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Date(s) - Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
This visual journey will explore the history, life style, and wildlife of Tangier Island. Images include aerial shots, the waterman at work, and the birds that visit and breed on the island. With 400years of waterman tradition, the island is home to one of the few remaining communities in the Chesapeake Bay. Just south of the Maryland line and only 3 feet above sea level, Tangier is constantly being encroached upon by the Bay. The shoreline is rapidly eroding. High tides and storms result in frequent flooding. Yet it remains home to nearly 500people. Comprised of a series of ridges, Tangier is actually several islands separated by marshes and tidal guts connected by a series of wooden bridges. Since land is limited, roads are narrow with the main modes of transportation being golf carts and bicycles. The only way to reach Tangier is by small plane or ferry service from Crisfield, MD year-round and Onancock, VA on a seasonal basis. Crabbing is the main source of income. Before dawn during crabbing season, the waterman of Tangier board their skiffs and motor out to their off-shore shanties to pick-up their crab traps, baskets and other supplies for a day of hard work on the Cheasapeake. The waters surrounding the island are rich in marine life and Tangier if often referred to as the soft crab capital of the world.
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