No where else in the area will you meet so many eco-minded people from all aspects of our environmental
and business community. Come join in and see what all the buzz is about!
It's All About the Water
Thursday, April 16
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street, Annapolis
Keep America Beautiful Ceremony
Introducing Buy a Lady a Drink, A Global Program by
details to come
Green Drinks Returns to the Garden
Homestead Gardens has opened its 2015 Flower Show, a spectacular setting for our 7th Annual March Green Drinks in the Garden event. This year's flower show theme is Celebrate Maryland, a perfect tie-in with Maryland Day, particularly since this is Homestead Gardens' first year as a participant in that celebration. See more about Maryland Day below.
Green Drinks will focus on a celebration of spring -- so needed after all this snow and cold weather -- the Flower Show, Project Clean Stream, Main Street Annapolis Partnership's Annapolis in Bloom program, and Maryland Day's Growing A Little Greener Initiative. Before the evening's done, we'll make an announcement about a special new partnership with Homestead Gardens!
We will feature ways YOU can participate in community spring cleanups that are local, regional and national in scope: the watershed-wide Project Clean Stream, Keep America Beautiful's national Great American Cleanup, and GreenScape in the City of Annapolis. Read more below.
We are proud to say that once again, Herrington on the Bay, a premiere Maryland waterfront wedding and special event site overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, will provide sustainable, delicious, and locally sourced appetizers. In fact, owner Anna Chaney and her staff have invited some of the very farmers whose food we will enjoy to join us.
Anna Chaney and Chef Michael Archibald
Mills Fine Wine & Spirits will let us sample and enjoy their selection of beer and wine, including:
- Maryland beers: Dogfish 60 Minute IPA and Annabel Lee White, a Belgian-style wheat from Baltimore.
- Wines: Barboursville Chardonnay from Virginia, and sustainably farmed Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon from California.
Beverages will be offered for a donation to Annapolis Green. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available.
If you've never joined us before at Homestead, you must. It's our most-anticipated Green Drinks. And who isn't ready for some beautiful flowers after this dismal winter! As an incentive to take some of those flowers home, Homestead Gardens will generously provide discount coupons for Green Drinkers!
About Our Event Theme
Our event sponsor is the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, organizer of Project Clean Stream. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has been connecting the public to their local outdoor space through Project Clean Stream for 12 years. The program culminates in a unified day of service when volunteers spend a few hours outside cleaning trash from parks, rivers and streams or otherwise improving their communities. These volunteers beautify the neighborhoods in which they live and work, but also gain awareness about the impacts they may have on the environment. In 2015, that unified day of service will be April 11th. However, the Alliance will be supporting cleanups throughout the spring. Register your springtime cleanup with the Alliance for more publicity to get more volunteers and supplies such as bags and gloves. Read more.
Keep America Beautiful has a nation-wide cleanup effort called the Great Amerian Cleanup. The Great American Cleanup is the country’s largest community improvement program that kicks off in more than 20,000 communities each spring. This national program engages 2 million volunteers who take action in their communities to create positive change and lasting impact.
GreenScape is a City of Annapolis and community partnership investment of beautification, clean-up, and planting in public spaces throughout the City of Annapolis. GreenScape was founded through the efforts of former Mayor Ellen Moyer and the Annapolis Recreation and Parks Advisory Board. For more than 20 years, hundreds of projects have been initiated and adopted by individuals, community groups and neighborhood associations. GreenScape takes place each spring and fall. Read more. Projects have already been registered, but on Saturday, April 25, you'll see hundreds of Annapollitans working all over town. Join in!
Homestead's "Celebrate Maryland 2015 Flower Show" showcases the rich heritage of our state as we experience a miniature Maryland (with displays and information about Seaside Living, Agrarian Living, Annapolis Living, Urban Living, and Mountain Living). Read more. It's a perfect tie-in to Maryland Day.
Maryland Day, March 20-22, commemorates the formal founding of the colony of Maryland on March 25, 1633, or 1634, at the colonists’ first landfall in Maryland. This became the site of St. Mary’s City, the colony’s first settlement. Marylanders began observing Maryland Day in 1903, when the State Board of Education designated it as a day to be devoted to the study of Maryland history. In 1916, the General Assembly authorized the celebration of Maryland Day as a legal state holiday. Many local attractions that normally charge an entrance fee.
Wednesday, February 11
A GREEN DRINKS EXTRA
for Annapolis Green
Galway Bay Irish Pub
63 Maryland Avenue
Eat, Drink, Laugh.
Show off what you know about the environment.
Who knew Green Drinkers and other environmentalists are such trivia fans... and so competitive? It was a blast! Close to 100 people played at the inaugural Green Trivia. We plan to make this a new tradition at Galway Bay Irish Pub.
Food, fun and a little "learnin' about the environment," along with a few good Green Drinks and Green Drinkers and GREAT food -- that was what our evening wa all about.
There was no lack of environmental "brilliance" along with team names such as "Small Minds," "Baby's First Happy Hour," "The Composters," "The Regulators," "Green Drunks," "Chicken Litters," and "Chesapeake Babes." You'll want to join in next time!
Lots of people enjoyed Galway's delicious three-course fundraising meal, everybody had fun and everybody learned something new!
Galway Bay Assistant General Manager Gary Brown presented us with this check -- proceeds from the fundraising dinner.
We can't thank the crew at Galway enough -- the attentive servers and Gary, Michael, Sean and Anthony. Galway provided gift cards for first, second and third place winning teams. And thank you to Bay Ridge Wine and Spirits for donating bottles of organic wine for the first and second place teams.
This was a very knowledgeable group, and yes, there were some ringers -- several Master Watershed Stewards and the executive directors of 1000 Friends of Maryland, Trash Free Maryland Alliance, and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters! Everyone said "do it again!" and we will. For next time, West/Rhode Riverkeeper Jeff Holland has challenged the other Riverkeepers.
The winners -- 1st place: Chicken Litters; 2nd place: Green Drunks
We hope this will be just the first of more trivia nights to come!
Here's how it worked
Some folks got a team together, others formed into teams when they arrived. Cost was will be $10 per team, payable at the door.
Galway Bay offered a special fund raising menu (click here) - three courses for $25. The special menu was available that evening from 5 to 10 p.m. with $10 from each meal participant generously donated by Galway Bay to Annapolis Green, along with the teams' entry fees of $10.
We had three courses of trivia questions with three prizes for the winning team in each and then a final round among the three winning teams to determine the overall winner. The top two teams were awarded a bottle of organic wine as well..
Galway Bay, a Maryland Green Travel Partner, is one of the Greenest restaurants in the area in its operations and the sourcing of its food.
As they say, "Live Green Eat Irish!" Read more.
Everyone is welcome at Green Drinks. There is no charge unless specified, and no RSVP is needed.
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Green Drinks is a happy hour that gives the environmentally minded a chance to get to know one another in a fun informal way facilitating working together for a common cause: The Health of the Chesapeake Bay and to make Annapolis visibly the Greenest City in the State. It's free and no reservations are required. Cash bar. There are always soft drinks available. You don't have to drink alcohol to enjoy Green Drinks! Our gatherings, in a different location each month, feature venues that operate sustainably, and sustainable food and drink. We routinely draw from 150 to 200 environmentally conscious attendees.
There are over 800 Green Drinks organizations around the world. The Annapolis group is the one of the largest in the United States, following New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and Portland. More about Green Drinks International.