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Rising Tide students to launch skiffs at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Community Day

As part of the festivities during the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Community Day on Sunday, May 20, student participants in CBMM’s Rising Tide Program will launch two newly built Smith Island outboard skiffs.

Rising Tide offers free boatbuilding classes, workshops, camps, and events throughout the year for students in grades six to nine. Students in the program have been constructing the two skiffs, named Mary and Susan for Maryland flag and blacked-eyed Susan designs painted on them, since last September.

The boats will be launched from the dock on CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove at 1pm. Additional highlights from Community Day, which offers free admission to all and runs from 10am–4pm, include live music from The Skylarks and Front Porch Orchestra, free boat rides and access to CBMM’s small craft, and a Bay Explorer’s scavenger hunt and build-a-boat activity for children.

Community Day coincides with the second day of the 12th Maritime Model Expo, hosted by CBMM’s Model Guild. Model Expo activities will include a radio-controlled skipjack regatta from the Steamboat Building’s docks, pond demonstrations & races, model races, special exhibits, and more.

Community Day is generously sponsored by Choptank Electric Cooperative and Ewing, Dietz, Fountain & Kaludis, P.A.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. CBMM offers free and reduced admission programs throughout the year, including its Free in February program, and as a Blue Star Museum and Museums for All participant. For more information, visit

Students participating in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Rising Tide Program will launch two skiffs they’ve been building since last fall at CBMM’s Community Day on Sunday, May 20.