essay .................... by Bernard L. Herman There are no invitations to Theodore Peed's turtle party, just a general awareness of the date and place and the understanding that family, neighbors, and friends inclined toward a game dinner are welcome. Snapping turtles are the big draw, and collecting enough for the event is a community project. The party is "just my thing for my friends," he says. True enough, but it is also Peed's celebration of community and his recognized place in it. Photographs courtesy of the author. wo events mark the fall social season on the lower Eastern Shore of Virginia--H. M. Arnold's Bayford Oyster House Bash and Theodore Peed's Turtle Party. Venison barbecue anchors the late September menu at Bayford; an array of snapping turtle dishes, including fried turtle with "50 weight gravy," tempt the attendees at Peed's. Potluck dishes, savory and sweet, supplement the spread. For several years the two events occurred on succeeding weekends, but the stamina required for attending both, much less hosting them, exceeded the energies and dedication of all but the passionately committed. Eventually Arnold and Peed, longtime friends, agreed to a longer recuperative interval. On a bright, warm, windy morning in
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Apr 29, 2012
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