Green Drinks Archive - 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

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Maryland Inn, Top of Main Street on Church Circle, Annapolis

We began our Midnight Madness with Green Drinks to get in the mood to Eat Local, Drink Local, and Shop Local!   


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Thank you to Smart Home Services for sponsoring our event. Smart Home Services is a Baltimore-based performance contractor, specializing in energy audits, energy efficient home improvements and bringing sustainable knowledge to high-end custom building services in Maryland and DC. Visit their website at for more information or call 410 329-1103 and mention GREEN DRINKS to receive 10% off green interior home improvements.


midnight madness logoA huge crowd began Midnight Madness with Green Drinks as one of our largest  turnouts ever filled the first floor of the historic Maryland Inn! Once again, we picked "the first" Midnight Madness as the date for Green Drinks Annapolis, December 8. It only makes sense to add to the celebration downtown of all things local -- drinking, eating and shopping! More about Midnight Madness: Flyer

We were delighted to see people coming and going -- headed out to support our local businesses on one of the most enjoyable evenings of the holiday season. It was the perfect evening to put everyone in the holiday mood. Even the Three Wise Men, Melchior, Gaspar, and Balthasar, came for some holiday greening tips! 

historic inns of annapolisWe send out a big thank you to Historic Inns of Annapolis, and in particular General Manager Mike Radike, Kim Rooney, Pam Aber and Trish Brewer. They did a superb job with the delicious appetizers, particularly the potato/sweet potato bar, and with the organic wines other drinks. We had signs posted about Historic Inns' Green practices. Read here. We are so happy to bring new customers to good Green venues. That's part of our mission -- promoting local,  sustainable businesses.

We took over the first floor of the historic Maryland Inn -- lobby, ballroom -- complete with decorations and cozy fires in real fireplaces -- and had a blast. Our hosts offered organic wine, local beers, and delicious appetizers -- see below.

The Menu

Passed items: Coconut Chicken Skewars, Shrimp Wrapped in Bacon, Petit Roast Beef Sandwiches with Horseradish Sauce

Display Items: Spinach Dip with Bread Rounds, Market Style Cheese and Vegetable Display

Potato Bar: Mashed White and Sweet Potatoes with assorted mix-ins and toppings

Affiliated Organizations



Annapolis Downtown Partnership

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Many of you said that this was your first time or "first time in a long time" at the Maryland Inn. They remain an Annapolis favorite for your overnight guests, groups, special events and ... dinners. Don't forget: Historic Inns gave us Green Drinkers a 10% discount for dinner at the Treaty of Paris last night but that is also being offered for Midnight Madness Two on December 15th! Just mention Green Drinks when you order.  

After Green Drinks we went out and shopped and bar-hopped until midnight, enjoying the merchants' hospitality, listening to music and carolers on the street, and just enjoying our town. Midnight Madness includes Main Street, Inner West Street, and Maryland Avenue. mike ruocco

Local musician Mike Ruocco entertained us (photo, right) with a great acoustic set. But he's a rocker too as the Singer/Songwriter for the bands Cinder Road and SR-71. Read about Mike at It was a wonderful treat to have him join us! We also welcome his followers who joined us at Green Drinks. We hope we can have his entire rockin' band at a future Green Drinks.   

ecruiserHelping people get around were the  eCruisers, a hip, clean green way to take in all of downtown and even rescue us with our packages. ECruisers is the transportation for Annapolis Urban Adventures' Homes for the Holidays excursion. Read more about their special offer to benefit Green Drinks.    

landmarks great dealsPartnering with Landmarks Great Deals, we have put together an exciting program -- January Digital Discount Madness -- that includes your favorite stores and restaurants from Midnight Madness offering even better "deals" to have you return in the not-as-busy month of January! Encourage your friends to sign up too, so we can tap you in for more fun and savings (at your leisure) in the New Year! Read more.

annapolis christmas tree ornamentannapolis green bagThe Annapolis Business Association's terrific Annapolis Christmas Ornaments were offered for sale at Green Drinks -- a great gift that benefits us all! Click to learn more and see a close-up of the ornament. It was created by local "ornament scribe" artist Sarah Schabow. Learn more about her. We also sold our Annapolis Green reusable bag -- perfect for carrying your Midnight Madness goodies. They are available online too -- just $8. Click here.




No Green Drinks in November 2011


Thursday, October 20, 2011

fleet reserve clubThank you to the Members and Staff of the iconic Fleet Reserve Club for hosting Green Drinks on October 20. We had an enthusiastic crowd, nibbling on sustainable, local "Hawaiian" chicken and crab dip. As we mentioned before, the Fleet has gone Green in a big way from their rain barrel out front to Greenware, to other good practices. Read more.

