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Museum offers free admission in February

CBMM_FreeinFebruary18_1(ST MICHAELS, MD – November 13, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering free admission Monday through Friday this February, with the program offered through the generous support of Free in February sponsors Shore United Bank and Awful Arthur’s of St. Michaels, Md.

During February, CBMM guests will receive a discount card for 15% off all meals at Awful Arthur’s, which will be redeemable through March 15, 2018.

Located along the Miles River in historic St. Michaels, Md., CBMM’s campus is a short walk or drive to area restaurants, shops, inns, hotels, and other attractions. Free admission covers access to CBMM’s numerous indoor and outdoor spaces, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, a working boatyard, and numerous permanent and changing exhibitions focused on the traditions, environment, and history of the entire Chesapeake Bay region.

Progress on the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood is now underway and in full public view in CBMM’s boatyard, and continues through 2018. The nine-log bugeye was built by John B. Harrison on Tilghman Island, Md. in 1889 and is the oldest of her kind still under sail. The oystering boat is a National Historic Landmark and was donated to CBMM in 1967 by John R. Kimberly.

“This winter, come and experience the Edna Lockwood restoration before it wraps up in October 2018. Our shipwrights and apprentices are now fairing the new hull with the old topsides, and it’s incredible to watch the transformation,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “We also have a great number of exhibitions for all ages to enjoy, and this time of year offers clear, underwater views of oyster beds, and abundant waterfowl and wildlife along our living shoreline and quiet waterfront.”

This winter, CBMM members and guests can enjoy several special exhibitions, including Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, Potomac Waterfowling: Gunning the Nation’s Rivers, and Bob Grieser’s Lens on the Chesapeake.

Admission will be free weekdays in February for all CBMM 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 CBMM members and children five and under. During the winter months, CBMM is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. seven days a week, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Inclement weather closings are announced at cbmm.org.

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.

PLEASE VISIT OUR SPONSORS: 

Shore United Bank

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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. CBMM’s waterfront campus includes indoor and outdoor spaces, and is within a short walk or drive to area restaurants, shops, inns, and hotels. Admission includes access to the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, a working boatyard, and numerous special exhibitions. CBMM’s Free in February program includes President’s Day and is generously sponsored by Shore United Bank and Awful Arthur’s of St. Michaels, Md., with more information at cbmm.org.

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From now through October 2018, progress on the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood is in full public view at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., with free admission to the museum’s numerous exhibitions and buildings offered Monday through Friday this February. CBMM’s Free in February program includes President’s Day and is generously sponsored by Shore United Bank and Awful Arthur’s of St. Michaels, Md., with an 15% Awful Arthur’s discount card offered for all February CBMM guests and more information at cbmm.org.

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CBMM’s Holiday Open House is December 6

CBMM_HooperStraitLight_Carolers(ST MICHAELS, MD – November 3, 2017) On Wednesday, December 6 from 4 to 7:00 p.m., the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is inviting the public to celebrate the holidays with an open house that includes caroling, children’s holiday crafts, light refreshments, store discounts, and more.

Free children’s craft activities will be offered in the Welcome Center throughout the event, with carolers greeting participants inside the Museum Store.CBMM_TreeUpOldPoint_Dec6Event

CBMM_MuseumStore_Dec6EventWhile children are enjoying these activities, parents, grandparents and all adults are invited to shop in the Museum Store, enjoy a wine bar, light refreshments, 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, excluding life memberships, will also be available for purchase.

CBMM_HooperStraitLight_Christmas_Moon CBMM_Holiday2017Each year, CBMM’s historic structures, exhibition buildings, and boats are decorated in holiday greenery, created by CBMM volunteers and staff.  CBMM also lights the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, and a small tree set atop the mast of the 1909 seven-log crab dredger, Old Point.

CBMM is currently restoring another historic log-bottomed boat, the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, with all work being done in full public view through the re-launch on October 27, 2018 at CBMM’s OysterFest. Updates and more about the project are at ednalockwood.org.

The December 6 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 Wednesday, December 6, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. will host a Holiday Open House that features caroling, children’s craft activities, store discounts, and more. CBMM’s campus will also be lit up for the holidays, including 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 for a Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 6 in CBMM’s store, with caroling, children’s craft activities, store discounts, and more.

