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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.

Meet the Staff: Tracey Johns

Name: Tracey Johns
Title: Vice President of Communications
Year you started at CBMM: 2010
Hometown: District Heights, Md.

1. What can you be found doing for fun on a typical weekend?
Weekend fun comes in exploring the Bay region, or cooking up something good to eat.

2. What’s one place you’ve always wanted to visit?
I’ve always wanted to see the Grand Canyon, especially with camera in hand, from a helicopter flying low.

3. What’s your favorite song to listen to on repeat?
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, generally sung at the top of my lungs, with daughter Riley, in the car.

4. What’s the oddest job you’ve ever had?
Working at a bowling alley in my early teens. Selling lottery tickets with everyone waiting until the last minute was not fun. Selling ice at the snack bar for those folks bringing their own booze and the tips that came with it made up for it though.

5. What’s your favorite spot on CBMM’s campus and why?
Fogg’s Cove, because I imagine it as my own piece of waterfront. I like the way Watermen’s Wharf reflects in the water and the living shoreline in particular.

6. What is your earliest connection with the Chesapeake Bay?
Playing on Chesapeake and Mayo Beaches with my cousins as a young girl, and crossing the Chesapeake to go to the ocean throughout life. Lived on South River in Edgewater and the Magothy River in Arnold.


It’s #MeettheStaffMonday and we’re introducing you to the faces behind the scenes at CBMM! Hop over to our Instagram page (@chesapeakemaritime) to see some of Tracey’s favorite sights from around campus, and come back next week to meet another member of our staff. 

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Hands-on fun at CBMM’s Family Day this spring

CBMM_FamilyDay2 (ST MICHAELS, MD—Thursday, February 15, 2018) On Saturday, April 21, the public is invited to Family Day at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. From 10am-2pm, guests can follow a special Quest Card to explore family-friendly exhibits and enjoy hands-on activities along CBMM’s 18-acre campus.

Families can examine the critters living on an oyster reef, learn to take photos like Robert de Gast, and help construct a dugout canoe. Guests can dress as a lighthouse keeper and explore what life was like for those who worked in the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, before climbing to the top for a bird’s-eye view.

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All of the day’s activities are free for CBMM members and are included with regular admission for museum guests, with no advanced registration needed. Educators can receive free family admission for the day by registering at cbmm.org/familyday. All pre-registered educators must provide credentials at check-in, such as certification or school/employer ID, to receive complimentary family admission.

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 80,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St Michaels harbor. Charitable gifts to The Annual Fund enable CBMM to educate and inspire the next generation of Chesapeake Bay stewards, and can be made online at cbmm.org/donate.

From now through October, CBMM guests can see the log-hull restoration of 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, with more information at ednalockwood.org. For more information about CBMM, visit cbmm.org.

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Families will have the opportunity to explore the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s St. Michaels, Md., campus through hands-on activities and family-friendly exhibits, perfect for a day of family fun on Saturday, April 21. To learn more about Family Day, visit cbmm.org.

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Recommission your engine at CBMM in April

CBMM_InboardMotor(ST MICHAELS, MD – Wednesday, February 14, 2018) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., has planned two workshops in April to help boaters ready their engines for boating season.

On Wednesday, April 25, from 5:30–8:30pm, Recommissioning Your Outboard Motor will lead participants through checking the engine’s running condition and temperature, ignition and starting systems, and demonstrate how to replace the engine’s fuel filter. A second workshop, from 9am–noon on Saturday, April 28, will do the same for boats with inboard engines.

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Both workshops will be led by Josh Richardson, CBMM’s marine mechanic. Richardson has 15 years of experience working in marine mechanics, and is a graduate of the Marine Mechanics Institute of Orlando, Fla.

Each workshop costs $25 for CBMM members and $35 for non-members. To register for the outboard motor workshop, visit cbmm.org/outboardrecommission. To register for the inboard workshop, visit cbmm.org/inboardrecommission. For a list of all upcoming shipyard programs, visit cbmm.org.

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Marine Mechanic Josh Richardson will lead a workshop on recommissioning outboard motors for the spring from 5:30-8:30pm Wednesday, April 25. To register, visit cbmm.org/outboardrecommission.

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Marine Mechanic Josh Richardson will lead a second workshop on recommissioning inboard gasoline engines from 9am-noon Saturday, April 28. To register, visit cbmm.org/inboardrecommission.

Supporting CBMM, by Jenifer Dolde

February 14, 2018

Dear Friend,

Discovery and Challenge. Those are the words I use to describe each and every day at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum—and I wouldn’t have it any other way! As Collections Manager, I am immersed in organizing, protecting, and learning about the objects, watercraft, photographs, archival materials, and more, that are the foundation of our mission. This is not “my stuff.” I am merely the caretaker of our shared heritage. This world class collection belongs to YOU—our members, supporters, and the public.

But what is the point of having a collection if we can’t share it? We do our best to provide you access to over 70,000 items, through our social media channels, research library, and, most importantly, our one-of-a-kind exhibitions, including our current special exhibition Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake.

CBMM_deGast_rowingI hope the objects you see online or in-person can help you to understand the history of the Chesapeake Bay and, perhaps, remind you of your own personal history. My favorite objects in CBMM’s collection bring back fond memories of experiences on the Eastern Shore. A photograph in Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake shows a girl and a boy in a rowboat, which reminds me of summer afternoons on the Little Choptank River near my childhood home in Church Creek. My brother and I would row a skiff down the river much like the children de Gast captured in his photograph, or creep along the shoreline in search of crabs.

Preserving a world-class collection of well over 70,000 items takes a tremendous amount of resources, from HVAC systems which maintain ideal temperature and relative humidity parameters, to endless numbers of acid-free boxes and Mylar envelopes, to compact storage shelving units, to the cases which display our most valuable artifacts. Our growing collection has our facilities nearly bursting at the seams, thus we are constantly working to improve and maximize the use of our limited storage spaces. Equally important are human resources, and our staff relies upon a dedicated group of volunteers who provide expertise, and thousands of hours of their personal time.

The most exciting project going on behind the scenes at this time is the upgrade of our collections software to a new program called Proficio. This will allow us to begin to make our collections available online through a user-friendly web module for casual browsing, as well as serious research. As more and more of our collection is digitized, we can upload more images, documents, and other media, bringing to light items rarely seen by the average visitor. The only limit to how much we can share is the funding needed for the equipment, services, and skilled labor needed to catalog and digitize our collections. Your contribution to The Annual Fund will help us expand accessibility for all to our collections!

As I celebrate my one-year anniversary at CBMM, I continue to affirm that this new phase in my career has been like coming home. That is not just because I interned here right after college 25 years ago, or because my family has a long history on the Eastern Shore, but because I am drawn to the passion and commitment for preserving and interpreting Chesapeake Bay history and culture that is evident among my colleagues, our volunteers, and our supporters. History collections are what give museums their authenticity; they support everything we do, from educational programs to boatyard projects to exhibitions.

Thank you for supporting this treasure, and please continue to help us to preserve and make our collections more accessible, by contributing to The Annual Fund.

Yours sincerely,
Jen Dolde

PS. Double your impact with a donation to CBMM—anonymous donors have agreed to match gifts made today through February 28, 2018, up to $50,000!

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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.