Hammers and Claws

Between the ages of 10 – 17 I lived in Potomac, MD.  The funny thing about it is that even though I spent seven years of my life growing up there I do not feel like I am from Maryland at all.  Maybe I came out of the womb as NYer but happened to land in Los Angeles slowly having to make my way east until I found my destination.  I think there are a variety of reasons while I don't feel connected to the area. Probably being an unhappy participant watching the demise of my parents marriage is number one on the list.  Regardless, I do have a few fond memories and one of them is an annual crabfest.

Josh Morgan put on an event at the Tunnel In Chelsea called Hammer & Claws Blue Crab Festival this weekend.  Just the smell of Old Bay seasoning when I walked into the room sent me back to my youth.  Sailing on the Chesapeake and stopping somewhere for a bushel of crabs one evening. The event had multiple seatings and for one price you could basically eat as many crabs as you want, drink as much beer, get some cole slaw, corn and a few desserts and listen to music on long communal tables.  People were really having a great time.

There are a few things about a crabfest.  You need a bib and you need wet-ones.  That wasn't provided so I'd keep that in mind for next year.  If you have never done the crab thing keep this in mind too, lots of effort for very little food but it sure is fun.