CBMM Receives National Heritage Program Grant

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. recently received a grant from the National Maritime Heritage Program to support a Bay-wide heritage tour of Edna E. Lockwood in 2019.

The National Park Service collaborated with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration to fund more than 34 Maritime Heritage education and preservation projects, which work to conserve maritime artifacts and spread awareness about maritime legacies.

“We are very grateful for the support of the National Park Service, to help us tell the story of the history and preservation of Edna Lockwood,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “The years of hard work, ingenuity, and dedication our team has shown to so carefully restore Edna are truly impressive, and we’re thrilled for all to be able to experience her story first-hand.”

Edna E. Lockwood, was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1994 as the last historic bugeye still under sail. Since 2016, she has been undergoing a major renovation, with shipwrights and apprentices at CBMM replacing her nine-log hull in full public view.

Following her relaunch at CBMM’s Oysterfest on Oct. 27, 2018, Edna will visit more than 20 different ports of the Chesapeake Bay, all which have been selected for the significance that the oystering industry has had on their maritime community and heritage. The planned Bay-wide tour will be Edna’s most extensive travel in her 130-year history, exceeding the six-port tour she conducted for her centennial in 1989.

The goal of this tour is to expose audiences in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C., to programming and dock-side interpretation surrounding traditional Chesapeake Bay boatbuilding techniques and opening dialogue about the significance of Chesapeake Bay oystering past and present.

For more information on the Maritime Heritage Program, visit nps.gov/maritime. To learn more about Edna’s history, restoration, and upcoming tour, visit ednalockwood.org.

CBMM Hosts Bosnian Exchange Students

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., recently hosted Bosnian students from the University of Sarajevo. The students are participants in the Saving What Matters international exchange program, an effort facilitated by former CBMM shipwright Mike Vlahovich and funded through the nonprofit World Learning’s Communities Connecting Heritage Program. Through the program, students from Maryland’s Goucher College and the University of Sarajevo work together to explore the value of storytelling in heritage preservation, culminating in the students visiting each other’s countries. The Bosnian students are spending a few weeks on the Eastern Shore with Vlahovich’s Coastal Heritage Alliance, several of which were spent at CBMM learning about boatbuilding, museum practices, and educational programming. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

Harwood Re-Joins CBMM Board of Governors

E. Brooke (Brooke) Harwood recently re-joined the Board of Governors of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. He previously served two consecutive terms from 2009–2015.

Harwood is a retired commercial airline executive with extensive international experience. In 1994, as managing director, China, for Federal Express, he led a team establishing scheduled air service to and from mainland China, concurrently inaugurating pick-up and delivery operations and sales in 25 cities. Prior to its purchase by FedEx, he was director, Southeast Asia, for Flying Tigers. Based in Hong Kong, he was responsible for operations, sales, and government relations in five southeast Asian countries and for General Agents in Australia and India.

A Maryland native, Harwood retired in 2006 and moved to Chestertown to renew an involvement with the Chesapeake Bay. That involvement began on the Western Shore, and at his grandmother’s farm on Dividing Creek at Ditchley, Va., where he spent summers working on his waterman uncle’s fishing boats. His participation in CBMM’s Apprentice for a Day Program led to fulfilling a dream of building his own wooden boat, a Delaware Ducker built in CBMM’s shipyard, which won first place at the 2010 Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport.

Harwood also volunteers at the Sultana Education Foundation in Chestertown and at the Kent County Library, takes courses and has taught at the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning. He is currently rebuilding a 55-year-old Alberg 30. Brooke and his wife, Trish, live full time in Chestertown.

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 nearly 80,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated along the Miles River and St. Michaels’ harbor. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

Seeking Justice Chautauqua Summer Series in St. Michaels July 9-11

On the evenings of July 9-11,the annual Chautauqua Summer Series brings three live, waterfront performances to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. This year’s Maryland Humanities’ series theme is Seeking Justice, with all living history performances taking place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on CBMM’s Fogg’s Landing and the Miles River. All performances are free and open to the public.

