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Watermen's appreciation day at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Steamed Crabs at the Watermen's Appreciation Day
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The Talbot Watermen's Association and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum are holding their 5th annual crab feast on the museum grounds on Sunday, August, 10th, 2014.

Entitled "Watermen's Appreciation Day and Crab Feast" the event will be held from 10am to 5pm and will feature great food, celebrity appearances, music, and contests for a full day of family entertainment.

According to the CBMM website, "scheduled to appear are Edgar Hansen and Nick Mavar from the Discovery Channel's hit TV series "Deadliest Catch." Live music will be provided by Bird Dog and the Road Kings, and there will be boat docking contests and a silent auction, in addition to the food and beverages. Beer is available as an additional charge.

Admission is $18 for adults, and $8 for kids 6-17, with all children under six admitted for free. Museum members along with licensed watermen and their families get discounted admission at $10 per adult, and $6 per child ages 6-17. Boat rides, steamed crabs, beer, and additional food and beverages will be available for purchase.

“Last year, Chesapeake crabs were scarce the week before the event,” said TCWA’s Event Chairman Lisa Gowe. “Which made it difficult to put on an all-you-can-eat crab feast with such a large crowd of ticketholders. By offering crabs separately, we’ll be able to better match supply and demand.” Gowe further commented that more food vendors will also be added to the festival to alleviate the long lines the event has seen in the past.

Beginning at 11 a.m., you can watch professionals in a spirited boat docking contest along Fogg’s Cove. Children’s on-the-water activities include a Pot Pie skiff rowing competition, with prizes awarded. Starting at noon, the classic rock, country, and blues sounds of Bird Dog and the Road Kings will have people tapping their toes and dancing along the museum’s waterfront as the region’s favorite band plays live from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand. Also beginning at noon, the day’s catch of steamed crabs—served by the watermen who sourced them from the Chesapeake—will be available for purchase, in addition to beer, water, soda, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, and more. Kids and families can enjoy games and activities throughout the day, including model boat building, a rowing competition, and more. Scenic river cruises aboard the museum’s 1920 buyboat, Winnie Estelle, will take festival-goers out on the Miles River throughout the day.

Bids can be placed on a number of silent auction items, including work by noted Chesapeake artist Marc Castelli, alongside the museum’s Small Boat Shed. Silent auction bids can be made up until 4:30 p.m., with proceeds supporting oyster restoration projects on the Bay.
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Proceeds benefit CBMM and the Talbot County Watermen’s Association. CBMM Legacy Partner Maryland Public Television is a media sponsor of this event. For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916
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