Santa Claus is Coming to Anne Arundel County

Santa is a pretty busy fella this time year and time is running out before he’ll hop in his sleigh and head back to the North Pole.

If visiting St. Nick is still on your holiday “Must Do List”, here’s a quick run down of spots you can find him in Anne Arundel and St Mary’s counties.

Santa Sightings in Anne Arundel County

Santa’s Soaring Adventure
December 16th, 2017
Sessions at 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm & 2pm.
Terrapin Adventures – Savage, MD

Children ages 5-10 are welcome to join Santa and his elves for photos, stocking decorations, holiday music, refreshments and more. 

Captain Santa’s Workshop
December 21, 2017
10am-Noon
Annapolis Maritime Museum

Make sure to register in advance so little ones can create eco-crafts and gifts, string bird feed garland, create upcycled jingle bells and make their own candles. $15 reservations guarantees a spot, warm cocoa and a holiday popcorn bar.

Santa’s Wonderland
Through December 24, 2017
Bass Pro Shop

Crafts, games, interactive displays, photos with Santa and more. Free. Check website for times.

Santa at the Mall
Through December 24, 2017
Mall in Columbia

Photos with Santa at Nordstrom Court in Columbia Mall.

Santa at Arundel Mills
Through December 24, 2017
Arundel Mills Mall, Hanover.

Get Photos with Santa and grab a bite to eat at Arundel Mills food court.

Santa Sightings in St Marys County

Santa’s Village at Wildewood Shopping Center
December 16, 2017
California, MD

Free pictures with Santa Claus, activities for the family to enjoy while you wait for your picture sitting, and plenty of chances to win awesome prizes in our raffle! There will also be food and drinks to keep you warm while you and your family enjoy all that Santa’s Village has to offer.

Santa & Mrs Claus on the Square
December 16, 2017
Leonardtown, MD

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be making a special visit to Leonardtown from 11AM-1PM. Don’t forget your holiday wish list and your camera to take pictures with everyone’s favorite couple from the North Pole.

Flat Iron Farm Christmas Village
Through December 31, 2017
Great Mills, MD

Visitors are invited to admire the holiday lights display, tour the Christmas Village, take a Pony Ride and have their picture taken with Santa.



Holiday Decorating DIY Style

Another Thanksgiving is in the record books and now the holiday season is in full swing! If mother nature doesn’t oblige with a wintry landscape this month, there of plenty of uniquely creative and festive ways to DIY decorate our homes for the holidays.

Here’s a few outdoor DIY decoration ideas that may inspire you to get crafty and leave the giant inflatable Santa in the basement this year…

Rustic Country Porching 

Create a truly rustic and welcoming winter outdoor space from natural elements found in your backyard. Spend a morning in the yard or park gathering pine cones, branches and greenery.  Arrange in stainless pails and illuminate with simple white candles or LED votives.

 

Seasonal Shabby Chic 

We love this idea for a salvaged fireplace mantle. A distressed neglected piece that once graced the living area of an old home is brought back to life with a shabby chic spin with fresh ferns and ruby red blooms. Great idea for outdoor holiday gatherings in warmer climates.

 

Frosty the Snow-Tire Man 

A unique, whimsical and festive way to upcycle tires! Now you’ll have a frosty friend to greet and delight all of your holiday guests.

 

Don’t Forget the Window Boxes 

Yes the colorful summer blooms adorning your windows have withered away with cooler temps, but that doesn’t mean the window boxes can’t be jazzed up with evergreen tree cuttings, bright red bows and ornaments for an additional holiday sparkle.

 

Deck Out the Garage Doors 

Here’s a fun way to spruce up your outdoor space this holiday season. Cut out your own decorations and back with peel and stick magnets to turn your garage door into everyone’s favorite snowman or check out the selection of holiday themed decals available online!



2017 Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival

The 2017 Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival is right around the corner! 

The Inner West Street Association and the Annapolis Arts District have teamed up again this year to organize this sweet street festival on Sunday December 3rd on the first block of West Street. Proceeds from tickets and donations go to the Annapolis Arts District and We Care and Friends.

The street party gets started at noon with live music and entertainment through 5PM, and when the sun goes down, stop to admire the sparkly Holiday Light Canopy.

If you’ve never been to the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival mark your calendar and prepare yourself for a sugar-coated day of family entertainment, holiday shopping and of course, lots and lots of tasty chocolate.

Chocolate Brunch Anyone?

Rams Head Tavern is serving up a few extra special items on their Sunday Brunch menu in recognition of this year’s  Binge Festival.  Grab a fork and dig into a chocolate espresso marinated sirloin steak or swoon over the seared duck breast with white chocolate-grand marnier demi glace or perhaps a salmon wellington accented with a chocolate-raspberry sauce is more your style. Brunch starts at 10AM and is sure to draw a hungry crowd, so reserve a table on OpenTable.com today!

Chocolate Walking Tour

Join fellow chocoholics for a sugar coated stroll down West Street where you can connect with 20+ vendors sampling and selling their heavenly treats including: chocolate truffles, caramels, fudge, cookies, cakes, french macaroons, gingerbread houses, cupcakes, pies, brownies and more!

