April 25, 2010
Skipjack: America's Last Sailing Oystermen
Christopher White and the Watermen of Tilghman & Deale Islands
Decker Theatre, Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts, 5:00 p.m.
Book signing to follow.
Author Christopher White spent two years living on Tilghman Island and working with three legendary captains of the traditional wooden Chesapeake Bay oyster boats known as skipjacks. Through a discussion with a group of these lively characters, we will begin to understand the challenges of living on the Bay and sailing a traditional skipjack. The event will bring the audience face-to-face with a critically endangered tradition that reaches back over 100 years. Sponsored by the C.V. Starr Center for the American Experience and the Center for Environment & Society. Contact Michael Buckley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.