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Adopt a Sailor

Adopt a German Sailor for a day on Septemer 14th  from the German ship "Niedersachsen"

On September 14th the German ship Niedersachsen will be in port.  We have been asked if anyone would like to take a sailor or two for a day to show them the local sights.

As two years ago, the idea is to give the sailors a chance to meet locals, be invited to their homes, and to see Baltimore (and/or Washington). For many, a special church service at Zion Church will be a great start of their day - all are invited to attend the service which will start at 11:15 AM at Zion Church, City Hall Plaza.

The big difference this year is that the sailors need to be picked up at the ship, berthed at the Under Armour Pier (formerly Tide Point) in Locust Point at the end of Hull Street, and be returned there in the evening, unless they want to be dropped off someplace else instead. Information is the same for those who will go to church and for those whose hosts may have other plans.

Pick up Date and Time: Sunday, September 14th, 10:15 - 10:30 AM 

Location in Locust Point/waterfront: Under Armour  Pier - in small brick building at end of Pier (has bathroom). I will be there to make introductions and answer any questions.

Parking: designated areas at Under Armour site or on street

Directions from downtown: Key Highway all the way to Hull Street, turn left into parking areas, walk from there to ship

Program suggestions:


* Show/drive sailor(s) around Baltimore - highlights (in addition to Zion Church of course) could include City Hall, Mount

  Washington  Monument), The Walters Museum, The Basilica, Baltimore Museum of Art, Johns Hopkins

  University, Guilford, and/or other sites, such as Federal Hill Park, overlooking the Inner Harbor, where one has the

  best view of downtown Baltimore

* Take sailor to Washington - White House, Mall, Congress etc.

* Visit a Museum or check out the Sports Legends Museum next to the Baseball Stadium

* After sightseeing take your sailor home - or to a restaurant of your choice - for drinks and American food (BBQ),

  and maybe meeting neighbors and friends

* Anything else the family can think of (maybe sports related) or the sailor may want to do

* In case there is anything the sailor needs taken care of and he/she can't, help them

* Drive sailor(s) back to ship or desired location after dinner

I have 25 names of sailors, provided to me by the German Embassy, who are looking forward to this experience and I would like to get your names, including e-mails, if are interested in hosting as soon as possible but by no later than coming Friday, 8/28. It is possible to take two sailors.

I will then forward those names to the Embassy's military representative who will do the matching and encourage the hosts and sailors to communicate with each other before the 14th.

Please if interested in hosting contact Brigitte Fessenden email:  Please include your contact information including your address, phone, email and and any special interest or information they would like their sailor to know about them

Let's give the German sailors the best time ever in Baltimore! With your help and support it will happen!