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What’s New In Anne Arundel County

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There’s a lot that’s new in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Maryland this summer. Below is a sampling of some of the latest attractions and experiences that beckon travelers in the months ahead. For a complete listing, visit the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau’s website at www.VisitAnnapolis.org.

New Events

Annapolis Arts and Crafts Festival—Back for its third year, the June 9-10, 2012 Annapolis Arts and Crafts Festival invites individuals to celebrate Maryland Wine Week by visiting its new Wine and Specialty Food Pavilion. Here they can sample and purchase wines from 17 Maryland vineyards including: Boordy Vineyards; Fiore Winery and Distillery; Solomon’s Island Winery; Bordeleau Vineyards and Winery; Elk Run Vineyards; Knob Hall Winery; Cove Point Winery; and Slack Winery. Wine will also be available to purchase by the glass or bottle. A beer garden and specialty foods round out the culinary offerings. As in past years, the festival includes live music and the prized works of more than 200 artists. Mediums include: painting, sculpture, ceramics, digital art, mixed media, printmaking, jewelry, fiber art, glass, wood, leather, metal, and photography. 410-263-4012 www.annapolisartsandcraftsfestival.com.

Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show—Producers of the nation’s oldest in-water boat shows, United States Yacht Shows, Inc., presented the first annual Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show in April 2012. Held at City Dock in Annapolis, the show featured 100 exhibitors on land and 80 sailboats in the water – including new boats from notable builders: Passport, Leopard, Hunter, and Jeanneau, among others. The first-time show included a nautical flea market and Cruisers University, a four-day educational program designed to introduce individuals to life aboard cruising boats. 410-268-8828 www.usboat.com/spring-sailboat-show.

Canines in the Courtyard—In April 2012, Paws Pet Boutique kicked off a new dog-friendly event series to benefit animal-related charities. Called Canines in the Courtyard on Feel Good Fridays, the series takes place the third Friday of each month through September. Well-behaved people and their dogs are invited to gather in the courtyard behind Paws to support a good cause. This season’s themes include: Pup & Person Look-alike Contest, Pooches as Pirates, Best Dog Tricks, Hawaiian Hounds, Dog Trivia Night and Cruising Friday Fashions. 410-263-8683.www.pawspetboutique.com.

48th Annual Drum Corps Associates World Championships—On Labor Day weekend 2012, Drum Corps Associates will hold its 48th Annual World Championship competitions at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. More than forty drum corps from throughout North America will be competing in the championships that are expected to attract 13-thousand performers and fans. The festivities kick off on Friday, August 31, with free Individual/Ensemble & Mini Corps performances. Saturday will feature Class A and Open Class Preliminaries. Sunday kicks off with an Alumni Spectacular at 10:00 a.m. The Class A and Open Class World Championship Finals begin at 5:00 p.m. Throughout the weekend, drum corps members will be practicing on thirty fields around Anne Arundel County. Event organizers predict the August 31 to September 2 event will account for 6,000 hotel room nights and contribute $10-million to the local economy. Ticket information: 855-632-8090. For event information: 917-528-9340.www.dcacorps.org.

Junior Olympic Sailing Festival—Annapolis Yacht Club and Severn Sailing Association are teaming up to provide three days of sailing for Junior Olympics. The 2012 Junior Olympic Sailing Festival – Chesapeake Bay Open youth sailing regatta kicks off with Olympic-style opening ceremonies on July 5, when junior sailors will process across Spa Creek bridge to an opening ceremony featuring sailing legend Gary Jobson and other luminaries. Other highlights include clinics, community outreach, a youth-oriented “Olympic Village,” and three days of fun and competitive junior sailing. An estimated 250 sailors age 8-18 are expected to compete in several types of boats for all-day dinghy racing. The event is a double high point for the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association (CBYRA) – as the Annapolis Yacht Club Junior Regatta (7/6); the Sandy McVickar/SSA Regatta (7/7); and the Hobie Youth North American Championships take place at the same time as the July 6-8 Junior Olympics. [email protected].

Silopanna Music Festival—The inaugural Silopanna Music Festival is scheduled to take place at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville on Saturday, August 11. Produced by Rams Head Promotions, the event is expected to include 20 bands performing music for all ages on three stages. In addition to including vendors and a family-friendly area with face painting and more, food and beverages will be sold. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. 410-268-4545 www.silopannafest.com.

Speak Truth to Power—BWI Thurgood Marshall International Airport is displaying the acclaimed worldwide exhibit, Speak Truth to Power, in its International Terminal through May 31, 2012. The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights exhibition honors the courage of human rights defenders across the globe. Through a dramatic series of silver gelatin prints Pulitzer Prize winner photojournalist Eddie Adams depicts compelling portraits that expose a spectrum of human rights issues. The exhibition began its tour at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC in September 2010 and has traveled to twenty cities in the U.S. It is now displayed around the world. 410-859-7027.www.bwiairport.com.

Terrapin Adventures—New this season, Terrapin Adventures is offering outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to enjoy the rich history and beauty of the Appalachian Trail. Experienced guides will take participants on a two-day, one-night May 26-27 backpacking trip. There are plenty of stops along the trail with breathtaking overlooks. Meals and gear are included. 301-725-1313www.terrapinadventures.com.

