TV Shows to Stream On a Rainy Day

With heavy rains expected to pour into Maryland over the next few days, we’ve gathered the perfect list of television shows to stream during your rainy day weekend! So, pick a streaming service and whip up your favorite lousy weather comfort food for these binge-able TV shows.

Hulu

This Is Us- An obvious winner at the 69th Annual Emmy Awards and winner of this year’s Screen Actors Guild Award, This Is Us, is a heart-wrenching drama that’ll leave you on the edge of your seat(or couch). The NBC show focuses on a seemingly random group of individuals whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways. You’ll definitely be needing the tissues for this one!

The Path- Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, breaks away from the role of Walter White’s right-hand man, and stars in this drama-filled Hulu original. A faithful follower of a new-age spiritualist religion known as Meyerism, Eddie Lane begins to question the validity of the movement he has followed for most of his life.

The Handmaid’s Tale- Now in its highly anticipated second season, this Hulu Original is set in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what used to be part of the United States. Gilead is a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state and faces w environmental disaster.  Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale revolves around the main character Offred, who’s determined to survive this dangerous world and find the daughter that was taken from her.

Amazon Prime

The Americans-With six seasons of binge-worthy episodes, FX’s The Americans is sure to get you through an entire weekend! Philip and Elizabeth Jennings appear to be your average D.C. suburban couple. However, in this gritty TV drama, it’s revealed early on that both are KGB spies. Set during the Cold War Era, the Jennings play a dangerous game of espionage to complete their assigned  missions while trying to keep up with the appearance of an all American family. It also can’t help that their new neighbor works for the FBI!

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel-New York in the late 1950’s sets the backdrop for this light humored Amazon Original.  Miriam “Midge” Maisel has everything she has ever wanted — the perfect husband, two kids and an elegant apartment on New York’s Upper West Side. She soon discovers that she has an amazing gift: stand up comedy! The show follows Midge’s journey as she steps away from her “it girl” persona and dives into the New York comedy scene.

Jack Ryan- Author Tom Clancy introduced us to CIA analyst long before Chris Pine donned the role of the former Marine on the big screen. Now the Offices, John Krasinski portrays Ryan in this Amazon original thriller that centers on a dangerous field assignment that uncovers something shocking.

Netflix

Ozark -Jason Bateman stars as Marty Byrd, a financial planner laundering money for a Mexican drug lord, in this Netflix Original crime thriller. Byrd is forced to go on the run with his entire family after his partners’ money laundering scheme goes bad. The entire Byrd family is tasked with the heavy burden of raising the money to pay back Marty’s former employers. Why not head to the Ozark Mountains of Missouri?

The Innocents-Netflix delivers the classic tale of two star-crossed lovers with a twist in this supernatural thriller. Teenagers Harry and June are in love with each other and decide to run away from their repressive families so they can be together. The journey is cut short when the two discover June’s special abilities. The couple is faced with the hard choice to keep their dream alive or embrace that their lives have changed and risk it all.

The Crown-This Netflix Original gives viewers a peek into the life of the Royals.  This drama follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.



Back to School Tips for Mom and Dad

As the end of summer nears, parents across Maryland are preparing their kids for the 2018 school year! Whether you’re sending your toddler off to their first day of pre-k or preparing a high school freshmen for the road ahead; we’ve got some helpful tips to help parents and their children on their first days back in school.

Ease Into the Routine

It’s a massive shock for children and their parents when making the transitions from sleeping in and playing at camp all day, to waking up early in the morning to catch the bus. A few weeks before school begins, gradually wake your kids up close to the usual time they’d be waking up for school.

 

Never Skip Breakfast

A substantial healthy breakfast provides the perfect start to your child’s day. In a rush to catch the bus? No problem! Schools in Anne Arundel County near our new Wrightmorore community, offer great breakfast options during the school year. Children can choose from oatmeal bars, zucchini bread, fruit, and a host of other smart breakfast options!

 

Last Minute “Smart” Trips

No need to cram a quick study session in with the kids before school starts. Spend the last days of your summer exploring cultural attractions near your Sturbridge home. Get your kids in a scholarly mood with a visit to the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, MD. Twenty-six minutes away from our Pony Club Estates community in Annapolis, this innovative museum explores breakthroughs in electronic history. A trip to this fun museum is sure to get your kids in a creative mood, just in time for school!

After School Program

If not already enrolled in fall sports, encourage your children to participate in afterschool programs based on their interest. Located in Servera Park near Sturbridge Homes (sold out) Cager and White communities, the Smart Fit Kids Academy provides both before and after school care for children from kindergarten through 8th grade in Anne Arundel County. Instructors cultivate interest in STEM, giving every child an opportunity to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

 

Family Time

The beginning of the school year can be a busy time for parents and their kids. Mark out time on you and your kids’ calendar for family time. This time should be used to help kids with homework assignments or talking about their day in school.



Get to Know the New Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins Players

It’s time to strap on the cleats and hit the turf; football season is here! Well, at least football pre-season is here. We know there are dozens of football fanatics in our Sturbridge communities, so we’re giving you the rundown on the newest players from the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins! Learn their names, positions, and numbers before they hit the field!

