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Publishers’ Letter

Architectural Columnist Chip Bohl Contributing Writers Jerri Anne Hopkins Christine Fillat Mollie Ridout Gay Jervey

As lilies bow at our feet and mint blossoms sweeten the air, we know summer, one of Maryland’s most exquisite seasons, is here. The English poet William Shakespeare reminds us that seasons are short, that beauty is fragile, that its loveliness is fading even as we look. Sadly, the only way Shakespeare can preserve a beloved friend is to write about him in his Sonnet 18 and keep him safely enclosed in this poem. Here, his beloved will not die, his “eternal summer shall not fade,” as its final couplet reveals “so long as men can breathe or eyes can see, so long lives this and this gives life to thee.” Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimm’d; And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d; But thy eternal summer shall not fade Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest; Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou growest: So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. William Shakespeare 1564-1616 We shaped our issue around Shakespeare’s notion of “eternal summer” and have tried to capture landscapes, homes, and gardens at the peak of their beauty. We hope you enjoy our offerings and, with summer’s fleeting joys in mind, we encourage you to seize each day. Until next time,

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The Sondheim Artscape Prize of $30,000 is among the most prestigious art awards in our area. For the public, the prize is an exhibition of the finalists’ art. Known for its edgy contemporary art and photography, the juried show features artists from Maryland, Washington D.C. and surrounding areas. The exhibition last year included the photograph above by Louie Palu of an Afghan police officer. Although the news has made images of Afghan people familiar to Americans, this rear view bust shot is striking in the way it depicts weaponry as an ornamental necklace. We have to wait until June 16th to see what the Sondheim finalists put on display this year. That date is something to look forward to. The exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art runs through July 29, 2012. For hours and more information visit


Don’t miss one of Annapolis’ most revealing events— the historic Hammond-Harwood House’s annual Secret Garden Tour. Investigate twelve to fourteen private gardens, seldom seen by the public, in the neighborhood of Murray Hill. The tour takes place the weekend of June 2nd and 3rd, from noon to 5 pm each day, rain or shine. Tickets are available in advance or for $30 on the weekend of the tour. They can be purchased at the ticket tent on the corner of West Street and Colonial Avenue. For more information, go to:


What summer would be complete without relaxing under the stars and watching a show presented by Annapolis’ very own The Summer Garden Theatre? Productions, packed with local talent, are refreshing, hilarious, and surprising. At the moment, on stage is Anything Goes, a saucy and splendid new production of Cole Porter's musical romp across the

Louie Palu, Afghan police officer preparing to patrol a village, Panjwa’i District, Kandahar, Afghanistan, 2011, courtesy of the artist. Palu was part of the Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibition last year, which showcases some of the most impressive contemporary art in our region. The new Sondheim exhibition opens at the Baltimore Museum of Art on June 16.

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Annapolis Home has a story on the magnificent Wiliam Paca Garden in this issue. With this in mind, we encourage you to seize a chance to get to know this garden much better by attending Plantasia—the 3rd annual Garden Party and Plant Sale at the Paca Garden on Thursday, May 3rd. Sip signature cocktails and treat yourself to delicacies provided by Ken’s Creative Kitchen. In a silent auction like no other, bid on rare and heirloom plants, including some grown at the homes of our founding fathers. Proceeds from Plantasia enable Historic Annapolis to maintain the William Paca Garden and continue using it in unique ways that entertain and educate. 6:00 PM–8:00 PM; $100 per person. It’s worth it; your garden will never be the same! For tickets go to:


The Mitchell Gallery at St. Johns College is presenting “Image and Imagination,” an all-county, juried, multimedia biennial exhibition of artists who live or work in Anne Arundel County. Two- and three-dimensional artwork created in the last three years will be on display through June 3, 2012. For more information go to: AN/art/main.shtml Robert Haywood, Ph.D., studied art and architectural history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has taught at MIT, Johns Hopkins University and been a residential fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

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(See above photo and photo on middle of right-facing page) The eclectic design of the 1870’s Governor's House incorporated a French Mansard roof, Italianate bracketed cornice and a solid stone Egyptian revival front porch. Notice the long elegant windows, and the handsome US Post Office in the distance on the left. The 1870’s iron post lamps were maintained in the 1936 renovation, and are still in use today. Courtesy Collection of Maryland State Archives

Enlightened Eclecticism & Pale Imitation

governor's house Part 2 By Chip Bohl The first Maryland Governor’s house was built as a private residence by Edmund Jennings in the 1740’s. It was home for two colonial governors and the official residence for 33 elected governors. Sold to the U. S. Naval Academy in 1868 and demolished in 1901, the house was the subject of Part I of this article in Annapolis Home Magazine Vol.3 No.2. After nearly a century of using the magnificent Jennings house, creating a new residence for the governor was a challenge. The State bought the land between State Circle and Church Circle with the proceeds of the sale of the Jennings property to the Naval Academy, and then appropriated $75,000 ($1,230,000 today) for the construction of a new


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residence. R. Snowden Andrews, a well-regarded and accomplished Baltimore architect, was selected to design the new mansion to be “…modern in improvements, taste and ideas…and creditable to the public spirit of the State.” The design was certainly of the moment and an expression that after the Civil War, Maryland was ready to play on the world stage. Andrews created a building composition that we now call eclectic, but at the time was about celebrating a broad world view. The spirit of eclecticism was to engage in the variety of human cultures, an interest in foreign lands, ancient peoples, and exotic thoughts. This movement

The Governor’s House today, residence of Martin and Katie O’Malley, with Old Post Office in the background on the left. Courtesy Jay L. Baker, Governor’s Office

Americans. Colonial Williamsburg was “discovered” as if an American Pompeii, and reconstructed like a Disneyland to proclaim the glory of early Americana. In the midst of this “early American” hysteria, tragedy struck in Annapolis: it was conceived that the Governor’s house should be converted into a “colonial” house. It is so odd that this should happen in Annapolis, where the collection of genuine unaltered 18th century architectural masterpieces exceeds any other American city, including Williamsburg.

reached it pinnacle during the aesthetic movement of the 1890’s by Tiffany design studios in New York. The home was lavishly detailed with French Second Empire Mansard roof, Italianate bracketed cornice, Egyptian stone porch, and among many lavish interior appointments, a curving Renaissance Revival interior staircase. This home was a fully considered work of art, skillfully combining a complex array of eclectic images for the purpose of establishing a multi sensory setting. The house was fully integrated with interior furnishings and appointments that aroused exotic interests. It was a house that was built for its time. Unfortunately by the 1930’s this eclecticism was viewed as a dated relic of previous generations. What surfaced in the 1930’s was interest in the generations of early

In this aerial view of the 1870’s Governor’s House, the carriage drive from Church Circle can be seen leading to under the front porch. This provided a carriage drop off area protected from weather. Courtesy Collection of Maryland State Archives

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Architect Clyde M. Fritz had just finished the exceptionally progressive Enoch Pratt Free Library across the street from Benjamin Latrobe’s magnificent Cathedral in Baltimore. But when asked to make Governor’s House colonial, Fritz could only make the best of a bad concept. As the cost of the conversion swelled from $75,000 to $136,000 ($2,137,000 today), the request for additional funds by Governor Harry W. Nice was meet by opposition from Representative William H. Labrot, who knew something about architecture. He lived in one of the most beautiful Colonial Revival homes, Holly Beach Farm, just east of Annapolis designed by Baltimore architects Parker, Thomas and Rice. Labrot said “I do not think the money is being spent wisely…the mansion will not be colonial in architecture…I do not know what style it will be.” When we look at the house today, we see the formulaic trappings of Annapolis 18th century grand houses. There is a steeply pitched roof with bookend chimney slabs; a Palladian window, that is almost a replica of the Chase Lloyd House, floats isolated above an uninspired copy of the Hammond Harwood House front door. The building scale and silhouette is pumped up to a proportion that is a boorish exaggeration of any real colonial house. Annapolis lost two important architectural accomplishments in the first two Governor’s Mansions. The Jennings house had achieved grandeur, graciousness, and monumentality without being overreaching, crass or pretentious. The 1869 Governor’s Mansion achieved a harmonious balance of disparate parts, and created an environment extolling the wonders of human culture. The mansion of today is a pale imitation of the real architectural heritage of Annapolis. The 1936 renovation attempt to create history had the opposite result of destroying history, and sullying the genuine architectural treasures of 18th century Annapolis. We cannot let the pressures of current fashion or political expediency destroy the accomplishments of our ancestors. We should restore and preserve them. More importantly, we must create new architecture that speaks of our time, and not artificially attempt to recreate the past. Chip Bohl is an architect, practicing in Annapolis for 33 years. Visit to see images of Holly Beach Farm, and the 18th century two story salon of McDowell Hall.

