Water/Ways exhibit opens at DCA

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Dorchester Center for the Arts volunteer Cheryl Hannon cut the ribbon Friday on the Water/Ways exhibit.

CAMBRIDGE — The ribbon was cut Friday on the Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibit at the Dorchester Center for the Arts. The traveling display is one of only six in the state, and features local contributions.

The exhibit highlights the area’s deep ties to water in its history, culture and commerce. Among the displays are items from the seafood industry, the cockpit of a power boat, and photos from long ago.

“The Water/Ways exhibit is now open! If our sneak preview is any indication, people of all ages are loving this experience,” a statement from the county’s Department of Tourism said. “Not only can you check out the Smithsonian exhibit, there’s are also lots of great displays on our local connections to water.

While the adults marvel at everything from antique eel pots to cutting-edge oyster farming equipment to a John Moll mural, the kids can go ‘fishing,’ try their hand at oyster shucking (don’t worry, no sharp knives involved), and sit in the cockpit of a racing powerboat! Lots more to see and do – check it out!”

A crowd of supporters was on hand Friday to see the sights. More are on the way, including schoolchildren.
“We are excited that every third grader in Dorchester County will come to view the exhibit,” said Cheryl Hannon, who led the effort to bring the show to the city.

“It’s really cool that you’re bringing the Smithsonian right down home,” Delegate Johnny Mautz (R-37B) said.

“Thanks to all our many partners who worked so hard to bring all this together,” tourism’s statement said. “A special thanks to Cambridge resident Cheryl Hannan, who volunteered to lead the way with her amazing creative vision!”

There are hands-on events related to Water/Ways. See the Water/Ways calendar at VisitDorchester.org/WaterWays. Water/Ways is open Tuesday-Thursday, 12-6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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