Events


April 15 to October 8—Farmers Market

MarketLocation: Municipal parking lot, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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The St. Michaels Farmers Market promotes sustainable agriculture, brings fresh local food to the center of town on a weekly basis and improves food access and equity for our Bay Hundred community. We do this by operating a producer-only farmers market in the heart of St. Michaels, by creating vital economic opportunities for local farmers and food producers, and through innovative outreach programs that educate the public about food and related environmental issues.

Local farmers and food producers are at the core of our mission, and helping them to thrive is a pillar of our work. Across our 18-year history, we’ve supported farmers from Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, and Kent Counties, as well as small farmers from nearby counties in Delaware and Maryland counties west of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Founded in 1998 as part of FRESHFARM Markets, and becoming an independent community organization in 2017, the St. Michaels Farmers Market is a leader in the local food movement.

Located in historic town of St. Michaels, MD, on the Eastern Shore, the market is a Saturday destination for locals, weekenders, and boaters. Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut flowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, orchids, eggs, and honey. They also host events and activities throughout the season, including Chef at Market events and a community cook-off.

Partner Organizations:
The Community Food Bank, Commissioners of St. Michaels, St. Michaels Business Association.

June 15 to August 31—Thursday Concerts in the Park

image1Location: Muskrat Park on Green Street
Times: June 15 to August 31, Thursday nights from 6:30-8 p.m.

If it’s summer it’s Summer Concerts in Muskrat Park. These free Thursday night concerts are sponsored by the St. Michaels Community Center. So, bring a chair or a blanket and a picnic and enjoy our beautiful waterfront park and great music!

Please, no alcoholic beverages in Muskrat Park.

July TBD—Classic Motor Museum “Grand Opening”

Classic Motor Museum LogoCCMotorDates: Thursday through Sunday of each week starting in July TBD 2017
Time: TBD

The historic town of St. Michaels, Md. makes history again with a tribute to America’s love affair with the automobile and the open road. The Classic Motor Museum opened its doors on April 22nd with a grand opening celebration. It’s the only museum of its kind in the mid-Atlantic between Pennsylvania and North Carolina, and it has a unique educational mission. Fans of classic vehicles will find a rotating collection that offer a different experience with each return visit.  The collection will include pre World War II classics, post WWII sports cars, and modern specialty cars like Corvettes, Mustangs and rat rods.  Visitors will also be able to pore over an extensive collection of motoring artifacts, including classic models and a comprehensive automotive library.   And it doesn’t end there.  The price of admission will support the non-profit museum’s mission to educate and train young people in the art and craft of classic vehicle restoration and maintenance. Classes are already underway. The grand opening is the culmination of five years of planning, fundraising and building. It began in the Spring of 2012 when Talbot County came to the Commissioners of St. Michaels looking for ideas to boost tourism. They came up with the concept of a classic motor museum, but decided it would be more than a tourist attraction. Museum President, Tad duPont, says, “Right from the start we saw the museum as a way to give back to the community.” In addition to the educational program, part of the museum proceeds will go to charitable organizations in the county, once the museum pays off its construction debt. It has all been made possible though the generosity of donors and volunteers.  duPont points out that not a single tax dollar has been spent on the museum.

In addition, the museum is selling raffle tickets to win a classic 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380 SL Roadster. Raffle tickets are $50 each and only 500 will be sold.

The Classic Motor Museum is located at 102 E. Marengo St. in St. Michaels. After the grand opening celebration, the museum will be open four days a week, Thursday through Sunday beginning April 27th.

July 1-31—Art Hunt! St. Michaels Art League

13528421_1805450399684583_7662568057231681364_oArt Hunt is a free community program sponsored by the St. Michaels Art League. Artists provide one of their paintings to be placed in retail shops in St. Michaels. A scavenger hunt to locate a predetermined number of paintings happens throughout the month of July. Cards are printed with the images and the list of participating retailers and placed in the shops. People (adults and/or children) take the card and visit the participating retailers. As paintings are found the retailers stamp the card. Once the predetermined number of paintings have been located, participants turn the cards into Justine’s ice cream shop for a free ice cream cone. This year 20 retailers are participating along with 20 artists!

AT LEFT IS LAST YEAR’S CONTEST. LOOK FOT THE 2017 CONTEST SOON!

August 12—Second Saturday “Art Night Out”

Gravely Art Patrons at SMAL exhibitSt. Michaels Second Saturday “Art Night Out” In Fall of 2016, St. Michaels launched their monthly Second Saturday “Art Night Out” celebrations. The next Second Saturday is July 8th. Take a walking tour of St. Michaels’ six fine art galleries that are all centrally located on Talbot Street.

SECOND SATURDAY EVENTS – AUGUST 12!

crabSign up for a great class! STEAMPUNK CRAB WORKSHOP
Saturday, July 29 1-4pm at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, St. Michaels
Decorate a crab in the steampunk genre using watch parts, gems, paint, and epoxy clay and other steampunk embellishments. Cost, including EVERYTHING, is only $25. You will have a beautiful keepsake or gift.
Workshop is presented by Candace Liccione. Call 410/745-5059 or 410/827-0700 to register.

LOVE ART AND ST. MICHAELS?! Check out our Facebook Page “St. Michaels – Art Lives Here”

August 13—CBMM Waterman’s Appreciation Day & Crab Feast

11705139_1617107231907277_8879083437845795276_nDate: Sunday, August 13, 2017
Location: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM)

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The 6th Annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day comes to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD on Sunday, August TBD to celebrate Chesapeake watermen and their heritage. This year’s festival features a reduced price, which includes a “watermen’s rodeo” boat docking contest, live music, and celebrity appearances.

Steamed crabs, beer, and other foods and beverages will be available for purchase. More food vendors are also being added to the festival to alleviate the long lines the event has seen in the past.

Beginning at 11 a.m., you can watch professionals in a spirited boat docking contest along Fogg’s Cove. Children’s on-the-water activities include a Pot Pie skiff rowing competition, with prizes awarded. Starting at noon, the classic rock, country, and blues sounds of Bird Dog and the Road Kings will have people tapping their toes and dancing along the museum’s waterfront as the region’s favorite band plays live from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand. Also beginning at noon, the day’s catch of steamed crabs, will be available for purchase, in addition to beer, water, soda, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, and more. Kids and families can enjoy games and activities throughout the day, including model boat building, a rowing competition, and more. Scenic river cruises aboard the museum’s 1920 buyboat, Winnie Estelle, will take festival-goers out on the Miles River throughout the day.

Bids can be placed on a number of silent auction items alongside the museum’s Small Boat Shed. Silent auction bids can be made up until 4:30 p.m., with proceeds supporting oyster restoration projects on the Bay.

Throughout the day, festival-goers can get an up-close view of the museum’s floating fleet of historic Chesapeake vessels, along with a selection of working watermen’s boats. Festival admission also includes entrance to CBMM’s exhibits. During the festival, visitors will have full access to CBMM’s 12 exhibit buildings, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse.

Admission to the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. event will be collected at the gate the day of the event and includes the boat docking contest, celebrity appearances, and the Bird Dog and the Road Kings performance at $18 for adults, and $8 for kids 6-17, with all children under six admitted for free. Museum members along with licensed watermen and their families get discounted admission at $10 per adult, and $6 per child ages 6-17. Boat rides, steamed crabs, beer, and additional food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Proceeds benefit CBMM and the Talbot County Watermen’s Association. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

September 2—CBMM Charity Boat Auction

CBMM_BoatAuction_2011_03Date: Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 2, 2017.
Gates open at 8 am; auction begins at 11 am
Location: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM)

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) is hosting its 18th annual Charity Boat Auction with proceeds benefiting the children and adults served by the museum. The live auction begins at 11 a.m. along the museum’s waterfront campus, where more than 90 boats—ranging in size and performance from sailing dinghies to cabin cruisers, and everything in between—will be auctioned off to the highest bidders. CBMM’s Boat Donations Program Manager Lad Mills takes donations and resells boats throughout the year, holding aside some of his inventory for the annual auction. Mills travels up and down the east coast working with boat owners and potential buyers wishing to support the museum through boat donations and sales.

“The revenue generated by the auction goes directly toward helping the museum’s educational programs and maintaining its antiquities,” says Mills. “Let us take an unused or unwanted boat off your hands, and you can receive a nice tax deduction. Each donated boat helps the museum do great things for the people we serve.”

The event also includes a flea market-style tag sale from 9 a.m. till noon in which visitors are able to purchase a variety of used boating gear, including ground tackle, electrical equipment, hardware, rope or chain, ladders, fishing tackle, motors, and more.

Beginning at noon, beer and barbeque will be available for purchase. A majority of the auction boats can be viewed atwww.cbmm.org/boatauction, with inventory updated weekly. Boat sales are on-going throughout the year, with all auction boats subject to sale prior to the auction. Auction boats will be available for inspection at the museum, several days prior to the auction.

