Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s OysterFest and Launching of Restored Skipjack Rosie Parks
With 70+ degree weather and terrific fall foliage, yesterday was an ideal day for the CBMM’s annual OysterFest. Most exciting this year was the re-launching of the recently restored skipjack Rosie Parks. The ceremony was surprisingly moving – curator Pete Lesher told the story of boatbuilder Bronza Parks and his family, and a lone female vocalist sang the traditional hymm “Just a closer walk with thee” a capella as the skipjack was cranked down into the Miles River. Some 60 members of the Parks family traveled from afar to witness and celebrate the event.
The oyster stew competition is always a favorite – and our choice was definitely “C” – Bistro St. Michaels’ tasty stew that mingled leeks and bacon and ham and oysters for a creamy deliciousness. The “flitters”? Fantastic. Local watermen shucking freshly harvested local oysters – can anything beat that?
Congrats to the CBMM for yet another fun-filled festival!