|Crisfield, Maryland |
Bead Table Wednesday is designed by Heather Powers
to help share what is on our table today. Today I have a pair of completed earrings that remind me of drops of water. These pale green earrings have ceramics by Suburban Girl Studio. The earrings are available for purchase in my online store.
|Bead Table Wednesday|
The inspiration for these water drop earrings
came from a visit today to Crisfield, Maryland. Crisfield's heritage is on the water, it has many points of access to the Tangier Sound and Chesapeake Bay. The site of today's Crisfield was initially a small fishing village called Annemessex Neck.
During European colonization, it was renamed Somers Cove
. The name Somers Cove is used in the town.
When the business potential for seafood was discovered, John W. Crisfield decided to bring the Pennsylvania Railroad
to Crisfield, and the quiet fishing town grew. Crisfield is now known
as the "Seafood Capital of the World". The city's success was so great
that the train soot and oyster shells
prompted the extension of the city's land into the marshes. City
residents often claim that the downtown area is literally built atop
|downtown Crisfield 2014|
Crisfield began to slip into decline along with the declining health
of the Chesapeake Bay, prompting a "strategic revitalization plan" to
address the city's future needs. Currently, Crisfield is largely a
|Lots of water views in Crisfiled|
It hosts many annual events and festivals, the most
prominent of which is the National Hard Crab Derby. Crisfield is also a
major gateway to Smith Island
and Tangier Island
|Boat to Smith Island or Tangier Island|| || || || || |
Crustaceans are the center of this town's focus. They are everywhere! Crisfield's largest event is the annual National Hard Crab Derby &
Fair, held every Labor Day weekend, which began in 1947. Major
highlights of the Crab Derby include a parade through Main Street, the
Little Miss, Little Mr. and Miss Crustacean Pageants, the Boat Docking
, the Crab Picking contest, and the Crab Bowl.
| Blue Crab is honored on this local sign|
|Blue Crab and the state flower--black eyed Susan|
Our trip today had the main purpose of eating a soft shell crab! Mission Accomplished!
|Soft shell crabs ready to eat|
|These cages are used to catch crabs in the water|
|Shedding floats that keep crabs |
Have you ever had soft shell crabs and if so how did you like them?
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