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August 02, 2001|By Karin Remesch

Crab days in St. Michaels

The Chesapeake Bay blue crab takes center stage this weekend at the 19th annual Crab Days at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels.

For two days, the blue crab will be served in every way imaginable - steamed crabs, crab cakes, fried crabs, crab soup, to name a few. Never picked the bay's favorite crustacean? Don't worry, seasoned veterans will give crab picking demonstrations, and they'll even assist you personally. And for landlubbers, there'll be plenty of hot dogs, French fries, corn-on-the-cob and more.

In addition to food, the museum is cooking up a variety of activities. Festival-goers can watch and take part in demonstrations of various traditional Chesapeake seafood industry activities, including pulling up crab pots and working a trotline. Children can climb inside a people-sized crab pot, embark on a scavenger hunt and listen to the lighthouse keeper as he describes his daily life and work at Hooper Strait Lighthouse during the early 20th century.

There will also be live music and boat rides. And Sunday, bring your fastest crab (or catch one at the festival) and enter it in the annual crab race.

The museum is on Mill Street. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3-$7.50, $18 a family. Call 410-745-2916.

Gettysburg `Quilt Odyssey'

While quilters from throughout the country and abroad attend classes and meet in workshops today through Sunday during "Quilt Odyssey 2001," the public can admire the work created by these artists at an exhibit and merchants mall in the AllStar Sports Complex in Gettysburg, Pa. Quilts on view include judged contest quilts, antique quilts, Tifaifai quilts (Tahitian applique) and winning entries to "That Perfect Stitch Contest" from California.

The merchants mall offers the latest sewing machines, quilt gadgets, fabrics and more.

The exhibit site is adjacent to the Eisenhower Inn and Conference Center, Old Business Route 15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7, a multi-day pass $12. Call 717-423-5148.

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