United States Naval Academy Museum—From June through November 2012, the USNA Museum at Preble Hall will be exhibiting prints, artwork, and relics from the War of 1812. 410-293-2108http://www.usna.edu/Museum/.

What’s New with Attractions

Bay Theatre Company—In December 2011, the Bay Theatre Company launched a new monthly play reading series, Wine and Words. Attendees sip complimentary wine while they enjoy a play reading. 410-268-1333.www.baytheatre.org.

Historic London Town and Gardens—In spring 2012, Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater opened its much awaited permanent museum exhibit, Discover London Town. History comes alive as visitors navigate 5,000 square feet of exhibit area spanning 13,000 (yes 13,000!) years of regional history. The $650,000 project brings individuals face to face with the people, buildings, and landscape of the past through archaeological artifacts, maps, paintings, illustrations, and educational and interactive displays including a virtual 3D colonial tavern and transatlantic ship that are accessible on touch screen computer monitors. 410-222-1919 www.historiclondontown.com.

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts—In May 2012, Maryland Hall welcomed Jordan Hendrick as a new Artist-in-Residence. Aboard for a one-year term, Hendrick joined seven existing artists-in-residence: Ken Cosgrove, Ali Crosby, Lorraine Ellerson, Gary Jameson, Kat Kowalski, Emily Welsh, and Pat Worsham. The Artist-in-Residence program is designed to provide a supportive atmosphere for artists to create new work in a collective setting and to educate the public about the artistic process by giving them access to the artists and their work. 410-263-5544 www.mdhallarts.org.

Maryland Live! Casino—The first phase of the $500 million, 300,000 square foot world class casino is scheduled to open in June 2012. It will provide a host of dining options as well as 4,750 Las Vegas-style slot machines and electronic table games, including Blackjack, Roulette, Mini-Baccarat, and Pai Gow Poker. Nationally acclaimed restaurants including Bobby’s Burger Palace by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, the Cheesecake Factory, and Phillip’s Seafood Restaurant are slated to open with the completion of Phase 1. Other dining options available in June include Noodles; Market To Go; and Live! Market Buffet. Following completion of the second phase of construction in October 2012, Maryland Live! will offer guests the option of fine dining at The Prime Rib and top name entertainment at its 500-seat live entertainment venue. Maryland Live! will be the third largest commercial casino in the nation. The freestanding casino is designed to enhance the Arundel Mills Commercial District, which is the number one tourist destination in Maryland, attracting more than 14 million visitors per year. 855-5MD-LIVE. www.marylandlivecasino.com

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament—Medieval Times launched a new show at its Arundel Mills Castle in April 2012. The performance features impressive horsemanship, falconry, and epic battles of steel and steed designed to sweep audiences away to an age of bravery and honor. While dining on a four-course meal from ringside seats, audiences experience a feast of the eyes and appetite that captures the splendor and romance of 11th Century Spain.888-935-6878www.medievaltimes.com.

Oyster Recovery Partnership—The ORP planted more than 500 million spat-on-shell back into the Chesapeake Bay in 2011. This was the 4th consecutive year that the University of Maryland Horn Point Hatchery produced more than half a billion oysters. ORP also grew their Shell Recycling Alliance to nearly 100 restaurants 410-990-4970.http://www.oysterrecovery.org/.

Shady Side Rural Heritage Society—In November 2011, the society changed its name to Captain Avery Museum. For the past 27 years, the organization has worked to preserve the heritage of the unique village of Shady Side. 410-867-4486www.captainaverymuseum.org.

Westfield Annapolis’s Farmers’ Market—The Westfield Annapolis Farmers’ Market has moved to a new location — the Orange parking lot near Macy’s. The market will be open Sundays  through October 28. 410-266-5432.http://www.westfield.com/annapolis.

What’s New with Restaurants

Federal House—Dining out with your dog at Federal House in Annapolis is more convenient than ever before. Since September 2011, the restaurant has been offering a dog menu in addition to its people menu. The pet-friendly menu features a selection of treats supplied by Paws Pet Boutique. 410-268-2576www.federalhouserestaurant.com/

Grapes Wine Bar—In October 2011, Grapes Wine Bar expanded its hours to seven days a week. Guests are invited to relax and sample from an exotic wine list while enjoying a variety of small plate dishes. The Capital Newpaper’s Readers’ Choice for Best Wine Bar in 2012, Grapes offers weekly specials that let patrons try top wines from around the world one glass at a time. 410-571-5378www.grapeswinebarannapolis.com/.

Harry Browne’s—The Annapolis landmark that has been serving patrons for more than 30 years is now a zero landfill restaurant. The dining establishment phased in its eco-friendly waste disposal efforts over a three-month period that ended in March 2012. Owner Rusty Romo says the restaurant now composts all of its waste, uses only bio-degradable products, recycles twice a week, and compacts its cardboard for recycling. 410-263-4332www.harrybrownes.com/.

