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!
Tuesday, May 17
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
4817 Riverside Drive, Galesville
Celebrate Earth Day & the Bounty of the Bay
On Earth Day Eve as we returned to Baroak at the Loews. We focused on how we need to continue to work together to protect the planet that nurtures us and to honor and enjoy the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay.
We staff at Baroak made us most comfortable and provided excellent service and delicious complementary mussels to everyone along with a 20% discount to those of us who stayed for a fabulous dinner. And we really appreciated the free parking provided to Green Drinkers.
Baroak has adjusted its Friday & Saturday live music schedule to include Thursday nights too, so we benefitted from that with the music of local musician Mike Heuer, who describes his style as "Indie-Soul Fusion with a Genuine Edge." You can read more about Mike and his band and hear some clips of his smooth music on his website. We're delighted that he was part of Green Drinks!
Below is the schedule for subsequent Thursdays at Baroak. As general manager Jason Bacci said, "Our weekends start on Thursdays." The full lineup is here.
|May 5 - Alexander Peters|
May 12 - Dan Haas
May 19 - Mike Heuer
May 26 - Doug Segree
|June 2 - Alexander Peters
June 9 - Dan Haas
June 16 - Mike Heuer
June 23 - Doug Segree
June 30 - Angie/Meg
Baroak has made some tweaks to its space, installing ceiling baffles to reduce noise and expanding the bar seating. The appetizers they generously served, two variations of mussels, reflected the talents of restaurant's inspiration, celebrity Chef Teddy Folkman and the incredible talents of Executive Chef Maria Evans.
Photos by Ken Tom
Baroak's heritage is Belgian, a place where beer is a big part of the culture and the bar carries 70 different varieties. Baroak’s menu showcases its philosophy that beer deserves a place not only on the table, but also in the kitchen. The chef’s onion soup features Ommegang Abbey Ale, while beer mussels, a house specialty, spotlight flavorful Belgian witbier.
Our event sponsor was the Oyster Recovery Partnership, a fantastic non-profit that truly makes a difference in the restoration of the Bay. The partnership works closely with the University of Maryland's Horn Point Hatchery. Its staff collects oyster shells from participating restaurants (and at special events) so that oyster spat will have hard surfaces on which to grow and prosper. Over the past 20 years ORP has planted more than 5.9 billion oysters on 2200 acres of local oyster reefs.
The staff members of ORP were very busy telling our crowd about the work they do restoring the oyster population in the Bay. Executive Director Stephan Abel then announced the start of the Old Line Fish Company, which is, essentially, a community supported agriculture (CSA) arrangement for seafood. Those who join will pick up a 3-4 lb. box of seafood, right here in Annapolis, every two weeks. This is a great way to help sustain not only oysters but the men and women who work the water. Read more and sign up. Only 50 shares will be sold this first year.
Particularly on the eve of Earth Day, it was great to get some good news about the Bay. Chesapeake Bay Program Director Nick DiPasquale spoke for a few minutes about how many of the measures of the health of the Bay are looking better than they have in years. Read more.
We can't pull off Green Drinks without volunteers. Thank you to Sandy Williamson, MK Richardson, Lynette Humphries, and Annapolis Green Board Member Kristi Neidhardt for their help. And a big thank you to Ken Tom for these photographs.
To those of you who made a donation to Annapolis Green at our event, thank you. We greatly appreciate your support.
As always, we had a lot of information available on ways you can live, work and play in a way that cares for our planet. It's spring... a perfect time for new beginnings including how we relate to the Earth that sustains us.
Happy Earth Day!
743 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville
Our most anticipated Green Drinks of the year!
Celebrate spring among the flowers in the garden!
Our event was held right in the middle of A Feast of Color, Homestead Garden's Annual Home & Garden Expo and it was beautiful. A touch of spring, the color of flowers, and terrific outdoor (and indoor) design ideas was just what we needed coming out of winter. And we had a great crowd! All photos by Ken Tom
Thank you to our Event Sponsor
and its programs
It was our 8th annual Green Drinks at Homestead and owner Brian Riddle gave us a warm welcome as he talked about two new initiatives: Bee a Hero and Modern Homesteading.
Bee a Hero is about helping all of us do something positive about the crises pollinators face today.
Through the initiative, Homestead Gardens supports the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. This campaign seeks to register a million public and private pollinator gardens across the nation in 2016. Homestead hopes to help increase the number of pollinator gardens in this area. Want to get involved? Join the Homestead Pollinator Club for education, expert advice and special sales on pollinator friendly plants and resources.
And check out Homestead's new Modern Homesteading department for information and supplies for indoor gardening, hydroponic gardening, liquid nutrients, and beekeeping supplies.
And here's a big thank you to Homestead for the discount coupons provided for Green Drinkers.
