Thursday, September 20, 2012
Artists, philanthropists and chickens flocked to Lemongrass Wednesday evening to celebrate the start of “Hatching the Arts” in Annapolis.
About 40 people mingled on the lawn next to Lemongrass on West Street Wednesday evening to sip drinks and meet the six artists chosen to decorate 5 and a half-foot chicken sculptures for Annapolis. "We wanted to introduce the artists and thank the sponsors of this project," said April Nyman, executive director of the Anne Arundel Arts Council. The chickens are part of Hatching the Arts, an outdoor art exhibit the council hopes will draw attention to the Capital Central Arts district in the city. The district starts at Calvert Street and travels down West Street to Westgate Circle before heading out to Maryland Hall. Lemongrass owner and creator of the chicken sculpture idea Gavin Buckley said he hopes to have three to four sculptures per …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
The city partnered with the Anne Arundel County Public Library to teach residents how to obtain a permit, build a coop and raise happy, healthy chickens.
Residents interested in raising chickens on their properties packed into a room at Annapolis Area Library Wednesday night to listen to an educational presentation put on by the city of Annapolis. Approximately 40 people filled nearly every available seat during the one-hour presentation. The four-member panel's topics ranged from how many eggs should a healthy chicken lay to how to build your coop so it meets City Ordinance 53-11. "Some chickens are known to be kind of mean," said panelist Elizabeth Elliot. "I've had Rhode Island Reds ... they are not very friendly chickens but they are great at producing eggs," Elliot said. "Some chickens like Brahmas are known to be very docile and good with children." The Anne Arundel County Public …
Monday, May 7, 2012
The forum addresses guidelines on keeping backyard hens, which was recently signed into law.
Bring on the hens! After the recent passage of legislation allowing Annapolis residents to keep backyard hens, the city is hosting a public forum on guidelines related to the subject. On May 30, a representative from the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs will be at that Annapolis Area Library at 6:30 to discuss the permitting process, according to an announcement on the city's website. Other representatives will talk about raising chickens. For more information, call Cameron Caswell at 410-222-1750 or Jeanna Beard at 410-263-7946, the website states.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson, Alderman Ross Arnett and Alderman Fred Paone voted against allowing residents to keep or maintain chickens within the city limits.
Some Annapolis residents can start counting their chickens. Close to 1 a.m. Tuesday, the Annapolis City Council voted 6-3 to allow residents to keep up to five chickens on their properties. Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson, of Ward 4, Alderman Ross Arnett, of Ward 8, and Alderman Fred Paone, of Ward 2, were the only council members to vote against the law, which would also require residents to provide the chickens—not roosters—with a sturdy coop and an attached enclosure located at least five feet from the property line. "It is an imposition on those people that don't want this, who say, I live in the city because I don't want to live on a farm," Arnett said. Those who wish to keep chickens must receive approval from all adjacent neighbors …