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 January 2019The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 30, No. 1 

From The President's Desk

Happy New Year to all. December was a slow month for hunting, but was full of Christmas cheer, especially our Holiday Party. Excellent food and company and lots of prizes to give away. The weather has remained rather soggy, so it is a struggle to burn off all those holiday calories, but Bill is hard at work in spite of the wet stuff coming down in whatever form, but soft farm roads can't be driven down by 15-20 vehicles without them turning into rivers of mud.

I have tried to entertain myself vicariously by watching YouTubers, but even they are getting hard pressed to come up with content due to the inclement weather. I am more and more struck by increasing use of the subscription version of Gaia that shows old house sites (for a price, that is) and is being used by the Silver Slingers as well as Relic Recoverist.

So, while this may be the winter of our discontent, don't get the holiday blahs. Visiting locations like the Pencader Museum near Newark, DE, which has a huge amount of relics recovered from the Cooch's Bridge battle area, DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum (pirate booty - Arrh!), the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, the Maritime Museum in Cambridge and the St. Michael's Maritime complex, all within an hour or so drive and all worth your time to visit if you like memories of the past.

Looking ahead, the rest of the winter is forecast to be wet, but mild, so let's hope it's less of the former and more of the latter. Our January meeting will be a busy one, with dues due, election of officers, Find of the Year, Finds of the Month and our usual contests and business. Also, please fill out the questionnaire about the Holiday party so we can make it even better than before.

I'll be at the National Outdoor Show February 23 talking up treasure hunting. It will be at Golden Hill, MD at the school, not far from Cambridge. Last year I was asked to identify a belt buckle with an anchor on it that an antique dealer declared to be British Navy. After going home and doing some research, the Navy buckle turned out to be a buckle from an early 1900's bathing suit.

OK, that's it for this time. You can send in your dues to Jerry directly if you want, otherwise bring your $35 to the meeting along with some extra cash for games. So, if I don't see you at the meeting, maybe I'll see you in the field (if it's not too soggy).

Andy Nunez,

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