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2017 ECWG Bombash

2017 ECWG Bombash

You are cordially invited to attend the ECWG Bombash
Held jointly and organized with the Explorers Club Group of Philadelphia
Friday 29 September through Sunday 1 October 2017

Let’s go see where our Constitution was written. Walk in the footsteps of the authors of our country. This will be an extraordinary joint event that combines the efforts of the ECWG and the Philadelphia Chapter for a weekend in Philadelphia, the Birthplace of our Nation and the first World Heritage City in the United States ( We have filled a short weekend with events and places to see. There are many explorers to meet! For those who have never experienced a Bombash, it’s a great way to get to know our colleagues. Our aim is to have a Bombash that is informative, relaxing, and FUN!! Show up to represent ECWG and to soak up history while socializing in the City of Brotherly Love.

You are responsible for your own accommodations and travel to and from Philadelphia, PA.  The hotel at which many of our members will be staying:

Direct link to EC Bombash room booking

The 2017 Bombash events in Philadelphia will be centered around Independence Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Friday, September 29:
6:30-9:00 PM – We will kick off Bombash with an informal dinner at Villa D’Roma located in Philadelphia”s “Little Italy” at 936 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA. Dutch treat.

Saturday, September 30:
9:30-10:45 AM – Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market Street
Constitutional Walking Tour around sites that played a major part in our history. The tour will last about 75 minutes with stops at Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Constitution Center and Carpenters Hall, to name a few. $25.00

11:00 -12:00 noon: – Independence Hall. Our walking tour will be followed by a Ranger-led tour around the first floor of Independence Hall, a World Heritage Site.

12:00-1:30 PM: – Lunch at City Tavern, 138 S. 2nd Street. Dutch treat.
The original City Tavern, destroyed in the late 1800s, was rebuilt in 1976 in time for the bicentennial celebration. City Tavern was a meeting place for our Founding Fathers. The Tavern served as a headquarters for George Washington for 3 days during the Revolutionary War. The first 4th of July was celebrated there.

1:40-3:00 PM: – After lunch we will tour Philadelphia’s newest museum, the Museum of the American Revolution. 101 S. 3rd Street, where we will have a 30-minute presentation on the archaeological excavation for the museum in 2014. Highlights include artifacts dating back to the 1750s. $25.00

6:00-9:00 PM: – Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad Street
Dinner Lecture. Dr. Robert Peck (FN 83) will present “A Glorious Enterprise: Two Hundred Years of Exploration and Discovery at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia”. Dr. Peck is Senior Fellow and Historian at the Academy. He will discuss America’s oldest natural history institution, enlivening his talk with fascinating photographs from the Academy’s archives and collections. Jacket and tie required. Dinner $55.00

Sunday, October 1:
10:00-Noon: – Optional: Informal tour at Reading Terminal Market, 51 North 12 Street. Meet at the Seating Area. Dutch treat.

Cost for Saturday Events $105 not including lunch at City Tavern. Only Saturday Dinner at Union League: $55.00

PDF Map of Locations

Reservation for Bombash in Philadelphia

Please reserve __________ places for:
Name ________________________
Guest name(s) __________________
Number of vegetarian meals (if any) desired ______________
Organization Affiliation if other than ECWG ______________
The cost is $105 per person for Saturday events (Walking tour, Museum, Dinner at Union League; not including lunch at City Tavern)
Only Saturday Dinner at Union League $55.00
Contact Arnella Trent directly to make individual arrangements if you cannot participate in the whole program.
Enclosed is a check for $__________________

No cancellations will be accepted after the evening of Saturday 12 September 2017.

Send information above and checks made payable to “Explorers Club Washington Group” to:
Arnella Trent
115 Willis Street
Cambridge MD 21613

ECWG Summer Picnic 2017

ECWG Summer Picnic 2017

ECWG members and their guests are cordially invited to the ECWG Summer Picnic 2017 Saturday, July 15, Meet at 10:00

National Arboretum

U.S. National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002-1958
Travel Information

National Bonsai & Penjing Museum

Tour by Michael James, a curator of the Bonsai Collection 10:30-11:30

If you use the R St. entrance, there is parking ahead and to the left when you go through the gate. The Administration Building is a short walk away. You can drive up to the building for passengers to disembark.

