After graduating with a degree in Anthropology, Adam worked on Sustainable Tourism Development projects in Bolivia before arriving in Annapolis to work with a local agency focused on destination marketing. Traveling, coffee, and the outdoors are a few of his favorite things. Adam is a Connecticut transplant that's called Annapolis home since 2014.
Alexandra Cannady is a television production executive who has worked for Discovery, Disney, and Nickelodeon—leading special projects with NASA, ASPCA, Smithsonian Institution, Vice President Gore, and others. Originally from Long Island, she now lives with her husband and young son in the beautiful Annapolis area because of their genetic predisposition toward water, appreciation for its rich history and family atmosphere. For more than twenty years, Alexandra has volunteered with children’s organizations and is proudly a kid at heart herself.
Ann Powell loves living and boating on the Chesapeake Bay. A former attorney and graduate of the University Of Maryland School Of Law, she enjoys sharing with readers her travel, boating, and gardening experiences. Ann’s writing and photography have appeared in a variety of print magazines and online resources. Her photography can be viewed on Istockphoto.com in her Coastalpics portfolio.
Becca Beasley is a native of Northern Calvert County with roots running six generations deep in South County. As the daughter of an avid sports fisherman, she spent much of her childhood on the Chesapeake Bay and feels a strong attachment to the area she still refers to as home. She resided in Historic Annapolis as a young professional, and despite many moves since then, Annapolis remains Becca’s favorite small city. A graduate of both Virginia Tech and The George Washington University, Becca is passionate about tourism, travel, and first and foremost, her family. Married with two young children, Becca’s favorite hobby is finding ways to introduce her children to her passions through daily adventures, big and small. She hopes to introduce you and your family to adventures around her home. You can follow Becca at www.BeccaBeeEvents.com.
Native Annapolitan Darin Michelle (aka DD) graduated with a BA in Fine Arts with a concentration on Graphic Design from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has been working professionally as an independent graphic designer under her company, 19FIFTYTHREE, since graduating in 2005. Darin is a lover of all black Converse, funnel cake and Cherry Coke. Her two favorite adult beverages are Hendricks & tonic and Jameson & ginger.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jazmine was born in Annapolis, MD. Her African American father and her Filipina mother influenced her upbringing. Specifically, her parents’ strong appreciation for art and culture inspired Jazmine’s love for fashion at a young age. She has worked in all types of retail, ranging from fast fashion to high-end boutique retailers with a background in wardrobe and personal styling. Additionally, Jazmine has worked in several local fashion shows and styled photo shoots to expand her knowledge and experience. In 2013, Fashion Awards MD nominated her for Emerging Fashion Stylist of the year. Jazmine has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Howard University. She is a resident of Annapolis, MD. In November 2013, Jazmine and her husband Adam welcomed their first daughter, Adele. Jazmine can be followed on her personal blog site, Viva la Jazz Style, designed directly to encourage growth in the Annapolis fashion community.
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.
Lindsay Bolin Lowery has always drawn, written, and visually journaled the world around her. Graduating from Maryland Institute College of Art with honors, she has since been an artist at Art at Large, Inc., the studio of Sally Wern Comport. Specializing in illustration, design, public art, and large-scale graphic solutions, there is never a boring day on the job. When not at Art at Large, Lindsay creates for her art business LBo Craft – a culmination of a love for drawing, painting, photographing, documenting, and working with her hands to craft handmade things that celebrate hometown pride, nostalgia, and nature. You may also spot her behind the counter at Art Things from time to time; setting up an LBo Craft sale at Lowery’s Produce on the Eastern Shore; popping into HERE, a pop-up shop; or supporting the local art and music scene. Lindsay specializes in watercolor, drawing, and printmaking media. Check out LBoCraft.com to view Lindsay’s work or at artatlargeinc.com to check out the day job! Follow her on instagram and twitter @linds_lbocraft or LBoCraft on Facebook.
Malcolm McFadden is a Producer, Sound Engineer, and MC from Annapolis, MD. After graduating from Omega Recording Studios with a degree in Sound Engineering, Malcolm pursued a career in both live sound and events. Most known for his monthly ‘What’s Dope Open Mic’ series every first Tuesday at Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge, he is an avid supporter of the local music and arts scene. When he has downtime, his favorite things to do are listen to music, read comics and make beats.
Melissa completed her undergraduate studies in Business Administration at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Opportunities in the media, non-profit, and beauty industries have led her to five different cities across the US. An avid reader and adventurer, she and her husband are likely to be found with their noses in a book or out exploring the sights. While only recently relocated, Melissa is excited to call Annapolis home.
Natalie was teaching in Delaware in 1996 when a friend suggested meeting in Annapolis for lunch. Crossing the Severn River Bridge, Natalie knew she had found where she belonged. After five years as a weekend-only resident of Annapolis, Natalie transitioned to a full-time resident in 2005. In warm months, Natalie is found sailing from Back Creek to the Bay Bridge and, on the return, motor sailing into Annapolis Harbor. There she enjoys checking out boats on the moorings and the occasional mega-yachts. Her favorite Annapolis boating memories are watching the Blue Angels’ precision maneuvers above the Severn River during Commissioning week at the Naval Academy. She has sponsored midshipmen and is a fan at Navy Football home games. Natalie enjoys hiking and biking through the scenic parks and trails in Annapolis and Anne Arundel Co. with one of the areas many Meetup groups. With a fondness for craft beer, Natalie firmly supports the motto, “Friends don’t let friends drink light beer,” and, for those who do, she attempts to help them see the error of their ways by suggesting something with a bit more flavor. Natalie volunteers at festivals in the Annapolis area. She appreciates the opportunity to listen to great bands, make friends and contribute to the sponsoring organizations who donate the majority of festival proceeds to local charities. Natalie is a teacher in Anne Arundel County Public Schools. She can be reached at her personal blog: Naptownchowdown.com or at Natalieksc@gmail.com
After studying theatre and music at the University of Maryland, Natasha Joyce spent the last few years traveling, writing about the arts, and working for the Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Raised in Annapolis, Natasha enjoys a good crab cake, sailing on the Severn, and shows at one of the excellent music venues and theatres downtown. Some of her favorite experiences include studying West African drumming and dance in Ghana, climbing volcanoes in Nicaragua, and performing in community theatre around Annapolis.
Patrice Drago is a full-time artist and freelance writer with a lifetime of experience in the travel and hospitality industry. Growing up in hotels up and down the East Coast from Maine to Florida she used her artistic and journalism skills to create a unique and adventurous career with Marriott International. Moving to Annapolis in 2002, she began a slow transition to focus solely focus on producing, writing about and supporting art and the art community. Patrice is an Artist In Residence at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, and she exhibits and sells her work in Maryland, New York and Maine. She writes the monthly Gallery Column for the Annapolis Capital newspaper, is an officer on the Boards of Directors of MFA (Maryland Federation of Art), and the newly revitalized Annapolis Arts District. Contact Patrice at: www.patricedragofineart.com or www.patricedrago.com.
Patrick McNamara is the photographer and filmmaker behind Drawn to the Image, an Annapolis-based production company. Born and raised in Annapolis, Patrick loves being a part of the creative scene and community of the city, utilizing his passion for visual storytelling through photography and film.
Sinead Harold is from Dublin, Ireland. She emigrated from her hometown in 2014 and now lives near downtown Annapolis with her husband and pug. She loves her new home of Annapolis for its beauty and historical roots, and is enjoying spending time discovering new places to visit. She blogs about her discoveries on her personal blog, www.iloveannapolis.net.
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