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Free, waterfront fun May 20 in St. Michaels

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CBMM_CommunityDay1_2018 CBMM_CommunityDay8_2018(ST MICHAELS, MD – February 5, 2018) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is thanking the regional community by hosting its free, annual Community Day on Sunday, May 20, 2018, with all festivities taking place along CBMM’s Miles River waterfront. The event includes free admission for everyone, plus live music, regional foods and drinks, family activities, free boat rides, and more.

The day’s events kick off at 9:00 a.m., when festival guests are invited to attend the Bay Hundred Covenant Churches’ tent service, and continues to 5:00 p.m.

The Covenant Church service includes leaders and congregations from area churches, with participants engaging in gospel singing and prayer. Covenant Churches works to unite the Town of St. Michaels and surrounding Bay Hundred community by connecting African-American and Anglo-American churches from throughout the area.

Community Day coincides with CBMM’s 12th Maritime Model Expo, with pond demonstrations, model races, special exhibits, family activities, and more. From 11:00 a.m. to noon, guests can watch radio-controlled model skipjack races along Fogg’s Cove, sponsored by CBMM’s Model Sailing Club.

Through a Bay Explorer Challenge activity, children can participate in a scavenger hunt to explore CBMM’s exhibitions and grounds. Children will also have the opportunity to build, paint, decorate, and then sail their own small model in a small pool. For $3.00, they can select and build a sailboat or rubber-band powerboat, assisted by a CBMM Model Guild member.

While enjoying the festivities, Community Day guests can climb to the top of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, talk with shipwrights and apprentices engaged in wooden boatbuilding and restoration in the shipyard, and explore all of CBMM’s 12 exhibition buildings and historic structures, all situated in a park-like setting along the Miles River and the St. Michaels harbor. CBMM’s waterfront campus is within walking distance to the specialty shops, restaurants, inns, and bed and breakfasts in St. Michaels’ historic district.

Throughout the day, Community Day guests can take free scenic river cruises aboard a number of CBMM’s historic vessels, including the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, or get out on the water rowing or sailing aboard one of CBMM’s small craft. All boat rides are offered free of charge for this event.

While at Community Day, guests can also watch the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, now underway in the shipyard through her re-launch at OysterFest on October 27, 2018. Special exhibitions include Exploring the Chesapeake: Mapping the Bay, which opens May 17, 2018; Kent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gunners and Co-Ops; and Bob Grieser’s Lens on the Chesapeake, which closes June 3, 2018.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. CBMM offers free and reduced admission programs throughout the year, including its Free in February program, and as a Blue Star Museum and Museums for All participant. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is hosting its free Community Day on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Community Day guests can take free scenic river cruises aboard a number of CBMM’s historic vessels, including the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, or get out on the water rowing or sailing aboard one of CBMM’s small craft. The event includes free admission for everyone, with live music, a model sailing pond, regional foods and drinks, family activities, free boat rides, and more. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

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Kick off boating season April 12 at CBMM

CBMM_BlessingoftheFleet1(ST MICHAELS, MD – January 18, 2018)  Celebrate the beginning of boating season by joining the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. for the annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony. The Thursday, April 12 ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. near the shipyard, and invites the public to honor the working vessels and pleasure craft of the Chesapeake Bay, including CBMM’s floating fleet. Prayers will be offered to boaters for a safe and bountiful season, and also for those mariners whose lives have been lost at sea.

http://development.cbmm.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/CBMM_BlessingoftheFleet2.jpgEaston High School’s NJROTC will begin the ceremony with a presentation of the colors, followed by the Star Spangled Banner and Navy Hymn. The blessing will be performed by the Reverend Kevin M. Cross of The Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford, Md.

At this year’s event, a special blessing will be given for the 1912 river tug Delaware, which will undergo a major restoration in full public view at CBMM, beginning in late 2018. Delaware is a product of Bethel’s great age of wooden ship and boatbuilding and apart from the 1900 ram schooner Victory Chimes (formerly Edwin and Maud), may be the only survivor.

