ST. MICHAELS — On Sunday, Aug. 11, the 10th annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day will come to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, featuring a boat-docking contest, steamed crabs and other regional food, live music, beer, boat rides, family activities and more.
The fundraising event is organized by the museum in cooperation with the Talbot Watermen Association, with proceeds benefiting both organizations.
The opportunity to meet the Chesapeake’s watermen, along with local steamed crabs, beer, and other food and beverages continues to highlight the waterfront festival.
Starting at noon, the event’s “watermen’s rodeo” boat-docking contest will return to the Miles River near the museum’s 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Bleacher seating will be provided for spectators.
“It’s a great day of celebrating the Chesapeake Bay’s watermen — from the rodeo, to the cold beer, hot crabs and live music,” TWA President Jeff Harrison said. “And we’re grateful to partner with CBMM on this important fundraising event for the last 10 years.”
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.
“We’ve consistently been able to sell a dozen steamed crabs with corn on the cob at $25,” Harrison said. “We’re hoping this year’s market will allow us to do the same.”
Also starting at 11 a.m., live music by Bird Dog and the Road Kings from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand will have people tapping their toes and dancing along the museum’s waterfront.
Children and families can enjoy games and activities throughout the day. Later in the day, children’s on-the-water activities will include a children’s row boat competition, with prizes awarded.
During Watermen’s Appreciation Day, event-goers can take part in a silent auction in the Small Boat Shed, with all proceeds supporting the Talbot Watermen Association.
While at the museum, guests can explore all 12 exhibit buildings. Festival-goers also can watch the restoration of the 1912 tug Delaware, now underway in the shipyard through 2020. Special exhibits include “On Land and On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection,” which continues through April 5, 2020, and “Deconstructing Decoys: The Culture of Collecting,” which continues in the museum’s Waterfowling building through Nov. 1.
Admission to the 10 a.m. to 5 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 and $8 for children 6 to 17, with all children 5 years of age and under admitted free. CBMM members, along with licensed watermen and their immediate families, will get discounted admission at $10 per adult and $6 per child ages 6 to 17. Food and beverages are an additional cost.
Advance tickets can be purchased online at cbmm.org/water mensday, with tickets also sold at the door the day of the event. Discounted watermen’s tickets will be available at the door, with an active watermen’s license shown. Free event parking will be available at St. Michaels High School, with a complimentary shuttle service to and from the museum running throughout the day.
For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during CBMM festivals, including Watermen’s Appreciation Day. Carry-on alcohol from dock or land is prohibited. Spectator boats wishing to view the competition from the water must remain outside the buoyed channel.
For more information, visit www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.