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From 4-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s store, as shown here, will be hosting a Holiday Open House. During the event, CBMM volunteers and staff will host free children’s activities in the Welcome Center, while adults shop and enjoy complimentary wine and light refreshments, 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 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 takes part in Nov. 4-13 Maryland STEM Festival

cbmm_stem_risingtide_nov5(ST. MICHAELS, MD — October 24, 2016) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is collaborating with the Talbot County Free Library in Easton, Md. to educate families and children of all ages on science, technology, engineering, and math as part of the statewide November 4-13 Maryland STEM Festival. CBMM will be educating children and families on STEM topics through several different events focusing on Chesapeake Bay history and boatbuilding. All programs are free and open to the public.

The 10-day festival begins locally with a kickoff event on Saturday, November 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton, Md. CBMM Shipwright Educator Matt Engel will share hands-on experience of historic Chesapeake Bay dugout canoe carving. Engel will also provide more information on CBMM’s Rising Tide after-school boatbuilding program for Talbot students.

cbmm_stem_ednalockwood_nov7On Monday, November 7 beginning at 6:00 p.m., CBMM Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman will present his talk, “Old Technologies, New Technologies – A Stewardship Strategy” on the various technologies being used in the 2016-2018 log-hull restoration of the 1889 nine-log bugeye Edna Lockwood. Gorman will speak at the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library.

cbmm_stem_lighthouse_nov9-jpgThe Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be the host site for a STEM Storytime at the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse as its final demonstration on Wednesday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m. Available to children ages 7 and under with accompanying adults, participants will explore CBMM’s Hooper Strait Lighthouse through related stories, crafts, and technology alongside CBMM’s School & Family Programs Manager Jill Ferris, and Youth Services Librarian Diana Hastings of the St. Michaels branch of the TCFL. Pre-registration is required with limited space available. For more information, please call the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library at 410-745-5877.

“We are very much looking forward to sharing our knowledge and experiences of the Chesapeake Bay to the eager students, children, and families of Talbot County,” says CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Our Rising Tide program brings the STEM curriculum into our boatyard, with participants learning about Chesapeake boatbuilding and history while applying these skills in a very meaningful way.”

Through ten days of collaborative, interactive, and dynamic events and activities throughout the state, the Maryland STEM Festival provides inspirational, educational, and accessible programming in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) throughout Maryland. The Festival provides STEM opportunities to all of Maryland without requiring them to travel significant distances.

Other local STEM demonstrations will be offered by Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, Maryland Science Center, Chesapeake College, Easton Utilities, and Easton Airport. For more information, visit www.marylandstemfestival.org.

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 nearly 70,000 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. From now through 2018, museum guests can see the log-hull restoration of the 1889 log-hull bugeye, Edna Lockwood, with more information at www.ednalockwood.org. For more information about CBMM, visit www.cbmm.org.

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Participants in CBMM’s Rising Tide after school boatbuilding program take their turn carving a traditional dugout canoe in St. Michaels, Md. On Thursday, November 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton, Md., Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Shipwright Educator Matt Engel will share hands-on experience of historic Chesapeake Bay dugout canoe carving and provide information on CBMM’s Rising Tide after-school boatbuilding program. CBMM’s collaboration with TCFL is part of the statewide November 4-13 Maryland STEM Festival, which educates all ages on science, technology, engineering, and math. CBMM is hosting additional programs on November 7 and November 9, with a focus on STEM topics as they relate to the Chesapeake Bay’s history and boatbuilding. All programs are free and open to the public.

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On Monday, November 7 beginning at 6:00 p.m., CBMM Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman will present his talk, “Old Technologies, New Technologies – A Stewardship Strategy” on the various technologies being used in the 2016-2018 log-hull restoration of the 1889 nine-log bugeye Edna Lockwood, shown here. Gorman will speak at the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library. The program is part of the statewide November 4-13 Maryland STEM Festival, which educates all ages on science, technology, engineering, and math. On November 9, CBMM will host a STEM Storytime at the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, with limited space and pre-registration made by calling TCFL’s St. Michaels branch at 410-745-5877. All programs are free and open to the public.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will host a STEM Storytime at the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, shown here, on Wednesday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m. Available to children ages 7 and under with accompanying adults, participants will explore CBMM’s Hooper Strait Lighthouse through related stories, crafts, and technology. The program is part of the statewide November 4-13 Maryland STEM Festival, which educates all ages on science, technology, engineering, and math. Pre-registration is required, with limited space available for this free program. To register or for more information, call the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library at 410-745-5877.