Sip & Socialize Saturdays

Executive Director Kelley Cox explains the oyster upweller to visitors and its important function in the lifecycle of oyster farming. Picture credit: Deena Kilmon

Phillips Wharf Lecture Series

Bringing back a popular event after a year hiatus, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center announces their 2017 winter lecture series. This year the classes incorporate a mini happy hour for guests to discuss and talk over the issue at hand. Entitled “Sip and Socialize Saturdays” each lecture will feature a local, informed speaker who will educate the attendees about an issue related to the Chesapeake Bay. Lectures will begin on January 21, 2017 and will be held at the new classroom on the Phillips Wharf campus beside Knapp’s Narrows Bridge, 6129 Tilghman Island Road (Route 33), Tilghman, Md.

Refreshments and parking will be available at no cost to attendees. Donations to the program’s cost will be accepted.

The first lecture is by Don Webster on Oyster Restoration and its efforts locally and regionally. The second lecture will be an informal 2017 Meet and Greet for new or returning Phillips Wharf volunteers on January 28th. On February 4, Julie Lawson will speak on the topic of “Plastics in the Chesapeake.” Darrin Lowery continues the series with a lecture entitled “The impact of Tides, Wave-related Erosion and Millennial Scale Sea Level Change on Coastal Sites.”

Tri Tilghman
Sep 16 @ 7:00 am
Tri Tilghman @ Phillips Wharf Environmental Center | Tilghman Island | Maryland | United States

A unique way to explore the Bay Hundred area of Talbot County, Maryland, is the Tri Tilghman. This activity begins with a 3 mile kayak course that will start at the Knapp's Narrows Drawbridge, through the Narrows into Harris Creek and back to the start. After that, you will hop on your bicycle and complete an 8.2 scenic bike ride. Then cap off the event with a 3.1 mile (5k) run through the small village of Tilghman's Island.

You have the choice of participating in the entire event or to compete in any of the 3 challenges separately.

All of the challenges will start and finish at the new location of Phillips Wharf Environmental Center. There will be plenty of post-race activities for you and your family along with an opportunity to explore this little known gem of the Eastern Shore!

Event details and schedule

Packet Pickup begins on Race Day at 6:30 AM at Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, 6129 Tilghman Island Road just over the Knapp's Narrows drawbridge on the left.

Opening ceremonies begin at 7:45AM and the official start for the event will be at 8:00AM. We will provide drinks on site but we encourage participants to bring enough water to stay hydrated during the event and don't forget your sunscreen! Some of the bike course will be on MD Route 33 so please dress appropriately.



* This is a rain-or-shine event. Unless there are thunderstorms in the area, the event will continue as planned. *

Oyster Jam
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Oyster Jam @ Phillips Wharf Environmental Center | Tilghman Island | Maryland | United States

Please join us for Oyster Jam, an event focused on supporting Phillips Wharf Environmental Center and its mission. On November 5, 2016 we will be gathering for food, fun, and entertainment at Phillips Wharf Environmental Center on Tilghman Island. The day will feature local celebrity band "Three Penny Opera", and an auction where you will have an opportunity to bid on and win such things as turtle naming rights, jewelry, and a year's worth of car washes just to name a few.

General Admission Ticket 1-4pm $65.00

For your General Admission ticket you will receive:

  • All you can eat steamed and raw oysters
  • A serving of oyster stew
  • A serving of fried oysters
  • Choice of: a pit beef or pit turkey sandwich
  • Choice of: a hot dog, hamburger, cheeseburger, or a veggie burger
  • Complimentary iced tea, lemonade, and water
  • Complimentary commemorative "OysterJam" glass
  • Cash bar*

VIP Ticket 12-4pm $125.00

For your VIP ticket you will receive:

  • All you can eat steamed and raw oysters
  • A serving of oyster stew
  • A serving of fried oysters
  • Choice of: a pit beef or pit turkey sandwich
  • Choice of: a hot dog, hamburger, cheeseburger, or veggie burger
  • Grilled Oysters by Johnny Shockley of Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Company
  • Gourmet oyster and wine pairings
  • Complimentary iced tea, lemonade, and water
  • Complimentary alcoholic beverages*
  • Complimentary commemorative "OysterJam" glass
  • Reserved parking
  • A chance to listen to the sweet sounds of local band "Jigs and Reels" in the VIP only section

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This day is going to be a lot of fun so don't miss out and don't delay in buying your tickets. Get the friends together for a wonderful day out gorging yourself on all types of oysters. We appreciate all of your support and we hope to see you there.

*Alcohol will only be served to individuals 21 and older. ID's will be checked at the gate.

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Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is a volunteer, non-profit organization that informs and inspires people to become good stewards of the Chesapeake Bay through hands-on education, our Fishmobile outreach program and our lecture series. For more information about our working waterfront and other educational programs see our events tab on website.