Since this is the first gathering for C-Dorys in the upper bay, we are being low-key. Show up, meet up, and go boating on the beautiful upper Chesapeake Bay! We'll gauge interest, get introduced, and make bigger plans for next time.
So here are the details:
C-Dory gathering at Havre de Grace, MD, the weekend of May 20-22.
On Saturday, May 21, the Mount Harmon Plantation hosts the annual Revolutionary War Encampment. Mount Harmon is an easy hour's cruise from Havre de Grace to the Sassafras River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It is a beautiful location with walking trails, restored buildings, a splendid view of the bay, and a visitor's dock (including a "dinghy dock" low enough for C-Dory crew!) The Encampment will include re-enactors, arts and crafts, food, music, and more.
While the Mount Harmon visit is recommended, those looking to simply cruise to the Sassafras River can follow along (there are a few "Bay-only" hazards that are best navigated with a guide). The Sassafras also offers some nice anchoring-out spots, pretty views, a well-marked channel, and the historic village of Georgetown.
On Sunday we plan to cruise north to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal to Chesapeake City. The C&D is one of the world's busiest canals, but our shallow drafts will permit excursions out of the path of the tugs, barges, and ships. Chesapeake City is a destination with restaurants, spots for ship-watching, walking trails, and historic buildings.
Friday and Monday will be more impromptu trips for those wishing to explore the northern reaches of the Bay (including the Susquehanna River) or cruise south.
As far as food and events -- I plan on bringing Pork Barbeque for Friday night get together for those who care to join us (all homemade, using locally-sourced Lancaster County, PA pork). I will probably be able to prevail on my lovey wife Janet to provide some marvelous baked goods for dessert. There are also a few outstanding ice cream shops nearby (one within walking distance) and fine and relaxed restauarants.