Thursday, February 14, 2013
The foundation sponsors free screenings and a special event on Valentine's Day at Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis.
A local organization has painted the town red. Not literally, but Annapolis-based Heart Health Foundation is making its message loud and clear. That message—awareness of heart and vascular disease—can't be missed, whether it's the banners in downtown Annapolis, at Annapolis Towne Centre or events at area schools and businesses. Like other months that are designated to bring awareness of particular diseases, February has become synonymous with heart disease. Cathy Samaras, a spokesperson for the Heart Health Foundation, explained how and why she got involved with the organization. Her husband, George Samaras, is the chief of the Department of Medicine at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC). "Four years ago Oprah happened to be on the TV and …
On Valentine's Day, we celebrate a local couple as they share the story of how they met and what brought them—and keeps them—together.
While you might know him as an Anne Arundel County councilman or as a riverkeeper and he is both of those, for Valentine's Day, we'd like to introduce you to Chris Trumbauer—the husband and father. And since most great love stories require more than one person, there's also Mary, Chris' wife, but there's more. We need a great backdrop for this love story and we find it in the environment—yes, it's been at the forefront of Chris and Mary's relationship since day one. Their shared commitment to the environment is, in fact, what brought this couple together. "We were stream sampling," explained Chris. "We met in '99 or 2000." He then took off his wedding band and examined it. "We got married in 2003 and we met in 2000," Chris said, …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Nineteenth-century love letters and modern sweet tweets prove that communication for couples is timeless.
By Allison Goldstein, Capital News Service When U.S. Navy Surgeon David Shelton Edwards was serving at the Washington Navy Yard in the late 1830s, he kept the spark in his marriage alive by writing eight love letters home to his wife, Harriet Eliza Henry. "Your letters are a sweet cordial to this loving heart of yours, for there can be no substitute for them until I have your own dear self here," Edwards wrote in a July 1835 note to Henry. Over a 13-year span from 1835 to 1848 working in Washington, Pensacola Navy Yard, FL, and aboard several Mexican-American War naval vessels, Edwards wrote his “dearest Eliza” more than 40 notes now part of the National Postal Museum’s collection of thousands of letters in Washington. Today, Skype and …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Valentine's Day items make an early appearance at Target.
The sleigh bells have barely stopped ringing and some retailers have already begun to bid farewell to Christmas. While browsing through Target at the Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole on Wednesday morning, I noticed one end cap of an aisle decorated with pinks and reds. It was a stark contrast to all the clearance signs on the remaining Christmas decorations. But it couldn't be Valentine's Day stuff yet, could it? It could. And it was. It was only a few shelves of photo frames, but the theme of hearts sent a clear message—thanks for the memories Santa, but Cupid is on the way. I wasn't too surprised, unfortunately. What about you? Surprised? Is it too early? Or are you already looking for some new St. Patrick's Day decorations?
Monday, February 14, 2011
Small wedding chapel along Generals Highway provides unique ceremonies for area couples.
In this era of platinum weddings, bridezillas and "Say Yes" to the $10,000 dress, many couples are going back to the real reason for a wedding: love. But while getting married at the courthouse can save money, it isn't very "warm and fuzzy," said Loveta Wilen. "You have to go through a metal detector, and there are prisoners in shackles," Wilen said. "They have girls in full wedding gowns waiting for their name to be called." Wilen offers an alternative: the Annapolis Wedding Chapel. For less than the cost of a blush pink bridesmaid dress, a couple can tie the knot in a private ceremony in the cozy indoor chapel or under the pergola in the garden along Generals Highway. Wilen also offers packages for slightly larger parties. Erika Jones …
Valentine's Day isn't just for couples. If you're single, grab your friends, head out and remember to be generous with the glitter.
When I was in elementary school, my mother would host these tea parties for my girlfriends. Each Valentine’s Day, about a dozen girls in my class at St. Mary’s Elementary School would come to my house after school and we’d sit down to tea and cookies. Real tea with cubes of sugar. My mother would use pink tulle to tie huge pink bows in our hair and then we would sit at the dining room table; dressed in plaid jumpers and wrapped up like presents. The table itself was set beautifully with a tablecloth and big pink balloons. We made valentines out of construction paper and glitter. We drank tea and ate sweets. On Valentine’s Day years later, during my junior year of college, I found myself sitting at a large table in an Italian restaurant …
Thursday, February 10, 2011
This week's picks look at the top spots to spend Valentine's Day with the one you love.
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Thursday, February 10, 2011
Our weekly feature—Patch Picks—is back. This week our picks are for the most romantic restaurants in and around Annapolis to dine at for Valentine's Day. Where: The Severn Inn, 1993 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. Why: Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu with a wine pairing option Be Sure To: Get there early to grab a drink at the bar and take in the beautiful view Where: Café Normandie, 185 Main Street Why: Four-course prix-fixe menu with a glass of champagne Be Sure: To: Stay for the live music by the vocalist duo, Danita & TA. Where: Reynold’s Tavern, 7 Church Circle Why: Six-course meal served by candlelight Be Sure To: Buy fresh flowers from the vendor out front either before or after dinner Where: Carrol’s Creek Cafe, 410 Severn Ave. Why…
Patch offers some ideas where to eat a romantic dinner in Greater Annapolis with that someone special.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Welcome to a new weekly feature on Thursdays called Patch Picks, highlighting editor and reader picks of great local businesses, destinations, services, organizations, ways to spend a day off and more. You’ll find useful lists to help you, your family, friends, and significant others find the best places for everything from Sunday brunch to New Year’s Eve celebrations, pumpkin patches, date night destinations, florists, girlfriend nights out, kids party places, parks and more. This week, Patch picks the best places to have a romantic dinner with your someone special. Patch Picks: Valentine’s Day Dinner Come for the rum drinks and mojitos, but be enticed by the bold flavors of Central and South America, Cuba and the Latin Caribbean. They …
Check Out These Memorable Gifts for that are About $30 or Less.
When it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, shopping for the ladies is a snap. You can present red roses or a box of chocolate and we’re thrilled. You can also be a bit creative and really indulge the woman in your life—that, she’ll always remember. Below you will find fun and unique Valentine's Day presents available from local Annapolis shops. Remember to check out the related photographs of the suggestions below. You could impress her with a customized gift that shows off your forethought and originality. Head over to Pris’ Paper, where Owner Gina Giugni recommends, “pens, journals, and stationery. Stationery is always a good thing because everyone can use it, it doesn’t have an expiration date and you can have it personalized” for the …
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Consider these ways to express your love for about $30 or less.
As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, you may want a creative, affordable answer to the question, “What gift should I get for the love of my life?” If you don’t have a response to that question yet, don’t panic. We’ve got tips for where to shop in preparation for this special holiday that comes once a year. You want to show a little extra love and attention to the people who matter most, and the good news is that it’s easy and fun to express what’s in your heart with a reasonably priced gift found locally. Easy Street Gallery offers the perfect gift for canine lovers: works of art featuring images of dogs, also known as “works of arf.” Whether your man’s best friend is a lab, golden retriever, boxer, Airedale terrier, or a basset hound, …