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In William Paca’s Wilderness Garden By Mollie Ridout Photography by Geoffrey Hodgdon

William Paca was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and governor of Maryland in the early days of the nation. He began building his fine Georgian five-part brick home in 1763 and probably laid out the garden himself at the same time. Today, visitors may stroll this two-acre oasis of natural beauty tucked away among the brick walls of downtown Annapolis. Although many colonial residents had gardens, only Paca’s has been returned to its original splendor and opened to the public.


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hile admiring the topiary, living fences, and lush pear arbor, notice how the garden’s formal symmetry focuses on the summerhouse. This twostory building with a bell-shaped roof provided a retreat from political cares, the formality of the house, and servants. From its second floor, the Pacas would have been able to see activity on the Severn River and enjoy the breeze. The central allée leading to the summerhouse is flanked by parterres, garden rooms enclosed by hedges and featuring precise geometric beds planted with heirloom rose and flower varieties. In contrast, the summerhouse itself sits in a garden called the Wilderness. This naturalistic style of garden was all the rage in England at the time Paca was designing his grounds. It features winding paths and informal beds planted with native species of trees and shrubs. One approaches the summerhouse by crossing a Chippendale-style bridge that spans a fish-shaped pond. But the garden has not existed in this pristine state since William Paca strolled along its paths. After Paca sold the house in 1780, it went through a series of owners, and was sometimes used as a rental property. Eventually the house This is not your ordinary plant stand but a reproduction of an 18th was incorporated into the structure of a century “auricula theatre.” In the 18th century, it was quite fashion200-room hotel built over the grounds. able to “stage” your Primula auricula or primroses upon a stand and show them off to visitors. The practice of staging reflects the era’s For much of the twentieth century, Carvel fascination with and experimentation upon botanical specimens. Hall was a busy center of activity because of its proximity to the state capitol and the Naval Academy. But by the 1960s the hotel was outmoded. When it went up for sale, Historic Annapolis, under the leadership of St. Clair Wright, stepped in to buy and renovate the house and grounds. Now owned by the state, the property continues to be managed by Historic Annapolis, a non-profit organization which oversees several other historic properties in downtown Annapolis. As demolition of the hotel proceeded and the house began to emerge into its own once more, research revealed some tantalizing clues about the original garden. A portrait of Paca painted in 1772 by Charles Willson Peale showed the summerhouse and the bridge in the background. Five archaeological investigations revealed the locations of the summerhouse and other buildings in the garden, as well as the pond and a brick canal that carried water across the property. With the guidance of landscape architect Laurance S. Brigham and architect Orin Bullock, the structures and landscaping were recreated and the garden opened to the public in 1973. It once again offers a refuge of peace and beauty amid the busy streets of Annapolis and is the site of many historic reenactments as well as weddings and other celebrations. I look forward to keeping you posted on new developments in the Garden this year. The Paca Garden offers many opportunities for volunteering. For more information call 410-267-7619. Upcoming events include our 40th Annual Plant Sale and Plantasia, our 3rd annual Garden Party. For more information, go to Mollie Ridout is Director of Horticulture at Historic Annapolis and supervisor of the William Paca Garden.

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Oasis in Davidsonville

Making the Most of a Slippery Slope

By Jerri Anne Hopkins Photography by Geoffrey Hodgdon Homeowners Jill and John DePaola, owners of Long Fence and Home, have a beautiful home in Davidsonville, with a grassy backyard sweeping down from a deck with a spectacular view to a small area of grass and into a line of trees. But they never used the backyard. Why? Because the entire backyard consisted solely of an open deck that became unbearably hot. And, the grassy hillside was so steep, it was nearly impossible to traverse and dangerous. The DePaolas knew they had a problem they couldn’t solve themselves and turned to McHale Landscaping of Annapolis for some serious help. Michael Miller, CLT, one of McHale’s talented designers and project managers, took on the task of creating something beautiful and useful out of their slippery slope. “The challenge,” said Miller, “was having them feel confident that they could spend the money on the backyard because they had thought for so long that they could never use it. Ultimately what we designed for them was a large screened porch in place of the deck and a series of terraces to create usable spaces.” The screened porch steps down to a patio terrace with a spa. The next terrace down is much larger, with a free-form pool and a pool house on the opposite side of the house from the screened porch. The spa also flows into the pool. On the far side is a waterfall. The rest of the slope was graded, which made it less steep and planted to coordinate with the terraces. The DePaolas’ house has a very structured design, all straight lines and sharp angles, but they wanted a more relaxed, organic look for the backyard. Miller designed the screened porch and its second-floor balcony to follow the house’s classic lines but had the terraces flow out from it in increasingly rounded patterns, like streams spreading out from a waterfall.


