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Meet: Martha Austin, Friends Board

CBMM_Volunteer_AustinMartha_2015Long-time St. Michaels resident Martha Austin has been a regular guest and volunteer at CBMM since moving to the Bay Hundred area in 1978. During this time she has observed CBMM grow and develop into the beloved institution it is today. For Martha, CBMM serves as a center for local economic development and a starting point for sharing the Chesapeake Bay and its way of life with guests.

Martha is happy to contribute her time on CBMM’s Friends Board, which she feels is a great group of people with fantastic ideas to share. To the Friends Board, she brings a thorough knowledge of the community and the history of CBMM for perspective as the Friends Board discusses new initiatives and programs at CBMM. Some of Martha’s favorite memories at CBMM include bringing her young children to the annual Big Band Night and Boat Auction events. To this day, Martha and her husband continue to walk to CBMM from their home in town to sit out on the deck of the Oystering Building and enjoy the view.

Looking to the future, Martha is excited to begin volunteering as a crew member aboard the historic 1920 buyboat, Winnie Estelle. She looks forward to continuing to share her love of the Chesapeake Bay with CBMM guests. Martha believes the Bay, beyond being beautiful and providing great seafood, makes Maryland, Maryland.

We thank Martha for her time and dedication to CBMM!

Community Block Party @ CBMM

CALLING LOCAL VENDORS: We value local artisans and want to provide a showcase for your craft at this festival. For the May 22 Community Block Party at CBMM, we are particularly interested in showcasing vendors and artisans from the Mid-Shore area.

If you would like to participate,please see our Block Party Vendor Invitation and Block Party Vendor Application Form and submit at your earliest convenience.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

On Sunday, May 22, 2016, the 18-acre waterfront campus of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will transform into festival grounds as the museum hosts its Community Block Party. Underwritten by a large number of generous community sponsors, the Block Party is offered free of charge and open to the general public. It will feature several performance stages, free boat rides, live music, regional foods and libations, Chesapeake-related family activities, and more.

Entry to the Block Party, its boat rides and CBMM activities is free for all museum guests, with event hours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Food, beverages, and some activities will be additional.

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Navy Point

Healthy Point & Community Outreach at May 22 Community Block Party

Navy Point

(ST. MICHAELS, MD – May 11, 2016) The May 22 Community Block Party at CBMM brings lots of activities to keep you active and enjoying our great waterfront and outdoors. Activities will be located along the Miles River in front of the At Play on the Bay Building and just past the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse on Navy Point.

Choptank Community Health System
Choptank Community Health has been serving the health care needs of the mid shore since 1980. Choptank’s Bay Hundred Health Center in St. Michaels offers family medical and dental care in a modern state of the art facility. During the Block party, representatives from Choptank Health will share information on the many “Wrap Around” services which put our patients at the center of their care and works with them to create a personalized plan for reaching their health goals.

exerciseFitness RX
Fitness Rx is 24/7 gym in Easton and Stevensville specializing in making Fitness fun for all ages and nutrition guidance.  Voted Eastern Shore Best Fitness Classes by What’s Up? Magazine, 2nd year in a row! Visit them on Navy Point to experience classes like Zumba, Cross Training, Hip Hop, Tai Chi.

The Apothecary at Easton
The Apothecary is a center for Arts in Medicine in Easton. Experience some of their samplings; mini seated chair massage, auricular acupuncture treatments, mini Reiki healing and Chair Massagebalancing sessions, Apothecary made herbal teas and more. They will also discuss Chinese Herbal medicine, upcoming events and workshops, and will offer free consultations on the benefits of life coaching services.

Watch seeds sprout to start your own garden plus make a festival flower at the 4-H table out on Healthy Point.  FREE.

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Located in Easton, Hog Neck Golf Course features an 18-hole Championship course or a 9-hole Executive course ready to test your golfing skills. The Hog Neck Golf Course was rated the “Finest Golf for 2012, on Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore” by Maryland Life Magazine’s Readers Poll. Join them today for your own putting experience. Located on Healthy Point. FREE.

Be sure to visit our friends from the Frederick Douglass Honor Society, the St. Michaels Community Center, Talbot Village Connections and The Saint Michaels Branch of the Talbot County Free Library, all located on Fogg’s Landing and stop by the main grounds to visit “Raven” Talbot County Sheriff Office’s new K-9 and Assemble to discuss The Hill project in Easton.

On-the-Water Activities for May 22 Community Block Party


(ST. MICHAELS, MD – May 11, 2016) The May 22 Community Block Party at CBMM brings wonderful on-the-water activities to festival-goers, all offered free of charge thanks to the event’s generous sponsors.  See each listing for where to sign up so you can get out on the water with us!

