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Boat Maryland Week Kicks Off in Annapolis

The inaugural Boat Maryland Week kicked off on the evening of Friday, April 26, to cap-off the opening day of the Spring Sailboat Show in Annapolis at Latitude 38. The 10-day celebration highlights the beginning of Maryland’s boating season and the state’s deeply-rooted ties to maritime history. Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary Tom Riford offered brief remarks at the opening ceremony, along with Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, and Susan Zellers, Executive Director of the Marine Trades Association of Maryland. Said Riford, “Summer is the best time to explore Maryland’s ‘Bay-ways’ and get out on the water to see more of Maryland as it can be seen only from the water.” Partners in establishing Boat Maryland Week include MTAM, OTD, Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, the Severn River Association, Art in Public Places Commission, Annapolis Boat Shows, and the Symmetry Agency.

Pictured (left to right): Elvia Thompson, Green Annapolis; Tom Riford, Commerce Dept. Assistant Secretary; David Read Barker, Severn River Association; Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley.