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OysterFest stew competitors, bands & activities announced 

(ST MICHAELS, MD – October 19, 2017) CBMM_OysterFest2017_Stew1 CBMM_OysterFest2017_Stew2 CBMM_OysterFest17_BuildaBoat CBMM_OysterFest17_WideShot CBMM_OysterFest17_OysterJengaOn Saturday, October 28, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St Michaels, Md. will host two live stages of music and an oyster stew competition as part of OysterFest.  

Oyster stew competitors include Sunflowers and Greens of Easton, Md., Bistro St. Michaels, Gourmet by the Bay, Billie’s Catering of Crisfield, Md., at t at the General Store of Royal Oak, Md.   

Festival goers are encouraged to sample oyster stews beginning at 11:00 a.m. and while supplies last. Participation is limited to the first 500 on a first-come, first-served basis, with a commemorative OysterFest mug and the tastings offered for $10 per participant. This stew competition takes place on CBMM’s Fogg’s Landing and is sponsored by Hair O’ The Dog Wine & Spirits. 

The blind taste test awards bragging rights to the chef with the most votes, with the People’s Choice winner announced at the festival and later to the public. Bistro St. Michaels Executive Chef Matt Robbins has been awarded first place for the past two consecutive years.  

The band Blackwater will be bringing their eclectic blend of funk, rock, reggae, rhythm and bluegrass to the Tolchester Beach Bandstand for a live performance from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by the Eastern Shore’s Justin Ryan performing pop, rock, country, folk an alternative music from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Performing from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from the Steamboat deck will be The Freewheelers bringing their breezy, melodic vibes to Fogg’s Cove and the Miles River.  

Family activities include Chesapeake cornhole, giant oyster reef jenga, face painting, build-a-boat activities, and children’s storybook readings. Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Fishmobile will give guests an opportunity to explore fish, terrapins, horseshoe crabs, blue crabs, oyster toadfish, oysters, eel, box turtles, and more. 

Lead OysterFest sponsors include Kelly Distributors, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, George’s Bloody Mary Mix, and Eastern Shore Tents & Events. Chesapeake Landing is sponsoring the oyster shooter bar, and Lyon Distilling Company is sponsoring spiked cider, which will be served with other libations at Rosie’s Tavern. OysterFest is partially funded by the Maryland State Arts Council. 

At the Tolchester Beach Bandstand, festival-goers can watch or participate in an oyster slurping contest, with preliminary rounds taking place on the hour from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with the final contest at 1:45 p.m.   

This year’s OysterFest also features the 2016-2018 restoration of the log-hull sailing bugeye, Edna Lockwood, which is now underway and in full public view at CBMM’s boatyard. In 1889, at the age of 24, John B. Harrison of Tilghman Island, Md. built Edna E. Lockwood, the seventh of 18 bugeyes he was to build. As a workboat, Edna dredged for oysters through the winter and carried freight, such as lumber, grain or produce, after the dredging season ended. She was donated to CBMM by John R. Kimberly in 1973, and named a National Historic Landmark in 1994, representing the last historic log-bottom bugeye still under sail.  Project updates and more about the historic bugeye’s restoration can be found at ednalockwood.org 

Special exhibitions include Robert de Gast’s ChesapeakePotomac Waterfowling: Gunning the Nation’s River, and Bob Grieser’s Lens on the Chesapeake 

Admission to OysterFest is $5 for CBMM adult members, or $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and students with ID; and $6 for children 6-17. CBMM members at the Family & Friends level and above also receive the $5 discounted admission for two adult guests. Food, drinks, and boat rides are an additional cost, with carry-on alcohol prohibited. For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during CBMM festivals, with leashed dogs permitted during non-festival dates. Proceeds from the event support CBMM’s education, restoration, and exhibition programs, with advanced tickets and more information at cbmm.org/oysterfest 

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At the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s OysterFest on Saturday, October 28 in St. Michaels, Md., festival-goers can sample oyster stew by regional restaurants and chefs beginning at 11:00 a.m. and while the limited tastings last. The stew competition takes place along CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove side of campus, with bragging rights awarded to the chef who gets the most votes among participants in the blind taste tests. Advanced tickets and more information about the October 28 OysterFest are at cbmm.org/oysterfest 

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Family activities at CBMM’s October 28 OysterFest include Chesapeake cornhole, giant oyster reef jenga, face painting, build-a-boat activities, and children’s storybook readings. Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Fishmobile will give guests an opportunity to explore fish, terrapins, horseshoe crabs, blue crabs, oyster toadfish, oysters, eel, box turtles, and more. Advanced tickets and more information are at cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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CBMM’s October 28 OysterFest in St. Michaels, Md. features two stages of live music. The band Blackwater will be performing from the Tolchester Beach Bandstand from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by the Eastern Shore’s Justin Ryan performing from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Performing from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from CBMM’s Steamboat deck on Fogg’s Cove will be The Freewheelers.