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This outdoor kitchen in Davidsonville is situated so it has views of the pool’s two waterfalls.


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A winding stair is a strong vertical form and leads to the balcony, which is also reached through one of the upstairs bedrooms.


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Once the design was approved, the building could begin. The home’s septic tank and field were right where they wanted to build the terraces, so it had to be moved to another part of the property, a process that took about 6 months. An engineer had to find the proper amount of space for it and create the new design into that space. Anne Arundel County requires that new septic systems have enough room for the field to be changed two times to new locations. A new perc test, which measures how fast a given amount of earth will drain water, was required at the new site to be sure the land could filter the outflow properly. Miller noted that the whole thing, while time-consuming, went smoothly.

A set of flagstone steps lead down to the spa terrace. Around the terrace, the retaining wall has a stone veneer topped with flagstones at just the right height for sitting. The spa is circled by matching veneer and flagstone and can be reached both from this patio and from the pool terrace just below. Its overflow runs into the pool. The pool terrace is much larger than the spa terrace. The free-form pool and wider curves of the walls give it more organic flow than the spa terrace. It has the

Creating the retaining walls for the terraces came next. Tons of cement blocks, stone veneer and, of course, lots and lots of dirt were brought in. They started with the pool terrace, building it up enough so that the waterfall could tumble down into the pool, then back down to the pool, up again to the spa level, and on up to the porch. The screen porch is a marvel in itself. At 20 x 30 feet, it’s a large space. It has a suspended flagstone floor, sitting above a concrete bed. A corrugated steel pan is supported on block columns and laid with flagstone. The roof The screened porch allows air to provides cover and, with circulate freely, creating the sense that the outside is also in. air constantly flowing between the concrete and the floor, what was once a positive frying pan is now a consistently cool and shady place to lounge. The ceiling is covered in darkly same seat-height walls and more landscaping around stained wood and the screens are built into the walls as the waterfall, which tumbles down boulders carefully individual units. If the DePaolas choose, in the future, placed to look like a natural outcropping. At the far to make the porch an all-season space, the screens end of this terrace is the pool house, designed to can easily be replaced with windows. The porch also complement the house design. In the front are both includes a gas fireplace, a big-screen TV, and a doggiean open and a covered space for sitting and for a small door for their Jack Russell terrier, as well as comfortable kitchen. Enclosed in the back are several changing furniture in light earth tones to retain the outdoorsy rooms and rest rooms. The open ceiling has painted feel. An outside stairway goes up to the balcony, which beams and stained wood paneling. There are no is also reached through one of the upstairs bedrooms. screens here but the columns supporting the roof over

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The homeowners’ residence is composed of straight lines and sharp angles. The owners wanted the entertaining area in the backyard to have a more organic look.

the sitting area match the columns on the screened porch. The pool house view looks across the pool area, past the spa and up the terrace to the screened porch, and also out over the terraces to the woods. The rest of the slope is planted to match the terraces. A few extra trees were added to the tree line at the back of the grassy area below and along the edges of the terraces where needed for shade, more privacy and safety. All of the new backyard elements are designed to be individual spaces and yet flow gracefully one to the other. There are no long flights of steps, no tall barriers between the different levels. Family and guests can feel private in one area or talk freely with others on other levels. Miller also notes that the backyard makeover is just one part of the DePaolas’ overall plan. Miller and his crew have also redesigned the parking area and front driveway to make it more attractive, guide visitors more directly to the front door, and provide more parking area. The next step will be to redesign the front yard and then, well, it could be anything! Resource: McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

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get a couple of goats.’ And I said, ‘Great! You should have a couple of goats.’ I went to see him a few weeks later and he had 50 goats. I said, ‘Rich, what in the world are you thinking about?’ ” Richard explained that the freight for 50 goats was the same as for five goats and, since they were fairly easy to care for, great for kids to work with, and they could sell some for meat or dairy, why not? “The problem,” he continued, “is that, once they got off the trailer and we got to know them, there was no way we could sell them for meat! So,” he asked Brian, “What am I going to do with them now?” That’s when Brian thought of the experiment. In much of the country—West Coast, Mid-West and South—

