For a number of reasons, we have made the wise decision to
reschedule the Crabfeast of August 27 to October 21. The original date
conflicted for many and importantly, the crabs are scarce. Crabs in October,
definitely, the best time of the season!
Saturday, October 21 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm under a tent at
Long Wharf during the Schooner Rendezvous weekend.
Ticket price will remain the same. Beer will be cold and
crabs will be hot!
Shall we hold your reserve on tickets for the new
We will be contacting those that have prepaid directly to
discuss their preference.
“Amazing Grace:” Sailing Into Slavery, Sailing Into Freedom,
a lecture at the Richardson Maritime Museum on June
The Choptank River Lighthouse to open a new
exhibit the same day.
John H. Miller, PhD*, will be the speaker at the
Richardson Maritime Museum on Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 1 pm - 2 pm at 401
High Street, Cambridge, MD. Admission is free, light refreshments will be
Miller’s talk “Amazing Grace:” Sailing into Slavery,
Sailing onto Freedom” is based on research for a course he taught as one of
some thirty-five faculty during the University Virginia’s Semester at Sea
program aboard the student ship MV World Odyssey during its four-month
2015 voyage of Atlantic exploration. During this journey some 400 undergraduate
students from the USA and abroad took for-credit courses on various subjects
while sailing to ports in the Mediterranean, West Africa, and across the
Atlantic’s infamous “Middle Passage” to Brazil, and onward to the Caribbean,
through the Panama Canal, and ending in San Diego.
We are all familiar with then-enslaved Frederick
Douglass’s famous ode to the white sails of vessels on Chesapeake’s Eastern Bay
that he hoped would one day sail him into to freedom from bondage in Talbot
County. But few of us are familiar with the lesser-known words of then-free Ibo
tribesman Olaudah Equiano who later recorded his horror on being captured and
then seeing the white sails of a large ship off the Bight of Benin, a ship that
would sail him into slavery in the supposed “El Dorado” of the New
Miller will discuss the shared experiences that enmeshed
all aboard these “Guineamen,” a euphemism for slave ships. From the ruthless,
all-powerful captains of these vessels and their motley down-and-out crews to
the enslaved African “cargo” held ‘tween decks, all aboard descended into hell.
One of these captains was John Newton, a man who later repented of his voyages
aboard slave ships, became an Anglican minister, and wrote the world-famous
hymn, Amazing Grace. “Whatever ‘amazing grace’ may have come from the
international slave trade,” says Miller, “can be found in the even lesser-known
and extraordinarily poignant stories about personal post-voyage encounters
between slave ships’ crews and their ‘cargo.’” On a more local level, Miller
will also explore aspects of the “maritime underground railroad” that operated
along America’s mid-Atlantic during the 19th century.
*John H. Miller received his PhD from the University of
Pittsburgh and his BA from Yale College. He currently co-facilitates literature
courses with his colleague, John Ford, at the Academy for Lifelong Learning at
the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, where Miller formerly served as Vice
President of Advancement.
The presentation at the Richardson Maritime Museum has
been planned in concert with the Choptank River Lighthouse, located just down
High Street on the waterfront at Long Wharf Park. On the same day as Miller’s
talk, the Lighthouse is opening a new exhibit titled, “View from the Lighthouse:
The Underground Railroad.”
Housed on the second floor, that exhibit looks out over
the scenes visible in all four directions from the Lighthouse and shows how they
relate to the stories of Dorchester Country native Harriet Tubman and other
passengers and conductors on the Underground Railroad with local
The Lighthouse will be open to visitors on June 24 in
the hours before and after “Amazing Grace” at the Richardson Maritime Museum. In
addition, the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center at 424 Race Street,
just two blocks from the Richardson, will be open to visitors that day as
401 High Street
Cambridge, MD 21613
Richardson Maritime Museum 401 High
Street P O Box 1198 Cambridge, Maryland 21613 US
Here is what's coming up in Dorchester County on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
There are so many events going on in Dorchester in May that we decided to do a second events newsletter this month! Happy May!
Celebrating new additions at the Dorchester Visitor Center
Thanks to everyone who came and helped us celebrate the great things going on at the Dorchester Visitor Center on May 8. We cut the ribbon on the new Welcome Sign created by Cambridge Architectural using revolutionary technology, the new “Ode to Watermen” mural created by local artist Michael Rosato, and the visitor center’s recent facelift that included replacement of the elevated walkway and fresh paint. Did you know that the tourism industry provides more than one-fifth of the employment in Dorchester County? And that the number of visitors here has been growing? All good news for Dorchester!
Movies, concerts, yoga, and more "At the Sail"
To make better use of our beautiful spaces at the Dorchester Visitor Center, we are lining up some great "At the Sail" events. Here's what's happening this month:
Join the Choptank Riverboat Co. on a cruise on a riverboat while enjoying a crab feast, lunch, dinner, sightseeing, or murder mystery! Boats leave from Suicide Bridge Restaurant. Must register in advance.
Bird Walk May 21: Join an expert birder for a bird watching trip through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. No experience needed.
John Wesley Wright Concert May 21: Performance by Wright, a member of the acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble, and students from Salisbury University.
At the Sail: Waterfront Concert with Blackwater May 26: Local favorites Blackwater performs on the waterfront during this free, family-friendly concert. 200 U.S. flags from the Flags for Heroes program will provide a spectacular backdrop.