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Kent’s Carvers and Clubs opens at CBMM April 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thousands of daffodils planted at CBMM

(ST MICHAELS, MD – November 27, 2017) CBMM_Daffodils3 CBMM_Daffodils1 CBMM_Daffodils2This November, more than 10,000 daffodil bulbs were planted at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum as part of more than 25,000 bulbs planted in the entire Town of St. Michaels, Md. Funded through philanthropic support, the initiative is the brainchild of the newly formed community organization St. Michaels in Bloom, dedicated to the beautification of St. Michaels.

Through the work of volunteers, St. Michaels in Bloom works to create a welcoming and vibrant landscape for the Town through the planting of colorful flowers, plants, and trees throughout the local business and community district.

The blooms will welcome spring guests to CBMM, and be featured as part of the inaugural St. Michaels Daffodil Festival. The festival is hosted by St. Michaels in Bloom and scheduled to take place April 14-15, 2018. Activities will include a daffodil parade; contests for the best daffodil decorated hats, house, street, and shop window; a daffy-dog costume pageant; and a historic daffodil walk, hosted by the St. Michaels Museum. Visit bit.ly/daffodilfestival for details.

St. Michaels in Bloom is part of the national organization, America in Bloom, whose vision is to have localities across the U.S. participate in community beautification projects.

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. 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.

 

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More than 10,000 daffodil bulbs were recently planted at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. through the newly formed St. Michaels in Bloom organization. The blooms will welcome spring guests to CBMM and will be featured as part of the inaugural Daffodil Festival, which is hosted by St. Michaels in Bloom and scheduled to take place April 14-15, 2018. Visit bit.ly/daffodilfestival for details.    

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CBMM acknowledges volunteers for generous service

CBMM_VolunteerRecognition_2017(ST MICHAELS, MD – June 22, 2017) On June 15, 2017, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum recognized a dedicated team of more than 385 volunteers aboard the Patriot for their combined 27,552.5 hours of service towards the museum over the past year. Several volunteers were recognized by CBMM for their work in boat restoration and maintenance, boat donations, buildings and grounds, education, exhibitions, museum store, and volunteer programming. The river cruise reception was generously sponsored by Patriot Cruises of St. Michaels, Md. and Garden & Garnish of Trappe, Md.

Special recognition was given to volunteers with the highest hours of cumulative service, including John Hawkinson with 10,000 hours; Ellen Plummer, Norman Plummer, and Mike Sweeney with 8,000 hours; Paul Ray with 7,000 hours; Lloyd Devigne, Roger Galvin, and Don Parks with 5,000 hours; and Jerry Friedman and Bob Petizon with 4,000 hours. Many other volunteers were recognized for reaching several milestones of 100 hours and above in their volunteer service toward CBMM.

 “The engagement and service from our volunteers is such an extraordinary part of what makes CBMM a very special place to visit,” says CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “The effort our volunteers put forth each and every day to ensure a great experience for our guests is quite remarkable.”

CBMM is always looking for volunteers to help throughout various areas of its operations, including front desk assistants, interpretive educators, festival helpers, buildings and grounds assistants, and more. For more information, contact CBMM Volunteer & Education Coordinator Allison Speight at aspeight@cbmm.org or 410-745-4941 or visit bit.ly/cbmmvolunteer.

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Several Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum volunteers gathered in front of the Patriot in St. Michaels, Md. at a June 15, 2017 river cruise and reception honoring their service and dedication in bringing people closer to the Chesapeake Bay through their volunteer work. More than 385 volunteers collectively contributed 27,552.5 hours of service to the non-profit, helping with all aspects of CBMM’s operations. Volunteers reaching milestones in hours of service were also recognized at the reception, which was generously sponsored by Patriot Cruises in St. Michaels, Md. and Garden & Garnish of Trappe, Md. CBMM offers year-round volunteer opportunities in various roles and capacities. To learn more, email aspeight@cbmm.org or visit bit.ly/cbmmvolunteer.

