Maritime Heritage Festival a go this Saturday

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On Saturday, June 14, Historic St. Mary’s City hosts the sixth annual Maritime Heritage Festival from 10 until 5. After the day of nautical fun, stay for An Evening on Aldermanbury Street and enjoy dinner and music under the stars on the State House green.

During the day, festival goers will enjoy many interactive and hands-on activities – sing a chantey, tie a knot, smile at a jollyboat, or sit on a sloop. The day will be educational, too – learn about underwater archaeology, boating safety, explore visiting small craft. There will entertainment for all – relax to music by Ship Company Chanteymen, Charlie Zahm, and fiddler Tad Marks.

Skipjack Dee of St. Mary’s will depart at 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. for 1-hour river cruises. There is a surcharge for the boat ride and reservations are recommended.

Don’t forget to wish HSMC’s pinnace, the Maryland Dove, a happy birthday. She turns 30 this year, a ripe, old age for a wooden ship.

After the fun-packed day, An Evening on Aldermanbury will provide a feast of honey barbeque chicken, pulled pork, all-beef franks, salads, sides, and scrumptious desserts until 7 p.m. Enjoy the sounds and musical styling of Zahm, Marks, and the Ship’s Company Chanteymen who will serenade diners until the close of the day.

Admission to the museum is free for Friends members or $10.00 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students, and $3.50 for children from 6-12 years.

There is a surcharge for the skipjack cruise (adults pay $15 and children are $10 apiece) and for the evening activities ($25). Friends members receive discount pricing for both events ($20 for dinner and $10 adult/$7.50 child for the skipjack ride).

To make a reservation for the cruise, or the evening activities, please contact Porzia at 240-895-4960

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