Saturday, May 20, 2017

Here is what's coming up in Dorchester County

Here is what's coming up in Dorchester County on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
There are so many events going on in Dorchester in May that we decided to do a second events newsletter this month! Happy May!

Celebrating new additions at the Dorchester Visitor Center

Thanks to everyone who came and helped us celebrate the great things going on at the Dorchester Visitor Center on May 8. We cut the ribbon on the new Welcome Sign created by Cambridge Architectural using revolutionary technology, the new “Ode to Watermen” mural created by local artist Michael Rosato, and the visitor center’s recent facelift that included replacement of the elevated walkway and fresh paint. Did you know that the tourism industry provides more than one-fifth of the employment in Dorchester County? And that the number of visitors here has been growing? All good news for Dorchester!

Movies, concerts, yoga, and more "At the Sail"

To make better use of our beautiful spaces at the Dorchester Visitor Center, we are lining up some great "At the Sail" events. Here's what's happening this month: 

Two marinas offering free slips in May

ATTENTION BOATERS! Both the Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin and the Cambridge Yacht Club are offering free transient slip rental every Friday and Saturday night during the month of May (plus Sunday of Memorial Day weekend)! 
Harriet Tubman & Songs of Freedom
May 20
Listen to soul-stirring jazz, blues, and spirituals by the Marcus Shelby Quartet from California. Original music inspired by Harriet Tubman. At Layton's Chance Winery.
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Riverboat Cruises
Throughout May
Join the Choptank Riverboat Co. on a cruise on a riverboat while enjoying a crab feast, lunch, dinner, sightseeing, or murder mystery! Boats leave from Suicide Bridge Restaurant. Must register in advance.
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Chillin' on the Choptank
May 27
New event! Make your Memorial Day weekend fun and memorable with a wine, beer, oyster tasting and live jazz concert on the beautiful Choptank River waterfront.
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Cambridge HPC Awards
May 18: Awards ceremony to celebrate the extraordinary efforts made by local citizens to preserve their homes and businesses.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference
May 18-21: Scholars, historians, and Tubman enthusiasts gather for workshops and more.

At the Sail: Free Family Movie Night - Sing!
May 19: Bring the kids for a free movie on the Choptank River waterfront.

Relay for Life
May 19: Annual fundraising event to end cancer.

Cambridge Walking Tour
May 20: One-hour tour of historic High Street led by a costumed docent.

Skipjack Sail
May 20: Join a two-hour sail on the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. Must register in advance.

Afternoon Paint at the Wine Bar
May 20: An afternoon of painting and drinking wine. Bring home your work of art. No art experience required.

Strawberry Festival at Emily's Produce
May 20: It's National Pick Strawberries Day and the UPick patch will be open.

Music on the Nanticoke Concert
May 20: Mid-Shore Community Band performs on the waterfront in historic Vienna. Free.
Bird Walk
May 21: Join an expert birder for a bird watching trip through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. No experience needed.

John Wesley Wright Concert
May 21: Performance by Wright, a member of the acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble, and students from Salisbury University.

At the Sail: Waterfront Concert with Blackwater
May 26: Local favorites Blackwater performs on the waterfront during this free, family-friendly concert. 200 U.S. flags from the Flags for Heroes program will provide a spectacular backdrop.

Friday Night Live Comedy Series
May 26: Amateur comedians will take part in an open mic challenge where the audience vote helps determine the winner.

Beckwith Strawberry Festival
May 27: Strawberries, strawberry pies, strawberry shortcake, homemade soups, chicken salad sandwiches, hot dogs and more. Large outdoor flea market and crafts, too.

Americana Pickers and Vendors Marketplace
May 27: Multiple vendors selling antiques, primitives, books, and more.

Memorial Day Tribute
May 29: Remember the reason for the holiday during an 11am service at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge with American Legion Post #91.

