Classic Motor Museum

Thanks to countless volunteers, the Classic Motor Museum (CMM) in St. Michaels is up and running seven days a week through November. The campus is open to guests from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. It is located at 102 East Marengo Street.

This living museum is dedicated, in part, to educating the next generation of technicians trained in the art of classic vehicle restoration and maintenance. Fans of classic vehicles will find a rotating collection that offers a different experience with each return visit. The collection will include pre-World War II classics, post-WWII sports cars and modern specialty cars like Corvettes, Mustangs and rat rods. Visitors will also be able to pore over an extensive collection of motoring artifacts, including classic models and a comprehensive automotive library.

In other exciting news, the CMM has a new executive director, Anita Hulo Schneider, and there are new plans in the works for such things as an inaugural fundraiser in the fall and Driver’s Ed classes coming to the campus.

A former veteran of the U.S. Army, Anita has over 20 years in business management, managing daily operations. She enjoys “having a variety of things arising every day and thrives on keeping all the plates spinning on poles.”

Her non-profit experience is her six years on the board of the Miles River Yacht Club, which culminated in her serving as Commodore in 2016-17. “I learned a lot there about the operations and infrastructure of a non-profit during many volunteer hours,” she said.

The CMM needed “a chief cook and bottle washer and someone to be the face of the museum,” she said with humor in her voice. “They put the fancy title of Executive Director on it, but I really do everything from the cleaning to the representing of the museum with the public and in meetings.”

The Motormouth series continues, featuring speakers sharing stories about their vehicle adventures. “Tad Talks,” featuring Tad duPont talking about what’s on his classic car mind, is also popular among members and continues in 2019. The public is welcome to the museum every Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. for Cars & Coffee. Car enthusiasts come from all over the Eastern Shore and beyond to hang out and talk cars. Blue Herron Coffee provides the coffee at these gatherings, which can attract dozens of curious car lovers.

New this year, clubs and groups of up to 37 people can rent the beautifully furnished meeting space on the museum campus in The Struthers Family Educational Center. Also, the museum has been diligently working on hosting Driver’s Ed classes at the Struthers Family Education Center on the museum campus for two weeks this summer, which would fill a large void in the Bay Hundred.

The First Gear program for students interested in restoring classic cars is in the process of getting a new project car for 2019. The museum will again host Auto Fest on Saturday, September 28 to promote and support Concours d’Elegance, coming to St. Michaels on September 29. A fundraiser currently in the works for October 12 involves blue jeans, cowboy boots and good old fashioned barn dancing.

Visit the museum’s Facebook page or the website at classicmotormuseum.org to learn about volunteer opportunities and fun events. Contact Anita at 410-745-8979 or classicmotormuseum@gmail.com.

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