News Release, Calvert Marine Museum

The Wm. B. Tennison, a National Historic Landmark, takes guests on a cruise during the 2018 season. A variety of special cruises are offered during the month of May, and throughout the summer.

SOLOMONS, MD – April 26, 2018  Plan to visit as the busy season kicks in at the Calvert Marine Museum! Programs and activities are scheduled for all members of the family. Visit the website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com for a complete listing.

Saturday, May 4 – Solomons Maritime Festival 10 a.m.  – 5 p.m. FREE!  Celebrate Southern Maryland traditions! Antique boats and motors, master maritime carvers, home crafts and cooking demonstrations, traditional music, children’s games and crafts, toy boat building, and boat rides offer something for all members of the family!

Tuesday, May 7 – Brett Eldredge Member Ticket Sale 10 a.m. Tickets for museum members go on sale for county music star Brett Eldredge. This concert will take place on July 26 at the PNC Waterside Pavilion, located at Calvert Marine Museum.  To purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/CMMconcerts or call 1-800-787-9454.  Museum members have the opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 10. To become a member, visit bit.ly/CMMmembership.

Tuesday, May 7; Thursday, May 9; and Wednesday, May 15 – Sea Squirts 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. This month’s theme is Terrific Turtles.  FREE drop-in program for children ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers. Space is limited; if the session is full, another program will be offered at 11 a.m.

Sunday, May 12 – Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. What better way to say “You’re special!” than a relaxing cruise and brunch aboard the Wm. B. Tennison. Adults are $30, children 12 and under are $15.  Preregistration is required; visit bit.ly/WmBTennisonCruises to register.

Sunday, May 12 – Mother’s Day Evening Cruise 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a perfect ending to Mom’s special day with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cruise aboard the Wm. B. Tennison. Adults are $30, children 12 and under are $15.  Preregistration is required; visit bit.ly/WmBTennisonCruises to register.

Guests enjoying activities in the boat basin at the 2018 Solomons Maritime Festival.

Tuesday, May 14 – Gavin DeGraw Member Ticket Sale 10 a.m. Tickets for museum members go on sale for multi-platinum selling singer, performer, and songwriter Gavin DeGraw. This concert will take place on August 2 at the PNC Waterside Pavilion, located at Calvert Marine Museum.  To purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/CMMconcerts or call 1-800-787-9454.  Museum members have the opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 17. To become a member, visit bit.ly/CMMmembership.

Thursday, May 16 – Where the River Meets the Bay Lecture Series 7 p.m. in the Harms Gallery. This series of lectures explores the history and natural environment of the unique region in which we reside.  The Patuxent River: Tidewater History of an Underappreciated Maryland Waterway will be presented by Dr. Ralph Eshelman.  FREE.

Friday, May 17 – The Maritime Performance Series presents Al Petteway and Amy White 7 p.m. in the Harms Gallery.This duo’s eclectic repertoire includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to Blues, New Age, and Jazz.  Doors open at 6 p.m., with beer and wine available for sale. Tickets are $20 online, $25 at the door, and available at bit.ly//MaritimeConcerts.

A variety of boats on display at the 2018 Solomons Maritime Festival. Photos courtesy of Robert Hurry.

Saturday, May 18 – International Museum Day International Museum Day has been celebrated all over the world since 1977. The museum is open and FREE to the public from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 18  Fossil Field Experience 9 a.m.  – 2 p.m. Come explore the fossils of Cove Point with a trained museum educator. Learn where to find fossils, how to identify them, and the secrets they hold about Earth’s prehistory. Return to the museum after lunch for tours of our paleo hall and fossil prep lab before exploring the rest of the museum at your leisure!  For ages 8 and up. Cost is $20. Space is limited. Preregistration is required; visit bit.ly/CMMfossils to register.

Sunday, May 19 – No Wm. B. Tennison cruises scheduled due to participation in the Blessing of the Fleet.

Monday, May 20 – CMM Members Save 20% 10:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Museum members enjoy a 20% discount in the Museum Store all day today and on the 20th of every month.

Thursday, May 23 – Little Minnows 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. This month’s theme is World Turtle Day!  A program for children ages 3 to 5 years and their caregivers. Fee is $5, CMM members are FREE.

Friday, May 24 – Special Needs Night 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.  FREE family fun night for families with special needs offered in cooperation with Calvert County Parks and Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Services. The museum will be open exclusively for individuals with special needs and their families or caregivers.  Enjoy the skates and rays, fish, fossils, river otters, Maritime History Gallery, Discovery Room, boat rides, and have fun in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Saturday, May 25 – Toy Boat Building 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Toy boat building, sponsored by the Patuxent Small Craft Guild, has been part of the museum for over 30 years and is offered on the fourth Saturday of every month.  A $2 donation per boat is requested. Museum admission is required. This activity is ideal for ages 5 and up.

Saturday, May 25 – Dee of St. Mary’s Public Sail 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sail on the Dee of St. Mary’s for the first public sail of the season, leaving from the museum dock. Fee is $25 for ages 12 and up, $15 for children 5 – 12. No children under 5 please.  Preregistration is required; visitbit.ly/DeeOfStMarysCruises to register.

Saturday, May 25 – Pirate Pizza Cruise 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dress like a pirate and eat pizza on board the Wm. B. Tennison.  Arrr!  Be careful not to walk to the plank!  Tickets are $15 per person. Preregistration is required; visit bit.ly/WmBTennisonCruises to register.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...