Friday, December 30, 2011

Thanks for a Great Year at Inland Seas

A Great Thank You to all those who volunteered, donated goods and services, and contributed funds to Inland Seas during 2011.  We had a great year which included sailing with our 90,000th student.  We are already planning a great 2012, and I hope you will have a chance to sail and learn with us in the coming year.

Inland Seas at the Schooner Festival, September 2011.  Linde photo.

Leaving St. James, Beaver Island,  last year.  F. Solle photo.

Hauling up the trawl.

Happy sailer/scientists, despite the rain.
If you would like to make a year-end donation to help ISEA in its work of Great Lakes Education, just click here and the rest is easy.  And many thanks!

Happy New Year,
Capt. Tom and the Crew at ISEA

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Building the Schooner Inland Seas Program to be Repeated Dec. 29

Here is another teaser photograph from my presentation to be given on Thursday December 29 at 3pm at the Inland Seas Education Center...
Homeward Bound in the Atlantic, June 7, 1994. Rick Steenersen at the helm.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Jerry Dennis Speaks, Stone Hut Films....

I think you will enjoy this video by Stone Hut Studios, with Jerry Dennis reading from his new book Windward Shore.  A gift to and of the Great Lakes.  Thanks Jerry and Aaron.
-Capt. Tom

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

ISEA Holiday Open House Today at 4 - 6 pm

Please join us today at the Inland Seas Education Center in Suttons Bay for some Holiday Cheer.  Drop in anytime between 4 and 6 pm.  We have a collection bin here for the Leelanau Christian Neighbors Food Pantry, so bring a can of food so others can smile this Christmas.    - Capt. Tom

2012 Volunteer Instructor Class to Begin January 4th

Become an Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) Volunteer Instructor and help provide students with a unique Schoolship experience. Not sure if you want to become a volunteer? Come to the introductory session to learn more about volunteering for ISEA. No experience required!

The volunteer instructor training course takes place on Wednesday evenings January 4 through March  21 from 6:30-8:30pm in room 112 of the NMC Water Studies Institute in Traverse City (715 E. Front Street). Classes include an educational presentation and hands-on activities led by ISEA staff and experienced Volunteer Instructors. If Traverse City Schools are closed due to weather, no class will be held that evening.

For more information and a complete schedule of the class, click here.  To register for the class, call Emily Shaw, ISEA Volunteer Coordinator, at 231-271-3077.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On the Beach this Morning at ISEA

An early morning walk along the ISEA waterfront offered up these scenes.  What a gift it is to live and work here.  Enjoy. 

Frank Weese's Fishing Boat

Geese, swans, ducks

Capt. Tom's Skiff

Sad end for a fox

Sand Spit

Broadway Drain, to be diverted next year into the SB Wetland

Model Friendship Sloop
Thanks for sharing this walk with me....Capt. Tom

Friday, December 16, 2011

Building the Schooner Inland Seas Program to be Repeated Dec. 29

I will repeat the program "Building the Schooner Inland Seas" on Thursday December 29 at 3pm in the Inland Seas Education Center.  If you missed it the first time here is a second chance. --Capt. Tom

Welding on plating at the stern, fall 1993.  Mark Treworgy is at the right.

Friday, December 9, 2011

How to Build a Schooner - Find out this coming Tuesday, Dec. 13th.

Here is another photo from my upcoming seminar on designing, building and sailing home the 77' schooner Inland Seas.  Hope you can join us on Tuesday Dec. 13th, 7pm, at the Inland Seas Education Center in Suttons Bay.  --Capt. Tom
Mark Treworgy setting up frames, 1993

Note: This program will be repeated on Thursday December 29, 3pm at the Inland Seas Education Center

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Where in the Great Lakes Are We?

This is my favorite harbor in Lake Michigan.  Inland Seas visits here each July.  Where are we? 

For a hint, and a look at the entire shoreline of the UP, go to the Shoreviewer web site. 

-Capt. Tom