Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

August 2013 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


16th Annual Boat Auction
Saturday, August 31
Gates open at 8 am; auction begins at 1 pm
Fogg's Landing
Free for members and children under age six. General admission is $5 per person until 1:30pm. Afterwards, regular admission rates apply. To donate a boat or items for the tag sale, call Lad Mills at 410-745-4952 or email

Boating experts and novices alike have the same opportunity to bid on the boat of their dreams! Offering everything from wooden rowing skiffs to classic sailboats and modern power cruisers. Buy an affordable boat for a great price and support the Museum!

Check out the boats for sale




John Mock Concert
Tuesday, August 6
6pm, Van Lennep Auditorium
$15 for members, $25 non-members
Pre-registration suggested by calling 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.

Log Canoe Racing on the Chesapeake
Thursday, August 8
1:30pm, Van Lennep Auditorium
$8 for members, $14 for non-members
Pre-registration required by calling 410-745-4941

Join CBMM’s Assistant Curator of Watercraft, Richard Scofield, as he explores the history, culture, and craft of the iconic Chesapeake log canoe. Scofield, a master shipwright and avid sailor, has spent his life on the Bay racing and crewing these iconic vessels, and though stories and photographs he will share his experiences restoring, competing, and appreciating log canoes.

Lathe Tool Demonstration
Thursday, August 8
5-6pm, Museum Boatyard
$10 members, $25 non-members

Ever wonder how to turn an object on a lathe? A late is a machine tool that rotates the work piece on its axis to perform various operations such as cutting, sanding, knurling, drilling, and more. Join us in the boat shop for a quick look at how to safely turn an object—bowl, furniture piece, whatever you’re working on.

Introduction to Stained Glass Mosaic Workshop
with Jennifer Wagner & Jenn Kuhn

Fridays, August 9
4-8pm, Museum Boatyard
Four, one-hour sessions are available for up to five people each.
$15 members; $18 non-members. Space is limited and pre-registration required to 410-745-4941.

Learn the basics and explore the fundamentals of glass cutting, assembly, and design with noted mosaic and stained glass artisan Jennifer Wagner, and Museum Boatyard Programs Manager Jenn Kuhn. Participants in each one-hour session will be contributing to the creation of a wood-framed, stained glasscompass rose, to be auctioned off at the Museum's 16th Annual Boating Party Fundraising Gala, to raise money for the children and adults served by the Museum's educational programs.


Watermen’s Appreciation Day & Crab Feast
Sunday, August 11
10 am - 5 pm
General admission $25 adults, $6 children ages 6-17. $15 adults, $6 children for CBMM members, and licensed watermen and their families. Admission includes all-you-can-eat crabs, and one free hamburger or hot dog per person (with more available for purchase), corn, soda/water. Kids under six are free

Enjoy all-you-can-eat crabs, listen to live music from local favorite Bird Dog and The Road Kings, and watch a boat docking contest as you learn about and celebrate the heritage of Chesapeake watermen. This year’s special guests are Edgar Hansen and Nick Mavar of the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” and Liz and Jessica Cavalier of the History Channel’s “Swamp People.” This is a fundraiser for the Talbot County Watermen’s Association, held in cooperation with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.


Summer Sailing Program
June 24 through August 18
Junior Sailing for ages 8-16 and Adult & Teen Sailing Weekends
Morning session: 8:30am-12noon, afternoon session 1-4:30pm
$200 for CBMM members and $250 for non-members. Pre-registration required by calling 410-745-4941

The Summer Sailing program helps 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. Contact for specific times.

Kids Club
June 24-28, July 8-12, July 22-26 for ages 4-5
July 1-5, July 15-19, July 29- August 2 for ages 6-7
$125 for CBMM members and $150 for non-members. Pre-registration required by calling 410-745-4941

The Museum’s Kids Club is a half-day long, hands-on Chesapeake-focused camp for kids ages 4 to 7 where children learn about the Bay firsthand through activities, stories, games, and crafts. Scholarships available.

Boater Safety Classes
August 14 & 15
6-10pm. $25 per two-evening session. Pre-register with Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941

Individuals and families with children over 12 are welcome to participate in our Boater’s Safety certification program and learn the basics needed to operate a vessel on Maryland waterways. MD boaters born after July 1, 1972 are required to have a Certificate of Boating Safety Education. Graduates of our two-day Department of Natural Resources-approved course are awarded a certificate that is good for life.

Weekly Summer Events
Memorial Day through Labor Day
Free for members or with paid admission
Public Tours: 45-minute highlights tour, Fridays & Saturdays from 11am-2pm.
Watermen’s Wharf Docent Interpretation: Every day from 11am-3pm.
Chesapeake People: Visit with authentic Chesapeake people who share their stories on Saturdays from 11am-3pm.
Boatyard Skills Demonstration: Learn traditional boatyard skills from a trained shipwright. Demonstrations are daily, times vary.
Model Guild Demonstrations: Chat with members of the Model Guild as they construct model replicas of Chesapeake Bay boats. Mondays, 9am-noon.
Family Bags: Ask the Welcome Center for the use of a free Family Bag, with interactive games and activities for ages seven and under.

Sailing Saturdays
What: Try your hand at sailing one of our Apprentice For a Day boats. Boats range in size and are perfect for one to two people, with instructions provided for beginners. Space is limited and pre- registration is recommended. Call 410-745-4965 to reserve, otherwise, it’s first-come, first-served. *Dates subject to change due to weather.*
When: June 22, July 13, August 17, September 7
*Cost: $10 per session

Mister Jim Cruises
What: Climb aboard the buyboat Mister Jim for a 30-minute
scenic cruise on the Miles River.
When: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays
Time: 12noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
*Cost: $10 per person, free for kids 16 and under with
Museum admission.