OysterFest Stew Competitors, Bands & Activities Announced

On Saturday, October 27, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St Michaels, Md. will host two live stages of music and an oyster stew competition as part of OysterFest.

Oyster stew competitors include Sunflowers and Greens and Milestone Catering of Easton, Md.; Bistro St. Michaels, Theo’s Steaks, Sides & Spirits and Crab N Que of St. Michaels, Md.; and t at the General Store of Royal Oak, Md.

Festival goers are encouraged to sample oyster stews beginning at 11:00 a.m. and while supplies last. Participation is limited to the first 500 on a first-come, first-served basis, with a commemorative OysterFest mug and the tastings offered for $10 per participant.

The blind taste test awards bragging rights to the chef with the most votes, with the People’s Choice winner announced at the festival and later to the public. Sunflowers & Greens Executive Chef Harley Peet was awarded first place at last year’s festival.

From 1 – 3 pm in the Van Lennep Auditorium, cookbook author Bonnie McDaniel will provide oyster cooking demonstrations and tasting from recipes in her cookbook. “Farm Girl In the City” Bonnie McDaniel is an accomplished chef, gardener and TV host. Her restaurant, Christina’s at the Bailiwick in Fairfax, Va., was a Wine Spectator Award winner, recognized for having one of the best food and wine menus in the world.

Swamp Donkey Newgrass—a high energy newgrass band with a twist of rock—is returning to CBMM’s OysterFest, playing live all day from the Tolchester Beach Bandstand. The Annapolis-based group has played twice before at OysterFest, and is noted for vocal harmonies and tight transitions.Performing from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from the Steamboat deck will be The Freewheelers, bringing their breezy, melodic vibes to Fogg’s Cove and the Miles River.

Swamp Donkey Newgrass

Family activities include Chesapeake cornhole, giant oyster reef jenga, build-a-boat activities, and children’s storybook readings. Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Fishmobile will give guests an opportunity to explore fish, terrapins, horseshoe crabs, blue crabs, oyster toadfish, oysters, eel, box turtles, and more.

This year’s OysterFest presenting sponsor is Shore United Bank, with other sponsors including Patriot Cruises of St. Michaels, Md.; Choptank Electric Cooperative; Ewing, Dietz, Fountain & Kaludis; Hummingbird Inn of Easton; and the Maryland State Arts Council. Additional support comes from Kelly Distributors, George’s Bloody Mary Mix, Eastern Shore Tents & Events, Chesapeake Landing Restaurant, and Lyon Distilling Company.

At the Tolchester Beach Bandstand, festival-goers can watch or participate in an oyster slurping contest, with preliminary rounds taking place on the hour from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with the final contest at 1:45 p.m.

Special to this year’s festival will be the re-launch of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, whose nine-log hull has been restored by CBMM shipwrights and apprentices over the past two years. Edna Lockwood is the queen of CBMM’s floating fleet of historic boats and a National Historic Landmark. She will return to the Chesapeake Bay following a brief ceremony at 3pm, making her way back on the Miles River down CBMM’s marine railway.

Special exhibitions include Exploring the Chesapeake: Mapping the Bay, and Kent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gunners and Co-Ops.

Admission to OysterFest is $5 for CBMM adult members, or $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and students with ID; and $6 for children 6-17. CBMM members at the Family & Friends level and above also receive the $5 discounted admission for two adult guests. Food, drinks, and boat rides are an additional cost, with carry-on alcohol prohibited. For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during CBMM festivals, with leashed dogs permitted during non-festival dates. Proceeds from the event support CBMM’s education, restoration, and exhibition programs, with advanced tickets and more information at cbmm.org/oysterfest.

CBMM to Host Waterfront Yoga Class

The public is invited to join the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for a relaxing, waterfront yoga class on Friday, Oct. 19, from 5:45–6:30pm. The class will be taught by certified instructor and CBMM staff member Howard Parks.

At 6:30pm, participants are invited to join staff at Great Shoals Cellars in St. Michaels, where class members will receive 10% off any item. Great Shoals will also offer a free tasting with the purchase of four bottles of wine.

No prior experience is necessary. Participants can pay as they wish, with all donations supporting CBMM’s educational and shipyard programming. Participation is limited, with registration required by Wednesday, Oct. 17, to lseeman@cbmm.org. To learn more, visit cbmm.org/yoga.

Intro to Rigging at CBMM Oct. 13 & 14

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is hosting a two-day Introduction to Rigging workshop on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 & 14, when participants will join CBMM Shipwright Apprentice Sam Hilgartner to learn more about the methodology, terminology, and the materials used in various rigs.

Participants will gain more in-depth knowledge of line handling, basic knots, and sail theory. Materials and tools will be provided, with participants are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch.

Hilgartner comes to CBMM from the Arques School of Traditional Boat Building in Sausalito, Cal., where he was an apprentice and instructor. He has worked with the National Park Service at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and on rigging jobs from New England to the Netherlands.

The workshop takes place from 10-4pm each day, with the cost set at $115 per person, with a 20% discount for CBMM members. Participation is limited, with pre-registration needed at cbmm.org/introtorigging. For more information, go to cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

Local Student Creates Apiary Garden at CBMM

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s 18-acre waterfront campus now boasts an apiary garden, located next to the historic Mitchell House on CBMM’s Fogg’s Landing, thanks to the hard work of St. Michaels student and Boy Scout, Brandon Foy.

Foy’s project includes the apiary garden, along with an oyster shell pathway, two benches, and a kiosk, as part of his Eagle Scout Project. His project was funded through private donations and support from several local businesses.

Foy’s garden is meant to attract local bees and to raise awareness about the declining bee population.To attract bees and other pollinators, he planted perennial flowers, like Nanho Blue butterfly bush, Belleza Dark Pink gaura, and Autumn Joy sedum. These flowers can attract a diversity of wildlife for CBMM guests to see around the garden.

“This project is important to me because the problem that it addresses is not brought up often enough,” Foy said. “If youth like me take the initiative and try to make this problem known, maybe others will start to listen. Without honey bees, the world we know today would be completely different.”

Foy is a senior at St. Michaels High School, with plans to study nuclear engineering or cyber operations at the United States Naval Academy. He currently holds several leadership positions, as the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Leadership Council Representative for Maryland, an intern for Congressman Andy Harris, and as a recent senior patrol leader of his Eagle Scout troop.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all.

Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

CBMM Welcomes New Volunteer Docents, Greeters

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., recently held an ice cream social for docent and greeter volunteers to kick-off the fall tour season. Fourteen new volunteers recently completed a five-week-long training course, and will now assist CBMM as docents leading guided tours of the campus, exhibits, and artifacts for adults and children and as greeters, introducing guests as they first step onto CBMM’s waterfront campus. These volunteers play an important role in helping bring the Chesapeake alive for CBMM guests.

Over the past year, nearly 250 volunteers logged more than 26,735 hours of service, taking on a variety of jobs across many departments. Volunteers are critical to CBMM’s success, and the museum is always looking for more. CBMM’s next docent and greeter training course is scheduled for March 2019. To learn about how you can get involved, visit bit.ly/cbmmvolunteer, or contact CBMM Volunteer & Education Program Manager Allison Speight at aspeight@cbmm.org or 410-745-4941.

Watch Elf Classic Yacht Race Aboard Winnie Estelle

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is offering a special cruise aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle to watch the 8th annual Elf Classic Yacht Race, taking place on the Miles River in St. Michaels, Md. on Saturday, September 29, 2018. The annual race is sponsored by the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

The Elf Classic Yacht Race spectator cruise will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30a.m. so that passengers can view the beginning of the race. Participation is limited, with advanced registration needed at bitly.com/watchelf.

The September 29 race features a 19th century traditional yacht racing start, beginning with a captains meeting on land, followed by the boom of a cannon, signifying each captain’s mad dash to a tied-up dinghy, or tender. Next, the captains row out to their moored vessels and waiting crews, before tying up their tenders and raising anchor, with up to 30 yachts racing on the Miles River in a cloud of sail.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all. Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

Hilgartner Joins Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Sam Hilgartner of Baltimore, Md., has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum as a shipwright apprentice.

Hilgartner comes to CBMM from the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding in Sausalito, Calif., where he was both an apprentice and an instructor. His work experience includes four years with the National Park Service at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and time spent as a professional rigger in New England and the Netherlands. He also holds a 100-ton Masters license.

Hilgartner enjoys sailing, and has spent time aboard tall ships like Pride of Baltimore II and Picton Castle. His volunteer experience includes work at Oakland Free University and the Bay Area Public School.

Hilgartner is now part of CBMM’s shipyard crew responsible for the restoration of 1889 bugeye Edna Lockwood, a National Historic Landmark and queen of the floating fleet. This is the final year of the historic restoration project,with her re-launch scheduled for OysterFest on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. For details and progress updates on Edna Lockwood, visit ednalockwood.org. To learn more about CBMM, visit cbmm.org.

Small Craft at Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival XXXV October 6, 7

On Saturday, October 6, and Sunday, October 7, 2018, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will host one of the nation’s largest gatherings of small boat enthusiasts and unique watercraft at Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival XXXV.

During the festival, CBMM guests can marvel at the craftsmanship and innovation used in traditional and contemporary small craft while enjoying the museum’s waterfront campus and indoor and outdoor exhibitions. Hundreds of amateur and professional boatbuilders and enthusiasts come from all over the region to display their one-of-a-kind kayaks, canoes, and other traditional small craft.

