Crab Crawl brings a crowd to North East
NORTH EAST — In its fourth year, the Crab Crawl finally had good weather.
“The first two years it rained. Last year it was a boiler,” said Amanda Butler, president of the Friends of the Cecil County Public Library.
With sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s with a breeze, Butler deemed Saturday’s weather “perfect.”
Better than the weather was a major change in the fundraiser itself, which raises money for the Cecil County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program as well as other learning programs offered at the county’s seven branches.
“This is the first time we have sponsors,” Butler said.
Crab Crawlers also got some bonuses this year including a Crab Card with special offers from those sponsors to be used in the future.
Some 200 people bought tickets, which allowed them to travel to five different North East restaurants and enjoy a crab-based appetizer.
Hudson Benson, owner of Port House Grill, offered cups of his crab bisque.
“I don’t think we’ve ever done the bisque before,” Benson said of his participation in the Crab Crawl. “”We’ve done crab sliders but we decided to do the bisque. It’s a very popular item in the restaurant.”
Brandon DeWeese enjoyed every spoonful.
“It was great; loaded with crab,” the Elk Neck man said.
Crab bisque aside, John Barteld, a member of the Friends board of directors, said the Crab Crawl is an outreach as well as a fundraiser.
“It makes people aware of what the Friends of the Library does,” Barteld said. “And it’s fun event that raises funds to support library programs.”
Pier 1 Restaurant, Station Ale House, Woody’s Crab House and unWined were also part of the crawl.
Meanwhile a Silent Crab Auction was open to anyone passing by West Street Village. Wooden crabs, each decorated in a different theme, were open for bidding. The proceeds from each crab went to a targeted charity.
Getting into the spirit of the day, Kris Tucker and Danielle Tucker, sisters-in-law and partners in Kreative Journey Gifts and More at 32 S. Main St. sold crocheted crab hats.
Kris, who crocheted each hat, said the concept started with the Unicorn Quest last month, a second Saturday event hosted by the North East Chamber of Commerce.
“I made six unicorn hats. We sold out,” Kris said. “We got orders for two more.”
Before the Crab Crawl ended at 4:30 p.m. they expected to be out of the crab hats too.
Kevin Walker slapped his “Crab Crawl” sticker on his shirt, eager to start walking up and down North East’s Main Street.
“I think this is my fourth crawl and by far the prettiest,” Walker, from Earleville, said.
While enjoying the weather, he was there for the food.
“By far the crab is why you’re here,” he said. “And this is a great town.”
Morgan DeWeese accepts a bowl of crab bisque from Hudson Benson, owner of Port House Grill in North East. DeWeese and her husband Brandon were among the 200 patrons that took part Saturday in the Friends of the Cecil County Library Crab Crawl.
Kris Tucker, co-owner of Kreative Journey Gifts and More, crocheted six crab hats in time for Saturday’s Crab Crawl to benefit the Friends of the Cecil County Public Library. She expected to sell out before the crawl ended.