Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

October 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,


The War of 1812 Speaker Series: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Circumstances

October 18 & October 24

$10 for CBMM Members or $14 for non-members per session OR buy a three-session pass for $25 for CBMM members and $34 for non-members. Pre-registration required to Helen Van Fleet at 410-475-4941

Stories of Everyday People and the War of 1812
Friday, October 18
10-11:30am in the Van Lennep Auditorium
When war came to the Chesapeake in 1813, what was it like for the everyday people in tidewater towns who both feared and anticipated the arrival of the British on their shores? Join University of Delaware adjunct professor Mike Dixon as he explores the conflict through the eyes of women, militiamen, slaves, and other ordinary citizens impacted by the chaos of war.

The Music of Conflict: Songs from 1812
Thursday, October 24
2-3:30 in the Van Lennep Auditorium
The War of 1812 spawned a huge variety of songs in America. From the early stirrings of party politics, the traumatic effect of the Embargo, through the triumph at Fort McHenry and the last battle in New Orleans, Americans took pen to paper to tear at political opponenets, to dramatize the great sea battles and to laud batlle heroes like Hulland Perry. This program tells the true story of the birth of the Star-Spangled Banner, dispelling several lingering myths along the way. Live musical selections accompanied by images.


Getting Rosie Ready: The Final Chapter
Wednesday, October 16
5pm in the CBMM Boatyard
Free for members. RSVP by September 14 to Debbie Collison at 410-745-4941
Join Mark Donohue, project manager for CBMM’s Rosie Parks Skipjack Restoration Project, for the final chapter of the three-year project that has brought this revered old skipjack back to life. Built by Bronza Parks in 1955, Rosie is one of the least altered historic skipjacks in existence. Take a behind-the-scenes peek as Rosie prepares for her official re-launching at OysterFest on November 2.


Half-Hull Model Workshop, presented by the Model Guild
October 19 & 20
Saturday & Sunday, 9am-5pm
Bay History Building
$80 for members, $95 for non-members. All tools and materials are supplied. Pre-registration is required by Monday, October 22. Call 410-745-2916 to register or contact Model Guild Director Bob Mason at 410-745-3266 or email for more information.
Participants are invited to create a half-hull model of the Pride of Baltimore II. Band sawed from a block and carved to the rounded shape of the Pride’s hull, the half-hull model is then mounted on a baseboard to form a fine wall display piece. The Model Guild welcomes anyone 12 years of age or older to take these classes, and encourages new members of all skill levels to participate in the guild, use its facilities, and trade model building experience with Museum visitors.


Coast Guard Boating Safety & Skills Program
Wednesday evenings from October 9 through October 23
6-10pm in the Van Lennep Auditorium. $35 per person per class, or $100 for all three classes for CBMM Members. Non-member rate is $40 per class per person or $115 for all three.
Register with Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941.
Suddenly in Command, October 9
The captain becomes incapacitated or falls overboard; or, you purchase a new boat and step aboard for the first time. You are “Suddenly in Command.” This four-hour boating safety primer is designed for boating beginners and will help you to be prepared with the basics in case of an emergency. Learn about your vessel, including nautical terms and basic operating principles like how to start the engine. Also included are descriptions of what causes boating mishaps and how to minimize them, basic boat handling and what equipment should be on board.
GPS for Mariners, October 16
Learn how to use a GPS for practical recreational boating. GPS for Mariners (GPSFM) is an orientation to the GPS equipment typically owned by the recreational boater, from basic operating functions to more in-depth ways to get more from your global positioning device. Course participants are invited to bring their own hand-held GPS units to bring them to the class, but GPS units are not required for registration. Textbook provided.
How to Read a Nautical Chart, October 23
At sea there are no streets and no highway signs. To figure out how to navigate to shore, boaters have to use a nautical chart. This course will provide the navigator with the knowledge to interpret the chart’s contents to navigate safely to their destination and return to port, including reading latitude and longitude, depth of water, bottom type, and magnetic variations affecting the compass, chart scales, and inter-tidal information. Textbook and training chart included.


Women’s Woodworking for Beginners
Sunday, October 20 and Sunday, October 27, CBMM Boatyard
9am-4pm. $100 CBMM members and $120 non-members.
Participants must be 16 or older, unless accompanied by an adult. Register with Jenn Kuhn at 410-745-4980
CBMM’s women shipwrights are offering a ladies-only class in the basics of woodworking with no prior experience necessary. Learn the foundational skills, tools, and techniques of carpentry.

Friday Open Boat Shop
October 25, November 8 & December 13, CBMM Boatyard
5:30-8:30pm. $20 CBMM members and $30 non-members.
Participants must be 16 or older, unless accompanied by an adult. Register with Jenn Kuhn at 410-745-4980
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 a small-scale project, which could include a Christmas or birthday present, frames, furniture, models, artwork, etc.



31st Annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival
Friday, October 4 - Sunday, October 6
Friday check-in for participants, cookout begins at 5:30 pm
Sat. & Sun., 10 am-5 pm
Free for members or with Museum admission

One of the nation’s premier small craft events!  Hundreds of amateur and professional boat builders and enthusiasts come from all over the region to display their skiffs, kayaks, and canoes.  Take part in demonstrations and workshops, or simply chat with the owners and watch these one-of-a-kind vessels race.