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Marine Trades Association of Maryland announces inaugural Boat Maryland Week

The Marine Trades Association of Maryland – in partnership with Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, The Annapolis Boat Shows, Visit Maryland, and the Symmetry Agency – is holding an inaugural Boat Maryland Week April 26 through May 5.

The event is designed to kick off the boating season in Maryland by encouraging people to get on the water, dive deep into maritime heritage, and experience the maritime art the state has to offer.

“There’s a ton of excitement around this brand-new event,” said MTAM executive director Susan Zellers in a statement. “It’s a chance to acknowledge and celebrate the deeply-rooted maritime heritage of our state, the health and abundance of the Chesapeake Bay and its waterways, and, of course, our love of all things boating.”

Over 3 percent of the state’s population own a boat for recreational use. Moreover, MTAM attributes the economic impact of boating in Maryland to be approximately $2.4 billion statewide.

A range of events are incorporated into a larger 10-day Boat Maryland Week.

The annual Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show runs April 26-28 at City Dock; the Annapolis NOOD Regattas will be held May 3-5; and a maritime-themed take on one of the city’s favorite art festival series, the First Sunday Arts Festival, will be held May 5.

“With the water being such an integral part of our beautiful city – whether it be the historical aspects or the plain fun of getting out on the water – Boat Maryland Week is sure to be a perfect start to spring in Annapolis,” said Connie Del Signore, president and CEO of Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County..

An opening reception will be held by Latitude 38 at the Annapolis City Dock on April 26 from 6 to 10 p.m.

“Boating is one of the biggest economic drivers for this city. That alone is something to celebrate,” said Mayor Gavin Buckley. “Being a native of Australia, I came to Annapolis on a boat, and it was because of maritime pursuits that I fell in love with this town. I am excited that Annapolis will host the opening event for Boat Maryland Week.”

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