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U.S. Coast Guard: The Force Unknown Lecture

August 21, 2014 – August 21, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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by Lieutenant David Zwirblis

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California
When: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7 pm
Members only Reception at 6:15 pm
Cost:Free (members), $10 (non-members).
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Lecture Series Sponsored by Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Silvio Di Loreto

This lecture will provide information on the various missions the Coast Guard performs around the world and how these missions have evolved over the years. It will also include real-life accounts of missions, rescues at sea, and drug smuggling interdictions performed by the Coast Guard Cutter BLACKFIN, stationed in Santa Barbara, CA.

Lieutenant David Zwirblis was born and raised in Dartmouth, MA. In 2006, he attended the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. He graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 2010, receiving his commission as an officer in the Coast Guard. His first assignment was as a Deck Watch Officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter LEGARE, a 270 ft law enforcement ship, stationed in Portsmouth, VA. Then, from April 2012 to April 2013, he served as the Executive Officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter ADAK, a 110 ft ship, stationed in Bahrain. During his time aboard ADAK, he patrolled the Arabian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In July 2013, he took on the assignment of Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter BLACKFIN, stationed in Santa Barbara, CA. Lieutenant Zwirblis will be a member of the Santa Barbara community until July 2015.

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Anchors and Ales: A Beer Tasting Experience

August 16, 2014 – August 16, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Premier maritime brews from a dozen local breweries

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California
When: Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 5:00-8:00 pm

Save $15 register by August 8th
($35)$50 (SBMM members), ($50)$65 (non-members)
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Sponsored by Hutton Parker Foundation
and Montecito Journal

On Saturday, August 16, from 5:00-8:00 pm, join us at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum for Anchors and Ales: A Beer Tasting Experience. This boutique beer festival will offer guests a chance to taste nautically-inspired beers from a dozen different craft breweries as they explore the museum and learn about beer. Tickets include a commemorative glass, unlimited tastings, and food pairings. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

Anchors and Ales is being curated by beer writer and Certified Cicerone (beer Sommelier) Zach Rosen. The different brews being served will examine the relationship between beer, water, and the sea, including some beers that even use the ocean as an ingredient. Guests will get to sample the beers while exploring traditional brewing techniques and learning about the role of beer in maritime history. Guests will also learn about water as a beer ingredient and breweries’ efforts towards sustainability and water conservation. Anchors and Ales will be a unique event that offers an evening full of beer, education, and fun.

Zach Rosen is a Certified Cicerone® and beer educator. His specialty is coordinating and hosting beer events, in addition to serving as a consultant, teacher and writer. Zach uses his background in chemical engineering and the arts to seek out abstract expressions of beer, combining it with movies, music, and other conceptual counterparts to demonstrate how beer pairs with life.

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Should I Get a Bigger Boat?

August 8, 2014 – August 8, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Shark Attacks on Boats, People, Dogs, and Seals Lecture

by Ralph Collier (Chair, Shark Research Committee)
and Peter Howorth (Director, Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center)

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California
When: Friday, August 8, 2014 • 7:00 pm
Cost:$15 (SBMM and Shark Research Committee members), $20 (non-members)
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What should you do if a shark takes a fancy to your boat? Yes, this really does happen––boats have been attacked by sharks. Find out why this happens and much more as Ralph Collier, the west coast’s leading authority on shark attacks, explores various theories on why sharks attack everything from surfboards to boats, and from crab trap floats to people. Learn what makes a shark tick and why it is such a supremely well-adapted predator. Discover from Peter Howorth how attacks on marine mammals can serve as canaries in the coal mines, warning people of shark hazards, and what is being done about this.

Ralph Collier bio:

Ralph S. Collier is recognized internationally as the leading authority on Pacific Coast white shark behavior and ecology. For more than 50 years, he has studied white shark predation behavior and biology as they relate to interactions with humans. His audio-visual library extends for more than four decades and is unequaled in content. Excerpts from his extensive collection of data and understanding about how, when, where, and why white sharks attack have been published in professional journals, research symposium volumes, and appeared in more than 300 popular articles. His book, Shark Attacks of the Twentieth Century from the Pacific Coast of North America has been called “a masterpiece” by colleagues and shark enthusiasts worldwide.

