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The Straight Eights Car Club invites you to attend the 28th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD.  While not an official club event (we are not participating in the car show this year), this is a great destination for a road trip to see vintage boats (and cars). While a caravan to the event is possible, we may need a volunteer to lead it.  Email Lou at if you would like to lead or be part of a caravan on Saturday, June 20. Ideal departure time from the DC Metro area is 9:00 am.

Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS), this Father’s Day weekend event brings an era of by-gone days to the Miles River and CBMM’s waterfront campus. Wooden classics, vintage race boats, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats will be on display, many of which you may board and tour.

This year, the festival features a selection of Chesapeake Bay-built workboats. Along with the East Coast’s largest collection of antique and classic boats, the festival’s signature Arts at Navy Point pavilion brings 70 juried fine artists, craftspeople, and vendors offering nautical and maritime-themed items for boat and home. In addition, a local car club will be displaying antique and collectible automobiles on the grounds for spectators’ enjoyment, adding to the ambiance of the event.

Boats range from runabouts to yachts, including race boats, work boats, launches, hydroplanes, and utilities. Workshops and seminars, building demonstrations, family activities, and a nautical flea market will be available throughout the weekend, along with a selection of regional and grilled foods, beverages, and music. 

Festival hours are Friday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm; Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; and Father’s Day, Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The festival includes two-day admission to all museum exhibits where authentic Chesapeake boats and traditions are highlighted. The event is free for CBMM members and children under six, or $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and students with ID; and $6 for children 6-17. Boat rides and food are an additional cost. For more information, call 410-745-2916.

Visit for more information about the Chesapeake Chapter of the ACBS.







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