Crisfield Cruises and Ferryboats. Trips to either Smith or Tangier Island on the Captain Jack (410) 425-4471 or Island Belle (410) 968-1118. Smith Island Cruises, (410) 425-2771, www.smithislandcruises.com/default.htm. Pick a beautiful day to cruise to Maryland's sole inhabited offshore island where you can visit the shops of its three villages. Also offers overnight packages. Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, (410) 968-0925, www.crisfield.org. Pavilions and tents for picnics, antique and gift shops, restaurants, and always the possibility to sail to one of the nearby islands.
J.M. Tawes Crab and Clam Bake, 1-5 p.m. July 21, Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, (410) 968-2500. All you can eat--need we say more? The 28th annual seafood festival features fresh-fried fish, watermelon, corn on the cob, and of course, crabs and clams. National Hard Crab Derby and Fair, Sept. 3-5, Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, (410) 968-2500. A crab-cooking contest kicks off the affair on Friday morning and fireworks conclude the gala Sunday evening. Get swept up in the lip-synching, arm-wrestling, and crab-picking contests, plastic-bottle boat regatta, along with rides and games in between. The Hard Crab Derby Race starts at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Great Hope Golf Course, 8380 Crisfield Highway, Westover, (800) 537-8009, www.greathopegolf.com. A course for hopefuls looking to squeeze in 18 holes before swinging by nearby Ocean City. Jane's Island State Park, 26280 Alfred Lawson Drive, Crisfield, (410) 968-1565, www.dnr.state.md.us.publiclands/eastern/janesisland.html. Paddle the waterways around the island for fishing or crabbing opportunities, rent a cabin, and call it a weekend.
The Crab Place, 384 West Main St., Crisfield, (877) 328-2722, www.crabplace.com. Offers a host of seafood to pick apart, crack open, and snack on. Hard crabs, soft crabs, crabmeat, crab legs, crab cakes . . . if you're not sick of crabby talk yet, this is your place to shop. Play With Pottery, 952 West Main St., Crisfield, (410) 968-9040. Indulge your creative side on a rainy day and make your own ceramics.