Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

August 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,

Special Events at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

The Complete History of America (Abridged) by the Reduced Shakespeare Company
Performed by the Roadhouse Players

Friday and Saturday August 17 & 18
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels
7:30 pm, $10 per person
Buy tickets online here or call 410-822-0774.

The Complete History of America (abridged) is a ninety minute rollercoaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American History, reminding us that it's not the length of your history that matters - it's what you've done with it! This show's version of the War of 1812 and the Star Spangled Banner will change your perceptions forever. Presented jointly by the Historical Society, the St. Michaels Museum and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum as part of the War of 1812 Bicentennial.


Model Sailing Club Races, Series Race
Sunday, August 19
11am, Fogg's Cove

The Model Sailing Club builds and races a fleet of radio controlled skipjacks on summer weekends in Fogg's Cove. During the winter months, models are built. The 48-inch skipjack models are built from scratch from plans sold by the club. The public is invited to join. To become a member of the Model Sailing Club, you must be a member of the Museum, and pay dues to the Sailing Club of $10 per year.

Learn About AFAD
Thursday, August 23
5pm, free. CBMM Boatshop
Join shipwright apprentice Jenn Kuhn for an informal review of the Apprentice For a Day boatbuilding program and find out what’s new and what to expect when you sign up.




John Mock Concert
Wednesday, August 8
6pm, $5 for members (along with a special treat), $10 for non-members
Pre-registration suggested; drop-ins welcome. To register, contact Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941.

Join musician and photographer John Mock as he performs an evening of original compositions on the guitar, concertina, and tin whistle, all accompanied by a photographic slideshow documenting the Maritime vistas that inspired his music. All ages will enjoy John’s musical mastery and engaging storytelling as he evokes the essence of the sea in his images and melodies.

CBMM/Sultana Paddling Programs

Wednesday, August 8
9:30am - 12noon
$35 per person. Personal kayaks are permissible. Children ages 12 and up can attend, but must be accompanied b a parent in a personal tandem kayak.
Pre-registration is required. Contact Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941

Starting in July, CBMM will team up with Sultana Projects to offer interpretive paddling programs on the Miles River. New to the Eastern Shore, or just looking for a new watery perspective on the Bay to enjoy? Join Sultana vice president and naturalist Chris Cerino as he explores the history and environment of the Museum and its surrounding creeks, marshes, and beaches by water. Learn about the Miles of today, and 400 years ago as you seine, search for arrowheads, and navigate your kayak through Fogg’s Cove and Miles Point. Kayaks provided.


The Talbot County Watermen's Association presents
Watermen’s Appreciation Day & Crab Feast
Sunday, August 12, 2012
10 am - 5 pm
General admission $25 adult/$16 child (aged 6-17). $15 adult/$6 child for CBMM members, and $15 for licensed Waterman—includes crab feast, hot dogs, hamburgers, soda/water. Kids under six free.

 Meet Chesapeake watermen celebrating their heritage. Watch professionals in action at a Boat Docking Contest or take a chance in the silent auction, featuring local artwork. Eat your fill at our crab feast, or enjoy hot dogs and cold beer while listening to live music. This event is sponsored by the Talbot County Watermen's Association in cooperation with the Museum.

Read last year's press release

View pictures from last year's event

Programs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Summer Sailing Programsailing program
Junior Sailing, ages 8-16
Mon.–Fri., 8:30 am–12 noon or 1–4:30 pm
$200 members, $225 non-members
Pre-registration required, contact Helen Van Fleet at
410-745-4941. Visit the Learn section for more info.

Sailing is a wonderful way to explore Bay waters and learn maritime skills.The Museum's Sailing and Boater's Safety Programs help new sailors and old salts gain the confidence to sail a small boat in a fun and safe environment while learning the rules of the water.

August 6 - 10                    1 - 4:30pm  

August 4 & 5                    1 - 4:30pm


Boater's Safety Program
August 14 & 15
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.


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


Free Daily Events (with paid admission)
Memorial Day through Labor Day

Public Tours
What: 45 minute highlights tour.
When: Friday & Saturday
Time: 11am & 2pm

Waterman's Wharf
What: Docent interpretation.
When: Everyday
Time: 11am - 3 pm

Chesapeake People
What: Visit with an authentic Chesapeake People who share their stories.
When: Saturdays
Time: 11am - 3pm

Family Drop-ins
What: Kid themed, hands-on activities (craft activity or tour).
When: Thursdays & Fridays
Time: 2-4pm

Boat Yard Skills Demonstration
What: Learn a traditional boatyard skill from a trained shipwright.
When: Monday - Friday
Time: 1:30 pm

Community Work Days: Skipjack Restoration
What: Work under the guidance of a master shipwright to help rebuild the skipjack Rosie Parks.
When: Saturdays
Time: 10am - 3 pm

Sailing Saturdays - August 11
What: Try your hand at sailing our Apprentice For a Day boats.
When: August 11, September 15

Try your hand at sailing our Apprentice For a Day boats. Boats range in size from 12 to 20 feet and were crafted in the Museum’s Apprentice for a Day public boatbuilding program. The boats are perfect for one to two people, with instructions provided for beginners.
Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. Call the Welcome Center at 410-745-4965 to reserve, otherwise, it’s first-come, first-served basis.with two dailing sailing sessions from 10am - 12noon, and 1-4pm.
*Cost: $10 per session, plus Museum admission.

Mister Jim Cruises
What: Climb aboard the buyboat Mister Jim for a scenic cruise on the Miles River.
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Time: 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
*Cost: $10