Mids vow to defend Annapolis
Eastport declares war against Annapolis
Short a pitchfork, one yawping rebel who invaded City Hall this week came armed with a rake.
“Two-one-four-O-three, we are the MRE,” the defectors chanted, proving they’ve memorized their own ZIP code.
Ne’er-do-wells known in these parts as the citizens of the Maritime Republic of Eastport — Eastporto Ricans — declared war against Annapolis for the 15th time. Mayor Josh Cohen accepted the challenge, assuring the deserters Annapolitans will meet them for battle Nov. 3, at the crack of noon, on the Compromise Street bridge over Spa Creek.
His mission: to preserve the city’s union.
“As mayor not on my watch will I allow this town to be divided,” said Cohen, who hoped citizens suffered amnesia since he helped found the seceding republic.
This is no ordinary battle. Annapolis Proper and Eastport will fight a tug-o-war stretching across the bridge connecting the communities. Stephanie Moore, the minister of war, said the republic was forced to revolt in January 1998 when the Maryland State Highway Administration closed the bridge in a “conspiracy against the good citizens of Eastport” on Super Bowl Sunday.
Despite yanking a rope across the water every year, the brawl has yet to be settled.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident that every party has a purpose, and we like it this way,” Moore said.
Last year Eastport won the skirmish, but Annapolis has a new strategic alliance this year. Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy will be pulling on the city side. Screams pierced council chambers as 18 midshipmen burst through the side doors Monday evening, donning their service dress blues.
“We are here to defend Annapolis, and we will prove it by beating Army,” said Midshipman Christopher Gallardo, who is leading the defense squad.
“No more parking in Eastport!” lashed back a man from the maritime posse.
With absolutely no verification from Guinness record adjudicators, officials have billed the event as the longest international tug-O-war over water. It’s a celebration of the geographical and cultural differences between stomping grounds. Seven or more tugs are scheduled to occur over the bridge Nov. 3.
The event will support We Care and Friends, Save the Coconuts, The Polar Bear Plunge, MainStreet Annapolis Partnership, Eastport Elementary School, The Maryland Wing of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, Eastport Girls Club and The Berie House. Tuggers are asked to make a $20 contribution to the cause of their choice.
A party will continue after the battle at Susan Campbell Park on City Dock, featuring music, food, beer and wine, until 5 p.m.
To enlist as a warrior, go to http://www.mysignup.com/annapolis_tuggers. To volunteer, go to http://www.mysignup.com/annapolis_tug_of_war_volunteers.
BYLINE: ELISHA SAUERS, Staff Writer
SECTION: A; Pg.1
LENGTH: 454 words
LOAD-DATE: October 27, 2012
GRAPHIC: Midshipmen will represent the city of Annapolis in the tug-of-war against the Maritime Republic of Eastport. Members of the Maritime Republic of Eastport declare war against Annapolis during a recent city council meeting.
Copyright 2012 Capital Gazette Communications, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
October 27, 2012