The 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.
(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.”
When 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.
“CBMM_TripAdvisor17_Campus1.jpeg” “CBMM_TripAdvisor17_Campus2.jpeg” “CBMM_TripAdvisor17_Campus3.jpeg” 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.
On 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.
(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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit bit.ly/cbmmvolunteer.
Participating educators will learn about National Geographic’s new Educator Certification Program and begin the process to become one of the nation’s first Nat Geo Certified Educators.
On Tuesday, August 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., CBMM will host a Chesapeake’s Best Crab Cakes Educator Workshop. Participating educators will follow the blue crab from the Bay to the table in this hands-on workshop, which emphasizes Chesapeake geography, biology, and economics.
Space is limited in all workshops, with advanced registration needed at bit.ly/educator17.
Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 75,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St Michaels harbor. Charitable gifts to CBMM’s annual fund support the museum’s educational programs, with online giving and more information at cbmm.org/donate.
“CBMM_EducatorWorkshop.JPG” The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., is hosting three free workshops for PK-12 formal, informal, and homeschool educators this summer. Scheduled for June 21, July 18, and August 15, the workshops take place on CBMM’s waterfront campus, with space limited, and advanced registration needed at bit.ly/educator17. For more information, visit cbmm.org.
(ST MICHAELS, MD – May 9, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s small craft rental program will launch for the 2017 season this Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28, and continues weekends and select weekdays through August 27. Boats will be launched from CBMM’s floating docks, located near the Steamboat Building. Participation is limited by the number of boats available, with drop-ins welcome but reservations encouraged.
Built over the years in CBMM’s boatyard through the Apprentice for a Day program, the fleet of boats includes small wooden sailing skiffs, single and tandem kayaks, and rowboats that are perfect for singles, couples, or families. For participants wishing to sail but without basic sailing experience, CBMM also offers private sailing lessons.
“We’re a museum that brings people closer to the Chesapeake Bay, so getting people out on the water for a first-hand experience is absolutely central to our mission,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Come join us this summer and you too can mess about in boats that you’ll find nowhere else.”
The small craft boat rental program began in 2015 through the generous seed money support of donors to the Jim Greenaway Memorial Fund. The fund is named after CBMM President Kristen Greenaway’s late father, an avid sailor, furniture manufacturer and boat builder, who passed away in January 2015.
The program will be operating on weekends May 27 through June 18, and will expand to include Wednesdays through Sundays June 21 through August 27. Hourly and daily rental reservations can be made from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with all boats returning to CBMM’s docks no later than 5 p.m.
“You can take one of our boats out for as little as one hour to an entire day,” said CBMM Boatyard Program Manager Jennifer Kuhn. “For our guests it’s a unique chance to play around on the Miles River in a handcrafted wooden vessel.”
Private sailing lessons include up to four participants per session and are available to each participant at $50 per hour, or $250 per person for a full-day lesson from 10-4 p.m. Advanced registration is required for sailing lessons.
Boat renters must be 16 years of age or older, with minors accompanied by an adult, unless a boater safety certificate is presented. All participants must be physically able to get in and out of a small boat without assistance. Life jackets will be provided. In the event of small craft warnings or inclement weather, the programs will be canceled. Daily and hourly rates vary per vessel, with discounts to CBMM members; advanced reservations are encouraged by contacting Jennifer Kuhn at email@example.com or 410-745-4980. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.
“CBMM_SmallCraftRentals_May27.jpg” “CBMM_SmallCraftRentalProgram_BoatUnderway.jpg” “CBMM_SmallCraftRentalProgram.jpg” The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is offering guests the opportunity to get out on the water on weekends and on select weekdays beginning May 27 and continuing through August 27. Built in CBMM’s Apprentice for a Day program, the fleet of boats is available for daily and hourly rentals and includes small wooden sailing skiffs, kayaks, and rowboats that are perfect for singles, couples, or families. Daily and hourly rates vary per vessel, with discounts to CBMM members; reservations are encouraged by contacting Jennifer Kuhn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-745-4980.
What are the dates and times of the conference? The conference starts Thursday, April 27, 2017 – and runs through Saturday, April 29, 2017.
How much does it cost to register?Registration costs $150. This includes conference fees, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday, 4/27, and Friday, 4/28, as well as breakfast and lunch on Saturday, 4/29.
Is lodging included in the registration fee? Lodging is NOT INCLUDED in the registration fee.
Do you recommend places to stay near the conference? There are plenty of lodging options in St Michaels. They are all listed here. There are also limited, more affordable, bunks at the Museum. You can sign up for those when you register.
(ST MICHAELS, MD – April 11, 2017) In celebration of Independence Day, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. welcomes The Shades of Blue Orchestra for a live performance at its Saturday, July 1 Big Band Night. The St. Michaels fireworks are scheduled to launch after dusk that evening, with CBMM’s waterfront campus a great venue from which guests can enjoy the fireworks. The rain date for the concert and fireworks is Sunday, July 2.
Two vocalists will join the 18-piece Shades of Blue Orchestra as they perform from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand. The orchestra first played at CBMM’s 2014 Big Band Night, with numerous requests from patrons for return engagements.
The orchestra is set to begin at 7:00 p.m., with the public invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets for an evening of music, dancing, and fireworks along the Miles River.
Food, ice cream, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase during the event, which is generously sponsored by Eastern Shore Tents & Events.
Mixing together popular standards, a variety of musical styles, and dance-able rhythms, the Shades of Blue Orchestra combines brass, woodwind, and rhythm instruments to bring music from the 1930s to present to the Miles River. Established in 1976, this 18-piece Big Band consists of a well-balanced complement of brass, woodwind, and rhythm instruments, as well as two of the finest Big Band vocalists anywhere.
