August TBD, 10-5—CBMM Waterman’s Appreciation Day & Crab Feast


11705139_1617107231907277_8879083437845795276_nDate: Sunday, August TBD, 2020
Location: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM)

GREAT EVENT PHOTOS HERE!

Pricing includes the boat docking contest, live music, children’s and family activities, and much more. Steamed crabs, and other food and drinks are extra cost. This event is a joint fundraiser for the Talbot Watermen Association and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

FESTIVAL ENTRY PRICING
$18 Adult
$10 CBMM Member Adult & Licensed Watermen Adult*
$8 Children 6-17
$6 CBMM Member Child (6-17) & Licensed Watermen Child*
FREE Children 5 & Under
*Must show license

Steamed Crabs – sold inside the gate while they last. Price is usually $25/dozen, includes corn, and will be confirmed closer to the date of the event.

PLEASE NOTE: The Museum Store now has an ATM

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On Sunday, August 11, 2019, the 10th annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day comes to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., featuring a spirited boat docking contest, steamed crabs and other regional food, live music, beer, boat rides, family activities, and more. The fundraising event is organized by CBMM in cooperation with the Talbot Watermen Association, with proceeds benefiting both organizations.

Beginning at noon, the event’s “watermen’s rodeo” boat docking contest returns to the Miles River near CBMM’s 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Bleacher seating will be provided for spectators to the contest.

“The boat docking contest is great fun to watch, and participate in,” said TWA President Jeff Harrison. “It’s a spirited day of celebrating the Chesapeake Bay’s watermen, from the rodeo, to the cold beer and hot crabs.” The opportunity to meet the Chesapeake’s watermen, along with local steamed crabs, beer, and other food and beverages continue to highlight the waterfront festival.

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. Steamed crabs will be sold by the dozen, with pricing set by July 26 and posted at cbmm.org.

“We’ve consistently been able to sell a dozen steamed crabs with corn on the cob at $25,” said Harrison. “We’re hoping this year’s market will allow us to do the same.” Also beginning at noon, live music with Bird Dog and the Road Kings from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand will have people tapping their toes and dancing along CBMM’s waterfront.

Children and families can enjoy games and activities offered throughout the day. Later in the day, children’s on-the-water activities include a children’s row boat competition, with prizes awarded.

During Watermen’s Day, event-goers can take part in a silent auction in the Small Boat Shed, with all proceeds supporting the Talbot Watermen Association.

Admission to the 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. rain or shine event includes the boat docking contest, live music, numerous family activities, entrance to all CBMM exhibitions and historic structures, and is set at $18 for adults, $8 for children 6-17, with all children five years of age and under admitted free. CBMM members along with licensed watermen and their immediate families get discounted admission at $10 per adult, and $6 per child ages 6-17. Food and beverages are additional.

Advanced admission tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/watermensday, with tickets also sold at the door the day of the event. Discounted watermen’s tickets will be available at the door the day of the event, with an active watermen’s license shown. Boat rides, steamed crabs, beer, and additional food and beverages will be available for purchase. Free event parking will be available at St. Michaels High School, with a complimentary shuttle service to CBMM running throughout the day.

For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during CBMM festivals, including Watermen’s Appreciation Day. Leashed dogs are only permitted on CBMM’s campus during regular operating hours. Carry-on alcohol from dock or land is prohibited.

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

For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during CBMM festivals, including Watermen’s Appreciation Day. Leashed dogs are only permitted on CBMM’s campus during regular operating hours. Carry-on alcohol from dock or land is prohibited.