Kayaks and SUP Boards
A family owned business since 2002, Blackwater Paddle and Pedal Adventures rents kayaks, paddle boards, bikes, motor boats and jet skis. Visit them along the waterfront on Fogg’s Landing to experience their stand-up paddle boards and brand new kayaks for 2016. FREE.

CBMM_WinnieEstelle_WatchLogCanoesTake in a Miles River Cruise aboard Winnie Estelle
Step aboard the Buyboat Winnie Estelle for a 25-minute scenic cruise down the Miles River. Departs the Hooper Strait Lighthouse every half-hour beginning at 10:00am with last cruise departing at 4:30pm. FREE. Sign up at Lighthouse

Enjoy a Rare Ride on a Historic CBMM Boat
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to climb aboard the Museum’s collection of historic Chesapeake Bay boats for a short cruise on the Miles River.  Located at the end of the dock at Watermen’s Wharf. FREE.


Row, Row, Row (Or Sail) Your Boat! Small Craft Boat Livery
Small craft rides available through the CBMM Boat Livery includes CBMM-constructed sailing vessels, rowing vessels, and wooden kayaks. In the water at Fogg’s Cove. FREE.


Activities & Demonstrations at May 22 Community Block Party

(St. MICHAELS, MD-May 11, 2016) The May 22 Community Block Party brings activities and programs to CBMM’s waterfront campus for all ages and interests to enjoy!

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Snapshots to Selfies

A Behind the Scenes Glimpse at Snapshots to Selfies: 50 years of Collecting:  At 11 PM, 1 PM, and 3 PM, join Kate Livie, curator of the new community-curated online exhibition, Snapshots to Selfies: 50 years of Chesapeake Summersas she explores the concept behind the exhibit, gives visitors a first look at the new digital exhibition, and shares some of her favorite summertime images and stories submitted by the public. Located in the Van Lennep Auditorium inside the Steamboat Building on Fogg’s Landing.

Build-a-Boat: Use your hands to make a wooden model boat, decorate it anyway you’d like and then sail it in our small boat pond. Located in front of the Bay History Building. FREE.


Craft Vendors: A variety of locally handmade arts and crafts include handmade jewelry, ornaments, nautical items, crab cookers, photography, fiber art, scarves, stained glass and more and provide great inspirations for gifts. Available throughout campus and inside the Small Boat Shed all day.

Inflatable Obstacle Courses: Let the little ones bounce and run through the obstacle course. Two courses are available, one geared for kids 3-6 and the other for kids 6-10. Sponsored by Rommel’s Ace Hardware. Located on Fogg’s Landing. FREE.

Face Painting: Express yourself with a freshly painted new look! Adjacent to the Welcome Center on Navy Point. FREE.


Fishmobile: What lives in the Chesapeake? Visit some of the Bay’s creatures at the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Fishmobile! See live specimens including fish, terrapins, horseshoe crabs, blue crabs, oyster toadfish, oysters, eel, box turtles and much more! Near the At Play on the Bay exhibit. FREE.

Kayak Raffle: Here is your chance to get on the water! Donated by Survival Products of Salisbury, MD, the Perception Prodigy 10.0 kayak includes a Harmony Drifter aluminum paddle and life jacket, with tickets available at $5 each or 5 for $20. The recipient of the kayak need not be present to win, but will need to arrange pick up of the kayak from CBMM. Purchase tickets next to the Lighthouse until 2pm, drawing will be at 3:00pm at the bandstand.

Rising Tide

Rising Tide: CBMM’s Rising Tide program teaches students basic boatbuilding skills in a welcoming, relaxed environment. The program inspires participants to develop a sense of self-confidence and pride, and facilitate mentorships that provide guidance and support during these crucial years of development. The program encourages students to be more prepared academically to achieve long-term success, whether on a college track or vocational emphasis, having gained skills in mathematics, engineering, team building, and project management. Inside the Boat shop. FREE.

Imagination Library: Talbot County parents of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers – Stop by the Imagination Library of Talbot County’s table on the main grounds and sign your child up for a free early literacy program.  Once enrolled, your child will receive a free, new and engaging book mailed directly to your home each month until his or her 5th birthday. Receive your first book, The Little Engine that Could today when you enroll! Follow the Story Walk with Chadwick the Crab! FREE.

