Events


April to October—Farmers Market

This year is the 20th Birthday for the St. Michaels Farmer’s Market! Come by on Saturday, June 30th to celebrate!

MarketLocation: Municipal parking lot, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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The St. Michaels Farmers Market promotes sustainable agriculture, brings fresh local food to the center of town on a weekly basis and improves food access and equity for our Bay Hundred community. We do this by operating a producer-only farmers market in the heart of St. Michaels, by creating vital economic opportunities for local farmers and food producers, and through innovative outreach programs that educate the public about food and related environmental issues.

Local farmers and food producers are at the core of our mission, and helping them to thrive is a pillar of our work. Across our 18-year history, we’ve supported farmers from Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, and Kent Counties, as well as small farmers from nearby counties in Delaware and Maryland counties west of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Founded in 1998 as part of FRESHFARM Markets, and becoming an independent community organization in 2017, the St. Michaels Farmers Market is a leader in the local food movement.

Located in historic town of St. Michaels, MD, on the Eastern Shore, the market is a Saturday destination for locals, weekenders, and boaters. Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut flowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, orchids, eggs, and honey. They also host events and activities throughout the season, including Chef at Market events and a community cook-off.

Partner Organizations:
The Community Food Bank, Commissioners of St. Michaels, St. Michaels Business Association.

June to August—Thursday Concerts in the Park

image1Location: Muskrat Park on Green Street
Times: June to August, Thursday nights from 6:30-8 p.m.

If it’s summer it’s Summer Concerts in Muskrat Park. These free Thursday night concerts are sponsored by the St. Michaels Community Center. So, bring a chair or a blanket and a picnic and enjoy our beautiful waterfront park and great music!

Please, no alcoholic beverages in Muskrat Park.

July 1-31—Art Hunt! St. Michaels Art League

13528421_1805450399684583_7662568057231681364_oArt Hunt is a free community program sponsored by the St. Michaels Art League. Artists provide one of their paintings to be placed in retail shops in St. Michaels. A scavenger hunt to locate a predetermined number of paintings happens throughout the month of July. Cards are printed with the images and the list of participating retailers and placed in the shops. People (adults and/or children) take the card and visit the participating retailers. As paintings are found the retailers stamp the card. Once the predetermined number of paintings have been located, participants turn the cards into Justine’s ice cream shop for a free ice cream cone. This year 20 retailers are participating along with 20 artists!

AT LEFT IS LAST YEAR’S CONTEST. LOOK FOT THE 2018 CONTEST SOON!

June 30 & July 4—Independence Day Celebrations

cbmm25Fireworks in St. Michaels Harbor Saturday, June 30, 2018! Bring your lawn chairs and find a good spot in town! Or, come by boat and anchor out in the Miles River! Photo by Graham Scott-Taylor

Big Band Night at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Saturday, June 30th

In celebration of Independence Day, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. welcomes The Shades of Blue Orchestra for a live performance at its June 30th 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 June 31st.

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 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.

CBMM’s exhibitions and campus will close at 5 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.

Proceeds benefit the children and adults served by CBMM’s education, exhibition, and restoration programs. For safety reasons, only service dogs are allowed 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. CBMM website.
See more photos of Big Band Night in this Flickr Album: Flickr Album.

4th parade kids
Children’s Parade and Old-Fashioned Fourth Celebration at St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square
Date: July 4 (always!)
Great fun for all ages! Children’s parade is from 10-11 a.m. leaving St. Mary’s Square to Talbot Street, then back via Willow, Church and Mulberry Sts. to the Square. Children are encouraged to arrive before 10 a.m. and to wear patriotic attire, decorate bikes and wagons, even pets, and join the parade! From 11-11:45 a.m., there will be flag-raising, patriotic songs, benedictions, and speaker Pete Lesher of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, to celebrate the 4th at the new front porch of the Teetotal building. On the lawn of the museum, there will be children’s activities including games, face painting, and more! The SMFD will provide food and Scottish Highland Creamery will have ice cream. The St. Michaels Museum will be open and free to the public. Join Uncle Sam for the fun and spectacle of this traditional celebration.

July TBD, 10 a.m.—Plein Air Easton Kid’s Day in St. Michaels

IMG_4182_1Location: 207 Willow and Green Street, Muskrat Park
Phone: 410-745-2420

“Celebrate Plein Air in St. Michaels”, will take place on Tuesday, July date TBD. A full afternoon of events begins at 10:00 a.m. in Muskrat Park with a Plein Air Kids Paint Out. There will be an open registration starting at 9:30 a.m. for ages 4 and up for the Paint Out that will take place from 10:00 until 12:00 p.m. with Artists Mentors, Vickie Fisher, Judy Bittorf, Donna Finley, and members of the St. Michaels Art League.

