Hanna, Walpole Hired at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Joe-Ann Hanna and Karen Walpole, both of Easton, have recently joined the staff of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.

Hanna has been hired as a Staff Accountant and Guest Services System Manager, making her responsible for financials needs across CBMM’s departments and primary oversight of the Guest Services System (GSS) used for admissions, store inventory management and sales, group tour processing, advance ticket sales, education and marina reservation system linkages, store gift cards, and linkage to online store processing.

From Utica, Mich., Hanna moved to the Eastern Shore in 2001. She has attended both Howard Community College, with a focus in applications programming, and Chesapeake College, with a focus in accounting.

Joe-Ann Hanna (left) and Karen Walpole.

Hanna brings with her vast work experience. Her first job after moving to Maryland was with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington D.C., and her most recent position before coming to CBMM was as the office manager for Rathell Farm Equipment.

She has also volunteered extensively at local soup kitchens and with her church, both serving as its bookkeeper and participating in a mission trip.

Walpole is joining the CBMM team as the Administrative Assistant for the Charity Boat Donation Program. CBMM’s Charity Boat Donation Program accepts and sells all manner of craft year-round to support the non-profit’s education, curatorial, and boatbuilding programs.

“Working around boats and the water is a dream come true,” Walpole said of joining CBMM.

Walpole has previously worked at The Star Democrat, sold promotional products, owned her own marketing company, and been a marketing administrator at a yacht brokerage. Originally from Baldwin, N.Y., she earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism, with a concentration in advertising, from the University of Maryland.

After falling in love with the region during college, she decided to stay in Maryland, and has volunteered with Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton, Benedictine School, Integrace Bayleigh Chase and at CBMM, singing carols at the annual Christmas event.

August Boater Safety Course added at CBMM

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is adding an August 16-17 Maryland DNR-approved boater safety course after demand exceeded capacity for its July course.

The education program takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each evening in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium. The cost is $25 per participant, with space limited and pre-registration needed.

Participants completing the course and passing the test will receive a Maryland Boating Safety Education Certificate, which is valid for life. The certificate is required for anyone born on or after July 1, 1972, and who operates a numbered or documented vessel on Maryland waters. The course is also recommended for anyone looking to become a safer, more experienced boater or personal watercraft operator.

Participants must be 12 years of age and older, with early registration recommended as class is filling fast. To register, go to bit.ly/safeboating2017. For information on Maryland DNR’s boating safety program, visit dnr.maryland.gov/boating.

Charitable gifts to CBMM’s annual fund support the museum’s educational programs, with online giving and more information at cbmm.org/donate. More information about CBMM’s education programs is at cbmm.org/learn.

Lighthouse Overnights in St. Michaels this Fall

Youth groups can now reserve fall dates for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Lighthouse Overnight Adventures program. Dates include select Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 1 through Oct. 28, with advanced reservations needed for groups of 12 to 18 children and their chaperones.

Under the guidance of a museum educator, adventure participants can travel back in time to explore the life of a late-19th-century lighthouse keeper, all while spending the night in the historic 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, situated on CBMM’s 18-acre campus on the Miles River and St. Michaels Harbor in St. Michaels, Md.

The program shares the stories of the keepers who lived and worked in Chesapeake lighthouses. From lighthouse engineering to the daily task of maintaining the great lamp, the overnight adventure uses games, costumes, and historic objects to explore the Bay’s lighthouses. The experience can also be used toward earning badges for Brownie, Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts, or just for fun among all groups and their chaperones.

The 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, now standing at CBMM’s Navy Point, was originally built to light the way for boats passing through the shallow, dangerous shoals of Hooper Strait, a thoroughfare for boats bound from the Chesapeake Bay across Tangier Sound to Deal Island, or places along the Nanticoke and Wicomico Rivers. The Chesapeake’s iconic “screwpile” lighthouse is built on special iron pilings, which were tipped with a screw that could be turned into the muddy bottom for a depth of 10 feet or more. CBMM’s lighthouse is the second lighthouse constructed at Hooper Strait, with the first one destroyed by ice in 1877.

