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Appreciating the Calm Before the Boat Shows Begin

Circa 1890s Shingle Architecture and Vestiges of the Hell Point Neighborhood of Annapolis Maryland September 26th 2016

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More so than the Shingle architecture of this mid 1890s building it was the empty setting at the intersection of these two lower downtown streets that caught my attention earlier in the day. For you see currently over on Back Creek logistical preparations are underway for moving a multitude of floating docks, sections of tall chain link fences and other materials used in the upcoming Power Boat and Sailboat Shows to the Annapolis Harbor area.

So standing along Craig Street earlier I found myself basking in the peacefulness of the morning while at the same time thinking back to previous boats shows where the Prince George Street side of this building resembled more a controlled scene of chaos amid left over materials, temporary storage sheds and scores of tightly parked event vehicles.

Yes beginning later this week temporary no visitor parking signs will sprout up along Prince George Street sidewalks beginning here at the bottom of the old Hell Point neighborhood extending up to College Avenue, and even across sections of that street as well as downtown parking becomes even more of a challenge.

The visible presence of the City Dock, normally enjoyed throughout the year by both locals and visitors alike, along Compromise Street as well as the Ego Alley promenade will be obstructed by six foot high chain link fences, they themselves draped in numerous participating show vendor’s promotional banners. Traffic will be hectic and heavy as throngs of pedestrians make nearby sidewalks appear to be a cross between the bustling sidewalks of New York City and a retail town center at the height of Black Friday.

Alas for most of the upcoming three weeks downtown Annapolis will certainly be less welcoming, appealing and open if you would not only for locals but unaware visitors alike. There is no doubt that the annual boat shows bring needed revenue to a variety of local businesses as well as representing yet another aspect of our City’s recreational maritime character.

Anyway it was certainly nice to be able to enjoy the tranquility of this downtown setting earlier so I guess I’ll be back after mid October, that is when the quite morning ambiance of this Annapolis street corner has returned.

Have a pleasant day and a good week,

Glenn

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