Wednesday, September 6, 2017

See Lady Maryland in St. Michaels October 20-23

Guests to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. can see Lady Maryland dockside from Friday, October 20 through Monday, October 23.
Built in 1985 by the Living Classrooms Foundation, Lady Maryland is a replica of a Chesapeake Bay pungy schooner. Pungies were considered fast sailing vessels in the 1800s, and were primarily used as workboats carrying perishable cargo such as oysters, watermelons, tomatoes, fish, peaches, and grain.

Throughout the warmer months, CBMM's marina is host to numerous visiting tall ships and vessels, with on-board programming and dockside tour opportunities. For more information about docking at CBMM, visit or call 410-745-2916. For more about Lady Maryland and the Living Classroom Foundation, go to


Replica Chesapeake pungy schooner Lady Maryland will be docked at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., from Friday, October 20, to Monday, October 23, 2017. To learn more, visit

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Delaware half-hull model workshop October 21, 22 in St. Michaels

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Model Guild is offering a beginner’s model boatbuilding workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 21 and 22, with limited participation and advanced registration needed.

The weekend workshop includes instruction on carving a solid half-hull model of the historic Chesapeake Bay tugboat Delaware. This model is band-sawed from a two-tone wood block and carved to the rounded shape of the Delaware’s hull. The cabin and pilot house are cut from the same pieces. The pieces are then shaped and sanded to a fine finish and then mounted on a baseboard to form a wall display piece.

The workshop is taught by the skilled craftsmen of CBMM’s Model Guild, who enjoy sharing their knowledge and techniques with CBMM members, visitors, and students.

Built in Bethel, Del. by William H. Smith, the 1912 tug Delaware once hauled scows on Broad Creek—often laden with lumber—and towed ram schooners to and from Laurel, Del. Occasionally, she carried parties of young people to Sandy Hill for day trips on the Nanticoke River. Donated to CBMM by Bailey Marine Construction in 1991, Delaware is now a floating exhibition along CBMM’s waterfront campus.
Adults and children 12 years of age and older can participate in the workshop, with all tools and materials supplied, as well as some use of the Model Guild’s power tools. The two day workshop takes place in CBMM’s Bay History building and is $80 for CBMM members or $110 for non-members, with participants taking home their half-hull model at the end of the workshop.

Pre-registration is at with more information about CBMM’s Maritime Model Guild and Sailing Club at, or by contacting Bob Mason at 410-745-3266 or at


CBMM Maritime Model Guild President and volunteer Bob Mason holds an example of the half-hull model participants 12 years of age and older will make during a October 21 and 22 weekend workshop in St. Michaels, Md. The beginner’s workshop includes all materials and instruction on carving a solid half-hull model of the historic Chesapeake Bay tugboat Delaware. Participation is limited, with pre-registration at and more information about CBMM’s Maritime Model Guild and Sailing Club at

Built in Bethel, Del. by William H. Smith, the 1912 tug Delaware once hauled scows on Broad Creek and towed ram schooners to and from Laurel, Del. Participants in a October 21 and 22 workshop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. will build a solid wood, half-hull model of this historic tugboat, with limited, pre-registration at, and more information about CBMM’s Maritime Model Guild and Sailing Club at

Monday, August 28, 2017

CBMM’s Fall Speaker Series begins October 18

CBMM’s Fall Speaker Series begins October 18

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., begins its Fall Speaker Series on Oct. 18 and continues on select dates through Dec. 6, 2017. All of the sessions from the four-part series will explore topics related to CBMM’s latest exhibition, Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, on display in CBMM’s Steamboat Building through April 8, 2018. All sessions take place in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium, with advanced registration needed, as seating is limited.

Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake includes 80 matted and framed exhibition prints principally drawn from his three books The Oystermen of the Chesapeake (1970), The Lighthouses of Chesapeake Bay (1973), and Western Wind, Eastern Shore: A Sailing Cruise around the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia (1975), and are shown in a manner that enhances the stark aesthetic, artistic perspective, and intimate familiarity of his work.

De Gast’s classic work, The Oystermen of the Chesapeake, documented scenes from the last days of the Chesapeake’s golden age of oystering. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 5 pm, join Tom McHugh, director emeritus of the Mainstay in Rock Hall, and Ron Fithian, Rock Hall town manager, Kent County commissioner and former waterman, as they share their documentary, “Those Were the Days: Golden Age of Rock Hall Watermen, 1945-1972,” and the reflections of 18 watermen and women who worked on the water in the mid-20th century.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 5 pm, award-winning photographer Dave Harp will discuss the legacy of de Gast, whose evocative, understated photographic style and mastery of observation influenced generations of Chesapeake photographers, writers and artists.

