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The history, current state and future of oyster production in the Chesapeake region are the subject of a four-part Sunday afternoon discussion series at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels.

State of the Oyster, the first in a planned annual series of public programming initiatives called Community Conversations, is being presented by the museum in conjunction with the Maryland Humanities Council. The program is accompanied by an art exhibition featuring work by Chesapeake artist Marc Catelli and photographer Heather Davidson.

The series begins on Feb. 24 with "Oysters and People," a panel conversation about the social history of oyster production in the Chesapeake Bay region, and concludes on March 17 with "Possibilities & Consequences," a panel discussion among watermen, oyster researchers and oyster farmers. The intervening sessions focus on the decline of the oyster population and the lives of the watermen.

The full schedule of programs is here.

And if you go for the final session, plan on staying for dinner. Talbot County Restaurant Week begins on March 17 and runs through March 23. The week kicks off on March 17 with a sip, savor and stroll event at the Oaks Waterfront Inn.

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