Sunday, May 4, 2008

ANG Baltimore Seminar – General Information -- August 15, 2007

It’s now August, 2007 and I’m getting excited that the Baltimore ANG Seminar is just around the corner!

I want to welcome those of you who are coming to seminar. Since I’m not from Baltimore but rather Maryland (I’ve lived in many areas of the state but I was raised on the Eastern Shore);

“Welcome to Maryland Hon!”

And yes I can talk and translate the local Maryland (and there are many) accents! Anyone need an interpreter? Or you can check out the "Cafe Hon" website and check on the "Bawlmerese" tab to learn how to speak like you are from "Merryland" or "Murlin"! And yes there really is a "HonFest".

I thought I would share some general information about Baltimore and the surrounding Maryland areas.

My first concern is that there have been several postings on the ANG Discussion list about walking around in Baltimore. As in many large cities, there are “safe” and “not so safe” areas and of course crime and violence can occur in the “safe” areas. The crime and violence in Baltimore has been a hot political topic for many years. Please, please, please use your common sense or as we say in scouting, “Be Safety Wise”! If you aren’t sure, check with the Hotel personnel and the Hotel Concierges. They should be able to help you so that you can get to where you want to go safely.

If you have time to visit other areas of Baltimore or if you want to learn about what is available in the Baltimore Inner Harbor where the hotel is located, visit the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association’s page at;

This site contains lots of information and at the top is a link to where you can order a free official visitors guide;

A few of my family's favorite places are the Maryland Science Center, the Aquarium, Harbor Place, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walter's, and the Maryland Historical Society.

Baltimore is a city of many different neighborhoods. The “Baltimore Stories Tales from Charm City” describes many of these neighborhoods and what makes them special.

Just south of Baltimore is Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland. Annapolis is another fascinating though smaller city and is worth a visit. The official municipal site for Annapolis is at;

The visitor information is at;

You can also request a free visitor’s guide for Annapolis and Anne Arundel county at;

Further south is Washington, DC. The official tourism site is at;

There are lot's of wonderful things to do and see in Washington, DC.

If you are driving, please allow plenty of time to drive from one area to another. It may not be far in mileage but depending on traffic conditions it can take a while to get from one location to the next. School will be starting in several of the areas the week of seminar and that always adds to the commuting fun!

If you have any questions, please let me know and I'll do my best to answer them!

Windy Meadow

Originally Posted: August 15, 2007

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