Celebrate Southern Maryland heritage on Saturday, May 7 at the Calvert Marine Museum’s 11th annual Solomons Maritime Festival. Antique boats and marine engines, master maritime carvers, crafts and cooking demonstrations, traditional music, and boat rides offer something for every member of your family from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission to the festival and museum is FREE.
On Saturday, the museum waterfront comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of Southern Maryland traditions. Taste traditional foods, learn how to pick crabs, shuck oysters, and stuff a ham like the pros, enjoy local gospel and old time music, see Chesapeake Bay retrievers in action, 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 and more! Don’t miss free rides aboard the historic bugeye, the Wm. B. Tennison.
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.
New activities this year include oyster growing and tasting demonstrations with Southern Maryland Shellfish Growers Association (SMSGA), waterfowl calling and beekeeper demonstrations.
The Antique Boat and Marine Engine Show, now in its 16th 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.
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 www.calvertmarinemuseum.com