Tawes feast: More crabs than politicians

The crabs and clams were plentiful, but the candidates were in short supply at the 39th annual Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield Wednesday in this off-election year. The only items usually baked are the thousands of crab pickers, but Crisfield was mid-80s and breezy.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Democrat for U.S. Senate, won the sign war on the boulevard entering Maryland’s southernmost town on the Chesapeake. But he along with the rest of the congressional delegation were working on Capitol Hill, as they often are in mid-July.

Republican Chrys Kefalas with a white shirted team pretty much had the run of the show, but former Republican delegate Mike Smigiel, now a candidate for Congress against Rep. Andy Harris, did show up with a bag of “I like Mike” buttons.

Tawes Metzgar Kefalas Larkin Grammer

Lobbyist Bruce Bereano as usual had the biggest private tent, able to hold more than 300 people, but attendance overall was thin. The gossip was as thick as usual,

Here’s a photo gallery of the day.


Tawes Boyd Rutherford Mautz Schwartzman

Tawes Kagan Rob Johnson Delores Kelley

Tawes Hogan sign in well wishers


Tawes Steve Arendt Diana Waterman Johnny Wood


Tawes Mark Belton Steve Hershey Jay Jacobs