32nd annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival in St. Michaels Oct. 4, 5

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32nd annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival in St. Michaels Oct. 4, 5

The 32nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival comes to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5, bringing a collection of small craft to the museum’s Miles River waterfront, along with live music, scenic river cruises, food, beverages, and more.

Sailing skiffs, rowing shells, kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, prams and other one-of-a-kind boats will be in the water and on land throughout the weekend. Many will be accompanied by owners sharing their boating knowledge and experiences with festival-goers.

“This is a great opportunity to see and learn about some of the finest traditional and contemporary small craft around,” said CBMM’s Assistant Curator of Watercraft Richard Scofield. “The festival has a lot to offer, especially for families. Everyone can enjoy it.”

Beginning at noon on Saturday, the Royal Oak Musicians perform live from CBMM’s Tolchester Beach Bandstand. On Saturday, festival-goers can also watch a small craft race on the Miles River beginning at 1 p.m. Voting will be held to determine what boat receives the People’s Choice award, amongst others.

Scenic Miles River cruises aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle will be offered throughout the two-day festival. Boat-building workshops and maritime demonstrations by CBMM’s boat yard staff and instructors from the Chesapeake Wooden Boat Builders School will also be offered.

The Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival is free for museum members and children under six, otherwise admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with ID, and $6 for children ages 6 to 17, with all museum exhibits included in admission. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org/mascf or call 410-745-2916.