WAGE WAR ON WEEDS By Jerri Anne Hopkins

goats are used to control undergrowth, using their natural proclivity for munching what other grazers won’t or can’t eat. Particularly in California, goats eat away the understory in wildfire prone areas, gobbling up the small heavy growth that fuels and spreads the fires. In Chattanooga, TN, the city maintains a herd specifically to control kudzu, the Vine that Ate the South. Goat hooves leave a much lighter footprint on the ground than humans and machines, and goats happily traverse rugged areas that machines can’t. And they cost much less as well. Brian fenced an area on Garden’s farm that needed clearing, put the goats in and watched them eat just about everything from goat-height (5-6 feet for the tallest goats standing on their hind legs) on down to

the ground. Afterwards, he put the goats on another area on the farm. Then a neighbor wanted the goats on his farm. Then another did, and another. Word went around and more people wanted the goats to clear their problem areas. Anne Arundel County asked for a demonstration. The media heard about the munching goats and things began to expand. “Now I spend half the year hauling goats around,” Brian joked. When a request is made for the goats’ services, Brian inspects the property and then determines whether the goats are a good fit. He notes that not every property is a good match for the goats. Variables include types of invasives, whether there are too many desirable plants (goats are not selective), time of the year, local weather predictions, hazardous debris, how

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many goats would be needed for what time frame (about 30 goats can clear 1/4 acre in one day), and so on. If the goats are a match, Brian sets up an electric fence around the area (with plenty of warning and educational signs posted) and trailers in the goats. While the goats are on a property, they are fed, watered, and checked every day by Brian, one of Eco-Goats interns or volunteers, or sometimes by a knowledgeable homeowner. Brian notes that goats are a major weapon in the war on invasive plants. They naturally eat the scrubby brush and weeds that cattle, horses and sheep don’t like. Goats love to chow down on poison ivy (yes, they’re immune to it), kudzu, oriental bittersweet, ailanthus, multiflora rose, Japanese honeysuckle, mile-a-minute, and more. They also don’t like many beneficial native plants, such as paw-paw (who else remembers Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Green Jeans singing ‘Pickin’ up Paw-Paws, Put ‘Em in your Pocket?), jack-in-the-pulpit and milkweed. Goats also chew up seeds that would otherwise pass right through other creatures digestive systems and sprout more invasives. And goats leave behind fertilizer in their manure, which comes out as little pellets, is trampled into tiny bits as the goats wander the fenced site and then disappears into the soil. Judiciously used, chemical herbicides and machines are still a large part of land management, but goat power is the most environmentally friendly, cost effective and fun way to go. For more information on Eco-Goats, visit Jerri Anne Hopkins started her love affair with the written word when she could barely hold a crayon. She has been a writer, editor and graphic designer for more years than she cares to think about. Currently she is president of Words & Pictures, Inc., and also writes the Around South County column for The Capital.


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Eco-Goats also spreads their message to schools, to help the children become knowledgeable about the environment and the friendly ways to remove unwanted weeds. Recently they visited the Fourth Graders at Trinity School in Ellicott City, MD. (From Left) Katarina DeLorenzo, Libby McGuire, and Lexi Fisher.

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In this new section, Annapolis Home Magazine will spotlight leaders as well as art and service organizations that enrich and make a tremendous difference in our lives and community. We also honor all the volunteers and donors who support such organizations.

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A New Home for Hospice By Robert Haywood Fashion Photography by David Hartcorn

Meet Michael S. McHale, President and CEO, Hospice of the Chesapeake AH: How did you become involved in Hospice? McHale: I was a nursing home administrator in San Diego, CA. Our facility had a policy that none of our patients would die alone. If family members were not present for a dying patient, our staff (including myself) would sit vigil. It was during these vigils that I learned the value of life as a journey and how every minute matters. It was an honor and privilege to be a witness to the end of someone’s life journey.


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2012 Hospice Gala: John Belcher, CEO ARINC; Cathy Belcher, Hospice of the Chesapeake Foundation Board of Directors; and Michael S. McHale, President and CEO, Hospice of the Chesapeake.

2011 Fashion For a Cause: PhilanthroChic Model Sydney Okine, Designer Clarence Clottey of Clarenz Couture Collecktion, PhilanthroChic Models Nigel Lum-Cox & James Salazar.

AH: Most people think of Hospice as providing support and pain management for people living with life-limiting illness. While this is a critical part of Hospice, your services and mission are broader. Can you define some of your key services that people may know less about? McHale: When people become ill, their lives change dramatically—not just for the patient, but those who love them as well. Our programs and services focus on dealing with the effects of illness (pain and symptoms) and helping individuals and families find meaning and value in their experiences. Our team embraces an interdiscplinary approach to care that includes physicians, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, counselors, chaplains and volunteers all working together to support the needs of the patient and their family. We provide supportive services to families who have received the unimaginable news that their unborn baby will likely not survive past birth through our Perinatal and Infant Loss program; we care for

children living with advanced illness and their families in our Pediatric Hospice program; provide acute pain and symptom management in our Mandrin Inpatient Care Center; and, offer supportive counseling services to anyone in our community who has experienced a loss or trying to come to grips with a new diagnosis through our program called The Life Center (including groups for those living with loss due to suicide).

AH: Most of the services available to people with an advanced illness seem to focus on the medical. But seriously ill people and their families need other kinds of support to live a high quality life.   Could you address what role Hospice plays in supporting people beyond their medical and pain management needs? McHale: Hospice has always focused on a holistic approach to care—body, mind and spirit. Over the last year we have expanded our services for the Healing Arts. Our program encompasses various modalities

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to respond to the unique needs of each patient and their diagnosis. These modalities may include: music, writing, art, gardening, dancing, pets, Reiki therapy, Healing Touch and massage therapy. We have witnessed first-hand the tremendous power of these types of interactions for families.

AH: How will your move to a remodeled facility in Pasadena allow you to strengthen and expand your services?   McHale: We recently purchased a 6.2 acre campus in Pasadena that will become our permanent home. After extensive renovations this summer we will relocate to the campus in the late Fall of 2012. This move will allow us to expand our services by being able to provide more support groups, community education, research opportunities and educational partnerships with the medical community. We are also exploring partnerships with other organizations with whom we have a mission synergy to create a “neighborhood” if you will for those living with illness. Our goal would be to create innovative opportunities to provide the care our community needs and deserves.

2011 Fashion For a Cause: PhilanthroChic/Maxim Model Krista Mills, Event Co-Chair/PhilanthroChic Co-Founder Maggie Griffin Synowski, Porsche of Annapolis GM Frank Donatoni, Porsche PR Rep Leigh Fox, HOC CEO Michael McHale, Event Co-Chair Tim McDonough, PhilanthroChic Co-Founder Andrea Savvides, Michael Schwind PCNA Regional Manager. PhilanthroChic Models Nigel Lum-Cox & James Salazar.

AH: If someone wants to know more about Hospice, whom should they contact? McHale: The most readily available source of general information is available at our website or by calling us at 410.987.2003. We are prepared to answer questions, provide support and help individuals navigate the complexity of advanced illness.

AH: How can people get involved in supporting and volunteering for Hospice? McHale: We have over 500 volunteers who provide thousands of hours each year to support our patients, their families, and our hospice team. We also are fortunate to have a large number of donors who provide funds and energy to our fundraising efforts. You can support hospice by attending Fashion For A Cause on June 14, 2012.

2012 Hospice Gala: John Warner, Sr., Sandy Spring Bank; Karen Sherman; Michael S. McHale, President and CEO, Hospice of the Chesapeake; Christine Howell; Thomas Howell, Sr., Founder, Tech USA.

Information about donating, volunteering and special events can be found at or by calling 410.987.2003. Special thanks to Sandra Anderson for her assistance with this profile


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ver the last several years, the subject of reverse mortgages—just what they are and whom they might benefit—has been gaining more and more momentum. Ads touting these tools seem to be popping up everywhere. None other than “The Fonz,” Henry Winker of the 1970s sitcom “Happy Days,” appears as a spokesman for one mortgage company, urging people to enjoy “retirement your way.” It’s easy to understand why reverse mortgages— designed solely for those 62 and older —have gained popularity as a retirement planning vehicle. As baby boomers age, many are facing the harsh reality that they may outlive their money. Consequently, all too often seniors find themselves short of funds— and not just for emergencies, but day-to-day expenses, as well. While there is no doubt that reverse mortgages can help alleviate short-term financial worries, it’s vital to understand their mechanics—and possible repercussions—before signing on the dotted line. Simply put, you need to know exactly what you are getting into.

