The Model Boat Show (MBS) will be held on Saturday, November 13th, from 10 am – 4 pm at the Oxford Community Center (OCC), continuing its tradition to coincide with Easton’s Waterfowl Festival. The Spy spoke to John Sutton, 2021 chair for the show, about what visitors can expect from this annual family event and how this show is important to the historical and cultural background of the Chesapeake Bay, the Eastern Shore, and Waterman.
Those attending the MBS can expect to see models that will range from quirky artistic representations to precision scale replicas to electronically controlled sailing vessels.
Many of the techniques used to build these model ships and boats are identical to those developed by master shipwrights over a century ago. In contrast, others are thoroughly modern, including photogrammetry, laser cutting, and 3D printing. Ed Thieler, MBS’s producer (and lifelong modeler), says the show “brings together in one delightful and comfortable setting, modelers who combine careful research, skillful craftsmanship, and artistic expression, across the broad range of boat modeling.”
LIVE music by Jayme D and a variety of food, from chili to hamburgers, will be available thanks to the Oxford Volunteer Fire Department and the Volunteer Fire Auxiliary. A raw oyster bar sponsored by Awful Arthur’s and a selection of beer curated by Kelly Distributors are also part of the event. Lunch food is a benefit for the OVFC and Auxiliary.
Admission is free to all indoor and outdoor exhibits. The oysters are “A buck a shuck,” and refreshments will be available for sale to benefit the OCC. For more information: https://oxfordcc.org