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CBMM_OysterFest2016

OysterFest

Saturday, October 28, 2017
10 am – 5 pm, RAIN OR SHINE!

MEMBER PRICING
$5 Adults and Seniors
Family & Friends Membership Level and above can extend members pricing to TWO guests.
Free – Member children 17 and under

NON-MEMBER PRICING
$18 Adults (ages 18-61)
$15 Seniors (ages 62+)
$6 Child (ages 6-17)
Free – Children 5 and under

 

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OysterFest is a celebration of the Chesapeake’s oyster. The event features live music on two stages, boat rides, retriever demonstrations, oysters and other local fare, an oyster stew competition and cooking demonstrations, along with children’s activities, oyster demonstrations, harvesting displays and Chesapeake-related documentary screenings.

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OysterFest stew competitors, bands & activities announced 

(ST MICHAELS, MD – October 19, 2017) CBMM_OysterFest2017_Stew1 CBMM_OysterFest2017_Stew2 CBMM_OysterFest17_BuildaBoat CBMM_OysterFest17_WideShot CBMM_OysterFest17_OysterJengaOn Saturday, October 28, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St Michaels, Md. will host two live stages of music and an oyster stew competition as part of OysterFest.  

Oyster stew competitors include Sunflowers and Greens of Easton, Md., Bistro St. MichaelsGourmet by the Bay of St. Michaels, Md., Billie’s Catering of Crisfield, Md., at t at the General Store of Royal Oak, Md.   

Festival goers are encouraged to sample oyster stews beginning at 11:00 a.m. and while supplies 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

The 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 has been awarded first place for the past two consecutive years.  

The band Blackwater will be bringing their eclectic blend of funk, rock, reggae, rhythm and bluegrass to the Tolchester Beach Bandstand for a live performance from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by the Eastern Shore’s Justin Ryan performing pop, rock, country, folk an alternative music from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Performing from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from the Steamboat deck will be The Freewheelers bringing their breezy, melodic vibes to Fogg’s Cove and the Miles River.  

Family activities include Chesapeake cornhole, giant oyster reef jenga, face painting, build-a-boat activities, and children’s storybook readings. Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Fishmobile will give guests an opportunity to explore fish, terrapins, horseshoe crabs, blue crabs, oyster toadfish, oysters, eel, box turtles, and more. 

Lead OysterFest sponsors include Kelly Distributors, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, George’s Bloody Mary Mix, and Eastern Shore Tents & EventsChesapeake 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. OysterFest is partially funded by the Maryland State Arts Council. 

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.   

This 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 ednalockwood.org 

Special exhibitions include Robert de Gast’s ChesapeakePotomac Waterfowling: Gunning the Nation’s River, and Bob Grieser’s Lens on the Chesapeake 

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 non-festival dates. Proceeds from the event support CBMM’s education, restoration, and exhibition programs, with advanced tickets and more information at cbmm.org/oysterfest 

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At the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s OysterFest on Saturday, October 28 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. Advanced tickets and more information about the October 28 OysterFest are at cbmm.org/oysterfest 

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Family activities at CBMM’s October 28 OysterFest include Chesapeake cornhole, giant oyster reef jenga, face painting, build-a-boat activities, and children’s storybook readings. Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Fishmobile will give guests an opportunity to explore fish, terrapins, horseshoe crabs, blue crabs, oyster toadfish, oysters, eel, box turtles, and more. Advanced tickets and more information are at cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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CBMM’s October 28 OysterFest in St. Michaels, Md. features two stages of live music. The band Blackwater will be performing from the Tolchester Beach Bandstand from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by the Eastern Shore’s Justin Ryan performing from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Performing from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from CBMM’s Steamboat deck on Fogg’s Cove will be The Freewheelers.

 

 

OysterFest in St. Michaels is Oct. 28

 (ST MICHAELS, MD – August 28, 2017) OysterFest, a celebration of the Chesapeake’s favorite bivalve, will return to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. The event features live music, an oyster stew competition, boat rides, retriever demonstrations, oysters and other local fare, and cooking demonstrations, along with children’s activities, oystering demonstrations, harvesting displays, and more.

