Celebrate warm weather on the horizon! Ditch your socks, dine on oysters, and dance to the music of Them Eastport Oyster Boys at this years Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. March 22nd from noon until 4pm.
Tickets/More information: http://amaritime.org/events/register-for-events/event/45-4th-annual-annapolis-oyster-roast-sock-burning
Celebrate the coming of spring at this feast of the Chesapeake’s most cherished shell fish. The fourth annual Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning, a fundraiser for the Annapolis Maritime Museum, will take place at the Museum’s waterfront campus from Noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 22. Hurry tickets are limited,http://bit.ly/1cg8PPF #burnyoursocks
At nearly 14 inches long, a mammoth mollusk is still alive and growing, says the biologist who found it in Denmark. The oyster is roughly comparable to a size 11 shoe.
Fun Fact: In the 1920’s, the last Chesapeake pungies were taken to California and used in the movie Old Ironsides. They were destroyed by fire during filming.
Photo Credit: http://www.privateer26.org/web_images/lady-maryland_th.jpg
Happy Valentine’s Day
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February 21st at 6:30pm at the Annapolis Maritime Museum withEastport Photography.
Call him José. He and his sixth grade classmates from Annapolis Middle School gathered in late September in the shade of the Bald Cypress tree inside the northwest entrance to City Dock for the first part of their field trip to the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s Oyster Education Project. José’s sub-group clustered around two volunteers to look at the live animals displayed in transparent containers on the table. Almost all of these students had spent their entire lives within a mile or two of the Chesapeake. Many had never ventured onto City Dock. Few had even seen the water. Only one or two had ever been over the Bay Bridge. None had any idea about the wonders – and challenges – that exist beneath the surface of the water.
José was alert and obviously curious, yet he stayed on the perimeter as others handled the mud crabs with occasional squeals of anxiety, petted the blennies and skilletfish with gasps of surprise, tried to catch the elusive brine shrimp with small cups, and listened with varying levels of attention to the explanations offered by the volunteers. When a wriggly eel escaped and began writhing around on the bricks at their feet, several of the sixth graders shrieked.
José didn’t. He remained calm, though it was clear that he was taking in everything. Later, after the students finished their “spat” count of live baby oysters, including “scars” and “boxes” tallying which spat had lived then died, most of the group began to prepare for lunch, asking for hand sanitizer, wanting to go the bathrooms at the Harbormaster’s building, wishing they could look for messages on their prohibited cell phones, José stayed quietly at the “spat” station with one volunteer. Both kneeled alongside the big tub where the remaining uncounted seed oysters stayed in a few inches of Spa Creek water. By then, the sediment had settled to the bottom so the water was much clearer than it had been 15 minutes earlier.
José pointed to the erratic track of a segmented worm and looked at the volunteer with a silent question. “Polychaete,” said the volunteer. José then noticed a translucent almost-shrimplike critter and asked another silent question. “Amphipod,” responded the volunteer. Peering closely at a tiny moving thing barely visible to the volunteer’s trifocals, José asked a final question. “Bryozoan,” said the volunteer. “Bryozoan,” echoed Jose.
Without funding from the 2013 Great Give, José might not have made his connection to the magic beneath the surface of the brackish water of our Bay.
-Written by a volunteer for the Annapolis Maritime Museum
View of boat fire at Horn Point Marina from our office window
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