Capt. Keith Colburn’s personal Life Jacket

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Capt. Keith Colburn of the F/V Wizard has donated his personal life jacket from the F/V Wizard for our auction August 9th!!  Please be ready to bid as this is not just your usual item, do you know anyone who has one? Thank you so much Capt. Keith!

2015 Crab Prices!!!

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Talbot Watermen Association, Inc. would like to announce that crabs this year will be $20 per dozen!  You can also pre – pay for your crabs from 10am – 12pm on August 9th at either of the two crab tents at CBMM. Crabs will be served beginning at 12pm. We have decided to sell our crabs by the dozen this year to reduce the waste we have experienced in past years. Please remember, we do not “make” these crabs. They are not produced from a mold. We will make every attempt to provide the best crabs we can at this great price. Thank you as always for your support!

Talbot Watermen Association, Inc. Official Statement

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As most of you are now aware, our past treasurer Lisa Gowe has been arrested for embezzling money from our Association. As a Watermen Community and a Association, we have pulled together and will overcome this setback. This is our official statement :

Lisa Gowe’s criminal charges are the result of an investigation by the Maryland State Police. The investigation was requested by our Association when we discovered discrepancies between information provided between Ms. Gowe and information provided by the bank. We were shocked and disheartened to learn that our once trusted treasurer was, in fact, untrustworthy. Since learning the details of the apparent embezzlement, we have consulted with attorneys and accountants, and have instituted new financial controls and oversight. We are saddened by our prior treasurer’s actions, for her family, for our members, and for our supporters throughout the community. We have asked the State’s Attorney to seek restitution as a component of the criminal process.

Volunteers needed for 2015 Talbot Watermen Appreciation Day

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Anyone that is interested in volunteering for Watermen Day, please contact Pat Jones at 410-745-9759 or Jason Schmidt at 410-924-4524. Please leave a message if no one answers.

2015 Boat Docking Sign Up

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Talbot Watermen Association, Inc. is proud to announce you can now pre register for our Boat Docking Contest August 9th!!!  Some of the rules have changed for 2015 so please see our Boat Docking Chairman, Barney Kastel or call him at 410-745-2818 from 7am-4pm. Our contest this year is limited to the first 20 boats in the adult class to pre register so please do not wait as there is no exceptions. We are still holding our youth division which Bryan & Sons LLC is Sponsoring! Please come see us!

Monthly Meeting

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Our next Talbot Watermen Association meeting is Sunday the 13th of July at 7am at Chesapeake Landing. All are welcome. Please contact Jason Schmidt or Pat Jones if you need any more information.

Sunday Aug. 9 – 6th Annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day & Crab Feast

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6th Annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day & Crab Feast

Sunday, August 9, 2015
10 am – 5 pm

2015 Watermen’s Day Admission Pricing
Pricing includes the boat docking contest, guest appearances from the Deadliest Catch’s Edgar Hansen, live music with Bird Dog & the Road Kings, kid’s activities and much more. Food and drink are extra cost.


$18 Adult
$10 CBMM Member Adult & Licensed Watermen Adult*
$8 Children 6-17
$6 CBMM Member Child & Licensed Watermen Child*
FREE Children 5 & Under

*Must show license

STEAMED CRABS: Price to be announced

*Absolutely NO CARRY-ON Alcohol is permitted for this event. All alcohol must be purchased on premise with a valid ID.

The 6th Annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day comes to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD on Sunday, August 9 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, including work by noted Chesapeake artist Marc Castelli, 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 new special exhibit, Carvers at the Crossroads: Sharing Ideas, Techniques and Styles across the Chesapeake’s Susquehanna Flats, which opened April 12. 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.