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Focus on History, Heritage, Legacy of Chesapeake Oyster

Feb. 15, 2012

      Spend a day celebrating the pearl of the Chesapeake, one of many nicknames for the eastern oyster, in a noncredit, continuing education workshop co-sponsored by Anne Arundel Community College and the Annapolis Maritime Museum.

      "Chesapeake Oysters: History, Heritage and Legacy" (HRY 347) takes place Saturday, March 3. Museum director Jeff Holland discusses 400 years of Bay history and the people who work the waters for a living. Learn how to properly shuck an oyster. Take a look at Capt. John Van Alstine’s working oyster boat and hear personal experiences shared by two oystermen. Gain insight into the biology of an oyster, its socioeconomic impact on the region, pollution of oyster beds and wrap up with a call to action from environmental groups.

      Lunch is provided and participants may sample an oyster dish prepared on site. Meet from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Annapolis Maritime Museum at 723 Second St., Annapolis. Cost is $79 for Anne Arundel County residents and the registration deadline is Feb. 28. For information and to register, visit or call 410-777-2121.