Community Foundation of Southern Maryland

 

Potomac River Waterfowl Festival Partners:

Decoy Magazine

Potomac Decoy Collectors Association

Rappahannock Decoy Carvers and Collectors Guild

St. Mary's County Fairgrounds

 

Waterfowl Presenting Sponsors:

Chaney Enterprises, Potomac River Waterfowl Festival sponsor

Community Foundation of Southern Maryland

 

Blue Heron Sponsors:

Community Bank of Tri-County

PNC Bank

Osprey Sponsor:

SMO

Loon Sponsor:

DirectMail.com

Potomac River Waterfowl Festival
May 23 & May 24, 2014
Chaney Enterprises presents Southern Maryland's Premier Waterfowl Event

Potomac River Waterfowl Show
There is something for everyone at the Community Foundation of Southern Marylandís 8th Annual Potomac River Waterfowl Festival, from the finest of fine decoy carvers and renowned oil painters to local crafters. Folks can shop for decoys, wildlife and related art; barter at the Buy, Sell and Swap tables; dust off their decoys and bring them in for free appraisals and identifications; register for the Bourbon and Rye Tastings; reserve a bluebird box to build; participate in the Duck and Goose Calling Contest and Clinic - especially for the younger generations; sign up for the Wine and Design painting class; and for carvers, register your decoy in the Working Decoy Competition; and More! See times and prices below.

Open to the public. Dogs MUST be leashed.

VIP and Preview night is Friday, May 23, 6-9p.m. Cattails and Cocktails Dinner and Auction - tickets MUST be purchased in advance - $75.00 - Help us recognize, honorary Chairperson, and Decoy Carver Ray Whetzel. To learn more about Ray Whetzel, view his bio below.

Saturday, May 24 admission is $5.00 per person Ė 8 a.m. Decoy Auction for consigned decoys & art;
10 a.m. Festival Opens Ė see details below.

Breakfast - 7 a.m. Saturday, May 24 at the Ye Olde Cafť, Leonardtown - opening one hour early - just for Waterfowl Festival - Address: 22685 Washington St ∑ Leonardtown, MD 20650, phone: (301) 475-5771.

Learn more about the Potomac River Waterfowl Show on our Facebook Page
The list of sponsors continues to grow. For more information on tickets, registration for activities and bourbon tastings, or to volunteer please contact Gretchen Hardman at or 240-670-GIVE(4483).

Directions to the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds and information about Local Accommodations.

Decoys by Tommy Deagle

Cattails and Cocktails Dinner and Auction
Friday, May 23, 6 p.m. Ė 9 p.m.
$75 per person - Tickets Must Be Purchased In Advance

6 p.m. - Doors Open
  • Eat - fresh from the farm straight to our table - by Blue Wind Gourmet
  • Drink - wine and beer
  • Shop - wildlife photography, wildfowl carvings, original paintings, beach glass jewelry, hand crafted wood furniture, and more.
  • Honor - Ray Whetzel, decoy and fish carver of Oxon Hill, MD
  • Mingle - with acclaimed artists from the region as they show off their fine art.
  • Buy, Sell & Swap - and barter with decoy, art, books and other waterfowling collectors
  • Free Decoy Appraisals and Identifications by the Potomac Decoy Collectors Association - dust off your decoys and bring them in for a free appraisals
  • Antique display of decoys and other sporting artifacts
  • Sportsman Pavilion - local retailers
  • Live and Silent Auction
  • Wine Tastings
2014 Potomac River Waterfowl Festival posters will be for available for purchase - 11x17 for $15 a piece (not framed)

Getting There: Directions to the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds and Local Accommodations

Decoys by Tommy Deagle
Retriever Demos by local waterfowl hunter, Chad Day
Retriever Demos by local waterfowl hunter, Chad Day
Retriever Demos by local waterfowl hunter, Chad Day

Potomac River Waterfowl Festival
Saturday, May 24, Schedule of Events - Waterfowling Activities, homemade BBQ, Bourbon and Rye to boot
Admission is $5 per person (12 & under Free)

