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Watching the Blue Angels isn't the only way to watch and learn about airplanes. These museums and air shows will keep your plane-loving kids happy all summer!

These women business leaders are on their game, paving the way for more women entrepreneurs.


Stay Inspired

These four adventures are perfect for a quick trip for moms and daughters to test the post-pandemic travel waters.

30/ THE ANNAPOLIS MURAL SCENE Gorgeous and poignant mu rals are popping up around Annapolis. Learn about their history and where to see the amazing art.

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DEPARTMENTS New & Notable 07 / Summer Field Guide 08 / Cecily Cicada 09 / Flowers for Mom 10 / Maryland Kid: Amir Whitehead

05 / PUBLISHER'S LETTER Thanks, Ladies!

2 4 / T H I N G S T O D O I N M AY

Things to do for grown-ups, kids and families in May.

11 / Park Spotlight: Beverly Triton Beach

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Exciting things are happening in 2021! Vol. 31 No. 6 PUBLISHER Donna Jefferson ext. 212 EDITOR Ann Levelle ext 200 ASSOCIATE EDITOR Joyce Heid CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jillian Amodio, Katie Riley, Ali Smith, Dylan Roche and Kelsey Casselbury ART DIRECTOR Jenny Patrick C. ext. 202 AD DESIGN Jessica Kannegieser EVENTS AND ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER Claire Darcy ext. 204 ADVERTISING Linda Benkhadra 240-277-4215 Jen Jeffries ext. 226


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have been very fortunate over the course of my career to have been mentored by some incredible women. They were generous with their time and patient with their instructions. No matter what line of work you’re in, I encourage all women to find a mentor or two, invest in continuous learning, and build a tribe of other women who you can reach out to when you need additional support and counsel. This month Chesapeake Family Life is dedicated to hard working women and moms who have been especially challenged over the past 14 months. According to Pew Research in a survey done in October 2020, teleworking moms were more than twice as likely than fathers to say that they had a lot of the childcare responsibilities. No surprise that it’s very hard to work and take care of kids at the same time, but in true fashion, women have figured out how to do it all. In celebration of women in business—some moms, some not—Chesapeake Family Life is co-

sponsoring WELead, a virtual event on May 7, in which women will learn from other women, with a focus on Leadership, Engagement, Action and Delivery. Ahead of this event, we’re sharing the stories on Page 12 of seven women—a mix of entrepreneurs and business owners to learn their secrets for success. To celebrate moms, we have some fun ideas for Mother’s Day flowers—reminding family members that there’s more to flowers than a bouquet of roses (see page 9). And on page 16 we head out on four mother/daughter getaways that aren’t too far from home and a great first foray back into safely traveling. Cheers, and thank you to all women who help make Chesapeake Family Life successful!

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Summer Field Guide

Get ready to explore the great outdoors this summer with our brand new Field Guide!


e’ve got a brand new way to explore the outdoors with your kids—the Chesapeake Family Life Field Guide! As a companion to our 100 Days of Summer campaign, the field guide will give you and your young explorers inspiration to get outside and explore parks, the Chesapeake Bay, farms, beaches, and nature centers, and do a little learning along the way. We’ll explore maritime museums, fossil hunting, birdwatching, waterfalls, fishing and crabbing, airplanes, stargazing, the art around us, farm experiences and a whole lot

more. And with each week’s theme, kids can engage in an activity related to what they’ve learned about. From drawing pictures to an engineering challenge, scavenger hunts and trivia quizzes, your kids will take summer fun to the next level. As kids complete challenges, there will be opportunities to submit their creations to win great prizes from local sponsors! You can get your Summer Field Guide at for $9.99, or become a Chesapeake Family Insider ($25 for a year subscription) and receive the book for free.

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An endearing book that helps kids understand the cicadas that are coming


he 17-year brood X cicadas are on their way, expected to crawl out from the ground starting in mid-May, after which they’ll shed their skins and begin their cacophony of chirping through mid-June. As the cicadas emerge from their underground lairs, kids (especially young kids) are bound to be a bit concerned, as the bugs with big red eyes will be seemingly everywhere and this year’s Great Northern Brood is expected to be one of the largest batches of cicadas this region has seen. So, what do you do when you have a little one who is terrified of bugs? Well, for Annapolis grandmother Patsy Helmetag, you write a book! When the last big brood of cicadas invaded Maryland in 2004, Helmetag teamed up with her daughter Kita Helmetag Murdock to write a book to assuage her then two-year-old granddaughter Evie’s fears of the bugs. Patsy and Kita came up with the idea for “Cecily Cicada” on a road trip, and soon self-published the book, selling some 7,000 copies in the D.C. region that year. The duo created the sweet tale of Cecily Cicada, which takes readers through Cecily’s life—her 17 years

underground, digging her way to the surface, shedding her skin and embracing life above ground. Patsy also illustrated the book, bringing Cecily to life with fun drawings of her days underground and discovery of the outside world. Cecily’s endearing tale indeed helped Evie conquer her fear of bugs that year. At the time, says Patsy, “My daughter was going to grad school, and I remember taking Evie every week to her preschool. There were maybe eight kids in this little private group, and they were walking around catching cicadas and carrying them on their fingers. We'd walk through the playgrounds and all the kids were carrying our book. It was so fun.” In anticipation of the cicadas’ return, Patsy updated the book and rereleased it on Amazon. In the updated book, Patsy added a photo of Evie (now 19) then and now, an apt accompaniment to the last page of the book, which reads, “When you see a cicada please give her a smile, ‘Cause you may not see one again for a while. Just look at the grown-up who’s reading to you; When the cicadas come back, you’ll be grown up too!” —Ann Levelle

In the Eye of the Beholder

Go beyond the bouquet for Mother's Day


uring my childhood, the flower that my mother cherished most was the humble dandelion. She loved the simplicity of this fragrant yellow yard flower and when spotted in the green grass, she would say they were growing just for her. My siblings and I loved to pick them by the handful and give them to her. She loved the thought behind this simple gesture and we loved the feeling of giving her “beautiful” flowers. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say, and to this day, my mother will lovingly care for a handful of dandelions just as she would an expensive bouquet of roses. Now that I’m a mother myself, I also cherish hand picked flowers—my kids choose daffodils over dandelions, but the sentiment is lovingly the same. I love being the recipient of all kinds of flowers, especially on Mother’s Day, whether they are hand picked from the yard or come from a fancy florist. This Mother’s Day, celebrate your Mom with her favorite flower, whether it’s a potted plant, flowering shrub, or even handpicked yard flowers. No matter the flower, all undoubtedly come with that wonderful sweet sentiment of ‘I love you, Mom!”

then water once, and wait for spring to arrive to watch them blossom.

