Viewing the Aug. 21, 2017 eclipse in Calvert County MD
Huntingtown, MD – America’s Aug. 21, 2017 “eclipse-mania” was very much in evidence in Calvert County as local families came to Kings Landing Park in Huntingtown to view the rare sight in the sky. Personnel from Calvert County Government’s Natural Resources Division organized a special event, passing out the limited supply of viewing glasses and showing children how to make safe eclipse viewers out of empty cereal boxes.

“I was planning for 30 kids to show up,” said Division Chief Karyn Molines, adding that about 30 families and a Cub Scout troop came to the party in the park.
Taking every precaution to protect their vision, the children joined with adults in staring at the sun, beholding the bright crescent.

“I liked it,” said Katlyn. “It kind of looked like the crescent when you start a movie.”
“It was better than I expected,” said Hillary Daily, one of the adults at the gathering. “It was pretty cool.”

One unidentified boy who viewed the eclipse had to admit he didn’t like it.
Local Cub Scout Pack 903—in total 33 adults and children—signed up for the viewing of the eclipse.  “We talked about the eclipse for two months,” said Cub Master William Schwallenberg, who added the pack ordered the special glasses and viewing boxes when the group discussions began. “There’s a special patch we can earn.”

Those who didn’t want to look up at the sky could still see the solar-meets-lunar phenomenon on the ground. The Scouts had a camera pointing skyward that reflected the crescent. Calvert Nature Society’s Anne Sundermann brought her “eclipse colander” to the park and the tiny crescents could be seen on the concrete surrounding the park pavilion. “It’s a really nice day to come to the park,” said Sundermann.

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