In addition to CBMM’s floating fleet of historic vessels, several commercial watermen and their boats will be dockside to share the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster dredging and hand tonging traditions. Limited boat rides with Chesapeake watermen with oyster tonging demonstrations will also be offered.

Local watermen will serve freshly caught and shucked Chesapeake Bay wild oysters, served steamed or raw on the half shell. For those who celebrate oysters rather than eat them, regional food and beverages will also be offered.

Local restaurants will perform cooking demonstrations of signature oyster dishes throughout the day, with oyster slurping contests offered each hour from 1 to 3 pm. Beginning at 11 am along CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove, festival-goers can vote for their favorite oyster stew in a competition among local restaurants and chefs. 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. The 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.

Family activities are in abundance at the event, with river cruises aboard Winnie Estelle; Chesapeake-themed games, activities, and demonstrations; a scavenger hunt; face painting; and more. Children can build a take-home model boat for $3. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief and Rescue club will also present retriever demonstrations on CBMM’s Navy Point.

Festival-goers can explore CBMM’s exhibitions, including Oystering on the Chesapeake and Waterman’s Wharf, where guests can try tonging or nippering for oysters. Displayed dockside will be several boats historically used in the oystering industry, including CBMM’s 1889 log-bottomed bugeye and registered National Historic Landmark Edna E. Lockwood, 1955 skipjack Rosie Parks, and 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle.

OysterFest is partially funded by the Maryland State Arts Council.

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 to 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 cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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OysterFest returns to the waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., on Saturday, Oct. 28, featuring wild and farm-raised oysters served raw or cooked in a variety of ways, as well as other foods, live music on two stages, family activities, demonstrations and more. For advanced tickets and more information, visit cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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Boat rides along the Miles River and aboard Winnie Estelle will be offered at OysterFest, taking place Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. The 1920 Chesapeake buyboat was used as a workboat on the lower Chesapeake for more than 50 years, carrying oysters and other seafood and produce to market across the Chesapeake Bay. More information and advanced tickets are at cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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Guests to CBMM’s October OysterFest in St. Michaels, Md., have the opportunity to see the historic, log-bottom restoration of 1889 bugeye and queen of CBMM’s fleet Edna E. Lockwood, seen here under sail on the Miles River. Edna Lockwood was once used on the Bay as an oystering boat and is now under restoration in full public view through 2018.

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Members of the Talbot Watermen Association will be serving oysters on the half shell and steamed oysters at the Oct. 28 OysterFest at CBMM in St. Michaels, Md. The event features live music, oysters and other food, children’s activities, boat rides, oyster demonstrations, harvesting displays, retriever demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, and an oyster stew competition among regional chefs, with details and advanced tickets at cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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OysterFest returns to CBMM in St. Michaels, Md. on Saturday, Oct. 28, with raw oysters, steamed oysters, oyster fritters, and fried oyster sandwiches available. For those who prefer to celebrate oysters rather than eat them, regional food and beverages will also be offered. Advanced tickets and details for the event are at cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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CBMM’s Oct. 28 OysterFest will feature the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief and Rescue club presenting retriever demonstrations on Navy Point. For safety reasons, festival-goer’s dogs need to be kept home during the festival, as leashed dogs are only permitted on CBMM’s campus during regular operating hours. For more information or advanced tickets, visit cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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OysterFest takes place across CBMM’s 18-acre waterfront campus with demonstrations, booths, and activities scattered among the historic buildings, like the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse pictured here. For more information or advanced tickets, visit cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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CBMM welcomes Shannon Mitchell as director of events

cbmm_mitchellshannon_2016(ST MICHAELS, MD – December 5, 2016) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has welcomed Shannon Mitchell of Salisbury, Md. as Director of Events. Mitchell is responsible for the planning, management, and execution of CBMM’s annual signature festivals—including OysterFest—and will oversee CBMM’s work as a unique wedding and private event venue.

Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts with a focus on mass media from Salisbury University, and brings more than eight years’ experience in event and communication management. An Eastern Shore native, Mitchell’s work has benefited numerous events, including the annual Salisbury Festival, Delmarva Chicken Festival and the Wicomico County Fair in Salisbury, Md.

“CBMM’s festivals provide a great opportunity for people to enjoy our waterfront while having a lot of fun,” says Mitchell. “And by offering our campus for weddings and private events, we can extend the opportunity to enjoy our waterfront in a unique setting.”

An Eastern Shore native, Mitchell volunteers for Women Supporting Women and serves on the Board of the Wicomico County Farm & Home Show. She is a 2013 graduate of the Dale Carnegie Leadership Training program.

“Events play a big part in CBMM’s success,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “We’re delighted to have Shannon on board to help us deliver memorable festivals, weddings, and other events to all those who love the Chesapeake Bay.”

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 70,000 guests each year, the museum’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. For more information, please visit www.cbmm.org.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum recently welcomed Shannon Mitchell of Salisbury, Md. as its new director of events.

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Bistro St. Michaels wins oyster stew competition

cbmm_oysterstewwinner2016(ST MICHAELS, MD – November 1, 2016)  For the second year in a row, Bistro St. Michaels Executive Chef Matt Robbins has been named the first place winner in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s oyster stew competition, held annually during OysterFest.

Bistro St. Michaels earns bragging rights and a plaque recognizing the People’s Choice award. The award-winning stew is featured on Bistro’s menu for dining guests in St. Michaels, Md.

This year’s oyster stew competition was generously sponsored by Easton Eye Care and Hair O’the Dog Wine & Spirits of Easton, Md.

Six restaurants competed, with 500 festival-goers taking part in blind taste tests before voting by ballot for their favorite stew. Bistro St. Michaels was served as stew ‘A’ in the tastings, with OysterFest participants voting Sunflowers & Greens of Easton, Md. (stew ‘D’) as the second place winner, and third place going to Roy’s Kwik Korner of Glen Burnie, (stew ‘E’). Other participants included Gourmet by the Bay of St. Michaels (stew ‘B’), Theo’s Steakhouse of St. Michaels (stew ‘C’), and Caney Creek Catering Co. of Prince Frederick, Md. (stew ‘F’).  More information about the event is at cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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Bistro St. Michaels Executive Chef Matt Robbins stands at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Oyster Stew Competition tent at its October 29 OysterFest, where he earned first place among 500 tasters for his oyster stew. This is the second consecutive year Robbins has placed first in the oyster stew competition, with the award-winning stew offered as part of Bistro St. Michaels’ menu.

OysterFest at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.

OysterFest

Saturday, October 29, 2016
10 am- 4 pm
• $5 per person for CBMM Member Adults ages 18+ (and guests of Family & Friends members & above)
• $18.00 Adults
• $15.00 Seniors 62+ & students with ID
• $6.00 Kids 6-17
• Children ages 5 and under are free and CBMM Members under age 18 are free
Food and boat rides are an additional cost. Please leave pets at home, as they are not permitted on Museum ground during festivals.

Visit http://cbmm.org/events/annual-festivals-and-special-events/oysterfest/ for the most up-to-date information or to purchase tickets.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will host OysterFest, a celebration of the Chesapeake’s favorite bivalve. The event features live music on two stages, an oyster stew competition, boat rides, retriever demonstrations, oysters and other local fare, and cooking demonstrations, along with children’s activities, oystering demonstrations, harvesting displays, and more.

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Music line-up, Rosie Parks Oyster Stout at CBMM’s October 29 OysterFest

cbmm_oysterfest16_oysterstout(ST MICHAELS, MD – October 18, 2016) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s October 29 OysterFest brings the Chesapeake’s favorite bivalve to center stage, with two stages of music, oyster shooter and spiked apple cider bars, and the return of Fordham Brewing Company’s Rosie Parks Oyster Stout providing some of this year’s festival highlights.