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CBMM participates in Maryland Lighthouse Challenge this September

CBMM_LighthouseChallenge3_2017 CBMM_LighthouseChallenge1_2017 CBMM_LighthouseChallenge2_2017(ST MICHAELS, MD – June 19, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is participating in the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge, which takes place September 16-17, 2017, with an early bird date of Friday, September 15 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse now at CBMM is one of 10 Chesapeake lighthouses featured in this year’s tour. CBMM celebrated the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Hooper Strait Lighthouse in its St. Michaels location on May 20 of this year.

Sponsored by the Chesapeake Chapter of the U. S. Lighthouse Society, the challenge is a bi-annual “road rally” held in September at participating lighthouses and lightships along the Chesapeake Bay. Other participating lighthouses for this year’s challenge include Concord Point, Seven Foot Knoll, Choptank River, Drum Point, Cove Point, Piney Point, Point Lookout, Fort Washington, along with the Lightship Chesapeake. Bonus lighthouses include Millers Island, Sandy Point Shoal, and Blackistone.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate by visiting all 10 lighthouses and the lightship, collecting specially-designed commemorative souvenirs from each. Participants can visit any number of lighthouses along the challenge route, but will have to visit all mandatory stops to collect a specially designed souvenir to mark the accomplishment.

The Hooper Strait Lighthouse, now standing on Navy Point, was originally built in 1879 to light 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 Deal Island or places along the Nanticoke and Wicomico rivers. Saved from demolition, the lighthouse was moved by barge to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. in 1966, one year after the non-profit museum opened. It now serves as a hands-on exhibition that explores the life of a lighthouse keeper, and a venue for CBMM’s Lighthouse Overnight Adventures program for youth groups.

As a “screwpile” lighthouse, it is built on special iron pilings which were tipped with a screw that could be turned into the muddy bottom for a depth of 10 feet or more. CBMM’s lighthouse is the second lighthouse constructed at Hooper Strait—the first one was destroyed by ice in 1877.

The 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse at CBMM will open at 10:00 a.m. as an early bird lighthouse on Friday, September 15, with $5 reduced admission for lighthouse challenge participants offered for the entire three-day challenge weekend. The lighthouse will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for challenge participants on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, with more information at cbmm.org or cheslights.org.

 

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse now in St. Michaels, Md. is one of 10 stops on the 2017 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge, which takes place September 16 & 17, with an early bird date of Friday, September 15 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Sponsored by the Chesapeake Chapter of the U. S. Lighthouse Society, the challenge is a bi-annual “road rally” held in September at participating lighthouses and lightships along the Chesapeake Bay. The Hooper Strait Lighthouse, now at CBMM in St. Michaels, Md., was originally built in 1879 to light the way for boats passing through the shallow, dangerous shoals of Hooper Strait. For more information, visit cbmm.org or cheslights.org.

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CBMM’s Sea Squirts Summer Camp begins June 19

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4/27/17 UPDATE – Spaces are still open for 7-9 year old children. All 4-6 year-old camps have been filled at this time. Any additional registrations will be added to a waiting list.

(ST MICHAELS, MD – February 27, 2017) Beginning June 19 and continuing through August 11, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is offering its week-long, half day Sea Squirts Summer Camp, formerly called Kids Club, for 4-9 year-old children. In age-appropriate Chesapeake-themed sessions, campers will explore the magic of the Chesapeake Bay’s people, animals, and environment through creative, hands-on activities, stories, games, and crafts.

CBMM’s summer camps for children 4-6 years of age are offered during the weeks of June 19, July 3, July 17, and July 31; camps for children 7-9 years of age are offered the weeks of June 26, July 10, July 24, and August 7. Camp themes include Chesapeake Critters, Time Travel Adventure, Clever Creations, and Bay Explorers.

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Participation is limited, with camps filling fast through pre-registration. The cost for the week-long camp is $125 for CBMM members, or $150 for non-members, with scholarships available. To register, go to bit.ly/CBMMSeaSquirts17, or for more information, visit bit.ly/CBMMsummercamp17.

