Chesapeake People at CBMM this summer

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD is featuring a series of special events on June 7, July 26, and August 2 as part of its Chesapeake People program, which brings local, maritime tradition-bearers and skill demonstrations to the museum’s 18-acre waterfront campus and 12 exhibit buildings. The events are free for CBMM members or included in the museum’s general, two-day admission.

From 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, June 7, Woven Traditions: Maryland Basket Making Communities and Culture, Past and Present presents the diverse basket-making cultures of the Chesapeake through a demonstration by African-American, Native American, and waterman eel pot makers. From 1 to 5 p.m., visitors can bring their baskets for a free evaluation and appraisal. Presented by Baltimore’s Center for Research in Basketry, this program is sponsored by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council’s Maryland Traditions program.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, Cultures of Crabbing brings the Chesapeake’s crabbing traditions and industry to life. During the program, visitors will see crab-picking and harvesting demonstrations along CBMM’s Waterman’s Wharf and Small Boat Shed exhibit buildings. Information on crab biology, packing house operations, and the Eastern Shore’s growing Hispanic population and their importance to the crab industry will also be shared throughout the interactive program.

On Saturday, August 2, Working with Wood from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. offers visitors the opportunity to meet local decoy carvers, maritime woodworkers, and model shipbuilders while watching first-hand demonstrations of their craft. In addition, special activities in the boatyard and several other exhibits will be offered.

These special events are part of CBMM’s summer-long Chesapeake People program, which gives visitors the experience of meeting local, maritime tradition-bearers and skill demonstrators every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit