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St. Michaels Daffodil Festival

Daffodil-Festival-LogoCome see St. Michaels and CBMM in bloom for this new spring festival.

Sponsored by the Town of St. Michaels, Maryland, the inaugural Daffodil Festival has planned activities including a Daffodil Weekend Parade, Daffy-Dog Costume Pageant, Daffodil Garden Tours, and more!

In fall 2017, 10,000 daffodil bulbs were planted at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum– as part of more than 20,000 bulbs in the entire Town–through a newly formed community organization called St. Michaels In Bloom. The organization is dedicated to the beautification of St. Michaels. Consisting solely 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 our business and community districts.

planting daffodilsPart of the national organization, America in Bloom, whose vision is to have localities across the US participate in community beautification projects, the goal of St. Michaels in Bloom is to see this community bloom in many ways.

Festivities are designed to encourage visitors and to benefit residents and businesses alike. St. Michaels Community groups, merchants, and residents show support through the display of daffodils and through participation in our Daffodil Festival Events.

Click here for more details on the festival.

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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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CBMM recognized for Maryland’s Best Media and PR Campaign

CBMM_MTTSAward(ST. MICHAELS, MD – November 30, 2018) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. was recently honored at the annual Maryland Tourism Awards Ceremony of the 37th Annual Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit. Held November 8-10 at the newly opened The Hotel at The University of Maryland, the summit was sponsored and managed by the Maryland Tourism Coalition, and drew together hundreds of the state’s top tourism industry professionals.

CBMM received an award for the “Best Media and Public Relations Campaign” for its strategic use of digital storytelling that successfully widened the public and media audiences for the restoration of the 1889 log-hull bugeye Edna Lockwood. The multi-faceted communications plan concentrated on video and social media to expand and diversify audience demographics, helping to not only preserve a National Historic Landmark, but attract more guests, journalists, and members to the museum. The fully restored Edna Lockwood will re-launch at CBMM’s OysterFest on October 27, 2018, with restoration progress reports updated at ednalockwood.org.

“I’m thrilled one of Talbot’s most beloved destinations has achieved this award,” said Talbot County Director of Economic Development and Tourism Cassandra Vanhooser. “The publicity behind the Edna Lockwood project has helped Talbot County attract more visitors and journalists in sharing our stories.”

Considerations for award nominations included innovative features of the campaign, specific results, and the collaboration involved in executing the project.

For more than 50 years, the Maryland Tourism Coalition has brought together the tourism industry to enhance business growth and to promote the development of Maryland tourism. The Maryland Tourism Coalition is the only statewide membership association representing all segments of the hospitality and tourism industry, emphasizing government affairs, business growth, professional development, and alliances with other tourism organizations, the business community, and state and local governments.

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 support CBMM’s education, restoration and exhibition programming, with online donations made at cbmm.org/donate.

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At its recent annual awards ceremony, the Maryland Tourism Coalition honored the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum with the “Best Media and Public Relations Campaign” award. CBMM was cited for its strategic use of digital storytelling that successfully widened the public and media audiences for the restoration of the 1889 log-hull bugeye Edna Lockwood. Pictured from the left with the award are CBMM’s Content Creator & Strategist Bethany Ziegler, Vice President of Communications Tracey Johns, and Communications & Art Director Izzy Mercado. More about the awards ceremony is at bit.ly/mdtourism.

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New weather station helps students learn at CBMM

CBMM_WeatherStation_StPaulStudent (ST MICHAELS, MD – November 28, 2017) A new, in-the-water weather station has recently been installed at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Fogg’s Cove along the Miles River.

Made possible through a generous gift from Lesley and Fred Israel and consultation by University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory, the weather station allows CBMM to enhance its K-12 programming to better support science and environmental education. Using the weather station, students are able to monitor the water quality at CBMM remotely from their schools to extend their museum learning into the classroom.

CBMM_WeatherStation1The monitoring equipment and data compilation are provided by the Virginia-based Sutron Corporation, which specializes in high quality real-time hydrologic, meteorological, and oceanic data. Water temperature, salinity, turbidity, and alkalinity are measured in the water, along with wind direction and speed, rainfall, dewpoint, and barometric pressure from the sensor above. Real-time data from CBMM’s weather station can be accessed online at bit.ly/weatherstationmap.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum CBMM_WeatherStation2dedicated 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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A new weather station, shown here, has recently been installed on Fogg’s Cove at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. The station is being used in CBMM’s K-12 school and ecology programming to monitor weather and water conditions, and is made possible through a generous gift from Lesley and Fred Israel. Real-time data can also be found online at bit.ly/weatherstationmap.

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Third-graders from St. Paul’s School in Brooklandville, Md. will be using data from CBMM’s new weather station to monitor water and weather conditions around their adopted oyster cage at CBMM. The collaborative project is made possible by the Chesapeake Bay Trust K-12 Environmental Education Mini Grant Program, which emphasizes meaningful outdoor learning experiences for students surrounding an important watershed issue.

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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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Meet: Heather Pickens, Friends Board

November 3, 2017

HeatherPickensA native to the Eastern Shore, Heather Pickens was born in Easton and grew up in St. Michaels. After attending college, she returned to the Eastern Shore and worked for the Grayce B. Kerr Fund. It was through her role with the Grayce B. Kerr Fund that she learned of the significance of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and of the maritime industry as a whole.

For nearly ten years, Heather has worked with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, an organization with a mission to enhance the quality of life throughout the Mid-Shore region of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties. Her role with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation—as well as numerous personal ties within the community—have kept her connected to CBMM, with those connections strengthened through her joining the Friends Board.

