Chesapeake Bay Magazine's Talk of the Bay

Can’t you just smell the forsythias, the redbuds, the cherry blossoms getting ready to burst forth? No? You can’t? Well, yeah, neither can we . . . probably because it’s still February. Grrr. But we are quite confident that spring is on the way—so confident that we’ve made Washington’s annual rite of spring, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, our destination feature in the upcoming March issue of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Senior editor Jody Shroath cruised up the Potomac last March and scoped out the festival from a slip at Washington’s Gangplank Marina. She gives us the inside skinny, and throws in some topical haiku for good measure. It’s a marvelous way to usher in spring, Jody says.

If you’re considering a trip up the Potomac, may we suggest that you first educate yourself on the many splendored stops along the way? Spend a day or two with our online destination archive and you’ll be a veritable expert on Potomac ports of call. For a top-to-bottom sense of the river, you might want to start with Jody’s own two-part “This Was, and Is, Potomac River” in January and February of 2007. Jody follows in the footsteps of a lively Sea Scout diary from the 1930s, which itself was part of Frederic Tilp’s beloved 1978 This Was Potomac River. The peripatetic Ms. Schroath has made many other contributions to the archive, including, her April 2011 piece on Nomini Bay and Lower Machodoc Creek, an April 2010 visit to the lower-Potomac islands of Cobb, St. Clements, St. George, and a December 2009 report on what was then a still fairly new phenomenon in the shadow of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, National Harbor.

Still want more Potomac reading? Well, how about Paul Clancy’s December 2006 piece on Kinsale, Va., off Virginia’s Yeocomico River, or his piece on the Coan River, just downstream? Or Wendy Mitman Clarke’s article on Broomes Island, or Maureen Fitzgerald O’Brien’s report on St. Mary’s City in 2012. The list, like the mighty Potomac itself, goes on and on.

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