Do you remember this Giant?

Where was he?  What was his name?  Where is he now?

Where was he? What was his name? Where is he now?

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Tavern in Annapolis

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There was a tavern in Annapolis that was rather unique. The owner was always behind the bar which was a gathering place for professors from St. John’s College and the Naval Academy, watermen and storytellers like my late father, Selden Lacey. Inexpensive drinks, a full  variety of locals, laughter and political discussions. It closed always at 8pm. Anyone else remember the name of the owner and the establishment?

Published: Friday, 28 November 2014 16:36 Written by Sharie Valerio

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State and city government

Comment below with your stories about Maryland state government. Were you a State Senator, Member of the House of Delegates, or a Maryland Governor? A Mayor? A City Council member? Did you work for a state agency in Annapolis? What was your favorite project?

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St. John’s College

Comment below with your stories about St. John’s College. Were you a Johnnie? When did you graduate? Croquet parties? Did you attend when there was a Lacrosse team? What was a favorite theater or art production?

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Maritime

Comment below with your stories about the maritime industry, trades and marinas in Annapolis. At which marina did you work? Where did you keep your boat? Did you live on your boat? Were you a crabber? Did you teach sailing or repair engines?

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Schools and sports

Annapolis High School Sailing

I remember Annapolis before High School Sailing got its start. This was a subject on the minds of several, grown, Annapolis Sailors. Every year the Naval Academy hosted the U.S. Interscholastic Sailing Nationals – the Mallory Cup and the Cressey Trophy (the Nationals being in two man boats with two divisions; the Cressey included an additional single-handed division) it had been a decade since there was a team from Annapolis. To the best of my knowledge it was an “un-official” team, being that the county school board had no knowledge of its existence.
Background: the previous summer, I had finished the junior program at Severn Sailing Association, along with several classmates. Jonathan Bartlett was our coach (and may have sailed on the original sailing team). Other parents were aware of the situation and eventually my fellow sailors started discussing the possibility. We decided Doug Hagan should approach the Administration of Annapolis High School with a request for sponsorship. We were flatly turned down. The reason given was that the insurance would not cover us, because of the dangers of sailing (this from a school that kept an ambulance present at every home football game). I went to several games my first year and that ambulance always had a passenger. The only injuries my colleagues and I had ever sustained was a lump from a boom, sunburn or underage hangover.
Undeterred, we had Doug write a letter to the Assistant to the Director of Sailing (my mom) requesting an Invitation to the Nationals. As our Faculty Supervisor/Coach we named Jonathan Bartlett (although he had little to do with Annapolis Senior HS after graduation; we rationalized he was still a coach – at SSA – and any further investigation would be just nit-picking). Amazingly we were invited – that’s ma. The rest of the team as I recall included: Doug McNitt, Doug Hagen, Andrew White, Kevin Dunn, myself and Jonathan Phillips. Phillips was the only one not from our little group. He was a senior and had graduated SSA years before us and had become a nationally ranked Laser Sailor. Thanks to his skill in winning the single handed division and respectable showing by the rest of us, we placed third in the Cressy Trophy.
It may have come as a bit of a shock to the Administration (assuming they were listening), when during the Monday morning announcements someone had slipped a note to the announcer, of our accomplishment. We never heard a word from Admin. Although, we did find that there were more than a few teachers who sailed. The following year we won the Cressy. The year after, we placed 5th, owing to the departure to Phillips. We alsodid some barnstorming in Virginia. Gary Body, Head Coach at ODU had started hosting interscholastic events and invited us to more than a few times. For three years, Annapolis had an outlaw sailing team. Only in Annapolis

Published: Saturday, 14 March 2015 Written by Russ Snyder

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Naval Academy

Comment below with your stories about the Naval Academy. Did you go – what was your Class Year? Your first football game? Did you play in USNA sponsored youth sports? Did you sponsor midshipmen?

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On the water: Severn, Spa Creek, Magothy, South River and the Chesapeake Bay

Comment below with your stories about your experiences on the water around Annapolis. Wednesday night races? First time on a boat? What sailing school did you attend? Family trips? Adventures!

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West Annapolis

Comment below with your stories about West Annapolis. What about West Street? What was your first book from the library? The mall and Parole shopping center? Favorite deli?

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Eastport

Comment below with your stories about Eastport.What stories do you remember about Eastport and all the communities nearby? Summer sailing adventures? Did you grow up in Hillsmere? Remember the bayside public pool and beach near Bay Ridge? Did you live in or near public housing? Did you work at Trumpy boatyard? What about the Rec basketball games? Truxton Park softball? Remember Marmaduke’s Pub?

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