Chesapeake Folk Festival

There is a Folk Festival close to Oxford, Maryland in St. Michaels. Travel hint - Take the Oxford ferry to Bellevue, and then drive six miles to Saint Michaels. Visit for more Oxford Ferry information. www.oxfordbellevueferry.com

Saturday, July 25 - Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's Chesapeake Folk Festival - Folk music, food vendors, boat rides, and maritime demonstrations - Call 410-745-2916 or visit www.Cbmm.org for information. (10am to 6pm)

July 25, 2009

ST. MICHAELS, MARYLAND....If you want to capture the essence, food, and traditions of the Bay in one place, on one day, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's Chesapeake Folk Festival would be your best bet. This opportunity comes only once a year, so make plans to be at the Museum's annual Folk Festival on Saturday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.This celebration of the Bay's people, traditions, work, food, and music offers a unique chance to enjoy hands-on demonstrations by regional craftspeople and live musical performances by the Zionaires, the New Gospelites, Chester River Runoff, and the Raging Unstoppables. There will also be skipjack and buyboat rides on the Miles River along with plenty of crab cakes, beer, and barbeque chicken."The festival is a way to celebrate the Bay's traditions beyond just looking at the past. We'll be celebrating the people and work being done here on the Bay right now," says Dr. Melissa McLoud, director of the Museum's Breene M. Kerr Center for Chesapeake Studies.The Chesapeake Folk Festival boasts more traditional demonstrations than any other festival the Museum has held. Visitors will be treated to live demonstrations of trotlining for crabs, boat building, pound net weaving, decoy carving, guitar making, and more.Visual arts displays and exhibitions will include artists and folks artists "Mama Girl" Mary Onley, Jimmy Reynolds, Frank Bittner, Charles and Linda Hutson, Dragon Wings, Steve Fischer, Eric Harvey, and Marc Barto. New this year is a Bay arts and crafts tent featuring local artists and artisans displaying and selling their work.Traditional food will be at the center of the festival, with the seasonal Chesapeake blue crab prepared a number of ways, as well as barbeque chicken prepared by St. Luke Church in Bellevue, Md., 10-layer Smith Island Cakes for sale, homemade ice cream from the Scottish Highland Creamery, organic granola from Michelle's Granola, and organic coffee from Rise Up Coffee.A number of documentary films about living and working on the Bay will be introduced and screened throughout the day. "Eatin' Crabcakes, Chesapeake Style" follows crab expert Whitey Schmidt as he lays down his commandments for eating crab cakes. "Chesapeake Bugeye" features Sidney Dickson and Dr. John Hawkinson as they construct a log bugeye vessel. Other films include: "Charlie Obert's Barn," "Band Together" (a 7-minute preview), "Island Out of Time," "Hands of Harvest" (screening), "Muskrat Lovely," "Watermen," and "The New American Farmer."Demonstrations, food, stories, films, boat rides, kids' activities, and more will be offered throughout the day. In short, the Chesapeake Folk Festival is "the" summer festival at the Museum. It drew more than 2,000 people in its first year and will be bigger and better this year. The event is funded by Maryland Traditions, the Maryland Humanities Council, and the Talbot County Free Library, and is sponsored by What's Up? Publishing, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, and Paul Reed Smith Guitars.Tickets for the festival are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $6 for children between the ages of six and 17. Children five years and under and CBMM members are admitted free. Food and boat rides are an additional cost. For more information about the festival or upcoming events at the Museum, visit their website at www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.
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Mail: The Talbot County Office of Tourism, 11 South Harrison Street, Easton, MD 21601

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