Small Craft Fest con­tin­ues Sunday

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS POLK cpolk@star­dem.com

ST. MICHAELS — As tem­per­a­tures hover around 80 de­grees this week­end, it sure feels like sum­mer’s still here.

No bet­ter time to do a lit­tle “mess­ing about” in boats, ac­cord­ing to the crowd of peo­ple who are pack­ing Navy Point for the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum’s 34th Mid-At­lantic Small Craft Fes­ti­val.

It’s one of the na­tion’s largest gath­er­ings of small boat en­thu­si­asts and unique wa­ter­craft, a tes­ta­ment to the fact that some­times a very lit­tle boat can be the best thing ever when out on the wa­ter.

Sail­ing skiffs, row­ing shells, kayaks, ca­noes, pad­dle boats and oneof-a-kind ves­sels will be on dis­play and in the wa­ter all week­end.

Guests get a chance to get a close look at crafts­man­ship and in­no­va­tion used in tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rar y small craft. Small ves­sel own­ers and builders from all over the United States will be on hand to talk boat­ing all week­end.

Guests can take river cruises aboard the mu­seum’s circa 1920 buy boat Win­nie Estelle or par­take of food and bev­er­ages avail­able on the mu­seum grounds.

Live mu­sic will be part of the en­ter­tain­ment through­out the fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val con­tin­ues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. Sunday’s events in­cludes a chance for vis­i­tors to bring nau­ti­cal items to swap or sell at a swap meet.

En­trance to the fes­ti­val and the mu­seum is free to mu­seum mem­bers; Gen­eral ad­mis­sion, which is good for two days, is $15 per adult; $12 per se­nior, col­lege stu­dent, and re­tired mil­i­tary; $6 per child, and free to ac­tive mil­i­tary and chil­dren five and un­der.

PHOTO BY CHRIS POLK

“Mess­ing about” in boats is what’s go­ing on this week­end at the 34th Mid-At­lantic Small Craft Fes­ti­val at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum in St. Michaels. The fes­ti­val con­tin­ues to­day.

PHOTO BY CHRIS POLK

“Mess­ing about” in boats is what’s go­ing on this week­end at the 34th Mid-At­lantic Small Craft Fes­ti­val at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum in St. Michaels. The fes­ti­val con­tin­ues to­day.

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