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July 28, 2005|By Lori Sears

Crab Days

It's a weekend-long celebration of that sideways-walking, feisty crustacean -- the Chesapeake Bay blue crab. Saturday and Sunday, visitors to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels can enjoy Crab Days. There will be crabbing demonstrations, including trot-lining, chicken-necking, crab-picking and crab pot-making, as well as a showing of how the pros quickly separate crab meat from the shell, from a professional crab picker. Young visitors can participate in an array of activities, including a crab toss, a scavenger hunt and face painting.

An array of crab delicacies will be available for lunch. Steamed crabs, crab cakes and crab soup will be on the menu. And for the non-crab eaters, the menu will also include hot dogs, ice cream and baked goods. There will also be cruises aboard the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, live music on both days and other nautical-related demonstrations, such as knot-tying and nameboard-carving.

Crab Days run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Navy Point, Mill Street, St. Michaels. Festival admission is included with museum admission, which is $11; $10 seniors; $6 for ages 6-17; free for ages under 6. Boat rides and food are extra. Call 410-745-2916 or visit www.cbmm.org.

Craft fair

Find functional and decorative ceramics, wearable art, home furnishings, fine jewelry, traditional woodworks, sculptural clay pieces and much more at the 59th annual State Craft Fair, tomorrow through Sunday at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. This year's event features wares from some 250 craftspeople and artisans, as well as art seminars, demonstrations and more. The craft fair is presented by the Pennsylvania Designer Craftsmen.

The State Craft Fair takes place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Franklin & Marshall College, Alumni Sports and Fitness Center, Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, Pa. $7; free for ages 12 and under. Call 215-579-5997 or visit www.pacrafts.com.

O.C. Greek Festival

Indeed it'll be all Greek to you this weekend at the Greek Festival in Ocean City. Tomorrow through Sunday, you'll get a taste of Greece right inside the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. You'll see Greek dancing, hear live Greek music, taste Greek foods and pastries and shop for goods made in Greece, including jewelry, gifts and clothing. The festival is sponsored by the St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean City.

The Greek Festival runs noon-11 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday at the Convention Center, 40th Street and the Bay, Ocean City. Call 410-524-0990 for admission fees.

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