Havana Banana Breads—Retired Army officer Mike Lawrence completed the relocation and expansion of his company from Ellicott City to 1981 Moreland Parkway in Annapolis in October 2011. His new production facility produces a full line of exceptionally fresh, preservative-free banana breads. Havana Banana Breads is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business. All orders can be made by appointment at 301-503-1113 or online atwww.Havanabananabreads.com.

Lemongrass—In February 2012, the City of Annapolis announced that Lemongrass had been certified for its sustainable practices under the new version of the City’s Certification Workbook for Food Handling Establishments. Under the new requirements, applicants must adopt and display their environmental policy and use carryout containers made from recyclable materials. Lemongrass is being showcased for recycling 50% more waste than last year and for composting food scraps, wooden chopsticks, and paper waste. 410-280-0086 www.kapowgroup.com/lemongrass.

Luna Blu—For the convenience of area residents and travelers, Luna Blu on West Street in Annapolis has expanded its hours to include Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. 410-267-9950.  www.lunabluofannapolis.com/.

Miss Shirley’s Café—Located at 1 Park Place in Annapolis, Miss Shirley’s opened in November 2011. It features Southern-inspired fare with a Maryland twist. Food Network Magazine has recognized the restaurant for having the “Best Breakfast Dish in Maryland.” Miss Shirley’s Café first opened in Roland Park in 2005. It was created in memory of Miss Shirley McDowell, a longtime cook at The Classic Catering People. The late Miss Shirley’s classic recipes, including meatloaf, Texas brisket, and salmon cakes, inspired Corporate Executive Chef Brigitte Bledsoe to create a menu of breakfast, brunch, and lunch menu offerings to satisfy stomach and soul. 410-268-5171.www.MissShirleysCafe.com.

Mission BBQ—Former Underarmour and Outback Steakhouse executives opened Mission BBQ at 7748 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie in September 2011. After traveling for many years and frequenting some of the best BBQ places America has to offer, owners Bill Kraus and Steve Newton decided to bring some of this great food to Maryland. The restaurant is a fast casual, concept with both indoor and outdoor seating. The décor reflects Mission BBQ’s commitment to honor American heroes – military, fire, and police. They encourage customers to bring a meaningful patch, picture, or memorabilia of history for display* at the restaurant. Mission BBQ’s menu focuses on meat perfection. Their Texas-inspired brisket, mouth-watering pulled pork sandwiches, and BAY-B-Back Ribs are rubbed tenderly with just the right amount of Old Bay! 410-773-9888www.Mission-BBQ.com.

SugarBuns in the Kitchen—Shortly after opening her restaurant at 137 Prince George Street in Annapolis in May 2011, owner Danie Connolly began lending umbrellas to tourists and locals who try to wait out sudden storms under her café’s extended roofline. Not wanting rain to keep customers from downtown Annapolis, Connolly lends them a SugarBuns umbrella. She asks only that they return it after they are finished exploring the city. If the restaurant is closed, borrowers can return the umbrellas to a designated place. To date, the umbrellas have always made their way back the restaurant. 410-216-6666sugarbunsinthekitchen@verizon.net.

WEST Kitchen & Tavern—A new dining hot spot is coming to Annapolis in mid-June 2012. WEST Kitchen & Tavern at Loews Annapolis Hotel will feature a hearth oven, fresh herb garden, plentiful raw bar, open expo kitchen, and chef’s table for group dining experiences. Flexible indoor and outdoor dining spaces will include private or communal as well as bar and lounge seating. Under the culinary expertise of Kevin Relf, WEST Kitchen & Tavern will be regionally and seasonally motivated. The Culinary Institute of America and Cornell University graduate will seek inspiration through local farmers and partners in the greater Chesapeake Region. The restaurant will be open daily, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a daily happy hour. Brunch will be served on Saturdays and Sundays. 410-263-7777.www.loewsannapolis.com.

Wine Cellars of Annapolis—To accommodate the lifestyles of busy people who can’t make it to its Saturday wine tastings, Wine Cellars of Annapolis now offers wine tastings on Sundays as well. Since November 2011, all available wines from the store’s weekly tastings are now open to taste from noon until 4:00 p.m. on Sundays as well. 410-216-9080. Winecellarsofannapolis.com.

What’s New with Services

Airport Shuttle—Booking the Airport Shuttle for transportation to Baltimore’s Penn Station, Washington’s Union Station, BWI’s Amtrak, Maryland Cruise Terminal, and Arundel Mills became even easier when the Airport Shuttle launched a new website in April 2012. The site enables individuals to make their reservations online. The Airport Shuttle offers door to door pickup and drop off. 800-776-0323www.theairportshuttle.com.

Amtrak—During its 40th anniversary year in 2011, Amtrak carried nearly 30.2 million passengers. This is the highest ridership total since the National Railroad Passenger Corporation began operating in 1971. It is also the eighth ridership record Amtrak has enjoyed over the last nine years. Factors contributing to Amtrak’s continuing success include high gasoline prices, continued growth in business travel on the high-speed Acela Express trains with free Wi-Fi service, and the increased appeal and popularity of rail travel. 1-800-872-7245www.amtrak.com.

