Press Release: MPT Announces 11th Annual Chesapeake Bay Week



11th annual Chesapeake Bay Week®

Weeklong event features programming to highlight secrets of the Chesapeake


OWINGS MILLS — Maryland Public Television (MPT) celebrates the Chesapeake Bay in April by presenting stories that spotlight the history and heritage of the nation’s largest estuary. With fascinating new shows and past favorites, the program offers stories of the Bay and helps to put the future of the Bay in perspective.

Highlights of new programs during Chesapeake Bay Week®:

Chesapeake Bay Summit: Charting a Course – Tuesday, April 21 at 8 pm

Despite spending more than $15 billion on water quality and restoration efforts over 35 years, only minimal improvements have been made to the bay’s health. The Chesapeake Bay Summit brings together some of the world’s leading experts on the bay to discuss its most pressing environmental issues. Moderated by Frank Sesno, the program will focus on creating a list of what experts believe are the major obstructions to Chesapeake Bay cleanup and effective alternatives.


Potomac by Air: Our Nation’s River – Friday, April 24 at 9 pm

Starting at Fairfax Stone, WV and traveling all the way to where the river meets the bay, Potomac by Air: Our Nation’s River dives deep into the natural and man-made history that makes up this important and historic waterway. From the Appalachian Mountains to D.C. and the Chesapeake Bay, this fly-over journey follows the river’s rapid descent through our nation’s landscape and history.


Chesapeake Villages – Wednesday, April 22 at 8 pm

The Chesapeake Bay has been the main source of support for watermen, businesses and communities along its shores for centuries. But because of poor water quality and declining catches of oysters, crabs and fish, some bayside towns are facing an uncertain future. Chesapeake Villages tells the story of three Eastern Shore villages  — Deal Island, Crisfield, and Hoopers Island — and people there who have been impacted by the Bay’s declining health.


Concert for the Chesapeake Bay – Saturday, April 25 at 7 pm & 12 am

With musical acts Brooks Long and the Mad Dog No Good, The Great American Canyon Band and The Herd of Main Street, this 90-minute program connects viewers and listeners to environmental volunteering opportunities that enhance and preserve the life of the Chesapeake Bay.


Secrets of the Chesapeake – Monday, April 20 at 10 pm

From buried treasure to haunted lighthouses, Secrets of the Chesapeake travels all over the Chesapeake region discovering unusual and striking locations unknown to the typical Marylander. The documentary encourages viewers to go beyond the usual landmarks and explore these extraordinary destinations.


Distinctive Homes of the Chesapeake – Sunday, April 19 at 7 pm

Explore the unique, historic and magnificent homes surrounding the Chesapeake Bay. From St. Michael’s to Easton and Annapolis to St. Mary’s, this program takes viewers inside each home to discover the fascinating history and architecture behind it while meeting some of the people who live there.


Downee Ocean, Hon! – Sunday, April 19 at 11 pm

The OC experience — rich history, family traditions, and small-town charm — make the resort one of the East Coast’s top vacation spots. This documentary captures visitors’ favorite activities, from the beach to the boardwalk, the ferris wheel to Fager’s Island, and sunrise on the beach to nightlife by the bay.

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About MPT

Launched in 1969 and headquartered in Owings Mills, MD, Maryland Public Television is a nonprofit, state-licensed public television network and member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).  MPT’s six transmitters cover Maryland plus portions of contiguous states and the District of Columbia.  Frequent winner of regional Emmy® awards, MPT creates local, regional, and national television shows.  Beyond broadcast, MPT’s commitment to professional educators, parents, caregivers, and learners of all ages is delivered through year-round instructional events and the super-website Thinkport, which garners in excess of 19 million page views annually.  MPT’s community engagement connects viewers with local resources on significant health, education, and public interest topics through year-round outreach events, viewer forums, program screenings, and phone bank call-in opportunities.