LIFE IN THE AREA – Eye On Annapolis's about the quality of life! Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:26:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tomorrow’s concert at St. Johns to pay tribute to WWI Centennial Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:26:13 +0000 StJohnsCollegeJohn Brancy, baritone, and Peter Dugan, piano, will perform “Songs of the Great War” at St. John’s College. The concert, which is free and open to public, will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on Friday, February 12 at 8 p.m. 

This program pays tribute to the World War One Centennial and unites songs by British, German, French, and American composers whose lives and music were influenced by World War I. The music sums up the heartbreaking difference between the world at the century’s beginning and the unprecedented destruction of 1914–1918, when the first fully mechanized conflict in human history changed the shape of the world. Composers include Debussy, Ravel, Butterworth, Orff, Ives, Poulenc, and others.

The New York Times hails John Brancy as “a dashing, strong-voiced baritone,” and the Baltimore Sun describes Peter Dugan’s piano as “spellbinding.” Brancy is the 2013 winner of the Marilyn Horne Song Competition. Dugan has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, including performances in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, and Philadelphia’s Academy of Music and Verizon Hall.

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6th Annual Sock Burning at Annapolis Maritime Museum, March 19th Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:11:40 +0000 Burning Socks_Credit Ken TomCelebrate the coming of spring at this feast featuring the Chesapeake’s most cherished bivalve. The sixth annual Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning, a fundraiser for the Annapolis Maritime Museum, will take place at the Museum’s waterfront campus from Noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Last year over 750 oyster enthusiasts from nine Mid-Atlantic States attended the event. The 2016 event is expected to sell out.

Enjoy festivities including:

  • Burning of the socks – a local tradition celebrating the spring equinox and the arrival of boating season and reading of the iconic sock-burning poem, “Ode to the Equinox” Live music including perennial favorites, The Eastport Oyster Boys and Dan Haas
  • Oyster shucking competition
  • Explore and climb aboard an authentic Skipjack, a single-masted, Bay-built sailing vessel built in 1902 and designed to harvest oysters
  • For fans of classic Chesapeake Bay Buyboats, or for those who appreciate fine craftsmanship, a display of classic Buyboats will be at the Museum docks
  • Plenty of oysters – raw, steamed and roasted

For a modest fee, additional food, beer, wine, Dark & Stormies, with Lyon Distillery Dark Rum, George’s Bloody Marys with Tito’s Vodka and soft drinks will be available.

Guests who purchase the “People’s Choice” ticket will be wowed by samples of oyster cuisine from twelve premier Annapolis area restaurants. “People’s Choice” guests may vote for the best oyster dish and enjoy all the activities included in general admission Oyster Roast ticket.

The general admission Oyster Roast ticket is $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door, and free for kids 12 and under. 

Admission to the “People’s Choice” Best Oyster Dish tasting competition is $65 and only 300 will be sold.

All tickets are available for purchase online at The event is expected to sell out. 

The Annapolis Maritime Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating students and adults on the area’s rich maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay through programs, exhibits and community events.  The Museum partners with community groups, government entities, and other like-minded organizations to deliver high-quality educational initiatives and programs on subjects ranging from history and culture to the environment and good stewardship practices.

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FeBREWary is under way in Maryland Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:08:27 +0000

FeBREWaryLove is in the air and on tap in Maryland. In celebration of FeBREWary: Maryland Craft Beer Lovers Month, breweries are releasing new seasonal, love-themed craft beers, offering food pairings, hosting special events and partnering with local businesses to provide safe lodging and transportation.

“Maryland welcomes you to fall in love with a new style of beer or cozy up to an old local favorite,” said Liz Fitzsimmons, executive director, Maryland Office of Tourism. “With more than 50 craft breweries, FeBREWary is the perfect opportunity to plan a weekend getaway or venture to a Maryland destination you’ve yet to explore.”