Flowery Gardens

Does your mom love working in the garden? Flowering shrubs not only add gorgeous color to the landscape but also attract pollinators like bees. It’s a win-win to have flowering shrubs like azaleas and lilac bushes for their color and scent, plus their attractiveness to pollinators. If larger plants like these won’t fit into your yard, grab a seed packet of morning glories or wildflowers to spread over soft soil, water gently, and watch as they bloom!

Got Allergies?

Can’t bring a flower bouquet into the house because of pollen? Try adopting a spider plant! This potted plant is one of the most adaptable house plants and requires little maintenance. Plus, it provides the benefits of greenery inside your home.

Don’t Throw This Bouquet!

Local florists have a wide variety of options for

new & notable beautiful arrangements of all types of flowers. Many use seasonal flowers and greenery, and even big online retailers like use local florists to deliver that special bouquet. Options abound with baskets, vases, or potted selections, as well as a range of price. As a personal aside: I called a local florist to send flowers to my mother during a stay in the hospital, gave them a price range and the creativity to create a bouquet. It turned out to be exceptionally beautiful and not only brightened the hospital room, but also the smile on my mother’s face.

Blooming Trees

When I was 6 years old, my parents took me and my siblings to a sunrise morning view of the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. Years later, I revealed that what I remembered was not the sunrise nor the Tidal Basin surrounded by thousands of cherry blossom trees in bloom, it was the fact that we went to McDonald’s for breakfast. The good news is, now that I am grown I do have an appreciation for beauty like that. If you’re looking for a flowering tree, cherry blossoms, magnolias and dogwoods do well in Maryland soil. Once planted properly, they require little care. roots as well as their branches. Maybe my mother would like a cherry blossom tree for Mother’s Day this year in addition to an apology?

Picking Yard Flowers

This requires a bit of preplanning, but beautiful yard flowers like daffodils and tulips are perennials and will come back every year. You can purchase the bulbs and plant them in the fall. The suggested temperature is 60 degrees or less which here in Maryland usually is in the months of September or October. Plant the bulbs with their pointy ends up about 4 inches deep and 4–5 inches apart, M AY 2021



new & notable CFL: What are your favorite and least favorite things about fencing? Amir: My favorite thing is learning all the different moves that I can do in fencing and creating moves. I don’t have a least favorite thing, but I wish that more colleges had fencing programs. CFL: What advice do you have for other kids who haven’t quite found what they are passionate about yet? Amir: I would suggest that they look around and try all new things. They should not limit themselves to one thing but instead find something that they are passionate about and stick with it. CFL: What are four things your friends would say you are really good at? Amir: Fencing, helping others, making people laugh, and getting my work done.

Meet Maryland Kid Amir Elisha Whitehead Future D1 Foil Fencer & Stockbroker


mir Elisha Whitehead is a fencer, future stockbroker and class of 2021 graduate of the Gilman School. This Maryland Kid is an impressive young man who by 8th grade had already traveled to Mexico and Guatemala to compete in fencing. Amir is currently a three-time Junior Olympian, having qualified twice for the Summer Nationals, and is ranked in the top 25 fencers on the East Coast. Amir recently got into his top choice school, Lafayette College, and will be fencing for the D1 school. This is no small feat—there are only 21 colleges that have fencing teams in the U.S. With only 12 to 14 fencers per team, saying the competition is tough is an understatement.



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We got to ask Amir a few questions to find out where his dedication to fencing came from and what advice he has for others who want to find a passion to pursue. CFL: How long have you been fencing? Amir: I first started about 10 years ago, but I began fencing competitively about 4 years ago. CFL: What inspired you to start fencing? Amir: My dad did. He used to be an actor, and in many of his plays, they would use sword fighting. He also said that he had watched fencing on television and he was always interested in the sport. When I was younger, I played baseball, but I decided to quit when I was 8. My dad suggested that I fence, so I tried it out.

CFL: What are your plans and goals for the future? Amir: I am going to Lafayette College in Pennsylvania in the fall. I plan on studying economics and Spanish, and I want to become a stockbroker. CFL: If you could meet one famous person, who would it be and why? Amir: I would like to meet Warren Buffet. He is one of the, if not the greatest, stockbroker of all time. He is smart, and he made a lot of money doing what he does. I would love to get advice from him on how to start my journey and how to rise to the level that he is on. CFL: What are you most thankful for? Amir: I am most thankful for my parents. They have worked so hard to give me these opportunities that I have, and there is no way for me to repay them. Without them, I would not be the person I am today. CFL: What is your favorite thing about Maryland? Amir: My favorite thing is the food. I really like the seafood here. The crabcakes are the best in America. I cannot find this highlevel seafood anywhere else. Do you know a Maryland Kid? Email! —Jenny Cardoza

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Beverly Triton


Park Spotlight

f you enjoy walking along sandy Bay beaches, or through a forest surrounding a pond, Beverly Triton Nature Park in Edgewater has it all. Fair warning, other than porta-potties near the parking area, there are no facilities. But dogs on a leash are welcome and kids are free to run and run and explore. During the week, the park is rarely crowded. On summer weekends, however, it can reach capacity. There are no amenities, so bring your own water and snacks. A towel is probably a good idea, too. Take a look at the big map posted just inside the fence so that you can get your bearings before you head out. If you like walking on the beach, head to the left on the gravel road. There is even a toy box just before you step on the nice sandy beach. There are no lifeguards and no swimming is allowed.

Beach Walk

To continue on the beach you’ll have to take a little detour in the woods and then walk down to the water. Keep walking down the beach and depending on the time of the year, you might see horseshoe crabs, lots of nesting

osprey, eagles and herons. You’ll notice driftwood, and lots of it. Toward the end of the beach trail, industrious visitors have stacked up pieces of wood to make huts and sculptures.

Hike the Pond Trail

From the parking lot, head on the main path, then turn right onto the Pond Trail, which meanders for almost 2 miles around the aptly named Deep Pond. The woods are beautiful and host to all sorts of birds and critters. Twice I’ve had an eagle fly over my head clutching a fish for its dinner. This trail is NOT stroller-friendly. But it is lots of fun for kids as they hop over logs and balance across narrow wooden bridges put down over marshy areas. The Pond Trail loops around and hooks back onto the Heritage and Beach trails. Combining a stroll down the beach and around Deep Pond is about 4.25 miles. Alternatively it’s easy to just walk down the beach and then back along the Heritage Trail for a hike that is around 1.5 miles. Other amenities include a cartop kayak/canoe launch, picnic tables, and several fishing spots. —Donna Jefferson




Trail System Heritage Trail: 1.25 miles. This trail travels from forest to beach to pond and spans the length of the park.

Trail Entrance

Beach Trail: .34 miles. A short trail with several benches over looking the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.