Meet inside the Administration Building. At 10:15 we’ll walk together to the Penjing Museum, which is very close. Handicapped accessible throughout.

Following, we will picnic at tables with umbrellas on the terrace. Please bring your own lunch and beverages. Ice cream and cookies will be provided. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Please RSVP to organizer Deborah Bell 202-744-8700

December dinner to feature talk on Life Beyond Earth

December dinner to feature talk on Life Beyond Earth

James Green, the Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters, will speak at the ECWG’s annual black tie dinner on Saturday, Dec.3, on “The Search for Life Beyond Earth in Space and Time.”

The social hour will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the dinner at 7 p.m. and then Dr. Green’s talk.

The cost of the dinner is $65.00 per person.

Make reservations with Arnella Trent at: 115 Willis Street, Cambridge MD 21613


Phone: 301-526-0822

ECWG Members:  ELECTION MEETING.  This is the meeting at which ECWG elects officers.  The annual election will take place during the social hour.  The Board Slate will  be sent to ECWG members.

Journalist-adventurer spoke at April 16, 2016 dinner

Journalist-adventurer spoke at April 16, 2016 dinner

Boyd Matson, a long-time National Geographic, journalist and adventurer, has been bitten, scratched, or pooped on, and occasionally kissed by most of the creatures found at your local zoo.

He talked about some of his adventures and misadventures at the Explorers Club Washington  Group dinner at the Cosmos Club Saturday evening, April 16, 2016.

What could go wrong? When setting up for an expedition we all make plans but then once we set our first foot outside the door, unexpected, unplanned things may start to happen. Boyd will recount details of things that have gone wrong while on the road.

What he refers to as his job, others might describe as a career spent attending summer camp for adults.

During his twenty-one years at Nat Geo he was the host for a variety of programs on both television and radio. As the host of the weekly radio show, “National Geographic Weekend,” he conducted interviews from the studio and the field, connecting with some of the greatest explorers and adventurers on the planet to transport listeners to the far corners of the world and to the hidden corners of their own backyards.

Some of these were:

  • Climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak three times.
  • Gone scuba diving in both Antarctic and Arctic waters.
  • Competed in the Marathon Des Sables” a 7-day 150-mile foot race in the Sahara.
  • Participated in New Zealand’s “Southern Traverse” endurance race.
  • Recorded rare adolescent elephant behavior in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
  • Climbed through the treacherous Khumbu Icefall.
  • Conducted the last interview with Babu Shiri Sherpa, the record- breaking mountaineer, just hours before his death on Mount Everest.

Matson’s interviews were often based on his own first hand experience traveling to some of the most exotic and isolated places on the planet as a on assignment for National Geographic. On his travels to all seven continents he has participated in high-adrenaline adventures, witnessed amazing natural history, been present for exciting discoveries in archeology and paleontology, and documented disappearing cultural traditions.

Matson also wrote about his experiences in his monthly column, “Boyd Matson Unbound” for National Geographic Traveler magazine, produced videos for National, and served as a spokesperson for the National Geographic Society.

Prior to hosting “National Geographic Weekend,” Matson, hosted the National Geographic Television-produced public T.V. series, “Wild
Chronicles.” He was also the longtime host of the award-winning series, “National Geographic EXPLORER.”

Before coming to National Geographic, Matson spent many years in network television news: co-anchor “World News Now” (ABC); host of “The Real Story” (CNBC); correspondent for “Real Life With Jane Pauley” (NBC); co-anchor and correspondent for “USA Today On TV”; co-anchor “Sunday Today” (NBC); and senior correspondent “Today” (NBC).