Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

July 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,

Special Events at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum


CBMM’s Friday Open Boat Shop
Fridays, July 26, August 9 & 23
5:30-8:30pm, Museum Boatyard
$20 members; $30 non-members. Space is limited and pre-registration required. Participants must be 16 or older, unless accompanied by an adult. Register to Jenn Kuhn at 410-745-4980 or

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.

Mister Jim Log Canoe Cruise
Saturday, July 27
1pm, $20 for members and $35 for non-members
Pre-registration required by calling 410-745-4941

Join Assistant Curator of Watercraft Richard Scofield aboard the Museum’s buyboat, Mister Jim, to watch the log canoe races on the Miles River. Log canoe races are a quintessential Chesapeake pastime and Scofield will share his own experiences racing, building, and growing up with log canoes.

Cultures of Crabbing
Saturday, July 27
Small Boat Shed

This special program features demonstrations of crab-picking and harvesting as well as background information on crab biology, packing house operations, and the Eastern Shore's growing Hispanic population and their importance to the crab industry. The program is part of the summer-long Chesapeake People Visitor Experience Program, which features representatives of various Chesapeake maritime traditions, presenting their skills and knowledge every Saturday from 11am to 3pm throughout the Museum's 18-acre waterfront campus.


Summer Sailing Program
June 24 through August 18
Junior Sailing for ages 8-16 and Adult & Teen Sailing Weekends
Morning session: 8:30am-12noon, afternoon session 1-4:30pm
$200 for CBMM members and $250 for non-members. Pre-registration required by calling 410-745-4941

The Summer Sailing program helps new sailors and old salts gain the confidence to sail a small boat in a fun and safe environment while learning the rules of the water. Contact for specific times.

Kids Club
June 24-28, July 8-12, July 22-26 for ages 4-5
July 1-5, July 15-19, July 29- August 2 for ages 6-7
$125 for CBMM members and $150 for non-members. Pre-registration required by calling 410-745-4941

The Museum’s Kids Club is a half-day long, hands-on Chesapeake-focused camp for kids ages 4 to 7 where children learn about the Bay firsthand through activities, stories, games, and crafts. Scholarships available.

Boater Safety Classes
July 17 & 18, August 15 & 16
6-10pm. $25 per two-evening session. Pre-register with Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941

Individuals and families with children over 12 are welcome to participate in our Boater’s Safety certification program and learn the basics needed to operate a vessel on Maryland waterways. MD boaters born after July 1, 1972 are required to have a Certificate of Boating Safety Education. Graduates of our two-day Department of Natural Resources-approved course are awarded a certificate that is good for life.

Weekly Summer Events
Memorial Day through Labor Day
Free for members or with paid admission
Public Tours: 45-minute highlights tour, Fridays & Saturdays from 11am-2pm.
Watermen’s Wharf Docent Interpretation: Every day from 11am-3pm.
Chesapeake People: Visit with authentic Chesapeake people who share their stories on Saturdays from 11am-3pm.
Boatyard Skills Demonstration: Learn traditional boatyard skills from a trained shipwright. Demonstrations are daily, times vary.
Model Guild Demonstrations: Chat with members of the Model Guild as they construct model replicas of Chesapeake Bay boats. Mondays, 9am-noon.
Family Bags: Ask the Welcome Center for the use of a free Family Bag, with interactive games and activities for ages seven and under.

Sailing Saturdays
What: Try your hand at sailing one of our Apprentice For a Day boats. Boats range in size and are perfect for one to two people, with instructions provided for beginners. Space is limited and pre- registration is recommended. Call 410-745-4965 to reserve, otherwise, it’s first-come, first-served. *Dates subject to change due to weather.*
When: June 22, July 13, August 17, September 7
*Cost: $10 per session

Mister Jim Cruises
What: Climb aboard the buyboat Mister Jim for a 30-minute
scenic cruise on the Miles River.
When: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays
Time: 12noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
*Cost: $10 per person, free for kids 16 and under with
Museum admission.



