Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

May 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,


Programs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Boater's Safety Program
May 15 & 16
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.


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

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


Special Events at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Schooner Sultana Visit
Saturday, May 5 through Sunday, May 13, 2012
Open for boarding on Tuesday, May 8, 2:30-4:30pm

The schooner Sultana serves as an on-the-water classroom for learning about the history and environment of the Chesapeake Bay. An almost exact replica of a British schooner that patrolled the North American coast just prior to the American Revolution, Sultana provides day-long programs for up to 32 participants as well as live-aboard programs for up to nine guests.




2nd Frederick Douglass Day
Saturday, May 5, 2012
10am-4pm; Free for members, $10 for adults, kids under 16 free

The Frederick Douglass Honor Society and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum are once again hosting Frederick Douglass Day. This fun-filled family day will feature entertainment, regional food, a genealogy workshop, educational activities, museum and community exhibits, and numerous children's activities. Come learn more about the life and work of Talbot County's favorite son and one of America's most important leaders.


Maritime Model Expo
Saturday, May 19 & Sunday, May 20, 2012
Sat., 10 am- 4 pm & Sun., 10 am - 3 pm
Free for members or with Museum admission

Held in conjunction by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Model Guild and the North American Steamboat Modelers Association, this expo includes radio-controlled models powered by steam, battery, and wind. Static displays of highly-detailed and realistic models by the Washington Ship Model Society and others will be featured, as well as activities for
children too.

Model Sailing Club Races
Sunday, May 20
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.

The Elf Classic 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
    Join ELF and other classic sailing yachts for the ELF Classic yacht race – a true yachtsman’s race. The Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis will serve as the departure point for this sailing classic to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels.
This event is organized by the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild to recreate the sensibilities of yacht racing of the 1880’s when the races began on shore, included the row to the boat on mooring or anchor, making sail and reversing the process at the finish, in this case signing the race log at the Tolchester Bandstand on the grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
    Please consider joining or sponsoring this inaugural event, which will raise funds for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, ELF’s homeport on the Chesapeake. Interested yacht owners or sponsors should contact Rick Carrion at the CYRG. Email elf or surface mail CYRG, PO Box 237, Earleville, MD 21919 for more details, sign up information and updates.


Member Night: Rosie Parks Skipjack Restoration
Project Progress Report

Wednesday, May 23
6 pm
Free—please RSVP by May 22 to Debbie Collison or call 410-745-4991.
Join CBMM master shipwright and project manager Marc Barto as he talks about the three-year restoration of the Museum’s skipjack Rosie Parks. Board-by-board, nail-by-nail, learn how the revered old skipjack is being brought back to her former life. Program will be held in the Museum boat yard. Refreshments served.