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WineFest at St. Michaels features wines around the world April 26, 27

CBMM_WineFest2014WineFest at St. Michaels features wines around the world April 26, 27

Wine aficionados and novices alike can experience the historic, waterfront town of St. Michaels, MD with more than 300 international, domestic, and Maryland wines during the 5th annual WineFest at St Michaels this April 26 and 27. “Wines from Around the World” is this year’s theme, and will be carried out among the historic district’s specialty shops, restaurants, inns, and museums throughout the weekend’s festivities.

The event takes place from 12 noon to 5 p.m. each day, with online tickets and early bird pricing available at www.winefestatstmichaels.com. Saturday’s one-day tickets are limited, and historically sell out in advance. Festival proceeds benefit charitable organizations throughout the region.

“What sets WineFest at St Michaels apart is the experience of visiting more than 15 pouring venues spread within walking distance of one another,” said WineFest at St. Michaels Co-Chair John Marrah. “A stroll through the town’s waterfront and historic district make it all the more memorable.” This year’s event includes a new pouring venue at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) along the St. Michaels harbor front.

WineFest 2014 includes two special events for one VIP ticket price, with limited, advanced ticketing available online. VIP guests will begin with fine wine tastings offered during a 45-minute scenic river cruise aboard the Patriot—a 65 foot cruise boat departing from St. Michaels harbor. The Miles River offers views of historic mansions, including two featured in the movie “The Wedding Crashers,” as well as a look at on-the-water life along the Chesapeake Bay.

Upon disembarking from the Patriot, a private shuttle will be available to take VIP guests to the second VIP wine-tasting venue located at the historic Old Brick Inn in St. Michaels. VIP guests will gain exclusive access to European and US winemakers’ representatives, with the opportunity to purchase highly rated international and national, limited production wines. Online VIP ticket sales will be available on a limited, advanced basis, with tasting times scheduled in advance through the Patriot. 

Ticket holders can take advantage of free parking and shuttle busses provided by WineFest, with other parking available. The festival also features food, jazz musicians, and local artisans situated along the historic district’s specialty shops, historic inns, and restaurants throughout the waterfront town.

Advanced tickets are online at www.winefestatstmichaels.com. For more information about CBMM, visit www.cbmm.org.

This year, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s harbor front will be one of 15 pouring venues for the 5th annual WineFest at St. Michaels this April 26 & 27. The town-wide celebration features international, domestic, and regional wines, plus music, food, and more. Tickets are available online at www.winefestatstmichaels.com, with early bird pricing and limited VIP tickets available. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org

CBMM offers volunteer docent training beginning February 11

CBMM_Feb_VolunteerTrainingCBMM offers volunteer docent training beginning February 11

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD is offering training for new and existing docent volunteers at the museum beginning with an orientation session on February 11 and continuing Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 6. The training is free and open to the public, with advanced registration needed.

This once-a-year training prepares volunteers to lead group tours, interpret the museum’s exhibits, and assist at special events. Anyone who enjoys interacting with people, has a curiosity about the Chesapeake Bay, is comfortable and excited about public speaking, and would like to help promote the Bay’s cultural heritage is encouraged to participate.

On Thursday, February 11, a new volunteer orientation takes place from 10 – 11am to provide the basic information for becoming a museum volunteer. The orientation is followed with a 6-part training program led by CBMM’s Director of Education Kate Livie, with topics ranging from the museum’s exhibits and collections to tour group management techniques. Sessions are scheduled for 10am-12:30pm in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium on February 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, and March 4 and 6. All sessions must be attended to qualify as a museum docent.

CBMM docents provide invaluable support to the museum in its mission to preserve and explore the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay. Docents are asked to commit to one, 4-hour weekly shift. Duties can include guiding museum visitors and providing a memorable and positive visit; staffing individual exhibitions and leading demonstrations, classes, and special events as needed; and promoting the museum and its mission to others.

“Many docents express that volunteering at the museum is one of their most gratifying experiences,” commented CBMM’s Director of Events and Volunteer Program Melissa Spielman. “I often receive comments from volunteers who say that engaging museum visitors from across the country and around the world is inspiring and fulfilling work. That’s great news for the museum, and our visitors.”

Pre-registration is required for the volunteer training by contacting Melissa Spielman at 410-745-4956 or at mspielman@cbmm.org.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum volunteer docent Joe Irr pulls an oyster cage from Fogg’s Cove in St. Michaels during a museum tour.

The museum will be hosting volunteer docent training sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 12:30pm beginning with a one-hour, new volunteer orientation set for 10am on February 11 at the museum. The training is free and open to the public, with pre-registration needed by calling 410-745-4956. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org.  

