My vision for Annapolis, Maryland is big… and it’s something I’ve been working on for nearly 5 years. I would like to see this charming city become an entertainment destination, much like Austin, Texas or Branson, Missouri. Both of these cities were small towns that increased their visibility and tourism by showcasing talent and the existing charm of the location.
Annapolis definitely has these elements and so much more — the Chesapeake Bay, Naval Academy, colonial history, and sailing. I know for certain we have what it takes; I have done my homework, which includes an informational interview with the folks in the know in both these locations.
For years, I’ve watched the arts and entertainment here ebb and flow.
We have experienced the coming and goings of some wonderful venues, festivals and related resources that really celebrated locals — The Whiskey, Summers at City Dock, Sharky’s/Wild Willy’s, Annapalooza, Chesapeake Music Guide, and now the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival. We’ve seen a downturn and we’re about to experience an upturn.
From the months of March through early November, Annapolis hosts some sort of festival or event; there is certainly no lack for something to do.