Get Your Home BBQ Ready

Warmer days are here and summer is on the way! As some of us are still emerging from our long (and very) cold winter, others are gearing up for summer soirees! Get your backyard in perfect barbecuing condition just in time for Memorial Day weekend!

Lawn Care

Lawn care maintenance plays a huge role in setting the scene for your summer BBQ’s. Break out all the stops! Give your lawn the much needed TLC it needs with raking, mowing and watering it consistently through the week. Add some color to your BBQ setting and touch up your front and backyard gardens. Check out our gardening tips here!

Seating Arrangement

Set your backyard to create the most upbeat setting! Creating a comfortable social atmosphere encourages your guest to interact with each other. Place a majority of your lounge seats in a shaded area, and keep an open clear path to the drink station and food table.

Party Music

What’s a cookout without great music? Checkout this perfect playlist for all ages.These summer hits are sure to be crowd pleasers!

The Grill

The perfect BBQ requires the perfect grill! Give your grill the deep cleaning it needs with a few easy steps:

  • Dry-scrub crud from the inside of the grill. This includes grates,burners, and inside surfaces with a non-scratch sponge.

  • Wash the inside and outside surfaces with dish soap and water, rinse well, and dry thoroughly.

  • Sponge off both stainless-steel and enameled surfaces with warm soapy water and wipe dry.

  • Do a gas check! It’s important for safe cooking, especially if a grill hasn’t been used in sometime.

For more grilling tips and tricks visit thisoldhouse.com

All that’s left to do is fire up the grill!



Hidden Gems of Anne Arundel and St.Mary’s County

Anne Arundel and St.Mary’s County have few things in common. They’re both located along the Chesapeake Bay, they’ve both been home to Maryland’s state capital, and they’re full of fun adventures. Discover these hidden gems of these Chesapeake Bay cities!

The Chickens Of Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis is clucking with chickens! In 2012 downtown Annapolis restaurants worked closely with the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County to create a campaign that inspires upcoming creative thinkers around Annapolis. Take a picture in front of the chicken of your choice, use #Cluck4Art, and post to Instagram.

 

Mission Escape

Are you ready to escape? Mission Escape Room is an interactive, fun entertainment concept. It is a real-life escape experience designed for small groups of 1-12 people. Your mission is simple: work together as a team, testing your wits and skills, to escape from a locked room in 50 minutes or less.

Capital SUP

There’s a new sensation hitting water towns like Annapolis and St.Mary’s City. Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) swept across the Chesapeake Bay Region a few years ago and shows no sign of slowing down. Head to Capital SUP in Annapolis for SUP lessons, yoga, and fitness!

Piney Point Lighthouse

Known as the oldest lighthouse on the Potomac, Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Historic Park include a picnic area, kayak launch, a boardwalk, pier and sandy beach. The museum details the area’s history and also includes an exhibit of the World War II Black Panther German submarine, which lies just offshore in an area designated as the state’s first Historic Shipwreck Dive Preserve.

Ladybugs Alive

Ladybugs Alive is a nature-based “I Spy” scavenger hunt maze of over 15,000 sunflowers, perfect for all ages. Butterflies, birds, and blossoms of all types abound.



The Annapolis Spring Boat Show

It’s boat season on the Chesapeake Bay. Most Marylanders with a love for all things sailing are headed to the 2018 Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show this weekend. We’ve got the must-see exhibits and events from this year’s show!

Exhibits

The sailboat show has the latest in navigational equipment, high-tech electronics, inflatables, boating accessories, clothing, and gear. Boat show attendees shop from a vast display of boating products and services from exhibitors such as the Annapolis Sailing School, Chesapeake Yacht Club, and Sail Annapolis.

Sailboats

Get ready for the perfect sailing experience this summer! New and brokerage sailboats will be on display in the water and on land including catamarans, monohulls, family cruisers, day sailers, and blue water sailboats. See a sailboat you like? Most boats displayed during the show are for immediate sale.

Demonstration Alley

Don’t miss the in-water demos of small sailboats in Ego Alley. The Sailboat Show will feature an exciting demo area for small sailboats, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and much more!

Entertainment

Take a breather from the sailboats and visit the Entertainment Plaza and enjoy continuous entertainment, watch performances from regional groups and artist, register for valuable prizes, and enjoy drink tastings.

Visit the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show website for more information



Spring Cleaning Tips

The sun is shining and the flowers are beginning to bloom. It’s time to get your Sturbridge home ready for the season with these spring cleaning tips and hacks!

Window Washing

Let the light shine through your windows this spring. Use a glass cleaner to get those windows spotless. Make sure to clean your windows on a cloudy day. You may end up with streaks if you let the sun dry them.

Vacuum Your Cabinets

Use your detachable vacuum brush to suck up any crumbs or dust lurking in the corners of your kitchen cabinets.

Pillow Case Your Ceiling Fan

Slip an old pillowcase over your ceiling fan blades, one at a time, then wipe. This awesome hack allows the dust to fall into the pillowcase and not on your furniture or floors.

Butter Knife

Don’t let dust build up in your air vents. Wrap a paper towel or dry rag around a butter knife. Use the wrapped knife to wipe in between your air vent slates.

Sink Disposal Renewal

Drop a few slices of lemon, salt, and ice cubes down your sink disposal to get rid of any odors and leave it smelling citrusy fresh!

Sanitize You Sponges

Soak your sponges and cleaning rags in bleach, water, and lemon juice to use them like they’re new!

 

Microwave Cleanup

Fill a cup with water and vinegar. Sit it in your microwave and turn it on for five minutes. After the time is up, wipe down the microwave with a fresh sponge for a clean finish.



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.