Oystering demos at Nov. 2 Oyster & Brew Festival

(TILGHMAN ISLAND, MD – October 16, 2019)Phillips Wharf Environmental Center will be providing oystering demos at its Oyster & Brew Festival, taking place from noon to 4p.m. on Sat., Nov. 2 at its waterfront campus on Tilghman Island. The event is an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit, with a VIP dinner and auction hosted the evening before.

PWEC_OysterJam_SimulatorGuests to the Nov. 2 Oyster & Brew Festival will be able to visit Phillips Wharf’s oyster nursery to see how oysters grow from seed to table, learn how oyster gardening works, and hear more about the Marylanders Grow Oysters program. Festival-goers can even test their skills at nippering for oysters along Knapps Narrows, and tour the Fishmobile estuarium.

Wild and aquaculture oysters from throughout the region will be offered, with oysters served raw, fried, steamed, in stew, and in signature dishes from select, local restaurants. The Oyster & Brew Festival also brings together local craft breweries serving a variety of craft beers, along with Bud Light and Shock Top, all served on tap. Live music will be performed by Southbound.

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Advanced tickets and more information about the festival are at bit.ly/oysterjam. Tickets will also be sold at the door, the day of the event, with cash and credit cards accepted. Parking is free.

Oyster Jam proceeds benefit the people served by Phillips Wharf Environmental Center's programs and services, and its mission to encourage, educate, and engage Chesapeake Bay stewards of all ages through interactive experiences showcasing the Bay's ecosystem and its inhabitants. For more information, call 410-886-9200 or visit phillipswharf.org.

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Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Josh Poore shows an oyster tumbler simulator used in teaching about oystering. Phillips Wharf will be providing oystering demos at its Oyster & Brew Festival, taking place from noon to 4p.m. on Sat., Nov. 2 at its waterfront campus on Tilghman Island. Tickets and more information are at bit.ly/oysterjam.

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Oyster spat, or seed, at Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s oyster nursery. Guests to the Nov. 2 Oyster & Brew Festival will be able to visit the nursery to see how oysters grow from seed to table, learn how oyster gardening works, and hear more about the Marylanders Grow Oysters program. Tickets and more information are at bit.ly/oysterjam.

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Guests to Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Nov. 2 Oyster & Brew Festival will be offered wild and aquaculture oysters from throughout the region, with oysters served raw, fried, steamed, in stew, and in signature dishes from select, local restaurants. The Oyster & Brew Festival also brings together local craft breweries serving a variety of craft beers, along with Bud Light and Shock Top, all served on tap. Live music will be performed by Southbound.  Tickets and more information are at bit.ly/oysterjam.

Dear Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Supporter,

I want to share with you how Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is pivoting towards new horizons that strengthen our longevity into the future and make our educational programs much more accessible to diverse audiences.

In Phillips Wharf’s 14-year history – two challenges have remained constant—the rising costs of maintaining a waterfront campus and old buildings, and addressing the inaccessibility of Tilghman Island to many school systems and others unable to afford the cost or the time for the long trip from more urban areas like Easton.

With this in mind, Phillips Wharf’s Board of Directors have made a bold decision to ensure the sustainability of our future and educational programs by liquidating our assets on Tilghman Island—including the real estate and property—and re-focus the expected gains from the sale to re-open a location in Easton that the Board will determine.

Be assured—Phillips Wharf will always bring our students to meaningful interactions with the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem and inhabitants. We know technology and our FishMobile, for example, can bring experiences and education to more students when we can focus our operations more on education, and less on maintaining an underutilized campus with mounting deferred maintenance costs and more.

Phillips Wharf will continue to carry the essence of encouraging, educating, and engaging Chesapeake Bay stewards from a new location soon. In addition, we’ll be sure to share this exciting news when it comes to fruition with you.

In the meantime, thank you for caring about our students and the Chesapeake Bay as a natural resource and source of healthy seafood and productive jobs for the Shore’s residents. We are excited to bring the Chesapeake Bay closer to our students and the public in ways that are more meaningful. This is a bold step forward not only in Phillips Wharf’s survivability, but also in our thrivability.

Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have. You can reach me at [email protected] or 410-886-9200.

Warmest regards,

 

Matthew Albers

Board President, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center