CBMM_BlessingoftheFleet_DelawareDelaware hauled scows on Broad Creek, often laden with lumber, and towed ram schooners to and from Laurel, De. Occasionally, she carried parties of young people to Sandy Hill for day trips on the Nanticoke River. Delaware hauled scows often laden with lumber and towed ram schooners up and down the Eastern Shore’s narrow, winding rivers. She was donated to CBMM in 1991 by Bailey Marine Construction, Inc.

 

“The Blessing of the Fleet is a terrific way to kick off the season for all boaters and guests,” said CBMM Director of Events Shannon Mitchell. “Our campus really starts to fill up in April, with a broad selection of educational programs and events for guests to engage in. We can’t wait to kick off the boating season and to see everyone.”

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For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org.

 

 

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Come by land or water to welcome the boating season with a Blessing of the Fleet ceremony on Thursday, April 12 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in historic, waterfront St. Michaels, Md. Led by the Reverend Kevin M. Cross of The Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford, Md., the ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. near CBMM’s shipyard, and includes a presentation of the colors, the Star Spangled Banner, and Navy Hymn. The Blessing of the Fleet is free and open to the public, and will move inside the Small Boat Shed in the event of foul weather.

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At CBMM’s April 12 Blessing of the Fleet, a special blessing will be given for the 1912 river tug Delaware, which will undergo a major restoration in full public view at CBMM beginning in late 2018. Built in Bethel, De., Delaware is a rare example of a typical early 20th century wooden river tug, and often  hauled scows laden with lumber and towed ram schooners up and down the Eastern Shore’s narrow, winding rivers. Collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. Gift of Bailey Marine Construction, Inc., 1991-3-1.

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CBMM invites families to boatshop program

CBMM_FamilyBoatshop CBMM_FamilyBoatshop2018(ST MICHAELS, MD – November 17, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., is offering four sessions of its Family Boatshop program this winter. Participation is limited, with advanced registration needed.

Held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays beginning January 20, and continuing February 17, March 10, and May 12, CBMM invites families to join shipwrights in the boatshop for a woodworking project. Projects vary from steam-bending wood to making cutting boards or helping to build a wooden boat.

The program is limited to children 10 years of age and older, who must be accompanied by an adult. The cost includes one youth and one adult and is $45 per session for CBMM members, or $55 per session for non-members. Registration for additional children is $20 per child. Scholarships are available for participants in the Talbot Mentors program, with registrations made by contacting CBMM Boatyard Program Manager Jenn Kuhn at jkuhn@cbmm.org or 410-745-4980.

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 80,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St Michaels harbor.

From now through October 2018, museum guests can see the log-hull restoration of the 1889 log-hull bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood, with more information at ednalockwood.org. For more information about CBMM, visit cbmm.org.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., is hosting several sessions of its Family Boatshop program beginning on Saturday, January 20. The program is limited to children 10 years of age and older, who must be accompanied by an adult, with the cost including one youth and one adult.

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Museum offers free admission in February

CBMM_FreeinFebruary18_1(ST MICHAELS, MD – November 13, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering free admission Monday through Friday this February, with the program offered through 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.

PLEASE VISIT OUR SPONSORS: 

Shore United Bank

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The waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is offering free admission to all guests each Monday through Friday in February. CBMM’s waterfront campus includes indoor and outdoor spaces, and is within a short walk or drive to area restaurants, shops, inns, and hotels. Admission includes access to the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, a working boatyard, and numerous special exhibitions. CBMM’s Free in February program includes President’s Day and is generously sponsored by Shore United Bank and Awful Arthur’s of St. Michaels, Md., with more information at cbmm.org.

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From now through October 2018, progress on the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood is in full public view at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., with free admission to the museum’s numerous exhibitions and buildings offered Monday through Friday this February. CBMM’s Free in February program includes President’s Day and is generously sponsored by Shore United Bank and Awful Arthur’s of St. Michaels, Md., with an 15% Awful Arthur’s discount card offered for all February CBMM guests and more information at cbmm.org.

