Blogs on Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay

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.

Tim Devine: The Man Behind sustainable, tasty Barren Island Oysters

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:28AM | Posted by Adam Dalghard, Freelance writer Related Categories: Dining Family Friendly

Barren Island Oysters - IntroOnce known as the Napa Valley of oysters, the Chesapeake Bay has historically been prime real estate for this delectable bivalve. Producing 25-40 million pounds of wild oysters in its heyday, the Bay has since seen a dramatic decline in harvests, turning out a mere 250,000 pounds annually. Aside from – and more importantly than – the irritated customers sitting at oyster bars paying a little extra for the population drop, the health of our treasured Bay has also suffered as a result. Luckily for all of us, there are people like Tim Devine who care about our oyster-craving palates as much as the health of Chesapeake Bay.


An Insider’s Perspective of the Annapolis Film Festival

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 9:19AM | Posted by Donna Cole, Owner of Annapolis Creative Related Categories: Arts & Culture Events

inside AFF

A little over three years ago a friend asked if I wouldn’t mind helping out with some photography at the Annapolis Film Festival. And so, for the past two years, I’ve been one of three official festival photographers. In other words, I’ve had a front row seat to the festival since its inception—okay, maybe sometimes back row because the screenings were crowded and I was there to shoot photos, but nonetheless a great perspective. And in that time, I’ve watched the festival grow into the full-on artistic, cultural and educational wonder it is.


Galway Bay Promises True Tastes of Ireland

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 9:02AM | Posted by Mary Lou Baker, food and travel writer Related Categories: Dining

Galway Bay - front of building

Kevin Barry, named after the young 18th century Irish martyr, is the son of a 1993 Naval Academy graduate who did not follow in his father’s footsteps. Instead, he followed his own to Napa Valley’s the School for American Chefs at the Beringer Vineyard California’s Napa Valley. Barry says it was a transformative experience for him, opening new vistas as the school (then under the direction of the late Madeleine Kamman) introduced its students to farm-to-table cooking, visiting food markets and vineyards in this fertile breeding ground for young chefs. Today, Barry is the talented chef in the kitchen at Galway Bay, Annapolis’ authentic Irish restaurant and pub on Maryland Avenue.


In Annapolis, Art is for Sharing

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 3:49PM | Posted by Lindsay Bolin Lowery, Artist at Art at Large, Inc. and Owner of LBo Craft Related Categories: Arts & Culture Family Friendly

collage workshop

A year ago, local artist Sally Wern Comport completely immersed herself in the beliefs, histories, and imagery of Martin Luther King, Jr., even attending the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Why? She was researching King for the illustrations of her latest Simon & Schuster children’s picture book Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King’s Six Guiding Beliefs (As Told by his Niece), written by Angela Farris Watkins, PhD. The book has just hit shelves, and Comport is seizing the opportunity to make it an Arts District-wide event, collaborating on a book launch and student workshop with Alison Harbaugh and Stacey Turner of ArtFarm.


March Family Fun at the Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Posted on March 2, 2015 at 1:50PM | Posted by Stacy Meadows, Annapolitan Mom & Photographer Related Categories: Arts & Culture Events Family Friendly

St Patricks Day in AnnapolisIt was the first Sunday in March. I woke up my boys up with a "Top of the Mornin’ to you!” and told them we were headed to Annapolis for the St. Patrick's Day parade. Excitedly, they dressed in all the green gear we owned, I packed a picnic lunch, blankets, and our wagon and we drove downtown. We parked at Gott’s Garage next to the Visitors Center and scoped out a spot on the sunny side of the street. 50 degree weather felt like a heatwave after the winter we’d had.…More

Nauti-Films at the Annapolis Film Festival

Posted on March 1, 2015 at 11:39AM | Posted by Shannon Hibberd, aka Wanderlustphotog Related Categories: Arts & Culture Events

Nauti-Films TeaserFor the last two years, I’ve made a point of attending at least a few of the films at the Annapolis Film Festival. I wouldn’t consider myself an aficionado of film, but like most people I enjoy becoming immersed in a good story on the big screen. I also like to support our local community and the creative arts, so checking out the local film fest is a no-brainer. I’ve been impressed both by the quality of films and the variety of genres. If you like foreign films, they’ve got it. Love comedy? Got it. Horror? Drama? Short films? Documentaries? Got em’ all. Last year’s lineup even included several nautical-themed films, fitting for Annapolis—often referred to as the Sailing Capital of the World. …More

Long-Awaited Album Release of Local Talent, Alexander Peters

Posted on February 17, 2015 at 9:45AM | Posted by Lindsay Bolin Lowery, Artist at Art at Large, Inc. and Owner of LBo Craft Related Categories: Arts & Culture Music Scene

My first listen to Alexander Peters’ new album Youth Belongs to the Young was on THE most frigid, wintery night of 2015 yet, but the sound fills the space with such warmth and light, I can’t help but feel like bike rides in the sun are just around the corner. This Friday, February 20th, supporters will pack into 49 West to share in the warmth and celebrate the album’s debut, where Peters will perform the new material live with a full band.…More

Romancing the Sailor

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 7:16PM | Posted by Shannon Hibberd, aka Wanderlustphotog Related Categories: On the Water Outdoors

Growing up on a farm in northern Maryland, I never could have imagined that one day I would become a sailor. It certainly wasn’t something I grew up with, or had any awareness of. The only glimpse I had into this mysterious world came from the Christopher Cross song, “Sailing”. I distinctly remember listening to the lyrics as a teenager, and wondering what was so special about sailing that could inspire such powerful words:

“Well, it's not far down to paradise, at least it's not for me

And if the wind is right you can sail away and find tranquility

Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see

Believe me…." …More

Love, Family, and Cruising the Chesapeake

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 3:33PM | Posted by Ann Powell, Annapolis attorney, writer, boater, and gardener Related Categories: Family Friendly On the Water Outdoors

Love is in the air this month, and for many of us, love often means family—along with all of the fun and togetherness that a family brings. Family togetherness is indeed what my own family of seven shares on our boat when we’re overnight cruising on the Chesapeake Bay.  We’ve cruised to many anchorages and marinas on the Bay, and every trip is filled with unexpected adventures.

February: The Perfect Month to Explore Arts & Culture in Annapolis

Posted on February 5, 2015 at 3:31PM | Posted by Donna Cole, Owner of Annapolis Creative Related Categories: Arts & Culture Family Friendly

Ah, February— the month of down time.  Football is over, boating (sail or power) is not even close to full swing and kids’ sports seasons are in, or close to, hiatus. It’s a gift in disguise—a month that appears cold, grey, dismal and weather-brutal, but in reality is a colorful and oh-so-perfect month for the arts and culture.  Plus, there’s a built-in day to celebrate love and a perfect way of doing that is a night out in Annapolis—with dinner and a performance. …More


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