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From Monday, September 29 through Saturday, October 4, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD is hosting a kayak boatbuilding program with Chesapeake Light Craft of Annapolis, MD. Participation in the class is limited, with advanced registration needed.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, participants will receive instruction and can either build their own 16-foot or 18-foot stitch-and-glue Chesapeake kayak, or assist in the building process.
Creating stitch-and-glue kayak kits since 1993, CLC utilizes epoxy and modern mahogany marine plywood to create stronger, lighter and faster kayaks than those built traditionally with wood.
“Partnering with Chesapeake Light Craft offers great opportunities for our participants,” said CBMM’s Boatyard Program Manager Jennifer Kuhn. “You’ll receive hands-on instruction throughout the program, and experience the rewards from building your own kayak.”
The cost to participate in the program is $800 for a single tuition, $400 for a helper, and $899-999 for the boat kit. Pre-registration is required by calling Chesapeake Light Craft at 410-267-0137. For more information, visit www.clcboats.com or www.cbmm.org.
From 9:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, September 4, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is teaming up with the Sultana Education Foundation to offer an interpretive paddling program on the Miles River.
Participants will 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. Participants will learn about the Miles River of today—and 400 years ago—as they seine, search for arrowheads and navigate St. Michaels’ Fogg’s Cove and Miles Point.
Participants can bring their own kayak, or one will be provided. Children ages 12 and up must be accompanied by a parent in a personal tandem kayak. The cost is $35, with space limited and pre-registration needed by contacting the Sultana Education Foundation at 410-778-5954 or online at www.sultanaeducation.org.
From 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD is offering the opportunity to view Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoe races along the Miles River while aboard its 1920 buy boat, Winnie Estelle. During the cruise, CBMM’s Assistant Curator of Watercraft Richard Scofield will share his experiences building, racing, and growing up with log canoes.
These sailing log canoes only race along the Chester, Miles, and Tred Avon Rivers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With long masts and large sails, these boats keep upright as they accelerate to speeds of 10 knots or more, with crew members climbing to the ends of 15-foot boards placed perpendicular to the boat itself. “It’s a sight you’ll never forget,” comments Scofield.
The two-hour trip aboard Winnie Estelle will offer scenic views and photo opportunities, along with commentary from an experienced log canoe team member. The cost to participate is $25 for CBMM members, or $35 for non-members, with space limited and advanced registration required. To make reservations or for more information, call 410-745-4941.
Commemorate the War of 1812 with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD on August 9 as it partners with the Maryland Historical Society and the Pride of Baltimore II for a Star-Spangled Celebration. The event features a variety of activities and family-friendly programs from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is free for CBMM members or with general museum admission.
On display will be the Maryland Historical Society’s replica Star-Spangled Banner that was created by stitchers from every state in the U.S., and by visitors from Hong Kong, Siberia, Peru, Sydney, and other locations during the Society’s 2013 Stitching History project. The flag resembles the 30 x 42 foot Star-Spangled Banner flag that flew over Fort McHenry when the British attacked Baltimore. It is being transported to CBMM aboard the tall ship Pride of Baltimore II, which will also be on site throughout the celebration and available for dockside boarding.
“The Star-Spangled Celebration promises to be an interesting event for all ages,” said CBMM’s Director of the Center for Chesapeake Studies Robert Forloney. “We are honored to partner with the Maryland Historical Society as well as the Pride of Baltimore II for this exciting set of presentations and hands-on workshops focusing on the War of 1812 and its impact on the people of Maryland.”
A War of 1812 reenactor will be on hand, with the program including stitching and weaving demonstrations and workshops, special exhibits about the Star-Spangled Banner, and guided tours of CBMM’s Navigating Freedom: The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake exhibit. In addition, a rare 1813 newspaper will be on display that helps tell the tale of the British attack on St. Michaels.
Allison Speight ofSt. Michaels, MD, has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum as an education assistant. Speight’s responsibilities include managing CBMM’s educational programs, as well as scheduling class calendars, fielding inquiries, taking program reservations, administering evaluations and compiling statistics about program participation.