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Registration is now open for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s week-long, half-day summer camps for children ages 4-9. Camps take place over eight weeks beginning June 19, with each age-appropriate session delivering Chesapeake-themed, hands-on activities, stories, games, and crafts that help bring children closer to the Chesapeake Bay. Camps fill fast, with advanced registration needed at bit.ly/CBMMSeaSquirts17. Camp details are at bit.ly/CBMMsummercamp17.

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Museum announces summer internships

CBMM_SummerInternships(ST MICHAELS, MD – January 3, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., has recently announced five summer internship opportunities in 2017 for current graduate and undergraduate college students. The internships are available in the curatorial, communications, development, and education departments, with applications due by Friday, February 17, 2017.

Over 10 to 13 weeks, these interns will have numerous opportunities to observe and engage in field-related projects and behind-the-scenes operations, led by CBMM’s professional staff. Full-time interns are paid a weekly stipend, with limited housing opportunities available.

Applicants need to send a resume, cover letter, recent transcript, and a letter of recommendation to hr@cbmm.org. Notice of acceptance for intern positions will be made by Friday, March 31, 2017, with terms beginning in June.

CBMM is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, age, or sexual orientation. For more information regarding CBMM internships and employment, visit bit.ly/workatCBMM or call 410-745-2916.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. recently announced five summer internship opportunities for 2017—two in the curatorial department—and one each in communications, development, and education. CBMM’s internships are open to college and graduate students, with the positions beginning in June and continuing for 10-13 weeks. For full internship descriptions, go to bit.ly/workatCBMM.

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Oyster stew competition is October 29 at OysterFest

cbmm_oysterfest2016_stew1(ST MICHAELS, MD – October 13, 2016) On Saturday, October 29, the Chesapeake Maritime Museum in St Michaels, Md. will host its annual oyster stew competition as part of OysterFest.

Oyster stew competitors include Sunflowers and Greens of Easton, Md., Bistro St. Michaels, Roy’s Kwik Korner of Glen Burnie, Md., Gourmet by the Bay, and Theo’s Steaks, Sides & Spirits, both of St. Michaels, Md.

Festival goers are encouraged to sample oyster stews beginning at 11:00 a.m. and while the limited tastings 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 and Easton Eye Care.

cbmm_oysterfest2016_stew2The 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 was deemed first place winner at last year’s OysterFest.

Lead OysterFest sponsors include Kelly Distributors, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, George’s Bloody Mary Mix, and Fordham Brewing. 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.

Local chefs from Theo’s Steaks, Sides & Spirits of St. Michaels, Md., Three Sixty at River’s Edge of Cambridge, Md., Know Good Farm of Wittman, Md., and Washington Street Pub & Oyster Bar of Easton, Md. will offer cooking demonstrations of signature oyster dishes throughout the day.

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.

dna Lockwood restorationThis 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 www.ednalockwood.org.

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 regular operating hours. Proceeds from the event support CBMM’s education, restoration, and exhibition programs, with advanced tickets and more information at www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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At the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s OysterFest on Saturday, October 29 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. Cooking demonstrations of signature oyster dishes will also be offered by local chefs throughout the day. Advanced tickets and more information about the October 29 OysterFest are at www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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August 14 brings Watermen’s Appreciation Day, buyboats to St. Michaels

CBMM_WAD_Crabfeast(ST MICHAELS, MD – June 29, 2016) The Talbot Watermen Association is bringing the 7th annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Sunday, August 14, with the added attraction of the Chesapeake Buyboat Reunion being held at CBMM during the event. The event features a spirited boat docking contest, steamed crabs and other food, live music, beer, boat rides, family activities, celebrity appearances, and more.

 CBMM_WAD_BuyboatReunionThis year, Watermen’s Day also offers the public the rare opportunity to see and board a collection of historic buyboats from around the mid-Atlantic region along CBMM’s docks and waterways, as CBMM hosts the 12th Annual Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Association’s reunion.

The festival’s “watermen’s rodeo” boat docking contest returns to the Miles River to its expanded location under the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Bleacher seating will be provided for spectators to the contest, with plenty of food, live music, and family activities to round out the festival.

CBMM_WAD_BoatDocking“The boat docking contest is a major draw for this event,” said TWA President Bunky Chance. “Last year, we relocated the contest to the Lighthouse, giving spectators a larger, better vantage point while giving our boats more space on the water.”

