Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

February 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

Members Night:"Magic Lantern Story"
- An Evening with Marc Castelli


Friday, February 17
6pm in the Van Lennel Auditorium
Free, but space is limited—RSVP by February 15 to Debbie Collison at 410-745-4991

Renowned Chesapeake artist Marc Castelli will share a unique slide show of photographs collected while out on the water with watermen in all seasons of the year. Light fare served.

Programs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

An Abundant and Fruitful Land: Foodways of the Chesapeake, Now and Then
Winter/Spring 2012 Lecture Series
Farming for the Future -- Diversity and Sustainability at Crow Farm
Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 6pm
Van Lennep Auditorium, Museum Campus
$8 members, $10 non-members. Pre-registration required for all events. Contact Helen Van Fleet at or call 410-745-4941

Chesapeake farms today are often hundreds of acres of the “big three”- corn, soybeans, and wheat, but some small farms are thinking outside the box. Representatives from Crow Farm in Kent County, Maryland, will be speaking about their approach towards “staying original” in local agriculture, and how they have built their business on embracing the Bay’s small, family-oriented farming past while innovating with natural, grass-fed beef and pork, farm-to-table events, and a new vineyard and winery.

General Tour Training
February 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-12:30pm
Van Lennep Auditorium

This training is for volunteers interested in becoming docents. It provides the basics of content, interpretive skills, and critical thinking needed to guide a group on a general tour of the Museum. No experience in education or teaching is necessary, although an interest in public speaking is critical. All sessions are mandatory for course completion.

For more information, contact or by phone at 410-745-4956.

Programs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Model Guild Lapstrake Skiff Workshoplapstrake model

February 24 - 26
Bay History Building
Friday, 6-9pm; Saturday & Sunday, 9am-5pm
$80 members, $95 non-members. All tools and materials are supplied. Pre-registration is required by Monday, February 20.
Call 410-745-2916 to register or contact Model Guild Director Bob Mason at 410-745-3266 or email for more information.
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Led step-by-step by skilled modelers, participants will create a 10-inch wooden rowing skiff with lapped side planking and a flat bottom. Class size is limited, with pre-registration needed. The 10-inch model is formed over a frame in much the same manner as a real boat is constructed. Thin toothpicks are used along with fast-drying glue to fasten the models together. Models are made of one dark and one light wood, which are alternated in the design to make a handsome, two-toned appearance.
CBMM’s Model Guild welcomes anyone 12 years of age or older to take these classes, and encourages new members of all skill levels to participate in the Guild, use its facilities, and trade model building experience with museum visitors. A special rate for a parent-child team can accommodate younger children.

Select Saturdays, through February 25

Pre-registration is required, call Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941 to reserve a spot. Limited space available. $12 for members, $15 for non-members. A special six-session pass is available for $68 for members and $80 for non-members. Scholarships are available for qualifying students. Visa, Mastercard, and Discover accepted

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    The Saturdays for Kids program offers two hours of fun-filled and creative hands-on games, arts and crafts, and storytelling. Small classes and age-appropriate projects facilitate the learning process and offer kids a special place and opportunity for early engagement in building a love of the Chesapeake Bay and the region.


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.