35th Antique & Classic Boat Festival and Coastal Artisans Fair

Chris-Craft, Lyman, Gar Wood, Trumpy, Egg Harbor! These are just a few of the great classic boats to be featured at the 35th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival and Coastal Artisans Fair to take place June 16-18 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels.
Families looking for something special to do with dad on Father’s Day weekend need look no further than this event, one of the largest classic boat shows in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Organizers with The Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS)-Chesapeake Bay Chapter have selected the theme “Show Us Your First Love,” inviting boat owners to display their boats and share stories about what first launched them on their lifelong love of classic and antique boats. More than 100 cruisers, runabouts and racers (wood as well as pre-1997 fiberglass and metal boats) will be displayed both in water and on land. There also will be a Field of Dreams for those looking to own one of these beauties.
Families can stroll the 17-acre CBMM campus to view these extraordinary boats and talk with their captains and to purchase unique works of art at the juried Coastal Artisans Fair. In addition, there will be a nautical flea market, children’s activities, free boat rides, and a variety of educational seminars, including “From Their Jersey Nest: Excellence in Egg Harbor Yachts,” “From Martha to Perri Lee – Evolution of a Hooper Island Draketail,” and “Fine American Designs Coronado, Sea Lark, SeaHawk by Arbib, Stevens, Loewy.” Visitors can also learn about Chesapeake Bay history and culture in buildings throughout CBMM’s scenic, waterfront campus.
Owners of boats in all phases of restoration in the following classes are invited to participate in the show: historic (up to 1918), antique (1919-1942), classic (1943-1975), late classic (1976-1997) and contemporary (any wooden boat). Early registration is encouraged as space is limited. Register online before June 1 at www.chesapeakebayacbs.org/participants-2/
Juried artists and craftsmen who want to reserve a 10×10 vendor space may register by June 1 at www.chesapeakebayacbs.org/vendors The cost is $100 for the three-day event. For more information, contact Debra Fass at [email protected] or 973-632-4527.
Businesses that wish to advertise in the program journal, distributed throughout the weekend to thousands of festival-goers, may register online at www.chesapeakebayacbs.org/sponsorship-advertising-order-form before May 15.
For general admission prices to the boat festival, which opens 10am daily, visit www.cbmm.org
CBMM is located at 213 N. Talbot St., St. Michaels, Md. For more information, visit www.chesapeakebayacbs.org or email [email protected]