Annapolis Boutique Spa and Salon—After seven years of operating the successful Annapolis Day Spa on West Street in Annapolis, owner Joan Courtney relocated her business to West Annapolis in February 2012. Providing the same quality service, Ms. Courtney has renamed her business the Annapolis Boutique Spa & Salon. It now operates from two separate storefronts. The Spa is located at 703 Giddings Avenue, L5, and the Salon is located just a few doors down the block at 101 Ridgley Avenue, 12A. The spa offers a variety of massage, body, facial, spray tanning, teeth whitening, and waxing services. The salon offers a variety of hair services and manicures for both men and women. Both the spa and salon are open seven days a week. 410-263-2228www.annapolisspa.com.

Annapolis Offices at Bestgate—In March 2012, Vogel Realty held a grand opening celebration for its new executive office space center at 839 Bestgate Road in Annapolis. Located in front of Nordstrom, the center provides customized, flexible office space solutions for individuals, small businesses and short-term office space needs. Its services include virtual offices, meeting rooms, private offices, and multi-office suites. 410-897-2478http://www.vogelrealty.com/commercial/bestgate-offices-annapolis/.

Anne Arundel County Harvest Guide—The Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corporation and Anne Arundel County Soil Conservation District have created a Harvest Guide to help individuals identify sources for county products and services. In addition to identifying where individuals can purchase locally grown produce, meats, and other products, the guide also identifies restaurants that use local ingredients, farm services and agencies, and area farm supply and implement dealers. Anne Arundel County has 377 farms operating on more than 29,000 acres of land. The farms produce corn, barley, wheat, soybeans, and a variety of vegetables, fruits, and meats. Many of the farms are located in South County, an area preserved for rural, residential, and agricultural uses. 410-222-7410. The online guide can be found at www.aaedc.org/initiatives.

Anne Arundel County Public Library—Play and Learn Stations will be coming to county libraries over the next few months. The first station has already been installed in the Brooklyn Park Public Library. PALS are self-contained educational computers that help kids ages two through eight prepare for school. The goal is to have two stations at each of the county’s 15 libraries. The AACPL has funding for nine stations, and it is seeking donations for 21 more. Each station teaches multiple subjects in a variety of languages to help engage young students and get them excited about life-long-learning and visiting the library. 410-222-7371www.aacpl.net.

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport—During the first quarter of 2012, 4,932,590 commercial passengers flew through BWI Airport. The passenger traffic figure is a 2.6-percent increase over the same period last year. It is also a new all-time record for a first quarter at BWI. 410-859-7111www.bwiairport.com.

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport—Charter flights to Cuba are expected to begin departing from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in fall 2012. Island Travel & Tour is booking the flights that were originally slated to begin in March 2012. In Spring 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection gave BWI the go-ahead to provide the service to Cuba. Federal restrictions still prohibit U.S. citizens from traveling to Cuba as tourists, but flights are open to academics, journalists, religious institutions, cultural groups, and other organizations that can demonstrate legitimate purposes for a visit. 410-859-7111www.bwiairport.com.

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport—German air carrier Condor Airlines is scheduled to begin offering twice-weekly, seasonal service from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport to Frankfurt in July. The third-largest German airline will be the second European carrier flying out of BWI’s International Terminal. British Airways currently offers one daily flight to London from BWI Airport. Condor’s 270-seat Boeing 767s will fly from BWI on Mondays and Thursdays from July to October. BWI will be the sixth U.S. destination for Condor and its first in the mid-Atlantic region. Condor flies to Anchorage, Fairbanks, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, and Seattle. 410-859-7111www.bwiairport.com.

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport—New improvements to BWI’s rooftop along with a few other eco-smart measures is expected to save the airport $2 million annually on energy costs. Solar panels along with upgrading light bulbs, renovating escalators and walkways, and installing reduced water bathroom fixtures are helping the airport shrink their footprint. 410-859-7111www.bwiairport.com

Hybrid Harbormaster Boats—In October 2011 Annapolis received the first of two cutting-edge propulsion systems that are designed to help save the Bay while saving the City money. Only a dozen of these hybrid diesel-electric-solar propulsion systems exist worldwide, and Annapolis was awarded grant money to purchase two of the twelve. Since January 2012, the propulsion system has been mounted on the boat the harbormaster uses to collect mooring fees and conduct water rescues as needed. The second propulsion system is being mounted on a pump-out boat that is slated for delivery by June 2012. 410-263-7973www.ci.annapolis.md.us/government/departments/HarborMaster.aspx

The Moorings—In May 2012, The Moorings opened their newest charter destination in Annapolis. They offer bareboat sailing, power and skippered charters. The Moorings is located at the Annapolis Landing Marina. The Moorings was founded in 1969 and is located in over 25 destinations throughout North America and the Globe. 800-535-7289www.moorings.com.

Port of Baltimore—A record 251,889 people sailed aboard 105 cruises from the Port of Baltimore in 2011. The total exceeds the record set in 2010 when 210,549 individuals sailed on 90 cruises.  The strong momentum is expected to continue through 2012 with 100 cruises scheduled. Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International offer year-round schedules from Baltimore. Cruises sail to the Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean, and New England/Canada. Carnival signed a five-year extension in 2011 to continue offering year-round cruises from Baltimore.  Royal Caribbean has committed to sailing from Baltimore through October 2013. Cruising from the Port of Baltimore generates about $90 million annually for the State of Maryland. 410-385-4483www.mpa.maryland.gov.

