Native Annapolitan, Abby Smith is a recent graduate of Pace University with a degree in communications. In addition to writing, she freelances in social media marketing and brand consulting. She enjoys kickboxing, listening to a wide variety of podcasts, and caring for her rescue dog, Pepper. She was raised in a Navy family, so she believes if you’re not ten minutes early you’re late. Abby loves the history and charm of Annapolis and enjoys showing off her hometown to visiting family and friends.
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.
Annapolis Discovered is Annapolis & Anne Arundel County’s go-to resource for finding out what’s happening in and around the county. Here you will read about the latest news and updates related to Arts, History, Lifestyle, Food and more! Written by local bloggers, our stories are your guide to the City.
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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.
Brooke Morgan is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. Originally from Georgia, she decided to trade peaches for crabs in 2016. Brooke currently works in human resources, but devotes her spare time to travel, running, and her stamp club. Brooke is by no means a history buff, but rather a self-described "history nerd." Her favorite history related activities in Annapolis include listening to live music at the 1747 Pub, losing track of time in Old Fox Books, and riding her bike around the colonial neighborhoods.
Brianne Phillips is an English as a Second Language tutor, and will commence an MFA in Creative Writing in the spring of 2019. She is currently working on a first novel. When Brianne moved to Maryland, the coffee shops of Annapolis became her favorite haunts, though she still does not understand the area’s deep and abiding love for Old Bay seasoning. When she is not teaching or writing, Brianne enjoys organic gardening.
Chelsea is a proud lifelong Marylander. She is a creative writing teacher, tutor, poet, and freelance writer and editor. She is also a mom of four little ones who are learning to love Maryland’s sights, sounds, and seasons as much as their momma. Some of Chelsea’s favorite Annapolis memories are interning at the Paca House, her wedding (ceremony at Annapolis Maritime Museum, reception at Loews), shopping Main Street on Black Friday (a yearly Burton girl tradition), and watching the Blue Angels. The concept of free time is foreign to Chelsea at this stage of her life, but if she found some, she would fill it by reading, crafting, baking, or watching a movie with the little wildlings.
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.
O'Dellshae TruVarsha Wiles Robinson El Bey, artistically known as Egypt English, is a poet and spoken word recording artist. She is the force behind the poetry EP and book "Opening Ceremony Vol. 1: The Birth of Egypt English". She graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in English Literature and an enhanced love for the art of storytelling. In addition to her poetry career, Egypt is a teacher for Art with a Heart in Baltimore, an image consultant and certified confidence coach for budding creative entrepreneurs, and the host of her lifestyle podcast, "The Monday Train". When she is not refining her crafts, you can find her making vibrant memories with her husband and son. She loves listening to a wide array of music, making energy healing jewelry, taking impromptu trips to the beach, and spending time in nature with her family. Growing up in the quiet sticks of Saponi country at Ringgold, Virginia, Egypt is captivated by the culture, hues, and hustle and bustle of Baltimore and the beautiful waters of Annapolis. Want to know more? Visit her blog egyptenglish.com, and follow her on Instagram @_leideEnglish.
Only months after receiving a BA in English from a small college in Pennsylvania, Fred embarked on a career in publishing that includes magazine positions from editorial assistant to editor-in-chief, and most everything in between. He has worked on the editorial staffs of the Harrisburg, PA-based American History Illustrated, British Heritage, Civil War Times Illustrated, and Country Journal, and the U.S. Naval Institute’s monthly Proceedings and bimonthly Naval History magazines in Annapolis. While at the Naval Institute, he received a 2007 “Telly” Award for his work as associate producer of the video collection “Americans at War” (a Veterans Day special aired on PBS), and he is the author of the book History Makers: Interviews (2000). Fred’s freelance-writing work has appeared in American Heritage, Bluegrass Unlimited, Chevron USA, the Chicago Tribune, Cobblestone, Maryland Life, Maryland Magazine, and VFW. Fred is currently a staff writer for What’s Up? Annapolis, where his article, “Draining the Wrong Swamp?”, concerning the possible elimination of the entire Chesapeake Bay Program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was a finalist for a 2019 Folio “Eddie” award for city and regional publications. He lives in Annapolis with his wife and their dog.
