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Posted on: August 24, 2017



P.O. Box 97 - 14200 Solomons Island Road

Solomons, MD 20688

Traci Cimini - 410-326-2042 x62


August 24, 2017

For Immediate Release ~ Also include in community calendars




September is a busy month at the Calvert Marine Museum! Activities and events are scheduled for all members of the family. Visit the website at for a complete listing.

Friday, Sept. 1 – First FREE Friday

5 p.m. – 8 p.m. The museum and Drum Point Lighthouse are open and FREE to the public with docents in every gallery. Enjoy FREE 30-minute cruises on the Tennison. Entertainment will be provided by the Navy Band Sea Chanters at 6 p.m. on the outdoor PNC Waterside Pavilion Stage. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair. The Museum Store will be open.

Tuesday, Sept. 12, Thursday, Sept. 14, and Wednesday, Sept. 20 – Sea Squirts

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Terrific Turtles! Free drop-in program for children 18-months to 3 years and their caregivers. Limited space available.

Thursday, Sept. 14 – At the Water’s Edge Lecture Series

7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Join us in the Harms Gallery for “African American Leisure Destinations around Washington, D.C.” presented by Patsy Mose Fletcher, the first in a series of lectures about recreation on Calvert County’s Waterways 1890 through the 1970’s. FREE to the public.

Friday, Sept. 15 – Creole Gumbo Jazz Band

7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The Maritime Performance Series presents Creole Gumbo Jazz Band in the Harms Gallery. The group was founded in 2009 by Jim Ritter, a cornetist with a long history of playing early New Orleans jazz. Other members of the band include Gary Gregg, who uses an Albert-system clarinet, Tom Holtz on tuba, and Rick Rowe on banjo. Their music is alternately gentle and brash, inventive, and intuitive with musicians playing off of one another. Each concert is replete with tidbits of jazz history about how this music developed in New Orleans between 1900 and 1929. The tunes are mostly from the Roaring Twenties when jazz was America’s popular music. Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door and available at

Saturday, Sept. 16 – Fossil Field Experience

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Come and explore the fossils at Cove Point Beach with a trained guide. Cost is $20 and includes museum admission. Space is limited. Preregistration required. Call 410-326-2042, ext. 41.

Saturday, Sept. 16 – Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club Meeting and Public Lecture

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Fossil Club Meetings are open to the public and held in the museum's 3rd floor Lounge. FREE public lecture to follow at 2:30 p.m. in the Harms Gallery.

2:30 p.m. Join members of the Calvert Marine Museum’s Fossil Club for a FREE lecture in the Harms Gallery. Fossil enthusiast Tim Foard will speak on what he has learned from examining and studying petrified wood and how this information tells us more about the prehistoric world.

Saturday, Sept. 16 – Aww…Shucks Oyster Social

4 – 7 p.m. Join us for the museum’s annual fundraiser for the Dee of St. Mary’s. Indulge in the fattest and saltiest oysters on the half shell from 4 – 7 p.m. under the lighthouse. Enjoy heavy hors d’ oeuvres, beer and wine, and live music. Tickets are $75 each and available online at Proceeds from this year’s event will support a new endowment for the Dee. 

Saturday, Sept. 16 and Sunday, Sept. 17 – 11th Annual Maryland Lighthouse Challenge

8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Visit ten lighthouses in a weekend and see two (Drum Point Lighthouse and Cove Point Lighthouse) of these jewels in Calvert County! Challengers receive a complimentary souvenir at each location. Shuttle buses will run from the Calvert Marine Museum beginning at
8 a.m. with the last one departing at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Drum Point Lighthouse will close at 4 p.m.; participants will still be able to see the lighthouse exterior and receive their stamp.

Tuesday, Sept. 19 – Rachel Eddy in Concert

7 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Road Scholar Summer Music Series presents Rachel Eddy in the Harms Gallery. Eddy was born and raised in rural West Virginia. She grew up listening to local fiddlers, her father among them, going to old-time festivals, and attending square dances. Rachel now performs and teaches full-time on fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, and bass. She spent time performing and teaching in Stockholm and recently performed at CMM with the Ken and Brad Kolodner Trio. Tickets are $10 each and available at the door (cash or check). Doors open at 6 p.m. with beer and wine for sale.

Thursday, Sept. 21 – Gills Club

5:30 – 7 p.m. FREE program for girls interested in learning more about sharks. Gills Club is a STEM-focused program from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy with activities designed for girls ages 7 – 12. Preregistration is required; email for more information and to register.

Saturday, Sept. 23 – Toy Boat Building

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Make a toy boat in the Maritime History Hall with sessions starting on the half hour. $2 donation per boat requested. Museum admission required.

Thursday, Sept. 28 –Little Minnows

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. A program for children age 3 – 5 and their caregivers. The theme is Migration!

Fee is $5, members are FREE.

Friday, Sept. 29 –Pirate Day

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Throw on your best pirate outfit and head to the museum to hear pirate stories, sing sea chanteys, make a pirate hat, get a pirate tattoo, learn to tie knots and walk the plank on our pirate ship. Museum admission applies.

Saturday, Sept. 30 – Dee of St. Mary’s Public Sail

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sail aboard the Dee for the last public sail of the season and experience the Patuxent River like never before! The boat leaves from the museum dock. Fee is $25 for ages 13 and up, $15 for children 5 – 12. No children under 5 please. Preregistration required, call 410-326-2042 ext. 41 to register.



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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