Chesapeake Mermaid Coming To Havre de Grace Maritime Museum For Book Reading


The Chesapeake Mermaid, poses with her children's book, "The Giants of the Bay." (Credit: The Havre de Grace Maritime Museum/ Facebook)

HAVRE DE GRACE - This Saturday, the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum is welcoming the Chesapeake Mermaid for a reading of her book. "The Giants of the Bay," a tale that sheds light on the pressing environmental issues of our time.

The Giants of the Bay takes readers on a journey of understanding significant environmental challenges such as industrial expansion, policy implications, and land development. The book presents these issues as 'giants,' unaware of their actions' repercussions on the environment.

Despite these seemingly overpowering challenges, the book weaves a narrative of hope through the Chesapeake Mermaid and local children who, together, explore, learn and become environmental 'giants' themselves.

Suitable for children aged eight and above, this 32-page picture book draws inspiration from the ancient petroglyphs of the Susquehanna region.

Pennsylvania and Maryland's Native American communities have left a rich legacy of rock art. Although challenging to view, these petroglyphs provide a unique insight into prehistoric societies.

The Bald Friar petroglyph sites, now submerged under the waters held back by the Conowingo Dam, were known for carvings of concentric circles, "sunbursts," "stick figure trees," and unique "mask" or "stylized fish" designs.


Even though many were lost during the dam's construction, a few can still be accessed via kayak. These rock images depict animals, giants, and nature; their exact purpose remains unknown.

The book reading is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday and will engage the audience in a storytelling session, accompanying songs, sign language related to bay creatures, and discourse on local wildlife and habitats.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to take pictures, get books signed, and meet the author.

Children are invited to sit on the floor and bring their mermaid blankets and shark tails. The entry fee is $5 per child, with adults enjoying free admission during the event.

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