SMSA Labor Day Cruise Notice (Arbuthnot & Gerred)

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This year the SMSA Labor Day cruise will again be to Annapolis.  For those who can, we will leave Solomons Friday morning August 29th and proceed 44 miles to Whitehall Bay (38°59.9N/76°25.5W), there are no facilities but it is a large well protected anchorage.  We will monitor channel 9 at 10am, noon, 2& 4pm.

We will be 5 miles from Annapolis in order to get there in the morning Saturday when we expect to find moorings available in Spa Creek, or even dockside space in Ego Alley.  The moorings and dockside space are maintained by the Harbormaster and they are available on a first come first served basis with, unfortunately, no rafting.  Alternatively, boats under 35 feet can anchor on the other side of the Spa Creek Bridge.

The last performance of the summer at the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre is that evening, Saturday August 30th.  The musical is “All Shook Up”, based on music from the Fifties.  The price is $18 ($15 for seniors), the performance is at 8:30pm and the outdoor theatre is a short walk from Ego Alley.  For reservations call them at 410-268-9212.  They have a web site at but you have to call to make reservations.  You do not pay for the tickets until you pick them up on the evening of the performance.

Some of us will plan to gather around 6:30pm at Armadillo’s on Ego Alley for happy hour priced drinks and a simple supper before the show.

On Sunday we will proceed 35 miles to Hudson Creek on the Little Choptank where we plan to anchor (38°32.6N/76°14.9W).  Then back to Solomons, 26 miles, on Labor Day.

We look forward to having many boats join us.  On previous years we have had a great time.  We highly recommend the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre.

David and Sally Arbuthnot, cruise leaders
410-326-9202 after July 29th
cell:  410-474-9179 after anchoring

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August 31 – September 7, 2008

On Sunday, August 31, we will say goodbye to the Annapolis weekend cruisers as they head back toward Solomons.  We’ll head for the Corsica River for an evening at anchor and then onto Chestertown on Monday.  If you are planning to join us, please make your reservations early directly with the Chestertown Marina (410-778-3616).  We will have a layday to explore historic colonial Chestertown and then head for the beautiful Wye River East.  On September 4 we’ll have a short trip to St. Michaels and another layday to enjoy this great cruising town and the Chesapeake Marine Museum.  We are still looking into marina possibilities or we can anchor out.  Then on to Hudson Creek on the Little Choptank on September 6.  We'll return to Solomons on the 7th.   Please give us a call, or send us an email if you plan to join us.

Frank & Rita Gerred
Cruise Leaders
410-326-2785   **(NEW)