The Orchestra’s repertoire of music includes swing, rock, standard and popular ballads, Latin, retro, waltzes, and other selections. The Baltimore-based orchestra has performed at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, M&T Bank Stadium, Camden Yards, the Smithsonian Institution, Ocean City’s Sunfest, and more. Music samples and more information can be found at shades-of-blue.com.
Admission to Big Band Night is $6 for CBMM members and $10 for non-members, with children ages 5 and under free. After 8:45 p.m., admission will be reduced to $2 for those watching the fireworks only. Advanced tickets and more information are at cbmm.org/bigband.
Proceeds benefit the children and adults served by CBMM’s education, exhibition, and restoration programs.
For safety reasons, only service dogs are allowed on CBMM’s campus during Big Band Night, and other festivals. Leashed dogs are permitted during regular operating hours. For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org.
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The waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels welcomes back The Shades of Blue Orchestra for its Saturday, July 1 Big Band Night and fireworks. The performance takes place from 7-10 pm. at the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand, followed by St. Michaels’ fireworks. The rain date for the event is Sunday, July 2. Guests are invited to bring chairs, picnics, and blankets, but need to leave their pets at home. Food, ice cream, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. The event is generously sponsored by Eastern Shore Tents & Events, with advanced tickets and more information at cbmm.org/bigband. PHOTO CREDIT, If needed.
(ST MICHAELS, MD – March 28, 2017) Nine students and two teachers from Afya Public Charter School in Baltimore spent a recent weekend at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum learning about the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay.
The students spent time exploring CBMM’s St. Michaels campus, working on a dugout canoe, tonging for oysters, and trying their hand at blacksmithing. They were also able to cruise the Miles River aboard Volunteer, a replica Smith Island crab scraping boat, with each student getting a chance to steer.
This is the first time students from Afya have visited CBMM, which would not have been possible without the support of Maryland State Delegates Cory V. McCray and Antonio Hayes, and CBMM Board Member Len Foxwell. Two more visits to CBMM are planned.
Founded in 2007, Afya Baltimore Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization started by five Baltimore City Public School System educators for the purpose of creating charter schools in the city of Baltimore.
“CBMM_Afya_Delegate.JPG” Nine students from Afya Public Charter School in Baltimore did a recent overnight visit at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. Pictured with the students from the left are Afya teacher Julie Oxenhandler, Afya Community School Coordinator Scott Johnson, CBMM Shipwright Educator Matthew Engel, CBMM President Kristen Greenaway, CBMM Board Member Len Foxwell, and Maryland State Delegate Cory V. McCray. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.
“CBMM_Afya_Oyster.JPG” Afya Public Charter School students recently visited the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD. to learn about the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay through a variety of activities, including oyster tonging. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.
“CBMM_Afya_Volunteer.JPG” Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Shipwright Educator Matthew Engle, right, helps a student from Afya Public Charter School in Baltimore steer one of CBMM’s boats during a Miles River cruise. Students from Afya spent March 24-26, 2017, at CBMM, learning about the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.
“CBMM_Afya_Slackline.JPG” Afya Public Charter School students spent March 24-26, 2017, at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. While there, the students were able to take part in a variety of activities, including slacklining. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.
4/25/17 UPDATE – This event has been moved into CBMM’s Small Boat Shed.
(ST MICHAELS, MD – March 8, 2017) Celebrate the beginning of this year’s boating season by joining the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. for its annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony. The April 25 ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. near the boatyard, inviting the public to honor the working vessels and pleasure craft of the Chesapeake Bay, including CBMM’s floating fleet. Prayers will be offered to boaters for a safe and bountiful season, and also for those mariners whose lives have been lost at sea.
At this year’s event, a special blessing will be given for the 1889 log-bottom bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood. A registered National Historic Landmark, Edna represents the last remaining historic log-bottom bugeye still under sail, and is considered the queen of CBMM’s fleet of historic Chesapeake vessels. This historic restoration of her log-hull is underway in the boatyard through 2018.
Blessing of the Fleet is free and open to the public, with a reception following, offering light refreshments and live music with a Chesapeake theme from the Royal Oak Musicians. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved into CBMM’s Small Boat Shed.
Boaters are invited to bring their vessels to the ceremony, with marina reservations made by contacting CBMM Dockmaster Leigh Peek at email@example.com or at 410-745-4946. For more information, visit cbmm.org.
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. invites the public to come by land or water to welcome in the boating season with a Blessing of the Fleet ceremony on Tuesday, April 25. Led by the Reverend Kevin M. Cross of The Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford, Md., shown here, the ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. near CBMM’s boatyard, and includes a presentation of the colors and the Star Spangled Banner and Navy Hymn. Live music by the Royal Oak Musicians and light refreshments finish out the event, which is free and open to the public. For more information, visit cbmm.org.
“CBMM_BlessingoftheFleet_EdnaLockwood.jpg” At the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s April 25 Blessing of the Fleet, a special blessing will be given for the 1889 log-bottom bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood, shown here behind her new nine-log hull, now taking shape in full public view at CBMM’s boatyard in St. Michaels, Md. A registered National Historic Landmark, Edna represents the last remaining historic log-bottom bugeye still under sail, and is considered the queen of CBMM’s fleet of historic Chesapeake vessels. The Blessing of the Fleet begins at 5:00 p.m. near the boatyard, and is free and open to the public, with more information about the 2016-2018 log-hull Edna E. Lockwood restoration at ednalockwood.org.