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Mid-Shore Dance Academy

Performing Arts & Youth Sound Stages at May 22 Community Block Party


Mid-Shore Dance Academy
Mid-Shore Dance Academy

(ST. MICHAELS, MD – May 10, 2016) This interdisciplinary stage located under tent on Fogg’s Landing highlights talent of both adults and kids in our area ranging from dance, improv, theatre, step and more! Generously sponsored by PeachBlossom Events, Hair O’ the Dog, What’s Up? Media, The Talbot Bank, Ewing, Dietz, Fountain & Kaludis, Sherwood Auto, and the Mid-Shore Dance Academy.

10:00 – 11:00  Easton High School Improv Club
11:00 – 11:30  Amira King and Co. (Dance)
11:30 – 11:45  Easton ROTC
11:45 – 12:00  Talbot Tappers
12:00 – 12:30  Chesapeake Multicultural Center
12:30  –  1:00  Crashbox Theater
1:00  –  1:30   St. Michaels Theater Skits
1:30  –  1:45   Easton Middle School Step Team
1:45  –  2:00   Songs from Tarzan the Musical
2:00  –  2:30   To the Pointe. Dance Company
2:30  –  3:00   Vinje and Co. (actors)
3:00  –  4:00   Mid-Shore Dance Academy
4:00  –  4:45   To Be Announced/Open
4:45  –  5:00   Easton Elementary School Step Team

With very special thanks to our Performing Art Stage Producer and St. Michaels High School teacher, Amy Effler for your amazing effort to showcase this talent!




Kenzie Campbell

This intimate sound stage located inside the Bay History building on the Main Grounds focuses on under-18 musical talent from our area. Generously sponsored by Ben Franklin Crafts, Choptank Electric Cooperative, SRVP/Baird Financial, Talbot County Arts Council, Talbot Watermen’s Association, and Tri Gas & Oil.

10:00 – 11:00  Grace Coughlanz
11:00 – 12:00  Helen Fegan
12:00 –  1:00  Emma Meyers
1:00 –  2:00    Gage Rhodes
2:00 –  3:00    Kelsey Abbott
3:00 –  4:00    Kenzie Campbell
4:00 –  5:00    Open Mic

With very special thanks to our Youth Sound Stage Producer, Emma Myers for all your efforts to find and manage this important stage!


Adult Sound Stage announced for May 22 Community Block Party


(ST. MICHAELS, MD – May 10, 2016) Coming to the Community Block Party at CBMM in St. Michaels on May 22 are live performances by several of the areas favorite performers. The Adult Sound Stage is generously sponsored by Ask Neil Audio Visual Sound Custom Electronic Systems, 96.7 WCEI Radio, and Pepsi.

This stage features adult musical talent from our region. Located on the Tolchester Beach Bandstand on the main grounds.

Pony Bones10am-11am- Pony Bones
Pony Bones channels the melodic hooks of 60’s psychedelic pop and the driving energy of 90’s indie rock to keep you dancing all night, and singing to yourself for days.

11am-1pm- Dave Hawkins
Dave HawkinsA native of Easton, Dave started playing in local bands which included the favorite, “Riff Raff.” Dave performs his stunning vocals accompanied by music from his Taylor 312 guitar among others. His music ranges from originals to Led Zeppelin, Dave Matthews Neil Young, CSN, Bare Naked Ladies, The Police, Johnny Cash and more.

1pm-3pm- Kentavius Jones
KJKentavius was born to DJ and musician parents in Champaign, IL. Growing up in a house filled with music, Kentavius naturally took to it at a young age. Some of his earliest memories were listening to Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Eric Clapton & Jimi Hendrix on vinyl with his father. Kentavius moved to Easton at age 10 and through friendships he gained interest in studying music. Through choral singing and classical guitar lessons, Kentavius learned the fundamentals of writing, playing guitar and singing and in 2003 Kentavius started his first band & as the lead vocalist and guitarist, he developed a swoon-worthy stage presence while honing his unique brand of soulful rock.

3pm-5pm- The Zen Monkey’s
CBMM_ZenMonkeysThe Zen Monkeys take pride in blurring the lines between musical genres. From funk to rock to bluegrass to country, this duo is guaranteed not to disappoint. Suzanna Mallow leads the group with powerful vocals and solid songwriting, while Angie Travers lends goosebump-inducing harmonies with a sultry, soulful voice. The Zen Monkeys have succeeded in creating a truly unique sound that can surely satisfy every breed of music lover.


Friends Board, Sponsors present May 22 Community Block Party at CBMM

CBMM_CommunityBlockParty_FriendsBoard2016(ST MICHAELS, MD – May 10, 2016) On Sunday, May 22, 2016, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum hosts the sponsor-supported Community Block Party that is open to the public and offered free of charge. The event celebrates the Chesapeake’s spirit of community and features several performance stages, free boat rides, live music, regional foods and libations, Chesapeake-related family activities, and more.

