Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Shades of Blue at Big Band Night July 1 in St. Michaels

In celebration of Independence Day, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. welcomes The Shades of Blue Orchestra for a live performance at its Saturday, July 1 Big Band Night. The St. Michaels fireworks are scheduled to launch after dusk that evening, with CBMM’s waterfront campus a great venue from which guests can enjoy the fireworks. The rain date for the concert and fireworks is Sunday, July 2.

Two vocalists will join the 18-piece Shades of Blue Orchestra as they perform from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand. The orchestra first played at CBMM’s 2014 Big Band Night, with numerous requests from patrons for return engagements.

The orchestra is set to begin at 7:00 p.m., with the public invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets for an evening of music, dancing, and fireworks along the Miles River.

Food, ice cream, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase during the event, which is generously sponsored by Eastern Shore Tents & Events.

 Mixing together popular standards, a variety of musical styles, and dance-able rhythms, the Shades of Blue Orchestra combines brass, woodwind, and rhythm instruments to bring music from the 1930s to present to the Miles River. Established in 1976, this 18-piece Big Band consists of a well-balanced complement of brass, woodwind, and rhythm instruments, as well as two of the finest Big Band vocalists anywhere.

The Orchestra’s repertoire of music includes swing, rock, standard and popular ballads, Latin, retro, waltzes, and other selections. The Baltimore-based orchestra has performed at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, M&T Bank Stadium, Camden Yards, the Smithsonian Institution, Ocean City’s Sunfest, and more. Music samples and more information can be found at

CBMM’s exhibitions and campus will close at 5:00 p.m. for Big Band Night, and re-open at 6:00 p.m. for guests to enter the campus for the event. Admission to Big Band Night is $6 for CBMM members and $10 for non-members, with children ages 5 and under free. After 8:45 p.m., admission will be reduced to $2 for those watching the fireworks only. Advanced tickets and more information are at

Proceeds benefit the children and adults served by CBMM’s education, exhibition, and restoration programs.

For safety reasons, only service dogs are allowed on CBMM’s campus during Big Band Night, and other festivals. Leashed dogs are permitted during regular operating hours. For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit

Friday, April 28, 2017

St. Michaels BrewFest set for Saturday, June 3, 2017

St. Michaels BrewFest set for Saturday, June 3, 2017.  We do our best to find the hard to find, seasonals, rarities & on-offs. Last year we had 11 firkins and pins from as far away as Oregon!
Bands from all over Delmarva peninsula will perform at all three locations all day long. From rock to bluegrass to  indie to funk there will tunes that everyone will jam to. Happening at three locations in St. Michaels at the same time. All within a very short walk of each other. From historical to right on the water. You will get to see this charming town while drinking some of the best beers the region has to offer .

$35 (early bird discount. They will go up to $50 the day of) With the price of admission you will receive a commemorative pint glass and unlimited samples of over 100 beers from the local to from far away continents.  We strive to find hard to get beers and always have a number of firkins and pins made specially for us.  We have also garnered the privilege of having multiple brewery owners and brewmasters pouring their ware for you to enjoy. Pick their brains, asks those hard questions & drink their delicious liquid. Pouring venues are open from noon to 4pm & tented.

Three locations right in the heart of St. Michaels. Explore the historic town while sampling some of the best beers the region has to offer. 

Eastern Shore Brewing @ The Old Mill: Located just behind Eastern Shore Brewing in the old Just Right Flour Mill (closed in 1972). The first location as you come into town on the right.

Foxy's Harbor Grille: ​Located at the end of Mulberry St. Right in the center of St. Michaels Harbor sip beers while taking in the view.

The Crab Claw: This place has been around for 50 years. Serving up delicious local crabs from the spring to through the fall. Also located on the St. Michaels Harbor you can watch the people drinking at Foxy's.

A boat ride on the Miles river with brewery owners and brewmasters drinking beers that will only be available for the VIP's? Yup that's how we do it. 10:45 a.m. you embark on the Patriot, which docks right next to the Crab Claw. Only open to the first 100 people and sells out every year. Hand selected beers  poured by knowledgeable brewery staff. 

Bay Day to be held on Tilghman Island Saturday, May 14th

A great day for families and friends of the Chesapeake Bay. Many free demonstrations, kids activities, live music and more! Bring the whole family!
BAY DAY is a free, festive family event at Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s waterfront campus on Saturday, May 13th, 11 AM – 3 PM, on Tilghman Island, MD. BAY DAY will feature tons of fun and interactive things to see and do for kids of all ages. Get touch tank introductions to rescued creatures from bay and land, including friendly fish, crabs, turtles, horseshoe crabs and seahorses; build your recycled boat for the races; sing with puppets, talk to Coastie the Coast Guard robot boat and Shelly, the Oyster Recovery Partnership character; meet the raptors and rescues with Scales and Tales, and dive into Bay related kids crafts and games.
Artisans and craftspeople will show and sell their sea glass and other jewelry, Bay related photography and paintings, fine handcrafts and models. Also featured are numerous exhibits, experts and demonstrations on everything from rain gardens to native plants; oyster restoration; living shorelines and energy alternatives. Live music will play all day and food and ice cream will be available for purchase. This year, visitors can enjoy our universally accessible soft launch for canoes and kayaks along the Captain John Smith Trail and the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, with ADA compliant parking as well as bike racks.

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is a volunteer, non profit organization that informs and inspires people to become good stewards of the Chesapeake Bay through hands -on education, our Fishmobile outreach program and our educational lecture series. For more information about our working waterfront and other educational programs see our events tab on  Phillips Wharf Environmental Center's website here.
Phillips Wharf Campus
6129 Tilghman Island Road
Tilghman, MD 21671
Event details and schedule
The Bay Day Celebration kicks off at 11:00am.
The day features great local artisans, live demonstrations and wonderful music.
Become an Event Volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering for the event, please call Missy Cannon Helgason at 410-886-9200 for more volunteer information.