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We were probably in the pond during the same period last summer - we were also out there in mid-August for a couple of days and as you said, it was very crowded.
It seems that the anchorage has been reconfigured somewhat with new mooring balls being placed in areas that were once available for anchoring. So, since it was so tight, we did have a little trouble initially finding a spot with enough swinging room. Once we were settled, another guy swooped in downwind of us, dropped a short-scoped anchor and disappeared below decks. In about 5 minutes, they proceeded to drag down on our downwind neighbor and fouled their anchor rode on his prop and/or rudder (the crew of the 'target boat' wasn't aboard at the time). The captain went over the side to try and free the fouled rode, but the wind was blowing which was making things difficult for him and those assembled to help. Fortunately, TowboatUS quickly intervened and after helping to disentangle things, then helped them to a mooring for the evening (thankfully - we were worried they would try anchoring upwind of us next where there was still a little room - in about fifty feet of water).
As soon as the crew of the 'target' boat arrived back on board, we saw several folks stop by to let them know what happened while they were gone (and they then checked their rode for any damage from the fouling incident). They did stay put so apparently no damage was inflicted. It was nice that those that saw what happened passed the word along when the crew arrived back on board - I thought that was pretty neighborly of everyone (I was climbing in the dinghy to take a ride over to tell them when we saw the first (of many others) stopping by to let them know).
The Admiral enjoys Block since her family used to vacation there when she was a kid, (so we'll be back for more Anchoring Follies, I'm sure) - but I agree that overall, Block is a much more pleasant experience after Labor Day (both out in the anchorage and ashore)!