Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

June 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,


Visiting Vessel: Viking ship Norseman
June 21 through June 23
Free with museum admission. Call 410-745-2916 for information

The 40-foot half-replica of the famous Gokstad ship will offer CBMM visitors a real-life look at a Viking ship and the type of people who sailed them more than 1,000 years ago. The ship will be available for viewing dockside, with limited, free rides available for CBMM visitors, weather permitting. No advanced registration required.

Mister Jim Log Canoe Cruise
Saturday, June 29
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.


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
June 12 & 13, 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.

Lighthouse Overnight Adventures
Select Friday & Saturday nights in June
6pm and ends at 9am the following morning
Contact Director of Education Kate Livie at or 410-745-4947 for more information and to register

Your group can spend the night in our 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Travel back in time to experience the rustic life of a lighthouse keeper with hands-on, interactive activities, games, and stories. The program is designed for youth groups, children’s organizations, and scouts, ages 8-12 (and their chaperones). The cost is $600 for up to 15 participants and chaperones and includes the overnight program fee, two day’s admission, an official lighthouse patch, a copy of “From a Lighthouse Window,” and a Miles River boat ride on the Mister Jim (subject to seasonal availability).

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.

Concert: United States Naval Academy Band Commandant’s Combo
Tuesday, June 4
Free. 6pm at the Tolchester Beach Bandstand
You're invited to enjoy a free concert featuring the United States Naval Academy (USNA) Band’s The Commandant’s Combo. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, with carry-on alcohol strictly prohibited for this event. CBMM’s Rosie’s Tavern will be serving wine and beer. Water and other non-alcoholic beverages, as well as hamburgers and other foods will also be available for purchase.

CBMM’s Friday Open Boat Shop
Fridays, June 7, 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.

Oar Making
Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9
10am-4pm, Museum Boatyard
Two-day session is $50 for members, and $75 for non-members, plus the cost of materials, approximately $50, depending on oar dimensions. Pre-registration required by June 5 to Jenn Kuhn at 410-745-4980 or For ages 16 and up unless accompanied by an adult.

Under the direction of a CBMM shipwright, handcraft your own set of oars specific to your vessel, or just for decoration. When registering, be sure to specify what type of vessel the oars are for and our shipwright will help you to determine dimensions. White pine will be provided unless another material is requested in advance, or provided by participant. Bring a bagged lunch. Class size is limited.

Antique and Classic Boat Festival
Friday, June 14, Saturday, June 15 & Sunday, June 16
Fri. 11am - 5pm; Sat., 10 am-5 pm; Sun., 10 am-2 pm
Free for members or with Museum admission

This annual boat event is the largest of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region! It features more than 100 antique
and classic boats, boat building demonstrations, maritime artists and craftsmen, craft vendors, classic used boats, motors, and nautical flea market, along with live music, food, and more. This event is hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society International in cooperation with CBMM.

Kayak with the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy
Thursday, June 20
10am, 11:30am, and 1pm
$35 for members, $45 for non-members. Pre-registration required by calling 410-745-4941

Kayak along the scenic Miles River with the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy. Participants leave from the Museum’s living shoreline, and head out to explore the creeks and shorelines of the Miles River. Children over six are welcome, and kayaks, paddles, and safety vests are provided.