We featured two programs organized by our event sponsor, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: Businesses for the Bay and Project Clean Stream. Executive Director Al Todd (also an Annapolis Green Board member) gave us an overview.
If you are looking for way for your business to give back to the community and the environment, look into Businesses for the Bay. Want to learn more? Sign up for a FREE informational Businesses for the Bay Lunch and Learn Webinar on Wednesday, March 23, at noon. Details.
And if you as an individual or as a member of a group want to get your hands dirty this spring, look into Project Clean Stream, a watershed-wide cleanup that can be scheduled from the end of March through May. Most projects are right around the first week in April and several are going on in our area.
Learn more by listening to an interview with the heads of both programs in the archive of our radio program, Living Green in Annapolis. Click here.
We can't give a strong enough thank you to Herrington on the Bay. The appetizer buffet was absolutely delicious and how wonderful that Chef Mike provided vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Every year, everyone raves about the fabulous food at the Green Drinks at Homestead and it was terrific once again. Thank you to the entire Herrington staff and to owner Anna Chaney who could not join us last week.
Maryland's only Eco-Lifestyle Event Design and Catering Service, Herrington offers stunning surroundings – perfect for waterfront weddings, weekday weddings, vow renewals, birthdays, company picnics, holiday parties, reunions, fundraisers, events, and retreats of all kinds. Its commitment to the environment is second to none. Read about Herrington's Eco-Lifestyle philosophy.
We were very happy to have the owner of Mills Fine Wine & Spirits, , Jen Donahoe, join us to pour the wines and beers she selected for us and to tell us all about them. For the beers, Mills selected a great Hefeweizen, an Amber and an IPA. Included are RAR and Jailbreak (both new and up and coming/hot newer breweries in the canned scene), and classic Flying Dog. For the white wines, Mills selected Crow dry Rose and Vidal Blanc (perfect for people pining for Spring!). For reds, Mills selected two Certified Organic selections from Greece and a Rioja. These reds were absolutely delicious and fairly new to the store. Mills is located at the foot of Main Street in Annapolis.
We were also very glad to introduce Green Drinkers to Stacey and Jim of Rutabaga Craft Juicery,located in West Annapolis. Rutagaba is a new store serving healthy, locally-sourced, made-to-order cold-pressed juice, and more. Everybody who sampled the red, green or orange juices loved them! It's a delicious way to drink healthy! Rutabaga also serves superfood smoothies, and healthy breakfast, lunch and snack items. Rutabaga’s owners, Stacey and Jim Heywood, source locally and organic as much as possible and are eco-minded in all they produce. Read about Rutabaga’s “Eco-Cred."
Thank you to Lara Mulvaney and other Master Watershed Stewards who gave Green Drinkers some insight into the watersheds we live in. Learn more about the stewards from the Watershed Stewards Academy website.
And we were delighted to have several artists from the Annapolis Arts Alliance with info about "Petite Green Squares," the first art exhibit to be hosted at the Annapolis Green House starting on April 10! We believe that art is part of what makes our community vibrant and are thrilled to provide a venue for this exhibit of small works. Learn more.
Lisa Thompson, Executive Director of the Annapolis Partnership, joined us to promote Annapolis in Bloom. The Annapolis Partnership, through its Main Streets program, coordinates the Annapolis in Bloom project. Beauty is transformative and flowering planters and hanging flower baskets throughout historic Annapolis make residents and visitors feel welcomed and safe. Studies show that visitors and shoppers will stay longer in an area that conveys beauty. In 2015, this was a nearly $50,000 project done in partnership with local businesses, residents, the City of Annapolis and Homestead Gardens and brought nearly 50 planters and 136 hanging baskets to the historic streets of Annapolis. Learn more online and contribute to this beautiful Annapolis tradition.
Our friends from Solar City helped us with drink tickets! We hope you spoke with them about how you can go solar. We'll have more info on this soon!
Our event was zero-waste. Everything was either composted or recycled. Thanks for helping us with this! And to those who brought their own cups and name tags - thanks for helping us cut down on waste in this way!
We also want to thank the Anne Arundel County Recycling and Waste Reduction Division, particularly Kristin Lagana, for providing a recycling dumpster for our event and the South River Federation's South River on the Half Shell Live & Silent Auction at Homestead just three days later. Similarly, we partnered with the South River Federation for pick up of the composting from both events by Veteran Compost.
And finally, we can't put on Green Drinks without the help of our wonderful volunteers. A big thank you to Greg Perry, Sandy Williams, Rita Calvert, Tom Cagle, Ken Tom, Cathie Trogdon, Mariel Yarbrough, and Jeanne Langdon.
Revisit, Reuse, Rejoice
February 2016 marked the 10-year anniversary of Green Drinks Annapolis, which started with just a few environmentally minded friends at what is now Blackwall Hitch. What a difference a decade has made! Now we are 100-200 strong and one of the most successful Green Drinks in the country. More importantly, Green Drinks Annapolis has become a community resource, a place to meet in person, exchange ideas, learn something new, and yes, add fun to our concern for the environment! And we certainly celebrated in great style!