  • 8 a.m. - Live Decoy and Art Auction - consigned items - call the Foundation
  • 10 a.m. - Festival Doors Open; Registration for Working Decoy Competition
  • All Day Decoys and Wildlife Art For Sale, Buy, Sell and Swap, Free Decoy Appraisals, Antique Display of Decoys and other Waterfowling Artifacts, Wine Tastings, Sports and Waterfowling Retailers
  • 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Retriever Demos by local waterfowl hunter, Chad Day -Multiple Retrieving Runs including blind retrieving and simulating a hunt
  • Noon - Working Decoy Competition - run by the Rappahannock Decoy Carvers and Collectors Guild. To register, see attached info and registration form.
  • Noon - Bourbon Tastings - limited space - $15 per 5-1 oz. tastings - compare and taste 5 Bourbons, guided tastings by Rob Plant of Blue Wind Gourmet - reserve your spot
  • Noon - Duck Calling Contest - $5 entry fee - reserve your spot
  • 1 p.m. - Rye Tastings - limited space - $15 per 5-1 oz. tastings - compare and taste 5 Ryes, guided tastings by Rob Plant of Blue Wind Gourmet - reserve your spot
  • 2 p.m. - Goose Calling Contest - $5 entry fee - reserve your spot
  • Goose Calling Clinic with David Baden 30 minute clinic following the Goose Calling Contest - How to use what sounds in hunting situations for geese? * David Baden is 24 years old, grew up in Souther Maryland. He is a Pro-staff member for Addiction Calls out of Missouri and also on the calling team. He has traveled all over the east coast to participate in calling contests and is also apart of the Dakota Decoy Pro-staff team. Waterfowl experience of 10 years.
  • Build a Bluebird Box - Bluebird box building for kids and adults. Cost is $25.00. Reserve your box.
  • 2 - 4 p.m. Wine and Design painting class by local artist and Wine and Design owner, Veronica Jordan. Cost is $35 per person - please pay and register at: Wine and Design, STM.
  • FOOD - fresh squeezed lemonade, flavored ice and delicious bbq ribs, pulled pork, veggie burgers, slaw and more from local food artisans
  • 4 p.m. Festival Closes
2014 Potomac River Waterfowl Festival posters will be for available for purchase - 11x17 for $15 a piece (not framed)

Getting There: Directions to the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds and Local Accommodations

Display of hand-carved decoys at the CFSOMD's Annual Potomac River Waterfowl Show

Vendor table for Friday and Saturday is $75 for a 10x10 space. For information about becoming a vendor or exhibitor, contact Gretchen Heinze Hardman: Email or call 240-670-GIVE (4483)

Working Decoy Competitions - May 24

Registration begins at 10:00 AM with judging at 12:00 Noon. Run by the Rappahannock Decoy Carver and Collectors Guild and judged under I.W.C.A. rules. Youth competition (for ages 16 and under) will be judged separately. Decoy entry fee is $10.00 for the first entry and $4.00 for each additional entry.

To register, download letter to carvers and registration form.

Meat Calling Contest Registration
Contestant Name:
Contestant Age:
Contest Phone Number:

Meat Calling Contest for Duck AND Goose - May 24

Divisions: Youth 16 and under; Adult 17 years and plus
Entry fee $5 per person
Duck Calling begins at 12 p.m.
Goose Calling begins at 2 p.m.
RSVP secures your spot (walk ins welcome)

Also:

Goose Calling Clinic with David Baden*

30 minute clinic following the Goose Calling Contest - How to use what sounds in hunting situations for geese?

* David Baden is 24 years old, grew up in Southern Maryland. He is a Pro-staff member for Addiction Calls out of Missouri www.addictioncalls.com and also on the calling team. He has traveled all over the east coast to participate in calling contests and is also apart of the Dakota Decoy Pro-staff team. Waterfowl experience of 10 years.

Purchase Tickets:

*The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland is a tax exempt 501 (c) (3) public charity. The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland will provide a written acknowledgement of your donation. Tax deductions will depend on the level of participation. It is recommended donors consult a tax advisor to determine the appropriate tax deduction.
Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 240-670-GIVE (4483).
Cattails and Cocktails Reception & Dinner:
      Friday, May 23, 6-9 pm
      $75 per person ($50 tax deductible)
Waterfowl Show:
      Saturday, May 24
10am-4pm
      $5 per person
      (12 & under free)
Bourbon and Rye Tasting
      Saturday, May 24
      $15 for 5 tastings
      Must be 21 or older
Build a Blue Bird Box
      Saturday, May 24
      $25 each
Calling Contest
      Saturday, May 24
      12pm and 2pm
      $5 each person
Contestant Name:

Contestant Age:

Phone Number:


Become a Sponsor:

Download the Sponsorship Form or use the form below become a sponsor online. More information about the benefits of sponsorship.