-Our friends from WasteStrategies were on hand to tell our crowd about the recycling efforts they have initiated with us. The numbers are just about in, and, if you average all of our festival greening events in the past few months, the recycling rate was over 50% and of the items put in the trash, some 70% could have been recycled! More proof that: 1.) People will do the right thing if given the opportunity, and 2.) More education needs to be done. That's our mission!   

- We were delighted to welcome our special guests, members of the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council and its Green Markets Committee! We hope to partner on more events in the future.    

We're always talking about all the connections made at Green Drinks. Here are a few more examples. Extreme Makeover Home Edition was recently completed on the Eastern Shore (We think the air date will be in December.). Builder Fusion Companies, met the solar panel company, Seven Seas; the coffee supplier for the volunteers, Chesapeake Bay Roasting; and the landscaper, Grow Landscape Design; at Green Drinks! And at Green Drinks last week, WasteStrategies' participation in the Maritime Republic's Tug of War on Nov. 5 was negotiated and secured over a handshake!

We announced at Green Drinks that our next event will not be in November, but instead on December 8. It will be at Historic Inns' Lord Calvert House. Start your Midnight Madness evening with us and get charged up to support our small businesses downtown. In other words: Eat Local! Drink Local! Shop Local!

Want to keep Annapolis charming and thriving? Then support our local businesses! 


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Event Sponsor
clean currents

-We were delighted to have made our first Green Drinks visit to Quiet Waters Park, a verdant 340-acre jewel just outside of Annapolis in Anne Arundel County. | directions | Our theme was "Environmental Education Makes Good Green Neighbors." Our hosts were Michael Murdoch, park superintendent, and The Friends of Quiet Waters Park, a non-profit organization founded in 1990 whose sole mission is to provide volunteers to assist in the park activities and to raise monies to aid in the beautification and maintenance of the park.

butterflygarretts light Our event took place in the visitors' center, and it followed the groundbreaking for the Butterfly and Reading Garden Watershed Education Experience in the park, right off the North East Corner of the Water Fountains /Ice Skating Rink. It was dedicated to Garrett's Light, a fund established in memory of Garrett Wall Feldmann to illuminate the minds and spirits of children by creating a simple and long-lasting nature and education program in memory of Garrett to benefit our community. Garrett's Light is folding its efforts into those of The Friends of Quiet Waters to create a garden for families to enjoy quiet reading time together. The garden will enhance the peaceful and educational benefits of the established native plant garden, nature trails, and soon-to-be-built butterfly garden. Click here for more information.

clean currentsOur event was sponsored by Clean Currents, our wind energy supplier. Clean Currents has initiated the The Green Neighborhood Challenge, a program for communities to get involved in clean energy, to do fund raising, and to help build an environmental movement. It's a way for your community, group, school, or faith organization to support clean, renewable energy. By joining together, communities can educate their members about choosing wind and solar power at home as well as encourage and inspire each other to live more sustainable lifestyles. Clean Currents can help your community with these efforts by providing resources, hosting educational events, and promoting your group or organization. Check it out!

sign up nowThe goal of the Green Neighborhood Challenge is to support the efforts of community groups that are actively "greening" their neighborhoods. Based upon each group's level of involvement, Clean Currents will donate money back to each group to go towards financing a "greening project" of their choice. You can be a Good Neighbor by making the switch to clean power. If you sign up and Mention Annapolis Green $25 will be donated back to us! Read more.  

5 Sustainable Appetizers were provided by the concessionaire at the park, Pit Boys, who sold beer and wine, provided by our friends at Katcef. They served Landshark, Becks Oktoberfest and Bud Light and a number of very nice organic wines.  

In keeping with our theme, we had a number of exhibitors who were on hand to tell us about the environmental education they conduct in our community. They included the following:

arlington echo   annapolis maritime museum  oyster recovery program  chesapeake bay foundation  serc  watershed stewards academy

In addition, Friends of Quiet Waters Park, Garrett's Light, and Save Your Annapolis Neck representatives brought material to educate us on their missions.

We invited most of the homeowners' associations on the Annapolis Neck to attend our event so there were lots of Green Drinks First-Timers, identified by the stickers on their name badges. Welcome!

We'd like to thank Superintendent Michael Murdoch for giving us two ice rink passes for our raffle!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

metropolitanWe enjoyed Green Drinks last week, on "earthquake day." Our theme was great, yummy, good-for-you, local food, just the specialty of the Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge. They present a menu of farm-to-table cooking, striving to source ingredients from local farms and purveyors and incorporating sustainable, Earth friendly, grassfed and healthy into their philosophy. We thank owners Gavin Buckley and Jody Danek for their hospitality.  

