Thursday, September 30, 2010

Rainy Day in Crisfield

Rainy Day in Crisfield

I shot these photos from the tiki bar at the Olde Crisfield Crab and Steak House while waiting on a tour group from Ocean City to arrive. Even on a rainy day Crisfield is always beautiful! Come back later for the tour, some great food and a few surprises.

We don't let a little bad weather keep us from enjoying our hobbies. Shown in background is the Coast Guard station.

Crab baskets add a momentary "flavor" to the tiki bar. These are not decorative baskets - they are working baskets being readied for another run.

Chairs are washed in rain. The tiki bar is a great place to watch the boats coming and going from Somers Cove Marina. And there's that Coast Guard station again. FYI: Don't let a little rain keep you from coming to the tiki bar. They have cover from the rain and an open game room.

Love antiques? Check out the Burgess Museum auction!

Love antiques? Check out the Burgess Museum auction!

"Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Teekers need not worry. Somerset County, who now owns the museum, will be offering more goodies at a second auction later this year.  Auctioneer Pete Richardson always does an amazing job. I love to listen to him roll those words off his tongue. What an art! And he is always accommodating when I need to jump up in his trailer for a photo.

Here are a few of the items you missed.

Not just causal bidders - the Chief of the Marion Volunteer Fire Department and his wife. All of this once belonged to her grandfather. The museum is near Marion. The second auction will be held in Princess Anne, a few minutes up the road.

There has to be some good stuff in this pile!

Pete, shown left, has no trouble getting bids.

Look at the ornate painting on that seeder.

Stay tuned for the date of the next auction. They are going to roll out the really good stuff. If you are a collector you gotta be there! Or just come for the fun and walk among Eastern Shore history.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Maryland storm warning...

Maryland storm warning...

ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 29, 2010) – Governor Martin O’Malley is cautioning all Marylanders tonight to travel carefully and take extra precaution with the approaching storm, which is expected to produce heavy rains that may cause stream and coastal flooding around Maryland.  Governor O’Malley has asked Maryland Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Richard Muth to activate the state emergency operations center (EOC) at 7 a.m. Thursday morning.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we’ve activated our Emergency Operations Center and we’re urging all Marylanders to monitor local forecasts and proceed with caution, particularly those in flood-prone areas,” said Governor O’Malley. “Weather forecasts are calling for up to five inches of rain, and perhaps more in some isolated location, in a very short time frame. That could lead to dangerous flooding conditions.”

The EOC is currently operating at level 2, with several extra MEMA staff working with the 24-hour Maryland Joint Operations Center to monitor conditions and plan for the upcoming weather. The level 3 operation, beginning tomorrow morning, will bring representatives of about a dozen agencies – mostly with first responder, transportation and public health responsibilities – into the EOC.

“We urge Maryland residents to leave extra time when heading out for work or school in the morning,” said Executive Director Muth. “Do not try to drive through standing water on roadways and please continue to monitor local weather forecasts.”

Weather forecasters have issued flash flood and coastal flood warnings around most of Maryland as a tropical depression travels up the Atlantic seaboard. Heavy rains are expected in Maryland starting Thursday morning and continuing throughout the afternoon.  Other possible consequences of the storm are falling trees, extensive power outages, and possible tornadic activity.


Checker Motors Corporation, Checker Taxi, The Checker Car Club of America

In 1922, the Checker Motors Corporation rolled out the first Checker cab. It became the iconic American taxi cab. The "Little cab that could" has a long and colorful history. I don't have time to research it now, but I did find out through the Checker Car Club of America that the CMC ceased to exist in 2010. Eighty-eight years of history now sits empty and is in the process of being razed. What would Mickey Spillane think?

I spotted a Checker Cab in Crisfield this past weekend. Naturally, I had to find the owner and get a few photos. I have ridden in my share of these cabs over the years, and it was nice to see one in Crisfield. These taxis were loved for their durability by taxi-drivers everywhere. One really has to trust an old car to drive it all the way from South Bend, Indiana as the owner of this taxi did. I hope our visitors had a ton of fun in Crisfield. Look me up next time. I just might need a ride.

The kids are sitting on the little seats that made for more sitting room in the popular taxis.

This is a 1982 Checker Cab. The owner told me that the body was the same on all Checker Cabs from 1957 until 1982.