Supporter of all things that taste good.
A Cosmopolitan Magazine quiz declared me (and my then fiancé) a pleasure seeker after checking yes to boxes like do you like sunshine, vacations, and good food.
Favorite things and hobbies are discovering establishments that specialize in a unique atmosphere, trend and affordability. Anyone can make reservations to a Michelin Star.
Jamie Foster is married with two young daughters and lives in Annapolis. You might see her walking the brick-paved streets of our colonial city as a tour guide, complete with 18th century clothing. Originally from Michigan, she moved to Long Island, NY for graduate school where she received her degree in Exercise Physiology. She worked for many years in Cardiac Rehabilitation before moving to Maryland in 2008. Since then, she has stayed home to be with her children. Now that they are in school, she enjoys volunteering and sharing her love of history as a tour guide. Jamie enjoys coffee, exploring historical sites, spending time with friends and being involved in her church.
Jane Green finally tired of her daily 100-mile round-trip commute to her federal government job as an expert on international issues and is now spending her days enjoying all that Annapolis and the surrounding area have to offer. Jane was raised in Indiana, receiving a B.A. in political science from Indiana University, but came east to earn a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She and her family moved to Annapolis in 1986. An avid genealogist, Jane discovered that she was not the first of her family to live in Anne Arundel County—that honor goes to a 7th great-grandfather. Jane and her husband, Tom, have two children, both married, three grandchildren, two dogs, and two granddoodles. Tom is the founder and president of DesignAmerica, an aerospace software development company. Jane’s favorite things about living in Annapolis include gazing out at the Bay from her deck, exploring new restaurants and shops, and attending musical and historical programs.
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Jeremy Olsen is the executive director, and co-founder of The Commons, where he works to support a creative co-working community and host community events promoting the good, true, and beautiful in his hometown of Annapolis. In addition, Jeremy brings healthcare capacity-building experience into his role as the Director of Development for the HopeXchange Medical Center in Kumasi, Ghana. Jeremy holds a Masters in Physiology from Georgetown University, and is an alumnus of The College of Charleston and St. John’s College in Annapolis.
John Stefancik is the Publisher of Chesapeake Bay Media. He spends time on the water aboard his center console powerboat, racing sailboats of all sizes, and cruising between the waterside cities and towns of the Bay. Born and raised into a boating family, John spent summers sharing a berth with his brother while their parents took them sailing for weekends and weeks at a time. “The specialness of the Chesapeake cannot be overstated,” John says, “because one minute one can find themselves floating in a big urban area with city culture, then in the next moment being blissfully alone in one of the richest natural resources in the world!” John lives just outside of Annapolis, on the Severn River, with his wife and three children.
Kristin Dyak is the digital marketing director at a local ad agency where she specializes in social media marketing. She became an Annapolitan in 2015 when moving back east after a stint on the west coast. Growing up in Northern Virginia, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore were home to countless childhood, summer memories. Kristin is excited to be part of a vibrant neighborhood that prioritizes local artists, music and events that encourage a progressive community in this historic city.
Katie Redmiles is a writer and marketing professional living and working in Annapolis. Currently working in the arts, Katie is dedicated to showing off — and experiencing — all that Annapolis has to offer. You can often find her enjoying a local coffee shop, in a yoga studio, taking photos or trying out a new trail to walk her two rescue dogs. Katie is an avid volunteer and has helped raise over $145K for charity.
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.
LaRane is a Salisbury University grad working as a business administrator for a local health care company. She considers traveling her life's passion and is always planning and looking forward to her next trip. LaRane's favorite thing to do when she is abroad is to explore natural wonders, hang with the locals, and most importantly, Eat! She moved to Annapolis in 2015 and couldn't think of a better place to use as her "home base" while she continues her world travels. When LaRane is not traveling or working, she enjoys blogging, reading, photography, and spending time with family.
