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.

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.
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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

Fine Art Celebrating the Old and the New

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 12:20PM | Posted by Patrice Drago, Artist, writer, customer service enthusiast Related Categories: Arts & Culture

If you live in Maryland or have visited at some point, then you are aware of the magnificent diversity of the landscape, waterways, government, small industry and trade, and city life.  Marylanders treasure and preserve the elements of historical significance that have created what exists today, while also embracing the new. Fine art plays a key role in not only documenting and communicating what was, but also in expressing what is current and upcoming. Two exhibits currently on display at the Lowe House of Delegates Office Building represent this precious duality. …More

Romantic Restaurants in Annapolis for Every Couple

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 12:43PM | Posted by Mary Lou Baker, food and travel writer Related Categories: Dining

Valentine's Day turns our thoughts to heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, red roses—and a romantic dinner with our significant other. Aware that the choice of a restaurant for such an occasion is influenced by age as well as wallet, we've come up with a variety of ideas on Annapolis restaurants suitable for a special dinner-au-deux. …More

Lively Annapolis Music Scene Draws Loyal Fans

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 9:41AM | Posted by Lindsay Bolin Lowery, Artist at Art at Large, Inc. and Owner of LBo Craft Related Categories: Arts & Culture Events Music Scene

On any given night, you might catch any one of these bands—Skribe, Swampcandy, or Pressing Strings—playing the local Annapolis bar scene. But on a wintry night in January, they were the main act at Ram’s Head On Stage (33 West Street), and their supporters turned out to pack the house.

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Birding in the Annapolis Area, a Year-Round Birders Paradise

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 3:16PM | Posted by Donna Cole, Owner of Annapolis Creative Related Categories: Family Friendly Healthy Living Outdoors

In Annapolis and throughout Anne Arundel County, interest in birding continues to grow and for good reason – we have an incredible variety of birds, in all seasons, and many scenic places where people can enjoy them. Add to that, there are more photography enthusiasts than ever before and, regardless of age or skill level, capturing birds in flight (or sometimes even perched) with photographs can be a wonderful way to start learning more about photography and birds. So, where to enjoy our feathered friends?

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