Advance bids will be accepted, and can be called in at 410-745-2916 until noon on September 2. On September 2, the campus gates open at 8 a.m., with early admission at $5 per person until 1:30 p.m. After 1:30 p.m., admission returns to the regular daily rates of $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with a college ID, and $6 for children between the ages of 6 and 17. Children under 6 and museum members are admitted free.

To donate a boat or items for the tag sale, or for a fully updated listing of the boats up for auction, please contact Lad Mills at 410-745-4942.

To donate a boat or items for the tag sale, or to call in advance bids by 12 noon on Auction Day, contact 410-745-4961

See more at CBMM Website.

September 2&3—Labor Day Weekend Art Show and Sale

See Forever a painting by Donna FinleyDate: Saturday, September 2nd from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, September 3rd from 12:30 to 5 pm.
Location: “Under the tent” at St. Luke’s UMC, 304 S. Talbot Street

St. Michaels Art League Labor Day Weekend Show and Sale with Banner Sales and Artist Demonstrations

The St. Michaels Art League will hold its Annual Art Show and Sale, over Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 2nd and Sunday, September 3rd, under a tent at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on Talbot Street, St. Michaels. This show is free and open to the public. Art will be available for sale. Many exhibiting artists will be on site to discuss their art and answer questions about their work.

Painting by Donna Finley “See Forever”

Banner 2017 Jane Anderson _Garden Hens_2017 Talbot Street Banners Featured at SMAL Labor Day Show

Talbot Street in St. Michaels is once again sporting its annual finery – the colorful art banners of 2017! Now in its eighth year, this event is a favorite with residents and visitors alike, compliments of the members of the St. Michaels Art League.

Artist members offer their talents with paintings designed to “Celebrate St. Michaels”. Each year, the banners are produced through a collaboration of the St. Michaels Art League, Talbot County advocates, and local merchants.

Patrons will have an additional opportunity to purchase original banner paintings during the League’s Labor Day weekend art show on the grounds of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on Talbot Street. The outdoor banners made from these paintings can be purchased directly from the artists in December when the banners are taken down from the street poles.

St. Michaels Art League membership is open to artists and art enthusiasts. Information on events, meetings, and membership can be found at www.smartleague.org. Sincere appreciation is extended to the Talbot Arts Council, St. Michaels Branch of the Talbot County Free Library, Choptank Electric Cooperative, and local merchants for their continued support of the banner program.

Mark your calendars for this wonderful show of art for by members of the League. For more information visit www.smartleage.org or contact Joan Cranor at 410-310-8382 or Janet Prieger at 410-745-2329.

The St. Michaels Art League is sponsored, in part, with generous support from the Talbot County Arts Council.

Banner by Jane Anderson “Garden Hens”

September 9, 7:30 p.m.—Shakespeare in the Park “Hamlet”

Hamlet-colorShakespeare in the Park
Directed by Kyler Taustin, Brown Box Theatre Project

ST. MICHAELS: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Muskrat Park | 207 Willow Green Street
(In case of rain, go to the St. Michaels Middle High School Auditorium)

Free Outdoor Shakespeare returns with Brown Box’s most ambitious production yet. Hamlet, Shakespeare’s pivotal work, delves deep into the recesses of human consciousness in a raw and unforgiving examination of a treacherous political landscape and one Prince’s struggle with the weighty consequences of action, inaction, pain, numbness, and the ever-terrifying unknown. Murder, treason, intrigue, and betrayal culminate to form this harrowing and timeless theatrical masterpiece. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Bringing a chair or blanket is recommended. For more details visit www.brownboxtheatre.org

September TBD—Children’s Art Day

Children's Art Day photo 1Date: Saturday, September TBD, 2017, 9 a.m. to Noon
Location: On the lawn of St. Luke’s Methodist Church located at 304 S. Talbot Street.

The St. Michaels Art League is pleased to announce that again this year it will host its popular, annual CHILDREN’S ART DAY. This fun event is FREE and open to all children wanting to try painting under the coaching and guidance of League member artists. The League supplies all materials for the children to create their own art work, to include acrylic paints, brushed, panels and easels. It is suggested that the children bring their own smocks from home.

The SMAL sponsors this event as a community service to promote children’s art, partnering with Ben Franklin Crafts and Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, and is, in part, sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council. For more information, call Joan Cranor, 410-310-8382, and visit www.smartleague.org.