 

 

Model Skipjack Races

October 15, 2017
11am – 2pm
Free for CBMM members or with general admission

CBMM_ModelSkipjackRaces1Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum guests are invited to watch model skipjack races.

The radio-controlled (RC) sailing races are organized by CBMM’s Model Sailing Club, which meets regularly throughout the year to build and race these models. The final race of the season is Sunday, October 15, with the public invited to watch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove waterfront. The course will be available after the races for guests to bring and race their own RC boats. All races are dependent on marine conditions.

Built in the early 20th century, the sail-powered skipjack was once a cost effective working boat used by watermen for oyster dredging. Today, only a few remain on the Chesapeake Bay, including CBMM’s skipjack, Rosie Parks. CBMM’s Model Sailing Club races RC models of these two-sailed bateaux, which at full size can vary from 38 to 48 feet in length. The 48-inch skipjack models are built from scratch from plans sold by the club at the Museum Store.

Started in 1983 as the Saint Michaels Model Boat Club, CBMM’s Model Sailing Club and Maritime Model Guild continue today through its many members and volunteers. To learn more about the races, or to join the club, visit bit.ly/modelguild, or contact Commodore Gary Nylander at gnylander@atlanticbb.net. Photos of previous model skipjack races are at bit.ly/modelskipjackphotos.

Model Skipjack Races

September 17, 2017
11am – 2pm
Free for CBMM members or with general admission

CBMM_ModelSkipjackRaces1Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum guests are invited to watch model skipjack races on select Sundays through October.

The radio-controlled (RC) sailing races are organized by CBMM’s Model Sailing Club, which meets regularly throughout the year to build and race these models. Race dates include September 17, and October 15, with the public invited to watch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove waterfront. The course will be available after the races for guests to bring and race their own RC boats. All races are dependent on marine conditions.

Built in the early 20th century, the sail-powered skipjack was once a cost effective working boat used by watermen for oyster dredging. Today, only a few remain on the Chesapeake Bay, including CBMM’s skipjack, Rosie Parks. CBMM’s Model Sailing Club races RC models of these two-sailed bateaux, which at full size can vary from 38 to 48 feet in length. The 48-inch skipjack models are built from scratch from plans sold by the club at the Museum Store.

Started in 1983 as the Saint Michaels Model Boat Club, CBMM’s Model Sailing Club and Maritime Model Guild continue today through its many members and volunteers. To learn more about the races, or to join the club, visit bit.ly/modelguild, or contact Commodore Gary Nylander at gnylander@atlanticbb.net. Photos of previous model skipjack races are at bit.ly/modelskipjackphotos.

Model Skipjack Races

August 20, 2017
11am – 2pm
Free for CBMM members or with general admission

CBMM_ModelSkipjackRaces1Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum guests are invited to watch model skipjack races on select Sundays through October.

The radio-controlled (RC) sailing races are organized by CBMM’s Model Sailing Club, which meets regularly throughout the year to build and race these models. Race dates include August 20, September 17, and October 15, with the public invited to watch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove waterfront. The course will be available after the races for guests to bring and race their own RC boats. All races are dependent on marine conditions.

Built in the early 20th century, the sail-powered skipjack was once a cost effective working boat used by watermen for oyster dredging. Today, only a few remain on the Chesapeake Bay, including CBMM’s skipjack, Rosie Parks. CBMM’s Model Sailing Club races RC models of these two-sailed bateaux, which at full size can vary from 38 to 48 feet in length. The 48-inch skipjack models are built from scratch from plans sold by the club at the Museum Store.

Started in 1983 as the Saint Michaels Model Boat Club, CBMM’s Model Sailing Club and Maritime Model Guild continue today through its many members and volunteers. To learn more about the races, or to join the club, visit bit.ly/modelguild, or contact Commodore Gary Nylander at gnylander@atlanticbb.net. Photos of previous model skipjack races are at bit.ly/modelskipjackphotos.

