Sunday: "Chesapeake Oysters"

Jan. 24

About 500,000 bushels or fewer of wild-caught oysters are harvested from the Chesapeake Bay each year. That might sound like a lot, but in Kate Livie's book "Chesapeake Oysters," she writes that it pales in comparison to the harvest back in the 1880s, when more than 20 million bushels of oysters were caught each year. Back then—and in the hundreds of years preceding—huge oyster colonies were the norm for the bay. "In the clear, sandy-bottomed, nutrient-flush waters of the prehistoric Chesapeake," she writes, "the conditions for expansive oyster colonies were perfect. In this rich saline bath, oysters abounded; immense oyster reefs, scraping the top of the water at low tide, were one of the distinguishing landmarks of the Chesapeake Bay's ancient landscape." If you want to hear more about the history of oysters and how they help the bay, and curse humanity for the wreck we've made of the once-bountiful oyster population, go to the Baltimore Museum of Industry and hear Livie talk about her 2015 book. 2-3 p.m., Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, (410) 727-4808, thebmi.org, free with museum admission. (Anna Walsh)

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