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Don’t miss the Annual Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning

Celebrate the beginning of spring at the Annual Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Annapolis Maritime Museum.

This annual event celebrates all things oyster and the opening of boating season with the traditional sock burning at the museum. It also commemorates the spring equinox.

Annapolis Oyster RoastFrom noon-4 p.m., enjoy live music, plenty of oysters, an oyster-shucking contest and children’s activities during the Oyster Roast & Sock Burning event. And don’t forget to bring a pair of old socks ready to throw on the fire when you bare your ankles for warmer weather.

Show off your shucking prowess in an oyster shucking competition and enjoy plenty of oysters – raw, steamed and roasted. For a modest fee, additional food, beer, wine, dark and stormy drinks, and soft drinks will be available.

A Maryland favorite band, The Eastport Oyster Boys, will entertain the crowd.

Explore and climb aboard an authentic Skipjack, a single-masted, Bay-built sailing vessel built in 1902 and designed to harvest oysters. For fans of classic oyster roast sock burning webChesapeake Bay Buyboats, or for those who appreciate fine craftsmanship, a display of classic Buyboats will be at the Museum docks.

Kids can also enjoy hands-on activities during the festival, including dressing like a waterman, hand tonging for oysters and table crafts.

Guests who purchase the “People’s Choice” ticket for the Oyster Roast and Sock Burning will get samples of the best oyster dish from 12 premier Annapolis area restaurants. “People’s Choice” guests will vote for the best oyster dish and can enjoy all the activities included in Oyster Roast ticket. Tastings start at noon and are first-come, first-served until they are gone, usually around 2 p.m., according to event organizers.

Tickets are $25 general admission in advance ($30 at the door) and $75 for “People’s Choice,” which includes tastings. The event runs noon to 4 p.m at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 2nd St., Annapolis. For details visit the Annapolis Maritime Museum website.

Updated March 2017.

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