Dining, Family, Featured

Coconut Joe’s Hawaiian Bar and Grill on the South River: A Slice of Vacation, Minutes from Annapolis

If it’s flip flops, blue skies, palm trees and the best Orange Crushes on the planet, then it must be summer and it can only be Coconut Joe’s. Yes, the winter was especially cold and spring arrived late, but scarcely 15 minutes into my first Orange Crush of the season, the sun sparkling on the South River at the Annapolis Area’s largest Tiki bar, and winter was so GONE

May 27, 2015 | Natalie Spong

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Arts, Featured, History

The Annapolis Collection Gallery Weaves Together Art and History

It’s impossible to be anywhere in downtown Annapolis and not feel the history of the town – from colonial times to the more recent history of the 20th century. And there’s nothing more exciting than bringing history to life through art. There are some masterful examples around town. One downtown gallery in particular invites you to step back in time and converse with people of the past – from the very famous to local residents who might otherwise be forgotten.

May 21, 2015 | Patrice Drago

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Events, Family, Featured, On the Water

Blue Angels Bring Patriotic Thrills

Playing hooky from school or work to see the Blue Angels air show every May is a rite of passage for Annapolis locals. Families make a day of it and workplaces close down for the afternoon whenever the Naval Flight Demonstration Squadron visits the skies above the Severn River during Naval Academy Commissioning week. The thunderous booms of these magnificent blue and gold jets draw shopkeepers to the sidewalks to gaze skyward and cause drivers to stop on the roadsides around town to catch a glimpse.

May 18, 2015 | Ann Powell

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Dining, Family, Featured

Coming to Annapolis for Commissioning Week? Where to Meet and Eat

Each May, Annapolis gears up to celebrate Commissioning Week at the United States Naval Academy—including yours truly, whose SEAL son graduated a few years ago. Seems like yesterday that family members flew in from San Francisco and Savannah to celebrate his graduation. While many folks rent houses for the week and others stay in hotels or B&Bs, where to meet and eat is an ongoing question for out-of-towners, so here are some suggestions.

May 14, 2015 | Mary Lou Baker

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Family, Featured, History, On the Water

The Naval Academy’s Hidden Treasure

About a year ago I had an unexpected opportunity to visit the Naval Academy Museum. I say “unexpected” because I didn’t even know there was a museum at the Naval Academy. I had a vague memory of visiting the crypt of John Paul Jones when I was in high school, but back then I was more interested in admiring the plebes than I was in history. I’ve been to the Academy a few times since then, but never heard about the museum until I was invited on a group tour.

May 12, 2015 | Shannon Hibberd

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Meet The Locals

Miriam Stanicic

Miriam Stanicic

April 29, 2015 | Elizabeth Heubeck

Meet Miriam Stanicic. Last year alone, she facilitated 25,000 hours of community service and the collection of 60,000-plus pounds of food for the hungry by Naval Academy Midshipmen.

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Spring Sailboat Show

Sustainability at the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show

May 12, 2015 | Adam Dahlgard


As the Sailing Capital of the U.S., Annapolis is home to the two largest in-water sailboat shows in the United States: the U.S. Sailboat in October, and the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show in April. Along with the industry’s latest vessels inundating Ego Alley and the Annapolis Harbor at these much-anticipated boat shows come dozens of vendors showcasing every type of cutting-edge, sailboat-related accoutrement you can imagine. Among these, at the 2015 Spring Sailboat Show, included sustainable alternatives to gas-powered outboard motors.

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May Day Blooms in Annapolis

April 22, 2015 | Ann Powell

Events, Family

There’s a change in the air in downtown Annapolis. At long last, March winds and April showers are giving way to sunshine, straw hats, and May flowers. Like a long-held secret bursting out, May Day is a beautiful phenomenon in our town, thanks to the traditions of the City’s garden clubs.

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An Insider’s Guide to the Annapolis Book Festival

April 17, 2015 | Donna Cole

Events, Family

It’s one day long and it’s jammed packed with books, authors, incredibly interesting panels and activities for the whole family. The selection of used, bargain books is HUGE, but easily browsed based on genre – fiction, non-fiction, children’s, teen’s, travel, cooking, maritime, foreign language and the list goes on. The used books have been collected for the past several months and reflect the diverse interests of our community. The same diversity applies to the new books –for adults and kids.

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Chef Teddy Folkman


April 16, 2015 | Mary Lou Baker


Many a celeb has stayed at the Loews Annapolis Hotel, but nobody has taken up permanent residence – until Theodore Folkman came to town last month. Folkman, a passionate chef and craft beer promoter with impressive culinary creds, is the new co-owner of Baroak Cookhouse and Tap Room at this popular hotel. Spacious and airy, with 153 seats indoors and additional tables (some picnic style) seating 90 on outdoor terraces, its modern décor suggests an upscale tavern.

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May Mart – An Annapolis Tradition for 70 Years

April 9, 2015 | Donna Cole

Best of month, Events

April showers do in fact bring May flowers, and nowhere is that more evident than Annapolis. For seven decades, the Four Rivers Garden Club (FRGC) has held its May Mart, offering Annapolitans a glorious selection of flowers, herbs, plants and, of course, May Day baskets. For those who’ve never been to the May Mart, just outside the doors of the Market House in Downtown Annapolis, here you will find …

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Maneuvers in Ego Alley

April 1, 2015 | Ann Powell

On the Water

Ego Alley in Annapolis is not marked by any sign. And the nautical charts make no mention of Ego Alley, showing only the “Market Slip” along the seawall that borders this tiny tidal waterway. The narrow basin has been here for centuries, but the term Ego Alley is an invention of the last few decades.

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