“Your Eco Guide to the Chesapeake Bay: Understanding the Waters We Love”

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Paula Jasinski from Chesapeake Environmental Communications to speak at the Inn at Warner Hall’s May 29 Dinner and Discussion event.

The Inn at Warner Hall is located in Gloucester, Va. on the Severn River.

The Inn at Warner Hall will feature a local marine biologist at its third event in its Dinner and Discussion series.

On Wednesday, May 29 at 5:30 p.m., Paula Jasinski will present “Your Eco Guide to the Chesapeake Bay: Understanding the Waters We Love” for discussion.

“It’s about coming together to learn something new and build a sense of community,” said Theresa Stavens, who owns and serves as Innkeeper and Special Events Planner for the Inn at Warner Hall with husband, Troy. “We’ve found already that the conversations carry over to dinner, making for lively conversation. It brings the Inn alive and we love fostering community and conversation.”

Jasinski’s discussion will be followed by a gourmet buffet dinner by Warner Hall’s Chef Eric Garcia.

Jasinski was born and raised in the Northern Neck and has more than 20 years of experience in environmental research and established Chesapeake Environmental Communications in 2007. She’s worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), a wide variety of non-profits and academic groups, and previously ran a Maryland-based environmental mapping and spatial analysis consulting company.

Her expertise includes estuarine ecology to data development and analysis and climate change impacts. In 2008, she was appointed to staff Virginia’s Commission on Climate Change under Governor Tim Kaine. In the same year, she led a federal inter-agency committee to address climate change impacts in the Chesapeake Bay. Some of her current projects include developing an e-book atlas of the Chesapeake Bay for high school students, recommending fisheries reform measures for the blue crab industry, and identifying priority restoration projects for NOAA.

Jasinski earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s Degree in Marine Science from William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

The “Dinner and a Discussion” events are $50 per person and include a delicious buffet dinner by Chef Eric Garcia, complimentary wine and the featured speaker.

The next event will be held Wednesday, July 24, and will lead attendees from the earthly waters that surround us, to the sky and planets above. Warner Hall is delighted to welcome NASA Scientist, Kevin Vipavetz, for a discussion about our solar system. Seating is limited. Contact Warner Hall to reserve a seat at 800.331.2720 or info(at)warnerhall(dot)com.


Ideally situated at the head of the Severn River in Gloucester County, the manor house at Warner Hall stands on a neck of land occupied and built upon continually from the mid-17th century. The original six hundred-acre plantation site was established by Augustine Warner as a "land grant" from the British Crown. Augustine Warner received the acreage in exchange for bringing twelve settlers across the Atlantic Ocean to the Jamestown Settlement.

The two families associated with the property from this early period until well into the 19th century, the Warners and the Lewises, were among the most prominent families in Colonial Virginia. Some of the most recognized names in American history are direct descendants of Augustine Warner – George Washington, the first president of the United States, Robert E. Lee, the most famous Civil War General and Captain Meriwether Lewis, renowned American explorer of the Lewis & Clark expedition.

Queen Elizabeth II, the current monarch of England, is a direct descendent of Augustine Warner through the Bowes-Lyon family and the Earl of Strathmore. In England, Warner Hall is referred to as "The home of the Queen’s American ancestors."

For Theresa and Troy Stavens, the current stewards of Warner Hall and the Inn’s owners, Warner Hall is a dream come true. Their passion for hospitality and historic preservation led them to Warner Hall where they saw the perfect opportunity to use their financial management and marketing skills to preserve a historical property and pursue their real passion – making people happy.

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