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Small boats, big fun at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Small boats and big fun are in store for guests of all ages as the Model Guild of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the Washington Ship Model Society host the 12th Maritime Model Expo on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 at CBMM in historic, waterfront St. Michaels, Md.

In addition to numerous indoor and outdoor maritime exhibitions along 18 acres of waterfront, the Maritime Model Expo offers CBMM guests pond demonstrations, model races, special exhibits, family activities, food, and more.

During the expo, children will have the opportunity to build, paint, decorate, and then sail their own small model in a small pool. For $3.00, they can select and build a sailboat or rubber-band powerboat, assisted by a CBMM Model Guild member.

Radio-controlled (R-C) steamboat modelers will sail model boats in a large, temporary pond located on Fogg’s Landing, while R-C model sailors race and sail their craft along Fogg’s Cove. Steam-powered and sailing models will be demonstrated throughout the weekend. On Sunday, CBMM’s Model Sailing Club will race five-foot R-C skipjack models on CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove.

The pond will be used throughout the event for model steamboats and other R-C models—including sailboats, submarines, electrically driven models with modest motors, and self-steered pond sailing models. Exhibits in the Van Lennep Auditorium will include a collection of models by Washington Ship Model Society members and other highly acclaimed modelers as well.

The two-day event is open to the public and free for CBMM members or with general admission. On Sunday, May 20, the Maritime Model Expo will be combined with CBMM’s Community Day, with the event and museum open to the public, free of charge. For more information about the 2018 Maritime Model Expo, contact Model Guild Director Bob Mason at 410-745- 3266 or [email protected]. For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916.

A young festival-goer tries her hand at sailing the model boat she built at CBMM’s Maritime Model Expo.