you're a rower at heart—a kayaker, canoeist or outrigger nut—the Wye
Island Regatta, is the place to be. Each year, the Annapolis Rowing
Club hosts this 12.5-mile race (this year on September 13) around Wye
Island, where little boat traffic disrupts the beautiful scenery, for
anyone in a person-powered boat. Mixed crews are welcome as are clubs,
high school and college teams, masters and veterans. For more
information and to register, visit www.annapolisrowingclub.com.
Marine Art Exhibit
St. Michael's, MD
The American Society of Marine
Artists will host its 30th anniversary exhibit featuring an eclectic
collection of contemporary American marine art at the Chesapeake Bay
Maritime Museum. The collection will include a wide array of media by
more than 100 marine artists. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. 9 a.m.-5
p.m. 410-745-2916; www.cbmm.org.
Bay Seafood Festival
Stone Rotary Club hosts this all-you-can-eat seafood festival that
enlivens the banks of the Rappahannock with lots of bands and
entertainment. A water taxi will get you there, and tickets must be
purchased in advance. Belle Isle State Park. 4:30-10 p.m. 804-462-5030;
This annual weekend of waterfront
activities includes live entertainment, exhibits, rides, games, kayak
races and the annual paper-boat races. Town Wharf. Fri. 7-11 p.m.; Sat.
8 a.m.-11:30 p.m. 757-787-3363; www.onancock.com.
National Capital Leukemia Cup Regatta
This annual PHRF and one-design
regatta raises funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Washington
Sailing Marina. Call for times and details. 703-960-1100; www.leukemia-lymphoma.org.
Mathews Market Days
The Mathews Courthouse green will
come alive with lots of live entertainment, local seafood, arts and
crafts, dancing, children’s activities, an outdoor dance and more.
Courthouse Square. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday Night Live dance Sat. 8
p.m. 804-725-7196; www.visitmathews.com.
Rock the Bay Poker Run
North East, MD
This high-speed poker run, limited
to 100 boats and featuring more than $18,000 in prizes, will also
feature a crab feast, pig roast, bikini contest and a huge finale
raft-up at Jellyfish Joel’s. Registration required. Headquarters at the
Nauti-Goose Saloon. Sat. poker run starts at 10 a.m. 610-529-9670;
Hampton Bay Days
Downtown Hampton, VA
This 26th anniversary celebration
will include tons of live music, an indoor juried art show, arts and
crafts vendors, a car show, two full scale carnivals and
fireworks. There will also be Chesapeake Bay educational exhibits,
workboats and research vessels on display. Fri. noon-11 p.m.; Sat. 10
a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. noon-6 p.m. 757-727-1641; www.baydays.com.
Havre de Grace, MD
Head to Havre de Grace to see works
by wildfowl artists, children’s decoy painting, auctions, and whittling
and carving competitions. Havre de Grace Decoy Museum. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Liberty Ship Cruise
The Liberty ship John W. Brown will
cruise the Baltimore harbor while passengers tour the World War II
cargo vessel and enjoy the live big band, fly-bys of wartime aircraft,
military re-enactors and more. Tickets required. North Locust Point
Marine Terminal. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-558-0164; www.liberty-ship.com.
Regatta to Benefit C.R.A.B.
The Boatyard Bar & Grill will
host this pursuit regatta to benefit Chesapeake Region Accessible
Boating (C.R.A.B.). After the race, there will be a benefit party (open
to the public) at the Eastport Yacht Club featuring food, drink and
live music. Race to start south of the Bay Bridge at noon; party to
follow at 4 p.m. at the Eastport Yacht Club. 410-626-0273;
Basic Navigation and Piloting
This class focuses on basic
navigation and piloting skills, including charts, plotting tools and
navigational calculations. Preregistration required. Annapolis School
of Seamanship. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-263-8848;
Festival of the Arts
King Street will transform into an
open-air art galley with over 200 artists displaying and selling their
artwork, along with a children’s activities area and food. King Street.
Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 703-838-5005;
Star-Spangled Banner Weekend
This annual event commemorates the
attack on Fort McHenry and the writing of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
There will be visiting ships, military encampments, re-enactors,
concerts and a symbolic ship-to-shore bombardment with fireworks. Fort
McHenry. Fri. Inner Harbor parade 6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Chicken Necker Appreciation Day
Rock Hall, MD
Celebrate boaters and watermen
alike at this fun celebration that will include music, food, games,
dancing and even a dunking booth at the Sharp Street Pier. The party
will move to Waterman’s Crab House for the evening for more music and
dancing. Sharp Street Pier. Noon-5 p.m., evening party at Waterman’s
Crab House 8 p.m. 410-639-2224; www.rockhallmd.com.