Kids of all ages are welcome to come enjoy the various Art Stations that will be available from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the park. Tracy Cohee, Executive Director of the St. Michaels YMCA will be organizing a Fun and Fitness Center with healthy snacks and prizes for completing the course. Blair Shelby, Director of St. Luke’s Church School will entertain the kids with a sensory art program using the most unbelievable painting tools. Heidi Wetzel, a local fiber artist, will teach the kids how to weave a pencil box. There will also be face painting, various arts and craft tables and the children will be entertained by Cascading Carlos who will amaze them with his juggling skills, while he teaches them how to juggle. He is not a clown or magician, he is a juggler who clowns around and has a lot of illusions in his juggling show. Children will have the opportunity to tour the PWEC Fish mobile and touch a variety of turtles and reptiles. Prizes for the Paint Out will be presented at a 12:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony in the park. We would like to thank Phillips Wharf Environmental, Destination Imagination Team of Talbot County, NAHS St. Michaels High School, NAHS Easton High School, and the Town of St. Michaels for helping us to bring this event to St. Michaels. Kid’s Day is supported in part by the Talbot County Arts Council with revenue from the Maryland State Arts Council”

This event is open to the public and is free of charge. Pre-registration can be made by contacting the Candleberry Gallery at 410-745-2420 or emailing info@candleberrygallery.com. Pre-registration is requested to help with purchasing supplies, however, children can also register at the park. Donations are gladly accepted.

July TBD—Fireman’s Carnival and Parade

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THE CARNIVAL IS CANCELLED FOR SUMMER 2017. LOOK FOR IT IN 2018!
Date:
July TBD, 2018
Location: St. Michaels Middle High School parking lot

Old-fashioned carnival with rides, games, bingo, cake wheel, cotton candy and much, much more. Look for the giant ferris wheel! Fireman’s parade on the last night of the carnival at 6 p.m. Advanced tickets for pay one price bracelets are on sale NOW! They are $18 and are available at the station or through Holley Guschke or Jessica Kastel. Pay one price night will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday! Call (410) 745-9393 for more information.

July 14—Second Saturday “Art Night Out”

Gravely Art Patrons at SMAL exhibitSt. Michaels Second Saturday “Art Night Out” In Fall of 2016, St. Michaels launched their monthly Second Saturday “Art Night Out” celebrations. Take a walking tour of St. Michaels’ six fine art galleries that are all centrally located on Talbot Street.

SECOND SATURDAY EVENTS – JULY 14!

LOVE ART AND ST. MICHAELS?! Check out our Facebook Page “St. Michaels – Art Lives Here”

August 12—CBMM Waterman’s Appreciation Day & Crab Feast

11705139_1617107231907277_8879083437845795276_nDate: Sunday, August 12, 2018
Location: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM)

GREAT EVENT PHOTOS HERE!

The 8th Annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day comes to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD on Sunday, August 12th to celebrate Chesapeake watermen and their heritage. This year’s festival features a reduced price, which includes a “watermen’s rodeo” boat docking contest, live music, and celebrity appearances.

Steamed crabs, beer, and other foods and beverages will be available for purchase. More food vendors are also being added to the festival to alleviate the long lines the event has seen in the past.

Beginning at 11 a.m., you can watch professionals in a spirited boat docking contest along Fogg’s Cove. Children’s on-the-water activities include a Pot Pie skiff rowing competition, with prizes awarded. Starting at noon, the classic rock, country, and blues sounds of Bird Dog and the Road Kings will have people tapping their toes and dancing along the museum’s waterfront as the region’s favorite band plays live from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand. Also beginning at noon, the day’s catch of steamed crabs, will be available for purchase, in addition to beer, water, soda, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, and more. Kids and families can enjoy games and activities throughout the day, including model boat building, a rowing competition, and more. Scenic river cruises aboard the museum’s 1920 buyboat, Winnie Estelle, will take festival-goers out on the Miles River throughout the day.

Bids can be placed on a number of silent auction items alongside the museum’s Small Boat Shed. Silent auction bids can be made up until 4:30 p.m., with proceeds supporting oyster restoration projects on the Bay.

Throughout the day, festival-goers can get an up-close view of the museum’s floating fleet of historic Chesapeake vessels, along with a selection of working watermen’s boats. Festival admission also includes entrance to CBMM’s exhibits. During the festival, visitors will have full access to CBMM’s 12 exhibit buildings, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse.