We couldn’t have had a better celebration of Green Drinks Annapolis’ 10-Year Anniversary at Pusser's at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel. Thank you to everyone on a huge crowd -- well over 100 people strong who came and celebrated with us. It really warmed our hearts to see you all there and the congratulations were so appreciated.
We had a great time with a huge crowd -- well over 100 people strong -- and even an anniversary cake.
Photos by Ken Tom.
Our theme demonstrated how the world of environmental awareness keeps evolving. It was a twist on the usual 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) like this:
Rejoice - On February 28, 2006, as a birthday present to herself, Lynne gathered about 20 people over a drink at the Rockfish (with warm memories of the late Charlie Bauer), now Blackwall Hitch. We even a few of the "Original Green Drinkers" from 10 years ago with us on Feb. 16 (that's Ted Weber with Lynne below), and Lynne had her original sign-in book.
Revisit - The Annapolis Waterfront Hotel. Yes, although still affiliated with Marriott, it's now a part of the Autograph Collection. The hotel celebrated with us its uniqueness and amazing re-branding and interior redesign done by Reiter Interiors and painting by Bill Addison's Painting Company. Learn more. Our Green Drinkers were invited to revisit the hotel at our event and then and take a tour that showcased the clever re-purposing with a nod to local maritime lore! Thank you to hotel general manager Gary Burke and his staff. Room photo courtesy Annapolis Waterfront Hotel.
The Annapolis Waterfront Hotel is aware of its responsibility to protect our environment and invites its guests to consider participating in its eco initiatives. Learn more.
At Pusser's we could not have been in better hands than the staff of Glenn, Scott, Bobby, and Orlando headed up by Food & Beverage Director Mike Schwartz. And a bit than you to Hilary Peret, Senior Catering Sales Manager. The staff was fabulous and the appetizers were delicious! We could not have had a better team on our event.
Reuse - In this case, we were talking interior design and furnishing of our new office space. While attending the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel's re-branding open house a few weeks ago, we met its amazing designers - Reiter Interiors. And, you guessed it, Reiter is helping us design the Annapolis Green House! Were were glad to introduce Polly Reiter and Bobbi Nock to our Green Drinks crowd.
We hope you all had a chance to chat with Bryan Pax and his staff from Super Green Solutions, our event sponsor. SuperGreen Solutions, is a retail provider of energy-efficient products and services for commercial and residential customers who want to address financial energy and sustainability goals.
Bryan held a drawing for a very cool solar lantern and the winner was Mary Hametz from Herrington on the Bay.
As a local franchise, SuperGreen Solutions is able to provide the service of a neighborhood store while maintaining the buying power and product selection of an international corporation, providing high-quality cutting-edge technology products to produce substantial energy savings. Products include LED lighting, solar panels, wind turbines, tankless water heating, water purification, Indow Windows and more.
Check the Super Green Solutions website for lots of useful information that can save you money while being good to the planet.
And finally, we owe a big thank you to our wonderful volunteers: Photographer Ken Tom and greeters Sandy Williamson, Karin Hannah Stern, and Jeanne Langdon.
We toasted toast our fabulous community that has supported us for a decade, the twist of fate having the same designers that outfitted our original gathering space, and good things to come with updates on the Annapolis Green House that's taking shape right now.
70th Anniversary of the Magothy River Association
We kicked off the year venturing just bit out of town to highlight two of our favorite groups and all they do.
Clean water begins with the stewardship of our rivers and streams, and we spotlighted the great work of our friends at the Magothy River Association. This is the 70th anniversary year of this all-volunteer group representing 46 communities along the Magothy River Watershed. It devotes its efforts to projects that protect the welfare of the river and its inhabitants.
Our other favorite is the Irish Restaurant Company and the example the company sets for our community in its sustainable efforts, philanthropy and just great food and drink. We know and love Galway Bay Irish Pub and Killarney House, but a visit to Brian Boru was overdue.
Thank you to owners Anthony Clarke and Michael Galway, as well as the staff, for the hospitality. The great food included local oysters, Irish favorite Shepherd's Pie, and other tasty appetizers. Learn more about the Irish Restaurant Company's Sustainable Practices.
We hope everyone picked up the information Magothy River Association Paul Spadaro gave us on the organization's initiative, including a floating garden "gizmo" (our word, not MRA's) that would make a unique Mother's Day gift. We'll have more details on that as we get closer to May. The important part is that the roots of floating plants will help to remove the pollution for the water they are floating in.
We also brought you up to date on the Annapolis Green House at 92 Maryland Avenue. We're transforming that charming space and hope you'll be a part of it.
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.