2017 Fly-In

Annapolis Naval Academy

SouthWings 21st Annual Fly-In
October 27 – 29, 2017
Grasonville, MD

Join us this fall for our 21st Annual Fly-in in the heart of the beautiful and historic Chesapeake Bay. We promise to deliver a weekend filled with fun and conservation focused entertainment. In addition to our planned agenda, there will be opportunities for you to explore and enjoy local hiking trails, birding, kayaking, restaurants, and more.

This year’s Fly-in is open to past, present, and future volunteer pilots. If you have a friend that is thinking about joining SouthWings, we ask that you invite them along. Of course, spouses/partners are always welcome and encouraged to attend. In addition, we’ve invited partners to join our Saturday evening event.

Event Location

Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
600 Discovery Lane
Grasonville, MD 21638
Phone: 410-827-6694

Nearby Airports

BWI – Baltimore–Washington International Airport (35 miles from hotel)
DCA – Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (53 miles from hotel)
W29 – Bay Bridge Airport (5.5 miles from hotel)
KESN – Easton/Newnam Field Airport (20.4 miles from hotel)
KANP – Lee Airport (22 miles from hotel)

Local Transportation

SouthWings staff will have a shuttle van to transport our guests back and forth from the hotel to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC); however, if you wish to sightsee on your own, we recommend making your own car rental reservations. The hotel is 4 miles from CBEC.


Holiday Inn Express Annapolis East-Kent Island
1020 Kent Narrows Road
Grasonville, MD 21638
Phone: 410-827-4454

Rates for 10/27 – 10/28 $119 per night + taxes
Rates for 10/26 and/or 10/29 $89/night + taxes (for those that wish to arrive early or stay an extra day)
Group booking code:
SOU – Must be mentioned at the time of reservation

Reservations must be made no later than Sept. 22, 2017. After this date, our room block will be released, and we cannot guarantee you a room.


Nestled along Maryland’s beautiful Eastern shore, the Holiday Inn Express® Hotel Annapolis – Kent Island not only offers visitors stunning views of the water, but provides an excellent location in the heart of the Kent Narrows, so the hotel’s guests can enjoy the area’s unparalleled dining and entertainment.

High-speed, wireless Internet access available throughout the hotel and a complimentary, hot Express Start Breakfast Bar included. Unfortunately, this property does not welcome pets. Leisure amenities include an observation deck and a pier that extends into the cove.

Hotel Check-in time is 3:00 PM
Hotel Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Agenda and Speakers

Friday, October 27th:

Open to current Volunteer Pilots and their guests only:

Harris Crab House 433 Kent Narrow Way N, Grasonville, MD 21638
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Reception: Meet and Greet
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Award Ceremony and Special Presentation by Amber Fandel with University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Dolphin Watch Program


Saturday, October 28th:

Morning agenda open to Volunteer Pilots and their guests only:

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast at Hotel

Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center 600 Discovery Lane Grasonville, MD 21638

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Welcome and SouthWings 2017 Accomplishments
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Learn about Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pilot Round Table Discussion – Topics TBD
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch and Raffle

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Free time. Activities at CBEC: Hiking, Kayaking, Walking, Bird watching

Evening agenda open to Partners, Volunteer Pilots, Pilot Recruits, and guests:

Partners are REQUIRED to register for this event by October 14, 2017 here.
Pilots are not required to register, but must RSVP as listed below.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Reception: Meet and Greet our Chesapeake Partners
• Beer provided by Flying Dog Brewery
• Wine provided by The Wine Group
• Cocktails and rum tasting provided by Lyon Distilling Co.

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6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Dinner
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Musical Guest: the Fiddle Oaks



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7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Tidewater documentary film screening by American Resiliency Project

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM Panel Discussion regarding sea level rise and climate change featuring guest speakers:

• Joseph Bouchard, Retired Naval Captain and commander of the destroyer USS Oldendorf and Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest naval base.
• Nick DiPasquale, Maryland EPA and Chesapeake Bay Program Director
• Jackie Guild, Chesapeake Legal Alliance Executive Director


Sunday, October 29th

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast at Hotel
11: 00 AM Hotel Check-out

There are no formal SouthWings activities planned for Sunday, October 29th.


Please contact Adel Alamo at fly-in2017@southwings.org if you plan to attend no later than Sept. 27, 2017 so that we can have an accurate headcount for the event.

We look forward to having you join us for this exciting weekend!


On behalf of our Board, Staff, and Volunteers, we express our deepest gratitude to this year’s sponsors: