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Winter brings progress to CBMM’s Edna Lockwood restoration

CBMM_Edna_Centerboard CBMM_Edna_Clamp(ST MICHAELS, MD – February 21, 2018) Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Shipyard Manager Michael Gorman reports much work has been done over the winter on the log-hull restoration of Edna E. Lockwood. Queen of CBMM’s historic fleet of Chesapeake boats and a registered National Historic Landmark, the 1889 log-bottom bugeye is the last of her kind and set for re-launch at CBMM’s OysterFest in St. Michaels, Md. on Saturday, October 27, 2018.

CBMM_Edna_InsideEdna’s new log bottom has been permanently fastened to the original topsides with bronze bolts, each made from scratch out of ½-inch bronze rod, with soldered nuts and washers forming the head. CBMM shipwrights and apprentices will fabricate more than 300 bolts when the restoration is complete later this year.

Shipwright James DelAguila led new shipwright apprentice Zach Haroth in fabricating Edna’s new centerboard case. The case’s 4-inch thick sides were pinned every 18-inches with bronze, in the same manner that Edna’s logs are held together. The inside of the centerboard case was also lined with more than 200-feet of 16-gauge copper, for antifouling and preservation purposes.

Seip Family Foundation second-year apprentices Michael Allen and Spencer Sherwood have teamed up to install Edna’s new double-sawn frames and mast steps. Made of White Oak and bolted with custom bronze bolts, the frames and steps keep the masts in place and handle tremendous loads when the bugeye is underway.

Planking Edna has begun in earnest—all rotten hood ends have been staggered back, and the inner stem and sternpost replaced—thus the gap between old and new will be closed. Shipwright Joe Connor will be handling the stern, while Gorman will plank the bow, with the work of the two meeting in the middle. All new planking will be sawn out of the leftover Edna logs.

With the end in sight, Edna’s new sails have been ordered, with an estimated arrival date of August 1. Traditional Rigging Co. of Appleton, Maine, has been selected for their specialty in period sailmaking and handwork. Traditional Rigging Co. has also agreed to document the sailmaking process, with photos and progress reports posted on ednalockwood.org.

Next up for the team is constructing new cabin houses and hold hatches, with all work being done in full public view, now through October. A new deck beam will need to be made and king plank reinstalled, now that the centerboard case is completed. Once the
planking and final fairing is completed, sanding and painting will finish off the project.

Built in 1889 by John B. Harrison on Tilghman Island for Daniel W. Haddaway, Edna E. Lockwood dredged for oysters through winter, and carried freight—such as lumber, grain, and produce—after the dredging season ended. She worked faithfully for many owners, mainly out of Cambridge, Md., until she stopped “drudging” in 1967. In 1973, Edna was donated to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum by John R. Kimberly. Recognized as the last working oyster boat of her kind, Edna E. Lockwood was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1994.

“This type of boatbuilding is specific to the Chesapeake Bay,” said CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher. “Just as Native American dugout canoes were formed by carving out one log, a bugeye’s hull is unique in that it is constructed by hewing a set of logs to shape and pinning them together as a unit. Through October, museum guests will have incredible opportunities to watch the restoration progress and to see a boat built in a way you can find nowhere else, and in full public view.”

To learn more, visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on the Miles River in historic St. Michaels, Md., or at cbmm.org.

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National Historic Landmark and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s queen of the fleet, the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, has seen much restoration progress over the winter, including a new centerboard case, and the new log bottom now permanently fastened to the original topsides with bronze bolts. CBMM shipwrights and apprentices will fabricate more than 300 bolts when the restoration is complete later this year. All work is being done in full public view at CBMM in St. Michaels, Md., until Edna’s re-launch, which is scheduled for CBMM’s OysterFest on Saturday, October 27, 2018. To learn more, visit ednalockwood.org or cbmm.org.

 

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Expand your Horizons lecture series begins March 7 in St. Michaels

CBMM_ALL_DrMilesYu.jpg(St. Michaels, Md. — February 19, 2018) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Academy for Lifelong Learning and Talbot County Public Schools are partnering to host U.S. Naval Academy Professor Miles Yu, Ph.D. as the inaugural speaker in their new, “Expand Your Horizons” lecture series. U.S. – Chinese Geopolitics: Culture, Commerce, and Security kicks off on Wednesday, March 7 and continues March 21, with both sessions beginning at 1:00 p.m. and taking place at the St. Michaels Middle/High School Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, with students and parents also encouraged to attend.

Lecture series attendees will come away with a better understanding of China’s ever-increasing impact on not only American life, but also the future of the world. Each session will conclude with a question and answer period with Dr. Yu.

Dr. Miles Yu is a professor of Chinese Military/Diplomatic History and represents the Naval Academy’s initial commitment to ALL’s community education programs. In his two March lectures, he will focus on contemporary issues influencing Chinese culture, commerce, cyber & military strategies.

Professor Yu earned his Ph.D. from University of California in Berkeley, and is a former Mellon Foundation fellow and an Institute on Global Conflict/Cooperation scholar. Along with advising various federal agencies and congressional committees, he writes a Washington Times column, which publishes each Friday.

CBMM’s Academy for Lifelong Learning offers a unique opportunity to enhance lives through learning both within and outside classroom environments. An academic cooperative run by CBMM volunteers, ALL offers courses, group discussions, presentations, field trips, and social events throughout the year. The programs encompass a diverse range of topics, including ecology, literature, history, religion, science, current events, photography, philosophy, gardening, and more. Courses are held on the CBMM campus and at nearby locations.

“The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, together with Talbot County Public Schools, is excited to bring lifelong learning opportunities to the communities we serve,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Through expanded educational programs like this, we are committed to not only vital community partnerships, but also to transforming social responsibility into social capital.”

No registration is needed for these lectures. For more information regarding other upcoming offerings by CBMM”s Academy for Lifelong Learning, go to cbmm.org/all.

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U.S. Naval Academy Professor Miles Yu, Ph.D. will be presenting U.S. – Chinese Geopolitics: Culture, Commerce, and Security as part of a new Expand your Horizons lecture series hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Academy for Lifelong Learning. The two-part series kicks off on Wednesday, March 7 and continues on March 21, with both sessions beginning at 1:00 p.m. and taking place at the St. Michaels Middle/High School Auditorium. The lectures are free and open to the public, with students and parents also encouraged to attend.

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May 12 brings 8th annual Elf Classic Yacht Race to Chesapeake Bay

CBMM_ElfClassic3_May2018 CBMM_ElfClassic1_May2018 CBMM_ElfClassic2_May2018(ST MICHAELS, MD – February 19, 2018) The Elf Classic Yacht Race returns to the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday, May 12, 2018, with the traditional yacht race departing from Annapolis and arriving at the finish line on the Miles River and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.

The May 12 race features a nautical Le Mans start, beginning with a captain’s meeting on land, followed by the sound of a whistle, signifying each yacht captain’s mad dash to a tied-up dinghy, or tender. Next, the captain’s row out to their moored vessels and waiting crews, before tying up their tenders and raising anchor, with up to 30 yachts racing off from Annapolis in a cloud of white sails across the Chesapeake Bay.

The Classic Yacht Restoration Guild, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and Eastport Yacht Club are sponsoring the annual race, which includes a fleet of antique and classic sailing yachts, both large and small. Race proceeds benefit CYRG and CBMM, where race participants will be greeted along CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove and the winners announced at a trophy reception later in the day.

Organized by CYRG, the race features America’s oldest active racing yacht, the 1888 Elf. Restored to historically accurate condition and re-launched in 2008, Elf is a Lawley-built 30-foot class cutter. Elf pioneered offshore yacht cruising in 1893 by being the first small craft to race round-trip from Marblehead, Mass. to Halifax, N.S.

“It’s very unusual to see a single classic yacht on any given day, so watching a fleet of them sailing away from the anchorage and into St. Michaels is an incredible experience,” said CYRG President and Elf skipper Rick Carrion.

The event begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Eastport Yacht Club, where spectators can watch the fleet depart Annapolis against the scenic background of the U.S. Naval Academy. The race can be seen as it crosses the Chesapeake Bay to the Eastern Shore and into the Eastern Bay, and the Miles River.

The race concludes at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, where onlookers will greet the fleet of classic racing yachts as they arrive along CBMM’s Miles River waterfront, anchoring off in Fogg’s Cove. The race ends when all captains have rowed to shore, and signed the race log on land.

To see a documentary and race footage of the Elf Classic, go to bit.ly/ElfClassic. To register a yacht for the race, download a complete registration package at cyrg.org, or contact CYRG’s Rick Carrion at cyrg.elf@gmail.com or at 443-566-2212. The racing fleet is limited, with early registration recommended, giving preference to wooden, classic, and traditional yachts.

CYRG is a non-profit, member organization dedicated to the preservation of maritime heritage through the maintenance and operation of Elf. She was designed by George Lawley & Sons of South Boston, Mass., and built in 1888 for William H. Wilkinson. Over the warmer months, she can be seen dockside at CBMM, and under sail along the Miles River and Chesapeake Bay.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 70,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings and historic structures. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

 

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The 1888 racing yacht Elf, shown here, is the flagship for the 8th Annual Elf Classic Yacht Race, which takes place on Saturday, May 12, 2018, departing from Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. The annual race includes a fleet of antique and classic sailing yachts, with registration and more information at cyrg.org. Elf is a Lawley-built 30-foot class cutter that pioneered off-shore yacht cruising in 1893 by being the first small craft to cruise round-trip from Marblehead, Mass to Halifax, N.S. During the warmer months, she can be seen under sail on the Miles River or dockside at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.

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“Seeking Justice” Chautauqua Summer Series in St. Michaels July 9-11

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(ST MICHAELS, MD – February 19, 2018) On the evenings of July 9-11, the annual Chautauqua Summer Series brings three live, waterfront performances to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. This year’s Maryland Humanities’ series theme is Seeking Justice, with all living history performances taking place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on CBMM’s Fogg’s Landing and the Miles River. All performances are free and open to the public.

A Chautauqua performance is a historical dramatization featuring individuals who are part scholar and part actor. Each performance is broken into three acts, where the performer represents a historical figure in the first person, then invites audience questions; and in the final act, steps out of character to answer questions that the historical figure could not have been able to answer.

The 2018 Chautauqua Summer Series at CBMM is generously sponsored by Karen and Langley Shook, and is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County, and the Towns of Easton, Oxford and St Michaels.

On Monday, July 9, Seeking Justice, with Frederick Douglass will kick off the series. Talbot County native Frederick Douglass, a writer, orator, and abolitionist, was one of the most important African-American activists of the nineteenth century. During the “Year of Frederick Douglass,” the bicentennial celebration of his birth, this Maryland icon will be portrayed by Bill Grimmette, a living history interpreter, storyteller, actor, and motivational speaker who has appeared as Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. DuBois, and Benjamin Banneker at Chautauqua performances in Maryland, Colorado, and South Carolina.

On Tuesday, July 10, Seeking Justice, with Eleanor Roosevelt will be performed. Eleanor Roosevelt, a humanitarian, diplomat, and the longest serving First Lady in American history, was also an important advocate for justice. She will be portrayed by Susan Marie Frontczak, a writer, speaker, living history presenter, and storyteller. Frontczak has appeared throughout the United States as Marie Curie, Clara Barton, Mary Shelley, and Irene Castle.

On Wednesday, July 11, Seeking Justice, with Thurgood Marshall will be performed. Thurgood Marshall was a civil rights activist from Baltimore who broke barriers as the lead NAACP attorney in Brown v. Board of Education and as the first African American Supreme Court Justice. He will be portrayed by Brian Anthony Wilson, a film and television actor and producer who will perform a scene from the play Thurgood by George Stevens, Jr., followed by a dialogue with Lenneal Henderson. Henderson is an internationally recognized scholar who brought Marshall to life in the 2010 Maryland Humanities Chautauqua tour.

“Chautauqua” was the name for the Chautauqua Lake area in upstate New York, where the movement began in 1874 as a Methodist summer retreat. A wide range of religious lectures and educational programs attracted a huge following. As it evolved, the Chautauqua movement presented the latest in thinking in politics, economics, literature, science, and religion. Maryland Humanities launched the modern Chautauqua program in Maryland in 1995.

The Chautauqua Summer Series at CBMM invites guests to bring carry-on food and beverages along with their own chairs and blankets for seating. All performances are held on the lawn of Fogg’s Landing, near CBMM’s Steamboat Building, with convenient entry adjacent to parking. In the event of rain, performances will be held in the Van Lennep Auditorium, with space limited. No registration is required.

For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916. Additional information about the Chautauqua Summer Series can be found at mdhumanities.org.

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 Maryland Humanities’ 24th annual Chautauqua Summer Series, Seeking Justice, is coming to the waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. on July 9, 10, and 11. This year’s theme features living history performances of Frederick Douglass, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Thurgood Marshall, as illustrated by Tom Chalkley here. The CBMM performances are scheduled to take place from 7-8:30 p.m. along the Miles River on Fogg’s Landing, and are free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for outdoor seating. In the event of rain, the performances will be moved inside, with limited space. No advanced registration is required. For information on specific performances, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

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Old boats, cool fun June 15-17 in St. Michaels, Md.

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Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, this Father’s Day weekend event brings a sense of nostalgia to the Miles River and CBMM’s docks and campus, drawing some of the area’s finest classic boats, nautical and maritime treasures, entertainment, food, and libations to this waterfront festival.

This year’s festival highlights the history of ski boats and water skiing, with more inside CBMM’s At Play on the Bay exhibition building.

“With a juried competition among entrants for best restored and preserved boats, this festival attracts the best of the best when it comes to classic and antique boats,” commented ACBS-Chesapeake Bay Chapter Festival Chairman Bob Hamilton. “Add CBMM’s beautiful waterfront, plus family activities, boat rides, great food and a rum bar, and this makes a nice day for everyone to enjoy.”

The show attracts the finest runabouts to yachts, including race boats, work boats, launches, hydroplanes, and utilities. Chris-Craft, Trumpy, Gar Wood, Donzi, and Lyman are among some of the boats represented.

Along with the mid-Atlantic’s largest gathering of antique and classic boats, the festival’s signature Arts at Navy Point pavilion brings more than 70 juried fine artists, craftspeople, and vendors offering nautical and maritime-themed items for boat and home.

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 waterside bar and deck for libations and other drinks. Times and information on all seminars will be announced at a later date and will be in the Festival program given out at the event.

Along the Fogg’s Landing side of CBMM’s campus, the festival’s Field of Dreams features an array of restorable classic boats and motors, along with other items in a nautical flea market sale.

While at the Antique & Classic Boat Festival, guests can also watch the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, now underway in CBMM’s shipyard through her re-launch at CBMM’s OysterFest on October 27, 2018. Special exhibitions include Exploring the Chesapeake: Mapping the Bay, and Kent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gunners and Co-Ops.

Festival hours are Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Father’s Day, Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The festival includes two-day admission to all of CBMM’s special and permanent exhibitions, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, where guests can climb to the top for views of the Miles River and St. Michaels harbor. The event is $5 for CBMM adult members, or $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and students with ID; and $6 for children 6-17.

Scenic river cruises aboard CBMM’s 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle will be offered throughout the festival, with boat rides and food an additional cost. For safety reasons, non-service dogs are prohibited at CBMM festivals. Festival parking for all three days and a Saturday shuttle service are free, with CBMM a short walk to specialty shops, restaurants, inns, bed & breakfasts, and other attractions in St. Michaels’ historic district. For more information about the festival, visit bit.ly/oldboatscoolfun or call 410-745-2916. For information about CBMM, visit cbmm.org, and for information on the Antique & Classic Boat Society’s Chesapeake Bay Chapter, visit chesapeakebayacbs.org.

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The 31st annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival and the Arts at Navy Point brings old boats and cool fun to the waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in historic St. Michaels, Md. this Father’s Day weekend, June 15-17. Wooden and fiberglass classics, vintage racers, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats will be along the docks, plus boat rides, a rum bar, family activities, demonstrations, food, other libations, and more. This year’s festival highlights the history of ski boats and water skiing, with advanced tickets and more information at bit.ly/oldboatscoolfun.

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Boater safety courses begin April 18 in St. Michaels

CBMM_BoaterSafetyCourse2_2018 CBMM_BoaterSafetyCourse1_2018(ST MICHAELS, MD – February 12, 2018)  The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering five, two-day Maryland DNR-approved boater safety courses, beginning on select dates in April and continuing through August.

The courses will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium, and run April 18-19, May 23-24, June 20-21, July 18-19, and August 15-16.  The cost is $25 per two-evening session, with space limited and pre-registration required.

Participants completing the course and passing the test will receive a Maryland Boating Safety Education Certificate, which is valid for life. The certificate is required for anyone born on or after July 1, 1972, and who operates a numbered or documented vessel on Maryland waters. The course is also recommended for anyone looking to become a safer, more experienced boater or personal water craft operator.

Participants must be twelve years of age and older, with early registration recommended as classes fill fast. To register, go to bit.ly/safeboating2018 and pick from dates listed.

For information on Maryland DNR’s boating safety program, visit dnr.maryland.gov/boating.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is offering Maryland DNR-approved Boater Safety courses for participants of all ages. The two-evening courses take place monthly April through August, and prepare participants to receive a Maryland Boating Safety Education Certificate, which is required for anyone born on or after July 1, 1972, and who operates a numbered or documented vessel on Maryland waters. The cost is $25 per person, per two-evening session, with space limited and pre-registration needed and course dates listed at bit.ly/safeboating2018.

Free, waterfront fun May 20 in St. Michaels

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CBMM_CommunityDay1_2018 CBMM_CommunityDay8_2018(ST MICHAELS, MD – February 5, 2018) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is thanking the regional community by hosting its free, annual Community Day on Sunday, May 20, 2018, with all festivities taking place along CBMM’s Miles River waterfront. The event includes free admission for everyone, plus live music, regional foods and drinks, family activities, free boat rides, and more.

The day’s events kick off at 9:00 a.m., when festival guests are invited to attend the Bay Hundred Covenant Churches’ tent service, and continues to 5:00 p.m.

The Covenant Church service includes leaders and congregations from area churches, with participants engaging in gospel singing and prayer. Covenant Churches works to unite the Town of St. Michaels and surrounding Bay Hundred community by connecting African-American and Anglo-American churches from throughout the area.

Community Day coincides with CBMM’s 12th Maritime Model Expo, with pond demonstrations, model races, special exhibits, family activities, and more. From 11:00 a.m. to noon, guests can watch radio-controlled model skipjack races along Fogg’s Cove, sponsored by CBMM’s Model Sailing Club.

Through a Bay Explorer Challenge activity, children can participate in a scavenger hunt to explore CBMM’s exhibitions and grounds. Children will also have the opportunity to build, paint, decorate, and then sail their own small model in a small pool. For $3.00, they can select and build a sailboat or rubber-band powerboat, assisted by a CBMM Model Guild member.

While enjoying the festivities, Community Day guests can climb to the top of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, talk with shipwrights and apprentices engaged in wooden boatbuilding and restoration in the shipyard, and explore all of CBMM’s 12 exhibition buildings and historic structures, all situated in a park-like setting along the Miles River and the St. Michaels harbor. CBMM’s waterfront campus is within walking distance to the specialty shops, restaurants, inns, and bed and breakfasts in St. Michaels’ historic district.

Throughout the day, Community Day guests can take free scenic river cruises aboard a number of CBMM’s historic vessels, including the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, or get out on the water rowing or sailing aboard one of CBMM’s small craft. All boat rides are offered free of charge for this event.

While at Community Day, guests can also watch the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, now underway in the shipyard through her re-launch at OysterFest on October 27, 2018. Special exhibitions include Exploring the Chesapeake: Mapping the Bay, which opens May 17, 2018; Kent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gunners and Co-Ops; and Bob Grieser’s Lens on the Chesapeake, which closes June 3, 2018.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. CBMM offers free and reduced admission programs throughout the year, including its Free in February program, and as a Blue Star Museum and Museums for All participant. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is hosting its free Community Day on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Community Day guests can take free scenic river cruises aboard a number of CBMM’s historic vessels, including the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, or get out on the water rowing or sailing aboard one of CBMM’s small craft. The event includes free admission for everyone, with live music, a model sailing pond, regional foods and drinks, family activities, free boat rides, and more. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

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Kent’s Carvers and Clubs opens at CBMM April 14

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CBMM_KentCarvers_HollyGrove1_Trumpington(ST MICHAELS, MD – January 30, 2018) Kent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gunners and Co-Ops is a new waterfowling exhibition opening Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.

The exhibition shares the stories of Maryland’s Kent County carvers and hunting clubs through a collection of decoys, oral histories, historic photographs, and other artifacts.

In the Rock Hall area of Kent County, virtually every young man grew up learning to hunt waterfowl in the early 1900s. That intimate knowledge of birds, their habits and their habitat translated into a marketable skill as gunning became the pastime of the wealthy. Rich photo documentation from the 1930s and 40s illustrate the camaraderie of the well-to-do business and professional men who flocked to Kent’s gunning shores to spend icy mornings in booby blinds, awaiting the arrival of ducks and geese and warm evenings by the club woodstove, where they feasted on local delicacies.

Oral history excerpts reveal the stories of hardworking guides, who found vital supplemental seasonal income. Captain John Glenn fashioned hand-chopped decoys from his Piney Neck home, “Decoy Farm,” and began to work with other local carvers to supply a wide variety of stool. While the “Rock Hall School of Carvers” was likely influenced by the work of Susquehanna Flats decoy makers, Kent carver Charlie Joiner learned directly from legendary Havre de Grace carver R. Madison Mitchell, and befriended the Ward brothers of Crisfield, developing his own distinct and notable style.

“Kent County’s bountiful waterfowl population and picturesque shorelines drew gentlemen hunters from the cities to organized gunning clubs, especially along the shores near Rock Hall and Eastern Neck,” said CBMM Collections Manager Jenifer Dolde, curator of the exhibition. “Knowledgeable local men served as guides, savvy property owners leased their land for clubs, and skillful Kent carvers created co-ops to craft decoys for the rigs of neighbors and club members.”

“Kent County has an enduring waterfowling culture—one that continues to flourish in the fields, necks and islands of the deeply-rural region,” said CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher. “We’re grateful for the support of this exhibition to be able to explore this important part of Chesapeake history with our guests.”

GuyetteDeeterWEBONLYKent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gunners and Co-Ops  is generously sponsored by Judy and Henry Stansbury, and the world’s leading decoy auction firm, Guyette & Deeter. Entry to the exhibition is free for CBMM members or with general admission. Kent’s Carvers and Clubs will travel to the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Md. November 9-11, 2018, and return to CBMM’s Waterfowling Building through March 31, 2019.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 70,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and numerous indoor and outdoor spaces, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St Michaels harbor. Charitable gifts to CBMM’s annual fund help support the non-profit’s exhibition, education, and restoration programs, with online giving and more information at cbmm.org/donate.

From now through October, 2018, CBMM’s guests can experience the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood, with more information at ednalockwood.org.

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Two duck hunters take aim from a “booby” blind on the lower Chester River, c. 1950. Photo by A. Aubrey Bodine © Jennifer B. Bodine, courtesy of aaubreybodine.com. Kent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gunners and Co-Ops is a new exhibition opening Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. The exhibition continues through March 31, 2019, with more at cbmm.org.    

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A member relaxes after the day’s shoot in thee Holly Grove gunning club room, on Kent County’s Eastern Neck, c. 1940. Courtesy of the Trumpington Collection. Kent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gunners and Co-Ops is a new exhibition opening Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. The exhibition continues through March 31, 2019, with more at cbmm.org.

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Gunners wade into shore as their guide prepares to pull in the decoy rig from the waters near the Holly Grove gunning club, on Kent County’s Eastern Neck, c. 1940. Courtesy of the Trumpington Collection. Kent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gunners and Co-Ops is a new exhibition opening Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. The exhibition continues through March 31, 2019, with more at cbmm.org.

