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October 12, 2019

22ndAnnual Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo

 To be held at the Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland. Contact: The Ward Museum at 

(410) 742-4988 or visit www.wardmuseum.org.   


October 18 - 19 2019

52ndAnnual Upper Shore Decoy Show

To be held at the North East Fire Company Hall in North East, Maryland. Contact: Rick Bouchelle at (443) 206-5129 or decoyshow@upperbaymuseum.org


October 27, 2019 

Decoy Auction by Frank & Frank Sporting Collectibles 

To be held at the Shark River Yacht Club in Neptune, New Jersey. Consignments are now being accepted for this fall show.Please visit www.frankandfrankdecoys.comfor more information. Or contact Frank & Frank at (732) 938-2988 or afrank1807rf@cs.com


October 27, 2019

Annual Duckboat Show & Waterfowl Festival 

To be held at the Babylon- Cedar Beach Marina, Ocean Parkway. Hours: 9-3. Please bring canned goods or non-perishable items for annual food drive.  For information contact Curt Matzinger 631-661-0379 or John Adams 631-874-7459 or visit www.sswa.org.   Rain date will be November 3, 2019. 


November  6-7, 2019

 Guyette & Deeter Fall Decoy Auction, Easton, MD 

To be held at the Talbot County Community Center. Tailgating Tuesday through Thursday. Contact: Guyette and Deeter at 410-745-0485 or visit www.guyetteanddeter.com


November  8-10, 2019 

48thAnnual Waterfowl Festival in Easton, MD

To be held throughout the town of Easton, MD. Buy, sell and swap and artifacts display at the High School. Contact the Waterfowl Festival at 410-822-4567 or visit www.waterfowlfestival.org



LIDCA Meeting Show & Tell Schedule for upcoming months 

October 9            Yellowlegs, Gene Wells and Stony Brook  

             November 13            Black Duck, Madison Mitchell and Chesapeake  

December 18             LIDCA Christmas / Holiday Dinner       


My Three Favorite Decoys Schedule

October 9                    Bill Davis

November 13              Roland Reeves

December 18                 Rodger Feuss

Additional Information: 

    From the President’s desk.   


            I’m hoping that everyone enjoyed their summer and that now we can look forward to the colorful Autumn with the cooler days and night it brings.


            We accomplished a lot as a club this past year. A successful March show, decoy displays at local libraries, show and tell of some great decoys, we welcomed some new members into the club and we just enjoyed our annual picnic last month with over 25 members and friends attending. 


            Our first meeting is scheduled for September 11, 2019. That night will be elections for the club’s officers. I want to remind everyone that Bob Liehr has served as club treasurer for the past 20 years and has indicated this will be his final year in service to our club. Kate Sohm also stated this will be her last year serving as secretary and newsletter editor. We will need other members to take an active role in our club if it will continue after this year. 


            The upcoming year has many exciting events in store for us.  The Christmas Holiday party scheduled for December. The annual decoy show scheduled in March 2020.  A decision on whether or not the club will have an anniversary dinner celebrating 50 years of the Long Island Decoy Collectors Association in September 2020.


            I want to thank you, the members, for your help throughout this past year. As we move into the 2019-2020 season your help is very important to the continued success of our club.  So once again, I encourage all members to get involved and participate in club activites. With your help and support we can keep alive the art, the history and the heritage of decoys. 


Ben Sohm

Visiting The Ward Museum


The LIDCA maintains a permanent display cabinet at the Ward Foundation Museum in Salisbury, MD as a means of providing ongoing visibility for our organization.  This is a great opportunity for our Long Island stories as this is a location that receives a high volume of traffic throughout the year as well as the Foundation hosting several special events in any given year.

We have hosted revolving exhibits for several years now and will continue to do so with any number of our members spearheading this effort in the past.  On October 23, 2018, member Craig Kessler traveled to Salisbury to deliver a scaled down version of our exhibit from the March 2017 LIDCA annual show, “ON THE FALLING TIDE-THE STORY OF TRADITIONAL BLACK DUCK GUNNING ON LI’s SOUTH SHORE”.


The abbreviated display consists of 14 black duck decoys spanning the south shore from Seaford in the west to Moriches in the east.  Examples include works from Gruby Verity, Jimmy Ketcham, Lem Tucker, Wilbur A. Corwin, George Robert, Reginald Smith, and others.  Also included are two pieces of flat art, “Black Ducks the Old Way” by Peter Corwin which depicts south bay grass boats owned by original LIDCA members Bud Ward and Ronnie Bauer, and the first stamp print artwork of the Long Island Wildfowl and Wetlands League from 1977.  The display is rounded out with several display boards prepared by Steve Sanford that were also part of our 2017 show.


2019 August Picnic Photos

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