Ward Brothers Workshop Open

The Ward Brothers Workshop on Sackertown Road will be open to the public on the following days, from 10:30 am to 2 pm: Sept. 15; October 6 and 20. Admission is free.

Shakespeare on the Chesapeake!

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Read the full press release here.

Family Frames, a documentary film by Dr. Jana Kopelent Rehak.  Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1 pm at the J. Millard Tawes Museum. Reading old family photographs with islanders, as these are archived in albums, boxes or bags, opens doors into a shared past and present on Smith Island. Old island photos hold memories that unlock individual and social memories. When islanders read their family photographs, they identify kinship ties first and comment on the land, houses, or activities in the photos. By the references to these points, Smith Islanders tell the story of the history of the island. Dr. Jana Kopelent Rehak will present the documentary, educating the general public about Smith Island’s unique heritage, history and traditions.  Presented courtesy of Somerset County Library.

Is Smith Island English Shakespeare’s English?  A lecture by Professor Natalie Schilling of Georgetown University.  Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 pm at the J. Millard Tawes Museum.  Popular belief holds that the distinctive accent and dialect of Smith and Tangier Islands is descended from Elizabethan English.  Does research support this colorful history?  Professor of Linguistics Natalie Schilling will describe the findings of her years-long research on the speech of Smith Islanders.  Program is free to the public.  Refreshments will be served.  This program is supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.

Island Speakers Panel, Sunday, Sept. 16 at 3 pm at the J. Millard Tawes Museum.    After hearing a the lecture by Professor Natalie Schilling on the relationship between the speech of Smith Island and that of Shakespeare’s time, explore the living language of the coastal Chesapeake islands at the Island Speaker’s Panel.  Native residents of Smith and Tangier Islands will discuss their memories and experiences of their distinctive speech during this informal presentation.  Former Executive Director of the Smith Island Cultural Center and Smith Island native, Sherri Marsh Johns will facilitate.  Program is free to the public.  Refreshments will be served.  This program is supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.

Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Sunday, September 16, 7:30 pm.  Enjoy an outdoors performance of Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It at Somers Cove Marina.  The Forest of Arden comes alive in Brown Box Theatre Project’s 8th Annual Free Outdoor Shakespeare tour. When a motley cast of characters finds themselves banished from the court, misdirection, desire, and serendipity unite to form a tangled web of identity and love that could only be possible in this pastoral haven, where gender roles, politics, and expectations are turned upside-down.  As You Like It will transport audiences into the heart of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies in a can’t-miss multi-state tour.  The performance is free to the public.  A limited number of chairs will be provided, so consider bringing your beach chairs or picnic blankets.  Read the press release here.


Dock Day 2018

Saturday, September 29, 11 am to 3 pm.  Join us for a waterfront festival celebrating the history and fishing culture of the Chesapeake.  Highlights include in-water boats, great local food from LMEN Seafood, Eric Banks Fire Wagon, Mr. Frosty and more, children’s activities, and entertainment by the CHS Marching Band, Meghan Brittingham and Rukie Dize.  There will be demonstrations of oyster shucking and tonging, crab pot construction, fish cutting, knot tying, arrowhead making, and Native American weapons.  Don’t miss the seafood cooking demos, celebrity crab picking competition, and blessing of the fleet!  Admission is free.  Dock Day is hosted by Crisfield Heritage Foundation, Somerset County Arts Council and Somers Cove Marina, and is supported by grants from Maryland State Arts Council Maryland Traditions program, and American Legion Post #16.  Thank you to our sponsors Metompkin Bay Oyster Company, H. Glenwood Evans & Son, Independent Crab Company, Sam’s Auto Center, Southern Connection Seafood, Tawes Insurance, Suds & Duds, Suds & Duds Snack Shop, and DJ’s Wash-N-Vac.

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Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 27  Bring the power of an international day devoted to charitable giving to your local community.  After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s Giving Tuesday!  Your donation to Crisfield Heritage Foundation will help support historic preservation and public education efforts.