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Small boats, big fun at CBMM May 19, 20

CBMM_MaritimeModelExpo1_2018(ST MICHAELS, MD – January 23, 2018) Small boats and big fun are in store for guests of all ages as the Model Guild of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the Washington Ship Model Society host the 12th Maritime Model Expo on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 at CBMM in historic, waterfront St. Michaels, Md.

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During the expo, children will have the opportunity to build, paint, decorate, and then sail their own small model in a small pool. For $3.00, they can select and build a sailboat or rubber-band powerboat, assisted by a CBMM Model Guild member.

Radio-controlled (R-C) steamboat modelers will sail model boats in a large, temporary pond  located on Fogg’s Landing, while R-C model sailors race and sail their craft along Fogg’s Cove. Steam-powered and sailing models will be demonstrated throughout the weekend. On Sunday, CBMM’s Model Sailing Club will race five-foot R-C skipjack models on CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove.

 

The pond will be used throughout the event for model steamboats and other R-C models—including sailboats, submarines, electrically driven models with modest motors, and self-steered pond sailing models. Exhibits in the Van Lennep Auditorium will include a collection of models by Washington Ship Model Society members and other highly acclaimed modelers as well.

The two-day event is open to the public and free for CBMM members or with general admission. On Sunday, May 20, the Maritime Model Expo will be combined with CBMM’s Community Day, with the event and museum open to the public, free of charge. For more information about the 2018 Maritime Model Expo, contact Model Guild Director Bob Mason at 410-745- 3266 or bobmason@atlanticbb.net. For more information, visit bit.ly/chesapeakefestivals or call 410-745-2916.

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Small boats and big fun are in store for the 12th Maritime Model Expo, hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Model Guild and the Washington Ship Model Society. The event takes place along the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s waterfront in St. Michaels, Md. on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 2018. The event is free with general admission, and features a model boat demonstration pond, model races, engaging exhibits, children’s activities, food, and more. On Sunday, May 20, the Maritime Model Expo will be combined with CBMM’s Community Day, with the event and museum open to the public, free of charge. For more information, go to bit.ly/chesapeakefestivals

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A young festival-goer tries her hand at sailing the model boat she built at CBMM’s Maritime Model Expo. During this year’s May 19 & 20 event, children will have the opportunity to build, paint, decorate, and then sail their own small model in a small pool. The event is free with general admission, and features a model boat demonstration pond, model races, engaging exhibits, children’s activities, food, and more. For more information, go to bit.ly/chesapeakefestivals.

 

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CBMM builds Acorn skiff in public boatbuilding program

CBMM_AFAD_2018(ST MICHAELS, MD – January 23, 2018) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has announced a new project for its Apprentice for a Day public boatbuilding program. By constructing a boat from start to finish, traditional boatbuilding techniques will be taught to AFAD participants of all skill levels, under the direction of CBMM’s professional shipwrights and volunteers. Participation is limited, with pre-registration needed.

The current project is a private commission for a 12-foot Acorn skiff, designed by Iain Oughtred. This sailing rowing skiff will be lapstrake construction using glued okoume. With construction steps scheduled over 24 weeks, the program takes participants from lines and lofting to the final launch in July, 2018.

AFAD participants can be a part of the whole process, or can sign up only for specific dates. The “Journeyman’s Special” package makes a great gift and includes any four days for one reduced price, and can diversify the experience to include several different learning opportunities.

Individual classes are $45 for CBMM members and $55 for non-members. A four-session Journeyman’s Special is offered at $150 for CBMM members and $200 for non-members. Participants must be 16 or older, unless accompanied by an adult.

Updated photos of the project are being posted at http://bit.ly/afadpics, with the detailed boatbuilding schedule and more information at cbmm.org/shipyardprograms. To register for the AFAD program, contact CBMM Shipyard Program Manager Jenn Kuhn at 410-745-4980 or email afad@cbmm.org.

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The public is invited to participate in CBMM’s Apprentice for a Day weekend boatbuilding program through July, with the construction of a 12-foot lapstrake skiff, shown here in early construction, with 8 mold stations completed. Participants come from all skill levels, and can choose their dates for learning, with advanced registration needed as class sizes are limited. The full project schedule and more information are at cbmm.org/shipyardprograms.