Chesapeake Bay Magazine's Talk of the Bay

As we find ourselves in the midst of Chesapeake country winter, we boaters often wonder what on earth we're supposed to do with ourselves while the weather is cold and dreary. Fear not, fellow boaters, there are plenty of ways to keep your minds focused on boating. There are the winter boat shows (info just to the right), a visit to one of the Bay's many wonderful maritime museums (inspiration below), plus many thought-provoking and interesting winter seminar series.

Most of these seminar series are put on by maritime museums, but others are sponsored by Bay boating clubs, fishing groups and even tackle shops. Some of our favorites include the Annapolis Maritime Museum's Winter Lecture Series (Thursday evenings, 7 p.m.); the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's Winter Speaker Series; the Mariners' Museum's Spring Lecture Series; and the Windjammers of the Chesapeake's Winter Lecture Series. Others are posted and updated on our Cruisers Calendar. Our list of Bay maritime museums is another great reference as well.

We've listed a few museum offerings below, just in case you need inspiration.

Winter Speaker Series: This Old Chesapeake House
Tuesday, February 5; 1pm in Van Lennep Auditorium
Elizabeth Beckley of Preservation Maryland will discuss her career as a historical restorer, old house aficionado, owner, and preservationist.

Exhibit Spotlight: History on the Half Shell: Oystering on the Chesapeake Wednesday, February 13, 2013; 5:30pm, Van Lennep Auditorium
Kate Livie explores the rich (and tasty!) 400-year relationship between the Chesapeake's people and its "founding shellfish."

ChesAdventures February 2, 9, 16, 23
Children ages 4-9 can fill their Saturdays with two hours of fun-filled and challenging hands-on games, arts and crafts, and storytelling at the Museum's ChesAdventures

The Mariner's Museum in Newport News has some great new exhibits, including:

Abandon Ship! Through dramatic videos, personal stories and interactive displays, you can experience the chaos of a shipwreck, the desperation and courage of surviving and the joy of rescue.

The Enemy's in Sight! Presenting a narrative of the War of 1812 through a "tongue-in-cheek" timeline highlighting four naval themes of the War of 1812.

Complete Listing of Chesapeake Bay Museums.

Also up on our website this February is our annual Best of the Bay Survey! Bigger and better than ever, our survey gives you the chance to promote your favorite marinas, restaurants, maritime businesses and more. So head on over to and cast your vote now! The results will appear in our June issue along with the results of our annual Best of the Bay Photo Contest (which you should also enter, by the way, here).

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      It's Show Time!
Atlantic City International Power Boat Show: February 6-10, 2013, Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ

Baltimore Boat Show, February 28-March 3, 2013, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD

Want to live in a lighthouse? Wolf Trap Light Station is on the market for $249,500

The Coast Guard announces the date of a formal hearing on the sinking of the Bounty has been scheduled

Oak Creek Landing gets a new double ramp with a floating pier

Dredging begins on the Nanticoke

Both boaters charged in the accident involving Rep. Don Dwyer


Zebra mussels back in the news

How bad is winter crab dredging?

Is your Maryland crab cake "True Blue"?


2012 Annual Report Card shows slight improvement, with call to step up effort

The C-Hawk 23 Special is built in North Carolina, but her design comes from noted Maryland workboat designer Robert Meekins.


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