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Living oyster bed created at CBMM

CBMM_WatermansWharf CBMM_WatermansWharf2(ST MICHAELS, MD – July 26, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., now has its own living oyster bed, thanks to a generous donation from a local oyster farm dedicated to building a sustainable oyster population in the Miles River.

Mudgies Oyster Farm donated the oysters and labor to CBMM to help build a foundation for a living bed at CBMM’s Waterman’s Wharf. On July 20, Greg Kemp Jr., third generation waterman; Billy Adams, multi-generation waterman and board member of Talbot Seafood Heritage Association; and Stuart Dawson, farm manager of Mudgies Oyster Farm LLC, laid green shell foundations in the waters off Waterman’s Wharf. Tred Avon Treats supplied shells, TSHA supplied the labor, while Mudgies supplied the oyster seed and spat on shell.

“We enjoyed seeing this project get started, and look forward to the living bed growing oysters to help the Bay as well as educate the public,” Dawson said.

“CBMM is excited to be collaborating with local organizations to educate our guests with living exhibitions,” said CBMM Director of Education & Associate Curator Kate Livie. “Oysters are a large part of the Bay’s history, as well as the history of CBMM, and creating this living oyster bed adds authenticity to a fun and educational experience.”

Waterman’s Wharf is a re-created crabber’s shanty where CBMM guests can try their hand at many of the seafood harvesting activities of a Chesapeake Bay waterman. Outside the shanty are Chesapeake Bay workboats—the Hooper Island draketail Martha, the Pot Pie Jackson skiff, the 1912 tugboat Delaware, and Volunteer, a replica Smith Island crab scraper.

The living oyster bed is completed just in time for the 8th annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day, which takes place on August 13, and features a spirited boat docking contest, steamed crabs, live music, and more. The fundraising event is organized by CBMM in cooperation with the Talbot Watermen Association, with proceeds benefiting both organizations. For tickets and more detailed event information, visit cbmm.org. To learn more about Mudgies Oyster Farm, visit mudgiesoysterfarm.com.

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Stuart Dawson, Greg Kemp, and Billy Adams recently donated oysters and labor to help the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum build a foundation for a living oyster bed next to its Waterman’s Wharf exhibition. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

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Stuart Dawson, Farm Manager of Mudgies Oyster Farm LLC, lays oysters and spat on shell near the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Waterman’s Wharf after laying green shell foundations. Mudgies recently donated oysters and labor to CBMM to help build a foundation for a living oyster bed. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

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CBMM acknowledges volunteers for generous service

CBMM_VolunteerRecognition_2017(ST MICHAELS, MD – June 22, 2017) On June 15, 2017, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum recognized a dedicated team of more than 385 volunteers aboard the Patriot for their combined 27,552.5 hours of service towards the museum over the past year. Several volunteers were recognized by CBMM for their work in boat restoration and maintenance, boat donations, buildings and grounds, education, exhibitions, museum store, and volunteer programming. The river cruise reception was generously sponsored by Patriot Cruises of St. Michaels, Md. and Garden & Garnish of Trappe, Md.

Special recognition was given to volunteers with the highest hours of cumulative service, including John Hawkinson with 10,000 hours; Ellen Plummer, Norman Plummer, and Mike Sweeney with 8,000 hours; Paul Ray with 7,000 hours; Lloyd Devigne, Roger Galvin, and Don Parks with 5,000 hours; and Jerry Friedman and Bob Petizon with 4,000 hours. Many other volunteers were recognized for reaching several milestones of 100 hours and above in their volunteer service toward CBMM.

 “The engagement and service from our volunteers is such an extraordinary part of what makes CBMM a very special place to visit,” says CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “The effort our volunteers put forth each and every day to ensure a great experience for our guests is quite remarkable.”

CBMM is always looking for volunteers to help throughout various areas of its operations, including front desk assistants, interpretive educators, festival helpers, buildings and grounds assistants, and more. For more information, contact CBMM Volunteer & Education Coordinator Allison Speight at aspeight@cbmm.org or 410-745-4941 or visit bit.ly/cbmmvolunteer.

