Getting a Point Across to Area Youth

By Sandra Zunino

On Saturday, May 9, Pintail Point at the River Plantation in Queenstown will hold its Seventh Annual Youth Day. The Youth Day event was designed years ago to encourage young people to understand all the activities that are available to them in the outdoors.

Starting at 10:00 a.m. and running to 3:00 p.m., Pintail Point will host an abundance of activities appealing to youth of all ages including archery, air rifle activities, fly-fishing demonstrations, retriever dog demonstrations, animal exhibits, game calling demonstrations, sporting clays, hayrides, farm tours and more.

Additionally, a chiropractor will talk about how to carry a backpack correctly to avoid back problems. There will also be safety demonstrations. Vendors will be at the event to offer refreshments. The event is free and will take place rain or shine.

“Especially with today’s economy, this is a great family activity that gets back to basics,” says Carol Johnson, Administrative Assistant to River Plantation owner Louis Schaefer.
“The whole family can find an activity that they can share together that is cost effective.”

While this is the seventh annual event, Pintail Point has hosted the Youth Day for about 15 years, but made it a regularly scheduled event in the last seven years. In the past, as many as 100 people have attended the event. Neighborhoods get together to participate as a group activity, according to Carol, and youth groups such as Scouts and 4H often attend as well.

“We just love to have kids exposed to opportunities they might not otherwise get,” says Carol. “Many people on the Eastern Shore are not exposed to this kind of environment on a regular basis.”

The River Plantation, including Hunters Oak, Pintail Point and Pintail Yachts consists of 1200 pristine acres with four miles of shore line along the banks of the historic Wye River as well as a fleet of luxury yachts servicing multiple Mid-Atlantic ports. The River Plantation provides an array of year-round attractions for individuals, families and business organizations. Fifty-five acres of the River Plantation comprise Pintail Point, which offers memberships and instruction in clay shooting, hunting and fishing activities including charter boat fishing, leisurely cruises and bed and breakfast accommodations.

An avid outdoorsman, upon purchasing the estate, Mr. Schaefer’s passion for the outdoors and the legacy of the Eastern Shore only deepened. “He has always wanted to maintain the integrity of the property,” says Carol. “By bringing youth in, you perpetuate another generation of passion.”

If someone discovers an interest in one or more of the Youth Day activities, he or she can pursue it through instruction offered by The River Plantation. New this year, The River Plantation will offer Summer Youth Camps during July. Certified staff professionals will provide instruction in golf, sporting clays, fly fishing and fly tying. To attend the Golf Clinic youth need to be between the ages of 7 and 15 years old; sporting clay and fly fishing/tying clinics attendees must be between the ages of 12 and16 years old.

For more information about Pintail Point’s Youth Day or 2009 Summer Youth Camps, call 410-827-7065 or visit www.theriverplantation.com.

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