Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

May 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,


Member Guided Tour – Navigating Freedom: War of 1812 on the Chesapeake
Saturday, May 11
Free. 11am in the Steamboat Gallery
Come to the official opening of our newest exhibit. Chief Curator Pete Lesher will lead CBMM members on a guided tour and offer inside information on the exhibit’s creation. Refreshments served.

Savoring the Bay Series: Chesapeake Turtling Traditions- Snapping, Trapping, & Soup
Tuesday, May 14
5:30pm, VLA
$10 members, $20 for non-members
RSVP by May 13 to 410-745-4991
Learn about this fearsome reptile commonly found in ponds, rivers, and marshed on the Chesapeake Bay and beyond. Join us as waterman Jimmy Kline shares his experience of trapping this modern day dinosaur. St. Michaels resident Mary Helen Holmes talks about catching, cooking, and eating snapping turtles and sample some local recipes along with other light refreshments.

Maritime Model Expo
Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19
Sat., 10am–4pm & Sun., 10am–3pm
Free for members or with Museum admission

Held in conjunction by the Museum’s Model Guild and the North American Steamboat Modelers Association, this expo includes radio-controlled models powered by steam, battery, and wind. Static displays of highly-detailed and realistic models by the Washington Ship Model Society and others will be featured, as well as activities for children.

The Elf Classic Yacht Race
Saturday, May 18
Race finish 4pm at the Museum (time subject to weather and
sailing conditions). Free for members or with Museum admission

Join Elf and other classic sailing yachts for the Elf Classic Yacht Race—a true yachtsman’s race. The Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis will serve as the departure point. This event is organized by the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild to recreate the sensibilities of yacht racing of the 1880s when the races began on shore; included the row to the boat on mooring or anchor, making sail and reversing the process at the finish—in this case signing the race log at the Tolchester Bandstand on the grounds of the Museum. For more information, contact Rick Carrion at or visit

CBMM’s Friday Open Boat Shop
Fridays, May 24, 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.


Boater Safety Classes
May 15 & 16, 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 May & 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).

Free Daily Events
Memorial Day through Labor Day (with paid admission, free for members)
*free events do not include Sailing Saturdays or Mister Jim Cruises, listed below in RED.

Public Tours
What: 45-minute highlights tour
When: Friday & Saturday Time: 11am & 2pm

Waterman’s Wharf
What: Docent interpretation
When: Everyday Time: 11am-3pm

Chesapeake People
What: Visit with authentic Chesapeake people
who share their stories
When: Saturdays Time: 11am-3pm

Family Drop-ins
What: Kid themed, hands-on activities (crafts or tours)
When: Thursdays & Fridays Time: 2-4pm

Boatyard Skills Demonstration
What: Learn traditional boatyard skill from a trained shipwright
When: Monday - Friday Time: 1:30pm

Community Work Days: Skipjack Restoration
What: Work under the guidance of a master shipwright to help
rebuild the skipjack Rosie Parks
When: Saturdays Time: 10am-3pm

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.