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Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning

Celebrate the spring equinox and the beginning of boating season by burning those nasty winter socks! The annual Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning takes place at the Annapolis Maritime Museum on Saturday March 19th, 2016. 

AOR 2015 GovThe tradition dates back to the mid-1980's and has been commemorated in 'Ode to Equinox,' which will be recited as the first sock is thrown on the fire.

There is live music by the Eastport Oyster Boys, who entertain with a wide variety of musical styles. A shucking contest provides a chance to show your shucking prowess.

Guests can purchase the People's Choice ticket and participate in an exclusive tasting contest.

Twelve local restaurants and catering companies compete to prepare their 'Best Oyster Dish.' For the young at heart, there will be fun activities and exhibits highlighting the area's unique maritime heritage and the importance of the oyster to the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Of course, there will be plenty of oysters – raw and roasted. BBQ, hotdogs, hamburgers, beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase.

Winter Lecture Series

The Annapolis Maritime Museum holds its annual Winter Lecture Series Thursday evenings at 7pm from mid-January through mid-March 2016. You will be challenged to question and to learn by engaging topic speakers on 8 diverse topics including maritime history, local history, science and maritime art. Below is the winter 2016 listing:

  • January 14: Celebrating Sailing- Gary Jobson, National Saling Hall of Fame
  • January 21: "So Ends This Day": The Life and Times of the USS Monitor from 1861 to Today- Dr. Anna Holloway, National Park Service
  • January 28: Tagging Blue Catfish: Following an invasive species and its Impacts on Chesapeake Bay Life- Dr. Mary Fabrizio, Virginia Institute of Marine Science 
  • February 4: Sailmaking: The Art and Science Over the Past 20 Years- Jonathan Bartlett & Will Keyworth, North Sails
  • February 11: War in the Chesapeake: The British Campaigns to Control the Bay, 1813-14- Dr. Charles Niemeyer, US Naval Academy & University of Central Oklahoma
  • February 18: Chesapeake Ferries: Bridging a Watery Divide- Pete Lesher, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
  • February 25: The Sinking of the RMS Lusitania: Putting Faces to the Tragedy- Dr. William B. Cogar, Historic Naval Ships Association
  • March 3: The Return of the Osprey: A Symbol of the Chesapeake Bay- Dr. Judy Wink, Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
 Click here for the full listing of 2016 Winter Lectures.


Art Exhibits

Click here for information on our current art exhibit.

The Buchanan Bay Room Gallery provides a wonderful waterfront venue for local artists and art organizations to exhibit their work. The gallery offers approximately 88 linear feet of well-lit, air-conditioned exhibition space for two dimensional artwork. The shows are all Maritime or Chesapeake Bay themed to complement the mission of the Museum and generally run for 6-8 weeks. Generally all displayed is for sale with partial proceeds benefitting the Museum.


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The Tides & Tunes Summer Concerts Series offers ten weeks of popular music from rock to folk to jazz with the incomparable backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay. Concerts are free; however, donations are requested. Food and spirits are available. The concerts are sponsored and supported by the popular Annapolis radio station WRNR. Check back for the summer 2016 line up.

 Boatyard Beach Bash

DSC 0491The Annual Boatyard Beach Bash is a fundraiser and an evening in paradise. This year's event had more star-power than ever with the addition of Jimmy Buffet's long-time keyboardist Michael Utley. He was joined by Coral Reefer Doyle Grisham, John Frinzi Band and Jim Morris. This diverse collection of talented musicians provided rare access to the Coral Reefers in an intimate setting with the incomparable backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay. The event included a private VIP reception with musicians. In addition to the concert the ticketed event included an extensive grilled buffet catered by the Boatyard Restaurant, and cocktails in our beachside setting.

The 12th annual Boatyard Beach Bash will be held Saturday September 17th, 2016.

View the Boatyard Beach Bash Gallery


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