Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween from Crisfield!

"A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween." ~ Erma Bombeck

Don't eat too much candy!

A big "Thanks" goes out to Woodson Elementary for their wonderful haunted house. It was great gift to the community.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Seagulls at Glenwood Evans

I recently posted some photos I took at Glenwood Evans Seafood where many crabbers bring their catch of the day. There is always a photo to had there. This one was taken from the city dock. Be sure and put our dock on your list for places to take photos when you visit Crisfield. The best time for a sunset photo of Glenwood Evans is late evenings.

Is it OK to tilt your camera to take a photo? Heck yes. A lot of people use programs to un-tilt their photos. Be creative. Photojournalists oftentimes take tilted photos for impact. And yes, you can shoot into the sun. Flares can give your photos some punch.

BTW, it was a beautiful day in Crisfield today. How's your weather?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley Visits Crisfield

I am a little behind in posting this but our governor visited Crisfield two weeks ago for some good crab eatin' and a little political talk, though I find it hard to talk about anything when I am eating Maryland crabs. Of course, I never had a chance to get one bite, as I was working the event for the newspaper.

No time for chit-chat so enjoy the photos. And come visit us soon. This is the best time of year for crabs. Oh, and oysters will be coming in soon.

Crisfield Mayor P.J. Purnell, left, enjoys soup with Governor Martin O'Malley.

O'Malley enjoys crabs at The Cove restaurant with guests.

State's Attorney for Somerset County Kristy Hickman chats with O'Malley.

Crisfield Mayor P.J. Purnell, left, greets guests.

Crisfield mayor, right, chats with Somerset County School Superintendent Dr. Karen-Lee N. Brofee.

Governor O'Malley poses with Crisfield High School students. The students volunteered to serve guests at the event. Our school system is very active in the community.

Just a little "taste" of what you missed.

McCready Hospital

McCready Hospital, located on the waterfront in Crisfield, is in the process of building a new four-story nursing home, shown in rear. The view from the top is beautiful. Actually, the view from anywhere is beautiful. I took this photo from the bridge that goes to the hospital. The Little Annemessex River is on the other side. The river leads to Tangier Sound.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunset in Crisfield

Here is another view

I love our sunsets, especially this time of year. I recently had to stop near McCready Hospital to capture this sunset. The building across the bay is the Crisfield American Legion.

I love the little man seated on the bulkhead. Some of you may remember that I captured him this past winter all frozen over with spray from wind and waves from high tide. He looks a lot warmer in this photo. And it was a beautiful night.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Crabs Anyone?

I popped into Glenwood Evans in Crisfield the other day to see how the crab catch was going. Pretty good, from the looks of things. This is the best time of year for crabs. They are fat and juicy. Yum.

Thanks to the nice folks at Glenwood Evans (that's Bob Evans on the far left - he is a hard worker) who let the press tromp around. Sometimes I run into our local TV people there. Visitors can watch all the activity from the city dock. Great picture taking, especially at sunset.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Crisfield Waterman's Festival

Thought I would post one photo of the festival to wet your appetite. Visit the newspaper web-extra gallery for more photos. I will post more when I have time (jury duty through Friday).

This photo is of the oyster shucking contest. Shucker on left is not the winner. He is just happy he finished. The winner's name and photo is posted on the web-extra site.

Folks, a nor'easter blew in - high tide and wind made for the perfect storm. That did not deter fans of the festival from traveling far distances to enjoy some great Eastern Shore seafood. Thanks to all those who made the event a success.

I hope to catch with everyone this weekend.

A Little Light on Posts This Week...

I was busy all weekend and this week I have jury duty - possibly through Friday. I have some photos form the Watermen's Festival I want to get up as well as photos from a visit from our governor. So be patient.

"It is not only his [the juror's] right, but his duty . . . to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court." ~ John Adams

Filtered flag photo - Crisfield.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Olde Princess Anne Days

“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.” ~ David C. McCullough

In a recent post I talked about all the wonderful things you can do within a few hours drive of Crisfield. Princess Anne is just a short drive away.

Olde Princess Anne Days (tour homes, a mansion, and enjoy festivities) is a two-day event that highlights the history of the town. Next October, they will be celebrating their 53rd year.

Naturally, you will have to make a trip to Crisfield for some Maryland crabs, so plan now!

I'm in a Filtering Mood

With no work today and rain coming down I have been playing with some photos. This one was taken at Glenwood Evans Seafood in Crisfield where the crabbers take their catch of the day. The photo was taken on a windy day; the waves were really kicking up.

I took the photo from the city dock where I enjoy watching the boats come in. The light can be awe-inspiring on certain days. Next time you are in Crisfield, be sure to catch a sunset. Don't forget to look back over your shoulder towards Glenwood Evans. It catches the light beautifully.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Crisfield City Dock

"In all the universe nothing remains permanent and unchanged but the spirit." Anton Chekhov - The Seagull

Always a seagull or two to be found on the city dock.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Welcome Exit Shore Realty

"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~Henry Van Dyke

I would like to welcome Exit Shore Realty to Crisfield. I recently took a photo of their ribbon cutting - some of our city officials and citizens are scattered among the owners and realtors. We are all happy to have you in beautiful Crisfield.

Oh, I had to find out why the company was named "Exit" Shore. When the founder started the company (there are over 800 offices in the US and Canada (there you go Barry and Elaine, in case you ever want to move out of those harsh Canadian winters) he wanted to use a name people could identify with. Exit signs are everywhere! In fact, there are more exit signs in the world than any other sign. While we were out yesterday, we stopped at a restaurant and I glanced up and saw an exit sign. Guess who I thought about? It works! I love it.

"Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration."
~Charles Dickens

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Lots of things to do within a short drive of Crisfield

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~ St. Augustine

Crisfield is situated on the Eastern Shore. Within an hour you can be relaxing at a quiet beach, or be walking the boardwalk at Ocean City (slots coming soon). Chincoteaque, VA, home of Misty, is an hour away. You can also enjoy St. Michaels and Cambridge - a tad over an hour's drive. In a little over 2 hours you can be in Rehoboth Beach, DE, Virginia Beach, VA, or Annapolis. And of course, there are all those little stops in-between.

Our county has some wonderful side roads that will take you lead you to several working water towns. Of course, we want you to enjoy all there is do see and do in Crisfield before you venture out, but for those thinking about retiring, this is the place to look for a home. And the prices are right. I mean "really" right? If you are an artist looking for a new hometown, Crisfield is the place to be.

Now that I have advertised my hometown (I will send you a bill, Val) on to some photos I took at the 20th Annual Chesapeake Celtic Festival held in Furnace Town, about a 40 minute drive from Crisfield. BTW, Furnace Town is a living museum.

Nothing like a nap between events at a festival.