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.

All You Can Eat Crabs Are back!! 2014

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Watermen’s Appreciation Day (Sunday, August 10, 2014 at CBMM – St. Michaels)
Crab Pricing Announced:
$20 All-you-can-eat (while they last!)
(Purchase crabs at the crab tent)

$18 Adults
$10 CBMM Member or Licensed Watermen Adult (please show license)
$ 8 Children 6-17
$ 6 (CBMM Member Child & Licensed Watermen Child (please show license)
FREE Children 5 and under

Watermens Appreciation Day 2014

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9 am- Gates open

Browse our silent auction and our booths, come and meet Edgar Hansen and Nick Maver and Jake Anderson or take a ride on the Whinnie Estel a Chesapeake bay Buy Boat built in 1920 in smith Island Md

11 am Crabs Served by our local watermen. and the Boat docking will kick off with the small boat competition.

12pm Live music by Bird Dog and the Road kings.

Directly after the boat docking finishes trophies will be given to the winners at the band stand. also

The pot pie skiff rowing for the kids and adults. Make sure to stop by out information table and sign up.

4pm the silent auction will close.

This year we will be accepting Credit Cards at our T-shirt booth and silent Auction.

Meet Celebrity guest stars Edgar Hansen, Jake Anderson, and Nick Mavar from Deadliest catch.

This year pride Of Baltimore will be offer Rides

Work Horse Farm petting zoo.
Build a boat

Get you tickets now and save the wait in line.

Question please call 410-745 -5011
or email

Pricing For 2014Watermen’s Day Aug 10,2014

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Gate prices for watermens day!$18admission (adults) – $8 admissions (kids 6-17)$10admission (adult museum members) – $10 admission (adult licensed watermen )$6 admission (child museum members) -$6 admission (child of licensed watermen)
Tickets include: Boat Docking contest, live music, guest appearances and all CBMM exhibits.

Maryland Steamed Crabs, beer ,soda and food will be available for purchase.

Watermen’s Day a success

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news_watermans day PHOTO BY ERIN FLUHARTY

Northwestern crew member of Discovery Channels “Deadliest Catch”, Edgar Hansen lifts Pat Touchard, of Greensboro, for a photograph as crew mate Jake Anderson smiles during autographs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Sunday during Watermen’s Appreciation Day.

 Watermen’s Day a success By ERIN FLUHARTY

ST. MICHAELS — Sunny skies, steamed crabs and featured guests brought an estimated 2,500 people through the gates of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Sunday to celebrate Talbot County Watermen’s Association Watermen’s Appreciation Day.

This year’s event featured deck boss Edgar Hansen and deckhand Jake Anderson of the F/V Northwestern, as featured on the Discover Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” who signed autographs — and at least one dog.

 The line for autographs snaked across the museum campus from the start of the event until it ended. Both of the men’s wives sold T-shirts for the men to sign, and Hansen’s wife, Louise, even offered hellos on some festival-goers’ cell phones to people who couldn’t make the event.

In between autographs, the men met festival-goers and rode with boat captains during the boat-docking contest.

“It was good to be back. There is a lot of support in Talbot County for watermen and it shows by the amount of people here today,” Hansen said.

Anderson, who attended the event for the first time with his wife, Jenna, rode on several boats during the watermen’s docking contest.

“The greatest moment was riding with Bennie during the docking contest and trying to drive his boat,” he said. “I really love community events, and this one was awesome.”

Along with the festivities, Talbot County Watermen’s Association President Bunky Chance gave a presentation, awarding cash prices and trophies to winners of the workboat-docking contest.

Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, R-37B-Talbot, Del. Jay Jacobs, R-36-Kent, and state Sen. Richard Colburn, R-37-Mid-Shore, presented several citations, including one to Turk Cannon, who at the age of 74 continues to work as a watermen in Talbot County.

“This gentlemen has made quite a foundation for us watermen and set high standards,” Chance said. Chance also asked the audience for applause for Garry Tull and Billy Adams, two watermen who have passed recently.

Chance also recognized Lisa Gowe, event coordinator, for her hard work in organizing the event.

“This day met my expectations,” Gowe said. “This is what I was hoping for — to have beautiful weather and to see the museum filled with guests.”

Bay Hundred Seafood provided 204 bushels of steamed crabs and 40 bushels of steamed corn, and Gay Seafood provided 50 bushels.

The day’s fare also include ice cream from the Scottish Highland Creamery, including a special crab and Old Bay sorbet that’s taste delivered as promised.

Event sponsors included Bridges Automotive and Diesel Repair, PNC Bank, Hertrich Ford & Chevrolet, WINX FM, Kastel Bros. Marine Propulsion Specialists and Tow Jamm Marine.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the Talbot County Watermen’s Association.

Talbot County Watermen’s Assocation

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Talbot Watermen’s site is under construction.

We will be back soon!

In the mean time make your calendars for Aug 12,2012 for Watermen’s appreciation Day!