The Block Party’s presenting sponsors include CBMM’s Friends Board, Choptank Community Health Services, Phyllis and Marc Castelli and the Carla Massoni Gallery, the Miles River Yacht Club Foundation’s Sink or Swim Program (SOS), and media sponsors What’s Up Magazine and 96.7 WCEI, which will be broadcasting live throughout the event. Among numerous other event sponsors, in-kind sponsors include Eastern Shore Tents & Events, Bay Hundred Covenant Churches, Rommel’s Ace Hardware, and PeachBlossom Events.

The day’s events kick off at 9:00 a.m. with the Bay Hundred Covenant Churches’ tent service, which the public is invited to attend. Free on-the-water activities will be offered, including scenic river cruises on the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, along with sailing and paddling opportunities on several of CBMM’s small craft boats.

Three performance stages highlight the arts, with live music from area bands beginning at 10:00 a.m., along with an under-18 performance stage, and an “unplugged” youth sound stage. Artist workshops using varying mediums will be presented by Ouvert Gallery, with St. Michaels Art League’s plein-air artists capturing the day in paint and providing demonstrations. Family activities include an inflatable playground, Zumba classes, a putting green, face-painting, and more.

The event brings plenty to eat to CBMM’s grounds, including Smith Island Cake, fresh Rockfish, crab balls, and lobster rolls will be available for purchase, including healthy choice options and a selection of sweets and coffee, offered on the Steamboat deck and hosted by San Domingo Fair Trade Coffee & Goods, and Sinful Desserts. The waterfront Oystering on the Chesapeake deck will offer seating with waterfront views and kid-friendly drinks, along with cold beer, and wine.

While at the museum, guests can take in several special exhibitions, including the Hollyday photo exhibition featuring iconic Eastern Shore images in the Van Lennep Auditorium, and the special Chesapeake Ammo, Camo and Calls exhibition in the Waterfowling Building. Boatyard demonstrations will take place throughout the event, with guests seeing progress on the build of a 25’ Hooper Island draketail, which completes this summer.

Entry to the Block Party, its boat rides and CBMM activities is free for all museum guests, with event hours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Food and beverages will be additional.

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, the museum’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated on 18 waterfront acres along the Miles River and St. Michaels’ harbor. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org.



The Sunday, May 22 Community Block Party at CBMM in St. Michaels, Md. is presented by numerous sponsors, including CBMM’s Friends Board, with many members seen here. Pictured, from left: CBMM President Kristen Greenaway, Bill Lane, Kathy Bosin, Michael Cottingham, Martha Austin, Sparrow Rogers, Lin Moeller, and Sherri Marsh Johns. The free event celebrates the Chesapeake’s spirit of community and features several performance stages, free boat rides, live music, regional foods and libations, Chesapeake-related family activities, and more. For details, visit www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

Jen Wagner Mosaics

Out of the Box Artists at May 22 Community Block Party

Jen Wagner Mosaics
Jen Wagner, St. Michaels, MD

(ST. MICHAELS, MD – May 10, 2016) Numerous artists, craftspeople, vendors and more will be throughout campus for CBMM’s May 22 Community Block Party, offering demonstrations, activities and one-of-a-kind keepsakes for you to treasure.

Demaris Bourland- Tunis Mills, MD
Demaris of Damaris Toy Works lives in Tunis Mills and creates beautiful, functional wooden toys for children

Diana Hill- St. Michaels, MD
Diana Hill of Sisters Clay Art lives in St. Michaels and creates handmade sculptures and jewelry using polymer clay.

Nicholas Tindall- Easton, MD
Artist Nicholas Tindall resides in Easton, MD. His urban-contemporary style utilizes a combination of oil, spray & house paint on canvas. His subject material of vibrant florals is infused with an ancient symbolism to express the linkage between nature and humanity, and that despite the “technological revolutions” of the past century, we still rely on this symbiotic relationship for survival and inspiration

Tom Yates
Tom Yates, Grasonville, MD

Tom Yates- Grasonville, MD
Tom Yates has been creating his unique brand of wood sculptures since 1993. Working out of his studio on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, he finds inspiration-on his long walks along the shores and inlets of the Chesapeake. He ‘sees’ his creations in the root structures of these old trees and brings them to life through a detailed process of design, carving, and finishing. His work balances the natural beauty of the wood with his design and carving skills to produce striking faces and figures often described as ‘Eastern Shore tree spirits’,

Sandy Thomas- Denton, MD
Baltimore native and Maryland Institute College of Art attendee Sandy Thomas has embraced the Eastern Shore as her home. Talented in many mediums, Sandy has found her calling creating upcycled sculptural windchimes known as Wacky Windchimes. Each one has a specific theme and unique sound and is crafted using recycled and repurposed everyday objects.

