Annual Chicken and Crab Feast Is Back!

The community center is open, the coordinators, crab cooker, chicken griller, and sides chef, along with other key volunteers, are on board, and that means the annual Cabin John Chicken and Crab Feast is back in business! 

This year’s event will be held Saturday, Sept. 18 from 2 pm to 6 pm. The same crowd- pleasing menu of delicious grilled chicken, tasty steamed crabs, and classic side dishes will be served. There also will be beer, wine, sodas, and lemonade for sale.

Attendees will enjoy the sounds of the talented and generous Starlight Orchestra. The 12-piece jazz and swing band is now firmly part of the Crab Feast tradition having provided the event with live entertainment since 2011!

There will be plenty of dining tables set up outside so that folks can relax and enjoy the great food, many beverage options, and live entertainment while visiting with friends and neighbors. 

Traditionally, dining tables are also set up inside the all-purpose room in case of inclement weather. Due to Covid, we will not be able to offer an indoor dining option. Should we have rain, dinners will be offered to go. All volunteers working inside at the event will be masked, per current county requirements. 

Due to the extremely high price of crabs, we are selling two different meal tickets this year. As always, patrons can save money by purchasing their tickets in advance:

  • A chicken dinner ticket costs $16 in advance and $18 at the door. With your ticket, you get a piece of grilled chicken and three sides, or five sides, if you want a vegetarian option.
  • A crab dinner ticket costs $20 in advance or $25 at the door. With this ticket, you get three crabs and three sides OR six crabs and no sides. 

This annual event is not only a wonderful community gathering, but the primary fundraiser for the Cabin John Citizens Association, whose work includes The Village News, the Cabin John Directory, community advocacy, and activities ranging from blood drives and the new neighbor potluck to July 4th festivities, CJ Trivia Night, and the Turkey Trot.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! 

This event takes a village (typically more than 80 volunteers) to pull off successfully. If you can donate an hour or two of your time on either Friday, Sept. 17 to help prepare vegetables for cooking or Saturday between the hours of 8:30 am and 7:30 pm, please contact Allison de Gravelles, cjcrabfeast@gmail.com, or Susan Shipp, jsjshipp3@ verizon.net, and they will match your skills with a job that needs to get done. 

If you are willing to help coordinate an aspect of this endeavor, such as organizing the serving line or coordinating ticket and merchandise sales during the event, we could really use your help! Once again, just reach out and we will find the right role for you. Thank you!

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