Wye Island Regatta
Wye Mills, MD
All person-propelled boats—canoes,
kayaks, outriggers, etc.—are welcome to race in this 12.5-mile trip
around Wye Island. sponsored by the Annapolis Rowing Club. Wye Landing.
8:30 a.m. 443-871-9084; www.annapolisrowingclub.com.
Ocean Sailing Seminar
This intensive workshop is designed
to prepare boaters for bluewater cruising. Topics include planning for
heavy weather, SSB and ham radio, diesel troubleshooting, equipping
your boat for long passages, provisioning, watch-keeping schedules and
more. Hampton Yacht Club. Sat. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Boardwalk Arts Show
Colonial Beach, VA
This annual Colonial Beach arts
show features the works of more than 150 artists displayed along the
boardwalk. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 804-224-3500; www.colonialbeach.org.
September 13-14, 27-28
Thomas Point Light Tours
Join an hour-long docent-guided
tour of Thomas Point Light and see all of the restoration work that has
been done on the Bay’s most recognized beacon. Reservations required.
Annapolis Maritime Museum. Tours at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Tickets
available at www.cheslight.org.
September 13, 27
Riverwalk Landing will host these
Saturday morning market days featuring local produce, meat and seafood,
baked goods, live entertainment and local artwork. Riverwalk Landing. 8
a.m.-noon. 757-890-3500; www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism.
Taylors Island, MD
Head to Taylors Island, Md., for
this workboat docking contest hosted by the Hoopers Island and Taylors
Island volunteer fire departments. Watch local watermen show off their
amazing skills and compete for cash prizes then enjoy an
after-competition party with live entertainment, food , games and
raffles. Slaughter Creek Marina. Practice at noon, competition at 1
p.m. 410-397-3631; www.tourdorchester.org.
Women’s Powerboating Course
The Women’s Sailing &
Powerboating School will teach this five-day liveaboard course in order
to give students the opportunity to learn boating skills and
techniques. 800-332-1404; www.seasenseboating.com.
Seven Seas Gam
Join the Seven Seas Cruising
Association for its annual celebration of the cruising life. This
two-day event kicks off with a Friday night cocktail party, followed by
a day crammed full of seminars and demonstrations by notable speakers,
including Mark and Diana Doyle (Managing the Waterway) and Claiborne
Young. There will also be a flea market, book swap, raffle and auction.
Kick back on Saturday night to the Bay-inspired music of Calico Jack.
Plenty of anchorage off-site on the Rhode River. Camp Letts. Register
online at www.ssca.org.
Festival of Classic Yachts Rendezvous
Walk the docks at Harborview Marina
and see some 30 antique and classic sailboats, runabouts and yachts
together at this Classic Yacht Club of America event. Harborview
All-you-can-eat crabs and barbecue,
live music and entertainment, and auctions make this summer event an
annual sell-out. The Friends of the Rappahannock sponsor the festival
at George Washington’s boyhood home. Tickets must be purchased in
advance. Fairgrounds. 5-9 p.m. 540-373-3448; www.riverfriends.org.
Boatyard Beach Party
Grab your inflatable sharks and
parrots and head to the Boatyard Bar & Grill’s annual fundraising
party for the Annapolis Maritime Museum. There will be lots of good
food, drink and entertainment. Boatyard Bar & Grill.
Wooden Canoe Rendezvous
Havre de Grace, MD
This annual rendezvous for wooden
canoe owners and enthusiasts will feature demonstrations, exhibits and
more. Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 410-939-4800;
Watershed Awareness Day
This event to benefit the Corsica
River Conservancy will include tours of the historic Bloomfield
farmhouse, hayrides, activities for kids, food, and entertainment by
the Chester River Runoff. Bloomsfield Farm. Noon-4 p.m. 410-758-8430;
Maryland Lighthouse Challenge
This annual event, sponsored by the
Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, challenges
lighthouse fans to visit nine local lighthouses and one lightship (plus
two bonus lighthouses for extra credit) around the Bay in a single
weekend. Sat.-Sun. lighthouses open at 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 410-437-0741;
Marine Diesel Basics
Students of this 12-hour diesel
basics class will receive both lecture and hands-on experience in
operating theory, preventive maintenance and basic repair skills.