After de Gast: The Chesapeake Transformation Since 1972,” will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Dr. Bill Dennison, professor of marine science and vice president for science applications at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, will discuss how the Chesapeake has changed since de Gast captured its landscapes and people in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the impacts on the Chesapeake’s fisheries, industry, and culture.

Discounted online tickets for CBMM members are $6 per session, or $20 for all four sessions. Non-member rates are $8 per session, or $28 for all four sessions, with tickets at For more information, call 410-745-2916 or email


The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Fall Speaker Series, focused on its exhibition of Robert de Gast’s work, kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 5 pm. The series takes place in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium, with advanced registration needed at Photograph by Robert de Gast, 1970, collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

The four-part Fall Speaker Series at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum begins Oct. 18 and continues on select dates through Dec. 6, 2017, with all sessions focused on CBMM’s latest exhibition, Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake. The exhibition will be on display in CBMM’s Steamboat Building through April 8, 2018. Discounted online tickets for CBMM members are $6 per session, or $20 for all four sessions. Non-member rates are $8 per session, or $28 for all four sessions, with registration required to Photograph by Robert de Gast, 1970, collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

St. Michaels Concours d’ Elegance 11th Anniversary this September

The celebration of the 11th anniversary of St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance will be held on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Fogg Cove Landing waterfront campus portion of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and on the picturesque waterfront law of Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond. The internationally acclaimed event was in fact opened on the grounds of the Inn at Perry Cabin back in 2007 by Founding Chairman George Walish, past president of Rolls Royce of North America. Local volunteers of the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance celebrated a historic return home to St. Michaels in 2016 through partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and are delighted that the Maritime Museum will be co-hosting.

The St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance showcases some of the finest automobiles from around the world and is proud to announce the Honorable Judge Joseph C. Cassini III is the Honorable Chairman for 2017. Judge Cassini, billed by The New York Times as “a Well- Traveled Concours Winner is the owner of many exquisite classics and recipient of numerous trophies, including two Pebble Beach Best of Show wins. The St. Michaels Concours has been dubbed by some as one of the top 10 such events in the United States, and Walish has called it the “Pro-Bowl” to Pebble Beach’s “Super Bowl” of classic motorcar competitions. In the tradition of the historic Concours events held in Paris, the exhibit of automobiles will be complemented by an elegant fashion show presented by Chesapeake Outfitters.

Final details of Concours weekend are being made to include a gala benefit dinner, tickets are available online for $ 200. The dinner will be highlighted with a presentation by the Classic Motor Museum’s students enrolled in its automotive educational program on Saturday evening at the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond.

“The Inn’s historic nature”, says Concours Chairman Luke Phipps, “ the beautiful gardens and its grandeur are the perfect backdrop for an event which has style at its core.” The Inn’s waterfront lawn and show field on Sunday will feature rare, pre-war European and American coach-built automobiles as well as significantly important post-war Sports Cars. A special class of previous Best in Show winners is being created. This Best in Show exhibition will be joined by the Senior Award Winning Automobiles from the significant Concours throughout the country, including Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and Radnor Hunt. Phipps adds, “With Chef MacDonald’s culinary expertise and commitment to local ingredients, we’ll be debuting an enhanced exclusive VIP and entrants gallery, which will feature a gourmet garden party with live music, flowing champagne and culinary delights.” An additional display of classic wooden speed boats next door at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, will enhance the mood of stepping back in time.

The Concours will continue its partnership with the Classic Motor Museum in 2017, with plans for the Museum to host Saturday’s Motoring Tour departing from the newly constructed post and beam exhibits barn housing the museum’s main collection for an antique and classic airplane rendezvous at the Easton Airport. “That partnership remains particularly important to us,” adds Phipps, “once again the beneficiary of the 2017 Concours is the Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Classic Motor Museum and St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance prioritize education for local kids and young adults. The new Classic Motor Museum recently launched an automotive educational program and restoration of a rare1938 Alvis Drop head coupe which shall be on display the entire weekend.

