Delmarvalous Traditions

Each summer the Ward Museum celebrates the rich cultural heritage and artistic traditions of the Eastern Shore and Delmarva Peninsula, at the Delmarvalous Festival. Though usually an in-person event, the 2020 Delmarvalous Festival instead featured a series of short documentary videos for enjoyment at home, as well as live online events highlighting folks music and poetry. Check out the 2020 Delmarvalous Festival videos below!


Alpaca Farming with Angela Smithhisler

A special education teacher for decades, Angela Smithhisler couldn’t have dreamt that her retirement would sometimes look like sleeping with a sick baby alpaca until he made a full recovery. Marshall Creek Farm is home to goats, sheep, donkeys, a farm dog named Banjo, and alpacas – lots of them. Angela has an obvious love for every animal that she and her husband have brought to the farm, many of them rescues. In her alpaca herd, for example, she knows every quirk of her multi-generational bunch; who is shy and who may jump into your lap with glee. Here Angela shares her knowledge of the varying fibers that are harvested from her “kids,” some fine and delicate, while others are coarse and more durable. She also shares some beautiful yarns fibers that have been spun specifically for Marshall Creek Farm.


Crochet Rug Making with Aleta Davis

Aleta Davis (Salisbury, MD) has a passion for making the old new again. In this video you’ll learn how she began making her beautiful hand-crocheted rag rugs, and pick up a few tips to make your own—all from scraps of fabric you may already have lying in a closet.


Empowerment Through Dance with Whitney Brewington

Whitney Brewington is the founder and director of Fearless Action, a community based group that focuses on using dance as a vehicle toward growth and empowerment. A lifelong dance enthusiast in step and hip hop traditions, Whitney’s true passion for professional dance came alive when she was a member of the Diamonds, a dance team at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (Princess Anne, MD). She has recently become the head coach for the Diamonds and brought several members of the team to the Ward Museum for a spin on the dance floor. Prepare to be inspired! Check out more of Fearless Action at https://www.facebook.com/FearlessAction/


Bladesmithing & Blacksmithing with J.J. Simon

After Delaware-based tattoo artist JJ Simon sold his tattoo parlor in the mid-2000s, he decided to invest in one of his lifelong passions, and built a forge in his back yard. Years later JJ is a Journeyman Smith in the American Bladesmith Society, with a passion for his craft. In this video you’ll meet JJ forge-side as he gives you an introduction to the arts of bladesmithing, blacksmithing and whitesmithing.


Heirloom & Hydroponic Farming with Andy Holloway

Andy Holloway is the current owner/operator of Baywater Farms—a multi-generation farm right here in Wicomico County, MD, that focuses on bringing centuries-old practices to life in the modern era. In this video Andy will give you a tour of the farm, highlighting its history, and how heirloom and hydroponic farming works, even in a pandemic. To learn more about Baywater Farms visit https://www.baywaterfarms.com/


Antique Decoy Collecting with Dr. Darrell Hagar

Dr. Darrell Hagar, Vice-Chairman for the Ward Foundation, is also a noted decoy historian and antique decoy collector, specializing in the “Upper Bay” decoys of the Susquehanna Flats/Chesapeake Bay region. In this video Darrell will talk about how he got into collecting, how to discern features of Upper Bay decoys, and provide some tips for folks just getting into this historical hobby.


Fiber Spinning with Monika Karoasman

Monika Karoasman (Worcester Co., MD) began learning fiber arts more than two decades ago. Since that time she has become a teacher and tradition bearer bringing this folk art form to new audiences. Today she spins wool, weaves, and otherwise creates beautiful and practical works of art, all by hand. Learn about her history and the process of creating hand spun wool.


A part of the Ward Museum’s Lower Shore Traditions folklife program, the Delmarvalous Festival is supported in part by grants from Maryland Traditions, the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as from Ward Museum members. Thank you!