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Fall Fun for Everyone

Oct 02, 2014 04:00PM ● By Lisa Lewis

Photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

By Lisa A. Lewis

If you’re looking for something fun to do, you’re definitely in luck. There’s a variety of exciting events taking place this weekend. From festivals that you eagerly look forward to every year to more unique activities, there’s something for everyone.

Join fellow boating enthusiasts at the 32nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5p.m., where you’ll see an amazing collection of small craft. Sailing skiffs, rowing shells, kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, prams, and other unique boats are on display in the water and on land.

Many of the boats’ owners are even available to share their boating knowledge and experiences. So feel free to strike up a conversation.

This exciting two-day festival also features a small craft race on the Miles River, scenic Miles River cruises aboard the Winnie Estelle, boat-building workshops, maritime demonstrations, live music, great food, and much more. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with ID, and $6 for children ages 6 to 17. CBMM members and children under age 6 are admitted free.

But wait, there’s more: To commemorate this special occasion, the town of St. Michaels is celebrating the art of “small craft.” Enjoy “small plates” and nautical-themed dishes prepared by chefs. Check out the weekend specials at the boutiques and galleries. And make sure you stop by the Historic Mill and sample their locally made handcrafted small batch craft rum, beer, and wine.

This exciting event is not just a festival; it’s a community celebration. Join CBMM and St. Michaels for a weekend of festivities you won’t want to miss.


Fun Fact
Built in Crisfield, Maryland, by Noah T. Evans in 1920, the Winnie Estelle joined CBMM’s floating fleet of historic boats in April 2014.


If you’re looking for something really unique to do, head to the Annapolis Fringe Festival on Saturday. An exciting event that focuses on the performing arts, the festival includes theater, dance, puppetry, film, visual arts, and much more. Artists range from amateurs to professionals, and performances are geared towards families during the day and adults at night.

At 4 p.m., the first block of West Street closes to traffic. The Annapolis Drum and Bugle Corps kicks off the festival with a parade at 5 p.m. Festival performances are held at indoor and outdoor venues up and down West Street from circle to circle. The street reopens at midnight.

Even admission to the Fringe Festival is unique. You buy a button for $5 that allows you access to all free events and provides discounts at participating stores, bars, and restaurants throughout the festival. Most of the performances are free. But if you want to attend an event that has an admission fee, simply show your button, and you can buy a ticket.


What are Fringe Festivals?

Sound like fun? Good. But what exactly are Fringe Festivals? Well, quite simply, they are:
  • Uncensored. No one gets upset about swearing or nudity.
  • Open to participation. Ticket prices and production fees are low.
  • Original. They feature a wide array of original material.
  • Rapid-fire. Typically, technical elements are minimal, and shows are brief.
  • Rich in History. The concept first started in 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland, as an alternative festival that played concurrently with the Edinburgh International Festival. In 1948, Robert Kemp, a local journalist, gave it the name “Fringe.”
Source: United States Association of Fringe Festivals


Gather the entire family, and head to Chessie Jam: A Children’s Music Festival on Saturday from noon-6p.m. at Pier Six Pavilion. Watch your child’s eyes light up with delight as he or she sings and dances to performances by Milkshake, Recess Monkey, Father Goose, Justin Roberts, and Biz Markie from Yo Gabba Gabba. This fun-filled festival also includes face painting, an instrument petting zoo, a storybook village, a moon bounce, a photo booth, tie-dying, and many more fun and interactive activities. General admission tickets are $30.


Q & A

Q: Who invented the moon bounce?

A: The first inflatable structure was designed in 1959 by John Scurlock in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was experimenting with inflatable covers for tennis courts when he noticed that his employees enjoyed jumping on the covers.


Check out some other exciting events taking place this weekend.

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