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Maryland

Maritime Heritage in Crisfield, Maryland & the Chesapeake Islands

The Chesapeake Bay is known for its maritime traditions, scenic islands and renowned cuisine. Come see for yourself as you enjoy cooking demonstrations, lectures and more!
Rating (4.74)
Program No. 8271RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
929

At a Glance

Discover the colorful Chesapeake Bay and its isolated islands while learning about its cultural heritage, fascinating history and coastal maritime traditions with Crisfield Heritage Foundation. Learn firsthand about the bay’s active seafood industry, visit seafood processing sites and experience daily life in the small working waterfront fishing town of Crisfield. Savor local meals in a variety of restaurants featuring a variety of seafood, including crab and fish. Classes are held at the museum overlooking one of the Chesapeake’s largest public marinas.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile on paved terrain; some stairs.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the harvest of the bay and how seafood such as oysters and crabs are processed and shipped worldwide.
  • Enjoy seafood cooking demonstrations and hear historians and watermen describe the cultural heritage of Chesapeake Bay.
  • Enjoy exciting boat excursions to distant Tangier Island and Smith Island.

General Notes

Airport transfer included at added cost.
Featured Expert
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Kathy Berenzoski
Kathy is a trained chef and pastry specialist who graduated from Johnson & Wales Culinary Institute. She is co-owner of nearby Waterman's Restaurant, which focuses on regional seafood and farm-grown products. She not only shares cooking secrets and tips but also behind the scenes insight of what it is like to run a small bar/restaurant in a working waterfront town.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Charlie Petrocci
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Tim Howard
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Janice Marshall
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Kathy Berenzoski
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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Island Out of Time
by Tom Horton
An inside glimpse of life on Smith Island, Maryland. Discounted copies available to Road Scholar participants at the Tawes Museum gift shop.
Crab's Hole: A family story of Tangier Island
by Anne Hughes Jander
A family memoir of starting a new life on Virginia's only inhabited island in the Chesapeake. Discounted copies available to Road Scholar participants at the Tawes Museum gift shop.
The Chesapeake: An enviromental biography
by John R. Wennersten
A comprehensive history of the brackish water and cultures of the Chesapeake Bay. Discounted copies available to Road Scholar participants at the Tawes Museum gift shop.
The Oyster Wars of Chesapeake Bay
by John R. Wennersten
In the post-bellum era a war between the states of Maryland and Virginia continues over the harvesting of the "gold" at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay. Discounted copies available to Road Scholar participants at the Tawes Museum gift shop.
Chesapeake
by James Michner
A four-hundred year saga taken from the Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay. Discounted copies available to Road Scholar participants at the Tawes Museum gift shop.
Beautiful Swimmers
by William Warner
A Pulitzer Prize winning study of watermen, crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay. Discounted copies available to Road Scholar participants at the Tawes Museum gift shop.





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