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Maryland town embraces small-craft festival

Throughout the waterfront town of St. Michaels, Md., the art of “small craft” will be celebrated among boutiques, galleries and restaurants in connection with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s 32nd annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival, which takes place Oct. 3-5.

The festival brings a collection of small craft to the museum’s Miles River waterfront, along with live music, scenic river cruises, food, beverages, and more. 

“While we’re exhibiting and celebrating the best of small watercraft along our campus, we thought our guests would appreciate an extension of the experience throughout historic St. Michaels’ unique shops, galleries and fine restaurants,” museum president Kristen Greenaway said.

During the festival, local restaurants will feature signature small plate and seafood-themed dishes. Several of St. Michaels’ boutiques and galleries will also be offering locally made hand-crafted items as well as other weekend specials. Samplings of locally made, small batch rum, beer and wine will be offered at St. Michaels’ historic Mill as part of the weekend celebration.

At the museum, sailing skiffs, rowing shells, kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, prams and other one-of-a-kind boats will be in the water and on land for its Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival.

The Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival is free for museum members and children under six, otherwise admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with ID, and $6 for children ages 6 to 17, with all museum exhibits included in admission. For information, visit or call (410) 745-2916.