First Signs of Spring In Ocean City

Posted on February 28, 2010

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THE BACKYARD SNOW in West Ocean City is a pleasant memory today, March 1. Photo by Judy Davis. No use or reproduction without express consent of the photographer.

THE BACKYARD SNOW in West Ocean City is a pleasant memory today, March 1. Photo by Judy Davis. No use or reproduction without express consent of the photographer.

Friday afternoon was truly miserable outdoors. Sure, the snow from January and February has melted. No rain or snow falling, but the wind was howling like a banshee in the elevator shafts on High-rise Row. It was sunny in Ocean City, Maryland, and the temperature was above freezing. But the wind made it feel like Chicago.

Pitchers and catchers have reported for spring training in Florida.  Once again this year, I was not invited. (Sigh)

Winter is often beautiful, as this photo from West Ocean City proves, but we are ready for spring.  Photo copyright by Judy Davis. No ue or reproduction without esxpress consent of the photographer.

Winter is often beautiful, as this photo from West Ocean City proves, but we are ready for spring. Photo copyright by Judy Davis. No use or reproduction without express consent of the photographer.

On Saturday, surprise! We had the first faint stirring of visitor activity in the long buildup to the 2010 season. The wind died down Friday night, and Saturday was sunny, and felt almost balmy by comparison. I ran into a traffic jam (!) on Coastal Highway on the way to work! (Yes, the season has started for me, I’m back at work.) Restaurants and hotels have begun to reopen, at least for the weekends.

A whole lot of cheerleaders and their families were in town for the Reach the Beach cheering competition at the Convention Center (busloads of people from far and wide). The parking lots at Dough Roller and Dumsers near the Convention Center were full at mid-afternoon.  Traffic was backed up northbound, with two lanes closed for the sewer-line project. Seemed almost like summer, for a few minutes. (I wonder how the condo auctions went, at at the Grand Hotel and in Annapolis. I’ll have to look into that.)  Didn’t have time to go out on the Boardwalk, but I know plenty of folks (dogs, too) were out for a walk.

Saturday afternoon was only the first, passing hint to spring, and it didn’t last long.  Saturday night it was cold again, with a beautiful full moon over the ocean. Sunday afternoon was gray, and the cheerleaders were on their way home.

Face it, spring hasn’t sprung in Maryland until the yellow forsythia blooms, and that’s a few weeks away.

In Ocean City, you know spring is near when we have the annual Ocean City Job Fair. Hey, wait — that’s  next Saturday, March 6.

— John Hayden

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