Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sailing capital now lover's capital

If you don't know your way around Annapolis, this might be a bad time to visit...

Annapolis Mayor Joshua Cohen Renames Downtown Streets for Annapolis in Love Event

Street signs will be turning heads in Annapolis’ Historic District this weekend when residents and vacationers headed to Main and West Streets, Maryland Avenue and other favorites will find they’ve arrived instead at Lover’s Lane, First Kiss Boulevard, Passion Place, Head over Heels Street, and other roads that lead to romance.

Mayor Joshua Cohen will kick off a series of twelve weekend-long street name changes when he christens Main Street Lover’s Lane by replacing the Main Street sign at Market Space during an 8:30 a.m. ceremony in front of Zachary’s Jewelers on Thursday, April 15.

In rapid succession, the names of 11 other popular streets in downtown Annapolis will undergo similar transformations to kick off Annapolis in Love, a new citywide celebration on a mission to prove that Annapolis is the most romantic city in America. Under the leadership of Steve Samaris of Zachary’s jewelers, 85 downtown and area businesses are teaming up to make certain that love is in the air in a very special way throughout the Friday, April 16, through Sunday, April 18, event.

In the spirit of the weekend, Watermark’s Harbor Queen will be transformed into the Love Queen, and its water taxies will become gondolas. Concerts, movie marathons, live marriage proposals, progressive dinners, romantic carriage rides, love songs on demand, a singles cruise aboard the Woodwind, speed dating, and much more will dot the landscape of the event designed for people who are in love, looking for love, and loving life. Raffles and silent auctions at downtown businesses will benefit the American Heart Association.

Street name changes for the weekend include:

State Circle – Eternity Circle
Church Circle – Cloud Nine Circle
West Street – First Kiss Boulevard
Main Street – Lover’s Lane
Maryland Avenue – Pa Passion Place
Francis Street – Heartthrob Hill
Duke of Gloucester Street – Romance Road
Green Street – Head Over Heels Street
Conduit Street – Lusty Lane
Compromise Street – Soul Mate Street
Dock Street – Love Boat Alley

For a complete listing of Annapolis in Love events and activities, visit www.annapolisinlove.com or www.VisitAnnapolis.org.

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