Capital Yacht Charters, As early as 1894, African-Americans were active in the commercial river trade on the Potomac River in the Washington, DC area. In the early 1900’s, Lewis Jefferson, an African American businessman, general contractor, and real estate developer for SW Washington, D.C. assumed management of and developed several river side resorts on the Potomac River, Notley Hall and Riverview, both located in Prince Georges County, MD. These resorts were serviced by his charter river boats the Jane Mosely and the River Queen.
In May 2006, Fort Washington Potomac River Tours, LLC was formed by a group of four Black Maryland entrepreneurs, who also happened to be boaters. They formed the first Black owned and operated charter yacht service on the Potomac since the early 1900’s.
The company started operations at Fort Washington Marina in Maryland with the Motor Yacht Pelican and moved to National Harbor in 2008. The Pelican Yacht was the first charter yacht to be located at the new marina in National Harbor. The Pelican actually hosted clients of the Peterson Companies and Gaylord National Hotel before construction was completed. It afforded these companies the opportunity to show potential clients a riverside view of the development. Since its formation, The Pelican has hosted over 10,000 guests. They range from birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, a mayor, a lieutenant governor, county officials, sports personalities and more.
In 2011, two of the original owners of Fort Washington Potomac River Tours (Johnnie Osborne and William Woods, Jr.) purchased 90% of Capital Yacht Charters of Washington, DC. Capital Yacht Charters is the oldest yacht charter company in the Metropolitan area. Fort Washington Potomac River Tours acquired the remaining 10%. The two companies are the only 100% minority owned charter companies on the Potomac River and have combined their operations to offer 4 luxury yachts to the public (The Pelican, Celebrity, Virginia’s Jewel and Finished Business). Other than charters, the companies offer a variety of public events such as: jazz on the Potomac, Oktoberfests, cherry blossom cruises, one hour excursions and more.
Black Bag Productions never thought that in 2010 when they announced their online radio show based on Blog Talk Radio that some 10,000+ listens later, they would be celebrating their second birthday on the air. The show has featured a wide variety of guests and launched two recurring series, Wedding Wednesdays and Travel Thursdays; both launched in spring and summer 2011 respectively. The guests have included local area artists and business owners, nationally recognized professionals including Deborah McCoy of the American Academy of Wedding Professionals whose appearance was during the blizzard of 2010 and almost did not happen. Guests have also included Bougie Magazine, Arries Media, Events to a T, A Monique Affair, The Man Registry, Weddzilla, Gisele Perez, Dress the Drink, Wildflower Linens, Helene Weinberg, Dr. Lynn Locklear, UNCF, Pre-Paid Legal, photographers, Fitzy Ice Sculptors, vocalists Melody Gamble and David North and many others. The debut show aired on November 16 and has strived to bring listeners a little bit of everything in the way of events, interviews, inspiration and fun. Moss said the idea to start the show sprang from a discussion she had with an online Facebook friend and took it from there. “The goal of the radio show “says Moss “ is to give listeners tips and trick on planning special events, finding out about great venues, vendors and what it’s like behind the scenes of planning an event from start to finish. Everyone thinks its poof magic – little do they know it’s a lot of hard work and planning!” Moss laughs that even her volunteers who have worked with her for years were surprised at just how much it took to pull off an event. “Now they have a new appreciation for events they attend and can pick out the details the average person doesn’t even notice.”
Listeners have been able to call in or email in their comments or questions through the online chat room to her, guests, and have been an excellent opportunity for listeners to get a new view on some standard subjects. The show took an unplanned hiatus last fall when Moss got a contract job and literally had to put things on hold indefinitely. Originally, the show aired live at least three times each month and once the guest list starting to grow and the concept of doing a weekly series came about. “The plan for this year is to do as many shows as possible for people to listen to on-demand, live calls and fit the shows into the special event, wedding or travel categories,”
Previous guests have commented on how they were initially nervous until they started talking and became relaxed due to the nature of host Kim Moss’ easygoing style and questions. Archives of the previous shows can be found on the company website, Facebook page and show page on www.blogtalkradio.com/
For more information on Black Bag Productions, visit the site at www.blackbagproductionsonline.com