Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

December 2012 Events
at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot St.
P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, MD 21663

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The Museum’s event calendar is your guide to educational classes, lectures, programs, exhibits, and concerts. Each year, the Museum also hosts annual special events tied to the seasons on the Chesapeake Bay. For information on
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Special Events at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum


Duck Tales & Traditions
Friday, December 7
6-8pm in the Bay History & Waterfowling Building
$12 for members, $15 for non-members with pre-registration needed by calling 410-745-4941. The program is offered in conjunction with CBMM's Waterfowling for Beginners Workshop, which takes ploace on Saturday, December 8.

Duck Tales & Traditions will be held in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium and includes a wine reception, followed by decoy demonstrations and talks led by carvers Eric Applegarth and Doug Gibson, and decoy collector and historian Henry Stansbury. Space is limited, with pre-registration needed. From 6-7pm, participants can explore the historic punt guns and sneak skiffs of the Chesapeake with CBMM Exhibit Specialist Eric Applegarth, while interacting with Bay Hundred native carver Doug Gibson as he creates Bay decoys and shares stories about a lifetime spent hunting in Talbot County’s marshes and creeks.

At 7pm, participants will gather for A Little Chesapeake Waterfowling History, led by CBMM Board Member and program sponsor Henry Stansbury. A highly regarded waterfowling collector and historian, Stansbury will share some serious and not so serious stories about the early days of market and sport hunting in the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. Stansbury is the author of Lloyd Tyler, Folk Artist and Decoy Maker, and Ira Hudson and Family, Chincoteague Carvers as well as several articles on waterfowling history. His decoys have been displayed at the Waterfowl Festival for 19 years and can be found in many area museums, including CBMM. Stansbury will have some special decoys to illustrate his talk at the December 7 event.

Fundamentals of Waterfowling Workshop
RESCHEDULED for next fall
$45 for CBMM members, or $55 for non-members, with lunch provided. Space is limited with pre-registration needed by calling Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a pre-registered adult participant.

The workshop combines practical hands-on waterfowling skills with information about gunning history, including the tools and tales of outlaw gunners along the Chesapeake. Held in the Van Lennep Auditorium and along the museum’s waterfront campus, the workshop welcomes newcomers to the hunting blind, pit, or Chesapeake waterfront. The workshop is generously sponsored by Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter—the world’s leading decoy auction firm, and Judy and Henry Stansbury. Through a series of breakout sessions scheduled from 9:30am - 3pm, Waterfowling for Beginners provides an opportunity for participants to work with masters while learning the basics of calling techniques, rig layout and strategy, retriever skills, blind placement, and brushing.

MEMBER NIGHT: Shop ‘till You Drop!
Wednesday, December 5 at the Museum Store, 5:30pm
Find distinctive holiday gifts at our Musuem Store, specially stocked for the season. Members receive a 25% store discount and free gift wrapping, while enjoying wine and refreshments while they shop.

CBMM’s Friday Open Boat Shop                
December 7 & 14
5:30-8:30pm; $20 members; $30 non-members
Space is limited, pre-registration required. Participants must be 16 and older, unless accompanied by an adult. Register to Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941 or email

Members of the public are invited to the boat shop to work on small projects of their own, or to bring ideas for a future project, and receive the advice of an experienced shipwright and woodworker. Participants can expect assistance with machinery and tools, plans, measurements, and the execution of their small-scale project, which could include plans for a Christmas or birthday present, frames, furniture, models, artwork, etc.