Lois Easton and Al Klein set up shop before the crowds arrive
(Photo by Ernie Pascal)
Dodging the raindrops at Waterfest
Waterfest/Airfest big success
By Debi Wynn
During the last weeks of
September, anticipation was building among Museum volunteers for the Waterfest and Airfest
on October 2nd. On October 1st, final details were put into place as exhibitors were setting
up displays. The Collings Foundation aircraft
had landed and workers received their final instructions. All that was needed to ensure
a perfect event "take-off" was sunny weather, but the arrival of the first workers and TV crews
early Saturday morning were met with a drizzly forecast. The cloudy weather did not
dampen the spirits of those folks involved with
planning, managing and implementing the activities of
this first year festival. Their efforts were well rewarded with an
attendance of over 12,000 visitors and a very successful Isabel
assistance fund drive. This event was a team effort of
the agencies of Baltimore County, the Maritime Trades Association, and the Glenn L.
Martin Maryland Aviation Museum.
The aviation segment and
supporting organizations were well represented
throughout Dark Head Cove and Strawberry Point,
with activities for all ages as a celebration of the 75th
anniversary of Martin Airport. The
exhibits recognized the 21st century aviation
industries and roots of the Martin Aircraft Company.
There was also recognition of another past
Baltimore County aviation company of the early
1930's, the Berliner-Joyce Aircraft Corporation of Dundalk, founded by Henry Nach Joyce in
1929. A presentation of a Guggenheim Medal was made to our Museum by Mrs. Rollins
Franks, daughter of Temple Joyce. Museum curator Stan Piet accepted this medal on behalf of
the Museum for its artifacts collection.
Thanks to the dedication of the
wonderful event team of Museum volunteers, Airfest
was executed with 3 short months of lead time, and it served as an excellent event to get
the Museum's name out to the public and to government officials in a very major way.
We thank everyone who contributed their time, talents, skills, and financial support.
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