Crabs and Football. That's what Annapolis does.
Jul 31, 2014 04:00PM ● Published by Jake Russell
Photo by Tony J. Photography
Get used to the sound of cracking at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this weekend.
Break out the mallets for the 69th Annual Rotary Club of Annapolis Crab Feast, taking place Friday from 5-8 p.m. Enjoy one of the most celebrated Maryland pastimes by cracking large, freshly steamed crabs as part of a delicious menu that includes Maryland vegetable crab soup, corn on the cob, barbeque sandwiches, hot dogs, beer, sodas, and water. The event raises funds for local charities and cultural organizations and is expected to draw about 2,500 people.
It’s anticipated that 350 bushels of crabs, 3,400 ears of corn, 100 gallons of crab soup, 1,800 hot dogs, 150 pounds of beef barbeque, and hundreds of gallons of soft drinks and beer will be consumed. That’s a lot of chow! Bring your friends and eat great at the same time.
Navy football will host its 2014 Fan Fest/Media Day on Saturday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Fans can meet players and get autographs on the press box side concourse from 10-11 a.m. before they move to the field and interact with fans there. There will be inflatable games, giveaways and live music. The first 250 kids receive a free t-shirt.
For the third straight year, the two-time Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will crack the pads and take the field of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Monday night at 7 p.m. for their second open training camp practice of the summer.
Before practice there will be a youth football clinic. After the players finish practicing, they will walk over to the stands and sign autographs for children only. It’s estimated that 20,000 fans attended last year’s session in Annapolis.
On the concourse of the north end zone, fans can take part in games, buy merchandise, meet cheerleaders, have their faces painted, meet official mascot Poe and live mascots Rise and Conquer, and listen to performances from Baltimore's Marching Ravens.
Take advantage of this rare chance to see an NFL team in your backyard for free. Here is a synopsis of how last year’s training camp practice went: Ravens take over Annapolis.
Speaking of food, especially peach lovers, there will be three peach festivals to fulfill your appetite this Saturday.
The 39th Annual Eastport Peach Festival will take place at Eastport United Methodist Church in Annapolis from 12-5 p.m. with selections ranging from family style chicken dinners to locally grown corn on the cob and desserts including peach cake, vanilla ice cream topped with sliced peaches, and servings of freshly sliced peaches. Proceeds benefit the church’s mission projects and community outreach programs.
Kent Fort Farm in Stevensville is having its Annual Peach Festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission and parking at the event is free. Enjoy hayrides, peaches you can pick yourself, blackberries, peach ice cream, pit beef, and hot dogs.
The Berlin Peach Festival will be held at The Calvin B. Taylor Museum in Berlin from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with kids games, craft vendors, entertainment, local historical displays, and peach pie baking and eating contests to entertain the masses.
Here are some more events you might be interested in:
- Thursday Night with Stars: Lilly and Mudd with Tish Martinez and Don Lamb-Minor – Thursday, July 31, 7 p.m. at Annapolis City Dock.
- Rock the Dock: Bruce & The USA – Thursday, July 31, 7 p.m. at Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, Chesapeake Beach.
- 2014 Fort Meade Summer Concert Series: The Volunteers – Thursday, July 31, 7 p.m. at Constitution Park, Fort Meade.
- James Taylor – Thursday, July 31, 8 p.m. at Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va.
- Bike to the Beach – Friday, August 1, 4:30 a.m. at Federal Hill, Baltimore.
- Celebrity Chef Series with Carla Hall – Friday, August 1, 6 p.m. at Wellness House of Annapolis.
- 1st Saturday's - Performance from Meyridge – Saturday, August 2, 5 p.m. at Pocket Park, Stevensville.
- Capitol Steps – Saturday, August 2, 8 p.m. at Rams Head on Stage, Annapolis.
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