The event is hosted by TWA in cooperation with CBMM, with proceeds benefiting both organizations.

wadBeginning at 11:00 a.m., you can watch professionals in the spirited boat docking contest along Navy Point. Later in the day, children’s on-the-water activities include a Pot Pie skiff rowing competition, with prizes awarded.

Starting at noon, the day’s catch of steamed crabs—served by watermen—will be available for $25 per dozen while they last, in addition to beer, water, soda, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, and more. Guests can pre-pay for crabs from 10am – 12pm on August 14th at either of the two crab tents at CBMM.

Also beginning at noon, live music from Bird Dog & the Road King at 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 and the buyboats that are at CBMM throughout the day.
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Buyboats were used to haul seafood and cargo along Chesapeake Bay waterways before many of the Bay’s peninsulas were connected by bridges. As the seafood harvest declined and highways became the mode of travel, the large graceful buyboats faded from local waters, leaving no more than 30 of the oyster buyboats remaining on the Bay.

As part of the annual reunion, the buyboats and their owners will be at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum August 12-14, with dockside tours offered to CBMM guests to stand on the decks, chat with their owners, and understand the boats’ importance in history.

During Watermen’s Day, festival-goers can take part in a silent auction, with Chesapeake-related items available to the highest bidders, including work by noted Chesapeake artist Marc Castelli. The auction takes place in the Small Boat Shed, with bids taken until 4:30 p.m., and all proceeds supporting the Talbot Watermen Association.

Throughout the day, festival-goers can get an up-close view of CBMM’s floating fleet of historic Chesapeake vessels, including the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, a registered National Historic Landmark whose log-hull is under restoration now through 2018. During the festival, guests will also have full access to CBMM’s 12 exhibition buildings, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse.

“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 in such an incredibly authentic way. And this year, we are honored to welcome the Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Association to CBMM.”

Admission to the 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. rain or shine event includes the Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Reunion, boat docking contest, celebrity appearances, and live music at $18 for adults, and $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 children ages 6-17. Advanced admission tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/WAD2016, 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. 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 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, visit www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

 

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The Talbot Watermen Association’s Watermen’s Appreciation Day returns to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. on Sunday, August 14 with a “watermen’s rodeo” boat docking contest, steamed crabs and other food, beer, live music, family activities, celebrity appearances, and more. Proceeds from the event benefit the TWA and CBMM. For more information and advanced tickets, visit www.cbmm.org.

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The 7th Annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum offers the public the rare opportunity to see and board a collection of historic buyboats from around the mid-Atlantic region— like those shown here—as CBMM hosts the 12th Annual Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Association’s reunion August 12-14. The Sunday, August 14 Watermen’s Day also brings steamed crabs, a boat docking contest, live music, beer, other food and beverages, celebrity appearances, and children’s activities to CBMM’s Miles River-front campus in historic St. Michaels, Md., with advanced tickets and more information available at www.cbmm.org.

 

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Hollyday photo exhibition opens in St. Michaels February 16

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H. Robins “Bob” Hollyday (1898-1981), photographed Eastern Shore people and places from land, water, and air through much of the 20th century, and now his work is being featured in a new temporary exhibition in St. Michaels, Md.

With photographs drawn from the Hollyday collection of Easton’s Talbot Historical Society, Maritime Talbot County: Photographs by H. Robins Hollyday opens to the general public on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Van Lennep Auditorium and continues through October 16, 2016.

Beginning in 1929, Hollyday teamed with Talbot County’s most well-known aviator, Malcom Hathaway, to capture aerial views of the county. Hollyday would hang out of the open cockpit plane with a large, cumbersome camera to take his photographs. He photographed properties from the air for the area’s realtors, captured events for local businesses and society, and documented the region’s culture.

“Hollyday’s photographs reflect a distinct sense of place, and in Talbot County, which claims 600 miles of shoreline, that character is closely intertwined with the water,” says CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher. “In these images, Hollyday documented the area’s waterborne transportation and recreation, waterside industry, and fisheries.”

