Tastes & Tales from Tangier


Live stream available

Culture & Identity  •  Folklife  •  Food & Community  •  News

James “Ooker” Eskridge, the mayor of Tangier,
sorts peeler crabs on Tangier Island in August 2016. Photo by Pat Jarrett
James “Ooker” Eskridge, the mayor of Tangier, sorts peeler crabs on Tangier Island in August 2016. Photo by Pat Jarrett

This event took place October 26th, 2019. Watch the live stream below.


Explore the compelling stories, environmental challenges, and cultural traditions of one of Virginia’s⁠—and the world’s⁠—most unique places, Tangier Island. Join us and the Hermitage Museum & Gardens for a two-hour, ticketed event featuring:

  • Special guest Earl Swift, author of Chesapeake Requiem and Virginia Humanities Fellow, sharing stories from his latest work
  • Cass Adair, Associate Producer of Virginia Humanities’ With Good Reason radio program, in conversation with Swift; Tangier Mayor and crabber James “Ooker” Eskridge; Hampton Roads Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Christy Everett; and photographer and Tangier native Cameron Evans, a sophomore at Virginia Wesleyan University
  • Chesapeake Bay food demonstrations and tasting featuring Tangier Island crab and Smith Island Cake
  • Oyster-shucking showdown between international champions (and sisters) Deborah Pratt and Clementine Macon Boyd
  • Encyclopedia Virginia’s virtual tour of Tangier Island and Google virtual reality cardboard headset giveaway
  • Live music from the region coordinated by the Virginia Folklife Program and the chance to purchase Swift’s books from Prince Books

Support Provided By

Joan P. Brock
Dee Roberts and Harry Lester
Susan and Norman Colpitts
Jo Ann and Buzzy Hofheimer
Marcy and Hunter Sims
Clay Barr and Lauren Barros-Barr’s Missions Possible
Kirkland Kelley and Hank Luhring
Virginia Beach Friends of Virginia Humanities
Jody’s Popcorn
Kemper Consulting
SL Nusbaum Realty Company & SL Nusbaum Insurance Agency
Southern Bank
The Nicholson Companies

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