A Chautauqua performance is a historical dramatization featuring individuals who are part scholar and part actor. Each performance is broken into three acts, where the performer represents a historical figure in the first person, then invites audience questions; and in the final act, steps out of character to answer questions that the historical figure could not have been able to answer.

The 2018 Chautauqua Summer Series at CBMM is generously sponsored by Karen and Langley Shook, and is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County, and the Towns of Easton, Oxford and St Michaels.

On Monday, July 9, Seeking Justice, with Frederick Douglass will kick off the series. Talbot County native Frederick Douglass, a writer, orator, and abolitionist, was one of the most important African-American activists of the nineteenth century. During the “Year of Frederick Douglass,” the bicentennial celebration of his birth, this Maryland icon will be portrayed by Bill Grimmette, a living history interpreter, storyteller, actor, and motivational speaker who has appeared as Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. DuBois, and Benjamin Banneker at Chautauqua performances in Maryland, Colorado, and South Carolina.

On Tuesday, July 10, Seeking Justice, with Eleanor Roosevelt will be performed. Eleanor Roosevelt, a humanitarian, diplomat, and the longest serving First Lady in American history, was also an important advocate for justice. She will be portrayed by Susan Marie Frontczak, a writer, speaker, living history presenter, and storyteller. Frontczak has appeared throughout the United States as Marie Curie, Clara Barton, Mary Shelley, and Irene Castle.

On Wednesday, July 11, Seeking Justice, with Thurgood Marshall will be performed. Thurgood Marshall was a civil rights activist from Baltimore who broke barriers as the lead NAACP attorney in Brown v. Board of Education and as the first African American Supreme Court Justice. He will be portrayed by Brian Anthony Wilson, a film and television actor and producer who will perform a scene from the play Thurgood by George Stevens, Jr., followed by a dialogue with Lenneal Henderson. Henderson is an internationally recognized scholar who brought Marshall to life in the 2010 Maryland Humanities Chautauqua tour.

“Chautauqua” was the name for the Chautauqua Lake area in upstate New York, where the movement began in 1874 as a Methodist summer retreat. A wide range of religious lectures and educational programs attracted a huge following. As it evolved, the Chautauqua movement presented the latest in thinking in politics, economics, literature, science, and religion. Maryland Humanities launched the modern Chautauqua program in Maryland in 1995.

The Chautauqua Summer Series at CBMM invites guests to bring carry-on food and beverages along with their own chairs and blankets for seating. All performances are held on the lawn of Fogg’s Landing, near CBMM’s Steamboat Building, with convenient entry adjacent to parking. In the event of rain, performances will be held in the Van Lennep Auditorium, with space limited. No registration is required.

For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916. Additional information about the Chautauqua Summer Series can be found at mdhumanities.org.

Waterside Family Fun & Fireworks June 30

The Shades of Blue Orchestra will be back at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum from 7-10 pm. on Saturday, June 30 for Big Band Night and St. Michaels’ fireworks. The orchestra performs at the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand with dancing under the tent, and fireworks beginning at dusk over the Miles River in St. Michaels, Md. The fireworks are made possible by the St. Michaels Fireworks Fund, with the rain date for Big Band Night & fireworks set for Sunday, July 1. CBMM guests are invited to bring chairs, picnic blankets, food and drinks, but need to leave non-service dogs at home. Food, ice cream, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. The event is generously sponsored by Eastern Shore Tents & Events, with advanced tickets and more information at cbmm.org/bigband.

St. Michaels Art League Paints Edna Lockwood

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has partnered with the St. Michaels Art League to sponsor a contest that will name the official painting of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, currently under restoration through her October 27, 2018 re-launch at CBMM’s OysterFest.

The project began in early spring, with eight artists creating paintings of Edna Lockwood. Artists were provided photographs of the log-bottom bugeye as a basis for their 18” x 8” paintings of Edna Lockwood under sail.