Please join us for a day of Grand Classic Motor Cars, antique wooden speed boats, fashion, and casual elegance on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Tickets are now available online and may be purchased at General admission tickets are $50 and a VIP Pass is $160. If purchased in advance online, a discounted general admission ticket is $40 and for a limited time only a discounted VIP Pass is $140.

For further information, visit the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance website at or call the Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels at (410) 745-8979.

For information about advertising in our program or sponsorship contact Mary Kramer at 410-725-6350 or


Annual Owner Celebration Returns to the Chesapeake Bay for Only the Second Time in its History

General Manager Michael Hoffmann and Captain Jason Pinter of Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond will be dockside Friday, August 25, 2017 to welcome more than a dozen experienced and discerning yacht owners as they sail into St. Michaels in a veritable procession of luxurious Hinckleys. 

One by one, Hinckley owners from as far away as Florida will arrive beginning around midday for the 2017 Hinckley Owners Rendezvous. The owner appreciation event is held in a different location every year—from Nantucket to Key Largo—and this is only the second time in the event’s nearly 10-year history that it will take place on the Chesapeake Bay.

Save for a Saturday sail across Eastern Bay to Kent Island, the Miles River will sparkle all weekend with elegant, high-performance crafts while Rendezvous participants enjoy cocktail receptions and private plated meals at Inn at Perry Cabin. Among those crafts will be “Five Star”—a 55’ Hinckley yacht and the newest addition to Inn at Perry Cabin’s fleet, available for private charters and “Skip the Bridge” escape packages.

The public is welcome to stroll along the Inn’s docks and waterfront lawn Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. to admire the yachts, speak with owners and meet with Hinckley representatives.

Now in its 89th year, The Hinckley Company is a world-renowned builder of premium jet boats and sailing craft from 29 to 79 feet in length. It produces only 50 boats each year, from stem to stern and here in the United States, each of them to order. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Tri Tilghman set for September 16, 2017

Tri Tilghman is a unique way to explore the Bay Hundred area of Talbot County, Maryland. This year the event will be held September 16, 2017.  This activity begins with a 3 mile kayak course that will start at the Knapp's Narrows Drawbridge, through the Narrows into Harris Creek and back to the start. After that, you will hop on your bicycle and complete an 8.2 scenic bike ride. Then cap off the event with a 3.1 mile (5k) run through the small village of Tilghman's Island.
You have the choice of participating in the entire event or to compete in any of the 3 challenges separately.
All of the challenges will start and finish at the new location of Phillips Wharf Environmental Center. There will be plenty of post-race activities for you and your family along with an opportunity to explore this little known gem of the Eastern Shore!
Event details and schedule
Packet Pickup begins on Race Day at 6:30am
Opening ceremonies for Tri Tilghman begin at 7:45AM and the official start for the event will be at 8:00AM. We will provide drinks on site but we encourage participants to bring enough water to stay hydrated during the event and don't forget your sunscreen! Some of the bike course will be on MD Route 33 so please dress appropriately.
Become an Event Volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering for the Tri Tilghman event, please call Missy Cannon Helgason at 410-886-9200 for more volunteer information.

Friday, July 7, 2017

20th Annual Charity Boat Auction to be held September 2, 2017 at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

20th Annual Charity Boat Auction
Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 2, 2017
Gates open 8am; Tag Sale 9am; BBQ 10am; Auction 11am; Beer 10:30am
Free admission for members and children ages 5 and under.
General admission is $5 per person until 11am.
Afterward, regular admission rates apply.
Auction Bidding begins at 11am
$5 paddle fee for each bidder, taken at registration.

CBMM sells donated boats all year long, with the current inventory here

PREVIEW HOURS:Thursday, August 31, 9am-5pm
Friday, September 1, 9am-5pm
$5 admission through Milk House Gate for preview hours, regular admission applies afterward
ADVANCED BID DEADLINE:Friday, September 1 at 2pm. 410-745-4992
DONATE A BOAT OR ITEM FOR TAG SALE DEADLINE:Thursday, August 31 at 5pm. Call 410-745-4992
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) is hosting its 20th annual Charity Boat Auction on Saturday, September 2, 2017 with proceeds benefiting the children and adults served by CBMM.
The live auction begins at 11am along CBMM’s waterfront campus, where more than 100 boats—ranging in size and performance from sailing dinghies to cabin cruisers, and everything in between—will be auctioned off to the highest bidders. CBMM’s Charity Boat Donation Program staff Todd Taylor and Josh Mills take donations and resells boats throughout the year, holding aside some of the inventory for the annual auction.
The event also includes a flea market-style tag sale from 9 a.m. till 11am in which guests are able to purchase a variety of used boating gear, including ground tackle, electrical equipment, hardware, rope or chain, ladders, fishing tackle, motors, and more.
Beginning at 10:30am, beer and barbecue will be available for purchase. Boat sales are on-going throughout the year, with all auction boats subject to sale prior to the auction. Auction boats will be available for inspection at the museum, several days prior to the auction.
Advance bids will be accepted, and can be called in at 410-745-4942 until 2pm on Friday, September 1.
For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during CBMM festivals, including the Charity Boat Auction. Leashed dogs are only permitted on CBMM’s campus during non-festival days.