Trident Trail: .55 miles. A flat, easy hike from parking lot to bay and back. Pond Trail: 1.87 miles. This trail travels the perimeter of deep pond, with view of a tidal wetland. Slightly hilly. Right Turn

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Service Road: Used for access to various sections of the park.


Lead On Inspiring Women in Business By Ann Levelle


omen in business have endured quite a lot this past year, including layoffs, losses, starting businesses in 2020, and general pivoting. But if there’s anything that’s proved women’s resiliency, it’s been a pandemic. Ahead of our WeLead (Women Empowered. Learn. Engage. take Action. Deliver.) event on May 7, we highlighted seven local businesswomen from a variety of business avenues. These women are a mix of entrepreneurs, educators, and businesswomen who are all determined to make the world a better place. Whether a boots on the ground an educator, helping those in the community, starting businesses or offering support to others, these women have worked hard to earn the respect of their peers and the community, all the while striving to do more. These women have different specialties, but know that failure is a prerequisite for success. As Octavia Brown told me, when describing the thriving mental health practice that she opened in 2020, “You might think UIMH was an overnight success, but it was 12 years in the making,” adding, “Don’t rush the process. As the saying goes, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day.’ ” Perhaps these women will inspire you to take on a new venture, add to your business, or even want to switch careers. If so, remember to use other women as resources. Look for a business association or organization in your field; they are immensely helpful resources that pertain directly to your business. And don’t forget to lift up other women in the process; we’re all counting on one another to succeed.



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Bunmi Emenanjo Founder/CEO of Atlas Book Club

Bunmi Emenanjo is a mom of three living in Davidsonville. In 2019, the ethics attorney started Atlas Book Club, a monthly subscription box for kids to learn about different world cultures. The book club allows kids to “travel” to a different country every month, with carefully curated content—including books, a fun-fact card, postcard, map, and relevant souvenir—to help them learn about cultures around the world. Emenanjo started the book club at home with her family as a way to expose her Nigerian-American children to their African heritage. But it soon grew beyond her own home. “I witnessed how my children, and others who participated in the book club, connected with the different cultures through the selected books,” she says. “I became even more passionate about sharing this transformative experience with kids nationwide.” Two years in, Atlas kids members have been exposed to some 20 cultures from around the world through ageappropriate books and activities and as Emenanjo says, “I am on a mission to expose kids to as many world cultures as possible through books!”

Octavia Brown, LCSW-C

Founder and lead clinician, Urban Institute of Mental Health (UIMH);

Mary Ostrowski

Educator, author, owner of Weems Creek Nursery School

Mary Ostrowski is an Annapolis native with a passion for educating children. After working as a practicing accountant, Mary turned her focus to education both in the U.S. and Central America. After years of working as an elementary school principal and then Head of School at an international-style school in Panama, and working on educational consultancy programs here in the U.S., Ostrowski purchased Weems Creek Nursery School in 2018. Her passion for teaching kids also includes keeping their creativity flowing, which led her to create “Drip, Drop and Drizzle,” a journal aimed at 8- to 12-year olds that inspires kids to imagine, draw and write. She also founded The Drizzle Effect, an education consulting business aimed at building kids’ confidence through literacy and the arts. Ostrowski is also involved with local nonprofits, including Creating Communities, which offers Life Skills Through the Arts programs to students from low-income households.

Octavia Brown opened the Urban Institute of Mental Health in September 2020. In less than a year UIMH has grown to a team of seven therapists serving some 130 patients. Brown is specifically trained in working in urban communities and has extensive experience working in racial trauma therapy. UIMH’s mission is to “to provide effective, culturally competent, and trauma-informed mental health services.” UIMH therapists are trained in a wide variety of treatments, modalities and interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, play therapy, and behavioral modification, and all of them have experience working with the Black and Brown community. “UIMH is a trauma informed mental health practice,” says Brown. “Our belief is that everything begins with trauma. It could be a traumatic incident, anything that can bring a mental health problem to light.” Before opening UIMH, Brown served the Annapolis community advocating for urban communities, and by implementing new and progressive policies to help dismantle the system of racism.

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Jo Ann Mattson

Executive Director of The Light House Jo Ann Mattson is the Executive Director of the Light House, a homeless prevention support center in Annapolis that provides housing, food, clothing, job support, and other services to those in need. Mattson, a longtime Annapolis resident, has been a supporter and volunteer with the Light House for many years, and was the Director of Development and Communications before assuming the role of Executive Director. She also has more than 15 years of experience working in nonprofit fundraising and development.

Jing Dai

2020-2021 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Teacher of the Year

Jing Dai is a nine-year veteran teacher with AACPS, currently teaching Chinese at Meade High School. She is also the school district’s IB teacher leader, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Chinese Language Teachers Association. According to Meade High Principal Dr. Frederick Rivers, “Walking into her classroom is like walking into an educational adventure where no two days are ever the same.”


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Winsome Brown

Lean on Dee Senior Care Advocates

Winsome Brown is the co-founder of Lean On Dee Senior Care Advocates. Brown is an accountant by trade, but is also a certified dementia life coach, senior advisor, and holds certifications from the University of Michigan Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice. Lean on Dee, which launched in 2020, works with both dementia patients and their family and caregivers to help them understand dementia. Brown teaches family members and caregivers how to understand what life is like for a dementia patient and how to care for them. The program also cares for dementia patients with at-home cognitive stimulation. After struggling to find engaging care and activities for her mother, who had recently been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Brown partnered with her sister Danielle Brown and cousin Lisa McDonald (an RN and social worker, respectively) to help bring stimulating and engaging programs to patients. “We’re normally there twice a week for an hour to hour-and-a-half,” Brown says, when they connect with patients, keeping the minds active through conversation and engaging activities. Brown and her partners are also working toward becoming a residential service agency, which will allow them to provide skilled nursing care in the home.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, moving your way up the corporate ladder, or a mom ready to jump into a new career, there’s something we all need: support. Fortunately, there are dozens of great organizations ready to help you find the resources you need to succeed—from business development to finances, grant programs and continuing education courses. Here are 5 places to start looking for whatever help you need to keep your business grow. Maryland Business Express Maryland Business Express has state and federal funding resources, and provides help with business plans, licensing and tax prep, and help with hiring, training and managing employees. Maryland Small Business Development Center Maryland’s Small Business Development Center provides advice, consulting and support to entrepreneurs and small businesses across the state. Maryland Women’s Business Center Maryland Women’s Business Center helps women entrepreneurs and small business owners achieve economic growth SCORE SCORE is a nationwide nonprofit organization that helps business owners find mentors in their field, as well as resources including business development webinars, courses and more. Small Business Administration The SBA is an invaluable resource for small business owners. It offers programs in “contracting and funding guidance, with a focus on Veterans, Native Americans, LGBT, and women-owned businesses.”

