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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.

West Annapolis Boutique Spotlight: Wrabyn

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 8:17AM | Posted by Michele Deckman, Personal Stylist, consultant and blogger Related Categories: Shopping

Wrabyn - Boutique Shop in West AnnapolisOriginally posted on Michele's blog, Fashion Karma, February 21, 2014

When I closed my shop in December to pursue my blog and styling business, I was asked again and again, "Where am I going to shop now?" For Annapolitans, I have found a fantastic new shop, in West Annapolis ~ Wrabyn ~ by Annapolis Fashion icon, Wendy Rabin.


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Art Blooms in Annapolis, Past and Present

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 12:43PM | Posted by Ellen Moyer, co-founder of MD Hall for the Creative Arts Related Categories: Arts & Culture Family Friendly Pet Friendly


First Sunday Arts FestivalDuring an attempt to downsize, and those tortuous decisions of disbursing fifty years of accumulated memories, I found a sketch of the first Fine Arts Festival on City Dock. Some Annapolitans will remember the Festival in the 60's that exhibited juried art exhibits, entertained thousands with big name theatre personalities, and introduced young kids to face painting. Fifty years ago the City Dock was alive with sound and music. …More

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

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!
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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.

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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.

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