Holiday Inn Express Grand Re-Opening
May 31: Celebrate the just completed renovations and updates. Free and open to all. 
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Sunday, May 14, 2017


On Thursday, May 11, ESSA presented a check for $250 to become a corporate sponsor of 
The Richardson Maritime Museum. 
The check was delivered by David Buchanan and Bruce Franz with Jane Devlin, Executive Director, accepting.
The Eastern Shore Sailing Association has encouraged recreational sailing on the Chesapeake since 1974. The Association has two chapters, one on the Choptank at Cambridge and one on the Nanticoke at Tyaskin. From May through October, races and cruising events are scheduled. On the Choptank, racing begins at 6:00 PM every Wednesday 
and every Thursday evening at 6:00 PM on the Nanticoke. 
Dave, Jane, and Bruce

Richardson Maritime Museum 10am - 4pm Saturdays
1pm - 4pm Sundays

Ruark Boatworks 11am - 3pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Brannock Education & Research Center Open By Appointment
ESSA on the Choptank

Thursday, April 13, 2017



Step back in time as you come out to dine!

Friday, April 14 
Saturday, April 15

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm 

401 High Street

Richardson Maritime Museum
401 High Street
P O Box 1198
Cambridge, Maryland 21613

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

CSR Meeting, Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10:00 AM

Good afternoon all:

This is just a reminder that we will be having a Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous meeting on Saturday, April 8th at 10 am.  Coffee will be on.

Please let us know if you will be in attendance.

Melissa T

Melissa T
Executive Assistant

Richardson Maritime Museum
401 High Street
P O Box 1198
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-221-1871 office

"Putting History on the Water"

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Second Saturday to benefits the Richardson Maritime Museum

 Downtown wants to thank local non-profits that make our community great! 

portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated. 

  • High Spot (benefits YMCA), 
  • Rock Lobstah (benefits Habitat Choptank),
  • Stoked (benefits DLAX), 
  • Black Water Bakery (benefits Baywater Animal Rescue), 
  • Jimmie and Sook’s (benefits Cambridge Main Street), 
  • RAR Brewing (benefits Richardson Museum).
Party and Dine: Profits for the Non-Profits.

Heads up for the Weekend!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Working Waterfront on Cambridge Creek, DNr restores railway to 200 Tons

Cambridge Marine Terminal Railway

            The Cambridge Marine Terminal Railway, located at 301 Cemetery Ave., Cambridge, MD on Cambridge Creek, has served the Department of Natural Resources as its major marine repair facility since 1974. This State owned facility has the only railway and dry dock system capable of hauling vessels up to 120 feet in length and weight displacement of 200 short tons.  This centrally located railway is in heavy demand year round and is essential for keeping DNR’s fleet of vessels operational, safe and well maintained.  The recently completed project replaced the aged and deteriorated railway after 34 years of extensive use.  Structural problems had developed through gradual deterioration in the timber rail system.  Inspections and test results concluded the system which was rated for 100 tons was not safe to operate and in 2006 operations were ceased.

            An all steel railway system and cradle was fabricated and installed on a new pile foundation.  This will facilitate vessels 150 feet in length and weight displacement of 200 short tons.

            DNR’s Marine Construction Division operates the railway, and the vessels they maintain are large steel haul barges and tug boats used in the construction of piers, bulkheads, stone jetties, public boat ramps and dredging of channels.  Natural Resource Police vessels are used for law enforcement and setting navigational buoys channel markers.  Other larger steel haul vessels maintained at this facility, such as the Big Lou and Widener, are used for ice breaking operations during the winter months to keep channels open and safe for commercial waterman while harvesting seafood.  These vessels also collect floating debris in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, which may cause a navigational hazard.

            The Cambridge Marine Terminal Railway also assists NOAA’s research vessels based at the Oxford Cooperative Lab, state and county agencies needing assistance and emergency hauling.  Although not open for public use, privately owned vessels in distress or sinking, which may result in a fuel or oil release into the water, will be considered for extraction.