CBMM will host boat festival
ST. MICHAELS — Wooden classics, vintage racers and other antique and Chesapeake Bayrelated boats are coming to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum from Friday, June 17, to Sunday, June 19, for the 29th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival and the Arts at Navy Point.
Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, this Father’s Day weekend event will draw some of the area’s finest classic boats, nautical and maritime treasures, entertainment, food and libations to the museum.
“With a competition among entrants for best restored and preserved boats, this festival attracts the best of the best when it comes to classic and antique boats ,” said ACBSChesapeake Bay Chapter Festival Chairman Chuck Warner. “The boats you’ll see are in pristine condition, with the festival offering the rare opportunity to see them all together.”
The show attracts the finest runabouts to yachts, including race boats, work boats, launches, hydroplanes and utilities. Chris-Craft, Trumpy, Gar Wood, Donzi and Lyman will be among some of the boats represented.
This year’s festival will feature a special appearance of the 1903 Lawley yacht Witchcraft. Now sailing along the Chesapeake, the 66-foot Witchcraft was designed by B.B. Crowninshield for William Bowditch Rogers for use as a racing yacht on Lake Champlain and built by Boston’s famed Lawley boatyard.
The festival also will feature Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society performing live jazz from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 18, from the Miles Riverfront decks of CBMM’s At Play on the Bay exhibit building.
The festival’s Arts at Navy Point pavilion will bring together more than 70 juried fine artists, craftsmen and vendors offering nautical and maritime-themed items for boat and home.
Workshops and seminars, building demonstrations, family activities and a nautical flea market will be available throughout the weekend, along with a selection of regional and grilled foods, music and a Pyrat Rum bar.
Friday and Saturday will bring “Historic Yachts of the Chesapeake” seminars to festival-goers, with times and more information available in the program given out at the event.
Children’s activities will include boatbuilding craft projects, and the Hagerty Insurance Marine Youth Judging program, where youth learn about the award-winning qualities of preserved and restored classic boats.
Along the Fogg’s Landing side of CBMM’s campus, the festival’s Field of Dreams will feature an array of restorable classic boats and motors, along with other items in a nautical flea market sale.
Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The festival includes two-day admission to all museum exhibits where authentic Chesapeake boats and traditions are highlighted. Admission is $5 for CBMM members and children 5 and under, or $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students with ID, and $6 for children 6 to 17.
Scenic river cruises aboard the museum’s 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle will be offered throughout the festival, with boat rides and food an additional cost.
For more information, visit www.cbmm.org or call 410745-2916.
Drew Nugent & the Midnight Society will perform Saturday, June 18, during the Antique & Classic Boat Festival at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.