Sonia Chase

Former WNBA Player, owner Sonia Chase Basketball

Baltimore native Sonia Chase is a former University of Maryland basketball star, and WNBA player with the Charlotte Sting and Minnesota Lynx. She is also an author, women’s and youth advocate, community activist, and mother. In 2009, Chase founded Chase Your Dreams, a nonprofit organization that helps players of all ages “develop elite basketball skills and prepare them for next-level opportunities.” She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Chase Your Dreams Academy, whose mission is to “facilitate positive transformation in high need and underserved youth through a holistic approach that includes character enrichment, sports, and nutrition.” Chase engages students through speaking engagements, during which she uses her coaching skills to boost kids’ (and adults’) motivation, self-esteem and determination. Chase Your Dreams Incorporated brings “a solid motivational message to inspire, motivate, and encourage all youth to chase their dreams in life.” In addition to her nonprofit work, Sonia Chase Basketball camps began partnering with Nike in 2013 to deliver high-quality coaching opportunities to kids. Her camps are intensive, focusing on skills and techniques, in addition to signature NIKE programs.

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MotherDaughter Getaways By Katie Riley


fter a year of closures and social distancing, one pursuit families look forward to the most is resuming travel. With vaccines on the rise and eased restrictions, there’s no better time to plan a trip with the ones we love, and a mother-daughter getaway is just the remedy to reconnect. Mother-daughter getaways create new memories, nourish relationships and celebrate the special bond between mother and daughter. Turns out, they are also good for your health. According to a 2019 Harvard Medical School study, mother-daughter trips taken once a year can help increase immune responses, relieve stress and even prevent heart disease. Researchers also found that strong familial relationships can also help you live longer. While most of us are not ready to travel to exotic locales, these mother-daughter getaways within driving distance can rejuvenate and refresh, while also safely testing the post-pandemic travel waters.



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Equestrian Charm in Middleburg For a luxurious escape close to home, head to Middleburg, Va, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Middleburg’s small town charm, great shopping and outdoor activities make it the ideal escape. Check in to the area’s best accommodation, The Salamander Resort and Spa, a Forbes-5-star property owned by entrepreneur and BET founder, Sheila Johnson. Surrounded by 340 acres of lush rolling hills, the resort offers an endless menu of activities for moms who want to stay active, or an award-winning spa to relax and indulge in a bit of pampering. With an indoor and outdoor pool, tennis, basketball, biking, and a heart-stopping zipline course, it’s hard to choose what to do next. The equestrian themed resort is heaven for horse lovers and the resort’s 14,000-square-foot stables and outdoor riding ring offers daily lessons and trail rides for all levels of ability. Don’t miss Middleburg’s charming shops and restaurants, all within walking distance of the resort. Grab a casual bite at the popular King Street Oyster Bar, a gastropub specializing in seafood, or enjoy a cozy candlelit dinner at the historic Red Fox Inn. To learn more about the area’s rich history, visit The National Sporting Library and Museum, a museum dedicated to the history of country pursuits like foxhunting, polo, and horsemanship. Moms and daughters over 21 can while away the afternoon at one the area’s renowned wineries. Just a few miles from town, Greenhill Vineyards is Middleburg’s most beautiful vineyard, with a large tasting room, outdoor fire pits and lounge chairs overlooking a nearby mountain range.

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Hikes and History in Harpers Ferry Harpers Ferry is a great choice for an action-packed mother-daughter getaway. Check off a bucket list item by hiking the Appalachian Trail or head to nearby Antietam for Civil War history. Accommodations in Harper’s Ferry range from affordable chain hotels like the top-rated Clarion to charming bed and breakfasts like the Ledge House Inn or the historic Town’s Inn, an 1840’s hotel located steps from the C&O towpath. Harpers Ferry Historical National Park, is a must-do. See John Brown’s Fort, take a history tour with the Harper’s Ferry Park Association or take some Instagram-worthy photos from the CSX railroad bridge. Downtown features casual dining restaurants like The Rabbit Hole gastropub, a favorite for outdoor dining, or Battle Grounds Bakery and Coffee. The area’s most picturesque hike, Split Rock Overlook, provides stunning views of the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. On a warm day, laze away the afternoon on a flatwater tubing trip or, for the more adventurous, a white water trip that ventures through Class I–III rapids down the Potomac. Both can be booked through River Riders.



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Sweet Escape to Hershey What teen wouldn’t love a chocolate-dipped coconut manicure? At the Hotel Hershey and Spa, moms and daughters can indulge their shared love of chocolate through chocolate-infused spa treatments, decadent desserts, and culinary classes. With an indoor pool, hiking trails, sports complex and massive outdoor pool with splash park, the Hotel Hershey is a destination unto itself. Add to that Hersheypark and its many attractions, including free tours at Chocolate World, and you have one sweet mother-daughter getaway. At Chocolate World, take in the 4-D Chocolate Movie or sign up for the Create a Candy Bar class, where you can create your own concoction, including a custom label design. With 23 acres of lush botanic beauty, seasonal displays, and a tropical butterfly atrium, The Gardens at Hershey is always worth a visit. Relax after a day at the park with a cocoa massage or chocolate hydrating body wrap at The Spa at Hotel Hershey. At the end of a long day, unwind with a craft cocktail or small plate at The Circular, the hotel’s signature restaurant. In town, The Mill in Hershey offers farm-totable favorites in a historic setting, while Troegs Brewery serves up family-friendly fare like sandwiches, pretzels and fondue.

Culture, Gardens and Art in the Brandywine Valley The Brandywine Valley lies nestled between the border of Pennsylvania and Delaware. The area is rich in cultural history, botanical wonders and world-class art attractions. Much of the area’s unique history is owed to the storied DuPont family, who established themselves in the 1800s as one of America’s richest families. You can experience the family’s opulent grandeur by booking a room at the Hotel DuPont, a historic hotel in the heart of Wilmington. Start the weekend by visiting Winterthur, one of the nation’s premier decorative arts museums. Once a former home of the DuPont family, this 175-room mansion offers a Downton Abbey-like look into a decadent lifestyle. Spend the afternoon at Longwood Gardens, one of America’s most spectacular public gardens, which boasts a sprawling indoor conservatory and fountain garden with daily fountain shows. In nearby Chadds Ford, the Brandywine River Museum of Art houses art from painters N.C. Wyeth, his son Andrew and grandson Jamie Wyeth, a contemporary of Andy Warhol. Chadds Ford offers excellent antiquing at the Pennsbury-Chadds Ford Antique Market or the Brandywine River Antiques Market. Grab a casual bite at Antica Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar in Chadds Ford, or end the evening with a meal at one of Wilmington’s lively restaurants on the city’s Riverfront.

