If you’ve found this blog, you’ve probably seen an announcement about SEO by the SEA.
The people behind this event are Bill Slawski and Loren Baker of Search Engine Journal. Loren suggested around a month or so ago that we try to put together some type of summer time get-together for people who work on the web, and pay a lot of attention to search engines.
The phrase “SEO by the SEA” jumped into my mind, and I suggested that we try to find a nice spot somewhere near the ocean for people to gather and meet, share some good food and drink, and engage in some conversation. I also volunteered to put up a web site to give people more information about the event. Here’s the web site, and we’ve agreed upon a place:
Location : Havre de Grace, MD (39 miles northeast of Baltimore and 45 miles south of Philadelphia; easily accessible from I-95 or Route 40)
Havre de Grace, is French for “Harbor of Grace,” and it’s the town that Loren and I work in. It also seemed like a nice place for people to converge. It’s filled with Bed and Breakfasts, sailboats, restaurants, antique and craft shops, a great golf course, museums, and more.
The town got its name after it was visited several times by General Lafayette during the revolutionary war. He told people that the town reminded him of the French seaport, Le Havre. Havre de Grace is located where the Susquehanna River meets the Chesapeake Bay, and in 1791 it almost became the Capital of the United States of America (some swampland further south was selected instead).
This hamlet only has a handful of buildings from before 1812, after the British sailed up the Chesapeake, and sacked the town, burning all but a few of the buildings down. It’s host to one of the oldest lighthouses in continual operation on the East Coast, and is known as the Decoy Capital of the World because of a Decoy Museum, master carvers living in the area, and ducks and geese that often walk around town.
When: August 19th (evening), 20th and 21st
Friday August 19th, 2005:
Make-it-if-you-can Dinner / Pubmeet
Saturday August 20th, 2005:
Breakfast & Discussion (possibly a speaker)
Tour of Havre de Grace
Attend Havre de Grace Art Festival (250 artists displaying their crafts on Saturday and Sunday)
Lunch & Discussion (possibly a speaker)
Chartered 2 hour Chesapeake Bay / Susquehanna River Tour on the Skipjack Martha Lewis
Dinner and Night on the Town
Sunday August 21st, 2005:
So Long Brunch
Accommodations: I’ll be adding information about B&B’s and hotels/motels over the next few days and weeks, as well as more about some of the events happening in Havre de Grace that weekend, and some of the places to see and things to do.
Costs: Food, Boat Tour, Goodies
We hope that you can attend. If you are interested, please contact Loren or me, or leave a comment