To donate a boat or items for the tag sale, or for a fully updated listing of the boats up for auction, please contact 410-745-4942 or email

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Talbot Declares Independence from Substance Abuse

Talbot Declares Independence from Substance Abuse
Towns support Talbot Goes Purple with purple fireworks displays

 The towns of Easton, Oxford and St. Michaels are including purple fireworks this Independence Day for Talbot Goes Purple, a new program aimed at combatting substance abuse in our community.

The purple fireworks are part of Talbot Goes Purple, an initiative from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and Tidewater Rotary that empowers our youth and our community to ‘Go Purple’ as a sign of taking a stand against substance abuse. Anyone who wishes to support the project should wear purple at the Independence Day celebrations.

Talbot Goes Purple promotes education and awareness, including the creation of purple clubs in our high schools, through which students learn that they do not need drugs or alcohol to meet life’s challenges. The project also encourages the ‘new conversation’ between teens and parents, one that includes messages that prescription painkillers aren’t safe to use recreationally.

“We preach to our kids not to text and drive, not to drink and drive – but not many people talk about the dangers of prescription painkillers,” said Talbot County Sheriff Joe Gamble. “We’re in the middle of the deadliest drug epidemic in our history – and much of our heroin problem is driven by pill use. Talbot Goes Purple helps start a new conversation about this, while empowering our kids to make good choices.”

Talbot Goes Purple is based upon THP Project Purple, an initiative of the Herren Project that helps people struggling with drug dependencies. Former NBA player Chris Herren founded both projects after speaking to a high school about his struggles with drug dependency.

Herren is coming to Talbot County for a community event at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Easton High School, with two in-school assemblies also set for all county students grades 8 through 12. Leading up to Herren’s visit and throughout September, local businesses and communities will ‘Go Purple’ as a show of support and solidarity in addressing our substance abuse program.

“We are so excited to support this very important – indeed, critical – project in our community,” said Lucie Hughes, president of Tidewater Rotary. “Rotarians work hard to change lives in our communities, and this project will do just that.”

Talbot Goes Purple is in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools, Mid-Shore Community Foundation and Talbot Partnership. Generous support for the project at the ‘purple’ level includes: Mariah’s Mission Fund; Aqua Pools & Spas and The Car Pool; St. John’s Foundation; Bryan Brother’s Foundation; Spring & Associations; West & Callahan; and the Michael & Nancy Klein Foundation.

More information is available at Find on Facebook @TalbotGoesPurple or contact via email  Anyone wearing purple is encouraged to post pictures and tag us on Facebook.

All support is tax-deductible and made through the Mid-ShoreCommunity Foundation.

“We’d like to give a thank-you to Al Bond at the Avalon Foundation; Ted Doyle and the St. Michael’s Fireworks Committee and Vicky Van Loo at Tred Avon Yacht Club for supporting our project,” said Hughes. “Their generosity helps kick-off this project and shows that the towns support our youth in taking a stand against substance abuse.”

Fireworks this year are scheduled as follows: Easton - Tuesday, July 4; St. Michaels - Saturday July 1; Oxford - Monday, July 3. Please check with each respective town for additional information on scheduled activities and rain dates.

Media Contact:
Kelley Callaghan

Inn At Perry Cabin by Belmond welcomes Vicky Mullaney to sign the Lodge at Black Pearl Cookbook

What more American way to kick off the July 4 week than to celebrate the art of hunting and cooking?

Respect for the intimate connection between a place and its environment is among Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond’s core tenets; hence our excitement to introduce a farm-to-table menu this summer, our commitment to local and sustainable sourcing of ingredients, and our eagerness to welcome Vicky Mullaney to our Library on Saturday, July 1, from 3-6 p.m.

