"One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating."
~ Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, "Pavarotti, My Own Story"
Here are more photos from the 2010 Tawes Clam Bake in Crisfield. It was hot, but no one minds the heat when the food is good and there are plenty of beverages to go around. The clam bake was brought to you by the Crisfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and a whole lot of volunteers who stood over hot fryers and steamers just for you. We hope everyone enjoyed their visit, and that you come back soon.
Over 6,000 people attended the event this year. For readers not familiar with clam bake, it is held in honor of Crisfielder J. Millard Tawes who served as the 54th Governor of the State of Maryland. Tawes was sworn into office in 1959, and served two terms.
The clam bake became a popular event with politicians, and each year, politicians and supporters from all over the State of Maryland descend on Crisfield to enjoy the spirit of politics. But, as I have said before, this event is not just for politicians. It is for anyone who loves a clam bake. Read coverage in the Crisfield-Somerset County Times.
Stay tuned for more photos from clam bake. I only have so much time, and I am way behind.
The lines began early.
See the cardboard drink box? Bring your own next year. That's your plate. Volunteers will fill it up with fish, fries, clams, crabs, corn, and watermelon - and you can keep going back for more - all day! And don't forget the beer wagon. All-you-can drink! Sodas and water, too.
This guy has two uses for his "dinner plate".
In true style to the "political" side of the clam bake, elected officials and prospective officials visited with voters. Shown middle: Crisfield Mayor P.J. Purnell.
John Phoebus, in black shirt, walks with Bob Ehrlich.
This couple used chairs for tables.
This couple made their own tables from chairs.
Clams anyone? See my clam bagging photos.
This event-goer came in style, complete with a matching towel to keep her cool.
Unbrellas came in handy, too.
Look at that guy working on his watermelon while he waits.
Putting up political posters.
Fun in the sky. I call this the "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" car/plane/glider, or whatever. It sure is cute. I want one.
Crisfield officials smile for the camera.
Keep those fries coming, boys.
A little something for everyone...
Everyone attending got a free souvenir mug and mallet.
Newly sworn-in Delegate Carolyn Elmore gets a hug from a volunteer.
This woman designed her own "dinner plate" for clam bake. Good idea. Perhaps we should have a box-decorating contest.
This must be the fried fish booth. Look at all those matching volunteers.
Politicians and their constituents enjoy our clam bake.
Weather-wise, Austin Cox, Sr., had to be the coolest man at the clam bake. Oh, Austin, you are always cool!
A big "thanks" to the city police department.
I almost forgot about the food...
I have to give my hubby a plug. I did not dress him.
Entertainment was in order...
The Hebron Savings Bank tent was hopping. Thanks to Eddie Heath for the crab pots and to DJ Flea for a rocking good time!
Did you get your mug? If not, make sure you make it to the Clam Bake next year. Come back tomorrow for more photos. Also, stay tuned for photos from McCready and Rubberset. When politicians come to Crisfield they like to tour our little town.