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OysterFest

Saturday, October 27, 2018
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.

This year will include the re-launch of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, after a two-year restoration of her log-hull.

Click here to learn more about this event.

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Winter brings progress to CBMM’s Edna Lockwood restoration

CBMM_Edna_Centerboard CBMM_Edna_Clamp(ST MICHAELS, MD – February 21, 2018) Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Shipyard Manager Michael Gorman reports much work has been done over the winter on the log-hull restoration of Edna E. Lockwood. Queen of CBMM’s historic fleet of Chesapeake boats and a registered National Historic Landmark, the 1889 log-bottom bugeye is the last of her kind and set for re-launch at CBMM’s OysterFest in St. Michaels, Md. on Saturday, October 27, 2018.

CBMM_Edna_InsideEdna’s new log bottom has been permanently fastened to the original topsides with bronze bolts, each made from scratch out of ½-inch bronze rod, with soldered nuts and washers forming the head. CBMM shipwrights and apprentices will fabricate more than 300 bolts when the restoration is complete later this year.

Shipwright James DelAguila led new shipwright apprentice Zach Haroth in fabricating Edna’s new centerboard case. The case’s 4-inch thick sides were pinned every 18-inches with bronze, in the same manner that Edna’s logs are held together. The inside of the centerboard case was also lined with more than 200-feet of 16-gauge copper, for antifouling and preservation purposes.

Seip Family Foundation second-year apprentices Michael Allen and Spencer Sherwood have teamed up to install Edna’s new double-sawn frames and mast steps. Made of White Oak and bolted with custom bronze bolts, the frames and steps keep the masts in place and handle tremendous loads when the bugeye is underway.

Planking Edna has begun in earnest—all rotten hood ends have been staggered back, and the inner stem and sternpost replaced—thus the gap between old and new will be closed. Shipwright Joe Connor will be handling the stern, while Gorman will plank the bow, with the work of the two meeting in the middle. All new planking will be sawn out of the leftover Edna logs.

With the end in sight, Edna’s new sails have been ordered, with an estimated arrival date of August 1. Traditional Rigging Co. of Appleton, Maine, has been selected for their specialty in period sailmaking and handwork. Traditional Rigging Co. has also agreed to document the sailmaking process, with photos and progress reports posted on ednalockwood.org.

Next up for the team is constructing new cabin houses and hold hatches, with all work being done in full public view, now through October. A new deck beam will need to be made and king plank reinstalled, now that the centerboard case is completed. Once the
planking and final fairing is completed, sanding and painting will finish off the project.

Built in 1889 by John B. Harrison on Tilghman Island for Daniel W. Haddaway, Edna E. Lockwood dredged for oysters through winter, and carried freight—such as lumber, grain, and produce—after the dredging season ended. She worked faithfully for many owners, mainly out of Cambridge, Md., until she stopped “drudging” in 1967. In 1973, Edna was donated to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum by John R. Kimberly. Recognized as the last working oyster boat of her kind, Edna E. Lockwood was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1994.

“This type of boatbuilding is specific to the Chesapeake Bay,” said CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher. “Just as Native American dugout canoes were formed by carving out one log, a bugeye’s hull is unique in that it is constructed by hewing a set of logs to shape and pinning them together as a unit. Through October, museum guests will have incredible opportunities to watch the restoration progress and to see a boat built in a way you can find nowhere else, and in full public view.”

To learn more, visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on the Miles River in historic St. Michaels, Md., or at cbmm.org.

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National Historic Landmark and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s queen of the fleet, the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, has seen much restoration progress over the winter, including a new centerboard case, and the new log bottom now permanently fastened to the original topsides with bronze bolts. CBMM shipwrights and apprentices will fabricate more than 300 bolts when the restoration is complete later this year. All work is being done in full public view at CBMM in St. Michaels, Md., until Edna’s re-launch, which is scheduled for CBMM’s OysterFest on Saturday, October 27, 2018. To learn more, visit ednalockwood.org or cbmm.org.

 

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Meet: Jaime Fontanazza, Friends Board

CBMM_Fontanazza_Jaime_2017(St. Michaels, Md. – November 27, 2017) Originally from Tilton, N.H., Jaime Fontanazza first connected to the Chesapeake Bay during college, while living in Annapolis for a summer. Ten years later, Jaime and her husband moved to Annapolis from Newport, R.I. with their family, often traveling to the Eastern Shore to enjoy hiking and exploring its charming towns and picturesque rivers. After Jaime accepted a teaching position at The Country School in 2009, the family made Easton their home.

Now, their children enjoy sailing on the Miles River, partake in camps on the rivers and Chesapeake Bay, and explore the local beaches searching for sea glass.

“We had heard CBMM was the place to be for OysterFest,” commented Jaime about her introduction to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. “Our family attended OysterFest when we first came to Easton, and we’ve been huge fans of CBMM ever since.”

Jaime teaches third grade at The Country School, as part of a 17-year career in education. She earned a B.A. in early childhood education from Hood College in Frederick, Md., before earning a Master’s in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.

In addition to serving on CBMM’s Friends Board, Jaime serves on the boards of the Miles River Yacht Club, and Talbot Lacrosse League. At The Country School, she coaches lacrosse and field hockey. She is also actively involved with Christ Church Easton, and volunteered with the Junior League of Annapolis for many years, serving in numerous leadership and committee roles.

Jaime joined the Friends Board in 2016, and hopes while serving on the Board to further understand and share what is going on at CBMM with the larger community— particularly the local private school community.

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, for CBMM to be a real resource to diverse audiences.

During her time on the Board, Jaime would like to see more students from throughout the state involved in CBMM’s educational school programs, and more local students involved in the Rising Tide after-school boatbuilding program.

“From student field trips to Rising Tide,” commented Jaime, “These are the best ways to reach our young audiences and educate them on the history, importance, and preservation of the Chesapeake Bay.

“Preservation of the past—including ships and supporting visiting ships—plays a huge role in understanding the history of the Chesapeake Bay for all ages,” said Jaime. “The ability for CBMM to attract additional support through grants and fundraising provides these opportunities to more of our students.

“CBMM has so much to offer to everyone,” continued Jaime. “As a family, we enjoy the well-organized community events. As an educator and parent, I appreciate the school programs such as Chesapeake’s Best Crab Cakes Immersive Tour and classroom resources–educating children to be stewards of our amazing part of the world. And, as an art and nature lover, I take a special interest in the exhibits at CBMM and learning about the history of the Chesapeake Bay.”

We thank Jaime for her time and dedication to CBMM!

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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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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.