When our friends, John and Rob, sold their Inn (William Page Inn) down the street, they were thoughtful enough to give us early pick of furniture, artwork and other pieces, that they predicted would not 'fit' in their new Fort Lauderdale home decor. For example, their cherished tall grandfather clock would brand them 'the northerners'' for a while! And I assume they would get the same reaction with this portrait, so it is in safe surrounds now!
...and other ideas from Chez Amis
When I signed up to be a guest chef at the Sunday City Dock Farmer's market this Summer, the few openings available were in late November, so I anticipated a cold pre-winter Sunday morning freezing my 'you know what' off. Well,what a surprise that this past Sunday, and today in fact, is in the 70's.
I found it so refreshing, when I found my guests in pajama pants playing chess on my little 'table for 2' in the common area. I have a chessboard set which I optimistically leave set up, hoping that I put the king and queen on the right color spaces.
"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."-- Claude Monet
You know that expression, 'too many books, too little time'. Well that's applicable for weekend fall events in Annapolis. And I don't want to leave out the ones that may get overlooked! As you know I am supporting the local artists by displaying at our Inn original work by Deborah Callaway, who's art inspired me at the local Market House. Go down there and check out her piece, 'Waiting for Rain' and you won't be disappointed. Well she is involved in the Muddy Crek Artist Guild.
Sometimes Maryland Avenue, which is a 'radial street' from the State Capital, and runs parallel to our own East Street, gets overlooked, as people seem to gravitate to Main Street which is fine too. However, that all changes when Maryland Avenue has a festival. It is amazing. We were there for Summer Festival, and had an Irish Breakfast at the http://www.galwaybaymd.com and walked out among bagpipers and vendors and such wonderful festivities.
I am so fortunate to be invited to the weekly women's coffee group, which venue changes based on who is hosting it. This week, my new friend Martha held it, even without having power, and we sat outside among her trees overlooking water that surrounded us, with the birds and crickets in full concert. Again, I felt like I was in a novel. One woman passed around a flyer of her musical group as she has a wonderful voice and will be performing in their HMS Pinafore.
In my quest for supporting local business’s it was a ‘no brainer’ as I walked into City Dock Coffee at Market Square, where I was told to ‘go upstairs’ to talk to the manager. Well, let’s just say that it was like walking into history, as meeting Grover, and his wife, for the first time was like visiting an old general store ‘somewhere in time’.
One of the most popular, if not only one that I ‘ve come to know is the Schooner Woodwind, which gives guest a sail of the Chesapeake on a beautiful 74 foot , classic wooden yacht. They offer daily public 2 hour cruises, 4 times daily, plus private charters, and for friendly competition, ha ha, they offer a boat & breakfast! We offer their link on our website, as you should book early, especially for the weekday entertainment cruises.