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.
After graduating with a degree in Anthropology, Adam worked on Sustainable Tourism Development projects in Bolivia before arriving in Annapolis to work with a local agency focused on destination marketing. Traveling, coffee, and the outdoors are a few of his favorite things. Adam is a Connecticut native who has called Annapolis home since 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After flying the coop to pursue her BSJ in Multimedia Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, Kira returned home to explore the familiar brick streets and waiting sailboats that adorned her hometown. Having grown up in southern Maryland, she is excited to further extend her roots in the Annapolis community. Kira attributes her love of the arts, food, and culture to her father who is a local musician and chef. In her free time, Kira enjoys practicing yoga, finding and trying out new recipes, and going for bike rides.
Katie Redmiles is a writer and marketing professional living and working in Annapolis. Since graduating from college with an English degree, Katie has worked for a city/regional magazine, an Internet start-up in San Francisco and, presently, the biggest tour and charter company in Annapolis. She is an aspiring yoga teacher and enjoys photography, coffee and finding new places to walk her two dogs. With her family's non-profit foundation, Katie plans an annual charity golf tournament to benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and also fosters rescue dogs. You can often find Katie enjoying a local coffee shop. Keep up with her online through her blog, katiestella.com.
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.
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 has always drawn, written, and visually journaled the world around her. Graduating from Maryland Institute College of Art with honors, she has since been an artist at Art at Large, Inc., the studio of Sally Wern Comport. Specializing in illustration, design, public art, and large-scale graphic solutions, there is never a boring day on the job. When not at Art at Large, Lindsay creates for her art business LBo Craft – a culmination of a love for drawing, painting, photographing, documenting, and working with her hands to craft handmade things that celebrate hometown pride, nostalgia, and nature. You may also spot her behind the counter at Art Things from time to time; setting up an LBo Craft sale at Lowery’s Produce on the Eastern Shore; popping into HERE, a pop-up shop; or supporting the local art and music scene. Lindsay specializes in watercolor, drawing, and printmaking media. Check out LBoCraft.com to view Lindsay’s work or at artatlargeinc.com to check out the day job! Follow her on instagram and twitter @linds_lbocraft or LBoCraft on Facebook.
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.
Lu is a junior in college pursuing a Film Studies degree. In her free time, she enjoys writing scripts and books as well as making short films for fun. She lives locally but has worked in Annapolis for 3 years and involves herself with local events and festivals such as the Annapolis Film Festival.
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 Mlbaker6@msn.com
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!
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.
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.
Up.St.ART Annapolis stands for Up Street Art. Upper West street has been designated as the Arts and Entertainment district in Annapolis.
U.A. is a quarterly publication that highlights the creative people and businesses that make Annapolis such a rich cultural city.
From musicians to artist to community activists to champions of the arts, U.A.’s goal is not just to shine a light on the great works of art created here but to go in depth about the people and businesses behind the arts. We love what these people do, now we want you to know why they do what they do.