Celebrate Maryland Day

Celebrate the Old Line State during this years Maryland Day weekend, April 6-8,2018! Maryland’s birthday is officially on March 25th, a state holiday that commemorates the formal founding of the colony of Maryland. Organizations and local business from across the states capital partnered to bring you a weekend full of events and activities that celebrate Maryland’s culture, history, and art!

 

April 6

Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Visitor Center

Stop by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Visitor Center before you start your Maryland Day weekend. Information Specialists can help you plan activities including a free Maryland Day Program and information about local things to see and do.

Maryland State House

Located in the heart of Annapolis, the Maryland State House will be offering tours and programs including “Treasures From The Maryland State Archives.”

April 7

Maryland Day Flag Ceremony

Four Rivers Heritage Area and partners present a spirit-lifting flag raising ceremony at the Annapolis City Dock. The perfect place to start your Saturday morning!

Watermark Tours

Celebrate Maryland Day on this complimentary ramble in Annapolis’ Historic District. Through the intense effort of sophisticated exploration plus a vivid imagination, 100 “memorials” have been identified! Some will surprise you, impress you, or even amaze you!

Historic London Town and Gardens

Visit Historic London Town and Gardens to try making rope, watch musketry demonstrations, smell fresh hearth cooking in a colonial style, buy handmade furniture from a master carpenter, and explore the beautiful decorative gardens.

April 8

Chesapeake Children’s Museum

Make a Maryland memory with your family.  Come and play at the hands-on museum for children of all ages. Meet live animals, travel the seven seas on a 10-foot boat or take a stroll on the creekside nature trail.

Hogshead

Learn what life was like for the “lower and middling sort” in early Maryland through an interactive experience with guides dressed in colonial attire and the opportunity to see and handle authentic and reproduction artifacts.

Annapolis Maritime Museum

Did you know most oysters we eat are “Made in Maryland”?  Join interpretive staff on the docks and prepare to get wet and muddy as you discover oysters and learn and touch Chesapeake critters.



Gardens Near Annapolis

It’s almost time! Flowers and trees will begin to bud as spring approaches. These gardens near Annapolis are the perfect places to witness spring begin to bloom!

William Paca Garden

This two acre botanical sanctuary is nestled in the Annapolis Historic District. During the spring visitors are welcomed to tour the William Paca House and the surrounding grounds which make up the William Paca Garden.  The Summerhouse, which serves as the focal point of the landscape, offers the perfect view of the Wilderness Garden and is a must see on your visit.

Historic London Towns and Gardens

Located eight miles away from downtown Annapolis, the gardens at Historic London Town are breathtaking! Roam the eight acre Woodland Gardens along a trail teeming with native and exotic plants.

 

Willow Oak and Flower and Herb Farm

Spruce up your garden for spring at this Severn nursery. Explore the grounds and admire the botanical variety as you walk across Willow Oak’s themed gardens.

Tawes Garden

Not many are aware of this secret garden nestled between several government buildings in Annapolis. Named after a former first lady of Maryland, The Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden features plants from various geographic regions in Maryland.

 Mothers Garden

Located in Downs Park on the Chesapeake Bay, Mother’s Garden is the hidden gem of Anne Arundel County. The enchanting garden is brimming with beautiful landscaping, lush greenery, and vibrant flowers.

 



Spring Gardening Tips

After months of sub-freezing temperatures, icy roads and gloomy gray skies, we are finally beginning to see the first signs of spring sprouting up in the garden.

Keep an eye on the weather report and after the chance of frost has passed, plan a “Garden Day”! Commit a few hours to enjoy a warm morning playing in the dirt and preparing your beds for planting.

Here’s  5 Garden Day tips that will result on a bountiful garden bursting with dazzling blooms all spring and summer long!

1. Clean Out the Garden

Four or five months of dropped leaves, dying plants and other debris have probably left your garden beds in less than optimal shape. Grab your rake and clear away the decomposing autumn remains and pull any sprouting weeds out by the root.

