CHMM Maritime Days Returns!

The CHMM’s #1 FUNdraiser of the year, Maritime Days, will be held September 10 – 12. This weekend will be jam-packed with fun events for the whole family.

Friday Evening:

Kicking off the weekend Friday night at 6:30 on the waterfront will be Maritime Tavern Night – an Evening of Sea Shanties, Trivia, Pizza, and Beer! The popular sea shanty singing group, The Portermen, will bring rhythmical traditional folk songs back to life.


Attendees will also be able to test their local historical trivia knowledge with Yeat Yeat, Don’t Tell Me – Live!”  hosted by celebrity guests. Prizes will be awarded to the teams with the most points.

Beer, refreshments, and “Best Newburyport Pizza Palooza” pizza contest. Attendees will get to try a plethora of different local pizzas and vote on their favorite.



From 9:00 am – 1:00 pm:  Maritime Days History Mystery Chase

Interactive TREASURE HUNT  –  A fun interactive event that engages you in Newburyport’s past. Participants will need to work as a team to solve the elaborate, and yes challenging, clues to find the hidden treasure.  Twenty (20) teams of 6 individuals using their wit and wisdom will race around Newburyport to solve the clues. The Treasure Hunt kicks off with Abraham’s continental breakfast at 9:00 under the CHMM tent. During this FUNdraiser we want to promote local businesses and encourage the participants to spend time exploring THE PORT after the race.


Museum Open House

The museum will be open free to the public both Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday from 12 pm – 4 pm. A museum open house will be held Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm.

CHMM OPEN HOUSE Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm:


11:30 AM Joe Ponti, a member of the Class of 1961 from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, will be giving a free talk entitled, “Clipper ships….an American Odyssey”

1:30 PM Bob Pokress, a member of the Class of 1969 from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy,  will be giving a free talk entitled, “African Americans, the Massachusetts and the Birth of The U.S. Coast Guard”


Booths with celestial navigation instruments and a “Make Your Own Quadrant” activity for the children, as well as booths with Museum Store and CAtCH Events information.

The Southern NH Ukulele Group will provide entertainment from 12:30 – 2:00.

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A HUGE thanks to our sponsors!

Pizza Sponsors:

Anchor                                                                              Leo’s                                                                                Nick’s                                                                        Otto                                                                        Oregano                                                                Pomodori’s                                                                Port Pizza                                                                Stone Crust/Famous

    Beer and Alcohol Sponsors:

Privateer Rum                                                    Ipswich Ale                                                      RiverWalk Brewery                                                 New England Wine and Spirits                                                 

Prize Sponsor:

Advantage Yacht Sales