The Fordham and Dominion Brewing Company of Dover, De. is returning to the festival with their 2016 release of its Rosie Parks Oyster Stout. The stout is brewed with Chesapeake oysters and made in honor of the CBMM’s 1955 skipjack Rosie Parks, with a portion of the proceeds of each sale benefiting the children and adults served by the non-profit’s education, restoration, and exhibition programs.

cbmm_oysterfest16_swampdonkeyThis year, Swamp Donkey Newgrass—a high energy newgrass band with a twist of rock—is returning to CBMM’s OysterFest, playing live from the Tolchester Beach Bandstand. The Annapolis-based group performed from Fogg’s Cove at OysterFest 2014 and is noted for vocal harmonies and tight transitions.

Across the Miles River boardwalk along Fogg’s Cove, festival-goers will enjoy the breezy, melodic vibe of the Kent Island-based trio The Freewheelers. The trio will be performing live from the lower decks of the Steamboat Building from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

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.

This 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, with more information and project updates 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.

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, the museum’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. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org.

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Annapolis-based Swamp Donkey Newgrass returns to CBMM’s OysterFest on Saturday, October 29 in St. Michaels, Md., bringing their high energy newgrass with vocal harmonies, tight transitions, and a twist of rock to the Tolchester Beach Bandstand. The Kent Island-based trio The Freewheelers will be performing on the other side of CBMM’s waterfront campus for two stages of music for this one day festival, with advanced tickets and more information at href=”http://www.cbmm.org/oysterfest” target=”_blank”>www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum volunteer David Brooks of St. Michaels, Md. serves up Rosie Parks Oyster Stout at a previous OysterFest, from Rosie’s Tavern. The Fordham stout is brewed with Chesapeake oysters and made in honor of CBMM’s 1955 skipjack Rosie Parks, with proceeds benefiting the non-profit museum. 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. Tickets and more information are at href=”http://www.cbmm.org/oysterfest” target=”_blank”>www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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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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PHOTOS:

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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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Volunteers needed for CBMM’s October 29 OysterFest

cbmm_oysterfest_volunteer(ST MICHAELS, MD – October 4, 2016) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is seeking volunteers to help with the annual OysterFest on Saturday, October 29. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and draws more than 2,500 guests to St. Michaels.

The festival features live music, oysters and other food, children’s activities, boat rides, oystering demonstrations, harvesting displays, retriever demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, and oyster stew competition among regional chefs.

Volunteer needs include helping with registration, information tables, the oyster stew competition, boat ride sign-ups, and more. Volunteers are also needed to help welcome guests and monitor festival entrances. Length of shifts vary, with all allowing time to attend the festival, as all OysterFest volunteers receive free festival admission for the entire day.

To volunteer, please contact CBMM Volunteer and Education Coordinator Allison Speight at aspeight@cbmm.org or 410-745-4941 as soon as possible.

Admission to OysterFest is $5 for CBMM adult members, free for children five years and under, or $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $6 for children between the ages of six and 17. Food and boat rides are an additional cost. For safety reasons, non-service dogs are prohibited at CBMM festivals.

Click HERE for advanced OysterFest tickets & festival information

 

Free parking will be at St. Michaels’ schools, with free shuttle service running through 5:00 p.m. Credit cards are accepted for admission at the gate, with festival-goers encouraged to bring cash for food and vendors. For advanced tickets and more information, visit www.cbmm.org/oysterfest or call 410-745-2916.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is seeking volunteers for its October 29 OysterFest. Volunteers are asked to work a 3-4 hour shift, and in return will receive free admission for the entire day at the festival. To sign up for a volunteer position, email Allison Speight at aspeight@cbmm.org. For advanced OysterFest tickets and more information, visit www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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OysterFest in St. Michaels is October 29

CBMM_OysterFest2016(ST MICHAELS, MD – July 8, 2016) On Saturday, October 29, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is hosting OysterFest, a celebration of the Chesapeake’s favorite bivalve. The event features live music on two stages, an oyster stew competition, boat rides, retriever demonstrations, oysters and other local fare, and cooking demonstrations, along with children’s activities, oystering demonstrations, harvesting displays, and more.