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and what better way to treat your sweet tooth than with a decadent dessert beer. Choose from many new local flavors, such as Antietam Brewery’s Cupid’s Truffle chocolate raspberry stout, Duclaw Brewing Company’s Quick Start My Heart strawberry milk stout or Growlers of Gaithersburg’s chocolate pretzel with salted caramel stout. Stop by Eastern Shore Brewing Company for a pink-colored pilsner brewed with rose petals or Assawoman Bay Brewing Company for the Red Head Rye, inspired by the brewer’s red-headed wife. Not feeling the romance? Give Fin City Brewing Company’s Bitter Breakup IPA a try.

Celebrate the marriage of food and craft beer with a variety of appetizing options. Several breweries and brewpubs are playing match-maker and offering unique savory pairings. Tantalize your taste buds with course pairings at Ruddy Duck Brewery and Grill or Mully’s Brewery; head straight to dessert pairings at Scorpion Brewing or Red Shedman Farm Brewery; or follow along the Craft Beer and Food Pairing Trail. Don’t forget to indulge in oysters, a notorious aphrodisiac, paired nicely with Flying Dog Brewery’s Pearl Necklace Chesapeake oyster stout.

Brewers are teaming up to celebrate FeBREWary all month long with special events and promotions. For the ultimate craft beer enthusiast, quench your thirst at “Love Thy Beer: Winter Warmer Showcase” presented by the Brewers Association of Maryland.  The one-day festival, held February 12 in Silver Spring, features more than a dozen Maryland craft breweries.  Find your passion by the pint at “Shore Craft Beer Fest: Love on Tap,” on February 20 in Ocean City. Plan ahead and take advantage of the many Craft Beer Lovers Month hotel packages and safe transportation offers. Mark your calendars now for FeBREWary events happening across the state.

Visitors are encouraged to share their FeBREWary experiences on social media using the hashtags #MDfeBREWary and #MDBeerLovers.

For more information about FeBREWary, visit or call 1-800-719-5900.

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Rams Head announces more shows for Annapolis venue Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:40:08 +0000
You can purchase tickets online or at the box office.


02/11 Bob Sima

02/12 Bebel Gilberto

02/13 A Valentine’s Day Heart Health Benefit feat. Foreplay

02/14 Die Laughing Productions presents The NewlyDead Game

02/15 The Return Beatles Tribute *Rescheduled from January 23

02/16 + 17 Leon Russell

02/18 Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra

02/19 The Reagan Years

02/20 The Clarks w. Scott Kurt

02/22 Robert Cray Band

02/23 Big Sam’s Funky Nation

02/24 Yahzarah

02/25 The James Hunter Six w. Jesse Dee

02/26 The Gibson Brothers *Rescheduled from January 24

02/27 Eddie From Ohio

02/28 Los Lobos

03/01 Jesse Cook

03/02 + 03 Gaelic Storm

03/04 Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes

03/05 Rachelle Ferrell

03/06 Buckwheat Zydeco

03/07 Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime

03/08 Glenn Hughes

03/10 Jonatha Brooke & Patty Larkin

03/11 Here Come The Mummies

03/12 Ruut w. String Quartet Invoke *All Ages Matinee

03/12 Wanda Jackson

03/13 Lizz Wright w. Maia Sharp

03/15 John Mayall

03/16 Young Dubliners w. John Byrne Band

03/17 Ricky Nelson Remembered feat. Matthew & Gunnar Nelson

03/18 The Hackensaw Boys

03/19 Cowboy Mouth

03/20 Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers *All Ages Matinee

03/20 The Hard Travelers

03/21 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

03/22 Marc Broussard

03/23 Bill Payne (of Little Feat) & Jim Lauderdale

03/25 Shovels & Rope

03/26 Musique SoulChild

03/27 Lalah Hathaway

03/28 + 29 The Ann Wilson Thing

03/31 Tom Rush

04/02 Robert Klein

04/03 Judy Collins

04/04 Heather Nova

04/05 The Old 97’s

04/06 Aoife O’Donovan

04/07 Rhiannon Giddens

04/08 Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown 50th Anniversary Tour

