Take the kids to Watermen's Appreciation Day

Check out a boat docking “Waterman's Rodeo” along with other family fun on Sunday, August 12th, at the annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels.

Along with the boat docking contest, enjoy steamed crabs, live music, boat rides, toy boat building and other family activities. Proceeds benefit the CBMM and the Talbot Watermen Association.

“Watermen’s Day is an annual favorite among locals and guests alike,” says 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.”

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. Also beginning at noon, Bird Dog and the Road Kings will play live from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand.

Later in the day, children’s on-the-water activities include a Pot Pie skiff rowing competition, with prizes awarded.

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Event-goers can also 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 p.m.

While at the museum, 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 shipyard through her launching at OysterFest on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Special exhibitions include Kent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gunners and Co-Ops: Exploring the Chesapeake: Mapping the Bay; and Lines of the Floating Fleet.

Admission is $6-18 and the event takes place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For details call 410-745-2916 or visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum website, cbmm.org.

For more family fun, see our events calendar.

Updated June 2018

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