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November 2015

Children's Holiday Open House and Tree Trimming Party! FREE

Event Date:  Repeats every day until Sun Dec 06 2015 . December 6, 2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm December 6th-1:00-3:00 p.m. FREE Deck the Halls! Welcome in the season with holiday crafts, goodies, hot cider, hot chocolate and fun! Santa will be making a special visit from 1:30-2:30 p.m. There will also be a delightful reading of "The Night Before Christmas" by Avery descendant and Lothian Elementary Principal Melissa Brown which is a big hit every year. Come on down to the Avery waterfront! Captain Avery Museum 1418 E. West Shady Side Road Shady Side, MD 20764 Location Captain Avery Museum 1418 E. West Shady Side Road Shady Side, MD 20764 United States See map: Google Maps

SANTA JAM 2015!

Event Date:  December 11, 2015 - 9:00pm - December 12, 2015 - 2:00am SANTA JAM 2015 IS HERE! You do NOT want to miss ANNAPOLIS’S BIGGEST HOLIDAY PARTY 11 YEARS RUNNING! Come out for a night of live music, great drink specials, vendors, and giveaways. Check out this years music lineup & attractions below... CONTEST & ATTRACTIONS: Ugly Sweater Contest Light House Shelter New or Used coat Drive Raffle FREE Hot Chocolate Beer & Drink Specials Christmas Tree Door Prizes Sip & Shop Vendors & MUCH MORE LIVE PERFORMANCES BY: DJ Jared Brown Janelle Lapisto Grilled Lincolns Mike McHenry Higher Hands Dunns & Drummer Location THE GREENE TURTLE ANNAPOLIS 177 JENNIFER ROAD United States See map: Google Maps

Deck the Halls with Natural Elements

Event Date:  December 8, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm "Calvert Library Prince Frederick is partnering with Chesapeake Garden Club to bring you “Deck the Halls with Natural Elements” demonstration on Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00pm. Bring some of nature’s beauty inside. The Chesapeake Garden Club will demonstrate techniques in creating festive holiday centerpieces with natural materials found outdoors. If you bring along a vase, basket or container, the teachers will give you some ideas on how you might use it for your own centerpiece or holiday decoration once you get home.

And keep it open all winter long

It’s a great time of year to take up or enhance the hobby of bird feeding, especially since we can watch outdoor birds from the cozy warmth of the great indoors with hot drinks, field guides and binoculars. It’s good for the birds, too. When ice and snow cover everything in sight, providing food, water and grit (bits of sand, stone, or shell that birds need for digestion), may mean survival for our backyard birds.     How then to best serve the feathered ones? What kinds of foods and feeders? How to manage water? Who might show up?

On the hunt in November

The antlered buck posed statue-like in full-focused attention in a valley surrounded, at a fair distance, by the houses of Fairhaven Cliffs. Perhaps he’d seen me seeing him from my perch well above him, but not assuring him safety were I a bow hunter. That hunting season lasts most of November, the month — this odd sighting reminded me — when Maryland’s 227,000 deer are at their most visible.

Bird enthusiasts will be tickled at holiday gifts of Feeding Wild Birds in America ($27.95). You, however, may have to endure their know-it-all-ness — unless you checkmate them by buying yourself a copy in self-defense.

In every faith, we look ahead in hope

On American’s feast day, Thanksgiving, we look back at “the great and various favors” of our year. I hope you were inspired in your recollection and naming of your blessings this Thanksgiving Day by George Washington’s apt words, quoted in last week’s Letter.     Now we rush full of anticipation into the winter holidays.     These great holidays rise from separate faiths, but all share a common theme. Each turns us toward the future.

Here’s how to keep your tree fresh, green and safe

A freshly cut Christmas tree that is properly cared for is a fire-safe Christmas tree.     Every year, many house fires are caused by Christmas trees. Avoid such a tragedy by following a few simple rules.     The freshest cut Christmas tree is the one you cut yourself. Thus the advantage of tree farms where you can make selecting and cutting your Christmas tree a family affair.

How to find hot wintertime fishing

A big El Nino winter is expected, possibly moderating Maryland temperatures. That’s good news for anglers wanting to get in a few extra rockfishing trips, as the season remains open until December 15 on the Bay and year-round oceanside.     Despite El Nino’s predicted warming effect, however, planning any fishing trip this time of year means getting good information on weather conditions. A 10-day forecast is a good place to start.

Captivating, with fine singing, ­excellent choreography, ballet-­quality dancing and a pianist who never misses a beat

With Brigadoon, Compass Rose Theatre brings a fantastical Scottish paradise to life in the highlands of Annapolis. It’s right here amongst the braes. I don’t know what a brae is, but I can tell you this: