Letter: Put-In Creek vision a gem
The letter by Max Parker appearing in the July 14 edition of the Gazette-Journal was a true gem of a cruising tale for local waters. The potential of Put-In Creek, Mathews Court House, as a cruising destination portends great promise. Mobjack Bay and its numerous tributaries present an unparalled opportunity for a variety of recreational boating activities for both power and sail alike. The once abundant Chesapeake Bay fishing industry of Mathews would complement those who simply enjoy a day out on the water in the quest for one or more of our local fisheries.
Mr. Parker’s enthusiastic endorsement of Put-In Creek and Mathews as a cruising destination or stop-over is reminiscent of Mr. Wayne Hudgins and his advocacy of developing this area of Put-In Creek as a tourist attraction for boaters throughout the Chesapeake.
I am an avid boater and have long promoted Mathews as a boating destination. Mobjack Bay with its many delightful rivers, its proximity to the Chesapeake Bay, presents an opportunity to promote the natural and maritime heritage of Mathews. Such development would virtually put Mathews Court House on the map, or should I say, nautical chart.
Should the candidates for supervisor promote the potential presented by Put-In Creek for Mathews Court House something very worthwhile could be accomplished. I recall Wayne Hudgins from our Mathews High School days. I admired him then for his athletic ability and the way he drove his 1929 Ford Roadster about Mathews.
While years of naval service separated Wayne and me from Mathews, I continue to admire his vision for Mathews. Unfortunately the natural attributes of Mathews and the unique maritime heritage of Mathews appear to have been forgotten by our current supervisors. They evidently are more concerned about promoting the propaganda and environmental nonsense emanating from Washington than they are about a revitalization of Mathews.
Without a doubt Wayne Hudgins would have enjoyed Mr. Parker’s letter and favorable comments about Mathews as much as I.
Port Haywood, Va.