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Christmas in St. Michaels 2017

santaCapture the magic of the holidays at Christmas in St. Michaels. Enjoy a fun-filled holiday weekend for the whole family Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 8, 9 and 10, including a Christmas parade, display of Gingerbread Houses and trains, and music from the Celebration of Choirs, all free of charge. Shop at the Marketplace for unique Christmas gifts.

Purchase tickets for the Yuletide Party, Santa’s Wonderland, Breakfast with Santa and the annual Holiday Tour of Homes.

Enjoy a Holiday Breakfast and Old-Fashioned 2017 ornamentEastern Shore Dinner on Saturday or dine at one of many local restaurants. For more information, visit christmasinstmichaels.org or call 410-745-0745.

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A Broad Reach exhibition strikes at CBMM March 26

CBMM_BroadReach_Strikes(ST MICHAELS, MD – January 4, 2017) With artifacts ranging from gilded eagles to a silver lifesaving medal, a tugboat’s steam engine, to an intimate scene of crab pickers, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s 50th anniversary exhibition, A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting will close to the public on March 26, 2017.

A Broad Reach opened on May 23, 2015, with the purpose of featuring 50 objects in CBMM’s collection with the richest stories to tell, from a humble fire axe to marine art—chosen from more than 68,000 objects in total. Some are arresting, some are transcendent—all explore the Chesapeake and its rapidly changing environment and culture. Others represent bygone Chesapeake trades that have all but disappeared in recent years.

“The public’s response to this exhibition has been outstanding,” said CBMM’s Chief Curator Pete Lesher. “It’s a rare opportunity to see such outstanding highlights from our collection, and this winter gives a great opportunity to visit us and take it all in, before we put our white gloves back on and meticulously store them all away. Winter is also the best time to visit the boatyard, especially with the Edna E. Lockwood log hull restoration now in full swing.”

A Broad Reach is made possible through the generous support of CBMM donors and 50th anniversary corporate partners, including PNC Financial Services Group, American Cruise Lines, Benson & Mangold, Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Easton Utilities, Fairfield Inn & Suites Easton, Goetze’s Candy, Graul’s Market, Guilford & Company, Hambleton Inn, Hawthorn–PNC Family Wealth, Higgins & Spencer, Patriot Cruises, Maryland State Arts Council, Tidewater Inn, and The Vane Brothers Company. CBMM’s 50th anniversary partners include the Academy for Lifelong Learning, St. Michaels Art League, and Christmas in St. Michaels.

CBMM_BroadReachCatalogueA Broad Reach is accompanied by a commemorative catalogue and online exhibition at abroadreach.cbmm.org. Both feature images and interpretive text of the objects in the exhibition, many of which were photographed by noted Chesapeake photographer David Harp. Limited-edition catalogues are available for purchase at the Museum Store and online at shop.cbmm.org, with proceeds benefiting the children and adults served by CBMM’s educational programs.

The exhibition is free for CBMM members and with general two-day admission. Situated on 18 waterfront acres with 12 exhibition buildings, CBMM is open daily except when Talbot County Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

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 75,000 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 museum’s 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 2018, CBMM guests can experience the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood, with all work done in full public view and more information at ednalockwood.org. For more information about CBMM, visit cbmm.org.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s 50th anniversary exhibition, A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting, as seen here in CBMM’s Steamboat Building, will close to the public in St. Michaels, Md. on March 26, 2017. The exhibition features significant objects in CBMM’s collection with the richest stories to tell, and is free for CBMM members or with general two-day admission.  For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

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The works featured in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s exhibition A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting and its commemorative catalogue, shown here, range from gilded eagles to a silver lifesaving medal, a tugboat’s steam engine, to an intimate scene of crab pickers. The exhibition closes to the public at CBMM in St. Michaels, Md. on March 26, 2017. The limited edition catalogue is available at the Museum Store or at shop.cbmm.org, with the online exhibition at abroadreach.cbmm.org

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Celebrate Chesapeake holiday traditions at CBMM December 8

cbmm_hooperstraitlight_carolers(ST MICHAELS, MD – November 11, 2016) On Thursday, December 8 from 4 to 7:00 p.m., the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is inviting the public to celebrate the holidays with a ceremony that includes caroling, the lighting of a tree atop the mast of a traditional Chesapeake workboat, children’s story time and holiday crafts, store discounts, and the lighting of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse.

