Issue: September 2001
Music of the Water, on the Water

     Showcase Sunday’s gonna be jumping down on Long Wharf in Cambridge, Md., when Them Eastport Oyster Boys and singer-songwriter Bob Zentz heat things up for the 25th annual Dorchester Showcase 2001. The idea this year is to spread the popular fall arts festival beyond its traditional High Street corridor and to lead people down to the waterfront.

     “We’re really trying to expand a little this year,” says festival coordinator Lex Pomeroy. “High Street will still be chock-a-block with art exhibits and crafts vendors, but we’re going to set up the Court House lawn for ‘Lost Arts’ demonstrations like weaving, spinning and blacksmithing. And then there will be food vendors on Long Wharf and exhibits relating to the Chesapeake Bay.” Plus, Cambridge’s own skipjack, Nathan of Dorchester, will be taking folks out for boat rides from the wharf, as part of the day’s activities.

     And that’s where the Chesapeake Bay music will be, as well, giving festival-goers another dose of Bay-inspired art. The Bay theme suits the setting, says Pomeroy, whose husband is a local waterman. Dorchester County has always relied on the Bay to drive its economy in one way or another, and the Dorchester Showcase demonstrates that in the wealth of Chesapeake-related paintings and crafts that line its path.

     This year’s showcase will be held on Sunday, September 23, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call the Dorchester Arts Center at 410-228-7782.