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Millersville, 410-987-5100 5 years-13 years At Benfield Sportscenter Summer Camp we play a variety of games and sports such as soccer, basketball, dodgeball, kickball, tagging games, and many more! We offer several registration options as well as before and after care. Sibling discounts available. See our ad on page 21

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activities. Utilizing the large playground, community and special visitors, these activities help young children discover science and explore nature and introduce preschoolers to new activities and skills. We offer full and part time care. See our ad on page 21

Camp Accomplish Nanjemoy, 301-870-3226

Camp Wabanna Edgewater, 410-798-0455 4 years-13 years Before & after care A non-denominational Christian camp that operates an 8 week summer Day Camp for boys and girls ages 4-13. In addition to daily Bible studies, chapel services and devotional time, Wabanna offers an action-packed schedule filled with a wide variety of team building activities, group games, low and high element challenge courses including a 50’ giant swing & zip-line, archery, banana boating and tubing, sailing, and kayaking. See our ad on page 6

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St. Margaret's Day School Summer Camp Annapolis, 410-757-2333 2 years–10 years Before & after care Join us from June to August at our fun-filled day camp! Every two weeks we will have a new exciting camp theme with crafts, projects, games, science explorations, and more. Register here: See our ad on page 27

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Air shows and aviation museums let kids’ imagination take flight. By Dylan Roche


ife got pretty quiet throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but you might say things in the Annapolis area are about to get noisy! After a year hiatus, the skies above Annapolis will once again be filled with the unmistakable Vrrrooooommm of the Blue Angels flying overhead in celebration of the United States Naval Academy Commissioning Week. This year, the popular tradition is set for Wednesday, May 26, beginning at approximately 2 p.m. and continuing for the next few hours over the Severn River in Annapolis. The blue-and-gold F/A-18 jets will perform impressive feats of aerobatic skill—soaring high, swooping low, looping in circles, and twirling round and round—in a show that has become a much-loved tradition for families in the area. Great vantage points are those closest to the Naval Academy Bridge along Route 450: Jonas Green Park and the World War II Memorial will get you right up under the action. If you don’t mind navigating downtown, Susan Campbell Park at the Annapolis City Dock always offers a terrific view. Remember to take precaution and stay



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family fun 6 feet away from others—the City of Annapolis will be strictly enforcing social distancing measures. Another great way to view the Blue Angels? Get out on the water. If you have a boat (or a friend with a boat), you can get away from the crowds and enjoy a prime perspective from the Severn River. Be sure to obey the Coast Guard and Annapolis Harbormaster regarding any parts of the waterways that are closed.

$7 adult; $5 12 and under Discover Maryland’s role in the history of aviation and aerospace at this relatively recent addition to the museum scene. Since 1990, the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum has offered a chance for curious plane lovers to see and touch more than a dozen aircraft it has on display. It also has an archive full of plans, documents, research models, aircraft tools and other components to provide more insight into the history of planes.

AIR SHOWS While Commissioning Week is usually the most convenient air show for Annapolitans, it’s by no means the only show around. Here are a few more shows happening this summer—perfect for

Patuxent River Naval Air Museum


Maybe your family can’t make it to the Blue Angels show (hey, work and school sometimes have to take priority, right?), or maybe your kids loved it and they’re now obsessed with airplanes. Either way, the good news is there are plenty of places in the area where your family can go to discover more about aviation. Here’s where to go to learn more about planes, aviation and high-flying fun!

College Park Aviation Museum

College Park Open Tues.–Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. with 24-hour advance reservation $5 adults; $2 kids (free under 1) Operating on the grounds of the world’s oldest continuously operating airport, this 27,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is home to many interesting aircrafts and artifacts that factor into the history of aviation. Kids will enjoy the hands-on activities and interpretive areas, which are continually being developed so there’s always something new.

Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum Middle River Open Wednesdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and by appointment.

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Lexington Park Thurs.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun. Noon–5 p.m. $9 adult; $4 kids 5–12 Known as the Pax Museum for short, this institution celebrates the role that the Patuxent River Naval Air Base played in the history and development of U.S. Naval aviation technology. Visitors get to not only see the aircrafts but also learn about the research, testing, and evaluation that went into them. Get an up-close look at these unique aircrafts, then enjoy the chance to see other artifacts, plus books and movies, and even designs of aircraft that never made it to the fleet.

Westmoreland County Air Show May 29–30 Latrobe, Pa. The Blue Angels are slated to be the star of this two-day air show.

Ocean City Air Show June 19–20 The OC Air Show

Massey Air Museum

Massey, Md. The Massey Air Museum and Massey Aerodrome (MD1) are on the Eastern Shore in Kent County. The museum features self-guided tours, which includes an An-2 biplane and a DC-3 open for visitors to tour. The hangar features small craft, where restorations are often underway. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Calling ahead is recommended.

has a stunning lineup,

Smithsonian Air & Space Musuem and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

September 18–19

including the USAF Thunderbirds, F-22 Raptor Demo team, Geico Skytypers, and SOCOM ParaCommandos.

NAS Oceana Air Show

NAS Oceana, Va. The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. is closed for renovations until 2022; the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., is currently closed due to COVID, but may be open by summer. Both museums offer virtual tours and educational programs at anywhere Although it is also temporarily closed for COVID-19 restrictions, be sure to check out the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (nasa. gov/goddard) in Greenbelt, Maryland.

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The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform alongside the GEICO Skytypers and worldfamous aerobatic aviators like Mike Goulian, Jodi Rueger, Paul Dougherty and Anthony Oshinuga.



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SPY ACADEMY & THE LOST TREASURE OF ATLANTIS Through May 23. Calling all spy cadets: our madcap team of expert spies needs you to help save the day and find the lost treasure of Atlantis! Full of surprises, fun, and memorable characters, each performance of Spy Academy takes a small number of families through a series of puzzles, codes, and challenges on a quest to recover the stolen Heart of the Dragon. Part online escape room, part interactive game, this creative and immersive theatrical experience is a live virtual event perfect for ages 5–10. $25 per household.

STORYTIME WITH THE CHESAPEAKE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Join the CCM every Friday at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook, where they’ll introduce a new children’s book each week, occasionally incorporating songs or crafts to do at home.

FIELD WORK FRIDAYS Fridays, 9 a.m.–noon. Every Friday rain or shine, volunteers can join staff naturalists to tackle a stewardship project in need of support. Projects include invasive plant removals, trash cleanups, gardening, and more. No prior training or experience is necessary. Ages 8 and up. Registration required.

HALF–PRICE FRIDAY NIGHTS Enjoy access to the National Aquarium for half the price of general admission during Half-Price Friday Nights. The program runs year–round, allowing you to spend Friday evening after 5 p.m. with the sharks, fish, puffins and other amazing creatures that call the Aquarium home. Tickets are available online or Friday evenings on-site. National Aquarium, Baltimore.


Food Truck Fridays EVERY FRIDAY IN MAY 4-8 p.m.

