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