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The Talbot County Watermen's Association & the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum present
5th Annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day & Crab Feast
Come to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD on Sunday, August 10 to celebrate Chesapeake watermen and their heritage at the 4th Annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day. Festival-goers will enjoy hot crabs, cold beer, celebrity appearances, a boat docking contest, and live music beginning at noon with Bird Dog and the Road Kings.
The event is hosted by the Talbot County Watermen's Association in cooperation with CBMM. Beginning at 11am, you can watch professionals in a spirited “Watermen’s Rodeo” boat docking contest along Fogg’s Cove. Children’s on-the-water activities include a Pot Pie skiff rowing competition, with prizes awarded.
Starting at noon, the classic rock, country, and blues sounds of Bird Dog and the Road Kings will have people tapping their toes and dancing along the museum’s waterfront as the region’s favorite band plays live from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand. Also beginning at noon, the day’s catch of steamed crabs will be served by Talbot waterman and volunteers in a traditional Maryland crab feast. Beer, water/soda, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, cake, and snow cones will be available throughout the event.
Kids and families can enjoy games and activities throughout the day, including model boat building, a rowing competition, and more.
Bids can be placed on a number of silent auction items—including work by noted Chesapeake artist Marc Castelli, alongside the museum’s Small Boat Shed. Silent auction bids can be made up until 4:30pm, with proceeds supporting oyster restoration projects on the Bay.
Admission to the 10am to 5pm event will be collected at the gate the day of the event and includes the Bird Dog and the Road Kings concert and crab feast at $25 for adults, and $16 for kids 6-17, with all children under six admitted for free. Museum members along with licensed watermen and their families get discounted admission at $15 per adult, and $6 per child ages 6-17. Tickets include all you can eat crabs, one hamburger or hot dog, corn, soda, and water. Boat rides, beer and additional food will be available for purchase.
Proceeds benefit CBMM and the Talbot County Watermen’s Association. CBMM legacy partner Maryland Public Television is a media sponsor of this event.
For more information, visit www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.
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