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!
We're taking a break in August.
Back to the Future
Yes, yes, we're channeling 30 years since the release of the iconic movie... but the phrase holds true. Join us at the historic Charles Carroll House where we'll explore and enjoy Annapolis' past while looking to the future... as we showcase the future in the form of the students in St. Mary's environmental programs.
History is important to our community. The Charles Carroll House, home to a signer of the Declaration of Independence, is a magnificent example of the cultural heritage we are so lucky to have in Annapolis. As the City of Annapolis studies our cultural heritage and works out ways to protect important properties from storms, fire, earthquakes and rising sea level, (click for information about the study) here are a few quotes from residents:
"I think it's what Annapolis stands for. To be able to see the State House at one end and the water at the other end is a beautiful sight."
Annapolis is: "Original, Authentic, Historic."
City of Annapolis Historic Preservation head Lisa Craig will tell us more about the study and what the city is doing to plan for disasters.
Looking to the future, we will hear about St. Mary's High School's Environmental Studies Program that is creating a new generation of stewards of our environment. Read more about the school's program.
Former state senator Gerald Winegrad will lead small group tours of the environmental features of the school grounds and parking lot -- many of which were installed with the assistance of the Spa Creek Conservancy.
Appetizers will be provided by Palate Pleasers.
Parking: Please note that parking will be on the street or in the Hillsman garage nearby. The St. Mary's parking lot will NOT be available to Green Drinkers because our event coincides with Back to School Night at the school.
Tuesday, July 14
It Takes a Village: Art, Oysters & Tea
Flying Dog Brewery
It Really DID Take a Village to Create a Successful Green Drinks
We owe a big thanks to many people for a very successful... and happily different... Green Drinks. We enjoyed an eclectic evening at the Annapolis Design District when Gallery 3976, along with the Oyster Recovery Partnership and Capital Teas, hosted Green Drinks.
First, we appreciate the hospitality of host Gallery 3976! All of the talented shop owners were open and telling Green Drinkers all about their art work, and selling too! And we'd like to extend a special thank you to Suzi Jett of Annapolis Brand who first approached us with the idea of hosting Green Drinks at 3976. It was a great idea!
We highlighted three different organizations working as one for our event and for stewardship and beautification to create a vibrant and Green town. This demonstrated how artists, non-profits, commercial companies, and citizens, all have a role to play in taking care of our land and waterways.
We owe a big thanks to Suzi Jett and the talented artists at Gallery 3976 for their very generous hospitality:
Photographer Steve Seamans www.steveseamansphotography.com set up a very fun photo booth that brought out the little kid in many Green Drinkers. We'll have those photos up soon! Thank you, Steve.
One thing we really enjoyed doing was bringing to the attention of Green Drinkers that the Design District is in the headwaters of Spa Creek. The more we can do with stormwater-savvy beautification the better for the Creek and the better for property values! We will be working on this in the months to come with Design District leaders and the Spa Creek Conservancy. Beautification and landscaping increase property values and attract customers. Beautification is a core component of Annapolis Green's "Keep Annapolis Beautiful" initiative as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.
And speaking of beautification, we owe Brad Kuklinski of Greenstreet Growers a big thanks for dressing up a bike with greenery at the entrance of Green Drinks as an example of store-by-store beautification. We set this up to bring attention to the Design District’s Upcycle Planters Competition to kick off beautification of the District with “fun, funky and noteworthy” planters in front of area businesses. Judging will be held the week of September 14 and will be announced at the Art in Action event on September 26, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Edgewood Street.
And here’s a big thanks to award-winning singer-songwriter-guitarist Dirk Schwenk -->
who set the mood with his beautiful music. Check him out online! Dirk plays music in the evening but his day job is as an attorney specializing in real estate, waterfront, planning and zoning, and maritime law. Check out Check out Bay Law, LLC.
Our Event Sponsor was Flying Dog Brewery and we want thank that company for donating the beer for the evening. Flying Dog has a big commitment to the Chesapeake Bay and a special relationship with the Oyster Recovery Partnership.
Every bottle of Pearl Necklace sold enables the Oyster Recovery Partnership to plant 10 oysters in the Bay. Learn more. Dead Rise was brewed to celebrate Old Bay's 75th anniversary and proceeds benefit True Blue, a program that advocates on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay's 5500 watermen. Flying Dog rep Brian Shorten did a great job talking about this and the brews themselves. Thank you.
The Oyster Recovery Partnership folks were at Green Drinks in full force with a terrific display all about the wonderful job that organization does to bring back the oyster population in the Bay. Even “Shelly” the oyster showed up! Thank you to Paul Schurick, Bryan Gomes, and all the other enthusiastic ORP staff.
Capital Teas provided a very interesting twist with its complimentary samples of its refreshing Vino Teano wine mixers. Tea in wine? Yes! Tea in Beer? Yes. Read about Capital Tea’s new downtown store, Sugar Daddy Spicy Mama. A big thank you to Adam Levin-Epstein for showcasing Capital Teas at our event.
Also, we’ll be at Capital Tea’s 77 Main Street store for Green Drinks in November. More info to come.
Delicious appetizers were provided by Julie St. Marie Catering and Event Coordination. We can always count on Julie and she made it easy for us to offer you great nibbles in an unusual setting and small space. She’s innovative and always steps up to a challenge. Thank you, Julie!
We were also happy to bring Pinkey’s West Street Liquors into Green Drinks. Owner Paul Malley took important steps at his small business to treat stormwater, including permeable pavement and a stormwater planters, to protect Spa Creek. And he really knows his wines as was evident as he poured at the wine table he staffed for us. Thanks so a nice price break from Paul, we were able to offer wine on a complimentary basis. Thank you, Paul!
And John Talman brought his CrabTown Curbs Cuisine food truck to our event. That was an enjoyable and tasty first for us. Thank you, John!
And finally, we cannot put on Green Drinks without volunteers. Thank you so much to Sandy Williamson, Cathie Trogden and Rita Calvert for staffing our reception tables.
Photos of the event will be posted here soon!
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.