State Highway Administration—Individuals who like to walk around Annapolis will be able to get around more easily thanks to a new project from the State Highway Administration. The SHA will be expanding sidewalks on West Street to bring them up to American with Disabilities standards. http://sha.md.gov.

Towne Park Parking Garages—Individuals who park in the City of Annapolis’s four downtown parking garages don’t need to have cash on hand to do so. Since March 2012, Towne Park-operated garages have been accepting credit cards at the following garages: Noah Hillman at 150 Gorman Street; Gott’s Court at 25 Northwest Street; Knighton at 1A Colonial Avenue; and Park Place at 5 Park Place. 410-267-6111www.townepark.com.

Veteran’s Center—Since September 2011, the Annapolis Vet Center has been operating from a new location at 100 Annapolis Street, Suite 102, in West Annapolis. Large windows, bright colors, aromatherapy, and plants welcome visitors to the spacious new center that is twice the size of the former offices. The Veterans Administration assists vets and their families who need medical care, housing benefits, and counseling. 410-605-7826http://bit.ly/K7VoAY

Westfield Annapolis—Busy parents who wish to shop solo can take advantage of free childcare services at Westfield Annapolis. Launched in November 2011, Westfield Family KidCare is offered in the Pottery Barn Court next to PlayTown. Children ages three to nine are welcome with a maximum of 15 children at a time for up to two hours each. All spots are first-come first-served. Children activities include an iPad station, puppet shows, movie nights, and birthday clubs. Child care professionals are courtesy of KidsCourt LLC. They are fully trained in CPR. 410-266-5432.www.westfield.com/annapolis.

What’s New with Accommodations

Hampton Inn and Suites Annapolis—Hampton Inn and Suites Annapolis introduced its newly renovated “Perfect Mix Lobby” in May 2012. The specially designed contemporary lobby features a 55” flat screen TV that encourages guests to mingle in a lobby designed for comfort any time of day. Early risers are invited to enjoy a complimentary full hot breakfast buffet in the newly designed breakfast area. A separate hot beverage area is now available 24 hours a day. The hotel’s new fitness center with its state-of-the-art cardio equipment makes it easy for guests to stay in shape while they are staying in touch with the office via the property’s new business center. 410-571-0200www.annapolissuites.hamptoninn.com.

Holiday Inn Express BWI West—Property owners celebrated completion of a $3-million renovation with an open house in May 2012. The renovation revamped guest rooms with new carpeting, furniture, décor, draperies, and wall vinyl. Suites have been upgraded to include garden tubs, corner showers, wet bars, separate living rooms, and two flat screen TVs. Mini-suites now include wet bars. The outdoor pool was redone and brought up to Americans with Disabilities standards. The hotel boasts new public bathrooms as well as new and modern front desk, lobby, and breakfast areas. In addition to putting travelers close to the airport, the hotel provides guests with endless opportunities for exploring downtown Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. 410-684-3388www.hiexpress.com/bal-bwiaptw.

Loews Annapolis Hotel—The new WEST Kitchen & Tavern is slated to open at the Loews Annapolis Hotel in mid-June 2012. The restaurant will feature a hearth oven, fresh herb garden, plentiful raw bar, open expo kitchen, and chef’s table for group dining experiences. Flexible indoor and outdoor dining spaces will include private or communal as well as bar and lounge seating. Under the culinary expertise of Kevin Relf, WEST Kitchen & Tavern will be regionally and seasonally motivated. The Culinary Institute of America and Cornell University graduate will seek his inspiration through local farmers and partners in the greater Chesapeake Region. The restaurant will be open daily, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a daily happy hour and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Part of a multi-million dollar refresh to the hotel, WEST Kitchen & Tavern is complemented by a contemporary upgrade to the lobby. By mid-June, pods will have replaced the traditional front desk for seamless check-in. 410-263-7777.www.loewsannapolis.com.

What’s New in Retail

Alpaca International—Alpaca bumped its number of stores to five when it added a Juneau, Alaska shop to its mix in May 2012. The expansion takes Alpaca’s unique shawls, capes, coats, and sweaters across the country. Alpaca’s garments can be found in Annapolis, MD; Washington D.C.; Park City, UT; Juneau, Alaska; and Cusco, Peru. 410-216-9898www.thegoldoftheandes.com.

Annapolis Pottery—Pottery lovers can now find locally made, handcrafted pottery at Westfield Annapolis. After 43 years of creating and selling pottery at their State Circle store in downtown Annapolis, Annapolis Pottery owners, Melanie and Patrick Murphy opened their second store at Westfield Annapolis in April 2012. Plans for a grand opening event are still underway. 410-268-6153www.annapolispottery.com.

Arundel Mills—Coach Men’s Factory and Kay Jewelers Outlet are scheduled to open in April 2012. These new additions as well as Maryland Live! Casino provides more local entertainment and shopping options at the number one tourist destination in Maryland. The Arundel Mills Commercial District attracts more than 14 million visitors per year.410-540-5100www.arundelmills.com.

