Gather some friends and join us for the Aww… Shucks Oyster Social, our annual fundraiser for the Dee of St. Mary’s on Saturday, October 24. Guests will indulge in the fattest and saltiest oysters, both scalded and on the half shell from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Enjoy heavy hors d’ oeuvres, beer and wine, live music, and a silent auction. Tickets are $75 each and available online at

Since acquiring the Dee in 2013, utilization of the skipjack has increased with educational programs, private charters, and public and sunset sails that have enabled many people to experience this floating classroom. Our volunteer crew has invested hundreds of hours maintaining this vessel. This year, the Calvert Marine Museum will work with SMECO to remove and repair the 76ft. central mast and replace all of the mainsail’s rigging – no small undertaking.  We are constantly faced with new and exciting challenges in caring for this wooden workboat, and we need your help.

The event will include live music by Jeff Farias and Gary Rue, a silent auction featuring a private cruise aboard the Dee with Captain Jack Russell and 30 of the winner’s closest friends, Dee inspired artwork, and more. Beer and wine, compliments of Bozick Distributors, along with heavy hors d’ oeuvres by our local restaurants promise an evening of fun and friendship, all in support of the Dee.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at all levels and include complimentary tickets to the event, along with other unique benefits. Please contact Vanessa Gill at 410-326-2042 ext. 18 or email for more information. Please join us in caring for this beautiful piece of Chesapeake Bay history.