Preregistration required. Annapolis School of Seamanship. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
War of 1812 Grand Tactical
Tall ships will visit the
Chesapeake as this annual event, organized by War of 1812 enthusiasts,
visits the Bay. The two-day grand re-enactment will include guided
tours and public sails of the visiting tall ships in Solomons, Md., on
Saturday. Sunday the ships will set sail for Jefferson Patterson Park
to participate in the re-enactment of the Battle of St. Leonard. The
park will also host a wide variety of demonstrations including cavalry,
infantry and special ladies activities including workshops on clothing,
deportment and lifestyles. Call for specific times and events.
410-326-2042; www.jefpat.org; 1812grandtactical.tripod.com.
Trawler owners and enthusiasts will
gather in Solomons, Md., to show off their vessels and share their
cruising know-how. The weekend features seminars, entertainment,
clinics, and new and used trawlers on display. Calvert Marina. 7:30
a.m.-9:30 p.m. 888-487-2953; www.trawlerfest.com.
Maritime Heritage Day
Port Haywood, VA
The Mathews Heritage Foundation
will host this celebration of the watermen of Mathews and their hard
labors. The day will include demonstrations of crab-pot making, oyster
dredge net weaving, net mending and crab picking. There will also be
local artisans selling their artwork and a boat parade. Horn Harbor
Marina. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 804-725-4382; www.visitmathews.com.
Jamestown Settlement provides a day
that will be a hit for the kids. The day will include 17th-century
games, music, juggling, stilt walking, puppet shows, storytelling and
hands-on crafts. Jamestown Settlement. 757-253-4838;
Colonial Beach Market Day
Colonial Beach, VA
There will be something for
everyone in the family including a free Bluemont concert, arts and
crafts vendors, food, children’s activities and more. Town Green,
Colonial Beach. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 804-224-0021; www.colonialbeach.org.
Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race
Chesapeake Bay skipjacks will race
on the Choptank River off Cambridge Creek. Visit the boats and their
crews before and after the race. Long Wharf. Race begins at 10 a.m.
Rock Hall Fallfest
Rock Hall, MD
Main Street will be hopping during
Rock Hall’s annual Fallfest, which includes two music venues, crafts
vendors, clowns, food and more. On the waterfront, watermen will
display their workboats and show off their stuff during workboat
contests, oyster shucking and crab picking contests and more. 10 a.m.-5
p.m. 410-778-0416; www.rockhallmd.com.
Run What You Brung Regatta
Kent Narrows, MD
All are welcome to participate in
the 10th annual around-Kent Island regatta, which is timed with the
harvest moon to ensure great night sailing. The race will end with a
catered party and live entertainment. Preregistration required. Mears
Point Marina. Race begins at 9:30 a.m. 703-967-3224;
Hospice Cup Regatta
This annual regatta is one of the
biggest on the Bay, featuring more than 100 boats. Everyone, racer and
spectator alike, is invited to join the festive post-race party. Racing
on the Severn River, 11 a.m.; post-race party at Atria at Manresa.
Historic Alexandria Homes Tour
Tour some of Alexandria’s most beautifully restored homes. Old Town. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 703-683-5544; www.thetwig.org.
Titan Cigar Fest
Head to Red Eye’s Dock Bar for a great evening of cigar festivities. There will be representatives from 27 different cigar companies on site, plus cigar rollers, raffles and more. Tickets available in advance online. Red Eye’s Dock Bar, Kent Narrows, Grasonville. 6 p.m.-midnight. 410-721-2944; www.titancigar.com.
Celebrate the heritage of
Virginia’s Guinea Neck at this annual festival featuring crafts,
entertainment, a firemen’s parade, exhibits and more. Abingdon Ruritan
Fairgrounds. Fri. 3-10 p.m.; Sat. 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. 804-642-2572;
The Maryland Renaissance Festival
welcomes pirates of all salty backgrounds during this themed weekend of
the fall festival. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 800-296-7304; www.rennfest.com.
This course covers the use of a
wide variety of navigation techniques and equipment ranging from GPS
systems to electronic bearing lines and variable range markers.
Preregistration required. Annapolis School of Seamanship, Annapolis. 9
a.m.-4 p.m. 410-263-8848;
Watermen’s Day Festival
Calvert County celebrates its
watermen with a docking contest, anchor-tossing contest, crab cook-off,
demonstrations and more. Waterman’s Wharf. Noon-8 p.m. 301-326-3929.
Dorchester Arts Showcase
This annual arts showcase will
feature the work of many area artisans—including arts and crafts,
exhibits, and artwork—all displayed on the elegant Victorian porches on
High Street. There will also be food, children’s activities and free
rides on the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. High Street. Noon-5 p.m.
Vintage Model Watercraft Regatta
This annual model boat regatta
features schooners, skipjacks and vintage yachts. Calvert Marine
Museum. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 410-326-2042; www.calvertmarinemuseum/simbc.
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