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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.

Silopanna: Annapolis’ Hottest Summer Concert

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:06PM | Posted by Jeni Parris Brady, local music enthusiast Related Categories: Arts & Culture Events Music Scene

Picture by Jay LessardPlease forgive my confession. As much as any eager child looks forward to a visit from Santa or the Easter Bunny, I become giddy with the prospect of hot summer festivals. Maybe it’s the idea of strolling from booth-to-booth, checking out the vendors’ wares. Perhaps it’s the misty twilight with sweet summer scents and lightening bugs flickering or the ever-present opportunity for tipsy flirting. But most assuredly, it is an occasion to celebrate and enjoy great music. No matter what your age, Silopanna (or Annapolis spelled backward) is one of the finest music festivals in the region.


July Begins High Season for Maryland Blue Crabs: Here’s Where to Find Them in Annapolis

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 10:45AM | Posted by Mary Lou Baker, food and travel writer Related Categories: Dining Family Friendly

Crabs Season in AnnapolisIn the summer, a person’s fancy turns to _ _ _ _ _. If you filled in the blank correctly, you get a “C” for CRABS. And July is the beginning of high season for Maryland blue crabs, the sweetest of them all. Look for the “True Blue” logo at area restaurants that have pledged to serve only the local variety in support of a program spearheaded by Steve Vilnit of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.


Wet, Wonderful Fun at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 7:33AM | Posted by Stacy Meadows, Annapolitan Mom & Photographer Related Categories: Family Friendly Healthy Living On the Water Outdoors

Just 24 miles south of Annapolis and right over the Anne Arundel County border in Calvert County sits a little haven that is better than the average community pool without going to a large amusement park. The Chesapeake Beach Water Park, owned by the citizens of Chesapeake Beach, is the summer mecca for children and adults trying to beat the heat. …More

Ship Shape…What to Wear, Bring, and Do on the Water…

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 2:14PM | Posted by Michele Deckman, Stylist, consultant and fashionista Related Categories: Shopping

In Annapolis, we are all about the water. Most of us have been sailing, yachting, fishing and swimming since we were babes and any of you living around or visiting the water this summer will need to know what to wear and bring while cruising the bays, rivers, lakes and oceans this summer. As an avid female boat captain (a very rare breed), I have logged more than a few hours out at sea. So, I know what must-have essentials every gal should carry in her well-packed bag on the water. Just as important, you want to look good while lounging on deck. So I've also included this season's must-have wardrobe essentials. The good news? You can find all of them at Annapolis, or Naptown, home of the US Navy, future Sailing hall of Fame and the famous Blue Crab. …More

Catch Evening Performances this Summer at Annapolis City Dock

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 7:34AM | Posted by Ellen Moyer, co-founder of MD Hall for the Creative Arts Related Categories: Arts & Culture Family Friendly Music Scene Outdoors

Concert at City DockOn summer evenings this season, the Annapolis City Dock stage will come alive with local performing arts stars. A new initiative by the Arts in Public Places Commission will showcase the star power of local actors, actresses and musicians every Thursday night in July and August from 7:00pm to 8:30pm on the City Dock Stage. Bring a chair and join us for the performing arts showcase, "Thursday Nights with the Stars". …More

Ice cream, Ice cream, We All Come to Annapolis for Ice Cream!

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 6:46AM | Posted by Elly Tierney, Owner of Chez Amis Related Categories: Dining Family Friendly

Storm Bros Ice Cream in AnnapolisHere in Annapolis it's getting hot and sticky-the mercury's rising and the ice cream is beginning to drip. Speaking of ice cream, it's the perfect cold, sweet treat to enjoy as you're strolling the streets of downtown Annapolis taking in the sights and sounds of summertime. And you don't have to look far for an ice cream parlor in Annapolis. I'll share with you some of my favorites. More

Charter a Floating Dining Experience at Annapolis

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 7:46AM | Posted by Mary Lou Baker, food and travel writer Related Categories: Dining On the Water

Dining On Board the Schooner Woodwind

Up the creek without a paddle? Wish you had your own yacht to sail around the waters surrounding Annapolis and get a closer look at the gorgeous boats anchored on its moorings? No problem. Annapolis is the homeport for two highly regarded boat charter companies—at your service as long as you let them know you're coming. Both Yacht Charters by Watermark and Woodwind Charters can get you and your guests out on the water in style. They can even turn your sailing jaunt into a floating dining experience.


Paddling into Summer

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 9:03AM | Posted by Adam Dalghard, Freelance writer Related Categories: Family Friendly Green Healthy Living On the Water Outdoors

Capital SUP Paddleboarding

I'm told 2014 was one of the worst winters Annapolis has seen in a while, and, albeit my first few months here (I moved from Connecticut) were spent hustling through the freezing streets and layering-up in my apartment in some feeble attempt at lowering my electric bill, the weather has gradually evolved into something much more pleasant. With winter's grip finally dispelled from the city's limits, I've been trying to spend more and more time outside exploring Annapolis. 

Freshly crossed off my outdoor agenda is paddleboarding—something I've never tried before—at the recently-opened Capital SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) located just over the bridge in Eastport. Catering to the area's novice and experienced paddleboarders, these guys know what they're doing. 


Artists take to the Annapolis Streets in June

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 7:37AM | Posted by Patrice Drago, Artist, writer, customer service enthusiast Related Categories: Arts & Culture Family Friendly Outdoors

Paint Annapolis

The excitement is building… the streets of historic Annapolis are gearing up for the plein air event that takes place in three weeks. This historically rich, multi-faceted city that is already loaded with charm becomes more vibrant than ever during the Paint Annapolis competition, where artists, visitors, and passersby blend together for a unique artistic experience.

Paint Annapolis, taking place from June 23 – 29 and hosted by the Maryland Federation of Art (MFA), is a prestigious event, juried by two nationally renowned plein air and landscape artists, Billyo O’Donnell, and Ned Mueller.  

“PARRRGHTING” with Pirates in Annapolis

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 8:26AM | Posted by Stacy Meadows, Annapolitan Mom & Photographer Related Categories: Family Friendly On the Water Outdoors

"Ahoy there, maties!" Whether you are looking for a creative party or would just like to get the kids out on the water one evening, I highly suggest cruising with this band of pirates. Last July our family and friends set sail aboard the Sea Gypsy with Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake as we enjoyed a wonderful fourth birthday party for our youngest son.



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