04/10 Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience

04/12 David Lindley

04/13 Jimmie Vaughan

04/14 Average White Band

04/15 + 16 Martin Sexton

04/17 Tower Of Power

04/18 Gordon Lightfoot

04/19 Robin Trower at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

04/19 Jake Shimabukuro

04/21 America

04/22 + 04/25 The Time Jumpers feat. Vince Gill

04/23 Rita Wilson

04/24 Jimmy Webb & Karla Bonoff

04/26 Elizabeth Cook

04/27 Greg Holden

04/28 David Wax Museum & Darlingside

04/29 George Perris

04/30 Tom Browne & Jean Carn


For complete calendar visit

Upcoming Local Shows at Rams Head On Stage
February 12Bebel Gilberto
February 12Bebel Gilberto VIP Meet & Greet (Concert Ticket Not Included)
February 13A Valentine’s Day Heart Health Foundation Benefit Featuring Foreplay
February 14The Newly Dead Game
February 15The Return: The Ultimate Beatles Experience
February 16Leon Russell

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Jing Ying Institute celebrates the Year of the Monkey Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:35:44 +0000 Jing Ying Front Logo_fullJing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi Celebrates Lunar New Year (Arnold, MD) – The Lunar New Year of the Monkey begins on February 8, and the Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi is kicking off the new year with a series of free and low-cost workshops. 

The celebration lasts for 15 days. People around the world ring in the Lunar New Year with celebrations of feasting, family reunions, and other festivities. 

Each year, Jing Ying Institute celebrates the new year by hosting a variety of free and low-cost workshops that are open to the public.

Featured events for 2016:  Tea & Tai Chi Workshop (theme: “Taming the Monkey Mind”), Tea Tasting , Self Defense Workshop for Women & Teen Girls (benefitting Arden House, Anne Arundel County’s only domestic violence safe house for women and their children), “What Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Can Do for You” and more.

There will be giveaways and door prizes.

A detailed schedule with dates, times, descriptions, and online registration is available at or call 410-431-5200.

* Friday, February 12 (noon-1pm): Traditions of the Lunar New Year. $2/person, $5/family. Info & registration at

* Friday, February 12 (5:30-7pm): Chinese Calligraphy Workshop. $5/person.  Info & registration at

*  Monday, February 15 (7:00-8:30pm): Tea Tasting. $15/person. Info & registration at

*  Sunday, February 21 (2:00-4:00pm): Women & Teen Girls Self Defense Workshop. $20/person. 100% of proceeds go to a local domestic violence safe house. Info & registration at

*  Monday, February 22 (7:30-9pm): “What Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Can Do for You,” talk by Daohe Fang, LAc., CMD. FREE. Info & registration at

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333 Coffeehouse presents Andrew McKnight Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:21:02 +0000

333coffeehouseThe 333 Coffeehouse, Annapolis’ monthly listening space for folk and acoustic music, is pleased to present Andrew McKnight.

Admission: $12 (students, senior citizens and members $10).

“Stretching across the landscape of American folk music is a highway paved by Guthrie and Dylan… now Virginia native Andrew McKnight takes his turn smoothing down the blacktop” (Performing Songwriter)

“With a voice reminiscent of Don McLean, McKnight traverses from old-time Appalachian tunes to contemporary folk and blues, all backed up by his dead-on guitar playing” – The Boston Globe

Since permanently leaving his corporate environmental engineering career in 1996, award-winning folk/Americana artist Andrew McKnight’s musical journey has traced nearly a million miles of blue highways, and earned him a wealth of critical acclaim and enthusiastic fans for his captivating performances and seven recordings. Andrew’s powerful and entertaining show is like one man theatre, delivered with warmth and down-home comfort. His finely crafted songs are woven together with humorous stories and poetic drama, while the musical soundscape traverses influences from Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk, and even a little fancy flatpicking on a Carter Family tune. While his skillful guitar work provides a tasteful foundation, the touches of native American cedar flute, resonator guitar, djembe (African hand drum) and even mandolin add delightful and mesmerizing embellishments to the show.

Andrew McKnight has performed at many prestigious venues like the Kennedy Center, the International Storytelling Center and the Atlanta Olympics, has been part of the Rocky Mountain, South Florida, Boston and Delmarva Folk Festival lineups, and a guest on NPR’s “Art of the Song” and “River City Folk” shows. He has released several albums, the most recent being One Virginia Night, a live performance CD and DVD recorded with his band Beyond Borders.