“This Old Chesapeake House” series continues February 6

CBMM_WilliamPacaH&G“This Old Chesapeake House” series continues February 6

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD continues its new “This Old Chesapeake House” speaker series on February 6, with three more sessions scheduled through March 7.

These four sessions explore the history, restoration, and ongoing preservation efforts of old houses—large and small, public and private—from throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. The public is invited, with advanced registration needed and seating limited.

From 10-11:30am on Thursday, February 6, Historic Annapolis’ Senior Historian Glenn E. Campbell will explore the history and inhabitants of the William Paca House of Annapolis, from its construction by a young patriot who signed the Declaration of Independence to the 20th century, when it was part of Annapolis’s largest and finest hotel. Campbell will also discuss the process of restoring the Paca House and gardens to their original appearances, providing today’s visitors a glimpse of what life was like for the upper crust of 18th century society.

The next session is on Wednesday, February 12 and brings Historic Sotterley Plantation’s Education Director Jeanne Pirtle to CBMM to discuss the evolution of Sotterley’s 300 year-old plantation house and the stories of the people who owned, lived, and worked to support it. On Wednesday, February 26, join Morgan State University Professor Dale Glenwood Green as he discusses “A Home to Heroes / Houses of Worship: The Buffalo Soldier House, Asbury & Bethel Churches on The Hill.” The final “This Old Chesapeake House” session will take place on Friday, March 7, where participants take a maritime walking tour of historic St Michaels, led by CBMM’s Curator and St. Michaels Historic District Commissioner Pete Lesher.

The cost for individual sessions is $10 for CBMM members and $15 for non-members, with limited seating and advanced registration needed by contacting Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

CBMM continues its five-part “This Old Chesapeake House” speaker series on February 6 along its waterfront campus in St. Michaels, MD. The series explores the history, restoration, and ongoing preservation efforts of old houses from throughout the Chesapeake Bay region, like the William Paca House, shown here. To register or for more information, call 410-745-4941 or visit www.cbmm.org. PHOTO CREDIT: Historic Annapolis.


St. Michaels celebrates Small Business Saturday, November 30

SMTB_StMichaelsHolidayShopping (400 x 266)As participants in Small Business Saturday®, the merchants of St. Michaels are encouraging residents and visitors to support small businesses by shopping with St. Michaels retailers and restaurants on Saturday, November 30, while continuing to shop local throughout the holiday shopping season.

Small Business Saturday® is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

With five fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this holiday season, many St Michaels retailers say they’ll be pulling out the stops to get customers into their stores this holiday season, kicking off with the national Small Business Saturday®, held on Saturday, November 30. On Saturday, December 7, Midnight Madness returns as a town-wide celebration and signature shopping event, with prizes for participants and more. Other holiday festivities and shopping take place as part of the annual Christmas in St. Michaels celebration, which is scheduled for December 13-15.

Small Business Saturday® is a reminder of how important the small-business sector is to our economy. The movement to shop local, especially during the holidays, is needed to help support the local economy while preserving hometown businesses. Locally spent retail dollars also help generate the revenues needed to support residential municipal services–like police and fire protection, transportation, recreation programs, libraries, and other community needs.

Small businesses also give back to their community as supporters of local charities and community events all year long, through charitable donations, volunteering, and support, especially during the holiday season. Through December, St Michaels’ historic shopping district will be decorated for the holidays, with retailers offering special sales, open houses and extended hours for this year’s shoppers.

For more information, visit www.stmichaelsmd.org.

In photo: The Town of St. Michaels is encouraging residents and visitors to shop local this holiday season, with St. Michaels retailers and restaurants offering special sales and open houses to kick off the shopping season as part of the nationwide Small Business Saturday® event that takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving on November 30. Promotions in St. Michaels continue throughout the holiday season, with Midnight Madness on Saturday, December 7, and numerous programs and activities taking place December 13-15 as part of the Christmas in St. Michaels annual celebration. For more information, visit www.stmichaelsmd.org.


18th Annual Jack Russell Races To Be Held on October 20, 2013 in Dog-Friendly St. Michaels, Maryland

The 18th Annual Jack Russell Races may not be as fancy as the Royal Ascot or the Preakness, but this casual event held on the grounds of the Inn at Perry Cabin will feature Jack Russell Terriers showing off their athletic and social natures in a series of races.

The course runs the length of the Inn’s front lawn, and — while many of the participants take their races seriously — some just like to play, roll in the grass, and talk to their fellow racers. Race heats are divided by size in Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Jack Russells also invite other of their canine friends to compete — there will be a Dachshund Dash and a “So you always wanted to be a Jack Russell” race that is open to all breeds.

Humans do not need to have a dog in the race to enjoy the morning with their friends and neighbors. Donuts, coffee, Mimosas, and Bloody Marys will be available for purchase. There will be a raffle with several prizes for great dining experiences in the area.