Peter Howorth bio:

Peter Howorth has worked with marine mammals for over 50 years, first as a collector and later as director of the nonprofit Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center. He has been a colleague of Ralph Collier for decades, sharing information and photographs on shark attacks on marine mammals. Over the past four years, Howorth noted an alarming increase in shark attacks on marine mammals and decided that a warning system could help authorities assess shark hazards and issue warnings or close areas as they felt appropriate. Howorth also produced a fast guide to identifying potentially dangerous sharks in these waters. This guide has been distributed to first responders and professionals throughout Santa Barbara County.

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Wives and Daughters: Keepers of the Light

July 17, 2014 – July 17, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Exhibit Opening Reception

with Lecture by Willard Thompson

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California
When: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Wine & Cheese Reception 5:30 – 7:00 pm; Lecture 7:00 pm
Cost: Free to the Public
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Sponsored by June G. Outhwaite Charitable Trust, the Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation, and John Woodward

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum celebrates the opening of its new exhibit Wives and Daughters: Keepers of the Light. The opening reception will include a lecture by Willard Thompson about the women who tended the lights on the California coast from 1856 to the start of the 20th century. One was a socialite and another a successful naturalist; One an admiral’s daughter and another a helpless eye witness to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. And one –Julia F. Williams – stayed steadfastly at her post protecting ships coming and going from Santa Barbara for 40 years while the town transitioned from a small enclave of adobe houses to a thriving Victorian American City. Thompson is a member of the Museum’s board of directors and the author of Keepers of the Light, The History of the Point Conception Lighthouse and other books.

Willard Thompson is an award-winning writer, lecturer and historian living in Montecito, California with his wife Jo. His two novels of historical fiction, Dream Helper and Delfina’s Gold, are part of his Chronicles of California trilogy. The Independent Publishers 2009 Book Awards selected Dream Helper for a gold medal as the best fiction in the Western/Pacific Region.

He also wrote the Noticias, Montecito Adobes and the Settlers who Built Them, for the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Other published non-fiction include: Walter Vail — Empire Builder; The Last Cattle Drive; Dividing the Waters; and Running the Big Ditch, an account of a commercial raft running the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Thompson is currently president of the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. He is a native of Manhasset, New York and a graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

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Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary: California’s Galapagos

July 10, 2014 – July 10, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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by Tim Hauf

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California

When: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7 pm

Members only Reception at 6:15 pm

Cost: Free (members), $10 (non-members).

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Lecture Series Sponsored by Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Silvio Di Loreto

Tim Hauf will allow us to explore through his photos and knowledge of this wilderness known as the Channel Islands which lie just off the Southern California coast, and learn of the bounty of rare flora and fauna that can be found here and nowhere else on earth. Tim has made 100s of trips to Channel Islands National Park and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, capturing the wonders of the wilderness, rare and endemic species of plants, birds, and land and sea mammals. The park and sanctuary hold a special appeal for Tim—so close to the highly populated California mainland, yet a world apart with each island as well as the surrounding ocean environment holding their own unique qualities.  This is Tim’s third book depicting the beauty of Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary.

Growing up on a grain farm and the wide-open prairies of North Dakota gave Tim Hauf an appreciation of the outdoors and nature. His wanderlust started when he was two years old, often wandering across cow pastures accompanied only by his dog. He would go home with lots of stories about what he had found. In later years, he started taking photos of where he had been and of what he had experienced, so he could “show and tell” others of his experiences.

After graduating from North Dakota State University with a degree in business, Tim moved to California and found work as a financial analyst. With the outdoors beckoning, Tim left his career as a financial analyst and moved to Ventura County in the late 1970s.  Tim found himself working as a ranch foreman, giving him enough time to take up photography. He has been honing his skills ever since.

Tim Hauf has been a professional photographer since the early 1990s. His photographs have been featured in numerous publications throughout the world, including Islands, Sunset, Asia Pacific Travel, Mini-World (Japan), Explore (Canada), Terre Sauvage (France), Dove (Italy), South Africa Times, USA Today, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and many others. His list of published books include unique destinations such as the Himalaya of Nepal; South America’s remote Patagonia; the rugged wilderness of northern Manitoba, Canada; South Africa’s remarkable World Heritage Sites; Ventura County; and Channel Islands National Park.   In addition to having his work displayed in numerous solo and group exhibitions, Tim’s work is also part of the permanent art collection at Santa Barbara’s Cottage Hospital.

