Exploring Maryland’s Working Waterfronts
by Nicole Carlozo -- September 24th, 2014
I met the end of Maryland’s hot summer weather with a smile and journey to the eastern shore.
I’m currently working as a Seasonal Employee for MD DNR. Although temporary in nature, the position does have it’s perks. Last week I visited Deal Island to network and make connections for a Working Waterfronts Program that Maryland is trying to get off the ground. Our enthusiastic group immersed ourselves in history, culture, and local views for 2 days and came back awed with everything that we saw and learned.
1. We gained firsthand experience with soft shell crabbing through a Watermen’s Heritage Tour, courtesy of Walters Seafood. Butch and Macy Walters developed the tour after participation in a Watermen’s Heritage Tourism Training Program. We pulled up their crab pots, visited their shedding tanks, sorted the product, and cleaned/packaged the fruits of our labor. We may have tasted a few, too…
2. We learned about boat building and the historic significance of the Skipjack for Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. I also developed a healthy respect for the massive, wooden boats.
3. We visited the not-yet-opened Skipjack Museum and Heritage Center thanks to the owner of a local Bed and Breakfast. Our presence in the historic building did cause a few locals to turn up unexpectedly, demonstrating the community’s interest and excitement over the future museum. Every time I turned around, someone new was popping their head through the doorway trying to get a sneak peek!
4. I was reminded why I do the work that I do.