Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Concours d’ Elegance returns home to St. Michaels September 24th - 26th

After three years in Cambridge, the St. Michaels Concours d’ Elegance is returning home, with its 10th anniversary celebration to be held on Sunday, September 25, along Fogg’s Landing at the waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

The St. Michaels Concours d’ Elegance was founded in 2007 and originally took place on the waterside lawn of the Inn at Perry Cabin. This year’s event will benefit the construction of the new Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels.

“We are excited to bring the Concours home. The alliance with the new Classic Motor Museum is a natural fit,” said George M. Walish Jr., founding chairman. “It is our mutual objective to position St. Michaels as the classic car destination of the Mid-Atlantic region.”

The show field on September 25 will feature rare, pre-war (1900-1942) European and American coach-built automobiles, as well as significantly important post-war (1946-1966) sports cars. A special class of previous Best in Show winners has been created and will be joined by the Senior Award Winning Automobiles from Concours events throughout the country, including Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, and Radnor Hunt.

In the tradition of the historic Concours events held in Paris, the exhibit of automobiles will be complemented by an elegant fashion show. An additional display of classic wooden speed boats, around CBMM’s 18 waterfront acres along the Miles River and St. Michaels harbor, will enhance the mood of stepping back in time.

"We are delighted to have the Concours return to St. Michaels and CBMM," said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. "Hosting the event is all part of our commitment to the larger community and bringing our guests a delightful day of antique cars and beautiful waterfront."
Advanced tickets can be purchased online at $40 at General admission tickets are otherwise $50 at the door. Advanced VIP tickets are available online at $100, which include lunch and Entrants Lounge access. Details for a Saturday, September 24 fundraising dinner will be announced at a later date.

For more information, visit the Concours d’ Elegance website at or call the Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels at 410-745-8979.
For more information on the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, visit

Below is a schedule of functions and activities planned for entrants.
These events are hosted by the sponsors listed.

Friday, September 23
Classic Motor Museum
1:00pm - 5:00pm — Entrant registration at:
Pinkett House
102 E. Marengo Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663

Friday Evening, September 23
Classic Motor Museum
6:00pm - 7:30pm — Welcome reception

Saturday, September 24
7:00am - 5:00pm — Entrant registration at:
Pinkett House
102 E. Marengo Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663

Saturday, September 24
Motor Tour (optional via pre-registration)
9:00am — Tour lines up at Classic Motor Museum
9:30am — Tour departs for Royal Oak
11:30am — Tour departs for lunch
12:00pm — Lunch at Town Dock Restaurant, St. Michaels

Saturday Evening, September 24
Harbour Inn Marina and Spa
101 N. Harbour Rd.
St. Michaels, MD 21663
6:00pm — Cocktail Reception
7:00pm — Fundraising Dinner and Auction

Sunday, September 25—Concours d'Elegance
Fog Cove Landing waterfront portion of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum campus
7:00am - 11:00am Entrant Registration - Entrants Lounge
7:00am - 9:00am — Automobiles take the field
10:00am — Gates open to attendees
11:30am - 1:30pm — Lunch - Entrant's Lounge - Entrants/VIP Ticket Holders/Sponsors
1:00pm —Fashion Show
2:30pm — Awards Ceremony
4:00pm — Concours concludes

CBMM’s 19th annual Boating Party Fundraising Gala set for Saturday, September 10

 The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is hosting its 19th annual Boating Party Fundraising Gala on Saturday, September 10, 2016, themed around the historic America's Cup race and featuring foods and libations representing the six competing nations in the 2017 race; America, New Zealand, Sweden, Japan, Britain and France. Proceeds from the event support the children and adults served by CBMM’s education, restoration, and exhibition programs.

The evening event begins at 5:00 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served along Navy Point and the Miles River, followed by a gourmet dinner catered by PeachBlossoms Events of Easton, Md. and live music performed by DC Fusion.

Dance-band DC Fusion was named Northern Virginia Magazine’s 2015 Best Wedding Band, with band members having performed with artists such as Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Angie Stone, Isaac Hayes and more. They regularly appear at regional venues including Wolf Trap, Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center, and Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club.

This year, CBMM’s Boating Party features a rare, and up close experience aboard the schooner America. The 139-foot yacht America is a replica of the vessel that started the America’s Cup tradition in 1851 by defeating the British to win the Royal Yacht Squadron’s “100 Pound Cup.”

During the event, Boating Party guests will have the opportunity for exclusive tours and photo opportunities with America’s captain and crew while enjoying cocktails. America will also be at CBMM on other select dates in September, with the general public offered dockside tours and pre-booked private and public cruises during regular museum hours, with dates and more information at

Boating Party tickets are $250 per person with special sponsorship table reservations ranging from $2,500 to $7,500. Each table sponsorship offers special recognition in the Boating Party program, at the table, on name badges and event signage, along with a special gift. Early table sponsors include Wye Financial & Trust, a division of Shore United Bank, and the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond. To request an invitation, or to reserve your table, call 410-745-4978 or email Liza Ledford at

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving nearly 70,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like setting along the Miles River and St. Michaels’ harbor. For more information, visit

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Shakespeare in the Park returns to St. Michaels September 10th, 2016

Shakespeare in the Park returns to St. Michaels thanks to the St. Michaels Art League and the Brown Box Theatre Project of Boston, who are partnering again this year to bring the the lighthearted Shakespeare comedy, Cymbeline, to Muskrat Park in St. Michaels on Friday, September 10th, starting at 7:30pm for a free performance. 

