GOOD MORNING DELMARVA - The Waterfowl Festival returns to historic Easton, Md. for its 43rd year on November 7-10, 2013. More than 18,000 visitors are expected to experience a time-honored Eastern Shore tradition that pays homage to the annual migration of ducks and geese through the Atlantic Flyway and supports wildlife and habitat conservation throughout the region. The Festival kicks off with Opening Ceremonies and the Premiere Night Party on Thursday, November 7th and then opens to general admission guests on Friday, November 8th.
"Like all traditions, the Festival continues to evolve and change, but we are still as committed to celebrating and conserving our Eastern Shore heritage as our founders were in 1971," said Ron Flohr, Waterfowl Festival Board President. "We are looking forward to another great year with new additions and returning favorites."
As part of Thursday's Premiere Night Celebration, the Festival debuts the new Premiere Night Party at the Tidewater Inn, which will follow the established Opening Ceremonies, Downtown Gallery Tour and Cocktail Decoy Auction and begin at 7:00pm. This new addition will offer live music, open bar, stationed buffet, and an exclusive live auction featuring a photo safari trip to Africa, an Argentina wingshooting experience, a one-of-a-kind Bill Westphal jewelry design, an original sculpture by long-time Festival exhibitor Don Rambadt, and an exclusive painting by 2013 Featured Artist, painter Richard Christian.
Also new this year is 2013 Waterfowl Festival Featured Artist, painter Richard Christian, and his signature piece, Kaleidoscope, which is this year's poster image and the inspiration for the 2013 promotional materials. The original piece, along with other paintings by Christian will be on display in the Featured Artist Pavilion on Harrison Street. The Masters Gallery at the Avalon Theatre will also host the exclusive Celebrating the Chesapeake Collection – a series of maritime, agricultural and waterfowling plein air scenes by long-time Festival artist, Heiner Hertling, inspired by the heritage and landscape of the Eastern Shore.
The Festival also debuts the new Craft Brew Pub at the Easton Elks Lodge that will offer local and national craft beer tastings and traditional Chesapeake fare. The Festival is also proud to add the inaugural World Championship Team Goose Calling Contest to the four established competitions taking place Friday and Saturday of the Festival weekend at Easton High School.
Perennial favorites will also return this year including the popular Dock Dogs® Competition located this year at Easton Middle School, the Retriever Demonstrations at the Bay Street Ponds, and the Waterfowl Chesapeake and Wine Pavilions on Harrison Street. For a complete schedule of events and details about all the events and exhibits, festival visitors are encouraged to visit www.waterfowlfestival.org.
Over the past 43 years, the Waterfowl Festival has raised nearly $6 million for the creation, restoration and conservation of waterfowl and their habitat throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and the Atlantic Flyway.
About the Waterfowl Festival
Waterfowl Festival Inc., a partner of Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc., is dedicated to wildlife conservation, the promotion of wildlife art, and the celebration of life on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The 43rd Festival will be held November 7-10, 2013 in historic Easton, Md. General admission tickets are $12 for all three days and Premiere Night packages are also available. For more information, to volunteer, or donate, visit www.waterfowlfestival.org or call 410-822-4567.