An­nual Cor­sica River Day set for Sun­day

The Star Democrat - - LOCAL -

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Cor­sica River Con­ser­vancy will host the an­nual com­mu­nity fes­ti­val, Cor­sica River Day, with fam­ily fun, food ven­dors, live mu­sic and en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion on the river­front Sun­day, Sept. 16.

The free event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Cor­sica River Yacht Club, 589 Con­quest Road, off Spa­niard Neck Road, pro­vid­ing a wa­ter­front set­ting to cel­e­brate the Cor­sica River.

Fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude free kayak­ing and ca­noe­ing on the Cor­sica River, Phillips Wharf Fish Mo­bile, Scales and Tales, fish­ing, pony rides, pet­ting zoo, face paint­ing, pump­kin art and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties. Fam­i­lies are wel­come to bring their own kayaks and ca­noes. Wash­ing­ton Col­lege will of fer boat rides out to its re­search buoy on the Cor­sica River.

Smoke, Rat­tle, and Roll and the Com­merce Street Cream­ery will of­fer bar­be­cue, burg­ers and ice cream for sale, plus soft drinks and beer. Mu­si­cal en­ter tain­ment will be provided by blue­grass band Danny Pais­ley and the South­ern Grass.

There will be free na­tive peren­ni­als given out by the Cor­sica River Con­ser­vancy while they last.

“This is our third year part­ner­ing with Cor­sica River Yacht Club to help get the en­tire com­mu­nity to cel­e­brate the river and get in­volved in pre­serv­ing and pro­tect­ing this trea­sured re­source,” said Deb­bie Pusey, chair­man of Cor­sica River Day.

The goal of Cor­sica River Day is to foster un­der­stand­ing about what can be done to im­prove the health of the river while bring­ing the com­mu­nity to­gether for an en­joy­able fall fes­ti­val, Pusey ex­plained. The event is part of the ed­u­ca­tional out­reach by CRC, a vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to restor­ing and pre­serv­ing the Cor­sica River and its wa­ter­shed.

For more than a decade, CRC has con­ducted in­de­pen­dent wa­ter qual­ity test­ing on the river to as­sist the Mary­land De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources in as­sess­ing the health of the wa­ter­way and suc­cess of on­go­ing restora­tion ef­forts. CRC re­cently teamed up with Shore Rivers to ex­pand the wa­ter mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram.

CRC vol­un­teers ini­ti­ate and par­tic­i­pate in projects to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity and river habi­tats, in­clud­ing ad­vo­cat­ing for re­spon­si­ble de­vel­op­ment, oys­ter restora­tion, tree planting and con­struct­ing rain gar­dens.

Spon­sors in­clude Cor­sica River Con­ser­vancy, Cor­sica River Yacht Club, and Queen Anne’s County Parks and Public Land­ings.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Cor­sica River Day, contact Queen Anne’s County Of­fice of Tourism at 410604-2100 or visit www.cor­sica river­conser vancy.org.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Learn about the ef­forts to pre­serve the Cor­sica River while en­joy­ing a fes­ti­val of fam­ily fun, food and live mu­sic at Cor­sica River Day on Sun­day, Sept. 16. This free event from noon to 4 p.m. will be held at the Cor­sica River Yacht Club, 589 Con­quest Road. (off Spa­niard Neck Road) near Cen­tre­ville.

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