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Watermen’s Appreciation Day

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On Sunday, August 13, 2017, the 8th annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day comes to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., featuring a spirited boat docking contest, steamed crabs and other regional food, live music, beer, boat rides, family activities, and more. The fundraising event is organized by CBMM in cooperation with the Talbot Watermen Association, with proceeds benefiting both organizations.

“Watermen’s Day is an annual favorite among locals and guests alike,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “You can meet many of the watermen who work to bring seafood to tables across the region, while having a great time celebrating the Chesapeake with us in such an incredibly authentic way.”

CBMM_WAD17_HoganBeginning at 11:00 a.m., the event’s “watermen’s rodeo” boat docking contest returns to the Miles River to its expanded location under CBMM’s 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Bleacher seating will be provided for spectators to the contest.

“The boat docking contest is great fun to watch, and participate in,” said TWA President Jeff Harrison. “Last year, we had Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on board one of the boats, and while we won’t have Edgar Hansen with us this year, we’re looking forward to having Governor Hogan back with us again this year.”

The opportunity to meet the Chesapeake’s watermen, along with local steamed crabs, beer, and other food and beverages continue to highlight the waterfront festival.

Starting at noon, the day’s catch of steamed crabs—served by watermen—will be available for purchase, in addition to beer, water, soda, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, and more. Steamed crabs will be sold by the dozen, with pricing set by July 28 and posted at cbmm.org.

“We’ve consistently been able to sell a dozen steamed crabs with corn on the cob at $25,” said Harrison. “We’re hoping this year’s market will allow us to do the same.”

Also beginning at noon, live music with Bird Dog and the Road Kings from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand will have people tapping their toes and dancing along CBMM’s waterfront.

Children and families can enjoy games and activities offered throughout the day. Later in the day, children’s on-the-water activities include a Pot Pie skiff rowing competition, with prizes awarded.

CBMM_WAD17_WatermenDuring Watermen’s Day, event-goers can take part in a silent auction, with Chesapeake-related items available to the highest bidders, including work by noted Chesapeake photographer Jay Fleming. The auction takes place in the Small Boat Shed, with bids taken until 3:00 p.m., and all proceeds supporting the Talbot Watermen Association.

While at CBMM, guests can explore all 12 exhibitions buildings and see progress on the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, now underway in the boatyard through 2018. Special exhibitions include Potomac Waterfowling: Gunning the Nation’s Rivers; Log Canoe Racing: Photographs by Morris Ellison; and Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, featuring 80 photographs curated from the more than 10,000 by de Gast in CBMM’s collection.

CBMM_WAD17_CrowdAdmission to the 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. rain or shine event includes the boat docking contest, live music, numerous family activities, entrance to all CBMM exhibitions and historic structures, and is set at $18 for adults, $8 for children 6-17, with all children five years of age and under admitted free. CBMM members along with licensed watermen and their immediate families get discounted admission at $10 per adult, and $6 per child ages 6-17.

Advanced admission tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/watermensday, with tickets also sold at the door the day of the event. Discounted watermen’s tickets will be available at the door the day of the event, with an active watermen’s license shown. Boat rides, steamed crabs, beer, and additional food and beverages will be available for purchase. Free event parking will be available at St. Michaels High School, with a complimentary shuttle service to CBMM running throughout the day.

For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during CBMM festivals, including Watermen’s Appreciation Day. Leashed dogs are only permitted on CBMM’s campus during regular operating hours. Carry-on alcohol from dock or land is prohibited.

See photos from last year’s event at bit.ly/watermenphotos. For more information, call 410-745-2916.

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Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival XXXIV comes to St. Michaels

CBMM_MASCF CBMM_MASCF2(ST MICHAELS, MD – July 28, 2017) On Saturday, October 7, and Sunday, October 8, 2017, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will host one of the nation’s largest gatherings of small boat enthusiasts and unique watercraft at the 34th annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival.

During the festival, CBMM guests can marvel at the craftsmanship and innovation used in traditional and contemporary small craft while enjoying the museum’s waterfront campus and indoor and outdoor exhibitions. Hundreds of amateur and professional boatbuilders and enthusiasts come from all over the region to display their one-of-a-kind kayaks, canoes, and other traditional small craft.

Sailing skiffs, rowing shells, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, prams, and one-of-a-kind boats will be on display and in the water throughout this family-oriented event. Small craft owners hailing from all over the country will also be available to share their knowledge and boating experiences with guests.