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Several Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum volunteers gathered in front of the Patriot in St. Michaels, Md. at a June 15, 2017 river cruise and reception honoring their service and dedication in bringing people closer to the Chesapeake Bay through their volunteer work. More than 385 volunteers collectively contributed 27,552.5 hours of service to the non-profit, helping with all aspects of CBMM’s operations. Volunteers reaching milestones in hours of service were also recognized at the reception, which was generously sponsored by Patriot Cruises in St. Michaels, Md. and Garden & Garnish of Trappe, Md. CBMM offers year-round volunteer opportunities in various roles and capacities. To learn more, email aspeight@cbmm.org or visit bit.ly/cbmmvolunteer.

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Pride of Baltimore II in St. Michaels August 11-13

CBMM_POBIICBMM_POBII_CloseUp(ST MICHAELS, MD – June 19, 2017) The tall ship Pride of Baltimore II will arrive at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. on Friday, August 11, and will remain dockside along CBMM’s campus through August 13, 2017.

The replica schooner will be available for deck tours from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Tours are free with general admission to CBMM, which is good for two days and is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for children ages 6–17, and free for CBMM members and children ages 5 and under. Donations to Pride will be accepted.

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

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay, with values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

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The tall ship Pride of Baltimore II will be at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., on Friday, August 11 through Sunday, August 13, with dockside deck tours offered daily. For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

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CBMM small craft rentals begin May 27, 2017

CBMM_SmallCraftRentalProgram CBMM_SmallCraftRentalProgram_BoatUnderway CBMM_SmallCraftRentals_May27(ST MICHAELS, MD – May 9, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s small craft rental program will launch for the 2017 season this Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28, and continues weekends and select weekdays through August 27. Boats will be launched from CBMM’s floating docks, located near the Steamboat Building. Participation is limited by the number of boats available, with drop-ins welcome but reservations encouraged.

Built over the years in CBMM’s boatyard through the Apprentice for a Day program, the fleet of boats includes small wooden sailing skiffs, single and tandem kayaks, and rowboats that are perfect for singles, couples, or families. For participants wishing to sail but without basic sailing experience, CBMM also offers private sailing lessons.

“We’re a museum that brings people closer to the Chesapeake Bay, so getting people out on the water for a first-hand experience is absolutely central to our mission,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Come join us this summer and you too can mess about in boats that you’ll find nowhere else.”

The small craft boat rental program began in 2015 through the generous seed money support of donors to the Jim Greenaway Memorial Fund. The fund is named after CBMM President Kristen Greenaway’s late father, an avid sailor, furniture manufacturer and boat builder, who passed away in January 2015.

The program will be operating on weekends May 27 through June 18, and will expand to include Wednesdays through Sundays June 21 through August 27. Hourly and daily rental reservations can be made from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with all boats returning to CBMM’s docks no later than 5 p.m.

“You can take one of our boats out for as little as one hour to an entire day,” said CBMM Boatyard Program Manager Jennifer Kuhn. “For our guests it’s a unique chance to play around on the Miles River in a handcrafted wooden vessel.”

Private sailing lessons include up to four participants per session and are available to each participant at $50 per hour, or $250 per person for a full-day lesson from 10-4 p.m. Advanced registration is required for sailing lessons.

Boat renters must be 16 years of age or older, with minors accompanied by an adult, unless a boater safety certificate is presented. All participants must be physically able to get in and out of a small boat without assistance. Life jackets will be provided.  In the event of small craft warnings or inclement weather, the programs will be canceled. Daily and hourly rates vary per vessel, with discounts to CBMM members; advanced reservations are encouraged by contacting Jennifer Kuhn at jkuhn@cbmm.org or 410-745-4980. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is offering guests the opportunity to get out on the water on weekends and on select weekdays beginning May 27 and continuing through August 27. Built in CBMM’s Apprentice for a Day program, the fleet of boats is available for daily and hourly rentals and includes small wooden sailing skiffs, kayaks, and rowboats that are perfect for singles, couples, or families. Daily and hourly rates vary per vessel, with discounts to CBMM members; reservations are encouraged by contacting Jennifer Kuhn at jkuhn@cbmm.org or 410-745-4980.

