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.



Our Favorite Cozy Winter Home Decor Ideas

As the weather continues to cool down, warm up your home with warm lighting, soft textures and inviting decor. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite home decor ideas to keep you cozy all winter long!

String lights aren’t just for the Christmas Tree. Warm up any room of the house with string lights, like this

Decorate your bed or sofa with a plush faux fur or cable knit throw blanket, like this.

Prepare your outdoor space for winter with a firepit, warm blankets, pillows and candles, like this.

Nothing makes a sofa or bed look more inviting than pillows, pillows, pillows. Mix it up with different textures, like this.

Turn off overhead lights, and opt for candles and lamps to create a warmer glow, like this.

Create your own reading nook in front of the fireplace with plenty of pillows and blankets, like this.

Mix the different textures and patterns of the season for a warmer look, like this.

Add sort and warm furry texture to any room of the house, with cushions, blankets, pillows, rugs and more, like this.

Layer rugs for extra coziness and warmth, like this.



DIY Thanksgiving Table Ideas

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!

Centerpieces

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.

Place Settings

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.

Kids Table

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!