Today is the kick-off of the Baltimore Boat Show, in town this weekend January 26-29 at the Baltimore Convention Center. You’ll find boats for every lifestyle, activity and budget, booths showcasing the latest in engines, marine electronics, accessories, fishing tackle and gear, and educational seminars and kid-friendly activities.
Some of our favorite features of the 2017 boat show are:
Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center, with free seminars, Q&A sessions and practical advice.
United States Power Squadrons® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer, where you can virtually practice close quarters maneuvering, docking and more.
SUP Experience hosted by Mantra Fit, where you can take a test ride on a stand up paddleboard and even sign up for a free SUP lesson.
Kids’ Nautical Fun, with kids’ build-a-boat and SUP yoga classes just for kids in the pool.
7th Annual Crab Pickin’ Contest, where you can prove your crab pickin’ skills on Sunday at 1 PM in the Food Court Area.
Baltimore Convention Center
1 W Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Thursday, January 26 – Saturday, January 28: 10am–8pm
Sunday, January 29: 10am–5pm
Adult: $14.00 each
15 and younger: FREE with a paid adult admission
Downtown Annapolis is full of museums dedicated to the exploring historic and present day art, Maryland life and the ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay. Here are some of our favorite Annapolis Museums to visit this winter.
U.S. Naval Academy Museum
118 Maryland Ave
Located on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy, the Museum offers two floors of exhibits about the history of seapower, the development of the U.S. Navy, and the role of the U.S. Naval Academy in producing officers capable of leading America’s sailors and marines. Exhibits include historical artifacts, as well as audio and visual technology to bring these stories to lift.
84 Franklin St
This is the State of Maryland’s official museum of African American heritage, serving to document, interpret, and promote African American history and culture, particularly in Maryland. Explore the current exhibition Deep Roots, Rising Waters: A Celebration of African Americans in Maryland, providing an overview of African American history in Maryland from 1633 through present day.
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 2nd St
Situated on the Severn River, this museum explores Annapolis’ rich maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay, particularly the all-important oyster and its harvesters. You can learn how to harvest oysters, climb aboard a locally built workboat and view artifacts including an 850-gallon oyster tank.
Maryland Federation of Art
18 State Cir
Maryland Federation of Art supports local and national artists by giving them professional avenues for exhibition at the State Circle gallery, as well as other exhibitions around the state. There are three exhibitions currently at the art gallery, including the Winter Member Show until January 21.
This is the last full weekend before Christmas and if you haven’t gotten your Christmas tree yet, now’s the time! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite local Christmas Tree Farms near St. Mary’s County where you can find a tree in time for Santa Claus’ arrival.
Hidden Lake Christmas Tree Farm
3480 Crane Road, Port Republic, MD 20676
Walk through their 3-4 acres to choose from live in-groud Norway Spruce, White Pine and a limited selection of Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, and Blue Spruce. They also carry fresh pre-cut Douglas-Firs.
41370 Friendship Ct., Mechanicsville, MD 20659
Choose from a selection that includes a variety of Firs, Spruces and Pines. Sign up for the Early Bird Tagging program in 2017 to be able to tag a prime tree of your choosing starting on Thanksgiving, and return to cut it down whenever you’re ready!
38161 New Market Turner Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659
Pick your tree among several acres, or choose from 7-10+ foot fresh cut trees. They also offer handmade evergreen wreaths and freshly made swags and decorative centerpieces, all in various sizes.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner! We’ve rounded up some of the best DIY Thanksgiving Table Ideas, including centerpieces, table settings and kids table setups, sure to impress your guests. Happy Thanksgiving!
This Rustic Wood Table Runner is a great addition to an elegant, monochromatic table setting.
No tools are required for this easy Centerpiece Box.
This simple Hoards of Gourds centerpiece combines votive candles, mason jars and gourds to make a beautiful seasonal display.
Not feeling too crafty? You can still throw together something beautiful, like this 5 Minute Fall Centerpiece.
These Pumpkin Leaf Place Cards are quick and easy to make with some spray paint.
Add some bright color to your place settings with these Mini Pumpkin Florals.
Incorporate some natural elements with these Gold Dipped Leaf Place Cards.
Another natural element with a touch of color, these Glitter Pinecone Place Cards are easy to make.
Help the kids find their seats with these Turkey Leg Place Settings. Bonus: Fill it with a treat like popcorn or candy
These Kraft Paper Place Mats offer the perfect place for the kids to doodle and keep from getting bored.
Set out crayons for each kid with these easy DIY Crayon Turkeys.
Help them remember the reason for the holiday by asking them to write out what they’re thankful for and add it to the Thankful Tree. Great for adults too!