Admission to the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. event will be collected at the gate the day of the event and includes the boat docking contest, celebrity appearances, and the Bird Dog and the Road Kings performance at $18 for adults, and $8 for kids 6-17, with all children under six admitted for free. Museum members along with licensed watermen and their families get discounted admission at $10 per adult, and $6 per child ages 6-17. Boat rides, steamed crabs, beer, and additional food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Proceeds benefit CBMM and the Talbot County Watermen’s Association. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

September 1—CBMM Charity Boat Auction

CBMM_BoatAuction_2011_03Date: Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 1, 2018.
Gates open at 8 am; auction begins at 11 am
Location: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM)

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) is hosting its 18th annual Charity Boat Auction with proceeds benefiting the children and adults served by the museum. The live auction begins at 11 a.m. along the museum’s waterfront campus, where more than 100 boats—ranging in size and performance from sailing dinghies to cabin cruisers, and everything in between—will be auctioned off to the highest bidders. CBMM’s Boat Donations Program Manager Lad Mills takes donations and resells boats throughout the year, holding aside some of his inventory for the annual auction. Mills travels up and down the east coast working with boat owners and potential buyers wishing to support the museum through boat donations and sales.

“The revenue generated by the auction goes directly toward helping the museum’s educational programs and maintaining its antiquities,” says Mills. “Let us take an unused or unwanted boat off your hands, and you can receive a nice tax deduction. Each donated boat helps the museum do great things for the people we serve.”

The event also includes a flea market-style tag sale from 9 a.m. til noon in which visitors are able to purchase a variety of used boating gear, including ground tackle, electrical equipment, hardware, rope or chain, ladders, fishing tackle, motors, and more.

Beginning at noon, beer and barbeque will be available for purchase. A majority of the auction boats can be viewed atwww.cbmm.org/boatauction, with inventory updated weekly. Boat sales are on-going throughout the year, with all auction boats subject to sale prior to the auction. Auction boats will be available for inspection at the museum, several days prior to the auction.

Advance bids will be accepted and can be called in at 410-745-2916 until noon on September 1. On September 2, the campus gates open at 8 a.m., with early admission at $5 per person until 1:30 p.m. After 1:30 p.m., admission returns to the regular daily rates of $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with a college ID, and $6 for children between the ages of 6 and 17. Children under 6 and museum members are admitted free.

To donate a boat or items for the tag sale, or for a fully updated listing of the boats up for auction, please contact Lad Mills at 410-745-4942.

To donate a boat or items for the tag sale, or to call in advance bids by 12 noon on Auction Day, contact 410-745-4961

See more at CBMM Website.

September 1&2—Labor Day Weekend Art Show and Sale

See Forever a painting by Donna FinleyDate: Saturday, September 1st from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, September 2nd, 2018 from 12:30 to 5 pm.
Location: “Under the tent” at St. Luke’s UMC, 304 S. Talbot Street

St. Michaels Art League Labor Day Weekend Show and Sale with Banner Sales and Artist Demonstrations

The St. Michaels Art League will hold its Annual Art Show and Sale, over Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd, under a tent at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on Talbot Street, St. Michaels. This show is free and open to the public. Art will be available for sale. Many exhibiting artists will be on site to discuss their art and answer questions about their work.

Painting by Donna Finley “See Forever”

Banner 2017 Jane Anderson _Garden Hens_2017 Talbot Street Banners Featured at SMAL Labor Day Show

Talbot Street in St. Michaels is once again sporting its annual finery – the colorful art banners of 2017! Now in its eighth year, this event is a favorite with residents and visitors alike, compliments of the members of the St. Michaels Art League.

Artist members offer their talents with paintings designed to “Celebrate St. Michaels”. Each year, the banners are produced through a collaboration of the St. Michaels Art League, Talbot County advocates, and local merchants.

Patrons will have an additional opportunity to purchase original banner paintings during the League’s Labor Day weekend art show on the grounds of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on Talbot Street. The outdoor banners made from these paintings can be purchased directly from the artists in December when the banners are taken down from the street poles.

St. Michaels Art League membership is open to artists and art enthusiasts. Information on events, meetings, and membership can be found at www.smartleague.org. Sincere appreciation is extended to the Talbot Arts Council, St. Michaels Branch of the Talbot County Free Library, Choptank Electric Cooperative, and local merchants for their continued support of the banner program.

Mark your calendars for this wonderful show of art for by members of the League. For more information visit www.smartleage.org or contact Joan Cranor at 410-310-8382 or Janet Prieger at 410-745-2329.

The St. Michaels Art League is sponsored, in part, with generous support from the Talbot County Arts Council.

Banner by Jane Anderson “Garden Hens”