Tastes & Tales from Tangier


Sept. 5 – The Hermitage Museum & Gardens, Norfolk

Culture & Identity  •  Folklife

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

The Hermitage

7637 North Shore Rd Norfolk, VA 23505
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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
  • Sarah McConnell, host of Virginia Humanities With Good Reason radio program, in conversation with Swift; Tangier Mayor and crabber Ooker Eskridge; Hampton Roads Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Christy Everett; and photographer and Tangier native Cameron Evans, a freshman 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

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$10 General Admission (includes light tastings and a cash bar available throughout the event)

Doors open at 5:30 PM for mingling and bar sales. The program will begin promptly at 6:00 PM.

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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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