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Whether you’re looking for things to explore in the area, the latest news and updates on the area’s thriving Arts & Culture scene, shopping highlights across the county, or interviews with local artists, our bloggers are here to point you in the right direction. Every now and again, we come across a great story about our great county and post it under the Spotlight section of Explorer Annapolis to share with our readers. This curated content allows us to bring you a wider range of all the great things Annapolis & Anne Arundel County has to offer. If you’d like to be a guest blogger, or if you’d like us to share one of your blogs on Explorer Annapolis, email us at adahlgard@symmetry.agency.

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Getting on the Water in Annapolis—Even if You Don’t Own a Boat

From the very first time I stood at the top of Main Street in historic Annapolis, taking in the view to the end of the street where the brick meets the harbor, I was envious. Seeing boats rocking gently in the harbor and gliding in the open water beyond, I wanted in. Sure, the scene […]

August 11, 2016


Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s 2016-17 Schedule

As one of the area’s leading performance arts groups, The Ballet Theatre of Maryland (BTM) conducts full-length professional ballet performances of both classical and contemporary works at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, the Bowie Performing Arts Center, the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric in Baltimore, and other presenting theaters throughout Maryland. […]

August 03, 2016


Karin Best: Local Metal Artist and Jewelry Smith

Casting organic material (from crabs to barnacles and everything in between) into silver jewelry, Annapolis-based artist Karin Best makes some of the city’s most unique, personalized, head-turning pieces – most of which are inspired by the things she sees every day in Annapolis. Drawing from nature, the Scandinavian-born jewelry sculptor merges traditional jewelry-making techniques and a free-flowing creative process […]

July 19, 2016


Things to Do Around the Chesapeake Bay

Thinking of visiting Annapolis this summer? Washingtonian.com recently posted a comprehensive list of things to do on Chesapeake Bay, highlighting many of our favorite spots in Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. Check out their article, Your Complete Guide to Exploring the Chesapeake Bay for everything you need to know about the Bay before visiting. The Chesapeake Bay holds more than 18 trillion gallons […]

July 18, 2016


Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Throws “The Party” of the Season in Annapolis

Guys: Slip into your boat shoes, no socks, per local custom; get comfortable in your khakis; and finish the look with a navy blazer. Gals: Start with dancing shoes and add a swing skirt, sun dress or capris. You’ll be ready for an event that’s become “the party” in Annapolis. And no wonder. Where else can you mingle with visitors and locals, sample cuisine from several of Annapolis’ finest restaurants and caterers and sway to the sounds of swing and jazz?

September 07, 2015


A Magical Bookstore on Maryland Avenue Welcomes Visitors to its Secret Garden and Café

Step into the special world of The Annapolis Bookstore, at 35 Maryland Avenue, where owners Mary E. Adams and Janice Holmes are eager to welcome old, young and in-between visitors. I bet my bank account you have never experienced such a rare encounter with a booklover’s wildest imaginings – if, that is, this vision includes thousands of used, new, and rare books as well as literary artifacts and greeting cards. Add to this the bookstore’s whimsically designed outdoor garden and cozy café and the picture is complete.

June 12, 2015


Meet the Locals: Sally Boyett

When Sally Boyett was a little girl growing up in a small town in Texas, she had big dreams. By the fifth grade, the classically trained ballerina was writing and directing her own plays in her garage. Neighborhood kids would knock on her front door and her mother would direct them to the garage, where […]

April 27, 2015


Meet the Locals: Dianna Cuatto

Dianna Cuatto, Artistic Director of the Ballet Theater of Maryland (BTM), has forged a full and varied career in the performing arts. Born and raised in Utah, Dianna began taking dance classes at the tender age of 3, receiving exposure to tap, ballet, jazz, and modern dance. Strong-willed and determined, she begged her mother at […]

April 25, 2015


Meet the Locals: Donna de Garcia

On a brisk, sunny day in downtown Annapolis, the water in the harbor seems to sparkle. So too does the beautiful jewelry in Blanca Flor, a shop that fronts the harbor. Light filters through the store’s tall ample windows, shining on the tastefully displayed silver jewelry and accessories. As customers ooh and ahh over the […]

April 20, 2015


Meet the Locals: José-Luis Novo

Annapolis is proud to be home to the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO). Now in its 53rd season, it continues to flourish as a dynamic artistic force within the region. Music director and conductor Maestro José-Luis Novo, now in his tenth season with the ASO, deserves much credit for the symphony’s growing success. Hailing from Spain, […]

April 10, 2015


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