income later in life. By and large, reverse mortgages operate like traditional mortgages—but in reverse. Homeowners borrow against some or all of all the equity in their home in return for tax-free income from a bank or lender. The vast majority of reverse mortgages are made through the Federal Housing Administration’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Program. To be eligible, the FHA requires that homeowners not only be at least 62 years old, but also that the home in question be their primary residence and carry little to no mortgage. How much one receives correlates to the age of the youngest borrower, the interest rate and appraisal value of the home. Ownership of the home will not be transferred to the creditor, but remains in the borrower’s name. And they can stay in the house indefinitely, as long as they meet certain conditions—such as paying taxes, insurance premiums and maintaining the property’s upkeep.

The Good News: Flexibility and a Sense of Security

Proponents cite flexibility in loan distribution as a clear plus. Recipients can collect the money in one lump sum, a series of regular installments or a line of credit, accessible upon demand. In addition, borrowers can use the money however they wish, as there are no spending stipulations or requirements attached.

In essence, reverse mortgages are somewhat complicated transactions that can provide a sensible way for seniors to parlay what is often their most valuable asset—their home—into much-needed

In turn, the loan doesn’t have to be repaid until the borrower dies, sells or moves out—at which point the lender is compensated with interest, which has


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compounded over time. After that, whatever is left goes to the borrower or their heirs. If the loan amount exceeds the property value at the time of sale, the lender will likely be protected against loss by FHA insurance.

Offset Any Risks: Educate Yourself So given these clear advantages, what’s the hitch? First of all, these loans can be expensive. Borrowers are generally required to pay an origination fee, an appraisal fee, and an upfront mortgage insurance premium of 2% of the home’s value, as well as a monthly insurance premium equal to 0.5% of the mortgage balance. Moreover, because the accruing interest is treated as a loan advance, it compounds over time. Consequently, in the end, the borrower’s equity may be erased—and often far faster than they might have anticipated. And if that should happen, there may be nothing left for their heirs. What’s more, a reverse mortgage can impede borrowers’ Medicaid eligibility, and subsequent ability to pay for nursing home care—frequently a pressing concern for the elderly. One thing is clear. Giving these tools’ drawbacks— not to mention their potential complexity—it’s imperative that borrowers educate themselves in

order to ascertain whether reverse mortgages really are their best option. For its part, the FHA couldn’t agree more. Before entering into a reverse mortgage, the agency requires that borrowers speak with one of their debt counselors. “Reverses are not for everyone,” stresses Paul Johnston, vice president of Prudential Mortgages, based in Crofton, MD. “I think they are designed for people who plan on staying in the home for quite some time, otherwise it would not be cost effective.” Nonetheless, there’s no question that reverse mortgages can provide the monetary redress that many have been searching for. “I imagine that we will be seeing more and more of these, as people continue to live longer, particularly among those baby boomers who haven’t saved enough,” suggests Lisa Kirchenbauer, president of Omega Wealth Management in Arlington, VA. “It’s just a matter of time. For many Americans this may ultimately be the only way to retire with dignity. However, I can only hope that they will get some independent financial advice before entering into a reverse mortgage. They really need to make sure that this is the best course for them.” For a local source for reverses mortgages, call The Washington Savings Bank at 1-800-843-7250 Annapolis Home welcomes to its staff, Gay Jervey. A financial consultant and journalist, Ms. Jervey has published articles on finance for many national publications, including The New York Times, Money, Inc. and Fortune Small Business.

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With Tiffany Clay and Charlie Hayleck | Jamaican Jerked Chicken Story and Photography by Christine Fillat

Imagine the layers of flavors set before you: Jerked chicken, that has been marinated for two days in a specially crafted sauce, grilled in mesquite smoke, and then dipped in spicy hot home made barbeque sauce. Alongside that, add saffron rice dotted with grilled asparagus, peppers, and black olives. What a way to start the grilling season. Tiffany Clay prepares the marinades and sauces, and Charlie Hayleck mans the grill. That is a match made in heaven. Prepare yourself for days of fabulous flavor memories. Serve with your favorite frosty beverage.