The adventure program is for children ages 8 to 12 and their chaperones and is $40 per person, with a 12-person minimum, 18-person maximum. The fee includes one overnight stay in the lighthouse with a dedicated museum facilitator, a drop-in scenic river cruise aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle (subject to seasonal availability), the cost of program activities, two day admission to CBMM’s exhibitions and campus, and a souvenir patch. Overnights are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, with a $100 deposit needed. For inquiries or to make a reservation, visit bit.ly/lighthouseovernight.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Charitable gifts to CBMM’s Annual Fund enable CBMM to educate and inspire the next generation of Chesapeake Bay stewards, and can be made online at cbmm.org/donate.

August 13 Brings Crabs, Watermen’s Rodeo to St. Michaels

On Sunday, August 13, 2017, the 8th annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day comes to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., featuring a spirited boat docking contest, steamed crabs and other regional food, live music, beer, boat rides, family activities, and more. The fundraising event is organized by CBMM in cooperation with the Talbot Watermen Association, with proceeds benefiting both organizations.

“Watermen’s Day is an annual favorite among locals and guests alike,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “You can meet many of the watermen who work to bring seafood to tables across the region, while having a great time celebrating the Chesapeake with us in such an incredibly authentic way.”

Beginning at 11:00 a.m., the event’s “watermen’s rodeo” boat docking contest returns to the Miles River to its expanded location under CBMM’s 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Bleacher seating will be provided for spectators to the contest.

“The boat docking contest is great fun to watch, and participate in,” said TWA President Jeff Harrison. “Last year, we had Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on board one of the boats, and while we won’t have Edgar Hansen with us this year, we’re looking forward to having Governor Hogan back with us again this year.”

The opportunity to meet the Chesapeake’s watermen, along with local steamed crabs, beer, and other food and beverages continue to highlight the waterfront festival.

Starting at noon, the day’s catch of steamed crabs—served by watermen—will be available for purchase, in addition to beer, water, soda, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, and more. Steamed crabs will be sold by the dozen, with pricing set by July 28 and posted at cbmm.org.

“We’ve consistently been able to sell a dozen steamed crabs with corn on the cob at $25,” said Harrison. “We’re hoping this year’s market will allow us to do the same.”

Also beginning at noon, live music with Bird Dog and the Road Kings from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand will have people tapping their toes and dancing along CBMM’s waterfront.

Children and families can enjoy games and activities offered throughout the day. Later in the day, children’s on-the-water activities include a Pot Pie skiff rowing competition, with prizes awarded.

During Watermen’s Day, event-goers can take part in a silent auction, with Chesapeake-related items available to the highest bidders, including work by noted Chesapeake photographer Jay Fleming. The auction takes place in the Small Boat Shed, with bids taken until 3:00 p.m., and all proceeds supporting the Talbot Watermen Association.

While at CBMM, guests can explore all 12 exhibitions buildings and see progress on the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, now underway in the boatyard through 2018. Special exhibitions include Potomac Waterfowling: Gunning the Nation’s Rivers; Log Canoe Racing: Photographs by Morris Ellison; and Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, featuring 80 photographs curated from the more than 10,000 by de Gast in CBMM’s collection.

Admission to the 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. rain or shine event includes the boat docking contest, live music, numerous family activities, entrance to all CBMM exhibitions and historic structures, and is set at $18 for adults, $8 for children 6-17, with all children five years of age and under admitted free. CBMM members along with licensed watermen and their immediate families get discounted admission at $10 per adult, and $6 per child ages 6-17.

Advanced admission tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/watermensday, with tickets also sold at the door the day of the event. Discounted watermen’s tickets will be available at the door the day of the event, with an active watermen’s license shown. Boat rides, steamed crabs, beer, and additional food and beverages will be available for purchase. Free event parking will be available at St. Michaels High School, with a complimentary shuttle service to CBMM running throughout the day.

For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during CBMM festivals, including Watermen’s Appreciation Day. Leashed dogs are only permitted on CBMM’s campus during regular operating hours. Carry-on alcohol from dock or land is prohibited.

