June usually brings a wealth of events and activities, but this year we’re getting creative to stay entertained and engaged. Luckily, we have some options, including some actual outdoor things you can do this week.
Free Fishing Days
Want to hook a white perch just like Dennis Doyle, our Sporting Life columnist? Don’t have a fishing license? Not a problem this Sunday, June 6. The Department of Natural Resources offers license-free fishing days so that you can get out and explore our diverse waterways without a fishing license, trout stamp, or registration. Safe precautions are still necessary, so anglers should follow the guidelines for physical distancing (which most anglers desire anyway) and no more than ten in a group. If you can’t make it out this weekend, next Sunday June 13 and July 4 are also fee-free days. On these days, any individual may catch and possess finfish in any tidal and nontidal waters of Maryland, as long as it’s for recreational purposes. All anglers must follow current size and catch limits.
Talk Social Justice
Learn how art can be a tool to document social justice in African American communities in Maryland. Join an online panel discussion called Creatives Connect, online June 4 at 7pm, hosted by the Banneker Douglas Museum in Annapolis. Speakers will share their experiences with the Black Vote Mural Project, voter suppression, mass incarceration, and policies that adversely affect communities of color. Panelists include: artists Jabari Jefferson and Greta Chapin-McGill; and activist Zaki Smith.
Paca Plant Sale
A tradition for over 40 years, the William Paca Garden Plant Sale has been reimagined for 2020. You still get to take home a piece of history but due to the current COVID-19 restrictions the plant sale is now operating on a pre-order and curbside pickup system. The catalog is online now and ordering is open thru noon June 11. After you choose your new potted friend, you choose a pickup time, too.
First Sunday Arts Festival
Thanks to some urging from several festival patrons and a generous grant from the Chaney Enterprises Foundation Fund, the First Sunday Arts Festival in downtown Annapolis has converted its June festival into a Virtual Arts Festival that you can enjoy from home. The festival includes all of the artists that participated last year or were scheduled for this year that have an online presence. The virtual festival will also include live local virtual concerts and possibly live artist events as well. There are links for food, nearby galleries, studios, public art, and more.
Dip Your Toes (or More) in the Water
Grab the sunscreen and your beach towel: Mayo Beach Park is now open to the public every weekend thru September. No more fighting Bay Bridge traffic if you choose this beach on the Bay instead. Just make sure you lay your towels far away from other visitors and leave the grills, the dog, the glass bottles and the rafts at home. Check the Anne Arundel County Dept. of Rec & Parks Facebook page to see if they reach capacity. It’s only open on summer weekends so get there early. Park is open 11am-5pm. And it’s FREE!