New Hampshire native Leslie Howard-Goddard moved to Annapolis in 2011 to study at St. John’s College. Since settling in the area, she has explored many of the beautiful camping spots the Mid-Atlantic has to offer and is always on the lookout for new waterfalls and vistas. Her favorite Annapolis activities include walking the scenic neighborhoods of Eastport, volunteering with local kids, and enjoying a cocktail at downtown Annapolis' many bars.
Lindsay Bolin Lowery is an illustrator and writer whose work is informed by her love of food, culture, and landscapes of the Chesapeake Bay region. She is owner of LBo Craft, studio manager of Art at Large, Inc., as well as a teaching artist for public art organization Future History Now. She has been a blogger with Visit Annapolis since 2015. Lindsay enjoys walking her dog in Quiet Waters Park, eating a crepe from Sofi's at City Dock, and grabbing a cream ale at Sailor Oyster Bar. You can find Lindsay's work at LBoCraft.com.
Lois Villemaire is retired from a career in local government and is now exploring her interest in creative writing, sometimes combined with researching family history. The latter has provided her with colorful and unique material. Lois enjoys walking around downtown and practicing yoga. She volunteers at The Wellness House of Annapolis, a strength and support resource for cancer patients, survivors, and their families. She lives in Annapolis with her husband and they love reading, restaurants, music, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Mary Lou Baker is a longtime food and travel writer who relishes the opportunity to tell her readers about good eating and drinking in the Chesapeake Bay area. Among her culinary credits are as a weekly columnist and restaurant reviewer for the Capital, (the Annapolis daily newspaper; a monthly columnist for Chesapeake Life Magazine; former food and wine editor for Baltimore Magazine; co-author of "Dining in Baltimore"; and co-author of Seafood Lover’s Chesapeake Bay: Restaurants, Markets, Recipes & Traditions, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the United States Naval Academy Gift Shop. A native New Englander, she is happy to have called Annapolis her hometown for most of her adult life. Cooking is her favorite thing to do, second only to sampling the talents of the chefs who make Annapolis and the Eastern Shore a mecca for food-loving visitors. She can be reached at [email protected]
Marley is an Annapolitan of 13 years and has fallen in love with the city and all of its energy--specifically its diverse musical energy. Between out of town acts coming out to Rams Head on Stage, friends’ bands playing at local bars such as Stan and Joe’s or Harvest, and weekly jam sessions like the Traditional Irish Music at Galway Bay, she always finds music to enjoy. Marley also loves spending time outside by the water, indulging in Annapolis’ many delicious restaurants, and interacting with the local pooches.
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.
Nina Vidal is a native of Virginia that has lived in D.C. for a number of years before traveling over to the coastline and setting roots in Annapolis. Immersed in the world of luxury real estate for close to 10 years, where people choose to call home has always been a passion and interest. She is an avid believer that rosé should be enjoyed year round and that one can never have too many striped shirts or throw pillows. Nina and her husband live in Annapolis with their German Shepherd, Logan.
Paige Reed splits her time between the Texas Gulf Coast and the Chesapeake Bay. She spent her childhood summers at Camp Wabanna, just south of Annapolis. Paige fell in love with Annapolis at a very young age, spending her weekends wandering aimlessly through 400 years of historical charm. As a seasoned traveler, she’s got a story for just about every occasion, and she might even have a fun fact or two for you! Since attending Louisiana State University to pursue a degree in Marketing, she has focused her time on writing her first historical fiction novel. If she's not in some library basement, knee-deep in archive documents, you can find her sitting by the water enjoying a good book. If you happen to catch her out and about, say hello! You can follow her adventures at www.PaigeOutOfHistory.com.
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.
As Annapolis’ premier music venue, Rams Head on Stage hosts nightly performances from national, international, and locally acclaimed bands and artists. With so many chances to meet great musicians from around the world, our blog on Foodie Annapolis is meant to bring you closer to some of the bands that visit our historic city! Don’t forget to check out our schedule to see who’s coming to town next!