“St. Michaels is fortunate to attract incredibly talented and passionate artists who also care about CBMM,” commented Guest Relations Manager Sara McCafferty, who spearheaded the project. “All of the paintings are spectacular, and we’re really pleased with all the artists’ work.”

In May, CBMM staff performed a preliminary evaluation of the paintings to select the four finalists for the contest, with all finalists receiving awards from CBMM. Next, a public vote will determine the contest’s winner, with images of the paintings online and voting taking place on Facebook through July 15 at bit.ly/ednapainting.

The winning painting will be featured on Edna Lockwood memorabilia and keepsakes sold in the Museum Store beginning this August, with proceeds from each sale benefiting the children and adults served by CBMM’s education and exhibition programs. CBMM will additionally include the winning artist in publicity leading up to the October 27 re-launch of Edna Lockwood.

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 nearly 80,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated along the Miles River in historic St. Michaels. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

CBMM Offers Three Educator Workshops this Summer

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., is hosting three free workshops for educators this summer.

The first workshop, from 10am–3:30pm Wednesday, July 11, invites educators to follow the blue crab from the Bay to the table in the hands-on Chesapeake’s Best Crab Cakes Educator Workshop. The program is designed to complement CBMM’s Chesapeake’s Best Crab Cakes Immersive tour, with educators exploring the relationship between people and the blue crab and leaving with resources to implement the accompanying 5E Model Lesson in the classroom. The curriculum emphasizes Chesapeake geography, biology, and economics for students in grades PK-5. Secondary-level, informal and homeschool educators may attend as space allows.

The second program will be held from 10am–2pm Monday, July 30. In this workshop, educators will explore strategies for teaching with maps in the classroom, utilizing CBMM’s newest exhibition, Exploring the Chesapeake: Mapping the Bay. Hosted in partnership with the Maryland Geographic Alliance, this workshop is open to K-12 school-based and homeschool educators.

The final educator workshop for the summer will be held from 9am–5pm Monday, Aug. 6. In this professional development course, hosted in partnership between CBMM and Baltimore’s Downtown Sailing Center, educators will explore engaging STEM and Ocean Literacy lessons. Open to middle school educators, all participants will leave with the Reach Educator Guide for Middle School, Modules 1-10 and earn US Sailing STEM Educator certification. The Reach modules are correlated to National Education Standards in science and math, as well as US Sailing’s Learn Sailing Right!Beginner and Intermediate. Elementary, high school, informal, and homeschool educators may attend as space allows.

Space is limited in all workshops, with advanced registration needed at bit.ly/CBMMeducator18.

June 30 Brings Big Band and Fireworks to St. Michaels Waterfront

In celebration of Independence Day, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on the Miles River in St. Michaels, Md. welcomes The Shades of Blue Orchestra for a live performance at its Saturday, June 30 Big Band Night. The St. Michaels fireworks are scheduled to launch after dusk that evening, with CBMM’s waterfront campus a great venue from which guests can enjoy the fireworks. The rain date for the concert and fireworks is Sunday, July 1.

Two vocalists will join the 18-piece Shades of Blue Orchestra as they perform from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand. The orchestra first played at CBMM’s 2014 Big Band Night, with numerous requests from patrons for return engagements.

The orchestra is set to begin at 7:00 p.m., with the public invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets for an evening of music, dancing, and fireworks along the Miles River. Food, ice cream, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase during the event, which is generously sponsored by Eastern Shore Tents & Events.

Mixing together popular standards, a variety of musical styles, and dance-able rhythms, the Shades of Blue Orchestra combines brass, woodwind, and rhythm instruments to bring music from the 1930s to present to the Miles River. Established in 1976, this 18-piece Big Band consists of a well-balanced complement of brass, woodwind, and rhythm instruments, as well as two of the finest Big Band vocalists anywhere.

