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!



Fall Farm Fun

It’s finally starting to cool down and now we have some real Fall weather. It’s the perfect time to visit an apple orchard, get lost in a corn maze, and pick the best pumpkin in the patch. Here are some places in Maryland that you can do those wonderful Fall activities.

Maryland Sunrise Farm, LLC.

This is an awesome farm right in Gambrills with a corn maze! It’s not too far from our Villas at Waugh Chapel Towne Centre Community. Tickets are less than $15 dollars and include admission to an 8 acre Corn Maze, pedal karts, giant slingshot, playhouse, log cabin building, sandbox, tire fun, corn hole, hay jump, kids mini-maze and featured entertainment. You can also pay small additional fees for kids cow train ($2) and hay wagon rides ($4). You can make this into a great day trip for the whole family. Here is a bird’s eye view of their fun corn maze:

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Get your game face ready and try and see who can make it out of the maze first!

Heyser Farms

Heyser Farms in Silver Spring has a great apple orchard to check out, not to mention one of the best refreshments to enjoy in the Fall: apple cider. You can even schedule an educational tour to see how their apple cider is made! If that plan doesn’t scream wonderful Fall day we aren’t sure what does. So swing on by in your favorite Fall scarf and flannel and enjoy some apple goodness!

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Clark’s Elioak Farm

This farm is right in Ellicott City and has a fantastic pumpkin patch! Grab your Halloween pumpkins here, visit their friendly farm animals, take a hayride, enjoy a pony ride, and a cow train ride. All aboard the all new Enchanted Express Train for a ride around the farm!  Explore their Enchanted Pine Tree Maze, Spookley Hay Bale Maze and all the great Enchanted Forest attractions. Better yet, pack a picnic lunch and stay awhile. On weekends, they boast of having food vendors, face painters, and gem mining to boot! Another great Fall spot, so don’t miss your chance to visit before they close the first week of November.

Apple cider, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hay rides, and now sweater weather is finally coming around. Fall into Fall and check out one of these great places today!



Best Places to Watch The Ravens/Redskins in Annapolis

Are you ready for some football?

Acme Bar and Grill

Think locally- eat globally! The setup for watching the game is perfect with 10 big screen TVs, 6 high definition receivers, and all major professional and collegiate DirectTV sports packages. Any night there is football on, you’re sure to see the game from just about any seat in the house. They even do smirnoff crush buckets- so look out sports fans! Grab your friends and check this place out. Hut hut!

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Stan and Joe’s Saloon

Here’s another great pick to watch the game! They’ve got some great brews and a happy hour during the weekdays with all the essentials and more: shrimp, nachos, sliders, oysters, crabby pretzel… the list goes on! Check out this awesome spot to watch the game and enjoy a bite and a brew with other locals.

 

Ebb Tide Tavern

6 HDTVs, 2 pool tables, and some killer fried seafood and subs, this is another great place in Annapolis to watch the games. At Ebb Tide Tavern, they pride themselves on being a great spot for locals within the community and creating a friendly atmosphere, so relax and join your neighbors for some football hype and a beer!

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We’ve given you some great options, now what’s your game plan to tackle them all? We hope you score a touchdown and find your favorite local place to enjoy football this season.