Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

February 2013 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
St. Michaels events,


Exhibit Spotlight- History on the Half Shell: Oystering on the Chesapeake
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
5:30pm, Van Lennep Auditorium
Members $5; Non-members $10. Reservations required. RSVP to Cheryl Miller at 410-745-4943 or email February 11.
Join Director of Education Kate Livie as she explores the rich (and tasty!) 400-year relationship between the Chesapeake’s people and its “founding shellfish” through CBMM’s skipjacks, oyster cans, and dredges. Learn about the current controversies facing the traditional oyster fishery. Sample some of the new “aquaculture” oysters some small companies are growing as a sustainable option and enjoy a special brewed beverage.

Community Conversations: State of the Oyster
Oysters and People
Sunday, February 24
2-4pm in the Van Lennep Auditorium
Free. Space is limited. RSVP with Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941

This discussion focuses on the social history of oyster production in order to address the long-term relationships Chesapeake Bay inhabitants have with oysters. The panel features Christine Keiner, historian and author of
"The Oyster Question," and James Lane, folklorist, among others. Signed copies of "The Oyster Question" available
for purchase.

Model Guild: Build a lapstrake skiff
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 22, 23, 24
Fri., 6-9pm, Sat. & Sun., 9am-5pm. Tools and materials supplied. $80 members, $95 non-members. Pre-registration required by Monday, Feb. 18 call Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941
Led step-by-step by skilled modelers, participants create a 10-inch wooden rowing skiff with lapped side planking and a flat bottom. CBMM's Model Guild welcomes anyone 12 years of age and older and encourages new members of all skill levels. A special rate for a parent-child team can accomodate younger children. Contact Model Guild Director Bob Mason at 410-745-3266 with questions or email


Children ages 4-9 can fill their Saturdays with two hours of fun-filled and challenging hands-on games, arts and crafts, and storytelling at the Museum’s ChesAdventures Program. Each Chesapeake-themed class has two sessions; 10-12noon for 4-6 year olds, and 1-3pm for 7-9 year olds.
Pre-registration is required, call 410-745-4941 to reserve a spot. Visa, Mastercard, and Discover accepted. Gift certificates available. $12 for members, $15 non-members. A six-session pass is available for $68 for Museum members, and $80 for non-members. Scholarships for individual classes are available for qualifying students.

Feb. 2 – Snow! Fun to play in, fun to watch, fun to make.

Feb. 9 – Ducks, Geese, Birds of Winter - Feathers and Feeders

Feb. 16 – Chesapeake Critter Creations – put bits and pieces of animals together in crazy ways.

Feb. 23 – Rocks & Wool, Hard & Soft – Can you think of how to them together?

Volunteer Programs: Upcoming Training Sessions
Van Lennep Auditorium
Become a docent volunteer and lead guided tours of the campus, exhibits, and artifacts for adults and children. No prior experience necessary. Each session of the general tour training is mandatory to complete the docent training and graduate the program. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Melissa Spielman at 410-745-4956 or

Week 1: Thursday, Feb 7 and Friday, Feb 8, 10:00 AM- 12:30 PM

Week 2: Thursday, Feb 14 and Friday, Feb 15, 10:00 AM- 12:30 PM

Week 3: Thursday, Feb 21 and Friday, Feb 22, 10:00 AM- 12:30 PM

Week 4: Thursday, Feb 28 and Friday, Mar 01, 10:00 AM- 12:30 PM



Winter Speaker Series 2013: This Old Chesapeake House
Space limited and pre-registration is required for all events. Call 410-745-4941. Cost per session in this series: $6 for members, $8 for non-members, or register for all three sessions and save, $15 for members, $20 for non-members.
Old houses are part of the flavor of the Chesapeake landscape, and remind us constantly of the presence of the past in our day-to-day lives. Join us as the Museum explores the legacy, history, and stories of these historic structures throughout the Bay region. Through three sessions, the series will cover the intimate history, painstaking restoration, and ongoing preservation efforts of old Chesapeake houses, large and small, public and private.

Tuesday, February 5
1pm in Van Lennep Auditorium
Elizabeth Beckley of Preservation Maryland will discuss her career as a historical restorer, old house aficionado, owner, and preservationist. With a professional and personal life spent in, on, and under old Chesapeake houses, Beckley’s talk will be illustrated by the lively stories and photos of her restoration adventures.