Generous sponsors to the event include Pepsi Bottling Ventures, Kelly Distributors, Easton Eye CareGeorge’s Bloody Mary MixFordham & Dominion Brewing Company, Hair O’ The Dog Wine & SpiritsChesapeake Landing Restaurant and Lyon Distilling Co.

CBMM_OF16_Shucking_VThis year, Swamp Donkey — a high energy newgrass band with a twist of rock — is returning to OysterFest, playing live from the Tolchester Beach Bandstand. Performing on a second stage along CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove will be the melodic Kent Island-based trio, Key Lime Pie, performing “barefoot-guitar” pop from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In addition to CBMM’s floating fleet of historic vessels, several commercial watermen and their boats will be dockside to share the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster dredging and hand tonging traditions. Limited boat rides with Chesapeake watermen with oyster tonging demonstrations will also be offered.

Local watermen will serve freshly caught and shucked Chesapeake Bay wild oysters, served steamed or raw on the half shell. Aquaculture raw oysters, CBMM_OF16_RosieParksOysterStoutoyster fritters, and fried oyster sandwiches will also be available. For those who celebrate oysters rather than eat them, pit beef, hot dogs, hamburgers, and other seafood selections, along with cold beer, warm apple cider, and more will be offered. Fordham Brewing Company’s Rosie Parks Oyster Stout—made in honor of CBMM’s 1955 skipjack Rosie Parks—will be served along with Budweiser and other craft beers.

Local restaurants will perform cooking demonstrations of signature oyster dishes throughout the day, with oyster slurping contests offered each hour from 1-3 pm. with bragging rights and a prize for the winner. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. along CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove, festival-goers can vote for their favorite oyster stew in a CBMM_OF16_BoatRides_WinnieEstelle_H.competition among local restaurants and chefs. 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. The 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. Oyster stew competition sponsors include Hair O’ The Dog Wine & Spirits, and Chesapeake Landing Seafood Restaurant.

CBMM_OF16_RetrieverDemos_SQFamily activities are in abundance at the event, with river cruises aboard Winnie Estelle, an oversized oyster puzzle game, an oyster nursery, and net-making and knot-tying demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, and face painting. Children can also build a take-home model boat for a $3 fee. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief and Rescue club will also present retriever demonstrations on CBMM’s Navy Point.

Marylanders Grow Oysters, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Oyster Recovery Partnership, and CBMM_OF16_GrowYourOwnOystersDemo_Vother conservation organizations will be on-hand to discuss efforts to clean and preserve the Chesapeake Bay. Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Fishmobile will offer the opportunity to see live sturgeon, diamondback terrapins, horseshoe crabs, and other native creatures.

Festival-goers can explore CBMM’s exhibitions, including Oystering on the Chesapeake and Waterman’s Wharf, where guests can try tonging or nippering for oysters. Displayed dockside will be several boats historically used in the oystering industry, including CBMM’s 1889 log-bottomed bugeye and registered National Historic Landmark Edna E. Lockwood , the 1955 skipjack Rosie Parks, and the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, among other Chesapeake Bay buyboats visiting for the festival.

CBMM_OF16_EdnaLockwoodThis year, festival-goers will also have the opportunity to see the beginnings of the two-year historic, log-bottom restoration of the 1889 bugeye and queen of CBMM’s fleet, Edna E. Lockwood, which was once used on the Bay as an oystering boat and is now under restoration in full public view through 2018. Two temporary exhibitions highlight a museum visit this summer, including Maritime Talbot County: Photographs by H. Robins Hollyday, seen in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium through October 16, 2016, and Chesapeake Ammo, Camo and Calls in CBMM’s Waterfowling Building, which explores 100 years of clothing, guns, ammunition, calls and other Chesapeake waterfowler’s tools through November, 2016.

