Memorial Day weekend kicks off Smith Island’s main season as well as the Smith Island Cultural Center’s Fourth Annual Smith Island Arts Festival. More than thirty regional and local artists will display their work during the festival on Saturday, May 25, starting at 11 a.m. From photography and painting to jewelry and sea glass art, there’s something from every medium represented at the Arts Festival.
Along with arts and craft vendors, enjoy live music and demonstrations during the event. Smith Island is a working Waterman’s island, so you can expect some demonstrations showcasing this aspect of island life, like boatbuilding. Food vendors will be selling local delicacies including Maryland’s state dessert, Smith Island Cake. The cake is made up of between eight and ten layers of yellow cake with chocolate frosting between each layer and over the cake in its entirety. If you’re looking for other local culinary delights, local restaurants will have returned to their full schedule for peak season and you can be sure to find eateries offering as-fresh-as-it-gets blue crabs and other tasty seafood dishes.
If you’re interested in attending the festival, getting there requires a little more planning than just hopping in the car and driving there. Smith Island is located in the Chesapeake Bay about 12 miles offshore of Crisfield, Md. There’s no bridge to the island, so the only option to get there is to take a ferry. Several options are available and more information on how to get to the festival can be found at smithislandexperience.com/transportation. The Smith Island Arts Festival is free to attend, but there is a charge to take the ferry there. You’ll also want to make sure you bring along some cash for your excursion. There are no ATMs on the island and although a few of the local businesses accept credit cards, many businesses and vendors at the Arts Festival do not. Don’t forget to bring along some sunscreen and insect repellent, too!
The Smith Island Arts Festival is a great excuse to get away to Smith Island, so why not make a day or weekend of it? There’s plenty of other things to keep you busy while on the island like perusing shops, and visiting the Cultural Center, the host of the Smith Island Arts Festival. Outdoor lovers will also find plenty to do — golf cart and bike rentals are available to explore the island on or take to the water for canoeing or kayaking.