Best Spots in Annapolis to Picnic

Nothing says summer like a picnic. July was national picnic month! Break out the picnic baskets, and enjoy these great spots in Annapolis with the special people in your life.

Quiet Waters Park

A perfect place for all day outings. Not only do they have several great spots in the woodlands and by the water for a picnic, but you can also rent a bicycle, kayak, canoe or pedal boat and explore the beauty of Harness Creek. The parking fee is small, and the opportunities for fun are endless!

Truxtun Park

Truxton Park has great trails for nature walks. There’s also a boat ramp, swimming pool, tennis courts, and several other amenities for the whole group to enjoy.

Jonas Park

Often referred to as a retreat for locals, this spot is extremely peaceful. Admission and parking are absolutely free. So grab your crab cakes and old bay, throw them in the picnic basket, and come visit the park and the gorgeous views of the bay it offers.

Don’t let the summer go by without enjoying a picnic with your closest friends and family!



Tips to Keep Pesky Insects Out of Your Home

Have the bugs been relentless this summer? Are the citronella candles and bug repellents just not cutting it? Here are some alternative tips on how to keep insects away this summer.

  1. Plants

Here’s a great list of 12 plants that repel unwanted insects. Some of these plants are herbs that you can cook with as well, such as basil, mint, rosemary, etc. These allow you to keep insects away, and also serve to add fresh flavors to your dinners this summer!

  1. Oils

The Farmer’s Almanac recommends several different oils to ward off mosquitos and other insects that bite. Some oils that they recommend are lemon eucalyptus, baby oil, or imitation vanilla extract. Visit their website for more natural oils that repel insects.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Mosquitos like wet areas, so stay hydrated and drink plenty of water to keep the sweat down and the pests away!

  1. Wear Appropriate Attire

You don’t have to wear a snowsuit to keep the bugs from biting, but wearing light longsleeves and jeans at night when you’re outside can help shield your skin from summer night pests.



Fourth of July Events around Annapolis and St. Mary’s County

This year, celebrate the 4th with outdoor concerts, patriotic parades and amazing fireworks shows. We’ve rounded up some of the best celebrations around Anne Arundel and St. Mary’s Counties. Happy Independence Day!

St. Mary’s College 2017 River Concert Series Program

June 30 at 7pm

The June 30th program is titled An Evening of Americana for Our Independence Holiday, featuring the Chesapeake Orchestra playing patriotic favorites followed by a fireworks show.

 

Hollywood Fire Department Independence Day Celebration

July 1 at 5pm

Enjoy an evening of carnival rides, games and food, followed by fireworks at dusk.

 

Glen Burnie Improvement Association Fireworks

July 3 at 9pm

GBIA’s annual fireworks show will be July 3rd at Sawmill Creek Park, with food available for purchase at the Glen Burnie Boys Baseball concession stand.

 

The Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce July 4th Parade

July 4 at 10am

The parade starts on Benfield Road and culminates at Sunrise of Severna Park on Cypress Creek Road. There will also be a food truck/concession at Severna Park High School.

 

Annapolis 4th of July Parade

July 4 at 6:30pm

This patriotic parade will feature marching bands, fire engines old and new, cars and vans, service clubs and scouts starting down West Street in downtown Annapolis.

 

Annapolis 4th of July Fireworks

July 4 at 9:15pm

The fireworks are launched from a barge in Annapolis Harbor, with the best viewing spots Northeast of the Severn River, City Dock, along the Naval Academy Bridge, street-end parks facing Spa Creek, or aboard a boat in the Annapolis Harbor



Summer Garden and Backyard DIY projects

This summer, spruce up your outdoor space with some of our favorite garden and backyard DIY projects!

Brighten up your backyard by painting some patio tiles in bright colors. See how they did it here.

Add some landscape lighting with glass shades filled with string lights. See the simply DIY here.

Watch movies under the stars with this easy-to-make outdoor movie screen.

Define your garden space with this DIY raised garden bed.

If you’re short on garden space, plant vertically with this DIY free standing pallet herb garden.

Get ready for summer BBQs with this DIY outdoor buffet. See how here.

Add some visual fun with this topsy turvy flower planter.

Build a DIY fire pit for summer evening s’mores. Here are some great tutorials



Best Restaurants for Soft Shell Crabs in St. Mary’s County

It’s soft shell crab season in Maryland! These local delicacies are only available for a short time in early summer, so get them while you can from some of these great seafood restaurants in St. Mary’s County!

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Kevin’s Corner Kafe

24509 Point Lookout Rd, Leonardtown

Kevin’s offers delicious fresh seafood for catering, takeout and dine-in.

Morris Point

38869 Morris Point Rd, Abell

Morris Point offers casual waterfront dining on the Saint Clements Bay.

Captain Pat’s

21901 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park

Since 1997, Pat’s has been serving the best local St. Mary’s County seafood.

Courtney’s Seafood

48290 State Highway 252, Ridge

Courtney’s has been serving fresh-caught seafood daily for over forty years.

The Foxy Fish

28976 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville

Run by two locals who grew up in the restaurant business, The Foxy Fish offers generous portions and great customer service.