Get your Friday grub on at this weekly food truck event, featuring 10+ trucks each Friday. The food trucks, ranging from Maryland cuisine to tacos to tasty dessert treats will take place Fridays, 4–8 p.m. through October at the Anne Arundel County Farmers Market on Harry Truman Parkway. The food trucks are take-out only for the time being, but festival coordinators are working toward providing outdoor seating and live music as the season progresses and COVID provisions lift. Find each week’s food truck lineup and more details at H2FoodTruckFridaysAnnapolis.

Tuesdays. Eastern Shore Yoga will lead participants in a mixed-level flow sunset yoga class on the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Navy Point. Participants are required to bring their own mats, props, and water. 5:30– 6:30 p.m. $20 for a single session, $70 for the full series. Preregistration required. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St Michaels.

POP UP PLAYTIME Join Port Discovery’s Educators for Pop Up Play Time each Tuesday at 10 a.m. on the Port Discovery Children’s Museum Facebook Page.

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calendar | may FACEBOOK LIVE BABIES IN BLOOM Thursdays. 10:30 a.m. Join the Anne Arundel County Public Library online for a special Facebook Live event for babies ages birth to 18 months. Babies will enjoy songs and action rhymes while building early literacy skills.

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MAY DAY IN ANNAPOLIS View May Day flower baskets created by residents and business owners. Free. 10 a.m. Main Street, Annapolis. events


ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY FARMERS MARKET Seasonal fruits and vegetables, crafts, and lots of other food items from local farms and vendors. Farmer’s Market, Harry Truman Parkway, Annapolis. Saturdays 10 a.m.– noon. Sundays 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

BMI FARMERS MARKET Purchase fresh produce, oven-fresh bread and sweets, bright flowers, tasty readyto-eat treats, artisan items, and more. Saturdays. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Baltimore Museum of Industry.

May 1. The American Visionary Art Museum’s annual race of wacky, imaginative, humanpowered works of art is model perfect this year. Watch as miniature model “Dream Machine” 3D artful sculptures made by members of the public, compete over miniature land, sea, through mud and sand obstacles. 11 a.m. Pre-register for a link.

the boat basin, talk with traditional crafts people as they demonstrate their skills. Free 30-minute cruises on the Wm. B. Tennison.10 a.m.– 5 p.m. Free admission. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons.



A collaborative effort among cities across the globe, including Baltimore, to see which city can find and document the most plants and wildlife over a four-day period. Enjoy a day of exploration, learning, and citizen science to document the many forms of life that call the Carrie Murray Nature Center home. Binoculars, magnifying, and field guides will be available for use. If possible, download the free iNaturalist app before the program. 1–3 p.m. All ages welcome. Carrie Murray Nature Center, Baltimore.

THE ART IN EARTH: COBWEB CANVAS PERFORMANCE Participate in an interactive “pop-up” performance that follows nature’s expert builder as he spins a cobweb or another where bird’s unique talents are on display. Explore the grounds and gather natural objects to create unique works of art or jewelry inspired by nature. 3–10 years. Free with general admission. Preregistration required. 2:30–3:30 p.m. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia. programs

NORTH BEACH FARMERS’ MARKET The new North Beach Farmers’ Market will be held on Saturday mornings from 8–11 a.m. in the parking lot of the North Beach Senior Center. The market will include local vendors with items such as plants, farm vegetables, baked goods, meats, cheeses, eggs and other fresh goods. The Town of North Beach will follow the state’s masking and physical distancing orders for outdoor public areas during the Farmers’ Market season.

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Celebrate flowers, moms and May! Using natural materials and special floral touches, make a wreath to brighten a home. All materials will be provided. Adults and children, ages 7 and up. $5 per wreath. Preregistration required. 1–2:30 p.m. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Catonsville. bannekermuseum

Join us for a morning of accessible museum programming designed specifically for children with Sensory Processing Disorders and their entire family. Educators from the Walters Art Museum and therapists from Kennedy Krieger Institute will be present for the entirety of the event. 9–11 a.m. Art activity in a private studio, with adjoining space for sensory breaks. 9–11 a.m. Facilitated activities in the Arts of Asia galleries. 10 a.m. Doors open to the public; activities continue.The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 410-547-9000.



Start your Sunday off with a morning yoga session among the wildflower fields! Annapolis local, YogiAllie, will teach one class a month in a series at Wildberry Farm + Market. Social distancing will be observed. 7:30–8:45 a.m. $25. Wildberry Farm, Crownsville.

Sponsored by Perfect Pet Resort and held from 6–8 p.m. Adults who are mourning the loss of a beloved animal friend can participate in this interactive online workshop that includes a time to share individual stories, an introduction to the grief process, an art activity to honor your beloved pet, brainstorming and suggestions for healthy coping. Free. Preregistration required.

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FIRST SUNDAY ARTS FESTIVAL On the first Sunday of each month through November, enjoy strolling the first blocks of West Street for live entertainment, over 100 local and regional artists, food and fun. Free. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis.




Taste traditional foods, learn how to pick crabs and shuck oysters, enjoy local gospel and old time music, see Chesapeake Bay retrievers in action, watch model boats skim the waters of

May 2–16. Restaurants create special, fixedprice menus designed to tempt your taste buds. No passes, tickets, or coupons are required. Simply choose a participating restaurant and


Kids, learn the history of Cinco de Mayo and pick up a little Spanish too! Children ages 7–10. $3/child, $10/family. 1–2 p.m. Preregistration required. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Catonsville. bannekermuseum

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MOM'S DAY EVENTS 5.8 MOTHER’S DAY POP UP EVENT Grab mom and bring her out for a day of shopping. Have lunch in the Tearoom and check out the offerings from local vendors. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The Cottage Boutique, Charlotte Hall. mothers-day-pop-up-event

5.8 MOTHER’S DAY: CATERPILLAR CUPCAKES Scrumptious mini vanilla cupcakes become cute caterpillars with rainbow glaze and simple candy decorations! You and your budding chef will love making and decorating your own hungry little caterpillar! This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together! $30. 11 a.m.–noon. Taste Buds Kitchen, Chester.

5.12 MUMS & MIMOSAS: FLOWER ARRANGING WORKSHOP In this hour-long class taught by Meenal Harankhedkar, London Town’s Direct of Horticulture, you’ll enjoy mimosas and learn how to create beautiful arrangements for bouquets, centerpieces, wreaths, and more. $50 for members or $60 for non-member. Ages 21+. Preregistration required. 3–4 p.m. Historic London Town & Gardens, Edgewater.

5.12 MOTHER’S DAY CRUISE IN ANNAPOLIS Treat mom to live music, charcuterie boxes by Vintage Views Bar, and a mimosa while cruising Annapolis on the Catherine Marie.To create a safe, socially distanced experience and to ensure you are seated with people you know, you must purchase all available seats at your table. Pricing is per table, $150–$450. Tables accommodate up to 2, 4, or 6 guests. 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis.