The festival was previously combined with CBMM’s Maritime Model Expo, which will now take place during CBMM’s free Community Day in May.

Scenic river cruises aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, live music, along with food and beverages will be available to round out the weekend festival.

Participants arrive Friday night, while museum boatyard staff and Chesapeake Wooden Boat Builders School instructors will be on hand Saturday to offer boatbuilding workshops and maritime demonstrations. Beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, a lively Miles River race of small craft can be watched from CBMM’s waterfront and docks. Festival-goers can also vote for their favorite boat, with the People’s Choice award and others announced among participants on Saturday evening.

On Sunday, festival-goers are invited to bring nautical items to swap or sell at a traditional swap meet before heading home.

For safety reasons, dogs are not permitted on museum grounds during CBMM festivals, with the exception of certified service dogs. Leashed dogs from boat and land are permitted on CBMM grounds on non-festival days.

The Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival is free for CBMM members and children 5 and under, otherwise admission is good for two consecutive days and is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $6 for children ages 6 to 17, with all museum exhibitions open throughout the event. See photos at bit.ly/mascfphotos, and for participant registration and more information, visit cbmm.org/mascf  or call 410-745-2916.

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CBMM will host one of the nation’s largest gatherings of small boat enthusiasts and unique watercraft at the 34th annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival. See photos at bit.ly/mascfphotos, and for participant registration and more information, visit cbmm.org/mascf or call 410-745-2916.

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Sailing skiffs, rowing shells, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, prams, and one-of-a-kind boats will be on display and in the water throughout the festival. Small craft owners hailing from all over the country will also be available to share their knowledge and boating experiences with guests. See photos at bit.ly/mascfphotos, and for participant registration and more information, visit cbmm.org/mascf or call 410-745-2916.

 

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CBMM welcomes summer interns

CBMM_SummerInterns1_2017(ST MICHAELS, MD – July 18, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum recently added five summer interns to its team: Michael Barone of Buffalo, N.Y.; Kathleen DeMeritte of Silver Spring, Md.; Kelsey Neuenswander of San Diego, Ca.; Erin Russell of St. Louis, Mi.; and Alexa Wichowsky of West Winfield, N.Y. Barone and DeMeritte are working in the curatorial department, Russell in education, Wichowsky in development, and Neuenswander in communications, marketing, and event planning for the St. Michaels, Md. nonprofit.

“CBMM’s primary focus is education,” commented CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Not only with our 80,000 guests and program participants each year, but also through our apprentice and intern programs.”

Barone is currently enrolled in the Cooperstown Graduate Program focusing on museum studies. He will help with the management of acquisitions and collections inventory for CBMM, with a focus on cataloging the Trumpy Yacht Archives.

DeMeritte is reconnecting with the Chesapeake Bay after many years of being a Sea Scout. Currently studying history with an emphasis on museum studies at University of North Carolina, Greensboro, she will help with the rehousing of collections and research requests.

Neuenswander is an undergraduate at University of California, Davis studying communications and psychology. She is assisting in CBMM’s communication efforts, with a focus on social media, and is also helping with the planning and execution of special events.

Russell, a museum studies student in the Cooperstown Graduate Program, will assist with CBMM’s educational and outreach programs, to create interactive, early-education activities for families with young children.

Wichowsky, also enrolled in the Cooperstown Graduate Program, is working as CBMM’s development intern. She is concentrating her internship on researching funding opportunities and outreach initiatives for CBMM.

Over 10 weeks, the interns will have numerous opportunities to observe and engage in field-related projects and behind-the-scenes operations, led by CBMM’s professional staff.

For more information about internships and employment with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, please visit the “About Us” tab at cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum welcomes five new interns for the summer season. Front row, from left: Kathleen DeMeritte of University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Erin Russell of the Cooperstown Graduate Program, Alexa Wichowsky of the Cooperstown Graduate Program, Kelsey Neuenswander of University of California, Davis. In back: Michael Barone of the Cooperstown Graduate Program.

Model Skipjack Races

July 16, 2017
11am – 2pm
Free for CBMM members or with general admission

CBMM_ModelSkipjackRaces1Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum guests are invited to watch model skipjack races on select Sundays through October.

The radio-controlled (RC) sailing races are organized by CBMM’s Model Sailing Club, which meets regularly throughout the year to build and race these models. Race dates include July 16, August 20, September 17, and October 15, with the public invited to watch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove waterfront. The course will be available after the races for guests to bring and race their own RC boats. All races are dependent on marine conditions.