All proceeds from the raffle, race registrations, parking, and food sales will be donated to the St. Michaels Food Bank, which serves the Bay Hundred region, and to Pet Pantries, which supports the pet food pantries in Talbot, Dorchester, and Caroline Counties.

Registration begins at 9 AM; post time for the first race is 11 AM. There is no fee to enjoy the races. There will be trackside play-by-play and analysis for each race; free parking is available on Route 33 and parking on the Perry Cabin lawn is available for $5 per car; and great memories are complimentary.

Racegoers are invited to bring the family for a fun weekend in St. Michaels, a quaint and historic waterfront town on the Chesapeake Bay that offers plenty of activities for everyone. Find pet-friendly hotels and inns at stmichaelsmd.org. For more information about the races contact Flying Fred’s Pet Boutique at (410) 745-9601 or info@flyingfreds.com.


St. Michaels hosts Battle of St. Michaels Bicentennial August 10 & 11

StMichaels_Aug10_BattleofStMichaels_CreditKevenSnelling (400 x 399)The Town of St. Michaels will bring the War of 1812’s history to life during a town-wide Battle of St. Michaels Bicentennial on Saturday, August 10. The town’s waterfront and historic district will transform to a time 200 years ago, with re-enactments, boat rides, cannon firings, a Talbot Street parade, horse drawn carriage rides, an Art show and more. The events are free and open to the public, with food, beverages, and boat and horse drawn carriage rides available for purchase.

The celebration continues on Sunday, August 11th when the Talbot County Watermen’s Association hosts the 4th Annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day and Crab Feast at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM). The event includes a boat docking contest, live music, celebrity appearances, and more, while honoring the watermen who work the same waters once under siege by the British two hundred years ago. Tickets for this event will be available for purchase at CBMM, the day of the event. CBMM’s newest exhibit, “Navigating Freedom: The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake” will be open throughout the two-day celebration.

On Saturday, August 10, visitors will learn about the “Town that Fooled the British” and delve into the stories of St. Michaels’ residents and militia once under siege from the British in 1813. The celebration begins at 10 a.m. with a parade down Talbot Street led by the Fort McHenry Guard in full regiment dress, along with the Fort McHenry Guard Fifes &Drums, the Eastern Shore Militia, Veteran Volunteers, Ships’s Company: War of 1812, the Royal Marines 1st Company 2nd Battalion, and The Living History Troop. Key venues for the day’s events include Muskrat Park, Hollis Park, the St. Michaels Museum on St. Mary’s Square, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

British and American encampments invite visitors to explore the dress and daily living conditions of the early 1800s, while discussing what life was like during that period of time. Visitors will see the Chesapeake Bay’s iconic skipjacks dockside, with skipjack sailing cruises, boat rides, and other on-the-water opportunities offered along St. Michaels harbor throughout the festivities. Guided walking tours, military drills, cannon firings, children’s activities and the ceremonial unfolding of a historic 30’ x 42’ War of 1812 flag will be among the activities for visitors to enjoy throughout the day.

The St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square, in conjunction with the Historical Society of Talbot County will be hosting re-enactors, teaching the art of candle dipping, exhibiting a diorama of the battle, demonstrating period dances, as well as providing historic walking tours of St. Michaels.

CBMM Director of the Center for Chesapeake Studies Robert Forloney will lead a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s “Navigating Freedom: The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake” exhibit, which opened this past May. Sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, noted author Ralph Eshelman will speak at the Christ Church Parish Hall about his book, “In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake.”

Skits of “The Complete History of America (Abridged)” will be performed by the Roadhouse Players at various times during the day.

Children’s activities include a tug of war between the Americans and the British, model boat building, candle dipping, face painting, and period games, plus a chance to explore the Chesapeake aboard Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Fish Mobile.

Local restaurants and churches will be offering food and drinks reminiscent of the time period, while town merchants offer sweet treats and more from their decorated storefronts. Pit beef, barbequed chicken, hotdogs and hamburgers will also be available throughout town.

The St. Michaels Art League’s “Celebrate St. Michaels” banners will be on display throughout the town, and feature images of local artists’ interpretations of the War of 1812 in St. Michaels. The banners and original artwork will be on display at the Woman’s Club located on St. Michaels Square and will be available for purchase from the artists.

Closing ceremonies will take place at St. Michaels’ waterfront Muskrat Park, including a Navy Brass Quintet concert, the final firing of the cannons, and culminating in a “Lighting of the Lanterns” ceremony, celebrating the legend of the townspeople who saved St. Michaels from the British in 1813.