A special thanks to the owner and his "passengers" for interrupting their day for a few photo snaps. Thanks also to Captain's Galley for helping me find them. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The old and the new in Crisfield

The old and the new in Crisfield

"What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment."

The present is always moving towards the past.  What we do today makes our future. Our future becomes our past. We must take care that we create things worth preserving. Like all small towns, Crisfield is both moving forward while perserving its past. One need only take a tour of the Tawes Museum to see some of the history being being kept alive in exhibits and photos.  Plans are being laid for new events, new growth, and a better Crisfield for both residents and visitors alike.

I took this photo of the Fishing Lady docked at the city dock. I liked the mix of the old and new.

I shot the below photo of Glenwood Evans Seafood from the front of the Fishing Lady, filtered it, and gave it grain and a few scratches. Voila! Instant past. 


Monday, September 27, 2010

Puppy Love

 Puppy Love
by Paul Anka - 1960

And they call it puppy love.
Oh. I guess they'll never know
how a young heart really feels
and why I love her so.
And they called it puppy love
just because we're in our teens;
tell them all please tell them it isn't fair
to take away my only dream.
I cry each night
my tears for you,
my tears are all in vain.
I hope and I pray that maybe one day
you'll be back in my harms once again.

Someone tell me please
is the answer up above?
How can I tell them, oh how can I tell them
this is not a puppy love?

OK, in the true-life of these two the lyrics Paul Anka was singing  in the song he wrote for Annette Funicello probably doesn't fit. The song just popped into my head when I saw them. "Puppy Love"  reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles in 1960.  Let's see? I was 12 in 1960, and Paul Anka was the dream of every school girl. I listed to him on my so-cool transistor radio.

"Puppy Love" was revived by Donnie Osmond in 1972, and soared to #3 on the charts. I'm sure these two lovebirds have never heard of  Paul Anka, Annette Funicello or Donnie Osmond. But hey, love, unlike transistor radios, never goes out of style. And isn't Crisfield a beautiful place for "Puppy Love", no matter what your age. Wink. Wink.

Crisfield Police Department "Take-Back Prescription Drugs"

Crisfield Police Department U.S.  Drug Enforcement Administration Take-Back Prescription Drugs

 On Saturday, September 25, the Crisfield Police Department joined other agencies in a nationwide effort to "Take-Back Prescription Drugs" program. Unused and expired drugs are not only a danger to children, many of them end up being flushed down toilets, contributing to the already high level of drug contaminates in our waterways and drinking water.

Agencies also handed out flyers on the dangers of unused drugs. If you didn't make it to one of the drop-off stations around the country please check your cupboards, medicine cabinets, and refrigerators. The proper way to dispose of unused drugs is to take them out of the bottles so they cannot be identified by people who might find them in the trash (they could end up being sold on the streets), mix them with something unappealing such as kitty litter or coffee grounds and seal them in a plastic bag or other disposable container that can be sealed.

Speaking of kitty littler, as a cat owner, I have been known to throw old pet medications in the toilet. So don't forget to check your expired pet medications.

You can help make our environment safer and help keep drugs off the streets by following a few simple steps. But please, don't flush!  For more info visit the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Thanks to the Crisfield Police Department for their participation.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Jason Crabb performs in Crisfield - September 23, 2010 - Part 3

Jason Crabb performs in Crisfield - September 23, 2010 - Part 3

“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” ~ Johann Sebastian Bach

Thanks to Crisfield Events for bringing Jason Crabb and the Reminders to our town. Over the past year, we have enjoyed some wonderful events sponsored by the Chamber and Events. We look forward to bringing you even more events in 2011. With summer winding down, don't forget about us. We will have more "happenings" in the coming months, and if nothing else, a scenic drive on our country roads makes for a great get-away. And you can always enjoy an authentic taste of the Eastern Shore at our restaurants while here. Oh, don't forget to do a little shopping!


Before to getting Jason Crabb, here are a few more random photos.

 I think it's getting dark...are you ready for Jason Crabb?

Not only were we blessed with a beautiful sunset, the Harvest Moon visited us. Check it out under the spotlights in the next 2 photos.

And after the show, Jason Crabb walked among his followers and signed autographs. Pretty cool. Come back soon, Jason.

Crisfield loves Jason Crabb!

Ya'll come back!