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Calvert Marine Museum - Solomons Maritime Festival

May 6, 2017

10:00am - 5:00pm


On Saturday, the museum waterfront comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of Southern Maryland. Taste traditional foods, learn how to prepare crab cakes and soft shell crabs, shuck oysters, and stuff a ham like the pros, enjoy local gospel and old time music, see Chesapeake Bay retrievers in action, waterfowl calling demonstrations, watch model boats skim the waters of the boat basin, talk with traditional crafts people as they demonstrate their skills. Children will enjoy Toy Boat building. Don’t miss free rides aboard the historic bugeye, the Wm. B. Tennison. Stop by the Museum Store for FREE samples from the Blue Crab Bay Company and Black Point Chocolatier.

Traditional crafts are also celebrated on Saturday. Around the carving shed, visitors can see how crab and eel pots are constructed, see model boat makers in action, and watch traditional carvers at work. Come try your skill inside the museum! Demonstrations of embroidery, knitting, and other textile crafts will be on-going. Home baked goodies will be available for sale and food vendors will be on-site.

The Antique Boat and Marine Engine Show, now in its 17th year, is a popular component of the festival. Enthusiasts from across the country set-up camp in the parking lot to show off their vintage boats and engines. The unofficial engine swap is a great way to expand your collection. The Patuxent Small Craft Guild will also host a Nautical Flea Market with all proceeds supporting the Guild.

Fee: No

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The Solomons Maritime Festival is sponsored by Calvert County Board of Commissioners, Calvert County Watermen’s Association, Community Bank of the Chesapeake, Holiday Inn Solomons, McCready Boat Yard, Papa John’s Pizza, Patuxent Small Craft Guild, Spring Cove Marina, Washburn’s Boat Yard, and Zahniser’s Yachting Center. For more information, please call Sherry Reid at 410-326-2042 x 19, or visit the museum website at

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