July 2013 Events at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
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Special Events at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
CBMM’s Friday Open Boat Shop
Members of the public are invited to the boat shop to work on small projects of their own, or to bring ideas for a future project, and receive the advice of an experienced shipwright and woodworker. Participants can expect assistance with machinery and tools, plans, measurements, and the execution of their small-scale project, which could include plans for a Christmas or birthday present, frames, furniture, models, artwork, etc.
Mister Jim Log Canoe Cruise
Join Assistant Curator of Watercraft Richard Scofield aboard the Museum’s buyboat, Mister Jim, to watch the log canoe races on the Miles River. Log canoe races are a quintessential Chesapeake pastime and Scofield will share his own experiences racing, building, and growing up with log canoes.
Cultures of Crabbing
This special program features demonstrations of crab-picking and harvesting as well as background information on crab biology, packing house operations, and the Eastern Shore's growing Hispanic population and their importance to the crab industry. The program is part of the summer-long Chesapeake People Visitor Experience Program, which features representatives of various Chesapeake maritime traditions, presenting their skills and knowledge every Saturday from 11am to 3pm throughout the Museum's 18-acre waterfront campus.
Summer Sailing Program
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.
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
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
Mister Jim Cruises
Sultanta Eco Kayak Program
Explore the environment, ecology, and history of the Chesapeake from a kayak! Join Sultana Vice President and naturalist Chris Cerino as he explores the environment of the Museum and shares stories as you paddle along the surrounding shoreline. Learn about the Miles River of today, and 400 years ago, as you seine, search for arrowheads, and navigate your kayak through Fogg’s Cove and Miles Point. Kayaks, PFD’s, and paddles are provided. Personal kayaks are permissible. Children ages 12 and up may attend but must be accompanied by an adult in a personal tandem kayak.
MEMBER NIGHT: The Classic Yacht Elf
Big Band Night/Fireworks
Jazzy big band sounds come alive on the Museum’s Tolchester Beach Bandstand at this special Independence Day celebration. Stay into the evening to enjoy the St. Michaels fireworks over the Miles River.
Exploring an Ironclad Legend: the USS Monitor
Join Mariner Museum’s conservator Will Hoffman as he discusses the restoration of artifacts from the USS Monitor—a Civil War icon and pivotal piece of American history. Today a National Marine Sanctuary, the USS Monitor's history and the Battle of Hampton Roads will be explored by Hoffman as well as the on-going
Bronze Casting Demonstration
Join the Mariner’s Museum conservator Will Hoffman as he discusses the casting replication project of one of the artifacts from the USS Monitor, including iron and bronze parts. Following the discussion, Hoffman and sculpture artist and Shepherd University professor Christian Benefiel will cast a replication of an oarlock from the Monitor in bronze using traditional pattern and molding methods.
Bronze Casting Four-day Workshop
Join sculpture artist and Shepherd University professor Christian Benefiel as he guides you through the intricacies of bronze casting, including creating molds, working the sand and furnace, and pouring the hot metal. Take home a working knowledge of casting metal and your own creation cast in bronze. For ages 16 and up. This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County, and the Towns of Easton and Oxford.
Cruising with the Miles River Riverkeeper
Join Miles River Riverkeeper Tom Leigh on CBMM’s Mister Jim for an up-close and personal exploration of the Miles River's unique habitat and ecology. Learn how to monitor the water quality of the river and try your hand at water testing, explore the critters on an oyster reef, and discover the Miles through the eyes of its Riverkeeper while cruising in the breeze on the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s buyboat. Families with children encouraged!