Rob Brownlee-Tomasso- Denton, MD
Taking inspiration from architecture, history, and nature, as well as depicting highly stylized conceptual characters, Rob Brownlee-Tomasso creates texture studies done in mixed media. Often on irregularly shaped canvases and sometimes as multiple canvas installations, the acrylic medium or gesso is applied with a mixture of sand, earth, or other materials to achieve a coarse surface. It is common for earth to be taken from a specific location that is the subject matter of that particular work. Rob is located along the deck of the Small Boat Shed on the main grounds.

Victor Abarca
Victor Abarca, Cambridge, MD

Victor Abarca- Cambridge, MD
Victor Abarca was the tenth of eleven children born to Jose & Maria Abarca. Victor grew up in a close-knit family on the Pacific coast of Mexico in the small fishing village of Barra de Navidad in the state of Jalisco. A resident of Dorchester County now Victor creates using a variety of unique techniques and materials including acrylic, pastel and creating collages with recycled materials such as cigarettes and money .In 1994, Victor discovered his own technique that is now his signature style. He found that colored wax, dipped directly into a flame and placed immediately on the canvas, made for a unique texture. From then on, the medium of all his paintings was wax.

Michael Driscoll- Stevensville, MD
Michael’s unique perspective is told through his one of a kind photographs. He describes himself as “a camera with the shutter open, quite passive. Recording; not thinking.” Mike is located inside of the Small Boat Shed on the main grounds.

Erin Fluharty- Easton, MD
Tilghman Island native Erin Fluharty has embarked on a journey with her photography, finding alternate printing processes using dark room methods on copper and wood.

Jen Wagner- St. Michaels, MD
Mosaic Artist and Muralist Jen Wagner’s work can be found on the exterior of buildings and walls throughout Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. Her many installations include businesses and private residences and her gallery work is included in collections nationwide. She is a co-owner of Ouvert Gallery and the creator of the Out of the Box Art Exhibit and Sale.

St. Michaels Art League- St. Michaels, MD
Enjoy several artists from the St. Michaels Art League around campus capturing the day on canvas. For more than 25 years, the St. Michaels Art League has been a presence in Talbot County. The core of the Art League’s mission is to seek ways to demonstrate to members of our community how their lives may be enriched through art.

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Food & Libations Line-up For May 22 Community Block Party at CBMM

Smith Island Cake(ST. MICHAELS, MD – May 9, 2016) Look at this line-up of food and beverages for the Community Block Party at CBMM in St. Michaels on May 22, with more added as we get closer to the date.

Beverages- Beer, wine, Pepsi products and water served by CBMM’s finest volunteers! At the CBMM beverage tent on the main grounds near the boatyard or on the deck of the Oystering building on Fogg’s Landing. Beer and wine sales begin at 10:30am.

Easton Ruritans: Fresh fruit smoothies, cookies and more. Near the At Play on the Bay building on the main grounds.

Talbot Watermen’s Association: Offering fresh crab balls, Rockfish, French Fries, Soft Crab Sandwiches and Steamed Soft Shell Clams. On the main grounds near the Bell Tower.

Rock Lobstah– Classic Lobster Roll, Lobster Salad Roll, Connecticut Roll & Pepsi soda products & bottled water. Located near the Lighthouse.

The Milestone: Pit beef, pit turkey, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, fried shrimp, fresh cut fries, soda, water and lemonade. Located near the Corn Crib.

Smith Island Baking Co.: Offering slices of Smith Island Original Cakes in chocolate, chocolate peanut butter and cooked coconut. On the main grounds near the Bell Tower.

The Ice Cream Lady- Yummy soft serve ice cream cones, sundaes, Italian Ice, Root Beer Floats, lemonade, soda, water. Located near the corn crib on the main grounds.

San Domingo Fair Trade Coffee & Goods and Fair Trade Café- Serving Coffee, Fresh Fruit Smoothies, and an assortment of healthy choice sandwiches, muffins, cinnamon rolls, cookies, brownies, fresh fruit, fresh breads, bottled water and soft drinks.On the deck of the Steamboat Building on Fogg’s Landing.

Latino Food- Delicious Papusa’s, Tamale’s Oriental Rice, Kabob’s and more! On Fogg’s Landing near the Oystering building.

St. Michaels Sno Cones- Treat yourself to a tasty shaved ice. On Fogg’s Landing.

St. Michaels Fire Department, Inc.– Hot Dogs, hamburgers, french fries, soda, water. On Fogg’s Landing near the Steamboat building.