Spring is in the air at the Calvert Marine Museum! Programs and activities are planned for all ages in April. The museum also participates in Light It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Month. Every night in April, the Drum Point Lighthouse can be seen with a beautiful blue glow to promote understanding and acceptance for people with Autism. For a complete listing of programs and activities this month, visit the website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.
Tuesday, April 9 – Earth, Wind & Fire Member Ticket Sale 10:00 a.m. Tickets for museum members go on sale for Earth, Wind, and Fire. This concert will take place on July 3 at the PNC Waterside Pavilion, located at the Calvert Marine Museum. To purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/CMM-EWF or call 1-800-787-9454. Museum members have the opportunity to purchase tickets ahead of the general public. To become a member, visit bit.ly/CMMmembership.
Tuesday, April 9; Thursday, April 11; Wednesday, April 17 – Sea Squirts 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. This month’s theme is O is for Otter! FREE drop-in program for children ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers. Space is limited; if the session is full, another program will be offered at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, April 11 – Where the River Meets the Bay Lecture Series 7:00 p.m. in the Harms Gallery. 7 p.m. in the Harms Gallery. This series of lectures explores the history and natural environment of the unique region in which we reside. Anaconda’s Tail: The Civil War in Southern Maryland presented by Don Shomette. FREE.
Friday, April 12 – Doofus 7:00 p.m. The Maritime Performance Series presents Doofus. This lively old-time band consists of two couples: Neal & Coleen Walters, elected to the Autoharp Hall of Fame in 2011, and John & Heidi Cerrigione. Together they sing and play guitar, autoharp, mountain and hammered dulcimer, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and acoustic bass. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with beer and wine available for sale. Tickets are $20 online, $25 at the door, and available at bit.ly/MaritimeConcerts.
Tuesday, April 16 – Earth, Wind & Fire Public Ticket Sale 10:00 a.m. Tickets for the general public go on sale for Earth, Wind, and Fire. This concert will take place on July 3 at the PNC Waterside Pavilion, located at the Calvert Marine Museum. To purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/CMM-EWF or call 1-800-787-9454. Museum members have the opportunity to purchase tickets ahead of the general public. To become a member, visit bit.ly/CMMmembership.
Wednesday, April 17 – Eco-Invaders 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Explore how fragile the bay ecosystem can be when nonnative animals or plants are introduced and begin to take over. This program stars “Frankenfish” – the Northern Snakehead – and other perhaps more surprising culprits. Play the Aquainvaders game (ages 6+) to learn how native species are affected by Eco-Invaders at 11 am, 1 pm, or 2 pm. Programming is included with museum admission.
Thursday, April 18 – Saturday, April 20 – Jewelry Trunk Show 10:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Join us for three special days at the Museum Store during our annual Jewelry Trunk Show! We are excited to welcome back beautiful collections from Michelle Pressler, Mickey Lynn, and VIELÄ. Come shop with us and get a new look for the warmer weather ahead. Plus, enjoy a FREE box of sea salt caramels with any jewelry purchase of $50 or more!
Thursday, April 18 – Birds of the Marsh 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Join one of our interpreters for a guided marsh walk at 11 am, 1 pm, or 2 pm to explore and observe the birds that make their homes in our salt marsh. Learn how to identify birds by their tracks and feathers. Play the Migration Game to discover just how difficult it is for our feathered friends to make their seasonal journeys! Activities planned for ages 4 – 10. Programming is included with museum admission.
Thursday, April 18 – Planning for Your Future Seminar Series 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Making Your Money Last: Developing a Retirement Income Strategy presented by Eric Eitel of Edward Jones. Admission is free; preregistration is required by contacting Pam Paterson, CMM Director of Philanthropy, at 410-326-2042 ext. 13 or Pamela.Paterson@calvertcountymd.gov.
Friday, April 19 – Maritime History Day 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Come and learn about Southern Maryland’s early maritime history. Ongoing activities include map making, navigation, historic GPS, and a training sail. Take a tour of our Maritime History Gallery led by a historic character that will give insights into what Solomons was like 100 years ago at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Activities planned for ages 5+. Programming is included with museum admission.
Saturday, April 20 – Fossil Egg Hunt 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Back by popular demand! Look for eggs with real fossils inside, hidden throughout the museum. Participants will be given a container for egg collection; no baskets are needed! After finishing your hunt, docents will identify your fossil finds. A follow-up activity will allow you to “excavate” fossils from matrix, using the tools of a paleontologist. Activities planned for ages 3 – 10. Programming is included with museum admission.
Saturday, April 20 – Museum Members Save 20% 10:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Museum members enjoy a 20% discount in the Museum Store all day, and on the 20th of every month!
Monday, April 22 – Earth Day 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Join us as we celebrate Earth Day at the Calvert Marine Museum. From 12 pm – 1 pm participate in a marine debris survey in our salt marsh, and discover how plastics impact the animals of the Chesapeake Bay. Drop-in craft made from recycled materials from 11 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 2 pm. Programming is included with museum admission.
Thursday, April 25 – Little Minnows 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. This month’s theme is Outrageous Otter! A program for children ages 3 to 5 years and their caregivers. Fee is $5, CMM members are FREE.
Saturday, April 27 – Fossil Club Meeting and Lecture Meeting at 1 p.m., followed by a public lecture at 2:30 p.m. in the Harms Gallery. Dr. Ralph Eshelman will present the lecture entitled: Terrestrial Mammal Fossils from the Miocene Chesapeake Group.
Saturday, April 27 – Toy Boat Building 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Toy boat building, sponsored by the Patuxent Small Craft Guild, has been part of the museum for over 30 years and is offered on the fourth Saturday of every month. $2 donation per boat requested. Museum admission required. For ages 5 and up.