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Kat Spitzer is the author of The Happy Hypochondriac and The Happy Hypochondriac Survives World Travel. She also writes the Happy Hypochondriac humor blog at www.happyhypochondriac.com. She is a columnist and freelancer for various newspapers and magazines, and is currently working on her third book. Kat is also the owner and instructor of Miss Dawson’s School for Well-Mannered Individuals, an etiquette program in Annapolis (www.MissDawsons.com). She graduated from Vanderbilt University and Vermont Law School, and lives in Annapolis with her husband and two children.

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Celebrating 25 Years Aboard the Schooner Woodwind

What better way to celebrate the warm weather in Annapolis than hoping aboard one of two, beautiful 74-foot schooners – Schooner Woodwind and Woodwind II – for a fun sailing experience in Annapolis! I had the pleasure of joining Captain Jennifer Kaye of Annapolis Sailing Cruises for their Wednesday Night Racing where the Woodwind and Woodwind […]

May 23, 2018


St. John’s vs USNA Croquet Match

The stage is set for Annapolis’ annual St. John’s College vs U.S. Naval Academy Croquet Match, taking place April 14th on the St. John’s College Campus. What once began as a friendly match between two neighboring institutions has now become one of the biggest spring events Annapolitan spectators look forward to. I recently visited St. […]

April 11, 2018


Spring Flower Show at Homestead Gardens

Spring is right around the corner, so what better way to welcome the coming warmer months than a beautiful Spring Flower Show at Homestead Gardens? I first met with Brian Riddle, President & CEO of Homestead Gardens (743 Central Ave, Davidsonville, MD 21035), to learn about the history of this family owned business. Starting out […]

March 15, 2018


Musical Summer Nights at Quiet Waters Park

In our household, the school year is packed tight with endless after-school activities and obligations, making for a frenetic pace of life. It’s nice to be able to switch gears in the summer, slow down, pack a picnic, drink some ice cold lemonade and listen to some live music with the whole family. In Annapolis, […]

June 16, 2016


The Hunt for Treasure Begins in Annapolis

Any idea what N 38° 59.013 W 076° 30.416 means? It happens to represent the coordinates for a geocaching site near the Naval Academy, something I didn’t realize until I plugged them into my phone and went on a real-life treasure hunt to that precise spot. I’ve always been quite enthralled with treasure maps, and […]

April 19, 2016


Escape the Room but Not the Fun

Click! The door just locked and we are inside. We only have an hour to figure out the clues, find the key, and escape these four walls. They watch us through a camera and tell us they will offer us a clue if we get desperate. Are we living our worst nightmare at the hands of a manic tormentor?

March 21, 2016


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