Annapolis humidity fosters mushrooms

A crop of Annapolis mushrooms this morning.
A crop of Annapolis mushrooms this morning.

Muggy August weather here in Annapolis, Maryland means mushrooms in addition to sticky doors, damp clothes, and frizzy hair. Well to be honest I’m not certain whether the crop I spied this morning on the front lawn were mushrooms or toad stools, but I’m sure they’d make good spore prints. They are definitely large in size.  I saw many mushroom crops on my walk from Murray Hill  to City Dock this morning and I’m sure I’ll see more mushrooms in the upcoming month.  What fascinates me is how quickly they pop up.

close-up of a mushroom in Annapolis
close-up of a mushroom in Annapolis

The texture and color is quite remarkable.

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Summertime in Annapolis means food fresh from the farm

Bounty of a Tuesday morning Farmers' Market
Bounty of a Tuesday morning Farmers’ Market

If you want to avoid the crowds, try farm shopping Tuesday mornings at the Riva Road Farmers Market, open from 7:00 a.m. to noon. I arrived around 7:30 a.m. and there were plenty of delicious items and very few customers. Yes, fewer farmers come to set up booths when compared to a Saturday morning, but Tuesday can sometimes be more convenient, especially if you are away over the weekend. Just out are the blackberries… delicious… and then there are all those different kinds of tomatoes to choose from.  Avoid the standard supermarkets (unless you need lettuces) and shop local.  Keep your dollars in our county! Thanks for reading and if you are wondering what happened to Baltimore Girl Cooks by the Bay postings… well it’s just been too hot to want to cook. Grilling and salads, however, are great.

Annapolis signs of springtime

RobinLooking  at the tree just outside my window, I see a Robin Red Breast preening herself as she rearranges herself on her nest. It;s spring. I hear plenty of bird calls as I walk across the dewy grass first thing in the morning to fetch my paper. Yes, we still read our newspapers printed on newsprint. I’ve tried doing without and reading online, but it’s just not the same as spreading out newsprint all over the table. I just have to remember to keep gathering up all those papers to recycle. It’s part of the routine. Today is bicycle to work day  and it is a perfect day for bicycling. This weekend families will start arriving into town to celebrateCommissioning Week and this year to economize there will be no Blue Angels.  I know my sentiment is not popular, but I will not miss them. I do not like the noise and neither does my dog. If you would like some inspiration for creating a salad or what to buy this weekend at the Farmers’ Markets check out my latest posting on Baltimore Girl Cooks by the Bay. Happy Weekend.

Annapolis April walking adventures

The tire tracks and the “X” for an eye seem to be appropriate for the chicken now positioned in the former location of “Chicken of the Sea” which has evidently been driven over too many times by negligent motorists to make a comeback. The next time you take a walk in Annapolis’s Arts and Entertainment District, keep your eyes on the lookout for added chickens. This project, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Arts Council, is designed to raise awareness of the arts and ultimately to help raise more funds to support the arts in our schools.   It is probably not too soon to mark your calendar for the Walk in the Woods, an annual event that is co-sponsored by the Scenic Rivers Land Trust and the Anne Arundel Department of Recreation and Parks. Dogs on leashes are welcome after 10 a.m. and if you are looking for another dog walking opportunity attend the annual Walk for the Animals this weekend at Quiet Waters Park. Finally, if you haven’t visited my new Baltimore Girl Cooks by the Bay blog, check it out and sign up for an RSS feed. I’ll be posting delicious recipes and sharing colorful stories once a week.

The artist decorated chicken now on West Street near Lafayette Avenue
The artist decorated chicken now on West Street near Lafayette Avenue

Movies can be memorable

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Everyone has a favorite movie and mine is “Groundhog Day.” I’ve watched it at least a half a dozen times, which is fitting since the premise of the film is that if you have the opportunity to do something over and over again, you have the ability to achieve perfection. Or at the very least, a happy ending. It stars one of my favorite actors, Bill Murray, cast an ornery television meteorologist named Phil, who is sent to cover Groundhog’s Day in Punxsutawney Pa. He awakes the following morning only to discover he must relive Groundhog’s Day. As the movie progresses, a very irritable Phil starts to enjoy his fate, as he realizes he can use the knowledge he gains each day to enhance his experience the following day. It reminds me of a play you rehearse again and again until the actors have learned their lines and the technical cast their cues, until magically everything is in sync.

Our world has changed dramatically since “Groundhog Day” was released 20 years ago. Technological advances have made it easier to send photographs, messages, music, and video around the globe in a matter of seconds. Suddenly, with the aid of a device we can hold in the palm of our hand, we are all recording our experiences and sharing them in a variety of ways. The possibilities are endless. And while the captured moments we record may not achieve the polish of a scripted film or documentary, we have the freedom to experiment with little out-of-pocket cost. And if we work at it, again and again, some of us can become good videographers.  We also start developing an appreciation of what it takes to make a professional film.

Here in  Annapolis, Maryland, this weekend, we have the opportunity to meet aspiring and accomplished film producers, directors, and screenwriters from all over the world at the First Annual Annapolis Film Festival, through Sunday March 24th. It’s a chance to learn more about the business and art of making movies, as well as the ability to see and discuss a multitude of films.

Remember that even if you think you don’t have enough time to participate, you could just go for a day or afternoon. In the movie, “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray has the luxury of never running out of time, until he wakes up one morning in bed with news producer Rita (Andie McDowell), with whom he has fallen in love, and time moves forward again.  Before his Groundhog day experience  he was just too rushed to stop and contemplate what it was all about? Sound familiar?

And maybe just maybe the cold weather will dissipate and warmer temperatures will come back and we can feel like its really Spring!

Dancing for fun and exercise near Annapolis

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It’s a challenge to find places with good music for dancing swing, latin, and ballroom if you happen to live in Annapolis and don’t want to drive all the way to Baltimore or Washington D.C.  The good news is that I just rediscovered that Blob’s Park Bavarian Garden located in Jessup Maryland, has expanded their offerings beyond the polka to include more Swing Dance  and just this past week Salsa/Latin night.  I just happened to check their schedule and discovered that this past Friday (3/15) was the first Salsa/Latin night and went to check it out.  The  Rumba Club Band was playing and they were excellent.  Nine musicians on drums, timbales, keyboard, trombone, flute, bass, and sax. There was plenty of room on the dance floor to try the rumba, cha cha, and merengue along with salsa dancing.  When the band breaks there are free lessons. There were some excellent dancers to watch and there were others just learning (like me).
The cover charge for the night is $12 per person and can vary according to the night. DInner, snacks, plus drinks are available if you want to make a complete evening of it. The music begins at 8:00 p.m. The next two Thursdays will feature swing dancing and on Friday March 29th, playing will be the Bayside Big Band. Looking ahead, their next salsa night will take place on April 19th. The Rumba Club Band will be returning and I look forward to hearing them again. See you there!

the Scenic Rivers Land Trust is taking a hike at SERC ie the Smithsonian Evironmental Reserach Center in Edgewater. That’s the same trail I blogged about in January. Scenic Rivers Land Trust is a great organization and if you haven’t hiked the trail yet… you can join them  at the Contee Watershed Trail at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater on Saturday, March 16th from 10 am to 11:30 am.
Stay and plant trees if you have time. The group has been invited by SERC to stay after the hike, or whenever it fits your schedule, for volunteer tree planting. SERC is seeking volunteers to plant an experimental forest called “BiodiversiTREE.”

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