New York does it. LA does it. Chicago does it, although they farm some of them out to Springfield to allow the city of the big shoulders to rebuild. All three cities have occasional mega dopefests hosting usually between 50-80 people. The Baltimore/DC metro area is the fourth largest in the U.S. after those three, and I say it’s high time we did it too.
I propose the weekend of Sept 20-22 for Balto/DC megadope. The weather will have broken from the summer heat, and fall in the Mid-Atlantic is georgous. There are so many things to do here, and plenty of places to stay. There are 3 airports to fly into, so finding a cheap flight is simplified ( GingeroftheNorth is flying into Dullas. Inconvienent for me to be sure, but $600 cheaper than going to Friendship…er…BWI ).
The actual dopefest would be Saturday night, most likely in Fells Point. This is the oldest part of Baltimore, and bars and resturants abound. It will be simplicity itself to find a place to host the dinner, and afterwards any possible type of place to go is within a few blocks. Jazz, blues, rock, folk…whatever anyone wants. Other things to do:
The Orioles will be in town that weekend, hosting the Boston Red Sox. A Friday night trip to the ballpark that set the standard for new parks would be fun.
The Mall in DC has more things to do than you could cover in a week. Saturday, a group could go to the Smithsonian, the monuments, whatever. It’s a trip all Americans should make at least once in their life, sadly we in this area tend to take it for granted.
The Ravens might be in town on Sunday, as might be the Redskins, the NFL schedule hasn’t yet been released to my knowledge.
The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the world, boating and water activities are plentiful.
The Inner Harbor of Baltimore offers unparalleled shoping and a wonderful place to just stroll by the water, a custom made setting for doper romances. Go aboard a Civil War frigate in the Constellation, see just how cramped it was aboard the WWII submarine Torsk, and, oh yeah, The National Aquarium is right there, visit the #1 fish tank in the country.
There is scads more to do, this is just what occured to me in a brief moment of thinking.
So, what say y’all? C’mon down to our little corner of the world, hon.