Old boats, cool fun June 15-17 in St. Michaels

Sunday Star - - LIFE -

— Wooden and fiber­glass clas­sics, vin­tage rac­ers, and other an­tique and Ch­e­sa­peake Bay-re­lated boats are com­ing to the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum June 15 to 17 for the 31st an­nual An­tique & Clas­sic Boat Fes­ti­val and the Arts at Navy Point in St. Michaels.

Hosted by the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Chap­ter of the An­tique & Clas­sic Boat So­ci­ety, this Father’s Day week­end event brings a sense of nos­tal­gia to the Miles River and CBMM’s docks and cam­pus, draw­ing some of the area’s finest clas­sic boats, nau­ti­cal and mar­itime trea­sures, en­ter­tain­ment, food and li­ba­tions to this water­front fes­ti­val.

This year’s fes­ti­val will high­light the his­tory of ski boats and wa­ter ski­ing, with more in­side CBMM’s At Play on the Bay ex­hi­bi­tion build­ing.

“With a ju­ried 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,” ACBS-Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Chap­ter Fes­ti­val Chair­man Bob Hamil­ton said. “Add CBMM’s beau­ti­ful water­front, plus fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties, boat rides, great food and a rum bar, and this makes a nice day for ev­ery­one to en­joy.”

The show at­tracts the finest run­abouts to yachts, in­clud­ing race boats, work boats, launches, hy­droplanes and util­i­ties. ChrisCraft, Trumpy, Gar Wood, Donzi and Ly­man are among some of the boats rep­re­sented.

Along with the mid-At­lantic’s largest gath­er­ing of an­tique and clas­sic boats, the fes­ti­val’s sig­na­ture Arts at Navy Point pav­il­ion brings more than 70 ju­ried fine artists, crafts­peo­ple 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 water­side bar and deck for li­ba­tions and other drinks. Times and in­for­ma­tion on all sem­i­nars will be in the fes­ti­val pro­gram given out at the event.

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.

While at the An­tique & Clas­sic Boat Fes­ti­val, guests also can watch the log-hull restora­tion of the 1889 bug­eye Edna E. Lock­wood, now un­der­way in CBMM’s ship­yard through its re­launch at CBMM’s Oys­terFest on Oct. 27. Spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions in­clude “Ex­plor­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake: Map­ping the Bay” and “Kent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gun­ners and Co-Ops.”

Fes­ti­val hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri­day, June 15; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satur­day, June 16, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Father’s Day, Sun­day, June 17.

The fes­ti­val in­cludes two-day ad­mis­sion to all of CBMM’s spe­cial and per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tions, in­clud­ing the 1879 Hooper Strait Light­house, where guests can climb to the top for views of the Miles River and St. Michaels har­bor. The event is $5 for CBMM adult mem­bers, or $18 for adults; $15 for se­niors and stu­dents with ID; and $6 for chil­dren 6 to 17.

Scenic river cruises aboard CBMM’s 1920 buy­boat Win­nie Estelle will be of­fered through­out the fes­ti­val, with boat rides and food an ad­di­tional cost. For safety rea­sons, non-ser­vice dogs are pro­hib­ited at CBMM fes­ti­vals.

Fes­ti­val park­ing for all three days and a Satur­day shut­tle ser­vice are free, with CBMM a short walk to spe­cialty shops, restau­rants, inns, bed and break­fasts, and other at­trac­tions in St. Michaels’ his­toric district.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the fes­ti­val, visit bit. ly/old­boatscool­fun or call 410-745-2916. For in­for­ma­tion about CBMM, visit cbmm.org, and for in­for­ma­tion on the An­tique & Clas­sic Boat So­ci­ety’s Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Chap­ter, visit chesa­peake­bay­acbs.org.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The 31st an­nual An­tique & Clas­sic Boat Fes­ti­val and the Arts at Navy Point will bring old boats and cool fun to the water­front Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum in his­toric St. Michaels on Father’s Day week­end, June 15 to 17. Wooden and fiber­glass clas­sics, vin­tage rac­ers, and other an­tique and Ch­e­sa­peake Bay-re­lated boats will be along the docks, plus boat rides, fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties, demon­stra­tions, food, a rum bar and more will be avail­able. This year’s fes­ti­val will high­light the his­tory of ski boats and wa­ter ski­ing.

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