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Talk/Lecture Series

2015 THURSDAY EVENING TALKS at Sandy Bay Yacht Club ~ 7 P.M.
Complimentary  Refreshments ~ Guests Welcome

July 23
The Brig Pickering
Howard Resnikoff

This seasonís first talk will involve the story of the brig Pickering. Howard Resnikoff is an author and resident of Lanesville and Boston. With material from his forthcoming book, The Riddle of the Rambler, Howard will share information about the world-wide adventures of three merchant brigs from Gloucester and Boston and the men who owned and sailed them. Set against the background of the early days of the United States and the aftermath of the Napoleonic War, if offers a glimpse into another age.

Howard Resnikoff earned his BS degree from MIT and a PHD from Berkeley. His career has spanned the academic world, government service and entrepreneurial business activities. Howard started a Division at the National Science Foundation, was the first Associate Vice President at Harvard University and founded a publically listed company.

July 30
Kayak for Safe Passage Kids: A Grandmotherís Solo Paddling Expedition from Maine to Guatemala
Dr. Deborah Walters, Ph.D.

Why is Dr. Deb Walters kayaking over 2,500 miles?

  • To tell the story of the children living in the Guatemala City garbage dump community

  • To share how inspiring the mothers are who labor with grit and perseverance for a better life for their children

  • To talk about the success of the Safe Passage model school that fosters critical thinking, self-sufficiency and confidence.

  • To raise funds for additional grades for the school

How is Deb engaging people in the Safe Passage story?

  • By using a daily blog and other social media

  • By giving presentations to schools and other groups in small towns

  • By speaking at larger events in cities along the route

Dr. Deb Walters is a grandmother from Maine, retired cognitive scientist and university leader, Rotarian, Safe Passage Board Member, and kayaking adventurer. Her previous solo kayaking expeditions were in the Arctic, along the Atlantic coasts in the Northeast and the Maritimes, and through tropical waters in Mexico.

August 20
Fred Calhoun

Fred Calhoun will present information about diving in the Cape Ann area and will show clips from films he has produced: Diving the Sandy Bay Breakwater, Folly Cove and Thatcher Island. Additionally, he will discuss his involvement with custom diving gear and the evolution of diving equipment.

Fred has been scuba diving since 1953 when he and several friends began assembling the equipment they would need to dive the quarries of Quincy. Fred opened a custom wetsuit business in Weymouth and eventually moved to Cape Ann where he ran the dive charter boat Easy Diver for 35 years. Fred and his wife are accomplished movie makers.


We are in need of hosts for the Talks on July 23 and August 20. (Talks are generally hosted by one or two members who share the responsibility for refreshments.) If you would like to be involved with the Thursday Night Talk Series, please contact Joanne Levin at or 508-284-6800.




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(978)546-9433 Clubhouse, (978)546-6240 Office

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