Mullaney is a hunter, chef, mother of five, manager of The Lodge at Black Pearl and author of the new The Lodge at Black Pearl Cookbook

Renowned as much for its extraordinary food as it is for its legendary waterfowl hunting, The Lodge is right here on the Eastern Shore amid one of the country’s most beautiful and bountiful wilds, and its recipes champion that. 

Along with her husband, Mullaney embraced the healthful benefits of the farm-to-table movement, which continues to entice people into the field and stream in search of their own wild meals and lean meats that are free from growth hormones and antibiotics. The cookbook features recipes and tips for both fresh game and seafood—Duck and Sausage Gumbo, Goose Breast Pate and Peppered Venison Tenderloin, to name a few—along with plentiful and esential culinary creations for those who hunt in the grocery store, from cinnamon rolls to cucumber salad to double chocolate layer cake.

Mullaney will be signing copies of her new cookbook at Inn at Perry Cabin as part of a program of Independence Day events for neighbors and guests. This event is open to the public, and admission is free.

To whet appetites even further, Mullaney will be sampling two of her favorite dishes from the book: Smoked Bluefish Pate and her signature Black Pearls (peppermint patties).

For more information please contact:

Carol Peach-Woods, Director of Sales and Marketing
(443) 258-2231

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

30th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival & the Arts at Navy Point June 16 - 18, 2017

30th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival & the Arts at Navy Point

Father’s Day Weekend June 16, 17, 18, 2017
Fri. 11am – 5pm; Sat., 10 am-5 pm; Sun., 10am-2 pm
DOCKING AT CBMM at Antique and Classic Boat Festival: Please register directly with the Antique and Classic Boat Society Chesapeake Chapter to ensure your slip reservation. For more information, contact Hank Reiser at 410-533-8752 or via email at  Hank is the dock master for The Antique and Classic Boat Society Chesapeake Chapter.  The registration form is online at
Visit for more information about the Chesapeake Chapter of the ACBS
Wooden classics, vintage racers, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats are coming to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum June 16-18 for the 30th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival and the Arts at Navy Point in St. Michaels, Md. Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, this Father’s Day weekend event brings a sense of nostalgia to the Miles River and CBMM’s docks and campus, drawing some of the area’s finest classic boats, nautical and maritime treasures, entertainment, food, and libations to this waterfront festival.
“With a juried competition among entrants for best restored and preserved boats, this festival attracts the best of the best when it comes to classic and antique boats,” commented ACBS-Chesapeake Bay Chapter Festival Chairman Bob Hamilton. “And with this year celebrating our 30th year with the festival, guests will have a great opportunity to see some incredible boats this Father’s Day weekend.”
The show attracts the finest runabouts to yachts, including race boats, work boats, launches, hydroplanes, and utilities. Chris-Craft, Trumpy, Gar Wood, Donzi, and Lyman are among some of the boats represented.
This year’s festival will feature a selection of sailing log canoes on land and in the water. A regional adaptation of the traditional Indian dugout canoes, log canoes were used from the 18th through the 20th century as all-purpose Chesapeake craft, to harvest oysters, transport goods, and to get people from place to place. A small fleet continues—including CBMM’s Flying CloudEdmee S., Marianne, and Bufflehead—with many seen today along the Chesapeake’s Chester, Miles, and Tred Avon Rivers during highly competitive sailing races each summer and fall. With long masts and large sails, these boats keep upright as they accelerate to speeds of 10 knots or more, with crew members climbing to the ends of 15-foot boards placed perpendicular to the boat itself.
Along with the East Coast’s largest gathering of antique and classic boats, the festival’s signature Arts at Navy Point pavilion brings more than 70 juried fine artists, craftspeople, and vendors offering nautical and maritime-themed items for boat and home.
Workshops and seminars, building demonstrations, family activities, and a nautical flea market will be available throughout the weekend, along with a selection of regional and grilled foods, music, and a waterside bar and deck for libations and other drinks. Saturday’s seminars will feature informative presentations on marine topics, headlined by the Honorable John C. North II’s presentation on log canoes. Times and information on all seminars will be announced at a later date and will be in the Festival program given out at the event.
Children’s activities include boatbuilding craft projects, and the Hagerty Insurance Marine Youth Judging program, where youth learn about the award-winning qualities of preserved and restored classic boats. Along the Fogg’s Landing side of CBMM’s campus, the festival’s Field of Dreams features an array of restorable classic boats and motors, along with other items in a nautical flea market sale.
While at the Antique & Classic Boat Festival, guests can also watch progress on the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, now underway in CBMM’s boatyard through 2018. Special exhibitions include Potomac Waterfowling: Gunning the Nation’s Rivers, and Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, featuring 80 photographs curated from the more than 10,000 by de Gast in CBMM’s collection. Potomac Waterfowling opens April 8, 2017 and continues through March, 2018, with Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake opening May 12, 2017, through April, 2018.
Festival hours are Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Father’s Day, Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The festival includes two-day admission to all of CBMM’s special and permanent exhibitions, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, where guests can climb to the top for views of the Miles River and St. Michaels harbor. The event is $5 for CBMM adult members, or $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and students with ID; and $6 for children 6-17.
Scenic river cruises aboard CBMM’s 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle will be offered throughout the festival, with boat rides and food an additional cost. For safety reasons, non-service dogs are prohibited at CBMM festivals. Festival parking for all three days and a Saturday shuttle service are free, with CBMM a short walk to specialty shops, restaurants, inns, bed & breakfasts, and other attractions in St. Michaels’ historic district. For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916.
Scenic river cruises aboard the museum’s 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle will be offered throughout the festival, with boat rides and food an additional cost. For safety reasons, non-service dogs are prohibited at CBMM festivals. For more information, call 410-745-2916.
REMINDER: During CBMM festivals and special events, dogs are not permitted on CBMM grounds, with the exception of certified service dogs. Leashed dogs are permitted on Museum grounds during regular business hours.
Experience a thrilling ride on this 1920’s era style Gentleman’s cruiser in this video, and plan to join us for more great classics.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Working Artist Forum Group to Exhibit at A.M. Gravely Gallery in June and July

