Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Annapolis

Every year, Annapolis comes alive to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades, parties and plenty of Irish food and drink specials. We’ve rounded up the best ways to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in Annapolis, with events kicking off this weekend!

Shamrock Stroll

March 4

St. Patrick’s Day activities kick off with the 3rd Annual Shamrock Stroll on March 4. Wear your most festive attire and head to seven participating bars where you’ll find drink specials all day long.

 

3rd Annual Annapolis Irish Week Kick Off Hooley

March 4

Gear up for the parade and other St. Patrick’s Day festivities with this Kick Off Hooley at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, featuring Dublin 5, Pipe Bands and Irish Dancers as well as great food and open bar for the first hour!

 

Annapolis St Patrick’s Day Parade

March 5

The big event of the week is the 5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which heads through the streets of downtown Annapolis starting at 1pm.

 

St. Paddy’s Day Parade Afterparty

March 5

After the parade, the fun continues at O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel with food, fun and giveaways, including the chance to win one year of free Guinness!

 

St. Patrick’s Day at Blackwall Hitch

March 17

Enjoy Blackwall Hitch’s St. Patrick’s Day menu, featuring traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage and Ireland-inspired libations all day.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Galway Bay

March 17

Celebrate all day long in one of Annapolis’ best traditional Irish pubs. Breakfast is served at 8am, followed by live Irish music at 12 noon until 11:30 pm with special lunch and dinner menus.



The Vintage Source: One-of-a-Kind Vintage Furniture in Southern Maryland

One weekend a month, The Vintage Source in Compton, MD, opens its doors to reveal a vast array of pieces like old doors, painted dressers, mantles, slip covered wing chairs, vintage jewelry, old metal furniture, gilded mirrors and architectural pieces. Open on the third Saturday and Sunday of every month from 8am to 4pm (second weekend of the month in June and December), The Vintage Source offers an ever-evolving selection of unique pieces for your home.

Time between open weekends is spent attending auctions, estate sales, and flea markets. Then they repair, strip, paint, clean, and shine all the best pieces to be ready for the third weekend of each month.

They also host three flea markets a year with over twenty vendors selling vintage finds as well as fresh local vegetables and gourmet hotdogs and sausages. For your one-stop-shop for unique home decor in Southern Maryland, look no further.

This weekend is the February The Vintage Source Weekend, complete with mimosa and wine tasting and chocolate. Saturday and Sunday from 8am-4pm, stop by to browse one-of-a-kind vintage furniture, art, home decor, and statement architectural pieces. Visit their website for a sneak peak of the pieces you’ll be able to find this weekend.



Baltimore Boat Show in Town This Weekend

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.

Show info:

Baltimore Convention Center

1 W Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

410-649-7360

Show Hours

Thursday, January 26 – Saturday, January 28: 10am–8pm

Sunday, January 29: 10am–5pm

Admission

Adult: $14.00 each

15 and younger: FREE with a paid adult admission



Best Annapolis Museums to Visit this Winter

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.

 

Banneker-Douglass Museum

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.



Where to Get your Last-Minute Christmas Tree in St. Mary’s County

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.

Friendship Forest

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!

Quailfield Farm

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.