Lifestyle

We are living in an unprecedented time right now. It seems like just yesterday that thousands of us gathered in downtown Annapolis to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade before gathering became, well, illegal.

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So, what are we to do now? Well, Annapolis and Annapolitans are nothing if not innovative, able to bend and sway with the times, as challenging as they are right now.

If you’re missing some of your favorite in-person events for you or your kids – never fear; here is a list of things that you can still do from the quarantine, I mean comfort of your own home.

Department of Aging & Disabilities Activities

The Department of Aging and Disabilities is streaming a daily message, arts & crafts, exercise, and virtual socialization to help keep people safe, connected and informed.

Maryland Hall

Maryland Hall’s current exhibit: “Unnatural Causes: Art of a Critical Nature” can now be viewed online. Also, check out the daily free mini “QuaranTiny” concerts in conjunction with Live Arts Maryland.

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Art Farm Annapolis

Art Farm is holding a weekly sketch challenge encouraging anyone to post personalized art using the tag #artfarmsketchon.  Staff will collect all the amazing art and post it to the website.

Pure Barre Annapolis

Your dog called and said he can’t handle 10 walks a day. Need a new workout? Pure Barre Annapolis has unlimited online classes available for $5/day including access to the entire archive of classes.

Anne Arundel County Library

The library offers an abundance of online events such as: Facebook Live Storytime, True Crime Discussion, Spring Poetry Series, and Babies in Bloom story time for the little tykes.

Naptown Sings

Naptown Sings is a wonderful place that now offers singing and instrument lessons for all ages online. Check them out if you’re interested in voice lessons or want to join the glee club. “Drop-in” opportunities are available.

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Frolic the Fox

Little ones can now enjoy Kathyn Para as Frolic the Fox, on Facebook and Instagram from her “virtual story den”. Enjoy interactive songs, ditties and stories for children.

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Annapolis Takeout

In response to the restaurant industry screeching to a grinding halt, many area restaurants are doing their best to thrive in a purely take-out manner. Some good souls got together and created this Facebook group that serves as a clearinghouse for all participating restaurants so everyone knows who’s cooking. After all, we may be in lockdown mode, but Taco Tuesday, Pizza Friday and Crab Cakes everyday still live on.

Aimee Lubin

Aimee Lubin is a political affairs professional by day, a writer by night, a Philly native by birth, and a mom by miraculous chance. She counts Key West, good bath products, and vanilla coffee creamer as things she can't live without. A graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, she spent many years working on Capitol Hill which served as good fodder for her brief stint in stand-up comedy and the backdrop for the novel she'll finish one day. She now lives in Crownsville, MD with her husband Josh, son Huckleberry and three extra large retriever lap dogs. She can often be found hiding behind a really good charcoal face mask while steeped in any number of juicy crime drama podcasts.