Hobo—The country’s premier fun and funky accessories brand opened its flagship store at 194 Green Street in Annapolis with a ribbon cutting in April 2012. Founded in 1991, the family-owned, Annapolis-based company has showrooms in New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. The Green Street location in the heart of Annapolis’s Historic District is the company’s first retail space. The two-floor store creates an intimate shopping experience representing the Hobo culture and brand. The brand is currently wholesaled to more than 3000 stores across the country. Hobo leather handbags, wallets, and accessories are available throughout the United States at premier specialty stores and department stores including Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Lord and Taylor. 410-263-6045www.hobobags.com.

Lou Lou—A fashionista’s delight, Lou Lou’s opened in the former Paradigm space on Main Street in March 2012. Featuring accessories of all kinds – from bracelets, necklaces, and earrings, to purses, sandals, candles and more – the store satisfies fashion cravings without breaking the bank. 410-626-0809www.loulouboutiques.com.

The Marina—Mark’s Marina has a new owner and a new name. Annapolis Inflatables’ owner Boyd Tomkies purchased the South River site and reopened it as The Marina in February. The Marina offers 36 deep water slips for lease on an annual or monthly basis. It is adjacent to the Route 2 South River Bridge. By boat, it is five miles from the Chesapeake Bay. By car, it is three miles from Route 50 and Highway 97. 410-212-3214www.marinaOTSR.com.

Maryland Table—Focused on conveniently bringing local food to your home, Maryland Table recently launched a new, user-friendly, website making it even easier to bring local, sustainable, and organic food to your table. Place online orders and see what is fresh at the market. 443- 377-3663www.marylandtable.com.

Michael Kors—Westfield Annapolis welcomed the Michael Kors store in December 2011. It is located at 2002 Annapolis Mall. Find the latest in luxury sportswear for women and men, as well as fabulous accessories including handbags, footwear, watches, eyewear, and fragrances. 410-224-0594www.michaelkors.com.

Roundz Gourmet Market and Catering—Located in Hopkins Place at 2299 Johns Hopkins in Gambrills, Roundz Gourmet Market held its grand opening in November 2011. Owned by award-winning Chef Zachary Pope, Roundz Gourmet Market offers carry-out gourmet meals, an eat-in cafe, full-service catering, cooking classes, specialty food items, and hard-to-find kitchenware. 443-292-4631www.roundz.com.

Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom—Opened at 180 Main Street in Annapolis in May 2012, Season’s Olive Oil and Taproom offers a wide variety of ultra-premium and infused extra virgin olive oils and premium balsamic vinegars. Customers learn about the world of premium olive oil and vinegars while tasting what they like in a self-serve interactive format. The store’s range of oils and vinegars spans the globe. Seasons’ product line includes more than 50 olive oils and balsamic vinegars as well as a selection of natural and infused sea salts and locally produced artisanal cheeses. Their focus is on quality, education, and healthy eating. Customers enjoy the store’s custom chocolate bar that features handmade artisan chocolates by pastry Chef Alan Pitotti, formerly of Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia. 410-280-1505.www.seasonstaproom.com.

Sperry Top-Sider—The inventor of the world’s first boat shoe, Sperry Top-Sider, held a grand opening of its 36 Market Place store in downtown Annapolis in October 2011. The 1,675 square foot store sells performance and lifestyle footwear, nautical apparel, and accessories. 410-216-9181www.sperrytopsider.com.

Sweet Hearts Patisserie—Opened at Clock Tower Place in March 2012, Sweet Hearts is a French-style patisserie, specializing in the delicate and delicious art of petit fours and handmade pastries. Originally started from her home in Northern Virginia, owner and pastry chef Kristen D’Angelo developed a following for Sweet Hearts Patisserie by selling her goods at farmer’s markets and through her website. Her store also features fresh croissants, cakes, éclairs, cupcakes, cake pops, pudding, cookies, and bread as well as coffee, tea, and espresso drinks. Kristen studied Pastry Arts at the Napa Valley campus of the renowned Culinary Institute of America. Her bakery specializes in wedding and event catering, 410-263-6513www.sweetheartspatisserie.com.

Tyler Böe—May 2012 marked the opening of a new Tyler Böe boutique at 30 Market Space in Annapolis. The design clothing store houses a collection of sportswear for today’s modern women. Their trademark logo, the dragonfly, is woven into each piece of the collection. 410-990-0010www.tylerboe.com.

Whole Foods—In March 2012, Whole Foods Market of Annapolis began offering full-service catering at its Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole store. Located at 200 Harker Place, the Whole Foods Market is the first in the Mid-Atlantic region to debut full-service catering. In the past, the store has created cakes and special dishes for weddings and business gatherings. Now it serves as a one-stop event planning shop by providing the flowers, china, glassware, cutlery, linens, tables and chairs, too. 410-562-7993http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/annapolis/.

