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CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERFRONT TOWN OF ST. MICHAELS
TO HOST 150TH CIVIL WAR ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND EVENT
ON JUNE 11-12
Come Learn Civil War History through Military Drill, Living History, Encampments and Music
Saturday Evening Soiree at Muskrat Park on the Banks of the Miles River
To Feature Civil War Musicians. Soldiers and Civilians in Uniform and Period Dress
ST. MICHAELS, MD (May 12, 2011) – The Town of St. Michaels, the St. Michaels Museum and the 7th Maryland Regiment Volunteer Infantry invite you to come join us on the weekend of June 11 and 12 to kick off the Civil War sesquicentennial with a weekend of drill, living history, an encampment and a Saturday evening soiree in Muskrat Park in the picturesque Town of St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Come and meet the re-enactors, learn about the uniforms, accoutrements and weapons used during the war or just sit by the water and enjoy the period music along St. Michael’s Harbor as the sun goes down.
“In commemoration of the Civil War, St. Michaels Museum is honored to partner with the 7th Maryland re-enactors for a weekend of living history,” said Marie Martin, President of St. Michaels Museum Board of Directors. “It will be an exciting day for all Marylanders to join us to recreate the Union troops making the trip from Easton by ferry to St. Michaels to drill at St. Mary’s Square. This event will be a great opportunity to keep our history alive.”
Reenacting the arrival of Union soldiers into St. Michaels by ferry for military drill during the Civil War, the 7th Maryland will be ferried into the St. Michael’s Harbor by The Patriot at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11. They will then march through town to historic St. Mary’s Square, on the grounds of the St. Michaels Museum, where they will recreate the military drill from years ago as the first troops to do so since the actual conflict. Please see below the full schedule of activities for the Civil War Weekend Event in St. Michaels.
The Schedule of Events for June 11 and 12th is:
Saturday, June 11
Approx 10 a.m. Soldiers arrive into St. Michael’s Harbor by The Patriot and march through Town to drill in St. Mary’s Square on the grounds of the St. Michaels Museum.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 7th Maryland will conduct drills and speak with visitors and residents about their lives as soldiers, their uniforms, arms and the company’s different engagements during the War.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Soldiers and civilians will walk the town in period dress and conduct a moveable living history.
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Soiree will be held in Muskrat Park with Civil War Music performed by Folk and Friends. The public is invited to enjoy the music along St. Michael’s Harbor.
Sunday, June 12
10 .am.- 12 noon Civil War Encampment in St. Mary’s Square will provide living history discussions about civilian and soldiers life during the war, the uniforms, accoutrements and weapons used during the war.
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. 7th Maryland Civil War soldiers and civilians will perform living history discussions on The Patriot’s 12:30 and 2:30 voyages.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. St. Michaels Museum will host a talk by author, Dan Toomey, writer of books on the Civil War in Maryland at the Women’s Club in St. Mary’s Square.
The 7th Maryland Volunteer Infantry Regiment was formed as a living memorial, providing a living history to honor the men and women who fought to preserve the Union during the War of the Rebellion from 1861 through 1865. The members strive to accurately portray the lifestyle of the period, with honor, dignity and respect to themselves, to each other and to those whom we honor. For more information on the
The St. Michaels Museum’s goal is to celebrate and promote the unique history of St. Michaels and the surrounding area through preservation and education and to serve as a key educational and social catalyst for positive change in St. Michaels. Tourists and residents alike enjoy the museum for the vivid interpretation of St. Michaels' culture and history, including the historic artifacts and the stories of the people preserved as oral histories, and a continuing calendar of dynamic programs and activities. Children learn to value and appreciate St. Michaels' history because of the museum's participatory programs and activities both in the classroom and on-site. For more information on the St. Michaels Museum, please visit the website at: http://www.stmichaelsmuseum.com
Pedaling the Eastern Shore
Fall's charms come alive in Talbot County, where visitors on two wheels can follow themed bike trails offering views of theChesapeake Bay.
The 29.6-mile Oxford/St. Michaels trail is recognized as one of the best in the region. The picture-postcard town of St. Michaels also has designated nature trails that meander from the eastern limits to Railroad Avenue.
If you feel like a respite, head for the St. Michaels Marina to take a cruise on the scenic Miles River aboard the Patriot, a 65-foot steamboat replica in operation since the 1960s.
Information: For a bike map, call the Talbot County Office of Tourism in Easton at 410-770-8000 or go to tourtalbot.org. For cruises, call 410-745-3100 or go to patriotcruises.com.
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael's, MD , its Board of Governors, staff, and relatives of the skipjack's builder will hold a news conference at 2 pm, Nov. 6 on Hooper Strait Lighthouse deck during OysterFest at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, MD.
They will announce a major skipjack restoration project, funded by $500,000 in philanthropic support and will conducted in the public's eye at the Museum's boat yard over the next three years. The skipjack being restored is the Rosie Parks, built by the legendary boat builder Bronza Parks who was murdered in 1958 by a disgruntled customer.