Built in the early 20th century, the sail-powered skipjack was once a cost effective working boat used by watermen for oyster dredging. Today, only a few remain on the Chesapeake Bay, including CBMM’s skipjack, Rosie Parks. CBMM’s Model Sailing Club races RC models of these two-sailed bateaux, which at full size can vary from 38 to 48 feet in length. The 48-inch skipjack models are built from scratch from plans sold by the club at the Museum Store.

Started in 1983 as the Saint Michaels Model Boat Club, CBMM’s Model Sailing Club and Maritime Model Guild continue today through its many members and volunteers. To learn more about the races, or to join the club, visit bit.ly/modelguild, or contact Commodore Gary Nylander at gnylander@atlanticbb.net. Photos of previous model skipjack races are at bit.ly/modelskipjackphotos.

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Chautauqua Series: Voices of the Great War, with President Woodrow Wilson

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On the evenings of July 10-12, the annual Chautauqua Summer Series brings three live performances to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s waterfront. This year’s Maryland Humanities’ series features Voices of the Great War, with all living history performances taking place from 7:00 -9:00 p.m. along Fogg’s Cove and the Miles River. All performances are free and open to the public.

The 2017 Chautauqua Summer Series at CBMM is generously sponsored by Karen and Langley Shook, and in part the Talbot County Arts Council, with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council.

“The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.” With these words, President Woodrow Wilson asked the United States Congress to declare war on Germany. For nearly three years, war raged in Europe after the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria sparked a diplomatic crisis. Despite attempts to remain neutral, because of various acts of aggression by Germany, including the death of 128 Americans in the German attack on the British passenger liner RMS Lusitania, the United States officially entered World War I in April 1917.

For its 23rd season, Chautauqua is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the Great War as three World War I-era figures come to life.

On Monday, July 10, Bill Grimmette, a living history interpreter, storyteller, actor, and motivational speaker, will portray W.E.B. Du Bois, a sociologist and scholar, and one of the most important African-American activists of the early twentieth century.

On Tuesday, July 11, Chautauqua veteran Doug Mishler, an independent scholar who has taught at the University of Nevada and Western Washington University, will portray General John Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force on the Western Front in World War I, who was one of America’s most accomplished generals.

On Wednesday, July 12, the St. Michaels series wraps up with Judd Bankert bringing to life President Woodrow Wilson. Bankert has been portraying President Wilson as part of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Birthplace’s living-history program since 2000.

Judd Bankert, has been portraying President Wilson as part of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Birthplace’s living-history program since 2000.

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.

“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.

MarylandHumanities_Logo_Horz_JPGThe 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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Chautauqua Series: Voices of the Great War, with W.E.B. Du Bois

On the evenings of July 10-12, the annual Chautauqua Summer Series brings three live performances to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s waterfront. This year’s Maryland Humanities’ series features Voices of the Great War, with all living history performances taking place from 7:00 -9:00 p.m. along Fogg’s Cove and the Miles River. All performances are free and open to the public.

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The 2017 Chautauqua Summer Series at CBMM is generously sponsored by Karen and Langley Shook, and in part by the Talbot County Arts Council, with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council.

“The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.” With these words, President Woodrow Wilson asked the United States Congress to declare war on Germany. For nearly three years, war raged in Europe after the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria sparked a diplomatic crisis. Despite attempts to remain neutral, because of various acts of aggression by Germany, including the death of 128 Americans in the German attack on the British passenger liner RMS Lusitania, the United States officially entered World War I in April 1917.

For its 23rd season, Chautauqua is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the Great War as three World War I-era figures come to life.

On Monday, July 10, Chautauqua veteran Doug Mishler, an independent scholar who has taught at the University of Nevada and Western Washington University, will portray General John Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force on the Western Front in World War I, who was one of America’s most accomplished generals.

On Tuesday, July 11, Bill Grimmette, a living history interpreter, storyteller, actor, and motivational speaker, will portray W.E.B. Du Bois, a sociologist and scholar, and one of the most important African-American activists of the early twentieth century.

On Wednesday, July 12, the St. Michaels series wraps up with Judd Bankert bringing to life President Woodrow Wilson. Bankert has been portraying President Wilson as part of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Birthplace’s living-history program since 2000.

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.

“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.

MarylandHumanities_Logo_Horz_JPGThe 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.