A respected photographer he is frequently asked to judge photography competitions and/or give talks and workshops on photography. He is also available for private workshops (group or individual) to destinations around the world.

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A Ghost Story and Other True Tales of Painting by the Sea

June 26, 2014 – June 26, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Hank Pitcher Lecture and Artist Reception

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California
When: Thursday, June 26, 2014 beginning at 6:00 pm
Cost: $40 (SBMM members), $50 (non-members)
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Sponsors: Arts & Letters Cafe, Keith Mautino, and Grace and Frank Spada

Raffle: Everyone who purchases a ticket to the lecture will receive one raffle ticket. We will be raffling off a Hank Pitcher Print titled “The Light at Point Conception,” (value – $1300) and other prizes include signed books by Hank Pitcher and posters. Additional raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20.

Local artist Hank Pitcher will give a rare presentation featuring images of his work and his process as an artist. Hank will show images of his work, many of which now hang in private collections and are no longer viewable by the public. Proceeds from this presentation, held in conjunction with his current exhibit at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, titled The Light at Point Conception, will support the museum’s future exhibits and tall ship education programs.

Hank Pitcher’s paintings are grounded in a particular sense of place, representing his search for an authentic vocabulary to describe life in Southern California. “The challenge and the desire is to make a genuine, truthful statement,” says the artist. While famous for his iconic surfboard images, the current exhibit at the Maritime Museum includes the Point Conception Lighthouse and surrounding cattle ranch artwork, portraying this far western point as a wild place, with notorious, treacherous waters, strong winds and unpredictable weather.

As a two-year-old, Hank arrived with his parents in Goleta in 1951. With the exception of time in the 70′s in New York working with the great American painter Paul Georges (1923-2002), he has been somewhere near that surf-line, either painting or surfing for more than 60 years. He has been celebrated in more than 20 “solo” U.S. exhibitions, starting here in Santa Barbara, with his first solo exhibition at the legendary Esther Bear Gallery in 1970.

Hank will be introduced by Frank Goss, co-founder and co-owner of Sullivan Goss Gallery, which represents Pitcher’s original art work. Following the presentation in the Museum’s Munger Theater there will be a reception featuring Kaena Winery and hors d’oeuvres by Spices N Rice. Guests receive a raffle ticket and a chance to win Pitcher’s The Light at Point Conception print, valued at $1300.

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Lighthouse Lens Tour and Wine Tastings (May 9)

May 9, 2014 – May 9, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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  • May 9 (may be cancelled if less than 6 attendees are signed up)
  • Recurrence: Also offered for May 23rd
  • Times: 4-5:30PM
  • Address: 113 Harbor Way, Ste. 190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Admission: $30
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  • Venue: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Enjoy a 30-minute tour of the Point Conception Lighthouse First Order Fresnel Lens at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, led by the museum’s Executive Director. This historic, 160-year old, 18-foot tall lens guided mariners around the most dangerous waters along the Pacific Coast for more than 140 years. Tour is followed by a visit to the Maritime Museum’s scenic fourth-floor Crow’s Nest, offering the most scenic views in Santa Barbara, overlooking the Harbor, ocean and the Channel Islands. Then enjoy a flight-tasting by Happy Canyon Vineyards and an Antipasto Platter on the Deck, by the Boats, at Chuck’s Waterfront Grill.

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Tragedy at Honda

May 22, 2014 – May 22, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California

When: Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 5:00 – 7:00pm

What: A newly upgraded exhibit re-opens honoring the twenty-three sailors who lost their lives on September 8, 1923, known as the largest peace-time disaster in U.S. Navy history.

Cost: Free to the Public

Wine and Cheese Reception

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Opening reception sponsored by Steve Epstein and John Woodward

On a foggy night in September 1923 twenty-three U.S. Navy sailors lost their lives as seven Clemson-class destroyers crashed into the jagged rocks at Honda Point, just above Point Arguello. To this day, it is considered the largest naval disaster during peacetime in United States history. This tragedy caused great embarrassment to our Navy, which just fifteen years before had sent the Great White Fleet around the world to demonstrate our naval superiority.

