On July 23, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s 18 waterfront acres will host a smorgasbord of cultural events for a one-day celebration in honor of the region’s rich farming and maritime traditions. Apart from the museum’s permanent armada of historic watercraft and hands-on exhibits, the festival will feature a dizzying array of live music acts and regional craftspeople peddling knowledge of their esoteric coastal trades. After a morning of decoy-carving demonstrations and nippering for oysters, step into the white boots of a weather-beaten Chesapeake waterman and refuel with a crab pot filled with delectable sea candies or a husk of steamed corn from a local farm. With a focus on how harvesting, marketing, preparing, and sharing food have defined the area's cultural communities, the festival cooks up a profusion of culinary delights that will reintroduce guests of all ages to long-forgotten hunger remedies.
St. Michaels Winery began its life in the Historic Old Mill complex, where it kicked off 2005 by introducing five new wines to the world. Shortly after, the awards began to roll in: golds, silvers, and bronzes from the Maryland Governors Cup and the Maryland Winemasters Choice Awards. Today, these industrious vintners offer sips and nibbles on a walk-in basis in their expansive, bright white and blue winery and tasting bar, amply stocked with 20 different varietals.
Skydive Maryland's team of experienced sky surfers has been escorting adrenaline seekers on 2-mile jumps since 1974. After a brief training session and couture-jump-suit fitting, adventurers fly to roughly 11,000 feet, where they barrel roll from the plane while strapped to a seasoned instructor. Exhilarating, 120-miles-per-hour free falls last for roughly one minute before the guides activate the parachute and jumpers coast through the atmosphere for 8–15 minutes, soaking in views of the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Baltimore skyline. Cloud cutters will receive before and after photos of their adventure to have proof of their extreme bravery and to earn respect from egotistical eagles. Skydives are available Saturdays and Sundays during the winter season, weather permitting.
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the stories of the Chesapeake Bay and the people who have shaped their lives around it. With 18 waterfront acres in the historic town of St. Michaels, the Museum offers exhibits, boat rides, festivals and more.
Cambridge Art Glass is a fully equipped studio outfitted with everything needed to create beautiful glass pieces: workstations, kilns, tools, and a team of elves to do most of the work overnight. Proprietor and lifelong art lover Cindy Parmer leads a variety of classes, ranging in difficulty depending on students' experience levels, from basic beading workshops to four-week classes that result in blown-glass chandeliers.
When Pete and Kate Vonderheide moved from Hawaii to Annapolis to live closer to their family, they thought they'd have to give up a career of ocean kayaking to resume responsible office jobs. Soon they recognized the historic city harbor's lack of kayak tours and knew they couldn't stay inside forever. Their shared passion for history spurred them to research and interview the locals until they'd compiled enough historic material to start leading tours. Today, their tours can teach something new even to locals.
The Vonderheides continue to assemble a team of outdoor guides certified in CPR and first aid who all bear a well-researched knowledge of area wildlife and history. These experts lead two-hour scenic tours through the historic harbor. Starting each excursion with a brief paddling lesson, they put first-timers at ease with basic instruction and an amiable demeanor, unlike guides who rely only on their convincing Captain Ahab impressions. Excursions begin at the Spa Creek headwaters in Truxtun Park and lead participants into open-harbor waters to drift in full view of the state capitol building, the US Naval Academy, and historic Eastport. Trips peak at the City Dock, where participants receive a break to take photos and rest. On the return trip, guides field open-ended questions about city history such as presidential visits, the crabbing and oystering trade, and whether George Washington had to swim using floaties.