Sultanta Eco Kayak Program
Wednesday, July 3
9-11:30am, $35 members, $45 non-members. Pre-registration required by calling 410-745-4941

Explore the environment, ecology, and history of the Chesapeake from a kayak! Join Sultana Vice President and naturalist Chris Cerino as he explores the environment of the Museum and shares stories as you paddle along the surrounding shoreline. Learn about the Miles River of today, and 400 years ago, as you seine, search for arrowheads, and navigate your kayak through Fogg’s Cove and Miles Point. Kayaks, PFD’s, and paddles are provided. Personal kayaks are permissible. Children ages 12 and up may attend but must be accompanied by an adult in a personal tandem kayak.

MEMBER NIGHT: The Classic Yacht Elf
Wednesday, July 10 at the “F” Dock, (by the Small Boat Shed)
5:30pm, Free for members
RSVP to Debbie Collison at 410-745-4991
Join the Elf’s Captain Rick Carrion, founder of the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild, as he explores the early racing career of this 1888 Lawley-built, 30-foot class wooden sailing yacht, her extensive restoration, and the evolution of her historic relationship to the Chesapeake Bay, and to the Museum. Elf is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Elf will be dockside at the Museum for this special presentation. Light refreshments served.

Big Band Night/Fireworks
Saturday, July 6
Tolchester Beach Bandstand, 7 - 10pm
$5 for members, $10 for non-members
** The Museum will close at 5pm on Saturday, July 6 and reopen at 6pm for Big Band Night. Visitors may purchase Big Band Night bracelets at the admissions building prior to 5pm and remain on Museum grounds, however the exhibit buildings will be closed at 5pm.**

Jazzy big band sounds come alive on the Museum’s Tolchester Beach Bandstand at this special Independence Day celebration.  Stay into the evening to enjoy the St. Michaels fireworks over the Miles River.

Exploring an Ironclad Legend: the USS Monitor
Thursday, July 11
5:30pm, Van Lennep Auditorium
$10 for members, $20 for non-members
Pre-registration required by calling 410-745-4941

Join Mariner Museum’s conservator Will Hoffman as he discusses the restoration of artifacts from the USS Monitor—a Civil War icon and pivotal piece of American history. Today a National Marine Sanctuary, the USS Monitor's history and the Battle of Hampton Roads will be explored by Hoffman as well as the on-going
conservation work with recovered artifacts from the ironclad wreckage now in the collections of the Mariner’s Museum.

Bronze Casting Demonstration
Friday, July 12
10am-noon, Museum Boatyard
$30 for members, $50 non-members
Pre-registration required by July 10 to 410-745-4941

Join the Mariner’s Museum conservator Will Hoffman as he discusses the casting replication project of one of the artifacts from the USS Monitor, including iron and bronze parts. Following the discussion, Hoffman and sculpture artist and Shepherd University professor Christian Benefiel will cast a replication of an oarlock from the Monitor in bronze using traditional pattern and molding methods.

Bronze Casting Four-day Workshop
Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21
9am-4pm all four days
Four-day workshop $160 for members, $200 for non-members, plus the cost of materials, approximately $100
Pre-registration required by July 12 to 410-745-4941

Join sculpture artist and Shepherd University professor Christian Benefiel as he guides you through the intricacies of bronze casting, including creating molds, working the sand and furnace, and pouring the hot metal. Take home a working knowledge of casting metal and your own creation cast in bronze. For ages 16 and up. This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County, and the Towns of Easton and Oxford.

Cruising with the Miles River Riverkeeper
Friday, July 19
10-11:30am, $15 for members, $20 for non-members
Pre-registration required by calling 410-745-4941

Join Miles River Riverkeeper Tom Leigh on CBMM’s Mister Jim for an up-close and personal exploration of the Miles River's unique habitat and ecology. Learn how to monitor the water quality of the river and try your hand at water testing, explore the critters on an oyster reef, and discover the Miles through the eyes of its Riverkeeper while cruising in the breeze on the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s buyboat. Families with children encouraged!