Want S’more Chocolate?

After the chocolate tour, cozy up to the fire pit situated in the middle of West Street, grab a few marshmallows and enjoy a warm gooey s’more. Also if you make a $5 donation, there’s a complimentary hot chocolate waiting for you too at the air stream camper (while supplies last).

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Guarantee yourself a spot on Santa’s “Nice List” this year. Jolly ol’ St Nick will be at the Chocolate Festival and is collecting toys, coats and hats for the area’s homeless and kids in need.

Shop till You Drop

Cross a few names off that holiday shopping list and support local artisans selling wide variety of handmade jewelry, pottery, candles, wood turnings, ornaments, clothing and more.  Skip the big box stores and buy from local merchants on December 3rd!

Dinner and a Movie

When the Chocolate Binge Festival wraps up at 5PM duck into Reynolds Tavern for a screening of the hit movie Chocolat starring Johnny Depp or wrap up the day at Chesapeake Brewing Company’s  Chocolate & Beer Infused dinner event (menu and ticket details here.).



2017 Turkey Trots in Annapolis

It’s November and that means it’s time to dust off those running shoes, grab a few friends and register for a local Turkey Trot!  

Never participated in a Turkey Trot? No worries! They’re run or walk at your own pace 5K events that are very family friendly, usually take place on Thanksgiving morning and always benefit a great charitable cause.

Sound good? Great! Here’s a quick run down of three upcoming Turkey Trots in Maryland. And after the trot, treat yourself to an extra slice of pumpkin pie, you earned it, do-gooder!

Fleet Feet’s 11th Annual 5K
Annapolis, MD
Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Join the Fleet Feet Sports crew for the 11th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K Turkey Trot. The course winds through the streets of historic Annapolis and 5K proceeds benefit Girls on the Run Greater Chesapeake and the Travis Manion Foundation. Strollers, kids, and dogs are welcome to join in on the fun!

Register Here.

Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K
Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
Arnold, Baltimore City, Bel Air, Ellicott City, Towson, Perry Hall, Westminster, Eastern Shore

The Y’s Charity Turkey Trot in another time honored annual tradition for over 20 years! The event is held on Thanksgiving morning and open to all ages and abilities. Everyone (friendly dogs included) can walk, skip or run the 3.1-mile course at one of 8 Turkey Trots organized throughout Maryland.

BONUS:  if you’re not an existing Y member, your event registration comes with a complimentary 30 day Y membership! So what are you waiting for?

Location and registration details here.

2017 Goggle Cobble
Baltimore
Baltimore – Inner Harbor
Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Downtown Baltimore’s only Turkey Trot! Adults and kids will enjoy a festive run through the downtown that starts and ends at Inner Harbor East. Everyone who finishes the 5K course will receive a medal and race proceeds will be donated to The Sol Goodman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center at Johns Hopkins and the Greater Maryland Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association.

Click here for details and registration info.



Dog Adoption Month in Southern Maryland

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month so we rounded up a few of our favorite Southern Maryland animal shelters that we’re proud to support this month and all year long.

Animal Relief Fund

Hollywood, MD

ARF is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding homes for abandoned animals.  Their small network of foster homes are in Southern Maryland, and the organization hosts Adoption Days every Saturday at the Well Pet Clinic in Lexington Park, MD from 11am to 2pm.

Adorable and adoptable: Riley

See all available pets here.

 

St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League

Leonardtown, MD

SMAWL is working to help the homeless, abused and neglected animals in our local community through aggressive campaigns to find homes for homeless cats and dogs and to curb pet overpopulation through Spay/Neuter programs.

Adorable and adoptable: Bella

See all available dogs here.

 

Tri-County Animal Shelter

Serving Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties, the Tri-County Animal Shelter places adoptable dogs in homes and in some cases, works with rescue partners to assist in finding pets their forever homes.

Adorable and adoptable: Bear

See all adoptable dogs here.

 

Rescue Angels of Southern Maryland

Rescue Angels of Southern Maryland, Inc. is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to change the lives of animals in need by rescuing them from undesirable situations, providing loving homes, and any needed medical care. Once mostly focused on working with feral cats, they implemented a dog adoption program earlier this year.

Adorable and adoptable: Malia

See all available pets here.

Best Southern Maryland Dog Parks

John G. Lancaster Park

21550 Willows Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653

This park features a new dog park complete with one large dog run and one small dog run, water available on site, and waste disposal bags.

Myrtle Point Park

24050 Patuxent Blvd. California, MD 20619

This isn’t a true off-leash dog park, but your dog will love to explore (on-leash) the 192 acres featuring hiking trails and a beach area!

Turkey Hill & White Plains Dog Parks

White Plains, MD and St. Charles, MD

Both one-acre parks have two separate fenced-in areas, benches, a picnic pavilion, a message bulletin board and plastic pick-up bags.

 
Looking to help but not quite ready to adopt a pet of your own? Check out these ideas from PetFinder on great ways you can help during Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month!