5.12 ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY TEA Treat mom to a traditional tea. Seatings at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. All seatings for the Special Mother’s Day Tea will be inside our Dining Rooms. Seatings are for 90 Minutes. $27 per person which includes a gift for each Mom! Also available for curbside pick-up with advance order. Reynold’s Tavern, Annapolis.


May 6–9. Kick off spring at the beach with food, lots of live entertainment, art, crafts and family-friendly fun. Free; headline acts require admission. Inlet Lot, Boardwalk, Ocean City.

LADIES NIGHT Get creative and get your pottery on! Ages 16 and up. Bring the beverages of your choice and receive 25% off your pottery project. 5–10 p.m. Reservations recommended. The Clay Bakers, Annapolis.

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FRIDAY LATE NIGHT PLANETARIUM SHOW: PASSPORT TO THE UNIVERSE This program is held in the new, upgraded planetarium and features a full-dome movie preceded by an adult-level planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky. Ages 18 and up. $8 per ticket. Call 410-313-0400 to reserve your tickets. No online registration available. 8–9 p.m. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia. programs

LEGO ENGINEERING CHALLENGE Each week watch a brief video to receive new challenges, then create and engineer designs with LEGO blocks. Register with an email address to receive a link to join the online class. Designed for ages 9 and up. 4 p.m. Hosted by Howard County Public Library. howardcounty.

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BEGINNER BIRDING Come out and enjoy some beginner birding in the park! Binoculars and ID books will be available during the program. 1–3 p.m. All ages welcome. $3 per person. Preregistration required. Carrie Murray Nature Center, Baltimore.

CLEAN UP THE ODENTON LIBRARY GROUNDS Help your local environment by cleaning up trash near the Odenton Library! Safety equipment and trash bags will be provided thanks to Project Clean Stream; waivers must be signed. Any children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by their responsible adult at all times. 10–11:30 a.m. Odenton Library, Odenton.

FREE FAMILY MAKERSPACE WORKSHOP: EGG CARTON GREENHOUSE Make an upcycled greenhouse that will keep your seeds in the perfect condition for sprouting. All ages are welcome, but caregivers must be present. 10 a.m.–noon. Preregistration required. Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park.

TRASH & TREASURES RUMMAGE SALE This community-wide yard sale will be held in the “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center parking lot (outside) from 8 a.m.–noon. Register a table (Preregistration is required). One table and 2 chairs are provided for the table rate or bring your own table for a reduced cost. $15 bring your own table or $20 for a table. Contact Barry Booth at 410-263-7958 or blbooth@annapolis. gov to register.

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! FAMILY WORKSHOP: FLOWER ARRANGING Turn your child into a petal-powered Picasso with this fun, hour-long program on flower arranging. Taught by Meenal Harankhedkar, London Town’s Director of Horticulture, your children will have a blast learning the basics of flower arranging and will leave with their own handmade centerpiece for your table. $25 for member children or $30 for nonmember children. For children ages 6–12. 10:30–11:30 a.m. Preregistration required. Historic London Town & Gardens, Edgewater.

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WINE & DINE IN THE GARDEN Experience a four-course dinner with a specially curated menu as you enjoy the beauty of the William Paca House’s picturesque English Garden. Service of Ken’s Creative Kitchen. Registration required by May 5. Limited seating available. Seatings will be available for parties up to 6 per table. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner service starts promptly at 6 p.m. Cost: $150 per person (all-inclusive). William Paca Garden, Annapolis.

BACKYARD ASTRONOMY: LUNAR PHASES (ONLINE) Is it a star or a planet? Tune in to the Maryland Science Center Facebook page at 1 p.m. for Backyard Astronomy to learn some basic

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WATERSHED MOMENTS: DOLPHINS IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY Dr. Helen Bailey will present an engaging talk on the DolphinWatch project. This event is part of the Appalachian Laboratory’s Watershed Moments Community Learning Series. Registration required. 6:30–8 p.m.

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DAY OUT WITH THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE May 14–16; 21–23. This fun-filled event provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas, meet other characters and enjoy Thomas-themed activities. $26–$30. 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore.

VIRTUAL ZOOMOBILE LIVE Join The Maryland Zoo for a live, Virtual ZOOmobile Program. During this 30–minute presentation which begins at 11 a.m., zoo educators will lead an interactive activity designed for preschool–age children. Children will then have a chance to meet three of the Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors. howardcounty.

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SPECIAL NEEDS NIGHT AT THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM The museum will be open exclusively for individuals with special needs and their families or caregivers. Enjoy the skates and rays, fish, fossils, maritime history, and have fun in a relaxed and supportive environment. Shop in the Museum Store, learn about river otters, and board the Wm. B. Tennison for a 30-minute cruise! 5–7 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons.

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Celebrate the arrival of spring colonial-style. Rally around the Maypole with the colonists, entertainment, art, garden crafts, and games with a 17th-century flair. $10 per adult, $6 per kid. Children under 5 are free.10 a.m.–4 p.m. Visitor Center, St. Mary’s City. hsmcdigshistory. org/events/may-day

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MAY 26 Blue Angels Air Show

May 22–23. Spend the day with GreyBeard and enjoy re-enactors, ax-throwing, music, a kids corner, great food and drink, and end your night with an immersive ad-lib Viking dinner theater experience. $20–$60 (multi-day passes available). Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville.

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BLUE ANGELS AIR SHOWS May 26–28. The Blue Angels are in town to honor the graduating midshipmen during USNA Commissioning Week. Find a place along the waterfront to watch, or head to the Navy yard for a great view as well as fun activities and music. Check the USNA website for the complete schedule. Annapolis. commissioningweek

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May 19–22. Short films, feature films, documentary, narrative, animation, and more. Check website for hours, prices and a list of celebrity guest hosts. Various venues, Downtown Baltimore.

Cooks ages 21 and up can learn how to put a flavorful twist on some of Southeast Asia’s traditional dishes from tacos to fried rice. Menu is gluten-free and BYOB. Pay per table. Tables seat from 2 to 6 people. $120–$300. 6–8 p.m. Taste Buds Kitchen, Chester.



SENSORY FRIENDLY DAY ON THE RAILS The museum will be opening one hour early at 10 a.m. This more accessible museum experience features added signage and modified lighting & sounds, as well as the presence of additional volunteers and staff to support visitors throughout their stay. Sensory kits will be stationed throughout the Museum's campus and include feeling charts, break timers, fidgets, stress balls, and noise canceling headphones. Event is free with general admission. To RSVP and receive the specialized sensory story, please contact Rebecca Funk at

20 Thursday CRUISIN’

May 20–23. One of the East Coast’s largest car shows, featuring 3,500-plus hot rods, customs, classics and trick trucks. $10 Thursday and Sunday, $15 Friday and Saturday. Children under 14 free. 9–5 p.m.. Inlet Parking Lot and Convention Center, Ocean City. specialeventpro. com/cruisin-ocean-city

22 Saturday CICADA CRAZE

Learn about cicadas, their emergence, and role in our ecosystem. Afterward take a hike to observe them in the landscape! 1–3 p.m. All ages welcome. $3 per person. Preregistration required. Carrie Murray Nature Center, Baltimore.

