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Posted on: February 26, 2016


February 26, 2016
For Immediate Release - Also include in community calendars


March is a marvelous time to visit the Calvert Marine Museum with activities and programs for all members of the family. For a complete listing of events, visit the website at

In March, see the newest temporary exhibit - “Creature Comforts” from the Museum of Maritime Pets. Traveling all the way from British Columbia, this is a must-see for all ages highlighting various ships’ mascots and animal companions from the late 19th century through the Korean War.

Friday, March 4 - First Free Friday - Youth Art Show
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The museum is open and free to the public with docents in every gallery. Celebrate Youth Art Month with “Portraits of the Chesapeake” featuring beautiful artwork by Calvert Counties K-12 art students. The opening reception begins at 5:00 p.m. Hear the Calvert High School Chamber Orchestra in the Harms Gallery starting at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 5 – Realm of the Tyrant King: Last Days of the Dinosaurs in the American West
2:30 p.m. in the Harms Gallery. All ages are welcome to learn about one of the largest predators that ever walked the earth! Dr. Holtz is a dynamic speaker and Senior Lecturer in vertebrae paleontology in the Department of Geology at the University of Maryland. Free lecture sponsored by the Clarissa and Lincoln Dryden Endowment for Paleontology.

Tuesday, March 8, Thursday, March 10, and Wednesday, March 16 - Sea Squirts
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. An Oyster Is My Home is the theme. Learn about all the animals that live around the oyster reef. Free drop-in program for children 18 months to 3 years old and their caregivers.

Friday, March 11 - PEM Talks presents Kate Livie
7:00 p.m. in the Harms Gallery – FREE event. Kate Livie presents her new book Chesapeake Oysters: The Bay's Foundation & Future followed by a book signing. Livie is the Director of Education at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Her book explores the history, culture, and future of the bay's beloved bivalve, from the oyster middens of the Chesapeake Indians to today's oyster farms. Samples of shucked, Chesapeake oysters provided by Shore Thing Shellfish, LLC and Hollywood Oyster Company will be available.

Thursday, March 24 – Little Minnows: Special Guest – Author, Elaine Ann Allen
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. School age children are invited to join their younger siblings for the Little Minnows program for children 3 to 5 years old. Ms. Allen writes children’s books about sea life in the Chesapeake Bay. These include Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay and Mallory the Forgetful Duck, to mention a few, that are available in the Museum Store. Make a stick puppet and participate in the puppet show. Book signings will follow this FREE program sponsored by PNC Grow Up Great.

SPRING BREAK FUN – March 21 through March 28. All FREE with museum admission!

Monday, March 21 – River to Bay Maker Stations
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Ongoing and rotating stations in the Harms Gallery. Take a look at plankton under a microscope, play with the food chain, and explore animal adaptations.

Tuesday, March 22 – All About Plants
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Take a tour of the upland marsh and discover what plants grow best in this environment. Wander through our Children’s Maritime Garden and explore the different areas and the treasures they hold. Plant your own seed to take home and wait for it to “spring” forth! For ages 5 - 10.

Wednesday, March 23 – Meet the Lighthouse Keeper
11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Come and meet a costumed interpreter playing the Drum Point Lighthouse Keeper. Learn what life was like living in a lighthouse in the early 1900’s and what the children did for entertainment. All ages welcome.

Thursday, March 24 – Critter Talks in the Harms Gallery
11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Get up close to meet the critters and learn interesting facts about animals that live in the marsh and bay.

Friday, March 25 – Birds of the Marsh
11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Learn about the birds that visit our marsh and the ones that stay all year round. Make your own birdhouse out of recycled materials. For ages 5-10.

Saturday, March 26 - Fossil Egg Hunt
10:30 a.m. Our annual Fossil Egg Hunt is back by popular demand! Look for eggs with real fossils inside, hidden throughout the museum. For children age 3-8, divided into two age groups. Please bring your own basket for collecting eggs. Participants may keep the fossils. Docents will be on hand to help with fossil identification.

Monday, March 28 – Predator/Prey Day
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Join in some fun activities as we learn about predator /prey relationships. Find out about the many ways that animals avoid falling prey to a predator.

Saturday, March 26 - Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields
2:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration. Learn some tips and tricks with local renowned chef and author, John Shields with the presentation of his newest 25th anniversary edition of “Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields.” Taste samples of Pauleen’s Seafood Gumbo and cornbread. Purchase his book in the Museum Store and have it signed for that added touch!

Press Contact: Traci Cimini - call 410-326-2042 ext. 62 or email

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors, military with valid I.D. and AAA members, and $4.00 for children ages 5 - 12; children under 5 and museum members are always admitted free. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website at or call 410-326-2042. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest.

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