An annual day of fun (and some debauchery) in Chesapeake City, Md.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Let the witch trials begin ....

'Controlled chaos' threatens Chesapeake City's Canal Day tradition

The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal

CHESAPEAKE CITY, Md. -- Amy Yarnall didn't attend Canal Day this year. She didn't want her children to see it.
"It's become just a time for partying and drinking in the boating area, but that affects the whole thing," said Yarnall, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, which raises money for its preschool during the festival. "People just traipse in with coolers and cases of beer all day long."
Started in 1975 as an arts festival to raise funds for local organizations, the event has become increasingly raucous. This year's Canal Day on June 30 brought an estimated 400 boats and 10,000 visitors to Chesapeake City, population 800.
Women lift their tops. Men go streaking.
"Clearly, it's lost its community and family focus," Yarnall said. "It's just gotten out of hand."
Town leaders intend to put a stop to it.
Last month, Mayor Bill Kiessling threatened to cancel Canal Day 2008 unless organizers can figure out how to tame it.
"Every year it's getting bigger and bigger and a little bit crazier," said Kiessling, who appointed a committee to explore solutions. "We're not trying to stop drinking or partying. But it is so dangerous. At times, it's just so scary out there."

See what people are saying about the possibility of changes to Canal Day.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Let the fun begin

The boats began arriving on Wednesday. By Wednesday night, there were three big lines of raft ups down in the mooring basin by the town dock and Chesapeake Inn. This is what part of it looked like Thursday afternoon, two days before Canal Day.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Not Safe For Work

This is the Not Safe for Work version of the Canal Day antics down on the water in the mooring basin. Thanks to Boating With TR for use of the photos.

UPDATE: [5/15/08] I've taken the video down for now. If you want the video reloaded, leave a comment. .... You can still check out the pictures.

Want to see TR's pictures from past Canal Days? Click here. Remember to look through each day and check for his link to the NSFW pics ;-)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Fun in the sun

A PG-rated video made of photos from past Canal Day festivities in Chesapeake City, Md. The R-rated version will be coming soon.