CBMM_OF16_OysterStewCompetition_VAdmission to OysterFest is $5 for CBMM member adults, 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 or 410-745-2916.

 

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OysterFest returns to the waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. on Saturday, October 29, featuring wild and farm-raised oysters served raw or cooked in a variety of ways, as well as other foods, live music on two stages, family activities, demonstrations and more. For advanced tickets and more information, visit www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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Boat rides along the Miles River and aboard Winnie Estelle will be offered at OysterFest, taking place Saturday, October 29, at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. The 1920 Chesapeake buyboat was used as a workboat on the lower Chesapeake for more than 50 years, carrying oysters and other seafood and produce to market across the Chesapeake Bay. More information and advanced tickets are at www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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Guests to CBMM’s October OysterFest in St. Michaels, Md. have the opportunity to see the beginnings of the two-year historic, log-bottom restoration of the 1889 bugeye and queen of CBMM’s fleet, Edna E. Lockwood, seen here under sail on the Miles River. Edna Lockwood was once used on the Bay as an oystering boat and is now under restoration in full public view through 2018.

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Fordham Brewing Company’s Rosie Parks Oyster Stout will be served on draft at CBMM’s October 29 OysterFest in St. Michaels, Md. The stout was named after the museum’s 1955 skipjack Rosie Parks, which was re-launched after a historic, three-year restoration. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to CBMM.  Advanced tickets and more on the event are at www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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Members of the Talbot Watermen Association will be serving oysters on the half shell and steamed oysters at the October 29 OysterFest at CBMM in St. Michaels, Md. The event features live music on two stages, oysters and other food, children’s activities, boat rides, oyster demonstrations, harvesting displays, retriever demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, and an oyster stew competition among regional chefs, with details and advanced tickets at www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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In addition to CBMM’s floating fleet of historic vessels, several boats from the Talbot Watermen Association will be dockside to share the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster dredging, hand tonging, patent tonging and oyster diving traditions at the October 29 OysterFest. Limited boat rides with Chesapeake watermen offering oyster tonging demonstrations will also be offered along CBMM’s waterfront. Advanced tickets and event details are at www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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Festival-goers slurp down some oysters at last year’s OysterFest. OysterFest returns to CBMM in St. Michaels, Md. on Saturday, October 29. Raw oysters, steamed oysters, oyster fritters, and fried oyster sandwiches will also be available. For those who prefer to celebrate oysters rather than eat them, pit beef, hot dogs and hamburgers, along with cold beer, warm apple cider, and more, will be offered. Advanced tickets and details for the event are at www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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During CBMM’s OysterFest this October 29, festival-goers can sample oyster stew by local restaurants and chefs beginning at 11 a.m. and while the limited tastings last. The stew competition takes place along the museum’s Fogg’s Cove side of campus, with bragging rights awarded to the chef who gets the most votes among participants. Local restaurants will also perform cooking demonstrations of signature oyster dishes throughout the day. Advanced tickets and more information are at www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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CBMM’s October 29 OysterFest will feature the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief and Rescue club presenting retriever demonstrations on Navy Point. For safety reasons, festival-goer’s dogs need to be kept home during the festival, as leashed dogs are now only permitted on the museum’s campus during regular operating hours. For more information or advanced tickets, visit www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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Oystering demonstrations will be offered throughout the October 29 OysterFest event in St. Michaels, Md. Marylanders Grow Oysters, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Oyster Recovery Partnership and The Nature Conservancy will be on-hand to discuss efforts to clean and preserve the Chesapeake Bay. In addition, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Fishmobile will offer visitors the opportunity to see live sturgeon, diamondback terrapins, horseshoe crabs and other native creatures. For more information or advanced tickets, visit www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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OysterFest takes place across CBMM’s 18-acre waterfront campus with demonstrations, booths, and activities scattered among the historic buildings, like the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse pictured here. For more information or advanced tickets, visit www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.