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Want to know more about Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay? Walk down our streets and you'll bump into area residents and small business owners who are happy to give you the inside scoop on their favorite places, pastimes, insider secrets, and bargains. To make it easier for you, we've recruited some of these same individuals to share their thoughts and insights with you through blogs. Be sure to check in regularly for their take on upcoming events, family-friendly activities, sustainable practices, fashion trends, Annapolis and Chesapeake Bay history, outdoor recreation, and so much more. They welcome your feedback. If there's a new topic you'd like our bloggers to pursue, let us know. Better yet, if you like to write and would like to be considered as a blogger for our site, contact Elizabeth Heubeck.

Wedding Savvy presents: Hidden gems of Annapolis

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 7:54AM | Posted by Raquel Shutt, owner of Wedding Savvy Related Categories: Weddings & Events

Annapolis WeddingsI love my job because I often get to see people experiencing our city for the very first time when they attend weddings as a guest. Did you know that on average during peak months on a given weekend, there are between 10 and 15 weddings going on in the downtown Annapolis area? The Naval Academy hosts as many as six weddings per day, and St. Mary's often hosts three a day!

Annapolis's Preserve Restaurant to Open this Spring!

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 1:28PM | Posted by Tara Bandes, Tara Bandes Photography Related Categories: Dining

Preserve Restaurant OwnersThings have been moving right along for Jeremy and Michelle Hoffman, the husband and wife team and co-founders of Preserve restaurant. Historic Annapolis is in for a tasty treat when Preserve opens their much anticipated culinary doors this spring. I recently met up with Jeremy and Michelle in Preserve's new space, at 164 Main Street, to talk about their progress and see firsthand how their vision is beginning to take shape. I'm so excited to share their latest updates! …More

April: The Perfect Month for Celebrating Earth Day in Annapolis

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 1:16PM | Posted by Jennifer Hill, Park Ranger, Patuxent Research Refuge Related Categories: Family Friendly Green Outdoors

Blue Bird at Patuxent Wildlife RefugeLast year around this time, I wrote about an amazing synchronous occurrence that happens in the Mid-Atlantic each spring: the blooming of the Shadbush in conjunction with the migration of the American shad. It seems given the dramatic winter, everything may still be frozen in place and these natural phenomena may not take place. But Mother Nature has endured many things, and she always finds a way to move forward. There is no better place to witness such magnificent happenings than at your local wildlife refuge or protected park land. …More

Portraits of Three Local Women with National Appeal Find a New Home

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 8:18AM | Posted by Ellen Moyer, co-founder of MD Hall for the Creative Arts Related Categories: Arts & Culture History & Heritage

Harriet TubmanCity Hall Chambers once had lots of art. A mural depicting the founding of Annapolis was commissioned in 1995 as a permanent legacy to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Capital City. Soon after, photos of the original oil paintings of the four signers of the Declaration of Independence from Annapolis were added. To bring some gender balance to City Hall, the Art in Public Places Commission (AIPPC) ordered portraits of three celebrated women whose lives made a significant and lasting imprint on this region's history. Find who these esteemed women were, why their portraits' shelf-lives were cut short, and where they've found a new home.


Celebrate Spring in Annapolis

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 11:24AM | Posted by Beth Rubin, local author, freelance writer, blogger and editor Related Categories: Arts & Culture Dining Family Friendly On the Water Outdoors Shopping

Spring Storefront WindowAfter one of the harshest winters in memory, Annapolis is going all out to celebrate Spring which sails in with the Vernal Equinox-two of my favorite words in the English language-on  March 20 at 12:57 P.M. We need not delve into the scientific whys and wherefores. Suffice it to say: the length of days and nights is approximately the same at this time of year, with the number of daylight hours increasing as we approach the Summer Solstice on June 21.…More

Historical Buildings Abound in Annapolis

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 11:49AM | Posted by Bill Schmickle, Proprietor of the Flag House Inn Related Categories: Family Friendly History & Heritage Outdoors

Annapolis in winter is the perfect time for seeing our town's architectural treasures. The leaves are off the trees along our narrow streets, revealing otherwise often hidden features of these historic gems. We're home to more spectacular brick colonial buildings than any other place in America, as well as an extraordinary collection of Victorian homes. Situated perfectly for a walking tour, the buildings are all within easy strolling distance of each other; they're also close to delightful pubs and shops for ducking in and getting warm.


Navy Hockey and the Brigade Sports Complex: Annapolis' Best-Kept Sporting Secret

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 12:34PM | Posted by Stacy Meadows, Annapolitan Mom & Photographer Related Categories: Family Friendly Naval Academy Sports

Navy HockeyInspired by the Olympic Games, I was excited to take my boys to support Navy Ice Hockey this season. As we drove down the windy and dark Greenbury Point Road toward the McMullen Arena, tucked away from the Academy across the Severn River, I didn't yet know what an amazing facility we'd find, and what an awesome spectator sport experience we were about to have. …More

Deep Winter: The Gardener's Delight

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 10:34AM | Posted by Mollie Ridout, Garden Historian and Horticulturist Related Categories: Family Friendly History & Heritage Outdoors

William Paca House GreenhouseDeep winter is a gardener's delight. In January, seed catalogs arrive, replete with plump tomatoes, leafy red-speckled lettuces, zinnias and coneflowers in a rainbow of colors. Imagination takes flight and the perfect garden emerges in the gardener's mind. Perfection takes a lot of hard work amid the showers of spring and the heat of summer, down among the insects and weeds. Perfection is a fleeting thing, probably never to be achieved. But in February, as the first seedlings sprout under glass, all is possible!



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