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Chesapeake Folk Festival Celebrates Bay's Hidden Treasures This July 28.

Saint Michaels, MD, May 24, 2012 --( Come to St. Michaels on Maryland's Eastern Shore and discover the Chesapeake's hidden gems from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, July 28 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's (CBMM) 5th Annual Chesapeake Folk Festival. This celebration of the Bay's people, arts, work, and bounty offers a full stage of live music all day long, regional foods, hands-on activities with regional craftspeople, small-craft paddling around the harbor, and more.

“Treasures of the Bay…Hidden in Plain Sight” is this year's theme, highlighting Chesapeake traditions off the beaten path. Attendees will delve into Bay customs—from creating an eel pot, to mending a gill net, to stitching a calico star on a quilt. Visitors of all ages can explore the stories and skills of tug and barge workers, learn about the real-life world of today's Chesapeake Native Americans, discover the connections between Mexican posole and Patapsco hominy, and learn how to make their own tortillas, among other activities.

Helping the Girl Scouts celebrate their 100th anniversary, this year's Chesapeake Folk Festival also includes the summertime games and songs of yesteryear and today. Grandparents and children alike can take part in a hawser tug of war and revive themselves by bobbing for peaches. An artisans tent will feature craftwork and fine art from regional artists—all on display and available for purchase.

New to the Folk Festival and highlighting this year's event is a special hands-on, multi-media sculpture project, which festival-goers will help create. Made possible by a generous grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, the “Stepping Out of the Boat” project will be led by noted mosaic artists Sue Stockman and Bobby Malzone, papier-mache folk artist “Mama Girl” (Mary Onley,) and wood carver Eric Applegarth. Featured in the sculpture will be the people, flora and fauna that continually shape the Chesapeake Bay's culture. The sculpture will remain on display at CBMM after the festival and will later be used in public school programming.

Set along the museum's waterfront, the day's activities include a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, including screenings of Maryland Public Television's Chesapeake Bay Week programming in the museum's Van Lennep Auditorium. Air-conditioned storytelling stages and exhibits, scenic river cruises aboard a buyboat or skipjack, Miles River breezes, shady trees, and sprinkler stations will provide plenty of chances for cooling off.

Slices of watermelon and cantaloupe, fresh steamed corn, soft crabs, barbeque chicken, homemade ice cream, lemonade, frosty beer, Smith Island Cake and other refreshments will be for sale throughout the day.

The historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand will host five bands throughout the day, including the Royal Oak Musicians, the renowned Northern Neck Shanty Singers, and the boogie woogie piano sounds of Daryl Davis, accompanied by the voice of Sombarkin' founder, Karen Somerville. The day's music culminates with a performance by a regional favorite, the all-woman group Zen Monkeys, who close out the stage with high-energy folk, rock, and funk performed with guitar, mandolin, and washboard.

From 10am until 5pm, Vincent dePaul Gisriel, Jr., author of Hearts Away, Bombs Away, will host a book signing at CBMM's Museum Store. He will meet and greet the public, and sign copies of the book for those wishing to purchase one.

The event is presented in partnership with Maryland Traditions and is generously sponsored by Maryland Public Television, What's Up? Publishing, and Pepsi Bottling Ventures. CBMM members, active military families, and children five and under enjoy free admission to the Chesapeake Folk Festival, with other tickets for the July 28 event available at the gate at $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $6 for children between the ages of six and 17. For more information about the Chesapeake Folk Festival, visit CBMM online or call 410-745-2916.

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