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Two-Day Boater Safety Course

CBMM_BoaterSafetyCourse2_2018The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering five, two-day Maryland DNR-approved boater safety courses, beginning on select dates in April and continuing through August.

The courses will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium, and run April 18-19, May 23-24, June 20-21, July 18-19, and August 15-16.  The cost is $25 per two-evening session, with space limited and pre-registration required.

Participants completing the course and passing the test will receive a Maryland Boating Safety Education Certificate, which is valid for life. The certificate is required for anyone born on or after July 1, 1972, and who operates a numbered or documented vessel on Maryland waters. The course is also recommended for anyone looking to become a safer, more experienced boater or personal water craft operator.

Participants must be twelve years of age and older, with early registration recommended as classes fill fast. To register, go to bit.ly/safeboating2018 and pick from dates listed.

For information on Maryland DNR’s boating safety program, visit dnr.maryland.gov/boating.

Free Admission Weekdays in February

CBMM_FreeinFebruary18_1The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering free admission Monday through Friday this February, thanks to 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.

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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 floating fleet prepped for winter

CBMM_DorothyLee_Engine(ST MICHAELS, MD – October 19, 2017) Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Shipwright James DelAguila reports the museum’s floating fleet of historic vessels is being prepped for the colder months after a full summer of upgrades.

With CBMM’s railway maintenance season wrapped up, new full-time marine mechanic Josh Richardson had the opportunity to do systems maintenance before decommissioning vessels for the season. Richardson’s work ensures CBMM’s collection boats are able to continue traveling as ambassadors throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.

CBMM_EdnaLockwood_FairingOver the winter, shipwrights, apprentices, volunteers, and interns will spend a great amount of time on the Edna Lockwood restoration, as the painstaking work of fitting and fastening her new log hull to her original topsides continues. All work is being done in full public view, with limitless opportunities to ask questions about this unique build. For more on Edna Lockwood’s historic restoration, visit ednalockwood.org. To learn about CBMM, visit cbmm.org.

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Josh Richardson, the new marine mechanic at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., inspects the engine of Dorothy Lee, a 1934 Hoopers Island Dovetail in CBMM’s floating fleet.

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A shipwright at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., works on fairing Edna Lockwood’s log hull. Over the winter, shipwrights and apprentices will spend more time on the historic restoration project, with all work done in full public view.

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Richardson joins Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum  

CBMM_RichardsonJoshua_2017(ST MICHAELS, MD – October 18, 2017) Joshua Richardson of Easton, Md. has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. as Marine Mechanic. In this position, Richardson assists in engine maintenance and repair operations of CBMM’s floating fleet of historic Chesapeake boats, as well as boats donated and sold in its charity boat donation program. Richardson is also helping teach basic engine maintenance and repair skills to CBMM’s shipwright apprentices, as well as to youth enrolled in CBMM’s Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding program. 

Richardson brings more than 15 years of marine technician experience to the position, including his most recent work at Easton Point Marina. He is a graduate of the Marine Mechanics Institute in Orlando, Fl. and served as a heavy equipment mechanic while enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  

 “We’re grateful for the addition of Josh to our team through this new position,” said CBMM Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman. “This helps fulfill our goal of having a fully functioning boatyard here, so that preserving these boats can be done more thoroughly and efficiently.”   

Richardson has been connected to the Bay his entire life, first as the son of a Chesapeake waterman growing up in St. Michaels, Md., and later enjoying the Chesapeake as a recreational boater. 

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 preserve and restore the largest collection of Chesapeake watercraft in the world, and can be made online at cbmm.org/donate. 

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Joshua Richardson of Easton, Md. recently joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. as Marine Mechanic.  

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Bob Grieser’s Lens on the Chesapeake opens at CBMM

(ST MICHAELS, MD – October 12, 2017)  CBMM_GreiserInstallation1Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Collections Manager Jenifer Dolde works on the installation of Bob Grieser’s Lens on the Chesapeake, a photography exhibition featuring both black and white and color images opening at CBMM in St. Michaels, Md. on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. The exhibition continues through June 3, 2018 in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium, and showcases iconic photos of life on the Chesapeake Bay, and of the Bay itself. The exhibition is open daily, with more information at bit.ly/lensonthechesapeake.

