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In what has become an April ritual, thousands of people from around the region -- and the country -- made a pilgrimage yesterday to Solomons Island, a tiny village of 40 families at the southernmost tip of Calvert County, to celebrate the seasonal reopening of the Tiki Bar. They came by boat, car, plane and by foot -- 4,000 men and women drawn to an open-air brown wooden shack that seats 94.

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The people who clogged the only road onto the island yesterday, clustering in the street around the bar, its pier and in its two-acre parking lot, were a varied group. They included college students, couples, military personnel from the naval air station, out-of-town workers temporarily employed at the nearby Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant and the boaters -- those who moor their speedboats, fishing boats, cabin cruisers and even yachts around the island. They decorated the pier with pink flamingos and their motorcycles with balloons.

"It's a strange group of people," said Jim Gscheidle, who has been watching the phenomenon from his Lazy Moon Bookshop on the main road. "



Yikes!!! 4000 ppl on solomon's island?!!? Were you thinking of parking on the shore and swimming over?? :chuckles:
 
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