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26th Antique & Classic Boat Festival
Wooden classics and other antique boats come to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) this June 14 – 16 for the 26th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival in St. Michaels, MD. Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS), this Father’s Day weekend event brings an era of by-gone days to CBMM’s waterfront campus.The festival is highlighted by the largest collection of antique and classic boats on the East Coast,
CBMM’s buyboat Mister Jim will offer scenic cruises along the Miles River throughout the three-day festival.
Workshops and seminars, building demonstrations, family activities, and a nautical flea market will be available throughout the weekend, along with a selection of regional and grilled foods, music, and a Pyrat rum bar for libations and other drinks. On Saturday, June 15, the ACBS Chesapeake Bay Chapter brings noted restoration expert and Complete Wooden Runabout Restoration Guide author Don Danenberg to the Steamboat Building as one of the day’s speakers. Danenberg will share his insights on proper yet efficient techniques for restoring classic boats, working with a restorer, and more. Seating is limited and available on a walk-in basis.
Children’s activities include boatbuilding craft projects, and the Hagerty Insurance Marine Youth Judging program, where youth learn about the award-winning qualities of preserved and restored classic boats. Along the Fogg’s Landing side of CBMM’s campus, the festival’s Field of Dreamsfeatures an array of restorable classic boats and motors, along with other items in a nautical flea market sale.
Festival admission also includes entrance to CBMM’s new special exhibits, Crisfield Carvings—Bird Hunting on Broad Waters in the Waterfowling Building, and Navigating Freedom: The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake Bay in the Steamboat Building. During the festival, visitors will have full access to CBMM’s 12 exhibit buildings, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Festival hours are Friday, June 14, from 11am to 5pm; Saturday, June 15, from 10am to 5pm; and Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, from 10am to 2pm. The festival includes admission to the
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