Please Select Your Sponsorship Level:

Getting There: Directions to the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds and Local Accommodations


Ray Whetzel holding Green Winged Teal Drake
"Green- Winged Teal Drake:" Ray Whetzel holds one of his own creations, a Green- Winged Teal Drake decoy in his home in Oxon Hill. Ray Whetzel and Award Winners
"Ray and Award Winners:" Ray Whetzel stands near the collection of awards he has won throughout the years. Ray Whetzel's Books and Ducks
"Books and Ducks:"- Whetzelís library is cluttered just as much with his decoys as it is with his books. Ray Whetzel's collection of carved fish
"Wall of Fish"- Whetzelís collection of fish he has carved and painted. Ray Whetzel's collection of fish and whales
"Wall of Fish, even Whales:" Whetzelís collection of fish he has carved, even includes a few whales.
March 7th OXON HILL- photos by Gretchen Hardman

Ray Whetzel, Honorary Chairperson, 2014 Potomac River Waterfowl Fesival

A humble man, Ray Whetzel, lives a simple life these days doing what he loves most. "Iím working on a little bird tonight," Whetzel says, "and Iím going to come down in my kitchen tomorrow morning and keep working on him."

Whetzel has been drawing and painting all his life. Heís a native Washingtonian and previously worked as Graphics Chief of the Executive Office Publication Branch (EOP) at the U.S. Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. Heís not one to list off his accomplishments, but his artwork has appeared on various White House documents and publications, as he often made visits to the Oval Office during his career with the government. Whetzel has been featured in the September-October 2007†Hunting and Fishing Collectible Magazine. He was also featured in Winter 2009 The Canvasback, which is the publication of the Havre†De Grace Decoy Museum.

While employed as the Graphics Chief for the†EOP, President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, had a private arts and crafts show on the White House Lawn for EOP employees.† Ray remembers when President Jimmy Carter stepped foot on the grass, he was mobbed by people.† Then, Ray says while he was quietly waiting at his table, Rosalynn appeared surrounded by†secret service†agents and came over to his table to†purchase a decoy from him.

Today Whetzel lives in Oxon Hill, Maryland where for thirty years now, he has carved decoys for various competitions that take him to different places across the country. Heís been to South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, even as far north as Long Island, New York, and everywhere in between, including New Jersey and Delaware.

Heís a member of various local clubs, including the Potomac River Decoy Collectors Association (PDCA). He has previously received the Carver of the Year Award by the Rappahannock Ducks Unlimited Chapter. Whetzel has also won various ribbons over the years, including three from the "World Competitions" at the Ward Museum, with one for first place in the Antique Confidence category.

At the first duck show he attended in Salisbury, Maryland it was the duck decoys that piqued his interest. "I could not believe they were made out of wood," Whetzel says.

For his original decoys, of which there are seven different varieties, he keeps his technique simple, using only hand tools, a chisel, brushes and sometimes his fingers. He even uses a hair dryer in between layers of different colors. "Iíve never been a duck hunter, never shot a gun. Iím a wood carver," Whetzel says.

Whetzel has always been fascinated by birds. He enjoys going to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. or visiting friends with aviaries where he can watch birds in their natural habitats. As a part of his process, he also completes sketches and watercolor paintings. He carves decorative decoys as well, including various fish, whales and bird carvings.

At 81 today, Whetzel still carves and paints every day. He attends as many shows per year as†possible and enjoys teaching all†ages about carving. In his own words, Whetzel says,†"I love what I am doing. I really enjoy making something different."††

The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland is delighted to honor Ray Whetzel as the 2014 Potomac River Waterfowl Festival Honorary Chairperson.

 


Getting There:

Directions to the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds and Local Accommodations


Purchase Tickets:

*The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland is a tax exempt 501 (c) (3) public charity. The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland will provide a written acknowledgement of your donation. It is recommended donors consult a tax advisor to determine the appropriate tax deduction. Potomac River Waterfowl Festival, May 23 and 24, 2014
Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 240-670-GIVE (4483).
Cattails and Cocktails Reception & Dinner:
      Friday, May 23, 6-9 pm
      $75 per person
     
Waterfowl Show:
      Saturday, May 24, 10am-4pm
      $5 per person (12 & under free)
Bourbon and Rye Tasting
      Saturday, May 24
      $15 for 5 tastings
      Must be 21 or older
Build a Blue Bird Box
      Saturday, May 24
      $25 each
Calling Contest
      Saturday, May 24
      12pm and 2pm
      $5 each person
Contestant Name:

Contestant Age:

Phone Number:


Become a Sponsor:

Download the Sponsorship Form or use the form below become a sponsor online. More information about the benefits of sponsorship.

Please Select Your Sponsorship Level:

 

Photos from 2013 Potomac River Waterfowl Show

Tommy Deagle, Honorary Chair of Potomac River Waterfowl Show Decoys by Tommy Deagle, Honorary Chair of Potomac River Waterfowl Show Wildlife paintings by Tim Donovan Wildlife paintings by Gerald Putt Watercolors, oils and giclee editions by James Kinnett Handwoven baskets by Joanne Yates Painting by Marge Bradach Painting by Marge Bradach Eggshell scrimshaw by Carla Tomaszewski Eggshell scrimshaw by Carla Tomaszewski
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