First on our list is the new Baltimore Ravens rookie, Quarterback Lamar Jackson. As the 32nd pick of the first round draft, Jackson has proven success in the air and on the ground. The rookies’ stats were quite impressive at his alma mater, the University of Louisville, which earned him the Heisman Trophy in 2016 and this year’s  ACC Athlete of the Year Award. With 9,043 passing yards, 69 touchdowns, and 50 touchdowns the Ravens coaching staff has high hopes for the rookie QB sporting the #8 !

Switching gears (or positions) let’s move onto the newest member of the Ravens offensive line. Meet Offensive Tackle, Orlando Brown Jr.! Ravens fans might find something familiar about the O-Lineman as his father Orlando Claude “Zeus” Brown played for the Ravens in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. The 6′ 8″, 345-pound lineman started in all 40 career games as a left tackle for the University of Oklahoma and is just one of three players to be named Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year in both 2016 and 2017. The Sooners alum will be holding down the line as #78 on this year’s team!

Moving on over to the heavy hitters of this year’s excellent Ravens defense; say hello to the new Cornerback, Anthony Averett! Fresh out of Alabama’s Crimson Tide, Averett had eight pass breakups and only one penalty during his senior year football season. The Ravens are increasing their need for speed as Averett has won several New Jersey State titles in the 55-meter dash and high jump. The 5’11″183 defensive player will be toting the #28 as he racks up those interceptions.

Let’s leave the confines of M&T Stadium to travel the beltway to FedExField! The Redskins made a huge play in league with their new (but not so new) quarterback Alex Smith. After a career winning season with the Kansas City Chiefs, the 2005 No. 1 overall draft pick hopes to replicate that same winning spirit for the Redskins! Smith will be leading this years team wearing the #30!

 

Meet the fast and versatile safety from Penn State. Troy Apke is not only known for playing his usual position as a free safety, but also for being a tremendous asset on special teams! Apke stole the show at the 2018 NFL combine as he ran a 4.34 in the 40-yard dash and reached  41 inches in the vertical jump. This speedy safety will be zipping down the field in the #30 Redskins jersey!

 

This Alabama native knows a winning team! Say hello to rookie defensive linebacker, Shaun Dion Hamilton. The linebacker hails from a strong line defensive players at Alabama’s Crimson Tide. The NFC Scouting Director has described the defensive lineman as the brains behind Alabama’s linebacker operation. The rookie is set to start taking names on the field wearing the #30.

Good luck to all of our new players!

Watch the Ravens and Redskins face off in the classic Battle of the Beltway pre-season game August 30, 2018!



The 2018 Navy Football Fanfest

The Navy-Marine Corps is proud to once again host the annual Navy Football Fanfest and Media Day,  August 4 at the  Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Minutes away from our Pony Club Estates community in Annapolis, this fan favorite event is the perfect way to pump up the entire family for the 2018 football season.

Spectators will have the opportunity to meet the new 2018 Navy Midshipmen football team from 10:00-11:00 am near the blue side of the press box! Players will be available for autographs and one on one meet and greets . Everyone in attendance will receive the official 2018 Navy Football poster.

 

From 11:00 am-12:00 pm, fans can head down to the Navy football field for photo ops with their team favorites. Fan Fest activities will include interactive inflatable games, giveaways, face painting, balloon animals and live music. Free pizza will be available while supplies last. The first 250 kids will receive a free t-shirt.

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Although this event is free to the public, there is a $5.00 parking fee for each vehicle at the stadium. The 2018 Navy football team will report to camp on the evening of Thursday, August 2 and the first practice will be held the following afternoon at the Naval Academy. The first Navy Football home game will take place on September 15th against the Memphis Tigers. Go Navy!!



Annapolis Crab Feast

Held in the Sailing Capital of the World, the Annapolis Crab Feast is headed back to Maryland’s state capital. Hosted by the Annapolis Rotary Club, the 73rd annual Annapolis Crab Feast at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is arguably the world’s most massive crab feast as well as a major fundraiser that benefits the local community and cultural organizations.

Head to Annapolis this August 3rd, and discover why it’s earned the nickname Crabtown! Not only will guest be able to indulge in the largest male crabs the Chesapeake Bay has to offer, but Crab Feast goers can expect an all you can eat buffet of the hometown favorites. Savor Maryland’s famous crab soup, sweet Maryland corn on the cob, beef barbecue sandwiches, all-American hot dogs, draft beer, assorted sodas and water, and watermelon served by the Regional Watermelon Queen. Try not to get too crabby and save room for a little dessert! Finish your fest with a tasty sweet treat from the bake sale and cake raffle. With so many of our upcoming Sturbridge Homes communities in Annapolis, Severn, and Hanover, this festival is a must attend!

The Rotary Club is expecting nearly 2,500 people to attend and finish off 320 bushels of crabs, 3,400 ears of corn, 100 gallons of crab soup, 1,800 hot dogs, 150 pounds of beef barbecue, and hundreds of gallons of soft drinks and beer. The event will be held rain or shine, as most of the tables are protected from the weather.

Advance Ticket Pricing:

General Admission: $65.00/adult

$25.00/child ages 3-12

Tickets can be purchased in person at the following locations or from any Annapolis Rotarian member after July 2nd, 2018:

Admiral Cleaners: 10 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis

Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits:  111 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis

J. Gordon & Co.:  726 2nd Street, Eastport

Loews Hotel:  126 West Street, Annapolis

Long & Foster: 568A Ritchie Highway, Severna Park

McBride Gallery: 215 Main Street, Annapolis

Click here to purchase online.