Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

THE STORY OF CRISFIELD – THE CITY THAT ROSE FROM THE WATER
DATE: FRI. APRIL 23, 2021 – 6PM

LOCATION: CRISFIELD CITY DOCK – CRISFIELD, MD, 21817
$5 per person (Bring a Chair)  
Limited Attendance to Ensure Distancing Guidelines
Rain Date: Sat. April 24, 2021 – 6pm

OUTLINE:
Crisfield’s story is a fascinating tale. Its essence lies in people with extraordinary vision and ambition, and putting these characteristics into action that – in a matter of a few years – transformed a marshy area into one of the greatest boomtowns of the Chesapeake. I’ll be telling about the 30 year initiative to bring the railroad to Somers Cove, the cunning New England oyster brokers, unsavory scallywags and conmen who came to ‘strike it rich.’ Then there were the tenacious locals who brilliantly outwitted all of them to keep the fortunes from leaving the area.I’ll be sharing stories that are informative, humorous, and most importantly, why Crisfield has a heritage and culture to be proud of.

Come and enjoy an evening with us in Crisfield, and hear an epic story and hopefully have a beautiful sunset as the backdrop.Tickets will sell out quickly, so get yours today. To purchase or to get more info, send a message to this fb page or Joe Paden on fb, or email: chesapeakestorytours@gmail.com 

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2021 UNION ASBURY CEMTERY RESTORATION, PRESERVATION & CLEANUP
LOCATION: BILL GAYLON RD. CRISFIELD, MD 21817
DATE: SAT. APRIL 24, 2021 TIME: 8AM-TILL
PROJECT ORGANIZED BY: JOE PADEN OF CHESAPEAKESTORY.COM & FRIENDS OF CRISFIELD
PROJECT FUNDED BY: AMERICAN LEGION POST #16, DAVE GREEN OF I-FIX-EQUIPMENT & DOZENS OF DONORS JUST LIKE YOU!

Union Asbury Cemetery (UAC) is a massive burial ground for 100’s of Crisfielders that is in severe despair.  In addition to the overgrowth, there is an unknown amount of open graves, fallen headstones and at least one casket that has risen to ground level.

In Feb. and March of 2017, two large events were held and, and with help and support of volunteers from Crisfield High School, U.S.C.G Crisfield Station, Pocomoke Indian Nation and many others, we successfully cleared a substantial area of the cemetery.  Small cleanup events were held there from 2018-2020, however, much work is still to be done and we hope for this year’s event to be as big as the first!

We’re still focusing on Phase 1, which is the oldest section, and is in the most desperate condition.  Prior to the restoration I will create trails and mark the graves that are covered so it’s safe for volunteers to work.  

The UAC has dozens upon dozens of U.S. Veterans dating back as far back as the Civil War.  The cemetery is filled with people who each played a role in the shaping of Crisfield’s story.  Watermen, business owners, seafood workers.  Their eternal resting place deserves to be preserved.  

Please keep an eye-out for my emails over the next month for more information.

To volunteer please email Joe Paden at:  ChesapeakeStoryTours@gmail.com

2020 EVENTS

THE WATERMEN’S STORY
SATURDAY, 10/24/2020 ~ 6PM-8PM

Gordon’s Confectionary ~

The name says it all, I’m going to be sharing the story of the people who have worked the water’s of the Chesapeake from the 1600’s until today.

Considering the harsh, rough life the Watermen endured, and still do so today, we’ve decided that the perfect place to have this event is in the grittiest little diner on the Bay, Gordon’s Confectionary.

I have a great show planned filled with interesting facts and hillarious anecdotes.  These people are one of the Chesapeake’s greatest resources… and it’s time they be treated as such.

To get tickets, msg here on FB or email: ChesapeakeStoryTours@gmail.com

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT!

2020 Christmas Church Tour

Dec. 5, 2020 5:30pm

Churches provide a window into the past – as well as a promise for the future. This promise is most apparent each year during Christmas and this year we’ve arranged a special tour where churches will open their doors so people can visit and learn the fascinating stories behind them.

The tour begins with a short trip out in the country to visit chapels that were built in the first half of the 1800’s continuing onto other churches until reaching the large grandiose structures built in the early 20th century when Crisfield was the ‘Seafood Capitol of the World.’ 

Due to COVID, we are NOT using a bus this year, and attendees will have to use their own vehicles. Attendees may travel together at their own choosing, but masks must be worn when entering & exiting each church.

Email ChesapeakeStoryTours@gmail.com for more info and to purchase tickets. Space is limited. $10 per person.