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August 17, 2018

Ted Daniels

Captain Ted Williams Daniels is a lifelong resident of Deal Island, Maryland, and a standard-bearer for one of the region’s major lifeways: oyster harvesting. A fifth-generation skipjack, he is the grandson of “Daddy” Art Daniels, a local legend who was a frequent winner of the Deal Island Skipjack Races & Festival. Oystermen are integral to the Maryland economy, which relies heavily on annual shellfish harvests for...

July 3, 2018

Stoney Whitelock

Captain Stoney Whitelock is a lifelong resident of the Eastern Shore and a fourth-generation skipjack captain. Whitelock has been a prominent member of the skipjack community in Maryland for his entire life, first working on these distinctive Chesapeake workboats to harvest oysters from the bay and now leading efforts to preserve the remaining vessels that are so unique to the...

July 3, 2018

Rich Smoker & Kenny Glasgow

Rich Smoker is a master decoy carver who began his journey at a young age when he apprenticed to a master taxidermist. Smoker credits his success in wildfowl carving to his early immersion in taxidermy. He learned anatomy extensively, which enhanced his pursuits in wood carving and creating lifelike reproductions of a variety of birds. Smoker grew up on a tiny...

July 3, 2018

Rhonda Aaron

Rhonda Aaron, from Hooper’s Island, is renowned in her community for being a repeat Women’s Champion Muskrat Skinner of the Eastern Shore; her 2004 skinning performance was featured in the documentary film Muskrat Lovely. A nationally known Eastern Shore cook as well, her culinary specialties range from southwestern muskrat to Smith Island cake. Rhonda is closely associated with the National...

July 3, 2018

Pocomoke Indian Nation

The Pocomoke Indian Nation is a non-profit organization composed of descendants of one of the indigenous populations of the Delmarva Peninsula. The Pocomoke were a large and widespread group that exercised significant influence in the region. When Europeans first arrived in the Chesapeake Bay, the Pocomoke occupied a territory that included what is now Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties in...

July 3, 2018

Phil Langley

Captain Phil Langley has acquired a lifetime of knowledge about the Chesapeake Bay, its ecology, and the practice of charter fishing. Growing up in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, crabbing, oystering, fishing, and hunting went hand in hand with life on the Chesapeake. In his early 20s, Langley acquired his captain’s license and purchased a boat so he could start charter...

July 3, 2018

Newell Quinton

Newell Quinton prepares homemade scrapple, continuing a family tradition that was passed down to him from his father and grandfather. In the past, most of the families in his hometown of San Domingo, Maryland, would slaughter a hog and make sausage, scrapple, and hams to last through the winter. Today participants in the annual affair have dwindled. Quinton, however, is...

July 3, 2018

Michael Whidbee

Michael Whidbee is a champion oyster shucker from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He was born and raised in Crisfield and continues to reside in the bayside town. Like many of the people who grew up in the Crisfield area, he learned to pick crabs at an early age - in his case, by watching his mother and observing the...

July 3, 2018

Mary Ada Marshall

Mary Ada Marshall is a lifelong resident of Smith Island and a standardbearer for the island, the region, and one of its most famous products: Smith Island cake. Marshall remembers her mother and grandmother making the dessert; no social event on the island would be complete without it. Marshall has been making Smith Island cakes for decades and both sells...

July 3, 2018

Kermit Travers

Captain Kermit Travers has had a far-reaching impact on life along the Eastern Shore of Maryland and throughout the Chesapeake region as a notable African American waterman and skipjack captain. Working with community scholars, Captain Travers co-created a rich photographic essay book about his personal history, titled Captain Kermit Travers, Skipjack Captain: Last but Not Least... Skipjacks became the state boat...

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