Weekend of skipjacks, German beer and art brings crowds to Cambridge

Special to Dorchester Banner Gale Collins interviews Best Dressed at the Fest winners from Crabtoberfest 2015. Awards to this year’s winners are courtesy of the Dueren District Administrative Office in Germany.

Special to Dorchester Banner
Gale Collins interviews Best Dressed at the Fest winners from Crabtoberfest 2015. Awards to this year’s winners are courtesy of the Dueren District Administrative Office in Germany.


Locals and tourists flock to Cambridge for three back-to-back events Sept. 24-25

CAMBRIDGE – Three long-running and anticipated events will return to Dorchester county, Maryland the third weekend in September. The Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race, in its 20th year, kicks off the weekend on Saturday morning, Sept. 24, followed by Crabtoberfest that evening; Dorchester Showcase, in its 40th year, winds up the weekend on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 25. All events are in downtown Cambridge and promise to be enjoyable for people of all interests.

The Dorchester Skipjack committee is hosting the 20th anniversary of its annual Skipjack race – a race of traditional oyster dredging boats of the Chesapeake Bay region. The event attracts regional and maritime historians, boating enthusiasts and professional photographers from all over the country. About 20 actively sailing skipjacks exist today; the Choptank Heritage Skipjack race expects 15 – 20 to participate in this year’s race. The event opens Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. with a captivating close-up view of the skipjacks on parade, a bonus to both spectators and photographers alike. The race begins at 10 a.m., beginning and ending at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge and includes food vendors and exhibitors. The Cambridge Skipjack race is one of only two of its kind that is still held. This is a free event and will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 410-228-7141 or visit www.skipjack-nathan.org.

Crabtoberfest kicks off at 4 p.m. later that day at 401 Race St. and features German food, fest music, folk dancing and Kids’ Park. Steamed crabs, crab cakes and other Eastern Shore specialties also will be offered. Bittburger, Späten and Paulaner are the German beers on tap; domestics and specialty seasonal brews will also be available. Awards will be given to adults and kids for Best Dressed at the Fest, a contest that recognizes those with the most Oktoberfest spirit wearing dirndls and lederhosen, the traditional clothing of Bavaria. Crabtoberfest is the annual commemoration of the partnership Dorchester shares with Dueren, Germany for cultural and business exchange and has been celebrated since 2007.

Entry is $5; in the event of rain the event will be held the same day and time at 447 Race St. For more information, call 410-228-3575 or visit www.crabtoberfest.com.

Dorchester Center for the Arts is presenting its 40th Dorchester Showcase on Sept. 25, starting at noon on historic High Street in downtown Cambridge. The event is an art walk and street festival, showcasing juried fine art and crafts along with music on two performance stages. Artisan booths include jewelry, paintings and prints, mixed media, wire art, wood working, home décor, fiber art and photography.

The art festival includes family art activities, raffles for original artisan works and even free rides aboard the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. Eastern Shore cuisine along with other food and snacks are available for purchase. The event is generously supported by the Nathan Foundation and the Maryland State Arts Council, is free and will be held rain or shine. For more information call 410-228-7782 or visit www.dorchesterarts.org.

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