FREE FAMILY MAKERSPACE WORKSHOP: TIE DYE TEES Get your summer look on with groovy retro tie dye patterns. 10 a.m.–noon. Preregistration is required and space is limited. Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park.

WORLD BIODIVERSITY DAY DOWN RIVER KAYAK TRIP A guided down river kayaking excursion, and a lunch stop at a historical site (Mt. Calvert). Bring your lunch and be prepared to be on the wate. 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. $25 Residents/ $33 Non-Residents. Ages 12 and up. Patuxent River Park, Upper Marlboro.

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COLONIAL COCKTAILS: STRAWBERRY JULEP & A PLEASANT PUNCH In this session, explore a punch with a wonderfully colonial name, “A Pleasant and Grateful Sort of Punch.” This lime variation on punch is sure to please. You will also try our hands at strawberry juleps, a sweeter variety of the more familiar mint julep. 6:30 p.m. $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Participants must be 21+. Limited seats available. Preregistration required. Historic London Town & Gardens, Edgewater.


Enjoy a stroll through the woods in search of wildlife and followed by a stream-searching adventure. Yes, you’ll get wet! 1–3 p.m. All ages welcome. $3 per person. Preregistration required. Carrie Murray Nature Center, Baltimore.

JR. NATURALIST PROGRAM: BIRD ID During this drop-off program, kids learn from Robinson Nature Center staff through experiments, demos and fun activities. Learn the basic features that can help you identify birds and practice along our trails! Participants take home a badge at the end of the program. Ages 6–10 years. $12 per person. 2:30–4 p.m. Must pre-register. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia. programs Visit us at for a complete list of events.

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The Rise of the Murals Public murals in Annapolis bring art to the city and the public. By Darin Gilliam


hroughout history, civilizations have left behind murals as a depiction of the times. Art movements and periods through history have depicted the “vibe” of the times as a tangible document of life during their time period. Medieval Art during the Middle Ages was often dark and emotional, depicting the darkness of the era. Renaissance Art was often decorative and highly detailed, representing the changes in economy and society at the time. In the 1980s and 90s, mural work was mostly associated with graffiti, which at the time was illegal in many cities. As a representation of hip-hop culture, graffiti was loud in color and extremely expressive. Your graffiti style was a full representation of your individuality, community and aesthetic.



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Against the backdrop and rush of city life, graffiti art was a way to lose yourself in creating and show the whole city the height of your skill and craft. Why Turn to Public Walls for Art? Graffiti art was not considered true art for years. The artists who created graffiti were viewed as vandals who have no true artistic training. This left them with a lack of options for showing and expressing their art. The option to show in galleries or large shows was not open. Big ideas and big style calls for big spaces, but unfortunately, the creation of this art on public and private property created many issues and graffiti artists were reduced down to criminals, instead of artists.

stay inspired Fast Forward to 2001. I am visiting a friend in Philadelphia. The day I arrived, he asked me if I wanted to come with him to the graffiti wall. “Graffiti wall?!? Yes, let’s go!” As we buzz through the streets of Philly, I notice the large scale murals around the city; reaching up buildings, scaling around brick and mortar shops. I am in awe. We arrive at the graffiti wall. This was a wall designated as a legal wall for young graffiti artists to express themselves without vandalizing property! I grabbed a can of spray paint and joined the wall. My heart was full. From Philly to Annapolis My first memory of mural art in Annapolis is the amazingly beautiful and detailed mural by Cindy Fletcher Holden on Chinquapin Round Road. This sprawling piece is a wonderful depiction of life of the Chesapeake Bay; sailboats, people fishing off a pier, Naval Academy in the background—it still stands the test of time and is a piece of public art history in Annapolis. In many ways, Cindy has been the pioneer and foundational artist in the rise of mural art in Annapolis. Outside of adding vibrancy to a city, it has been found that cities that embrace mural art experience 5 to 10% more foot traffic and annual revenue than cities that do not have a presence of mural art. We tend to connect mural art with creative freedom and adventure. Thanks to organizations like Urban Walls Brazil and Future History Now, we have seen a rise of murals across the city of Annapolis. While Urban Walls Brazil focuses on bringing different artistic worldviews to Annapolis, Future History Now creates community by engaging local artists and the youth in the creation of murals. Both organizations do a wonderful job at storytelling through art, while adding more color and life to our city. From abstract animals to political figures, the mural art in Annapolis has created inspiration and representation for many. A recent mural addition to West St., is of former United States Representative John Lewis. Presented on the wall facing the 7-Eleven gas station as you enter into Downtown Annapolis, it is a welcoming and encouraging piece. Across the top is a quote from Lewis, “We must continue to go forward as one people, as brothers and sisters.” After the political and emotional unrest of the past year or so, this is a message that is not only needed but necessary. It stands as a quick reminder to those strolling up West St., grabbing fuel or snacks at 7-Eleven, or those waiting at the nearby bus stop. This piece bridges gaps and speaks to all people. Take a Mural Tour A mural tour around Annapolis is a delight to both kids and adults. Head outdoors, find and admire amazing art, and get to know your city a bit better. You can visit several murals within each of these areas around town. The Design District The Design District is home to the bulk of murals in Annapolis

and thanks to its website,, you can view the location of each of the 12 murals in the neighborhood. It is home to vibrant work led by Cindy Fletcher Holden, Urban Walls Brazil, muralist Jeff Hungtinton, and muralist and teacher Houl on behalf of ArtFarm Studios. Inner West Street A quick stroll up Inner West Street will showcase a number of murals led by Future History Now, from the infamous Presidents Hill mural to the front facade of restaurants Level and Tsunami. Don’t miss the latest mural of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall, across from the courthouse off Church Circle. To see a mural in progress, head over to the Maryland Cultural and Conference Center (MC3) to view a large piece celebrating the history of Carr’s Beach. This piece is led by local artist Comacell Brown and is located in the large lawn behind the Westin Hotel. It will go down as another beautiful addition to Annapolis art history. Eastport After your stroll down West St., swing over to Eastport and catch a gander of colorful work from local artist and muralist Charles Lawrance as you enter Severn Ave., and a collaborative mural led by Cindy Fletcher Holden near the Chart House and Bread & Butter Kitchen, which celebrates 150 years of the Eastport neighborhood.

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