Each year, CBMM’s campus is decorated in holiday greenery—created by CBMM volunteers and staff—and can be seen among the museum’s historic structures, exhibitions buildings, and boats along the St. Michaels Harbor and Miles River.

cbmm_museumstore_dec8eventFree children’s craft activities will be offered in the Welcome Center throughout the event, with CBMM volunteers and staff helping to create holiday and bird seed ornaments, candles, and popcorn stringing.

Three children’s story times will be hosted in the Welcome Center. Santa Claws, The Christmas Crab by Priscilla Cummings will be read at 4:30 p.m.; Santa and the Skipjack by Janie Meneely at 5:00 p.m.; and Lighthouse Christmas by Toni Buzzeo at 5:30 p.m. All books relate to the Chesapeake Bay and are available at the Museum Store, with proceeds supporting CBMM.

cbmm_crabspheresdrawing_dec2016While children enjoy these activities, parents, grandparents and all adults are invited to shop in the Museum Store, enjoy a wine bar, and free gift wrapping. During the event, CBMM members will receive a one-day-only, 25% total member discount on their total Museum Store purchases. Half-priced gift memberships to the museum will also be available for purchase. The evening concludes with a drawing for three lighted crab pot spheres, generously donated by the LumberYard of St. Michaels, Md., with tickets sold at the Museum Store before and during the event.

cbmm_treeuprosie_dec8event-jpgBeginning at 5:00 p.m., Maureen Curtin and Company will greet participants inside the Museum Store with traditional holiday caroling. At 6:00 p.m., participants will gather near the Crab Claw for the lighting of the tree atop the mast of Old Point, followed by a procession to the lighting of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Caroling will continue in the Museum Store.

The historic lighthouse once lit the way for boats passing through the shallow, dangerous shoals of Hooper Strait, a thoroughfare for boats bound from the Chesapeake Bay across Tangier Sound to Deals Island or places along the Nanticoke and Wicomico Rivers.

Old Point is a 1909 seven-log crab dredger built in Poquoson, Va. From the 1910s through the 1960s, she was part of Hampton, Va.’s crab dredging fleet. Old Point’s hull was built the old-fashioned way, hewn from seven pine logs.

CBMM is currently restoring another historic log-bottomed boat, the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, with all work now being done in full public view through 2018. Updates and more about the project are at ednalockwood.org.

The December 8 event is free and open to the public, with ample parking and no need for reservations. For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

 

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On the evening of Thursday, December 8, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. will be celebrating Chesapeake holiday traditions with a special event that features caroling, children’s craft activities and story times, store discounts, and the lighting of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, as shown here, along with a tree atop the mast of Old Point. The event takes place from 4-7:00 p.m. in the Museum Store, and is free and open to the public, with more information at cbmm.org.

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CBMM’s shipwrights and apprentices take part in the annual Chesapeake tradition of hoisting a Christmas tree up a boat’s mast. This year, the tree will be placed on the 1909 crab dredger Old Point, part of CBMM’s historic fleet of Chesapeake boats. The tree will be lit at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, when carolers and other participants gather outside CBMM’s store as part of a 4-7:00 p.m. special event that also includes caroling, children’s craft activities and story times, store discounts, and the lighting of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse.

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From 4-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s store, as shown here, will be hosting an event that celebrates the Chesapeake’s holiday traditions. During the event, CBMM volunteers and staff will host free children’s activities and story times in the Welcome Center, while adults shop and enjoy complimentary wine along with free gift wrapping. CBMM members will receive a one-day-only, 25% total member discount on their total Museum Store purchases, with half-priced gift memberships also available.

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CBMM’s December 8 Chesapeake holidays event includes a drawing for three lighted crab pot spheres, shown here, which have been generously donated by the LumberYard of St. Michaels, Md. Tickets will be sold before and at the event in the Museum Store, with more information at cbmm.org.

 

*Christmas in St. Michaels – Town-wide Event

St. Michaels, a picturesque town on the Miles River, offers a wonderful holiday weekend for the whole family on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 11, 12, and 13 with a Christmas parade, Santa’s Wonderland, Gingerbread House display and Celebration of choirs, all free of charge.  Tickets are available for the Friday night Gala, Breakfast with Santa and the annual Holiday House Tour.

