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Arts, Featured, Live Music

Sounds of September

True, summer’s coming to a close. But live music continues to waft through the streets, pubs, and parks of Annapolis during the month of September. Whether it’s a rockin’ cover band you’re after, young emerging artists with a surprisingly mature sound, the melodic sounds of indie rock, smooth jazz or even grooving gospel, the local lineup will not disappoint

August 27, 2015 | Lindsay Bolin


Family, Featured

Naptown Stay-cation

I recently experienced a panic attack when I realized summer was half over and I hadn’t even been to the beach yet. My paddleboard is still collecting dust in my shed. My kayak is covered in grass clippings in my backyard. I can’t find my pool noodles. What is going on?! THIS IS NOT OK!!! I had been overseas for two weeks in July, and somehow the trip seemed to swallow up most of my summer. By the time I returned it was nearing August. I had used all my vacation (and money) on my trip, so instead of heading across the bridge, I decided it was time for a serious stay-cation

August 18, 2015 | Shannon Hibberd


Family, Featured

Reflections of Summers Spent Savoring the Taste of the Chesapeake

When I was a little girl, summer Sundays belonged to my grandparents. They owned a small rancher on Whitehall Creek in Annapolis. We’d spend the afternoons fishing and crabbing from their pier. We chucked the little sunfish and perch; but, we’d haul a bucket of crabs into the kitchen so that my grandmother could steam them up with Old Bay® and beer. And, if there weren’t enough to go around, we’d head out to dinner

August 12, 2015 | Jennifer Keats Curtis


Arts, Featured, inside, Shopping

Spotted on the Streets of Annapolis: Super Stylish Women

Some of the biggest names in fashion have come from small towns. Consider fashion icons supermodel Cindy Crawford and creative director of American Vogue Grace Coddington. They didn’t grow up in the glitzy lights of fashion capitals; nonetheless, they have become huge style icons in the fashion community. Our small of Annapolis can claim its own fair share of extremely stylish women and chic shopping boutiques

August 7, 2015 | Jazmine Turner Petty

Meet The Locals

Featured NAPTOWN

Meet the Local: Gavin Buckley

August 25, 2015 | Elizabeth Heubeck

On a recent hot August afternoon, I sat down at a table in the shade outside Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge (169 West St, Annapolis) with the restaurant’s co-owner Gavin Buckley. Almost everyone who walked by stopped to chat with Gavin, making me feel like I was in the presence of a local celebrity

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Jump in and Water Ski

August 25, 2015 | Ann Powell

Family, On the Water

Hit it!” Chin down, body tucked, ski tip up, deep breath. The boat accelerates, water streams past your face, your ski planes, your body unfolds, and… you’re up! Sounds easy, right? The creeks and rivers of the Chesapeake Bay are great places to learn to water ski. I learned to slalom ski here on the Bay, and my family and friends ski together every week in the summertime. Skiing is great family fun, especially for the lucky kids who start early, but anyone can pick up the sport at any age

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The Annapolis Collection Gallery Weaves Together Art and History

May 21, 2015 | Patrice Drago

Arts, 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

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

May 14, 2015 | Mary Lou Baker

Dining, Family

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

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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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