That day Destroyer Squadron Eleven, consisting of fourteen destroyers, was headed from San Francisco to their home base in San Diego. A series of events led to their fate upon the rocks, including the sinking of the SS Cuba at 4:00 a.m. the same morning on San Miguel Island. The destroyer captains feared turning too late, thereby missing the entrance to the Santa Barbara Channel and experiencing the same fate as the Cuba. In addition, the navy had just begun using radio navigation technology, but the lead commander, Captain Watson, did not trust the readings he received, and instead relied on “dead reckoning” to calculate his position. All of this and more led to the fateful decisions made that evening.

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum’s upgraded exhibit, Tragedy at Honda, will honor the lives of those brave sailors who lost their lives that evening, and those who struggled courageously under extreme conditions to keep the loss of life at a minimum. The exhibit features artifacts from the destroyers, photos and aerial footage of the wreck site, and interviews with Gene Bruce, the last living survivor of the tragedy (now passed away) and a telegraph operator working the night of the disaster.

The exhibit is funded by the Outhwaite Foundation and will honor The Writer Family. George Writer’s grandfather, Lieutenant Commander Leslie E. Bratton commanded the USS Stoddert, the last destroyer in the column, and also served as the Judge Advocate at the Court of Inquiry and Court Martial. This exhibit will be part of the revitalized Ed and Helen Wilson Family Military Exhibit.

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Lighthouse Lens Tour and Wine Tasting (Apr 25)

April 25, 2014 – April 25, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Description:

  • April 25 (may be cancelled if less than 6 attendees are signed up)
  • Recurrence: Also offered for May 9th and 23rd
  • Times: 4-5:30PM
  • Address: 113 Harbor Way, Ste. 190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Admission: $30
  • Register below or call 805-962-8404 x115
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Enjoy a 30-minute tour of the Point Conception Lighthouse First Order Fresnel Lens at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, led by the museum’s Executive Director. This historic, 160-year old, 18-foot tall lens guided mariners around the most dangerous waters along the Pacific Coast for more than 140 years. Tour is followed by a visit to the Maritime Museum’s scenic fourth-floor Crow’s Nest, offering the most scenic views in Santa Barbara, overlooking the Harbor, ocean and the Channel Islands. Then enjoy a flight-tasting by Happy Canyon Vineyards and an Antipasto Platter on the Deck, by the Boats, at Chuck’s Waterfront Grill.

 

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A Brief History of Santa Barbara Channel Fisheries

June 19, 2014 – June 19, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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by Mick Kronman

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California

When: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 7 pm

Members only Reception at 6:15 pm

Cost: Free (members), $10 (non-members).

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Lecture Series Sponsored by Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Silvio Di Loreto

Mick Kronman’s lecture will review the gear types and people that have defined SB fisheries since Native American times.  His talk will draw upon his recently published book, From Hooks to Harpoons: the Story of Santa Barbara Channel Fisheries, the first comprehensive review of our region’s commercial fishing history.  This story—the one Mick will recall—marries tales of fishermen who’ve plied our region with stories of how fishing gear, boats, markets and consumer taste for seafood developed over time.

Mick Kronman grew up in Santa Monica, a great place to snorkel, fish, surf and generally fall in love with the sea.  So, after he received a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Santa Barbara, Mick promptly went fishing for 10 years, working his way from passenger-vessel deckhand to licensed captain to commercial fisherman who jigged albacore, hook-and-lined rock cod and harpooned swordfish.

Following his fishing career, Mick worked as a maritime consultant and journalist, publishing over 1,500 stories and earning two national literary awards.  As a consultant, he represented several fishing organizations in regulatory and political arenas.  He also managed several projects in Santa Barbara Harbor, including design and construction of a fishermen’s ice machine and new fish hoist, plus a set of fisheries interpretive plaques that line the port’s breakwater sidewalk.

In May, 2000 Mick took a job as the City of Santa Barbara’s Harbor Operations Manager, which he holds to this day.  The job involves oversight of 10 Harbor Patrol Officers and one Harbor Patrol Supervisor.  He also manages the operations function of a 1,200-slip marina.   For the past 11 years, Mick has served on the Board of Directors of the California Harbor Masters and Port Captains Association (CAHMPC), which has twice named him statewide Harbor Master of the Year.

Mick lives in Goleta with his wife Ginger and their 18-year-old son Cole.

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