Sunday, April 11, 2010

Gwynn's Island Festival

This vast, empty space filled with blue, green and brown sits at the very end of the Earth road in Mathews County: New Point.

New Point is the home of mutant killer fiddler crabs our lighthouse and the observation deck which, to the best of my knowledge, does a better job of displaying fiddler crabs in their natural habitat than it does the lighthouse, but perhaps I am jaded. Perhaps.

Unrelated to anything you've just read or seen, at yesterday's Farmers Market down on the court green, Chesapeake Bay Mother sold two pieces of artwork before the market even opened up for business - to the lady selling plants next to us.

We were encouraged to set up a booth at the upcoming Gwynn's Island Festival on June 26th. A quick visit to the Mathews County Visitor Information Center website yielded the following information:

A family style chicken dinner begins the Festival on Friday, June 26th at 4:00-7:00 pm located at the Gwynn’s Island Civic League Building, Old Ferry Road, Gwynn. Take out is available is from 4pm - 5pm. Cost of the dinner is $8.

Saturday’s festivities begin at 9 am at the Civic Center featuring a variety of music, arts and crafts, food vendors, children’s games, square dancing, golf putting contests and free blood pressure checks.

The Rescue Squad, Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department and Coast Guard will have educational displays.

Live Music ALL DAY
Honda Motorcycle Exhibit ALL DAY
Mathews Art Gallery Exhibits ALL DAY
Pet Parade with prizes at 10:00
Antique Car Exhibit at 10:00
Ultralite flyover at 11:00

The Gwynn’s Island Museum will be open 10-5 pm.

No admission charge and free parking for all events.


Call Cricket at 804-725-7577 or Sandy Sharp 725-9045 for vendor information, or email for more information and applications to participate .

They had me at the fried chicken dinner, although that free blood pressure check square dancing stuff has piqued my interest for some strange reason.

Perhaps it's because when I think of Gwynn's Island I think of just about anything but square dancing, but this is neither here nor there.

Go ahead and swing your partner--with reckless abandon even. Every sort of medical or rescue professional from Coast Guard to Rescue Squad will be on hand.

Looks like the Chesapeake Bay Family will be gearing up for this day of festivities. While Chesapeake Bay Mother sells her artwork, perhaps I'll sell grilled fiddler crabs on a stick--with a mango coconut dipping sauce. (Insert an evil, Vincent Price-like laughter here.)

No, you can't eat fiddler crabs, there's nothing to eat except shell and a nasty attitude. But surely there must be some practical use of these brazen little hussies crustaceans. Somehow or another, fiddler crabs will be incorporated into my Gwynn's Island Festival exhibit. And mango coconut dipping sauce may or may not be involved.


nativedevil said...

sounds like fun. Been needing an excuse to come home-I'll see.

Mrs F with 4 said...

A good thing it doesn't clash with Blogfest, eh?

I gave in and googled Fiddler Crabs. They are really quite... repulsive! I did discover, however, that the top two uses for them are a) bait and b) as pets. PETS?! Then I thought, AHA! Will there be many visitors from away (um, not locals - I don't know what phrase you use) at the festival? There could be a whole new moneymaking venture for CBW, offloading these cute little pets onto unsuspecting tourists?

Phyl said...

i didn't see but we used to actually dress in costume for the festival. It was around the 4th of July.

Ann Marie said...

I see a lovely picture of the end of the Earth today... gorgeous... some days I love that the end of the earth is also home to ME! I LIKE the little fiddlers... even try to dodge them with my bike when I am riding and I have been known to carry baby turtles home in my pockets too... which is probably not a good idea for some one who categorizes all turtles as.. turtles and then you get home to find that this little fella has snapped on to the inside of your pocket and won't let go... but that is a story for another day.

I have never been to the GI festival.. ever. Odd...

deborah said...

Sounds like lots of fun! Will there be room for the festival amongst the hordes of fiddler crabs?

big hair envy said...

The festival sounds like a lot of fun and all, but I would drive a LONG way for some of that mango coconut dipping sauce...;)

Daryl said...

I say lets shellac them and put them on pins and sell 'em as broooooches ... no? How about shellac them, put 'em on earbob hooks and see 'em as jewelerree? No? Wait .. shellac them, glue them to a piece of wood and sell it as an Ob-jay d'Artie?

WV subverb .. the sub verb can be used as a modifier .. or not

Mental P Mama said...

Van we please ask them to postpone this until July 15-18? Thanks.

And--go CB Mama!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Grandma J said...

I am so proud of your mom! She's very talented. I miss her. And the crabs...almost.

foolery said...

I wish I could be there. I'd buy some homemade bread for sure. And two fiddler crabs for the kiddies.