Its Been Good Talking to You
Like our out-and-about grandfather, this years Best of the Bay has had us out among em. Weve found in past years with Best of the Bay that its not always easy to infer why you readers have chosen one place or another as Best. So this year weve asked our winners themselves to tell us what it is they do to please their customers, many of whom must be also be you Bay Weekly readers who responded with your Best of the Bay ballot.
Of course, interviewing is part of the days work for every journalist; for most of us its the part we like best. But just how fine it is to be out among em is one of those discoveries thats fresh each time you return to it.
The satisfaction comes from sharing another persons point of view. No matter how much youve been around, its your own eyes youre seeing the world through. So its startling to see or in this case, hear from anothers perspective. Its refreshing to discover new angles and dimensions you never imagined.
Take, for example, Calvert Marine Museum. The Solomons museum is a favorite place of ours, and one weve written about more than once. Their Waterside Music Festivals are special events on our calendar every year. But director Doug Alves who spends as much time there as we do at our computers reopened our eyes.
I think the setting sets us apart. Its outdoors. Youve got the lighthouse in the background and the Bay and the Patuxent River. Many times the concert ends and theres the full moon over the lighthouse or the museum, Alves explained to general manager J. Alex Knoll, who returned to his reporting roots for this issue. And Solomons is a natural place, so its a lot nicer than being in a stadium.
What a fine way to explain why readers voted Calvert Marine Museums Waterside Festival the Best Concert on the Bay.
Bar and restaurant owners were the toughest to talk to, simply because they are the most difficult to get hold of, as theyre tending to business. We know how busy they are; its a life weve lived, and were busy, too. Who isnt? Still, its an opportunity missed, and we think youll also miss hearing what the people who prosper or fail by your custom have to say for themselves.
To all the rest of the people whose imagination and hard work makes Chesapeake Country such a good place to live, we say Its been good talking to you!