for the winners of the “Nathan Scavenger Challenge” to be held May 8 in Cambridge. The challenge is free to participants, but donations for the Nathan’s maintenance will be gratefully accepted.
Sponsored by the Dorchester Skipjack Committee, the “challenge” for participants is to find numbered Nathan of Dorchester logo magnets at downtown businesses. The event will run from 3 to 6 p.m. Those wishing to enter may register on May 8, starting at 3 p.m. at the Nathan of Dorchester table in front of the Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High St., Cambridge.

Once all the numbered logos are found and entered on the registration form, it should be returned to the Nathan table where the winning “scavengers” will be selected by a drawing.
First prize is a half hull model of the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester made by Nathan sail crew member Bud Marseilles. The boat and sails were carved from pine and mounted on a 12 by 15-inch barn board frame. Every model of the Nathan Bud makes has a small piece of wood from the actual Nathan. On this model, the aft trunk cabin was made from a scrap salvaged from a Nathan repair.
The second prize will be two tickets for a sail aboard the Skipjack Nathan, and the third prize is a Hooper’s Island souvenir oyster tin.

The Dorchester Skipjack Committee built, owns and operates the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester to serve as a goodwill ambassador for Dorchester County and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. It went into service on July 4, 1994.
Designed by marine architect Harold Ruark and built by volunteers in the early 1990s under the direction of master shipwright Robert S. “Bobby” Ruark, the Nathan is an authentic Chesapeake Bay oyster dredge boat who carries passengers and shares the maritime history of skipjacks and the ecology of oysters.

The sailing program features Saturday public sails, 1-3 p.m., and offers custom charters as well as special sunset sails. The 2021 sailing season will begin in July.

For information about the scavenger challenge or public sails and charters call 410-228-7141 or email Visit the website at or visit the Facebook page for additional information.

A Woman’s Province?
Anna Ella Carroll and Harriet Tubman served the federal government during the Civil War with Carroll writing in support of President Lincoln’s policies and advocating the Tennessee River campaign and Tubman serving as a scout, spy, and nurse. Living with limited means in the last decades of the 19th century, they both sought government pensions in recognition of their contributions.
Reviewing the documentation and arguments for and against, we will explore both cases to determine the eligibility and merit of each case. Ready to grab hold of a political hot potato? Then join our pension board as we examine whether compensation for national service in war is “a woman’s province” in the last years of the 19th century.
Phil Hesser, PhD., has taught in the U.S. and Africa and served as protection and education officer with UNHCR and program director with the Academy for Educational Development. Having received his B.A. degree at the University of California - Santa Barbara and M.A. and PhD. degrees at Binghamton University, he has continued his work in education as an Adjunct Professor of History at Salisbury University and is a part-time faculty member in History and Political Science at Wor-Wic Community College.
Pursuing his interest at the intersection of landscape, life and livelihood in Delmarva and on the Bay, he wrote “What a River Says: Exploring the Blackwater River and Refuge” (Cambridge: Friends of Blackwater, 2014)) and is completing “The Old Home Is Not There: The Native Land of Harriet Tubman” with co-author Charlie Ewers
Choose between Live ZOOM Class Sessions or Recorded, Thursdays, April 1, 8 from 1-2:30 p.m. $20. To register for the course, or for more information about Chesapeake Forum Winter/Spring 2021 classes go to our website at or visit on Facebook.
The Chesapeake Forum Fund is a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, a public 501(c)3 charity.

Drive Through Oyster Dinner
March 28, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Hoopers Island Volunteer Fire company will be hosting a drive-through oyster dinner. This will be the last oyster dinner of the season.
The proceeds will benefit the Hoopers Island Volunteer Fire Company. $15 Fried chicken, oyster puffs, and fresh-cut french fries.
For pre-orders beginning at 8 a.m. March 28, call 410-397-3311 or 443-521-5101. Until 2 p.m. or sold out, come get yours before it’s all gone!

Seamus Kennedy
March 26 at 8 p.m.
Playing everything from pubs to concert halls, Seamus Kennedy is a master showman of exceptional musical skills and unmatched repartee. Fast-paced humor is very much a part of what Seamus does, whether he’s telling a series of rapid-fire jokes or launching into a lyrical parody.
Originally from Belfast, Seamus is a seasoned veteran of the Irish/Celtic festival circuit. He was first influenced by the legendary Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, learning from them the importance of not only being a solid musician, but also of being an all-around entertainer.

With a thorough knowledge of the traditional and contemporary songs of Ireland and Scotland, he’s also equally proficient with American music, be it folk, country, bluegrass or a little Western Swing.
Tickets are per table. No single tickets are available.

$50 Tall Table for Two
$50 Patio Set for Two
$100 Patio Set for Four
This show will also be LIVE-Streamed on Facebook and YouTube, at and
The suggested Ticket Price for LIVE-Stream viewing is $25, at