Event: 333 Coffeehouse

Who:  Andrew McKnight

When: Friday, February 19, 2016, 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00)

Where: Annapolis Friends Meeting House

351 DuBois Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401 (off N. Bestgate Rd)

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Navy Football tickets now on sale Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:32:24 +0000 Navy-South-Florida-October-31-2015-01Tickets for the 2016 Navy football season are now on sale.  Navy will play five games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and will play host to Notre Dame in Jacksonville, Fla. on Saturday, Nov. 5.

The Mids kick off the season on Sept. 3 against Fordham and will host an opponent from the American Athletic Conference for Homecoming on Oct. 22.  The Mids will play conference foes UConn, Houston, Memphis and Tulsa at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this year. A complete schedule is expected to be released by the conference office in February.

Reserved season tickets for all five Annapolis home games will be $185. 

Season ticket holders are eligible to purchase additional single-game tickets to Annapolis home games as well as season parking ($100). 

Season ticket holders are also able to purchase tickets to the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA in Baltimore on Saturday, Dec. 10.  Army-Navy tickets are $85 for reserved and $135 for club seats. 

Navy-Notre Dame tickets will also go on sale on Tuesday and will be available to anybody interested in purchasing them (you do not need to be a season ticket holder). Reserved lower level tickets are $85 and club seats are $125. 

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Navy Ticket Office at 1-800-US4-NAVY from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday-Friday or online 24 hours per day at:

The following are the on-sale priority dates to purchase tickets

April 19: Admiral’s Row Blue & Gold Members

April 27: 3-Star Blue & Gold Members and Midshipmen

May 4: 2-Star Blue & Gold Members and NAAA Life Members

May 11: 1-Star Blue & Gold Members

May 19:  USNA Faculty and Staff and Alumni

June 15: General Public

To become a member of the Blue & Gold or for other opportunities to support Navy Athletics click here:

Navy is coming off a school-record 11-win season that saw the Mids win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, share the AAC West Division title with Houston and win the Military Bowl over Pitt. 

Navy went 7-0 at home last year and has won 10 straight games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  It is the longest home winning streak since Navy won 10straight from 1980-82. The Mids are 19-3 at home over the last four years and have won 17 of their last 20 games overall.

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“A Touch of Love” with Hand and Stone Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:28:48 +0000 Screenshot 2016-02-09 15.14.14As we celebrate “A Touch of Love” this Valentine’s Day, we want to take time to explore this most highly underrated of the five senses and provide some meaning to the power of touch. It has been scientifically proven that people feel more satisfied in a relationship in which physical affection is a significant part. But should the touch of love be exclusive to couples?

Did you know that touch is the first sense to develop? It is the primary way in which a baby “feels” love. But touch plays a positive role throughout everyone’s life. In a review of studies on touch, Alberto Gallace, Department of Psychology, University of Milan-Bicocca, and Charles Spence, Crossmodal Research Laboratory, Depart­ment of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University, describe the positive effects of touch in an abstract for Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews:

  • Elderly nursing home residents often feel unwanted or unloved because of a lack of physical contact with others
  • Customers respond more positively to a tasting and purchasing request in a su­permarket when they are touched by an experimenter posing as a store assistant.
  • Bus drivers are more likely to give a passenger a free ride if they touch him while making the request.
  • Individuals who have been touched are more likely to agree to participate in mall interviews.

Gallace and Spence argue that “Even the briefest touch from another person can elicit strong emotional experiences.”

A shortage of touch often carries negative connotations, as in the expres­sion “out of touch with reality,” while a deeply-felt experience is often de­scribed as “touching.” In her book Touch, Tiffany Field, Ph.D., Director of the renowned Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, claims, “In many circumstances, touch is stronger than verbal or emotional contact. Touch is critical for children’s growth, development, and health, as well as for adults’ physical and mental well-being.” Fields ar­gues that many societies, such as current American society, are dangerously touch-deprived—accordingly, many people today suffer from a shortage of tactile stimulation, which she terms “touch hunger.” Regular massage can be one way to feed your touch hunger!