See photos from last year’s event at bit.ly/watermenphotos. For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

Living Oyster Bed Created at CBMM

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., now has its own living oyster bed, thanks to a generous donation from a local oyster farm dedicated to building a sustainable oyster population in the Miles River.

Mudgies Oyster Farm donated the oysters and labor to CBMM to help build a foundation for a living bed at CBMM’s Waterman’s Wharf. On July 20, Greg Kemp Jr., third generation waterman; Billy Adams, multi-generation waterman and board member of Talbot Seafood Heritage Association; and Stuart Dawson, farm manager of Mudgies Oyster Farm LLC, laid green shell foundations in the waters off Waterman’s Wharf. Tred Avon Treats supplied shells, TSHA supplied the labor, while Mudgies supplied the oyster seed and spat on shell.

Stuart Dawson, Greg Kemp, and Billy Adams recently donated oysters and labor to help CBMM build a foundation for a living oyster bed next to its Waterman’s Wharf exhibition.

“We enjoyed seeing this project get started, and look forward to the living bed growing oysters to help the Bay as well as educate the public,” Dawson said.

“CBMM is excited to be collaborating with local organizations to educate our guests with living exhibitions,” said CBMM Director of Education & Associate Curator Kate Livie. “Oysters are a large part of the Bay’s history, as well as the history of CBMM, and creating this living oyster bed adds authenticity to a fun and educational experience.”

Waterman’s Wharf is a re-created crabber’s shanty where CBMM guests can try their hand at many of the seafood harvesting activities of a Chesapeake Bay waterman. Outside the shanty are Chesapeake Bay workboats—the Hooper Island draketail Martha, the Pot Pie Jackson skiff, the 1912 tugboat Delaware, and Volunteer, a replica Smith Island crab scraper.

The living oyster bed is completed just in time for the 8th annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day, which takes place on August 13, and features a spirited boat docking contest, steamed crabs, live music, and more. The fundraising event is organized by CBMM in cooperation with the Talbot Watermen Association, with proceeds benefiting both organizations. For tickets and more detailed event information, visit cbmm.org. To learn more about Mudgies Oyster Farm, visit mudgiesoysterfarm.com.

CBMM Earns TripAdvisor 2017 Certificates of Excellence

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum recently received two TripAdvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence awards. These awards celebrate excellence in hospitality and are only given to establishments consistently achieving great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. In addition to winning for CBMM as a whole, the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse was also recognized this year.

“TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence is a badge of honor our staff and volunteers proudly earn,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “CBMM has achieved this recognition for six consecutive years, and we look forward to continuing to earn this kind of feedback while bringing a transformative Chesapeake experience to each of our guests, year after year.”

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm that takes into account the quality, quantity, and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period, as well as the business’s tenure and ranking on the site’s Popularity Index. To qualify, businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions,” said Vice President of Industry Marketing, Heather Leisman.

Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries, and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered superior guest experiences.

TripAdvisor is an online travel site offering advice from travelers, with nearly 390 million monthly online visitors and more than 500 million reviews and opinions covering more than 7 million attractions, accommodations, and restaurants. To read recent CBMM guest reviews, visit bit.ly/reviewcbmm. For information about the museum, visit cbmm.org.

Woodworker’s Tool-Sharpening Workshop is July 19

CBMM Boatyard Program Manager Jenn Kuhn uses a whetstone to hone a chisel in the CBMM boatshop.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is hosting a basic tool-sharpening workshop on Wednesday, July 19, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Boatyard. Participation is limited, with advanced registration needed.

If taken care of properly, your edge tools can last generations. By keeping them well-honed, you will find they can cut like new every time. Learn the basic techniques to put a mirror finish on your aging tool collection. This workshop will cover the proper preparation, sharpening, and honing of hand plane irons, chisels, gouges, and other carving tools.

