Antique & Classic Boat Festival adds boat rides

At this year’s June 14 to 16 Antique & Classic Boat Festival and the Arts at Navy Point at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, free boat rides will be offered Saturday on a selection of antique and classic boats participating in the festival.

ST. MICHAELS — This year’s Antique & Classic Boat Festival at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will bring more people out on the water with free boat rides from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15.

The boat rides will be offered on a selection of antique and classic boats participating in the festival, with boarding and sign-ups taking place at the dock in front of the museum’s Steamboat Building.

Scenic river cruises aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle also will be offered throughout the festival, with boarding and sign-ups at the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse.

It’s all part of the 32nd annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival and the Arts at Navy Point, when wooden boats and fiberglass classics, vintage racers, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats come together at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum beginning Friday, June 14.

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 the museum’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 racing on the Chesapeake, with some unique and high-powered racing boats expected to attend, along with land displays and seminars on the Bay’s association with power boat racing.

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with the Arts at Navy Point and limited boat displays continuing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Friday and Saturday admission is $5 for CBMM adult members, or $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students with ID, and $6 for children 6 to 17. Admission to the festival on Sunday is free for CBMM members or regular museum admission for nonmembers. For safety reasons, nonservice dogs are prohibited at CBMM festivals.

For advance tickets and more information about the festival, visit www.cbmm.org/acbf or call 410-745-2916.

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