Eastern Shore Culture on Display for National Folklife Festival

Jun 13, 2018

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A celebration of Eastern Shore culture was on display at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury yesterday.

It was for the upcoming 78th National Folklife Festival that will be held later this year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Maryland Traditions Folklife Area and Stage highlight the music, rituals, crafts, foods and occupations of the Eastern Shore.

On hand at yesterday’s event were Rich Smoker who is a decoy carver in Marion Station along with Janice Marshall of Crisfield who tells stories of Smith Island.

In addition, there was the Sensational Royal Lights of Catonsville performing gospel music across Delmarva.

Julia Olen, executive director of the National Council for Traditional Arts, noted that Chesapeake traditions have been important in shaping many of the communities in the state.