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External Notes — May 21 | travel and outdoors

News-Post Outdoor Columnist Receives Excellence in Craftsmanship Award

Dan Neuland, whose Today’s Sportsman outdoor column appears in The Frederick News-Post on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, won first place at the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writer’s Association Excellence in Craft Awards for his column titled “New Regulations for Brook Trout,” posted April 10, 2021. The 2021 Talbot Denmead Conservation/Environment Award was presented to Neuland at the M-DOWA Annual Spring Conference held at the Rod & Reel Resort in Chesapeake Beach on May 7. Baltimore native Talbot Denmead (1877 -1965) was a nationally acclaimed conservationist, sportsman, and author who served in a variety of positions with state and federal wildlife agencies. read Neuland’s award-winning column at or at, search for Today’s Sportsman.

Harpers Ferry NHP will feature historic weapons exhibits and demonstrations

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 28, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (West Virginia) will present “Defend and Protect: Arming the American Soldier.” The program will introduce visitors to the city’s former firearm manufacturing industry and demonstrate the use of these weapons. Park rangers and living history volunteers dressed in civilian and military period clothing will display Harpers Ferry weapons and technology along Arsenal Square. Additionally, the Chesapeake Independent Blues and the US Marine Corps Historical Company will host a historic weapons demonstration in the afternoon. These activities are included in the price of admission to the park. For more details, visit

Fly fishing lessons for women

Fly Fishers International WomenConnect, the Chesapeake Council of FFI, and Chesapeake Women Anglers will host an introduction to Spey throwing for women from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Susquehanna State Park. Spey casting is a fly fishing technique that creates longer casts without an overhead backcast. Learn about equipment and techniques for one- and two-handed rods and casting for different fly fishing situations. Participants will use their own one-handed canes. Spey canes (two-handed canes) will be available for use during the course. Entry fee is $25 and a Maryland fishing license is required. Sign up at

Young Adult Grieving Hike

The Umbrella Project, a nonprofit that provides hikes for grieving young adults, will host a hike for ages 18 and older on the Appalachian Trail June 3-6. health professionals. The purpose of the trip is to experience the healing and personal growth that the outdoors can bring. A second hike is planned from September 30 to October 3. For more information about the Umbrella Project and the hike, visit or call 301-606-0539 or visit the Facebook page on Instagram.