While COVID-19 is keeping many of us home and away from our usual out and about activities, every day more and more creative minds are coming up with a host of fun, out of the box ways for all of us to experience Annapolis like never before.
U.S. Naval Academy
While the U.S. Naval Academy is not offering public tours at this time, its website continues to be a source of inspiration for all of us. Ever wonder what things were like when the Naval Academy got its start back in 1845? Find out here. For a lighthearted look at midshipmen today, check out Naptown Funk.
Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park
The Annapolis Maritime Museum you know and love is being totally transformed into a high tech, high touch attraction that remains on target for a summer 2020 grand reopening. In the meantime, the museum is offering virtual exhibits that help tell the story of life on the Chesapeake Bay.
Annapolis Sailing Cruises
Spring in Annapolis is synonymous with the April kick-off of the Wednesday Night Sailing Races. While the start will be delayed this year, this Schooner Woodwind video will get you in the zone. The twin schooners, Woodwind and Woodwind II, compete in a class all their own during the weekly races that typically attract 130 crews.
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Annapolis Collection Gallery
A thing of beauty is a joy forever! Keeping the beautiful always in front of us helps keep life in perspective. Katherine Burke of the Annapolis Collection Gallery is doing her part to do just that. She’s offering 72-hour flash art auctions throughout April.
On April 5, McBride Gallery opens the National Oil & Acrylic Painter’s Society’s Best of America Small Works Show. Running through May 5, it features the works of 150 artists from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It can be viewed in its entirety right here.
World Artists Experience
For years, music lovers have flocked to Maryland Hall for a host of international performances presented by World Artists Experiences. While they can’t present live entertainment at this time, they’re gifting us with a performance by Italian pianist, Maestro Federico Longo. He sent them the link along with this message: "Here the atmosphere is very strange, but we have to say that in moments like this the people find inside them the power and the human solidarity. I have just finished a work inspired by the Roman's Silence. In this particular moment Roma is empty and the atmosphere is surreal. In some sense this is full of Silence and we are making the experience of Silence within and without us.”
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Can’t get enough art? Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is bringing its galleries to you! Their Exhibitions Coordinator Emily Kohlenstein and Technical Manager Draper Carter have created an online video experience for Unnatural Causes: Art of a Critical Natural on display in the Chaney Gallery. While you’re on a roll, enjoy a video tour of Vantage Point: Paintings by Sally Davies in the Openshaw Balcony Gallery.
Steeped in History
James Brice House
Home to more 18th-century brick buildings than any other city of comparable size in the nation, Annapolis is a Museum without Walls. The circa 1767 James Brice House is among the most impressive of the five-part Georgian Mansions Annapolis is famous for. In fact, it’s one of the most important surviving structures from colonial America. While work is temporarily on hold due to COVID-19, Historic Annapolis Inc. is in the midst of a multi-year, multi-million-dollar renovation project that will return the National Historic Landmark property to its original grandeur. This video will bring you up to speed on progress that’s been made on the architectural gem thus far.
If it’s been awhile since you’ve visited the Hammond-Harwood House – or if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to do so, these next few weeks could be a great time to familiarize yourself with what’s considered to be one of Maryland’s finest collections of 18th and early 19th century decorative and fine arts. Each week, the house is highlighting a different object in its collection. So far, they’ve focused on a Charles Willson Peale painting of the Maryland State House and a circa 1820 porcelain Chinese Export Dining Set. If you’d like to begin receiving their weekly Object of the Week eblasts, email email@example.com.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 15th amendment that granted African Americans the right to vote, the Banneker Douglass Museum has opened a new exhibit, The Black Vote Mural Project, that will run through December 21. While you can’t see it up close and personal just yet, you can learn more about it here and add it to your Annapolis itinerary for your visit later this year. When you come, be sure to check out the Museum’s permanent exhibit, Deep Roots, Rising Waters.
A Family Affair
Life’s a little different these days. With the kids out of school and parents working from home, many of us are looking for new ways to pep up our days. Here are some suggestions that moms and dads may love just as much as the kids.
There’s no time like the present to cultivate your inner artist! Maryland Hall’s weekly Art Reach Challenge makes it easy! They started by showing kids of all ages how to draw Zentangles. Check back each week for a new and relaxing art fix.
While many of us are unable to go out and about as we’d like these days, nature is charging ahead full speed. Spring flowers are coming up; spring trees are in bloom; and it truly is a beautiful world! The fact that we can’t make our traditional spring trek to Historic London Town and Gardens doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the blooms. London Town is sharing the beauty through its Botanist’s Lens.
What’s for lunch? The Hammond-Harwood House provides the perfect answer to that question. They’ve begun sharing a different recipe from the 50th Anniversary issue of their Maryland’s Way Cookbook each week. So far, they’ve shared recipes for homemade chicken soup and Broccoli Baked with Cheese Sauce. How can you begin receiving the recipes? Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s face it, it’s hard for many of us to categorize a visit to the hair salon as a “nonessential” commitment. As the weeks tick on and we look in the mirror, a lot of us may be thinking one of the first appointments we’ll make out of the gate post COVID-19 is a visit to our favorite hair salon or spa! In the meantime, Sadona Salon & Spa shares some nurturing thoughts during a stressful time.