In the Foreword to Fields’ book, Massage Therapy Research, Leon Chaitow opens with: “Massage works. Massage eases pain—even in intractable set­tings. It also reduces psychological distress; modulates the effects of stress; improves sleep, mood and behavior; enhances circulation; encourages im­proved bowel and breathing function; and raises immunity —among many benefits.The evidence is now so overwhelming as to the efficacy of massage therapy in these and a host of other diverse settings—from pregnancy to prematurity (and reducing the chances of prematurity), ADHD to autism, stroke to surgery, leukemia to low back pain—that it is a wonder that gov­ernment agencies, insurance companies and corporations are not falling over themselves to take advantage of this low-tech, safe, almost universally beneficial therapeutic approach!”

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spas was founded on the principle to bring the benefits of massage (along with the luxury spa experience of mas­sage and facials) to everyone—through affordable introductory and Lifestyle membership rates—and to make massage more convenient with accessible locations and convenient hours.

This Valentine’s Day, we make it easy to celebrate a Touch of Love with spe­cial offers on Gift Card purchases for Members – our biggest savings of the year!

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Library hosts several events for Black History Month Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:23:06 +0000 mr-root

Jamaal ‘Mr. Root’ Collier
CAPTION: Jamaal ‘Mr. Root’ Collier, a Hip-Hop artist entertains family and children during Black History Month at the Anne Arundel County Public Library

The Anne Arundel County Library system will be hosting several events county-wide to celebrate Black History Month.

Saturday, February 13 – 23, 2016

Get Schooled with Mr. Root

Jamaal ‘Mr. Root’ Collier, a dedicated and versatile professional Hip-Hop artist returns to AACPL to present interactive, family-friendly concerts. Come and learn about the history of Hip Hop and try your hand at rapping, free styling and beatboxing while enjoying this concert. 

-Saturday, February 13, 2 p.m. at Glen Burnie Regional Library

-Tuesday, February 16, 7 p.m. at Severn Community Library

-Thursday, February 23, 4 p.m. at Brooklyn Park Community Library

-Saturday, February 27, 2 p.m. at Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library

February 1 – March 4, 2016

African American Book Experience

The Library is partnering with the Banneker-Douglass Museum to provide an opportunity for students to celebrate Black History Month through literature.

Students in grades K-12, who live in Anne Arundel County, are eligible to participate. Visit your local library, check out an African American book of your choice, read it, do the activity sheet and return it to the library to be entered into the grand prize drawing. One winner will be selected in elementary, middle and high school categories. Submission Deadline is March 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

(Note: A special celebration party will be held at the Banneker-Douglass Museum on Saturday, March 12 from 1-3 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 30. )

A complete list of library events, including a full schedule of early literacy classes, can be found online at

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Davis to speak at AACC Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:22:24 +0000 Commissioner Kevin Davis

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis will talk about “Baltimore – Rising from Unrest to Realizing Opportunities” on Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Cade Center for Fine Arts Room 219, as the next speaker in the Anne Arundel Community College Legal Studies Institute Annual Speaker Series.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis will talk about “Baltimore – Rising from Unrest to Realizing Opportunities” on Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Cade Center for Fine Arts Room 219, as the next speaker in the Anne Arundel Community College Legal Studies Institute Annual Speaker Series. 

Sponsored by the college’s Legal Studies Institute and the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute, the speaker series brings people to the AACC campus to discuss relevant issues in today’s society. The event is free and open to the public. For information, visit  

A fourth-generation public safety professional, Davis was confirmed as police commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department in October 2015 following brief tenure as deputy commissioner of the investigations and intelligence bureau, then interim commissioner. Prior to serving in Baltimore, Davis served as chief of police for Anne Arundel County and retired as second-in-command of the Prince George’s County Police Department which he served for 21 years.

Davis graduated from DeMatha High School, received a bachelor’s degree in English from Towson University and a master’s degree in management from Johns Hopkins University. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy and the FBI National Executive Institute and regularly speaks at the FBI National Academy and at International Association of Chiefs of Police training events.

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