Crab Crawl brings a crowd to North East

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

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.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

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.

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