On Sunday, August 11, the Talbot County Watermen’s Association’s 4th Annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day and Crab Feast takes place at CBMM. Festival-goers will enjoy hot crabs, cold beer, celebrity appearances, a boat docking contest, and live music beginning at noon with Bird Dog and the Road Kings. Coming to this year’s event are reality TV stars Edgar Hansen and Nick Mavar, both from the F/V Northwestern on Discovery Channel’s” Deadliest Catch,” along with Liz and Jessica Cavalier from the History Channel’s “Swamp People.” The event is generously sponsored by Maryland Public Television, among other supporters, with admission collected at the gate the day of the event. More information can be found at www.cbmm.org.

For more information about the August 10th Battle of St. Michaels town-side celebration, visit www.townofstmichaels.com, www.stmichaelsmd.org, or call 410-745-9535.


Faith Fest

Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 10am to 4pm at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and Muskrat Park in St. Michaels, MD. Enjoy a day out with family and friends at Faith Fest! FREE admission to a music and arts festival with Christian bands, children’s games, a guest speaker, food vendors, faith-based organizations and much more! To participate as an exhibitor, contact Marie at 410-829-3467 or info@stmichaelsfaithfest.org. More information is available at http://stmichaelsfaithfest.org/.

Midnight Madness Comes To St. Michaels December 3

Talbot Street in St. Michaels will be brimming with visitors, carolers, shoppers, and lots of winners on Saturday, December 3 for the 10th annual Midnight Madness town-wide event. Chances to win a Florida vacation and several giveaways—including six $1,500 gift baskets and a $1,000 St. Michaels shopping spree—will start being offered November 9 through participating St. Michaels merchants, and continued through December 3. Tickets are awarded through participating merchants to customers purchasing $10 or more in their shops November 9 through December 3.

Winners will be announced from the decks of Marco’s Restaurant beginning at 11:30pm on December 3. Participants must be present to win. Bed & breakfasts, inns, hotels, and merchants will issue double the tickets for overnight stays and purchases made on December 2 and 3.

The Florida vacation is donated by event sponsor, 107.1FM “The Duck” radio, who will be broadcasting live from 8-10pm during the December 3 event. The vacation package includes accommodations for 4 days/3 nights in Orlando, 2 days/2 nights in Daytona, and tickets for an off-shore gambling cruise for up to four people.

In addition to chances for prizes, Midnight Madness offers great sales to participants the entire day of the event, with shops open from 10am through midnight. “People from all over the mid-Atlantic come to St. Michaels year after year for Midnight Madness,” commented one of the event’s organizers, Brad Fout of Calico Toys & Games. “The town is beautifully decorated for the holidays, carolers are singing throughout town, and the sales are wonderful—it’s just a great way to shop for family and friends, and enjoy the holidays in our historic, waterfront town.”

St. Michaels will be adorned in colorful and festive Christmas holiday decorations, with each participating shop providing snacks, spirits, and sales while shoppers earn chances for the 11:30pm drawings. DJ Mark Savage will play holiday music from the decks of Marco’s Restaurant leading up to the midnight hour.

In addition to numerous prizes, the six gift baskets will be filled with gift certificates and items from shops, museums, bed & breakfasts, inns and hotels, retailing at $1,500 each. The $1,000 St. Michaels shopping spree includes certificates to be used throughout 2012 at any St. Michaels Business Association (SMBA) members’ establishment.

For a complete list of SMBA members and events, or for information about Midnight Madness, visit the calendar of events at www.stmichaelsmd.org or call 410-745-0411.

St. Michaels Halloween Celebration and Parade

The St. Michaels Halloween Celebration and Parade on Saturday is a part of Fall into St. Michaels. This event is free, so bring your kids and enjoy the best that Fall has to offer. The parade begins at 5 p.m. On Sunday, the St. Michaels Fire Department Auction will take place at Carpenter Street Saloon at 3 p.m. And, Christ Church will hold its All Hallows Eve Service, followed by the Spooky Reception at 5 p.m. Visit the event’s website for full schedule and complete details. All major events are free.
throughout downtown St. Michaels. Highlights include a Halloween Celebration and Parade at 4 p.m., the St. Michaels Fire Department auction, and trick-or-treating from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, 29 October, 2011.

St. Michaels Labor Day Art Show and Sale

This annual St. Michaels event showcases original art in a variety of one and three dimensional mediums. Also on sale are unframed works of art, holiday cards created by members and posters highlighting the area’s many attractions.

Proceeds help fund the many projects and scholarship fund of the St. Michaels Art League.

For more information call 410-745-8048 Or visit www.stmichaelsartleague.org

Under the tent at St. Lukes Church, Talbot Street, St. Michaels.
Saturday, September 3 10:00am-6:00 pm
Sunday, September 4 12:00-5:00 pm