“We’re very pleased to be working with the historical society on this project,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “While Hollyday’s work is focused on Talbot County, it is an excellent representation of the entire Chesapeake region for many to appreciate and enjoy.”

The museum is open daily throughout the exhibition dates and is free for CBMM members and on weekdays in February, or with general museum admission.

For more information, visit www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

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The ferry Governor Emerson C. Harrington II departing Claiborne, an important terminal for cross-bay ferries in the 20th century. Before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge opened in 1952, a system of ferries carried people, goods, and vehicles daily, connecting Annapolis to Claiborne, and later Sandy Point to Kent Island, with a shorter crossing from Romancoke on Kent Island to Claiborne. Emerson C. Harrington II served this shorter crossing. Photograph by H. Robins Hollyday, c. 1948, collection of Talbot Historical Society. This image and others by H. Robins Hollyday will be displayed in a new special exhibition, Maritime Talbot County at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. beginning February 16, 2016 and continuing through October 16, 2016. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org.

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Museum announces Free in February

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Thanks to generous sponsor support, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be offering free admission Monday through Friday during the month of February. Free admission covers access to the entire museum, including the working boatyard and 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, as well as numerous permanent and changing exhibitions along CBMM’s waterfront campus in historic St. Michaels, Md.

The Free in February program includes President’s Day and is only made possible through the generous sponsor support of the Talbot Bank and Awful Arthur’s of St. Michaels, Md. February museum guests will also receive a discount card offer for 15% off all meals at Awful Arthur’s through March 15, 2016.

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“Winter offers a great time to explore our 12 exhibition buildings and beautiful campus, especially while enjoying the town’s great restaurants, shops, hotels and inns,” said CBMM’s President Kristen Greenaway. “We have a great number of inside exhibitions for all ages to enjoy, the waterfowl are abundant along a quieter harbor and the Miles River, and you can see great things happening in our boatyard as education programs and the restoration of our historic fleet of Chesapeake vessels ramp up in the colder months.”

 

Guests can also take in CBMM 50th anniversary exhibition, A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting, which features 50 significant objects that have been accessioned into the museum’s collection over the past 50 years, and is presented on both floors of the Steamboat Building. The exhibition will be closing to the public in 2016.

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Admission will be free weekdays in February for all museum guests. General admission is otherwise good for two consecutive days and is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with ID, $6 for children 6-17, and free for museum members and children five and under. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Inclement weather closings are announced on the museum’s website at www.cbmm.org.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, CBMM is the only museum in the world preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay. For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit www.cbmm.org.

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The waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is offering free admission to all guests each Monday through Friday in February. The museum’s campus, as seen here from the Miles River, features 12 exhibition buildings over 18 waterfront acres and the largest collection of Chesapeake Bay watercraft in the world. Admission includes access to the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, a working boatyard, and the museum’s 50th anniversary exhibition, A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting. CBMM’s Free in February program is generously sponsored by the Talbot Bank and Awful Arthur’s of St. Michaels, Md. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with directions and more information available online at www.cbmm.org.

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African-American sailmaker Downes Curtis’ bench and tools—as shown here—are featured in the exhibition A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting, which will be open to the public free of charge on weekdays this February at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. The 50th anniversary special exhibition features 50 significant objects accessioned into the museum’s collection over the past 50 years. CBMM’s Free in February program is sponsored by the Talbot Bank and Awful Arthur’s of St. Michaels, Md. Admission also includes access to the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, a working boatyard, and numerous indoor exhibitions along the museum’s Miles River waterfront. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with directions and more information available online at www.cbmm.org.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in historic St. Michaels, Md. is offering free admission to all guests each Monday through Friday in February. Admission includes access to the working boatyard, as shown here, along with the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, and the museum’s 50th anniversary exhibition, A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting. Busiest in the winter months, the museum’s boatshop runs year-round educational programs and maintains and restores the largest collection of Chesapeake Bay watercraft in the world. CBMM’s Free in February program is generously sponsored by the Talbot Bank and Awful Arthur’s of St. Michaels, Md. Directions and more information are available online at www.cbmm.org.