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Re: Star-Spangled Spectacular Air Show
We will be on our docked boat at the Anchorage Marina for the air show and fireworks. I think we’ll be in a great viewing spot and we’re glad to not have to venture out into what I’m sure will be total chaos. We heard the marina is overbooked and has a long waiting list for transients. We planned to head out for a week’s cruise on the bay starting Sunday, but may stay put and sneak out Monday AM instead (and sail along some of the tall ships).
I’m very excited about what is probably the biggest celebratory event Baltimore has seen in a generation or more. I hope we stay on the dry side of the 50% rain chance and that the city makes the most of its opportunity to get some positive national publicity. It cannot be overstated how important of an event the Battle of Baltimore was to the local region and the nation as a whole. It sounds like the events planned are worthy of the history made here and hopefully it will all go off without a hitch.
I’m going on a rant here, but I imagine the cost to the city to stage this event is relatively low compared to the failed Grand Prix and will bring greater largess to local businesses and city coffers. Hopefully the city leaders can learn that they don’t have to chase hair-brained schemes and offer huge giveaways of taxpayer dollars to stage a successful high profile event based on the history and amenities we already have. It would be nice to see a scaled down version of this repeated annually or biannually – perhaps on Labor Day weekend in lieu of any further thoughts of trying to bring back the Grand Prix.
Also for all the high end waterfront development in Baltimore, the city has not managed to turn itself into much of a “yachtie” town in the vein of Newport or Annapolis. Yes there are huge marinas, museum ships, tour boats, etc., but they always seem to be second fiddle to the stuff on land around the water. It would be nice to see Baltimore become more water oriented instead of just waterfront. It would be a huge economic boon to the areas surrounding the harbor and if done right could become a model for balancing coastline restoration and recreational boating access. Maybe having boats show up by the hundreds this weekend will wake some people up to the fact that the maritime aspects of the city can be a main event instead of just a sideshow.
OK, sorry, rant over! Have a great weekend everybody!
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