Wild Bird Center—The Wild Bird Center store is now under new ownership at a new location. Julie Curd has been operating her business at 1410 Forest Drive, suite 11 at Clock Tower Place in Annapolis since October 2011. The shop offers a wide range of nature-related products, including premium quality bird seed, bird feeders and houses, optics, wind chimes, bird baths, and a distinctive variety of gifts for customers who want to be more connected with nature and their environment. (410) 280-1545www.wildbird.com/franchisee/anp.

New Kudos

City Dock—The Express has named Annapolis’s City Dock a Best of D.C. Life 2011 attraction. The Washington Post’s news, entertainment, arts, and lifestyle magazine wrote, “It’s rare to find a place where past and present coexist as peacefully as City Dock, the hub of Annapolis’s historic district.” Annapolis’s City Dock was in good company, ranking along with the National Gallery of Art, D.C.’s Newseum, and the Turkish Embassy.

Patuxent National Wildlife Visitors Center—Maryland Life Magazine included the Patuxent Wildlife Center in its Free State’s Finest list from across the state. The tally included results of a poll the magazine conducted in the fall of 2011. It asked readers to vote on their favorite things around Maryland in several categories. Patuxent placed first for Family Fun in the Capital Region. http://www.fws.gov/northeast/patuxent.

Rams Head on Stage—At the close of 2011, Pollstar ranked Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis the Number One Club in the World with 500 Seats or Less in its Top 100 Club Venues list. Rams Head on Stage ranked 24th in the nation overall. The performance venue sold 91,709 tickets in 2011, a five-percent increase over the 87,120 tickets sold in 2010. It shares the limelight with other Top 25 big names including The Pageant in St. Louis and the acclaimed Starland Ballroom. With a seating capacity of 308, Rams Head On Stage could be called the “Little Stage That Could.” It stands as a testament to live music’s ability to unite artists and fans in a unique and moving experience. 410-268-4545.www.ramsheadonstage.com.

St. John’s College—The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College in Annapolis has received the highest national recognition for a museum — accreditation from the American Association of Museums. Awarded in March 2012, the accreditation signifies that the Mitchell Gallery has met and/or exceeded the standards and best practices in the museum field. Of the nation’s estimated 17,500 museums, 779 are currently accredited. The Mitchell Gallery is one of only 15 museums accredited in Maryland. It has been part of the Annapolis community since 1989.

Wine Cellars of Annapolis—Wine Cellars of Annapolis captured the title Best Wine Store in the Capital newspaper’s 2012 Readers Choice Awards. Readers named Grapes Wine Bar Best Wine Bar. 410-216-9080. Winecellarsofannapolis.com.

Significant Anniversaries

Annapolis Book Festival—The Annapolis Book Festival at the Key School celebrated its 10th anniversary in April 2012. This year’s festival featured 45 authors including nationally renowned authors Daniel H. Pink, Evan Thomas, Kathryn Erskine, Iris Krasnow, Bing West and Tupelo Hassman. Nearly 2,000 used books are sold each year in addition to a host of new ones. Between 2,000 and 3,000 individuals attend the event each year. 410-263-9231.www.keyschool.org/annapolisbookfestival.

Annapolis Opera—2012 marks the company’s 40th Anniversary, the 30th Anniversary of Artistic Director Ronald J. Gretz’s tenure with the Opera, and the 25th Anniversary of the organization’s Vocal Competition. 410-267-8135.http://www.annapolisopera.org/.

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra—The 2011-2012 season marks the 50th anniversary for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO). To celebrate, the ASO is performing concerts that highlight the past, present, and future of the organization. The season concluded with a gala anniversary weekend of concerts featuring pianist Rachel Franklin at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on May 4 and world-renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves on May 6. 410-269-1132www.annapolissymphony.org.

Anne Arundel County Fair—September 2012 marks the 60th anniversary for the Anne Arundel County Fair. The first fair was held at the old Labrot Race Track near Sandy Point. The Fair moved to its current location on the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville in 1984. The original Fair motto still stands – Come to the Fair! 410-923-3400.www.aacountyfair.org.

Anne Arundel County Historical Society—This year the AACHS is celebrating 50 years of providing leadership to Anne Arundel County residents and the general public in the preservation and exploration of their shared history. It does this through educational initiatives involving the Benson-Hammond House, the Kuethe Library and its collections, and by collecting, preserving, researching, publishing, and interpreting artifacts that document the County’s history.www.aachs.org.

Harbor Queen—Watermark kicked off a yearlong celebration commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Harbor Queen with festivities at City Dock in May 2012. The Harbor Queen has been providing 40-minute narrated tours of the Annapolis Harbor for generations of families since 1972. 410-268-7601www.watermarkjourney.com.

Historic Annapolis, Inc.—Plant sales, a lecture series, and a masquerade ball are among the many events and activities Historic Annapolis will be using to celebrate its 60th anniversary throughout 2012. Established in 1952, the organization grew out of a grassroots effort to preserve the city’s architectural legacy. It has been instrumental in saving nearly 400 historic buildings in the heart of the city. 410-267-7619http://www.annapolis.org/.

