March 19, 2017 –
According to Annapolis lore, the sock-burning practice was initiated in the late 1980s by Bob Turner, then the manager of the Annapolis Yacht Yard. Turner had spent a long, difficult winter repairing other people's boats. To welcome the first day of spring, and relieve some of his frustrations, Turner took off his socks, put them in a paint tray, doused them with lighter fluid and set them ablaze. He toasted the arrival of spring with a cold beverage.
Please bring a pair of your yucky Winter socks to burn -