Enjoying the Annapolis Christmas Season

Despite the cold, Christmas in the city of Annapolis can be pretty wonderful. Once again, the Light Parade on the Water was spectacular. We watched it from the foot of Franklin Street. Armed with hot cocoa and coffee (and maybe a few hot toddies) adults, children, and dogs took in the pageant of large and small boats decorated with lights that created the illusion of everything from Santa’s sleigh and Poseidon to the toasting of martini’s to the crooning of Frank Sinatra. Too bad one of the onlookers had to keep turning their car lights on every time they jumped inside their vehicle to get warm, but other than that small glitch, the mood was welcoming and full of smiles.
Plenty of holiday parties, provide an excuse to get out those red and green sweaters, reconnect with old friends, and eat all those things you told yourself your shouldn’t– creamy cheese filled dips, fried chicken wings, rich pastries, sausage and salami, sugar laden cookies, Christmas candy, chocolate, and egg nog. Ah well, there’s always time to make a few more New Year’s resolutions.
Part of Christmas is the music. I am so tired of listening to the usual Christmas tunes on the radio that have been played nonstop since Thanksgiving. What I love are the sounds of string instruments, lovely harmony, and rousing rhythm along with the old 16th, 17th, and 18th century carols and madrigals. This year I treated myself to tickets to the Ensemble Galilei performance yesterday at St. John’s College McDowell Hall. We are truly lucky to have such a wonderful ensemble of world-class and world famous musicians based here in Annapolis! This was the 2lst year for the Ensemble to be performing here in Annapolis and McDowell Hall with its high ceilings, tall windows decorated with live greens and poinsettias was the perfect setting. Yesterday afternoon’s performance, recorded for NPR, entitled “A Winter’s Night”, featured narration by Neal Conan, with Liz Carroll fiddle, Kathleen Keane pennywhistle and fiddle, Jackie Moran bodhran, Carolyn Surrick viola da gamba, Ginger Hildebrand guitar, and Sue Richards on the Celtic harp. At the concert’s conclusion, the audience was treated to a delicious array of sweets and cider, and doubtless Carolyn Surrick’s mother Nancy Karpeles, at one time a musician in the group and previous owner of Miss Nancy’s Fancy Bakery, had a hand in the preparations. If you missed the concert and our wondering when the group will next be performing in the area, you’ll have to wait a while because in January they are heading out to Montana and then it is on the Hawaii and North Carolina. But you can buy their CDs by visiting their site.
Coming up this week is another Midnight Madness on Thursday evening downtown, which will feature entertainment and stores offering refreshments and shopping specials. Also on Thursday early evening will be the grand opening of my husband Peter’s new 2nd insurance office location in Edgewater. Please visit his facebook page for details.

Published by Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Her short stories and essays have been published in several small online journals including Lunch Ticket, Change Seven, Scarlet Leaf Review and Defunkt Magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects..

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