Every winter, when the mercury dips below 40 (and especially this past winter when it was so cold I was wearing a knit hat in my home office), I talk about leaving the Great State of Maryland for warmer pastures. Fortunately, the weather finally starts heating up, the thin layer of ice on the Magothy and Severn Rivers thaws, and I wonder, whom am I kidding? I’ll never leave these waterways.
June 16, 2015
Playing hooky from school or work to see the Blue Angels air show every May is a rite of passage for Annapolis locals. Families make a day of it and workplaces close down for the afternoon whenever the Naval Flight Demonstration Squadron visits the skies above the Severn River during Naval Academy Commissioning week. The thunderous booms of these magnificent blue and gold jets draw shopkeepers to the sidewalks to gaze skyward and cause drivers to stop on the roadsides around town to catch a glimpse.
April 18, 2015
At 28, Annapolitan Brian Meyer has taken more risks than many people do in a lifetime. He attended college over 4,000 miles from home, where he found himself a minority for the first time in his life. He thrived, earning a degree in sports marketing while mastering a new sport. At 24, he reached out […]
April 17, 2015
Publisher and co-owner of Chesapeake Bay Magazine, John Stefancik loves being on the water—whether he’s racing a sailboat or teaching one of his three kids the basics of boating. Unlike many locals who are passionate about boating, he has parlayed his passion into a profession, civic leadership, community life, and family togetherness. Recently, the Severna […]
April 11, 2015
Ego Alley in Annapolis is not marked by any sign. And the nautical charts make no mention of Ego Alley, showing only the “Market Slip” along the seawall that borders this tiny tidal waterway. The narrow basin has been here for centuries, but the term Ego Alley is an invention of the last few decades.
April 01, 2015
It’s 9:00am on a rainy Wednesday morning in May, the sort of day that would find most men in their mid-sixties who’ve achieved greatness in several facets of their lives relaxing with a cup of coffee and the newspaper. Not Gary Jobson. He has just finished reviewing the introduction to his latest documentary film in-the-making, […]
Many people associate Anne Arundel County with its multiple waterways. But, in fact, its long and proud history also includes a rich tradition of land-based agriculture. Even today, approximately one-third of the land in Anne Arundel County is zoned for rural agriculture, and over 350 farms operate on almost 30,000 acres of land. Perhaps no […]
March 28, 2015
Love is in the air this month, and for many of us, love often means family—along with all of the fun and togetherness that a family brings. Family togetherness is indeed what my own family of seven shares on our boat when we’re overnight cruising on the Chesapeake Bay. We’ve cruised to many anchorages and […]
February 10, 2015
Winter on the Chesapeake is beautiful in a silvery blue-gray kind of way, but it most assuredly is not for cold weather wimps. When the cold wind blows across the Bay and ice forms along the shoreline, most Chesapeake boaters take a break. During the winter months, the local boatyards fill with vessels in need […]
January 13, 2015
In 1971, Peter Chambliss was a newly-minted college graduate looking to strike out on his own and realize his dream of living in Annapolis and owning a boat. So he bought a 34-foot sailboat at the first-ever Annapolis Boat Show. Chambliss put together this ‘kit boat’ himself. Then, for the next couple of years, with […]
April 10, 2014