 The Working Artist Forum Group (WAF) will have an exhibit entitled 
"A Brush with Summer" at the A.M. Gravely Gallery in St. Michaels between June 2 and July 31. There will be receptions open to the public, as part of the Second Saturday Art Walk in St. Michaels, on June 10, 5 to 7pm and July 8, 5 to 7pm. 

The Working Artist Forum started in 1979 and became a nonprofit in 1991. It is an organization of 90 professional working artists exhibiting individually and as a group. WAF also donates funds and mentorship to students in the Talbot, Kent, Caroline, Queen Anne, and Dorchester county schools to promote the visual arts..

The A.M. Gravely Gallery is located at 408 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels. Gallery Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10am to 6pm and Sunday through Tuesday, 10a.m. to 3pm. Email: Telephone 410-745-5059

Friday, May 5, 2017

Celebrating another season aboard Patriot Cruises

Patriot Cruises will begin another season running 7 days a week on May 13th, 2017, departing daily at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

Beginning Memorial Day weekend, additional times on the weekends (11am and 4pm). In addition, the Island Music Cocktail Cruises will resume on Saturdays from 5:30-7:00pm but will cruise on both Memorial Day Saturday and Sunday. Check out our updated schedule and to buy tickets online go to

Imagine experiencing the beauty of St Michaels from the Deck of The Patriot, a replica of a 1930's Steam Ferry while being immersed in the history of 300 year old mansions, the people who lived here and the amazing wildlife. 

The area is steeped in history dating from before the American Revolution. The ambience of the colonial and Victorian-era charm is unmistakable and can be enjoyed throughout your visit.

The 75 minute cruise on the Patriot, The winner of the Best Party and Event Cruise of the Bay by What's Up Eastern Shore Magazine, will teach you the history of St Michaels and the ever changing Chesapeake Bay. We will see beautiful 300 year old Mansions and learn their history, we will even see the Waterfront Mansions seen in the Movie "The Wedding Crashers. We will also focus on the varied wildlife on the Miles River.

The Patriot is home docked at The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum next to the World Famous Crab Claw Restaurant. Please park in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Parking lot. Leave the Parking lot and follow the crabs painted on the ground to the red brick walkway. The Patriot ticket booth is on the harbor outside of the Museum entrance.

The Patriot is also available in the evening for private charters, including weddings, parties, reunions and much more, starting as early as 4:00 pm on weekdays and 6:00 pm on weekends. 
Charter prices include the vessel and appropriate crew for the times and services contracted, embarking and disembarking from the Patriot’s berth in St. Michaels. Charters can accommodate up to 149 guests including caterers.  