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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.

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CBMM’s Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding program expands

CBMM_RisingTide_Dugout(ST MICHAELS, MD – March 27, 2017) Due to an increase in attendance, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding program is expanding from two to four days per week—Tuesday through Friday. Teaching middle school students in grades six to nine basic woodworking, boatbuilding, and related safety skills, the current session runs now through June.

“It’s inspiring to watch these young men and women develop skills and embrace learning in new, engaging ways as they progress through the program,” said CBMM Shipwright Educator Matthew Engel, who leads the program. “I’m so happy we’re able to expand this program to be able to reach more students.”

CBMM_RisingTide_SanderCBMM’s Rising Tide program began in November 2015 as a pilot initiative in collaboration with the YMCA of the Chesapeake. The program began with a six-week after-school boatbuilding session offered to Talbot County sixth-grade students. The ongoing sessions have limited participation, with the YMCA of the Chesapeake generously offering transportation to and from the program from its Easton location for YMCA and non-YMCA members.

CBMM_RisingTide_LaurenTo help with CBMM’s Rising Tide expansion, Lauren Gaunt has been hired in a new position as a Seip Family Foundation Rising Tide Program Apprentice. A former shipwright apprentice on CBMM’s 2016-2018 Edna Lockwood log-hull restoration project, Gaunt has taken the position after developing an interest in shipwright education. Her boatbuilding interests began while studying art at Michigan’s Kalamazoo College, and later as an intern at the San Diego Maritime Museum.

Running from March through early June, students in CBMM’s Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding Program are offered the opportunity to apply all they learn on woodworking in the boatyard to build a boat under the guidance of CBMM’s shipwrights and volunteers. These classes include on-the-water sessions in boater safety and proper handling, along with learning navigational skills. The finished skiff will remain waterside at CBMM for the students to take out on the Miles River on subsequent visits.

In addition to the after-school program, CBMM also offers Rising Tide summer camp, a full-day, hands-on program for students entering grades six to nine, where campers create, explore, and have fun through Chesapeake Bay-focused activities. Each week includes woodworking and boatbuilding, on-the-water adventures, and ecological excursions. Summer camp sessions begin June 19-23; registration is required to risingtide@cbmm.org.

“We are very grateful for the growing philanthropic support necessary to fund this program, to help make a huge difference in the lives of our youth,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “By expanding to four days per week, we can provide even more students with valuable support in mathematics, engineering, team building, and project management, not to mention their confidence as skills become mastered.”

CBMM’s Rising Tide program is made possible through the generous, lead support of the Wallace Genetic Foundation and Seip Family Foundation. Major support is also provided by Sandy and Bruce Hammonds, the Bryan Brothers Building Dreams for Youth Foundation, and the Dock Street Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by the Arthur H. Kudner Jr. Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Penny and John Albertine, Martha and Alfred Sikes, Ellen and Richard Bodorff, and Wiley Rein LLP.

New students wishing to participate in the program are encouraged to contact risingtide@cbmm.org. For more information about CBMM’s Rising Tide program, visit bit.ly/CBMMRisingTide.

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CBMM Rising Tide Apprentice Lauren Gaunt, left, recently joined the after-school boatbuilding program for students in grades six to nine. CBMM’s Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding program is expanding from two to four days per week due to high demand, and the current session will run until June. New students wishing to participate in the program are encouraged to contact risingtide@cbmm.org. For more about CBMM’s Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding Program, visit bit.ly/CBMMRisingTide.

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Students in CBMM’s Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding program learn basic boatbuilding skills in a welcoming, relaxed environment. Rising Tide is expanding from two to four days per week due to high demand, with the current session running until June. New students wishing to participate in the program are encouraged to contact risingtide@cbmm.org. For more information about CBMM’s Rising Tide program, visit bit.ly/CBMMRisingTide.