Wednesday, May 03, 2006

SEAFOOD FESTIVAL!! Oysters and clams on the half shell, steamed shrimp, silver dollar clams, sweet potato fries, oyster fritter sandwiches, Hogg Island clam chowder, steamed clams, more steamed clams, more steamed clams...

The Seafood Festival is an Eastern Shore institution and this was it's 38th annual event. It is such an integral part of the Shore that the first year we lived here Tracy received a free ticket through work but felt he was too busy to go....until the CEO called him and informed him "you WILL go". It's a job requirement! About 3,500 people attend, including many polititians (our esteemed Governor was in attendance today). It was a beautiful day, we saw many friends, and ATE ATE ATE (had a couple beers, too). Now I'm too full for dinner.

Here is a view from the festival of the Chincoteague Lighthouse (very me, it's there) and a photo of the band just because I loved their name.

Believe it or not, this is the first of three major seafood festivals on the Shore. Harvest Festival and the Chincoteague Oyster Festival are both in October. Harvest Festival is the hardest one to find tickets for. People actually stand in line outside the Chamber of Commerce building...I used to do that for Who or Pink Floyd tickets! While I enjoy going, I would never go that far.

Kate had a great time at my friend Andrea's house. Andrea was a bit apprehensive when I informed her that Kate needs a song when putting her down for a nap, but she sang Kate a German lullaby like a real trooper (Andrea's mother is German, and Andrea was a German teacher with a Master's degree). Evidently Kate shot Andrea a pretty funny look, but she napped well and thoroughly enjoyed playing with Titoper (Christopher) and Bacole (Nicole).