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!

~ by kbosin on November 3, 2013.

8 Responses to “Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s OysterFest and Launching of Restored Skipjack Rosie Parks”

  1. Kathy – once again you’ve given me a personal, intimate tour (and almost taste!!!) of an exceptional Shore delicacy. Rosie is so grand, with due respect and love shown on such a special day – long may she sail in peace. I can almost smell the brine at the shucking! CBMM is such a valuable repository of not only the boats and gear of the Chesapeake, but a true advocate of the deep traditions and prides (and quirks, bless ’em!) of the Shore and its watermen. Bless YOU for your devotion and pictures! cj

  2. Wow Kathy. You captured tied ay and it’s emotions and highlights so well. Thank you! And thank you Carolyn for your touching words about the Museum. I will share with our staff. Tracey Munson, CBMM

  3. Great event and you captured it perfectly!

  4. Kathy – you caught all the magic in your net…beautifully done,

  5. OK Yum oyster stew. Actually all things oysters. And you’re in a contest! And not only do you take the best *ss pictures but you collaged them. I am elated and confused.
    Love Ya’,

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