Inn at Horn Point—Located at 100 Chesapeake Ave in Eastport, the Inn at Horn Point is celebrating the 110th anniversary of its building as well as the tenth anniversary of its bed and breakfast in 2012. Throughout the year, the inn is combining the two anniversaries to come up with a special rate of $120 per night plus tax for up to three guest rooms per night Monday through Thursday with a two night minimum stay. Up to two guest rooms per night will be available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with a three night minimum stay. The property charged $120 per night per room during its opening year. Blackout dates apply. 410-268-1126www.innathornpoint.com.

Leukemia Cup—The Maryland Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will present its 20th annual Annapolis Leukemia Cup Launch Party and Regatta on Friday and Saturday, June 1-2, at the Annapolis Yacht Club. The Annapolis Leukemia Cup Regatta combines the exhilaration of competitive sailing with the important task of raising money to fight blood cancers. The Summer Gala and Auction takes place at the Annapolis Yacht Club on June 1 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The Leukemia Regatta takes place on June 2, with races starting at 11:00 and the Post Race Party beginning at 4:00 at the Eastport Yacht Club.  All events are open to the public. 443-471-1608.www.leukemiacupmd.org.

Little Treasury Jewelers—Established in 2001 at its present location in the Village at Waugh Chapel in Gambrills, Little Treasury Jewelers celebrated its Tenth anniversary in fall 2011. The store is an authorized dealer for 20 watch brands and carries one of the most distinctive selections of luxury timepieces in the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to jewelry and watches, the store houses a complete jewelry repair shop with two master jewelers and an in-house watch repair center. 410-721-7100www.littletreasury.com.

Luna Blu Restaurant—The intimate Italian restaurant on West Street in historic downtown Annapolis celebrated its tenth anniversary in December 2011. Luna Blu offers authentic Italian cuisine in a cozy atmosphere. 410-267-9950.www.lunabluofannapolis.com.

Maryland Seafood Festival—This tasty and entertaining Annapolis tradition will celebrate its 45th anniversary in September 2012. Anchoring the festival is the Crab Soup Cook-off. It brings together the City’s best restaurateurs and chefs in a classic Maryland showdown. Some 20,000 seafood lovers are expected to attend this year’s event. 410-268-1437www.mdseafoodfestival.com.

Penn Station—Baltimore’s Penn Station is 100 years old. It is the eighth busiest train station in Amtrak’s national route system with more than two million passengers annually traveling along the Northeast Corridor or commuting to and from work throughout the Washington/Baltimore area. The integral travel hub along the Northeast Corridor services 85 Amtrak and 56 MARC commuter trains daily. 410-291-4262www.greatamericanstations.com/Stations/BAL.

Rams Head Shore House—In October 2011, Rams Head Shore House in Stevensville celebrated its fifth anniversary. Owners Kyle Muehlhauser and Erin McNaboe purchased the previously named Island Inn from the Rosenberry family in October of 2006.  Over the course of 5 years the business has continued to evolve. Open 365 days a year, the business serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. 410-643-2466http://www.ramsheadtavern.com/shorehouse.htm.

St. John’s vs. U.S. Naval Academy Croquet Match—The family-friendly, rite of spring that pits the Johnnies and the Mids in the quest for the coveted Annapolis Cup celebrated its 30th anniversary in April 2012. This year marked the 25th victory for the Johnnies over the Mids (total wins: St. John’s: 25, Navy: 5). 410-626-2539.www.stjohnscollege.edu/events/AN/croquet.shtml.

St. John’s College—St. John’s College is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its “New Program” this year. The “New Program” is the school’s all-required curriculum that centers on reading and discussing the great works of Western civilization. While the “New Program” was instituted in 1937, St. John’s traces its origins to 1696, when it opened as King William’s School. What was then called a free school would today be called a grammar or prep school. King William’s School became St. John’s College in 1784 when St. John’s was chartered by the State of Maryland. For the next 150 years, the school had educational and financial highs and lows until the 1929 stock market crash threatened to close the college for good. In 1937, in an eleventh-hour effort to save St. John’s, the college’s board hired Stringfellow Barr and Scott Buchanan, two academics with revolutionary educational ideas, to completely revamp the curriculum, and the pair implemented the “New Program.” Seventy-five years later, the “New Program” still thrives, as does St. John’s College, known as one of the country’s most intellectual colleges. 410-263-2371www.stjohnscollege.edu.

Watermark—Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2012, Watermark immerses people in the history, culture and fun of the Chesapeake area through its land and water tours, charters, and cruises. The Annapolis-based, locally owned and operated business has been creating authentic experiences since 1972. Watermark sub-brands include Annapolis Tours® by Watermark®, offering the original Annapolis colonial tours; and Cruises on the Bay™ by Watermark®, providing an easy way to have fun on the water. Yacht Charters on the Bay™ by Watermark® and Wedding on the Bay™ by Watermark® offer stellar yacht-based events. Destination Education™ by Watermark®, gives teachers an engaging way to immerse students in history. 410-268-7601www.watermarkjourney.com.

Wine Cellars of Annapolis—2012 is the tenth anniversary year for Wine Cellars of Annapolis. Located at 1410 Forest Drive at Clock Tower Place, the store offers wine tastings, guest lecturers, and club activities. 410-216-9080.www.winecellarsofannapolis.com.

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