2. Freshen and Amend the Soil

Your garden bed are probably dried out and soil packed after a long arduous winter. Now is a good time to turn over the soil and add nutrients like compost or manure.

3. Prune Shrubs and Plants

In mid April or early May (or after chance of frost) give your summer blooming plants and shrubs a trim so they are healthier.

4. Mulching

A few inches of mulch helps to prevent weeds and diseases. It is also is helpful in maintaining soil moisture and temperature.

5. Planting

Now that you have invested time and hard work into garden prep, reward yourself with a trip to the plant nursery. Consider purchasing perennials that come back year after year rather than annuals that will only last a single season.

Some low maintenance and hardy perennial plant recommendations are:

  • Daylilies
  • Black Eyed Susans
  • Coneflower
  • Lilac Shrubs
  • Hydrangea
  • Bee Balm


Historic Sites in Annapolis to Visit Presidents Day Weekend

Whether you’re a hard core history buff or simply love exploration and tales from the past, Annapolis is packed with historical spots that tell tales of the past and offer visitors a glimpse into the lives of our Maryland ancestors. Here are just a few of the must-see attractions in Annapolis’ Historic District…

Maryland State House


America’s First Peacetime Capitol and the oldest state house still in legislative use. The State House is open to the public every day from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.,  and to provide you with an understanding of its rich and historic past, self-guided tour information is available.

William Paca House

This Georgian mansion was built in the 1760s by William Paca, one of Maryland’s four Signers of the Declaration of Independence and the state’s third Governor.

Banneker-Douglass Museum

The Banneker-Douglass Museum serves to documents and promotes African American history and culture through unique exhibitions and programs. Take a self guided tour and  be sure to visit the Deep Roots, Rising Waters exhibit provides an overview of African American history in Maryland from 1633 through present day.

Hammond-Harwood House

Built in 1774, this National Historic Landmark gives visitors a glimpse into the lives of the people who built the house and lived in it.  Guided tours are available that discuss the home’s design, history, and impressive collection of paintings and furniture.

Old Treasury Building

Built in 1735, The Old Treasury Building on State Circle is the oldest public building in Annapolis and served as a treasury for the Commissioners for Emitting Bills of Credit. Currently the building is undergoing extensive historic preservation and archeological investigations and is not open to the public but its a stone throw from Paca House and worth stopping by for a glimpse of what’s to come.



How to Survive the 2018 Polar Bear Plunge

If you are a true Marylander than you are well acquainted with the Polar Bear Plunge. This is the annual January event at Sandy Point State Park where thousands of bathing suit sporting “plungers” brave the frigid bay waters to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland.

If you’re going to take the big dip on Saturday January 27, be sure to register here and keep the following Polar Bear Plunge tips in mind:

  • If you have a heart or medical condition participation is not recommended.

  • Show up early to check-in, mingle with fellow plungers and get pumped up!

  • Remember that the water is shallow – don’t dive in!

  • A little liquid courage may seem like a good idea before the plunge, but it’s not because alcohol accelerates hypothermia. Wait until after the event to enjoy the hot toddy.

  • Wear your bathing suit to the plunge so you don’t have to change clothes when you arrive. Sorry, no wetsuits are allowed.

  • Be encourage you to be creative with your “plunge wear” but, don’t wear anything that will weigh you down or can get heavy when soaked.

  • Come prepared with a fluffy robe, warm blankets and extra towels to dry off quickly after the plunge.

  • Bring clothes and extra pair of shoes that are warm and easy to put on quickly after you plunge

  • Wear water shoes or Crocs are recommended to protect your feet.

  • Remember to bring a plastic bag for your sopping wet clothes.

  • Ask a friend to join you that IS NOT plunging to come along for morale support and to hold on to your stuff (and take pictures) while you’re in the water.