For Chicken: • 5 lbs. chicken pieces • 2 cups distilled white vinegar plus 1 tsp. • 2 cups finely chopped scallions • 2 Scotch Bonnet or Habanero peppers, seeded and minced (please wear gloves!!) • 2 Tbsp. of ponzu or soy sauce • 4 Tbsp. fresh lime juice • 5 tsp. allspice • 2 bay leaves • 6 cloves of garlic minced • 1 Tbsp. of salt • 2 tsp. of dark brown sugar • 1-1/2 tsp. of dried thyme • 1 tsp. of cinnamon • 2 cups of Jamaican Barbecue Sauce (recipe to follow) Rinse chicken pieces well in 2 cups of the vinegar. Drain and transfer to two sealable plastic bags and set aside. In the bowl of a food processor or blender combine the remaining 1 tsp. of vinegar, scallions, Scotch Bonnets (or Habaneros), ponzu (or soy sauce), lime juice, allspice, bay leaves, garlic, salt, sugar, thyme and cinnamon. Reserve 2 Tbsp. of this mixture to add to the barbecue sauce. Rinse chicken pieces well under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. If using skin on chicken make sure to rub a bit of marinade under the skin. Divide chicken pieces between two heavy duty gallon


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plastic sealable bags and divide marinade evenly between the bags. It is a good idea to wear gloves to do this too. Turn the bags to evenly distribute marinade. Refrigerate chicken for at least 24 hours and up to two days. On an oiled rack set about 6 inches above red hot coals, grill chicken (in batches if necessary) covered, for 10-15 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Transfer to a warm platter and keep warm until serving. Serve with Jamaican Barbecue Sauce | Serves 4-6

Jamaican Barbecue Sauce: • 1-1/4 cups ketchup • 1/3 cup ponzu or soy sauce • 2 Tbsp. of Pickapeppa or other favorite Jamaican hot pepper sauce • 3 scallions, minced • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 3 Tbsp. fresh minced ginger • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar • 3 Tbsp. Goslings or other favorite dark rum. In a medium non-reactive sauce pan combine everything except the rum and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook another 12 minutes, until sauce is thick, flavorful and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in rum. Cool sauce to room temperature before serving. (Yield: About 2 cups.)

Saffron Rice Salad: • 3 Tbsp. olive oil, plus some for dressing • 1 red onion, finely chopped • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped • 2 cups long grain white rice • 4 cups water • 1 large pinch of saffron threads • Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste • 8 spears of grilled asparagus cut into half inch pieces • 1 red pepper, fire roasted and diced • 1 yellow pepper, fire roasted and diced • 3/4 cup salt cured olives, pitted and chopped • 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (parsley, or cilantro leaves) • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling • 2 Tbsp. of white balsamic vinegar Heat oil in medium pot on grates of grill or side burners. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft. Add the rice and stir to coat grains of rice with oil. Place the water in a small pot and bring to a boil.

Add the saffron to the onion mixture and let cook one minute. Add boiling water to the rice, stir, add salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pot and let cook for 12-14 minutes or until the rice is just cooked. Let the rice sit, covered for 5 minutes then fluff with fork. Transfer rice to a large bowl and add asparagus, peppers, olives, and herbs. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and a few tablespoons of the white balsamic vinegar. Serve warm or at room temperature. Serves 4-6. Christine Fillat lives on the Magothy River and is an aficionado of Chesapeake Bay cooking and living.

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Experi-mints There is more to mint than just using it to garnish your ice tea or musing upon its alter-identity as a Cocythian nymph. In Greek mythology, an overly confident nymph Minthe said she was superior to the goddess Persephone. Persephone transformed the little upstart into a plant that she crushed under her heel. Today, we call this plant mint. But, put all thoughts of nymphs aside. Today, mint, which is an invasive and very easy to grow, has many uses. Because it tends to take over with long runners, you may contain it in a pot that you bury right in the garden. But, think outside of the pot and plant it in your yard to create an aromatic, fast-growing ground cover. Mow this before an outdoor party to surprise your guests who will love the smell of freshly cut mint. Get creative and use mint anywhere you need a small, awkward space filled, or between bricks and pavers. Trim your mint aggressively, though, to curtail its growth and retain its beautiful shape. This season, there are new mints to try, such as Pineapple, Orange, and Chocolate mint. (If you plant all three, be sure to place them in different spots, to avoid confusion.) Pineapple mint is great with chicken. Chocolate mint can be used in beverages and desserts. Apple mint, with its elegant, large leaves, is ideal for garnish, jellies, sauces, and desserts; Try orange mint for barbecuing. Have fun experiminting and share your findings with

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