Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

July 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



Chesapeake Folk Festival    
Saturday, July 28, 2012
10 am- 5 pm
Free for Members or $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for children between the ages of six and 17,
children five years & under free.

 Celebrate the Bay’s people, food, music, work and traditions. Enjoy live music, a variety of food items and wines from Maryland vineyards, maritime and foodways demonstrations, boat rides, and craft vendors.

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Programs Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Children's Art Workshop
Saturday, July 14
$25 members, $30 non-members. Pre-registration required. Contact Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941.

1-3pm session for 5-8 year olds: Create a mini under-the-water scene with watercolors. Crabs and eels, rockfish and oysters will all come alive in your watercolor masterpiece.

*Cancelled: 9:30 -11:30am session for 9-12 year olds

Taught by childern's art teacher and author of "You Can Draw Me: Chesapeake Sea Life and More" Elaine Thompsen. Each participant will get a work of art to take home, as well as a signed copy of Elaine's book.



CBMM/Sultana Paddling Programs

Thursday, July 12
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.

Women's Woodworking Class
July 10, 12, 17, 19
Cost for all 4 sesions: $60 for members, $75 for non-members. Participants must be 18 and older, unless accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required. Contact Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941

Feel “at sea” with carpentry? Do lathes, joinery, and big power tools seem like they’re “no girls allowed?” Join CBMM’s women shipwrights for a ladies-only class in the basics of woodworking, with no prior experience necessary! Learn the foundational skills, tools, and techniques of carpentry in a hands-on, fun environment.

Trailboard Carving Workshop with craftsman John Garlick
Session 2: July 20, 6-9 PM, July 21, 9 AM -5 PM, and July 22, 9 AM- 3 PM
$40 for members, $50 for non-members. Children 12 and up welcome to register with an adult chaperone.
To register, contact Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941.

Craftsman and Captain John T. Garlick will be leading 2 three-day workshops teaching participants the techniques and artistry of Chesapeake trailboard carving. Garlick has created carved pieces for Pride of Baltimore II, the Lady Maryland, and the Mildred Belle. Over the course of the program, students will develop the concepts  and skills needed to make their own unvarnished signboard. Basic tools will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own. Workshop schedule: Friday night: safety, tool sharpening, layout. Saturday: Cut out on bandsaw, start carving. Sunday: Continue carving, finish up.

Kids Clubkids club
July 9-13 (for ages 4-5)
July 2-6 (for ages 6-7)
July 16-20 (for ages 6-7)
Mon.–Fri., 9:30 am–12:30pm
$125 members, $150 non-members
Pre-registration required, contact Helen Van Fleet at
410-745-4941. Visit the Learn section for more info.

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. The Kids Club program runs during the months of June and July. Scholarships are available.


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.

July 2 - 6                             8:30am - noon
July 9 - 13                          1 - 4:30pm
July 6 - 20                         8:30am - noon
July 23 - 27                       8:30am - noon
July 30 - August 3          8:30am - noon

July 2 - 6                          1 - 4:30pm
July 6 - 20                       1 - 4:30pm                 
July 30 - August 3        1 - 4:30pm      

July 23 - 27                    1 - 4:30pm

July 14 & 15                    1 - 4:30pm


Boater's Safety Program
July 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.


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 - July 14
What: Try your hand at sailing our Apprentice For a Day boats.
When: July 14, 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



Model Sailing Club Races, Series Race
Sunday, July 15
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.


Exhibit Spotlight
Thursday, July 19
6pm, Free for members, $5 non-members. RSVP to Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941

Members and the public are to invited join our director of education Kate Livie for a closer look at our Waterman's Wharf and the Maryland Crabmeat Company exhibits. Enjoy a cold one and learn about what the “capitol building” and the “Washington Monument” mean to a crab, and discover how watermen can tell when a crab is a “buster”
or a “buckram”, and what that means to their bottom line. Talk to a real crab picker as she shares stories about her life and the techniques of the packing house, and chat about ghost pots, Jimmies and Biddies, and working on the Bay today.