Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

June 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



Big Band Night/Fireworks
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Tolchester Beach Bandstand, 7 - 10pm
$5 for members, $10 for non-members

** The Museum will close at 5pm on Saturday, June 30 and reopen at 6pm for Big Band Night. Visitors may purchase Big Band Night bracelets at the admissions building prior to 5pm and remain on Museum grounds, however the exhibit buildings will be closed at 5pm.**

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.

Photo by Graham Scott-Taylor,

Programs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Kids Clubkids club
June 25-29 (For ages 4-5)
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.

June 11 - 15                         8:30am - noon, or 1 - 4:30pm
June 18 - 22                       8:30am - noon
June 25 - 29                       8:30am - noon

June 18 - 22                    1 - 4:30pm

June 25 - 29                    1 - 4:30pm

Boater's Safety Program
June 12 & 13
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 - June 9
What: Try your hand at sailing our Apprentice For a Day boats.
When: June 9, 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




Terrapin Release Scheduled at CBMM June 1 & 2

WHAT: Release of baby terrapin
WHEN: Friday, June 1 at 11am
               Saturday, June 2 at 10am
WHY: Since the closure of the commercial fishery by the legislature in 2007, very little has been implemented to conserve the species and its habitat.
WHERE: Along Fogg's Cover living shoreline
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, MD

WHO: The Terrapin Institute in partnership with CBMM
              CBMM Visitors/Members of the Public
              Hoeard County Public School Students
              60 volunteer "terrapin foster families"


The Terrapin Institute began in 1998 as a consortium of concerned citizens, scientists, resource managers, and educators dedicated to the understanding, persistence, and recovery of Diamondback Terrapins and other turtles through effective management, research, and public outreach. The Institute works to protect an abundance of adult turtle populations, preserve nesting and forage habitat, and improve recruitment. In return the terrapin has become the perfect metaphor for natural resource stewardship and public engagement; the face of estuarine restoration, and a gateway to the many wonders of our rich tidewater heritage.

Model Sailing Club Races, Commodore's Race
Sunday, June 10
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.


CANCELLED due to weather conditions

In Concert: 229th Maryland Army
National Guard Band

Tuesday, June 12
7 pm , Free

The acclaimed 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band performs patriotic music selections spanning a number of eras and genres. Museum members will enjoy refreshments served at a special VIP hospitality area during the concert, which is being held around the Tolchester Beach Band Stand.




Antique and Classic Boat Festival
Friday, June 15, Saturday, June 16 & Sunday, June 17
Fri. 11am - 5pm; Sat., 10 am-5 pm; Sun., 10 am-2 pm
Free for members or with Museum admission

This annual boat event is the largest of its kind in the
Mid-Atlantic region! It features more than 100 antique
and classic boats, boat building demonstrations, maritime artists and craftsmen, craft vendors, classic used boats, motors, and nautical flea market, along with live music, food, and more. This event is hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society International in cooperation with CBMM.


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the HMS Bounty are unable to come to the Museum. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Pride of Baltimore II at CBMM
June 21 & 22
Tours available to museum visitors

An 1812-era topsail schooner privateer reproduction, Pride of Baltimore II is Maryland's working symbol of the great natural resources and spectacular beauty of the Chesapeake Bay region. Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor, the original Pride of Baltimore, which was sunk by a white squall off Puerto Rico in 1986. Both ships were built in the Inner Harbor as reproductions of 1812-era topsail schooners, the type of vessels, called Baltimore Clippers, which helped America win the War of 1812 and finally secure its freedom.




California to France:
Wine Tasting aboard the Pride of Baltimore II
Wine Tasting
 Friday, June 22
6-8pm, $100 per person or $175 per couple
Procure your passage by calling 410-745-4950 before June 19, space is limited.

Reserve your berth for a wine tasting journey dockside at the Museum. Enjoy premium California and French wines aboard the Pride of Baltimore II, a reproduction 1812 top-sail schooner. Generously sponsored by
Town & Country Wine, Liquor, etc.



Vikings on the Chesapeake
Friday, June 22 - Monday, June 25, 2012
Free for members or with paid admission

On June 22, the Viking ship Norseman will be landing at the Museum for a three-day visit to give visitors a real-life look at a Viking ship and the type of people who sailed them more than 1,000 years ago. Norseman is a 40 foot half-scale replica of the famous Gokstad ship that represents one of the many types of sailing vessels the Vikings designed and built. The Norseman’s crew will be in authentic Viking costumes and establish a small encampment, complete
with iron and woodworking tools, and period music.
The ship is sailing under the banner of the Leif Ericson Society International, a non-profit organization dedicated
to promoting truth and understanding of the Viking explorer who was the first European to set foot upon the North American continent.

The ship is based in Wilmington, DE at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard, and will be trailered to the Museum campus. Maryland is not known for a large Scandinavian-American population, but Delaware and New Jersey were the primary destinations for thousands of emigrants from Sweden and Norway in the 19th century. And just one look at some of the boats on display at the museum will offer convincing proof that many Viking boat designs hold up even today. The Viking visit is made possible by Merrilyn & John I. F. Knud-Hansen.

Trailboard Carving Workshop with craftsman John Garlick
Two sessions  of the same  workshop will  be offered:
Session 1: June 22, 6-9 PM, June 23 9 AM -5 PM, and June 24, 9 AM -3 PM
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.

Log Canoe Cruise
Saturday, June 23
$20 members, $25 non-members. RSVP to Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941

Join CBMM’s assistant curator of watercraft and old salt, Richard Scofield for an afternoon watching the log canoe races on the Miles River from our buyboat, Mister Jim. Log canoe races are a quintessential Chesapeake pastime, and Scofield will share his own experiences racing, building, and growing up with log canoes.