CBMM_GreiserInstallation2Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Exhibitions Specialist Lee Olson, left, with Assistant Curator of Watercraft Richard Scofield, right, work on the installation of Bob Grieser’s Lens on the Chesapeake, a photography exhibition featuring both black and white and color images opening at CBMM in St. Michaels, Md. on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. The exhibition continues through June 3, 2018 in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium, and showcases iconic photos of life on the Chesapeake Bay, and of the Bay itself. The exhibition is open daily, with more information at bit.ly/lensonthechesapeake.

 

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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: Schooner Sultana @ CBMM

CBMM_SultanaVisitThe schooner Sultana will be at CBMM Friday, June 23, through Monday, June 26.

While at CBMM, Sultana will be hosting students in an under-sail environmental science program on the Miles River during weekdays, and can be seen dockside over the weekend.

Sultana serves as an on-the-water classroom for learning about the history and environment of the Chesapeake Bay. An almost exact replica of a British schooner that patrolled the North American coast just prior to the American Revolution, Sultana provides day-long programs as well as live-aboard programs for participants.

Learn about other tall ships coming to CBMM this summer here. 

Learn more about the schooner Sultana here. 

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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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Chautauqua Summer Series returns to St. Michaels July 10-12

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(ST MICHAELS, MD – May 8, 2017) On the evenings of July 10-12, the annual Chautauqua Summer Series brings three live performances to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s waterfront. This year’s Maryland Humanities’ series features Voices of the Great War, with all living history performances taking place from 7:00 -9:00 p.m. along Fogg’s Cove and the Miles River. All performances are free and open to the public.

TCACThe 2017 Chautauqua Summer Series at CBMM is generously sponsored by Karen and Langley Shook, and in part by the Talbot County Arts Council, with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council.

“The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.” With these words, President Woodrow Wilson asked the United States Congress to declare war on Germany. For nearly three years, war raged in Europe after the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria sparked a diplomatic crisis. Despite attempts to remain neutral, because of various acts of aggression by Germany, including the death of 128 Americans in the German attack on the British passenger liner RMS Lusitania, the United States officially entered World War I in April 1917.

For its 23rd season, Chautauqua is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the Great War as three World War I-era figures come to life.

On Monday, July 10, Chautauqua veteran Doug Mishler, an independent scholar who has taught at the University of Nevada and Western Washington University, will portray General John Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force on the Western Front in World War I, who was one of America’s most accomplished generals. On Tuesday, July 11, Bill Grimmette, a living history interpreter, storyteller, actor, and motivational speaker, will portray W.E.B. Du Bois, a sociologist and scholar, and one of the most important African-American activists of the early twentieth century. On Wednesday, July 12, the St. Michaels series wraps up with Judd Bankert bringing to life President Woodrow Wilson. Bankert has been portraying President Wilson as part of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Birthplace’s living-history program since 2000.

A Chautauqua performance is a historical dramatization featuring individuals who are part scholar and part actor. Each performance is broken into three acts, where the performer represents a historical figure in the first person, then invites audience questions; and in the final act, steps out of character to answer questions that the historical figure could not have been able to answer.

MarylandHumanities_Logo_Horz_JPG“Chautauqua” was the name for the Chautauqua Lake area in upstate New York, where the movement began in 1874 as a Methodist summer retreat. A wide range of religious lectures and educational programs attracted a huge following. As it evolved, the Chautauqua movement presented the latest in thinking in politics, economics, literature, science, and religion. Maryland Humanities launched the modern Chautauqua program in Maryland in 1995.

The Chautauqua Summer Series at CBMM invites guests to bring carry-on food and beverages along with their own chairs and blankets for seating. All performances are held on the lawn of Fogg’s Landing, near CBMM’s Steamboat Building, with convenient entry adjacent to parking. In the event of rain, performances will be held in the Van Lennep Auditorium, with space limited. No registration is required.

For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916. Additional information about the Chautauqua Summer Series can be found at mdhumanities.org.

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Maryland Humanities’ 23rd annual Chautauqua Summer Series, Voices from the Great War is coming to the waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. on July 10, 11, and 12. This year’s theme features living history performances of W.E.B. Du Bois, General John Pershing, and President Woodrow Wilson, as illustrated by Tom Chalkley here. The CBMM performances are scheduled to take place from 7-9:00 p.m. along the Miles River on Fogg’s Landing, and are free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for outdoor seating. In the event of rain, the performances will be moved inside, with limited space. No advanced registration is required. For information on specific performances, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.