Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot St.
P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, MD 21663

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Special Events > Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival

** Please note**
CBMM Dog Policy - Effective September 1, 2014
During CBMM festivals and special events, dogs ARE NOT permitted on Museum grounds, with the exception of certified service dogs. Leashed dogs ARE permitted on Museum grounds during regular business hours.




32nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival

Friday, October 3, 4, 5, 2014
Friday check-in for participants, cookout begins at 5:30 pm
Sat. & Sun., 10 am-5 pm
Free for members or with Museum admission

The 32nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival comes to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5, bringing a collection of small craft to the museum’s Miles River waterfront, along with live music, scenic river cruises, food, beverages, and more.  Sailing skiffs, rowing shells, kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, prams and other one-of-a-kind boats will be in the water and on land throughout the weekend. Many will be accompanied by owners sharing their boating knowledge and experiences with festival-goers.

Throughout the town of St. Michaels, the art of “small craft” will be celebrated. Chefs will prepare “small plates” and nautical themed dishes. Many unique boutiques and galleries offer locally made hand crafted items, and will offer weekend specials. And don’t forget to stop by the Historic Mill and sample some locally made handcrafted small batch craft rum, beer and wine.

“This is a great opportunity to see and learn about some of the finest traditional and contemporary small craft around,” said CBMM’s Assistant Curator of Watercraft Richard Scofield. “The festival has a lot to offer, especially for families. Everyone can enjoy it.”

Beginning at noon on Saturday, the Royal Oak Musicians perform live from CBMM’s Tolchester Beach Bandstand. On Saturday, festival-goers can also watch a small craft race on the Miles River beginning at 1 p.m. Voting will be held to determine what boat receives the People’s Choice award, amongst others.

Scenic Miles River cruises aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle will be offered throughout the two-day festival. Boat-building workshops and maritime demonstrations by CBMM’s boat yard staff and instructors from the Chesapeake Wooden Boat Builders School will also be offered.

The Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival is free for museum members and children under six, otherwise admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with ID, and $6 for children ages 6 to 17, with all museum exhibits included in admission. For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916.


Participant information and registration forms:

MASCF 2014 t-shirt order form

2014 MASCF XXXII Registration Form

2014 MASCF XXXII Boat Registration Form

2014 MASCF XXXII Judging Criteria

2014 MASCF Cover Document

MASCF 14 Schedule of Events


Click here to view the 2013 winners!


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