Maritime Arts Festival


May 16, 2002|By Lori Sears

As if it weren't already, the theme of this weekend in St. Michaels is "nautical." Where better to celebrate the bay, art inspired by the bay, food from the bay and activities particular to the bay? The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, naturally. Tomorrow through Sunday, you can celebrate all that the water has to offer at the Mid-Atlantic Maritime Arts Festival. Hungry? There'll be everything from crab cakes to fried clams, as well as a seafood-cooking contest. Want to get your hands wet? There'll be saltwater fly-fishing instruction, fly-casting and water-safety demonstrations. Like to see amazing animals? Watch waterfowl-dog demonstrations and see the "Touch Tank" with various marine animals. Looking for art? You'll find fish carvings, scrimshaw, photos, antiques, boat model kits, nautical books and more. Visitors can also take a sail on the Miles River on Mister Jim, watch radio-controlled model ship races, participate in a boat auction and hear live music. Also, visitors can tour the entire museum, including the Hooper Strait Lighthouse, and see all the exhibits within the museum.

The Mid-Atlantic Maritime Arts Festival runs noon-5 p.m. tomorrow and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Mill Street, St. Michaels. Festival and museum admission is $7.50; $6.50 seniors; $3 ages 6-17; free for ages under 6. Call 410-745-2916 or 410-820-8606.

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