Rhiannon Gelston loves to lose herself in all things creative. She enjoys writing, painting, live music, traveling, sports, being outdoors, exploring, playing, spirituality, and energy work. She has a BA in English and a MS in Occupational Therapy with a pediatric focus. Rhiannon just had her first novel published. It is a memoir with a twist called, Lark and the Loon, available wherever books are sold. Rhiannon grew up on Spa Creek in downtown Annapolis. Home for Rhiannon will always be the sound of the halyards hitting the masts on a breezy day, a pile of crabs saturated in Old Bay, raft-ups with friends as kids cannonball off of the stern, and time with family and friends, in, on, and around the Chesapeake Bay. She lives in Annapolis with her husband, their five lovely and lively children, and their black lab, McNasby.
Rhea is a born-and-raised Annapolitan with Filipino roots and has been an enthusiast for all things food since childhood. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in English Language and Literature and has been working in the food industry for over 13 years. She believes bacon really does make everything better. She is a lover of pineapples and the occasional tequila. On her off-time, Rhea enjoys yoga and playing with her cat, Dinosaur.
Steve is a lifelong Annapolitan and, as his car's license plate avows, "BAY LVR." He writes about everything from nutrition to wealth management in his day job, as a Public Relations Account Executive at a local integrated marketing firm, but loves introducing locals and tourists alike to Annapolis through his freelance writing. He also enjoys regularly walking along Main Street and Ego Alley with his dog, Buddy, and sharing what he sees during his April-through-October weekend paddleboard excursions on his Instagram account, @annapolispaddleboarder. Steve received a B.A. in political science from Union College, near his family farm in upstate New York, and an M.S. in journalism from Iowa State University.
Susan Chase is an active retiree who now calls Annapolis home after living and working in seven different states during her career as a chemist/director of quality assurance. She enjoys writing ever since her high school days when she was editor-in-chief of her high school’s newspaper. Since then, she has written scientific journal articles, reference book chapters on “salt,” sodium chloride, and a layman’s article on how water softeners function. Additionally, she was a contributing editor to a total quality management manual for a major multinational corporation. Since retirement, she has continued to write for a local magazine and now, Annapolis Discovered.
Susan is married, enjoys boating, touring the Chesapeake area, playing golf, walking Annapolis neighborhoods with friends, dining out, especially at sunset near the water. An avid reader, she reads between 30 and 50 books a year, covering a mixture of topics. Due to her interest in foreign languages, Susan has studied seven, two new ones, currently. “I believe it keeps the mind active,” she said. Also, Susan has been a volunteer at the Annapolis Visitors Center for about five years.
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Susan spent her teenage years in Annapolis, when her parents settled here post-Navy career. After graduating from the University of Maryland, she set her sights on New York City, equally entranced by magazines and rock and roll. A chance trip to the Caribbean led her to the discovery of travel writing, and she spent the next 15 years as a travel editor, exploring the world from home bases in NYC and Florida. In 2013, she left publishing to start a travel planning company, The Honeymoonist, while continuing to write for national magazines. She relocated to Annapolis in 2018, and is thrilled to get to rediscover the area she’s always called home. When she’s not out scouting, Susan is playing her ukulele, chasing her schnoodle Ira, or volunteering with Annapolis Green.
SpinSheet is a Chesapeake Bay sailing magazine written by sailors for sailors. Our sailing coverage goes "deep" rather than "wide," and we use this platform to celebrate the people, places, boats, personalities, and events that make the Chesapeake one of the world's premier sailing grounds.
Stacey Turner is a painter, mother of 3, former Annapolis business-owner and a long-time resident of the Historic District. Moving here in 2001, Stacey bought and renovated her first 100-year-old home. Many hours of love, sweat and tears went into saving the once neglected duplex and turning it into a much-cherished home. She also had a dream of sharing her philosophies and ideas on art and creation with the next generation. In 2003, she opened Already Artists Studio and the business thrived in downtown Annapolis for more than 10 years. Stacey closed the doors of her studio in 2014 to return to her painting. She also worked with her previous assistant to co-found ArtFarm Annapolis, a teaching and retail space, in Annapolis’ developing Arts District. Today, Stacey lives, paints and writes from her home studio on Prince George Street where she lives with her youngest, Leo, and their two dogs, Penny and Carl.