CBMM’s Friends Board is comprised of individuals who have their local and regional communities at heart, and helps guide CBMM in its endeavors to strengthen partnerships and develop new ones, while helping CBMM be a real resource to diverse audiences.

Heather earned her BA from Marshall University, with her professional experience including marketing, design, event planning, and administrative support. She resides in Royal Oak with her husband, daughter, Labrador retriever, and other creatures. When not at the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, she enjoys spending time with her family on and around the Chesapeake Bay.

Heather has observed CBMM’s developing role in the community, and looks forward to being an ambassador for the institution as it plays an important role in preserving, sharing, and defining, both the environment, and people, of the entire Chesapeake Bay region.

We thank Heather for her time and dedication to CBMM!

 

Shipwrights start next phase of Edna Lockwood restoration

(ST MICHAELS, MD – September 25, 2017) Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman reports that a major step has been made in the historic restoration of 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, with her existing topsides lifted by crane to sit directly above her new nine-log hull. Edna Lockwood represents the last of her kind, as the oldest historic log-hull bugeye still under sail.

In mid-September, the topsides were successfully transferred to sit just above the new hull, which shipwrights finished shaping earlier this year. At the same time, Edna’s original 1889 hull was moved to the other side of CBMM’s campus, where it will eventually be put on display.

The next phase in the restoration will see shipwrights begin the process of marrying the two sections of the boat, and jacking the bottom up to meet frames. New stems, hatches, additional structure will also be installed this fall, and sails will be sent out to have new ones made.

The team is restoring CBMM’s queen of the fleet and National Historic Landmark Edna E. Lockwood by replacing her nine-log hull, in adherence to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Vessel Preservation. Shipwright apprentices working on the project are generously supported by the Seip Family Foundation and the RPM Foundation. All work takes place in full public view through 2018, when Edna will be placed on the marine railway and launched at CBMM’s OysterFest in October.

To keep up with the project, including progress update videos, visit ednalockwood.org.

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Seip Family Foundation Shipwright Apprentice Spencer Sherwood helps slide a steel beam, on loan from Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, through 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The beams were used to help lift Edna’s topside from her existing hull in September, a major step in the historic restoration.

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman, far right, looks on as Edna Lockwood’s topside is lifted from its 1889 log hull to sit atop the new one constructed by him and his team of shipwrights and apprentices in St. Michaels, Md.

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Edna Lockwood’s original 1889 nine-log hull is moved by across the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum boatyard after being separated for the bugeye’s topsides. It will sit on display on the other side of CBMM’s waterfront campus.

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A look between the 1889 log hull of bugeye Edna Lockwood and her topsides as shipwrights at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels begin to lift her by crane.

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Tall Ship: Pride of Baltimore II @ CBMM

CBMM_PrideofBaltimoreVisitThe tall ship Pride of Baltimore II will be at CBMM on Friday, August 11, and remain dockside along CBMM’s campus through August 13, with deck tours offered from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

In 1988, Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned as a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor, the original Pride of Baltimore, which sank in 1986 due to a white squall off Puerto Rico. Both ships were built in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor as reproductions of 1812-era topsail schooners, or Baltimore Clippers, which helped America win the War of 1812 and finally secure its freedom.

Learn more about the Pride of Baltimore II here. 

 

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CBMM earns TripAdvisor 2017 Certificates of Excellence

2017_COE_TripAdvisor(ST MICHAELS, MD – July 25, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum recently received two TripAdvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence awards. These awards celebrate excellence in hospitality and are only given to establishments consistently achieving great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. In addition to winning for CBMM as a whole, the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse was also recognized this year.

“TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence is a badge of honor our staff and volunteers proudly earn,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “CBMM has achieved this recognition for six consecutive years, and we look forward to continuing to earn this kind of feedback while bringing a transformative Chesapeake experience to each of our guests, year after year.”

CBMM_TripAdvisor17_Campus3 CBMM_TripAdvisor17_Campus1 CBMM_TripAdvisor17_Campus2When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm that takes into account the quality, quantity, and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period, as well as the business’s tenure and ranking on the site’s Popularity Index. To qualify, businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions,” said Vice President of Industry Marketing, Heather Leisman.

Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries, and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered superior guest experiences.

TripAdvisor is an online travel site offering advice from travelers, with nearly 390 million monthly online visitors and more than 500 million reviews and opinions covering more than 7 million attractions, accommodations, and restaurants. To read recent CBMM guest reviews, visit bit.ly/reviewcbmm. For information about the museum, visit cbmm.org.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse in St. Michaels, Md., recently received TripAdvisor’s 2017 Certificate of Excellence awards, which honor hospitality excellence throughout the world, and are only given to establishments consistently achieving outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. This marks the sixth consecutive year the non-profit has earned the award, with reviews seen and made online at bit.ly/reviewcbmm.

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Tall Ship: Maryland Dove @ CBMM

CBMM_DoveVisitOn Thursday, July 6, Maryland Dove will arrive at CBMM and can be seen out on the Miles River and dockside through Monday, July 10. Local school groups will be touring the ship, with Dove open for boarding to all CBMM guests from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., July 8 to 10.

The public is invited for free public access to Maryland Dove while at CBMM on July 8, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Maryland Dove is a re-creation of the late 17th century trading ship that brought the first settlers to what is now Maryland. Built in a shipyard near Cambridge, Md., Dove is owned by the state of Maryland and operated and maintained by the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission.

Learn about other tall ships visiting CBMM this summer here. 

Learn more about Maryland Dove here.