Brown Box Theatre Project is thrilled to produce Cymbeline as their sixth annual outdoor Shakespeare production this September.   A theatrical feast, William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline delicately blends tragedy, comedy, and romance into an enchanting and unforgettable fairy tale. When Imogen’s father banishes her soul­mate, the princess must embark on a quest to prove her fidelity, escape her stepmother’s dastardly plot, and reclaim her love. Cymbeline is brimming with forbidden romance, mistaken identities, jealousy, vile trickery, poison, disguises, and epic swordfights. 

Director Kyler Taustin explains, Cymbeline, one of Shakespeare’s rarely produced works, is an alluring amalgamation of romance, ferocity, intrigue, and fancy, all encompassed in one ‘hidden gem’ of a play. Its focus on patriotism, loyalty, trust, and honor is incredibly timely in our current social and political climate, and I am eager to use this play to explore the ways in which pride and ego can blind even the most noble individuals and result in ruinous consequences within families, countries,and even oneself.”

Brown Box Theatre Project was founded in 2009 by Kyler Taustin to fill a void in the fine arts landscape of his home region, the Eastern Shore of Maryland. While Ocean City and surrounding areas had no lack of tourist attractions, there were few sources for professional theatre anywhere on the Delmarva Peninsula. Taustin, a graduate of Emerson College's theatre directing program, decided to change that by producing high quality theatre in major cities and touring those productions to Ocean City and other communities lacking access to the performing arts.

The Brown Box Theatre Project ( have performed free to the public as part of their ongoing initiative to create theatrical experiences that entertain and excite audiences in communities with limited access to live theater.

Friday, September 10, 2016 
7:30 PM - 9:10 PM
Rain or Shine
Free to Attend

Muskrat Park  

207 Willow Green Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663

Cymbeline Plot:
“What is it to be false?”

When Imogen's father banishes her soul-mate, the princess must embark on a quest to prove her fidelity, escape her stepmother's dastardly plot, and reclaim her love. Cymbeline, King of Britain is brimming with forbidden romance, mistaken identities, jealousy, vile trickery, poison, disguises, and epic sword fights. A theatrical feast that defies genre lines, Cymbeline delicately blends tragedy, comedy, and romance into an enchanting and unforgettable Shakespearean fairytale.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Watermen's Appreciation Day Sunday August 14th

The Talbot Watermen’s Association is bringing the 7th Annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. and the Miles River on Sunday, August 14, 2016. The event is a joint fundraiser for both organizations.
The “watermen’s rodeo” boat docking contest returns to Navy Point, near the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Bleacher seating will be provided for spectators to the contest.
Steamed crabs, beer, and other foods and beverages will be available for purchase. The event is hosted by TWA in cooperation with CBMM, with proceeds benefiting both organizations. The pricing for steamed crabs will be set by July 24, and will be announced at that time on CBMM’s website.
Watermen’s Day also offers the public the rare opportunity to see and board a collection of historic buyboats from around the mid-Atlantic region along CBMM’s docks and waterways, as CBMM hosts the 12th Annual Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Association’s reunion.
These unique craft were used to haul seafood and cargo along the Chesapeake Bay’s waterways before many of the peninsulas were connected by bridges. As the seafood harvest declined and highways became the mode of travel the large graceful buyboats faded from local waters. Today, no more than 30 of the oyster buyboats remain on the Bay. Buyboats at CBMM during Watermen’s Day include F.D Crockett, Nellie Crockett, Thomas J., Prop Wash, East Hampton, 55th Virginia, Iva W., Old Point, and Winnie Estelle.
Beginning at 11 a.m., watch the spirited boat docking contest along Navy Point. Children’s on-the-water activities include a Pot Pie skiff rowing competition, with prizes awarded.
Starting at noon, the classic rock, country, and blues sounds of Bird Dog and the Road Kings will have people tapping their toes and dancing along the museum’s waterfront as the region’s favorite band plays live from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand. Also beginning at noon, the day’s catch of steamed crabs—served by watermen—will be available for purchase, in addition to beer, water, soda, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, and more.
Children and families can enjoy games and activities throughout the day, including competing in an anchor toss, line baiting, or a rowboat racing contest. Scenic river cruises aboard the museum’s 1920 buyboat, Winnie Estelle, will take festival-goers out on the Miles River throughout the day.
Bids can be placed on a number of silent auction items, including work by noted Chesapeake artist Marc Castelli. Silent auction bids can be made up until 4:30 p.m., with proceeds supporting the Talbot Watermen’s Association.
Throughout the day, festival-goers can get an up-close view of the museum’s floating fleet of historic Chesapeake vessels, along with a selection of working watermen’s boats. Festival admission also includes entrance to CBMM’s permanent and temporary exhibitions, including the temporary Waterfowling exhibition, Chesapeake Camo, Ammo, & Calls, and full access to the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse.