Theatre in the Park, Songs for a New World to be held on May 26, 2017

Theatre in the Park
Directed by Kyler Taustin, Brown Box Theatre Project
ST. MICHAELS: Friday, May 26, 2017, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Muskrat Park | 207 Willow Green Street
(In case of rain, go to the Christ Church, Etherton Hall, 103 Willow Street)

Be sure to put the Shakespeare in the Park performance of Hamlet on your calendar! 
Saturday, September 9th at 7:30 p.m.

“It’s about one moment.”
Songs for a New World, Jason Robert Brown’s breathtaking song
cycle, weaves together the stories and voices of a diverse cast of
characters in a musical journey that transcends time and space. A
soaring, vibrant score transports the audience through a
mesmerizing exploration of the unknown world and the tough
choices that follow. Bursting with life and discovery, Songs for a
New World
 begs to be liberated from the walls of a theater, and will
be presented at over 10 outdoor venues throughout Massachusetts
and Delmarva as Brown Box’s premier musical spectacular.

Songs for a New World is performed outdoors and seating is on the lawn. For your comfort, feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, including weather updates and rain locations, visit

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Community Day at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Sunday, May 21, 2017

Free admission for everyone, all day long!

As a way of saying thank you to the regional community, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is hosting its second free Community Day on Sunday, May 21, 2017, with all festivities taking place on CBMM’s Fogg’s Landing, and including free admission for everyone, plus live music, regional foods and drinks, family activities, free boat rides, and more.
Highlights for this year’s event include the opportunity to see the schooner Sultana dockside, along with numerous family activities and special exhibitions. The event’s generous sponsors include CBMM’s Friends BoardChoptank Electric CooperativeCurtis Stokes & AssociatesTalbot County Free Library, and What’s Up? Magazine.
The day’s events kick off at 9:00 a.m. with the Bay Hundred Covenant Churches’ tent service,  with festival guests invited to attend, and continues to 5:00 p.m.
The Covenant Church service includes leaders and congregations from area churches, with participants engaging in gospel singing and prayer. Covenant Churches works to unite the Town of St. Michaels and surrounding Bay Hundred community by connecting African-American and Anglo-American churches from throughout the area.
The day’s live music includes performances by Blind Wind, an award winning local band fronted by 14-year-old blind harmonica player, Cole Moran, along with his father, Frankie Moran on guitar and vocals. Their repertoire includes bluegrass, country, Americana classic rock, reggae, fiddle tunes, and more.
CBMM’s Model Sailing Club will hold a radio-controlled skipjack regatta from the Steamboat Building’s docks and along Fogg’s Cove from 11:00 a.m. until noon. Afterwards, festival-goers will have the opportunity to try their hand at operating the radio-controlled boats.
The Talbot County Free Library will be hosting several programs throughout CBMM’s free Community Day, including a presentation in the Van Lennep Auditorium by Maryland author and storyteller, Ed Okonowicz on “Delmarva Tales, Legends, and Ghost Stories” at noon, and a performance by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre at 1:00 p.m. Families can also explore the Chesapeake’s critters in the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Fishmobile, with children invited to participate in a footrace hosted by Chesapeake Sports Alliance.
While enjoying the festivities, Community Day guests can enjoy a climb to the top of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, talk with shipwrights and apprentices engaged in wooden boatbuilding and restoration in the boatyard, and explore any of CBMM’s 12 exhibition buildings and historic structures, all situated in a park-like setting along the Miles River and the St. Michaels harbor. CBMM’s waterfront campus is within walking distance to the specialty shops, restaurants, inns, and bed and breakfasts in St. Michaels’ historic district.
Throughout the day, Community Day guests can take free scenic river cruises aboard a number of CBMM’s historic vessels, including the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, or get out on the water rowing or sailing aboard one of CBMM’s small craft. All boat rides are offered free of charge for this event.

While at Community Day, guests can also watch the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, now underway in the boatyard through 2018. Special exhibitions include Potomac Waterfowling: Gunning the Nation’s Rivers, and Robert de Gast’s Chesapeakefeaturing 80 photographs curated from the more than 10,000 by de Gast in CBMM’s collection. Potomac Waterfowling opens April 8, 2017 and continues through March, 2018, with Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake opening May 12, 2017, through April, 2018.
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 more than 77,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings and historic structures. For more information, visit