A recent Washington College graduate, Speight studied environmental science and double-minored in biology and anthropology. She also completed an internship with the museum in 2013, where she assisted with the Kids Club summer camp, among other educational programs.
Through cultural, educational, and interactive exhibits and activities, CBMM celebrates the connections between the bay and its people. The museum’s campus includes twelve exhibit buildings, situated on 18 waterfront acres along the Miles River and St. Michaels Harbor. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org.
On Saturday, August 2, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD is hosting Working with Wood from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program is free with general admission, and offers visitors the opportunity to meet local decoy carvers, maritime woodworkers, and model shipbuilders while watching first-hand demonstrations of their craft. In addition, boatyard activities and other exhibits will be offered. This program is funded in part by a Talbot County Arts Council grant, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County, and the towns of Easton, Oxford and St Michaels.For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit www.cbmm.org.
The tall ship Pride of Baltimore II arrives at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD on Wednesday, August 6 and remains dockside along CBMM’s campus through August 10, with deck tours offered daily.
The replica schooner will be available for guided deck tours from 3-6 p.m. on August 6, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 7-9, with donations to the Pride accepted.
Pride of Baltimore II will also be participating in the museum’s August 9 Star Spangled Celebration, and the August 10 Watermen’s Appreciation Day event, when deck tours will be offered at $5 for adults, with kids 12 & under boarding for free.
In 1988, the Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned as a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor, the original Pride of Baltimore, which sank in 1986 due to a white squall off Puerto Rico. Both ships were built in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor as reproductions of 1812-era topsail schooners, or Baltimore Clippers, which helped America win the War of 1812 and finally secure its freedom.
Access to the tall ship is free with general or Watermen’s Appreciation Day admission. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.
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.
Miles River motion ages vinegar aboard skipjack Rosie Parks
In cooperation with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Olivins Fine Olive Oils and Vinegars of St. Michaels, MD is producing a new balsamic vinegar with a Chesapeake connection.
On July 10, a small barrel of specially blended balsamic vinegar was placed in the hull of the 1955 skipjack, Rosie Parks, where it will remain for the next five months. During that time, the aging process of the vinegar will be accelerated by the gentle motion of the boat, which generally remains dockside along the Miles River at CBMM.
“Aging barrels aboard boats started out in history as a necessity, as most trade occurred over waterways,” explains CBMM’s Chief Curator, Pete Lesher. “A boat’s movement can speed up the process of aging, whether it’s spirits, vinegar, or another liquid. We’re very excited to taste the results of these efforts.”
The wooden barrel is made of toasted oak, which will flavor the vinegar. “Even the temperature changes aboard Rosie Parks will influence the taste of this special blend,” said Olivins Owner/Operator Bill Acosta. “The barrel expands and contracts as the temperatures rise and fall, infusing the vinegar with undertones of toasted oak.”
“The Rosie Parks has such rich history on the Chesapeake,” continued Acosta. “We not only wanted to create a special balsamic vinegar that gives people a real sense of place— with an exceptional taste—but also to support the museum in a meaningful way.”
Once the aging process is complete, Olivins will remove the barrel from aboard the skipjack and package the small batch balsamic vinegar in six-ounce bottles. The limited bottles will be sold as “Rosie Parks Balsamic Vinegar,” with a portion of every sale donated to CBMM.
The Rosie Parks, built in 1955 by legendary boat builder Bronza Parks for his brother, Captain Orville Parks, was named for their mother. CBMM purchased the Rosie Parks in 1975 from Captain Orville. Only 20 years old at the time, Rosie had a reputation as both the best maintained skipjack in the oyster dredging fleet and as a champion sailor at the annual skipjack races at Deal Island and Chesapeake Appreciation Days at Sandy Point. Now fully restored after a three-year overhaul, the Rosie Parks now serves as an ambassador for the museum, and the dwindling skipjack fleet, with the museum planning to race her in the Deal Island and Choptank River skipjack races later this year.