Maryland Avenue Shopping

National Iced Tea Day

Tea has been around for thousands of years. Iced tea itself didn’t arrive on the scene until much more recently, in 1904. Word has it, that year, it was exceptionally hot at the St. Louis World’s Fair and tea plantation owner and merchant, Richard Blechynden, took advantage by serving his tea…

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Forks Ahoy: Annapolis Restaurant Week

Annapolis Restaurant Week is a tasty time to visit Maryland’s historic capital city. 2020 marks the 12th year of this annual celebration, organized by the Downtown Annapolis Partnership and hosted by more than 40 area establishments. Special prix fixe menus are good from Saturday, February 29…

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A Music-Loving Town

Music has been my definer as long as I can remember. At age 7, my portable radio was my prized possession, blaring Casey Kasem’s Top 40 on WPGC as I played on the swing set in Oxen Hill, MD. A Navy family, we lived overseas in Norway when I was in grade school, and we all took pride in ABBA as “our”…

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I Love a Local Coffee Shop

I love coffee and not only because it takes this morning averse person and turns her into a real human being, each and every day, like a miraculous nectar but also because the cozy ritual adds daily comfort to an otherwise unpredictable world. I love the way it smells, the way it looks in all its…

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Art in Unexpected Places

Annapolis’s Art District contains many galleries and outdoor murals, but art also abounds throughout the town and elsewhere in Anne Arundel County, often in unusual places. At BWI Airport, for example, you can explore one or more of the seven art galleries and historical displays in various…

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Marley's Happy Hour: 49 West Wine Bar & Gallery

Affectionately known as “Annapolis Living Room”, 49 West Coffeehouse, Wine Bar, and Gallery provides an artsy safe-haven to locals and visitors alike. As soon as you walk through the door, the homy energy of the establishment is undeniable. A monthly art show lines the walls on one side of the…

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Annapolis' Artful Dining Experience

My friends and family visiting from out of town know that my choices for eating out are almost always bound to be more than just about the food. I look for an artful dining experience – the atmosphere is key, and why not combine the culinary arts with visual arts, and when possible, live music for…

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Annapolis’ Music Scene: What’s Playing in March

The Annapolis music scene, with something happening every night of the week, is much more than alive and well - it's thriving. With the weather still a little too chilly to be outdoors, March is a great time to catch a live show in town. Here’s our take on shows you don’t want to miss. March 1:…

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7 Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Annapolis

Ringing in a new year is filled with family, friends, resolutions and celebrations. Annapolis has something for everyone, from family-friendly activities to champagne toasts at midnight. One thing that you can be sure of when celebrating New Year’s Eve in Annapolis, is that there will be plenty of…

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Art Shopping this Holiday Season

Old-fashioned holidays sometimes feel like a thing of the past, what with gift shopping promotions starting two months early and everyone shopping for online deals. Cyber-shopping has reached an all-new and frenzied high… and can give us a lot of anxiety along the way! Patrice Drago, Beginning…

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