Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

April 2012 Events
at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

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

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The Museum’s event calendar is your guide to educational classes, lectures, programs, exhibits, and concerts. Each year, the Museum also hosts annual special events tied to the seasons on the Chesapeake Bay. For information on
St. Michaels events,


Programs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Beginner Model Boatbuilding
Saturday, March 31 & Sunday, April 1, 2012
9am-5pm, $80 members, $95 non-members
Tools and materials provided. Pre-registration required by March 26 by calling 410-745-2916.

The Museum’s Model Guild leads participants step-by-step to create a half-hull model of the clipper Pride of Baltimore II. Band sawed from a two-tones wood block and carved to the rounded shape of the Pride’s hull, the half-hull model is then mounted on a baseboard to form a fine wall display. For ages 12 and up and all skill levels welcome. A special rate for a parent-child team can accomodate younger children.

Opening Reception: Gunning Among Friends: Chesapeake Waterfowl Hunting Clubs

Friday, April 13

5:30pm, Small Boat Shed & Waterfowling Building

Join fellow Museum members and the East Coast Decoy Collectors Club for a reception honoring the opening of this

new exhibit. Lite fare served. Special thanks to Judy & Henry Stansbury for sponsoring the reception. Space is limited,

RSVP by April 6 to Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941.


Special Events at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum


Member Night: Blessing of the Fleet
Wednesday, April 18
4 pm
Free—please RSVP by April 17 to Debbie Collison or call 410-745-4991.
Celebrate this year’s boating season with CBMM members, volunteers, and boat yard staff for an official ceremony honoring our own floating fleet of Bay boats, as well as local work boats. Ceremony will be held under the Hooper Strait Lighthouse (weather permitting). Refreshments served.



GUIDED TOUR: Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Tugboats
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Van Lennep Auditorium
Come to the official opening of the new exhibit where Chief Curator Pete Lesher will lead a guided tour of the exhibit. Light refreshments served.

Exhibits at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Gunning Among Friends:
Chesapeake Waterfowl Hunting Clubs

April 14, 2012 - November 4, 2012
Waterfowling Building
Banding together for a day's hunting is a longtime practice among those hunting waterfowl for sport. And when the duck blind is too far from home, remote clubhouses near the marshy shorelines have provided a home away from home.
Whether populated by wealthy hunters from another state or working class friends from closer by, waterfowling clubs have formed along the Chesapeake Bay from the Susquehanna Flats in the north to the saltwater marshes along the lower Eastern Shore since the early 19th century. An exhibit on these clubs, featuring historic photos, documents, decoys, and other gunning accoutrements, opens in the Museum's Waterfowling Building on April 14 with an opening reception on Friday, November 13.


Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Tugboats

April 21, 2012 through 2014
Open daily in the Steamboat Gallery

Food, fuel, and all the stuff of modern life – almost nothing moves on the Chesapeake Bay without tugboats. The men and women who work on tugs docking ships and moving barges do difficult, sometimes dangerous work with rules and rhythms all its own. Explore their world in Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Tugboats through the stories, images, and objects of the Bay’s tugboats and the words of the people who work them.

CAPTION: Tugs perform essential work along our waterways from towing barges with fuel or other vital materials and salvage work to assisting larger ships in docking.  Here a pair of tugs maneuvers the passenger liner United States into a slip at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company piers for a refit in the spring of 1954.  Photograph by A. Aubrey Bodine • Copyright © Jennifer B. Bodine • Courtesy of Audrey Bodine.

Boater's Safety Program
April 17 & 18
6–10 pm, $25 per two-evening session
Pre-registration required, contact Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941.
Maryland boaters born after July 1, 1972 are required to have a Certificate of Boating Safety Education. The certificate is obtained by passing a Department of Natural Resources-approved course, and is good for life. The course is also a great way to become a more competent boater.

Programs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Apprentice For a Day Public Boatbuilding Program
Saturdays & Sundays
Individual classes are $35 for Members; $45 for non-members
Four session "Journeyman's Special" $125 for Members; $170 for non-members
   Learn traditional Chesapeake boat building techniques under the direction of a CBMM shipwright. Participants will be constructing a North Shore Sailing Skiff, "Miss B" Model. Be a part of the whole 17-week process, or just sign up for specific dates.

The Journeyman’s Special package includes any four days for one reduced price and can diversify the experience to include several different skills. Participants must be age 16 or older, unless accompanied by an adult. Call the Museum to register at 410-745-2916, or for more information, email Richard Scofield at

See photos from Apprentice For a Day Program

See video from Apprentice For a Day Program