We had a beautiful day for Patuxent River Appreciation Days this year at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland. It was so much fun spending the day with Kelli Nash (illustrator for the Olly the Oyster books and Mallory the Forgetful Duck) and the great folks at the Calvert Marine Museum. We had a great time meeting with families looking for books about local sea life, and catching up with fellow authors we see year to year, including John Into and Nancy Price, authors of Fundamentals of Model Boat Building and Richard LaMotte, author of Pure Sea Glass.
Thank you so much Maureen Baughman and Kim Zabiegalski of the Calvert Marine Museum Store for making us feel so welcome. If you want wonderful, friendly service at a store full of unique nautical jewelry, décor, toys and accessories, then this is the store for you. I go every year and bring home presents for my kids. This year my son loved the shark excavation kit the most. It came complete with a shark book, digging tools and goggles. The shark’s “fossilized” bones are now a centerpiece in my sunroom! The museum is great fun for the whole family with a touch tank filled with sea skates and rays, a fossil display with real fossils from the Calvert Cliffs, a real lighthouse, a live river otter display, and so much more!
I especially love the Paleontology Exhibit where there are large replicas of animals from the Miocene era about 20 million years ago. The fossils in this exhibit are from the local Calvert Cliffs which are located along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County, Maryland.
All in all, it was a great day! The Calvert Cliffs and other sights along the Chesapeake Bay are featured in my new book, Olly Explores 7 Wonders of the Chesapeake Bay. Have a look at the book trailer below to find out more.