The Orchestra’s repertoire of music includes swing, rock, standard and popular ballads, Latin, retro, waltzes, and other selections. The Baltimore-based orchestra has performed at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, M&T Bank Stadium, Camden Yards, the Smithsonian Institution, Ocean City’s Sunfest, and more. Music samples and more information can be found at shades-of-blue.com.

CBMM’s exhibitions and campus will close at 5:00 p.m. for Big Band Night, and re-open at 6:00 p.m. for guests to enter the campus for the event. Admission to Big Band Night is $6 for CBMM members and $10 for non-members, with children ages 5 and under free. After 8:45 p.m., admission will be reduced to $2 for those watching the fireworks only. Advanced tickets and more information are at cbmm.org/bigband.

Proceeds benefit the children and adults served by CBMM’s education, exhibition, and restoration programs.

For safety reasons, non-service dogs are prohibited on CBMM’s campus during Big Band Night, and other festivals. Leashed dogs are permitted during regular operating hours. For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org.

Get Out on the Water with CBMM this Summer

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering two kayak paddles this summer to help its guests get out on the water. Registration for both is required to cbmm.org/paddles.

The first offering is scheduled for 9am–1pm Saturday, June 30, when participants are invited to join CBMM Shipyard Programs Manager Jenn Kuhn and Lead Educator Matt Engel for a guided paddle along the San Domingo Creek and around Hambleton Island. The group will meet at the boat launch on E. Chew Street in St. Michaels, and the day will conclude with a tasting at Eastern Shore Brewery. Participants are invited to bring their own kayak or rent one from CBMM, and are encouraged to bring sunscreen, lunch, and something to drink.

The cost for the June paddle is $28 for CBMM members and $35 for non-members without a kayak rental. With a rental included, the cost is $60 for members and $75 for non-members.Participants must be 21 or older. To learn more, visit cbmm.org/guidedpaddle.

On Monday, July 30, from 7:30–9:30pm, an evening Full Buck Moon Paddle will launch from Fogg’s Cove on CBMM’s St. Michaels campus. Native American tribes gave moons names as a way of tracking seasons. During this time of year, a buck’s antlers are in full growth, giving July’s full moon the name Full Buck Moon. Participants are again welcome to rent gear or bring their own.

The cost for the July paddle is $16 for CBMM members and $20 for non-members without a kayak rental. With a rental included, the cost is $28 for members and $35 for non-members. For details, visit cbmm.org/fullmoonpaddle.

CBMM’s small craft rental program runs from June through October, with sailing vessels, kayaks, and rowboats available for hour or daily rentals. The program operates Saturdays and Sundays, June 2–10, and will expand to include Fridays June 22 through Aug. 26; Sept. 7–30; and Oct. 12-21. Rentals are closed during CBMM festivals, which are listed at cbmm.org. For more, visit cbmm.org/smallcraftrentals.

CBMM to host Volunteer Friendraiser June 26

Are you a friendly, outgoing lover of the Chesapeake? Do you enjoy working with people? If so, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum needs you!

In an effort to grow public programs, CBMM is looking for new volunteers interested in learning how to lead tours exploring the Bay’s history, culture, and environment. No experience is necessary, but an enthusiasm for the Chesapeake, a willingness to learn, and the gift of gab are essential.

Those interested are invited to join CBMM volunteers and staff at a Volunteer Friendraiser at 3 pm Tuesday, June 26, in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium.This event is free, but registration is encouraged to bit.ly/CBMMFriendraiser.

The Volunteer Friendraiser includes complimentary refreshments and the opportunity for prospective volunteers to learn more about volunteering opportunities, with emphasis on interpretive programs, public and school group tours, and training. Current volunteers and staff will be on hand to answer questions during the event.

Volunteers play an essential role in the mission of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, which draws more than 80,000 annual guests to its 18-acre campus and educational programming. In addition to fellowship, training, and enrichment trips, volunteers also enjoy special events and socials throughout the year, an annual recognition reception, library privileges, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. For details, visit cbmm.org.