There is great shopping for unique gifts at Marketplace on St. Mary’s Square and throughout the local shops. Enjoy an Old Fashioned Eastern Shore Dinner on Saturday or dine at one of the many local restaurants.  For more information, visit christmasinstmichaels.org or call 410-745-0745.

2015 Christmas in Saint Michaels Ornament

Christmas in St. Michaels 2015 Ornament features CBMM’s Old Point

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Christmas in St. Michaels is introducing its 12th Collectors’ Series ornament early this year to coincide with the start of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. This special ornament honors the CBMM’s anniversary by depicting a detailed image of the crab-dredger Old Point, a much-loved member of the museum’s floating fleet, and the iconic 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse—for many, a symbol of the town of St. Michaels. The ornament was designed by local artist Joanne Buritsch, who worked from photographs by Tracey Munson, vice president of communications for CBMM.

“We are so pleased to honor our fellow St. Michaels’ non-profit organization, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, with this truly lovely Christmas in St. Michaels collectors’ ornament,” said Barbara Rose, CISM’s 2015 event chair. “It will be available for sale for the first time during the CBMM’s celebration on the weekend of May 23 and 24.”

The ornament depicts Old Point, one of a fleet of crab-dredging boats that operated from 1910 through the 1960s out of Hampton, VA, at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. From December through March, captains and crews lived on their boats so they could leave early every morning and dredge for crabs all day. Crab dredging is done only during the winter months to dredge up crabs that have burrowed into the bottom during their winter dormancy. In the summer and fall, Old Point carried fish and oysters to packing houses or to market.

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Old Point’s hull was built in 1909 the old-fashioned way—hewn from seven pine logs. At that time, big logs were hard to get, but watermen still preferred a solid log boat if they could get one. It was donated to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in 1984 and can be seen dockside at the museum.

The ornament is gold-plated brass with fine enameled detailing, packaged in a gift box, and can be purchased for $20 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Store, Broken Rudder Sportswear, Calico Toys and Games, Charisma, Chesapeake Bay Outfitters, Chesapeake Trading Company, Frivolous Fibers, Local Port of Art, Pemberton Pharmacy & Gifts – St. Michaels, Reeser’s Pharmacy, St. Michaels Harbour Inn Marina & Spa, The Christmas Shop and The Talbot Bank – St. Michaels. The new ornament, as well as ornaments from most previous years, is also available online for $20 plus $4 shipping at www.christmasinstmichaels.org.

All proceeds from the sale of the ornament go directly to support the designated beneficiaries of Christmas in St. Michaels. The 2015 beneficiaries will be selected from applications submitted to the CISM Board this summer and announced in September. Since 1987, CISM has donated more than $1 MM to its beneficiaries, non-profit organizations that provide support services for the St. Michaels community.  Previous recipients include such organizations as the Critchlow Adkins Children’s Center, St. Michaels; St. Michaels and Tilghman Elementary Schools; and St. Michaels Community Center.

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“We are thrilled to be partnering with Christmas in St. Michaels for our 50th anniversary,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “The ornament really shows off two of our most adored icons—the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse and Old Point, while raising significant financial support for our community. It’s a great keepsake and a great cause to support.”

Members of the volunteer committee who developed this year’s ornament are Lisa Rey and Val Kenn Gray, co-chairs; Joanne Buritsch; Gloria Gibson; Jim Gibson; Judy Krhounek; Joan Mack; Julie McCahill; and Jan Underwood.

Christmas in St. Michaels, the charity fund-raising event for which the ornament was developed, will take place this year on December 11, 12 and 13, and will include a Holiday Gala, Christmas parade, Tour of Homes, Breakfast with Santa, Santa’s Wonderland, Gingerbread House Display, the Marketplace for hand-crafted gifts and gourmet foods, special musical events, wonderful shops decorated for Christmas and many other holiday festivities. More information is available on its website, www.christmasinstmichaels.org.

 

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CISM’s 2015 ornament features the Old Point crab dredger and the Hooper Strait Lighthouse and commemorates the CBMM’s 50th anniversary. Photo by Jim Proctor.

(From the left): Kristen Greenaway, Val Kenn Gray and Lisa Rey are holding the CISM 2015 ornament that depicts the Old Point crab dredger behind them. Photo by Tracey F. Munson.