Bring your tools, sharpening stones, or nothing at all, as the Boatyard can provide for demonstration. The cost for the workshop is $20 for CBMM members or $30 for non-members, with pre-registration needed at bit.ly/toolsharpening17. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

Skipjack Sigsbee in St. Michaels July 9

Photo Courtesy of Living Classrooms Foundation

The skipjack Sigsbee can be seen at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., on Sunday, July 9, 2017, with dockside tours available from 1-3 pm. Tours are free with general admission to CBMM, which is good for two days and is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for children ages 6-17, and free for CBMM members and children ages 5 and under.

A historic oystering skipjack reconstructed for students, Sigsbee is operated by the Living Classrooms Foundation, with programs that engage students with hands-on activities, such as raising sail, testing the water with scientific equipment, trawling for marine life, and observing firsthand the factories, shipping, natural resources, and ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information, or to learn about any of the vessels visiting CBMM’s waterfront campus this summer, visit cbmm.org.

CBMM Acknowledges Volunteers for Generous Service

On June 15, 2017, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum recognized a dedicated team of more than 385 volunteers aboard the Patriot for their combined 27,552.5 hours of service towards the museum over the past year. Several volunteers were recognized by CBMM for their work in boat restoration and maintenance, boat donations, buildings and grounds, education, exhibitions, museum store, and volunteer programming. The river cruise reception was generously sponsored by Patriot Cruises of St. Michaels, Md. and Garden & Garnish of Trappe, Md.

Special recognition was given to volunteers with the highest hours of cumulative service, including John Hawkinson with 10,000 hours; Ellen Plummer, Norman Plummer, and Mike Sweeney with 8,000 hours; Paul Ray with 7,000 hours; Lloyd Devigne, Roger Galvin, and Don Parks with 5,000 hours; and Jerry Friedman and Bob Petizon with 4,000 hours. Many other volunteers were recognized for reaching several milestones of 100 hours and above in their volunteer service toward CBMM.

“The engagement and service from our volunteers is such an extraordinary part of what makes CBMM a very special place to visit,” says CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “The effort our volunteers put forth each and every day to ensure a great experience for our guests is quite remarkable.”

CBMM is always looking for volunteers to help throughout various areas of its operations, including front desk assistants, interpretive educators, festival helpers, buildings and grounds assistants, and more. For more information, contact CBMM Volunteer & Education Coordinator Allison Speight at aspeight@cbmm.org or 410-745-4941 or visit bit.ly/cbmmvolunteer.

Hudson River Sloop “Clearwater” at CBMM this July

The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater will arrive at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. on Wednesday, July 5, and remain dockside along CBMM’s campus through Friday, July 7, 2017.

The replica sloop will be available for deck tours on Thursday, July 6 from noon to 5:00 p.m. Deck tours are free for CBMM members or with general museum admission,which is good for two days and is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for children ages 6–17, and free for active military, CBMM members, and children ages 5 and under.

The sloop Clearwater, a replica vessel modeled after the Dutch vessels that sailed the Hudson River in the 18th and 19th centuries, was launched on May 17, 1969, from Harvey Gamage Shipyard in South Bristol, Maine. Those early cargo vessels were specially designed for the variable winds, currents and depths of the Hudson. Sailing from town to town today, the Clearwater models her course after that of the historic Dutch sloops.

Clearwater is recognized as America’s Environmental Flagship and is among the first vessels in the United States to conduct science-based environmental education aboard a sailing ship. In 2004, Clearwater was named to the National Register of Historic Places for its role in the environmental movement.

The replica 17th century trading ship Maryland Dove will be arriving at CBMM’s docks on Thursday, July 6 and is in St. Michaels through Monday, July 10. Local school groups will be touring the ship, with Dove open for boarding to all CBMM guests from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., July 8 to 10. The public is invited for free public access to Maryland Dove while at CBMM on July 8, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The tall ship Pride of Baltimore II will be at CBMM on Friday, August 11, and remain dockside along CBMM’s campus through August 13, with deck tours offered from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay, with values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. More information about CBMM and these visiting vessels can be found at cbmm.org. For more information about Clearwater, visit clearwater.org.