25th Antique & Classic Boat Festival Comes To CBMM June 15-17

A collection of antique Silver Arrow Chris-Craft boats headlines the 25th anniversary celebration of the Antique & Classic Boat Festival, to be held at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD over Father’s Day weekend. The event takes place June 15-17 and is hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS).

Made in limited production in the late ‘50s, the 19′ Silver Arrow runabout is considered a collectable treasure today. Powered by a big V-8 Detroit engine, its unique design combines a wood hull with a sleek and sophisticated fiberglass exterior, distinguished by the Silver Arrow’s ‘50s-style tail fins.

The festival also features more than 100 antique and classic boats, as well as building demonstrations, maritime artists and craftsmen, craft vendors, and a nautical flea market featuring classic old boats, motors, and more. A selection of regional and grilled foods, beer and music will be provided throughout the festival.

As an ACBS-judged boat show, the festival brings visitors the opportunity to enjoy some of the finest antique and classic boats from across the country, which will be displayed in the water and on land at CBMM. Wood and early fiberglass-classics are featured— from runabouts to yachts, including race boats, work boats, launches, hydroplanes, and utilities.

Several boat models depicting unique, Chesapeake watercraft will also be on display, including Sea Skiffs, Owens cabin cruisers, and Whirlwind sport boats. The competition culminates in a Father’s Day award ceremony, where boat owners will be recognized for their commitment to antique and classic boat preservation and restoration.

The festival also features “The Arts at Navy Point,” where national artists and craftsmen offer maritime-themed items for boat and home. Children’s activities include boat-building craft projects, and a youth judging event that educates young girls and boys about the award-winning qualities of preserved and restored classic boats. Along the Fogg’s Landing side of CBMM’s campus, the festival’s “Field of Dreams” features an array of restorable classic boats and motors, along with other items for sale in a nautical flea market.

Festival hours are Friday, June 15, from 11am to 5pm; Saturday, June 16, from 10am to 5pm; and Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17, from 10am to 2pm. The festival includes admission to the museum’s twelve exhibit buildings, where authentic, Chesapeake boats and traditions are highlighted. The event is free for CBMM members and children under six, or $13 for adults; $10 for seniors; and $6 for children 6-17. For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit www.cbmm.org.

In photo: This restored Silver Arrow Chris-Craft runabout is one of more than 100 classic boats coming to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels for the 25th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival this Father’s Day weekend, June 15-17. With limited production in the late ‘50s, the Silver Arrow runabout is considered a collectable treasure today. Powered by a big V-8 Detroit engine, its unique design combines a wood hull with a sleek and sophisticated fiberglass exterior, distinguished by the Silver Arrow’s ‘50s-style tail fins. More information about the festival is at www.cbmm.org.

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