Josh Harris and Casey McManus from television's Deadliest Catch - F/V Cornelia Marie will be joining the talbot watermen and Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in the Town of St. Michaels, Maryland for Watermen's Appreciation Day & Buyboat Reunion is August 14 in St. Michaels, MD. Get your tickets now at . Crab pricing soon to be announced. Stay tuned. 

“Watermen’s Day is an annual favorite among locals and guests alike,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “You can meet many of the watermen who work to bring seafood to tables across the region, while having a great time celebrating the Chesapeake in such an incredibly authentic way.”
Admission to the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. event will be collected at the gate the day of the event and includes the boat docking contest, celebrity appearances, and the Bird Dog and the Road Kings performance at $18 for adults, and $8 for children 6-17, with all children under six years of age admitted free. Museum members along with licensed watermen and their families get discounted admission at $10 per adult, and $6 per children ages 6-17. Boat rides, steamed crabs, beer, and additional food and beverages will be available for purchase.
All event parking will be available at St. Michaels High School, with free shuttle service to the museum running throughout the day.
For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during CBMM festivals, including Watermen’s Appreciation Day. Leashed dogs are only permitted on the museum’s campus during regular operating hours.
For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916.
 Pricing includes the boat docking contest, guest appearances live music with Bird Dog & the Road Kings, children’s activities, and much more. Food and drink are extra cost. This event is a joint fundraiser for the Talbot Watermen’s Association and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
$18 Adult
$10 CBMM Member Adult & Licensed Watermen Adult*
$8 Children 6-17
$6 CBMM Member Child & Licensed Watermen Child*
FREE Children 5 & Under
*Must show license
Tickets for the event and crabs will be available at the gate, the day of the event. CBMM Member and watermen discounted tickets can be purchased in advance at CBMM’s Welcome Center and Museum Store. Watermen and their immediate family members must show proper identification for discount.
*Absolutely NO CARRY-ON Alcohol is permitted for this event. All alcohol must be purchased on premise with a valid ID.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Chautauqua Summer Series returns to St. Michaels July 11-13

Chautauqua Summer Series returns to St. Michaels July 11-13

On the evenings of July 11-13, the 22nd annual Chautauqua Summer Series brings three live performances to the waterfront campus of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. This year’s Maryland Humanities’ series features Pulitzer Prize winners Duke Ellington, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Ernest Hemingway, with all living history performances taking place from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. along the Miles River, and offered free and open to the public.

The 2016 Chautauqua Summer Series at CBMM is generously sponsored by Easton Eye Care and Karen and Langley Shook, and 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, Oxford and St Michaels.

“Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.” With these words, American publisher Joseph Pulitzer articulated a set of standards that inspire journalists, writers, artists, and musicians in their creative endeavors.

This year's Masters of their Craft theme commemorates the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes by featuring three Pulitzer winners on the Chautauqua stage.  On Monday, July 11, Baltimore vocalist, pianist, and actor Tevin Brown will portray Duke Ellington, the incomparable showman, and one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century with a career that spanned over fifty years. On Tuesday, July 12, educator and actress Dorothy Mains Prince will portray Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize capturing the black experience in America through her poetry. On Wednesday, July 13, the series wraps up in St. Michaels with Hemingway on Stage author and actor Brian Gordon Sinclair portraying Ernest Hemingway, one of the greatest American literary figures of the twentieth century whose work continues to influence modern literature with his trademark style of simple yet perceptive prose.

A Chautauqua performance is a historical dramatization featuring individuals who are part scholar and part actor. Each performance is broken into three acts, where the performer represents a historical figure in the first person, then invites audience questions; and in the final act, steps out of character to answer questions that the historical figure could not have been able to answer.

“Chautauqua” was the name for the Chautauqua Lake area in upstate New York, where the movement began in 1874 as a Methodist summer retreat. A wide range of religious lectures and educational programs attracted a huge following. As it evolved, the Chautauqua movement presented the latest in thinking in politics, economics, literature, science, and religion. Maryland Humanities launched the modern Chautauqua program in Maryland in 1995. 

The Chautauqua Summer Series at CBMM is free and open to the public, with guests encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for seating. All performances are held on the lawn of Fogg’s Landing, near the museum’s Steamboat Building. In the event of rain, performances will be held in the Van Lennep Auditorium, with space limited. No registration is required.

For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916. Additional information about the Chautauqua Summer Series can be found at



Maryland Humanities’ 22nd annual Chautauqua Summer Series, Masters of their Craft, is coming to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. on July 11, 12, & 13. This year's theme features living history performances of Pulitzer Prize winners Duke Ellington, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Ernest Hemingway, as illustrated by Tom Chalkley here. The CBMM performances are scheduled to take place from 7-9 p.m. along the Miles River on Fogg’s Landing. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for seating. In the event of rain, the performances will be moved inside. No advanced registration is required. For information on specific performances, visit or call 410-745-2916.