Sailing skiffs, rowing shells, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, prams, and one-of-a-kind boats will be on display and in the water throughout this family-oriented event. Small craft owners hailing from all over the country will also be available to share their knowledge and boating experiences with guests.

The festival was previously combined with CBMM’s Maritime Model Expo, which now takes place during CBMM’s free Community Day in May.

Scenic river cruises aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, live music, along with food and beverages will be available to round out the weekend festival.

On Saturday, CBMM Shipyard staff and Chesapeake Wooden Boat Builders School instructors will be on hand to offer boatbuilding workshops and maritime demonstrations. Also beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday will be a lively Miles River race of small craft, which can be viewed from CBMM’s waterfront and docks. Festival-goers can also vote for their favorite boat, with the People’s Choice award and others announced among participants on Saturday evening.

On Sunday, festival-goers are invited to bring nautical items to swap or sell at a traditional swap meet before heading home.

For safety reasons, dogs are not permitted on museum grounds during CBMM festivals, with the exception of certified service dogs. Leashed dogs from boat and land are permitted on CBMM grounds on non-festival days.

The Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival is free for CBMM members and children 5 and under, otherwise admission is good for two consecutive days and is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $6 for children ages 6 to 17, with all museum exhibitions open throughout the event. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 7. See photos at bit.ly/mascfphotos, and for more information, visit cbmm.org/mascf  or call 410-745-2916.

Elf Classic Yacht Race Features New Course, Date

The 8th annual Elf Classic Yacht Race has a new race course and date, with the rescheduled race now taking place on the Miles River in St. Michaels, Md. on Saturday, September 29, 2018. The annual race is sponsored by the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

“The seven previous races were held in early May, with a start in Annapolis and a race across the Bay for a finish at CBMM,” said CYRG founder and Elf captain, Rick Carrion. “The 2018 event will take place exclusively on the Miles River, offering land and sea spectators at CBMM an unparalleled view of some of the most beautiful, classic sailing yachts.”

The September 29 race features a 19th century traditional yacht racing start, beginning with a captains meeting on land, followed by the boom of a cannon, signifying each captain’s mad dash to a tied-up dinghy, or tender. Next, the captains row out to their moored vessels and waiting crews, before tying up their tenders and raising anchor, with up to 30 yachts racing on the Miles River in a cloud of sail.

Race proceeds benefit CYRG and CBMM, where race participants will be greeted along CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove and the winners announced at a trophy reception later in the day. At 9:30 a.m., CBMM will offer a two-hour spectator cruise aboard its 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, with limited boarding and advanced registration at bit.ly/watchelf.

“Spectators and guests are welcome to watch this unique 10:00 a.m. start, and spend the day at CBMM to explore the world-renowned museum, while watching the race from shore,” said Carrion. “As the race ends, captains will anchor off Fogg’s Cove, and row to shore to sign the race log on CBMM’s Steamboat Building’s deck. A post-race reception and awards ceremony will then be held.”

Organized by CYRG, the race features America’s oldest active racing yacht, the 1888 Elf. Restored to historically accurate condition and re-launched in 2008, Elf is a Lawley-built 30-foot class cutter. Elf pioneered offshore yacht cruising in 1893 by being the first small craft to race round-trip from Marblehead, Mass. to Halifax, N.S.

To see a documentary and race footage of the Elf Classic, go to bit.ly/ElfClassic. For registration information, contact CYRG’s Rick Carrion at cyrg.elf@gmail.com or 443-566-2212. The racing fleet is limited, with early registration recommended, giving preference to wooden, classic, and traditional yachts.

CYRG is a non-profit, member organization dedicated to the preservation of maritime heritage through the maintenance and operation of Elf. She was designed by George Lawley & Sons of South Boston, Mass., and built in 1888 for William H. Wilkinson. Over the warmer months, she can be seen dockside at CBMM, and under sail along the Miles River and Chesapeake Bay.

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. Serving more than 70,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings and historic structures. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

Last Chance to Watch Log Canoe Races Aboard Winnie Estelle

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is reminding guests that only three dates remain to watch Chesapeake Baysailing log canoe races along the Miles River while aboard its 1920 buyboat, Winnie Estelle.

The final two-hour scenic cruises for the season depart from CBMM at 9:30am and 1:30pm on Saturdays, Sept. 8 and Sept. 15; and at 9:30am only on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Regular drop-in cruises aboard Winnie Estelle are otherwise offered at CBMM Fridays through Mondays, May to October.

These iconic Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoes only race along the Chester, Miles, Choptank, 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, thanks to crew members climbing to the ends of 15-foot boards that hang off the side of the canoe.

These two-hour special cruises aboard Winnie Estelle offer scenic views and photo opportunities,along with commentary from CBMM’s docents and crew. The cost is $28 for CBMM members, or $35 for non-members, with boarding limited and advanced registration needed at cbmm.org/onthewater.