As you may have heard, the City of Annapolis recently announced its "Green Plate Special Program" through which the city encourages local eateries to source food locally | press release | A representative of the city's Environmental Programs was to have joined us to say a few words about their Green Plate Special Program, but they were all busy with post-earthquake duties. When we get more information about the program, we'll share it with you.

Annapolis Green has been advocating Buy Local/Eat Local for years with our Green Foodie Challenge. We encourage local sourcing and sustainable operations within the hospitality community and hold our events at venues that support that philosophy. Read more.      


grassfed gourmetRita Calvert attended with the book she co-authored with Michael Heller, The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook Fires It Up!The ultimate guide to grilling, smoking, and barbecuing pasture-raised meats from America's small farms. She sold and signed copies and graciously gave us one for our raffle! Thank you, Rita!

local food beatSharon New of Local Food Beat was on hand to speak about good nutrition and the classes she offers, including on the thyroid/adrenal glands. She was generous enough to provide, for our raffle, a consult session --a $55 value--in which she will take the winner on a highly informative tour of the Annapolis Whole Foods store. She'll show the winner what she buys and why, what not to buy, how to read labels, a review of the supplement aisle, how to find grass-fed products (dairy and beef). Thank you, Sharon!

fresh farm market logoOur third raffle item was $25 in Market Money to be spent at The Fresh Farm Market in Annapolis - open Sundays at the Donner Lot, foot of Main Street, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Thank you to Tara and her colleagues for that!   

Bo of Atami Day Spa on Maryland Avenue, which features organic, paraben-free, green & eco-friendly products, provided all with a 20% off card for spa services. Thank you!

trash & recycle Our "partner in clean-up," John Nicklin of WasteStrategies, joined us to give us a preview of our brand-new trash and recycling duo containers that will debut at several events coming up, including the Maryland Seafood Festival. 

-Several Green Drinkers stayed for dinner and reported that it was terrific. We encourage you to support our local, sustainable restaurants, like Metropolitan.

Did you see our First-Timer stickers? We hope you reached out to those who were new to Green Drinks!



Tuesday, July 12, 2011
punks   &   mccormick & schmicks

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Westfield Annapolis Mall

in conjunction with
Chesapeake Regional Tech Council

Did you see the marquis in front of Westfield Annapolis Mall? It featured Green Drinks and announced our event for everybody on Route 50 to see!

It's summertime, so why not have a backyard cookout? 

We'll be "home-based" our backyard grill-away-from-home at Punk's Backyard Grill® as we enjoyed fresh, homemade appetizers and beverages. McCormick & Schmick's and the Westfield Annapolis Mall also joined in to host!

The restaurants reserved their side-by-side outdoor patios for us. The Mall allowed us to set up exhibits on the sidewalk in between.

We invited our friends at Chesapeake Regional Tech Council too, particularly since our theme was renewable energy. 

We had long been wanting to patronize Punk's ... first becoming fans when they were in the Mall's Farmers' Market before getting their own location. McCormick & Schmick's are old friends of ours. We held an early Green Drinks at their location. Read about their green initiatives on our website. Both generous hosts provided appetizers and a cash bar.

Punk's Backyard Grill® was founded on one simple idea: to re-create the classic American backyard cookout-complete with savory homemade food and a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere for today's busy, health-conscious lifestyle. They use only the freshest, highest quality ingredients, and make most everything from scratch. What they don't make in-house they have made and delivered every day from local suppliers and farms. Read all about their food and their extensive craft beer, wine, sangria and specialty cocktail below.

About Punk's Backyard Grill

Let's be honest.
At Punk's Backyard Grill, we believe that the best food starts with honest, quality ingredients.
That's why our freezer is small, and our staff is large.
From the aioli to the veggie burgers, we make most everything in house using only the freshest ingredients.

-The Food

Punk's is very proud of its fresh, high quality food. Have a look at the menu, the nutritional information, and the ingredients list. How many restaurants publish all that? Not many. And Punk's will cater your party, tailgate, backyard cookout, whatever. Read more.


For you beer drinkers, you're in for a treat. Punk's carries over 25 bottled craft beers and several on draft. From their website:
"Prefer a lighter, less hoppy style? How about a Weihenstephaner®, Allagash® White, or Delirium Tremens®. Want something a little darker and more complex? How about a Bear Republic® Hop Rod Rye or Saranac® Black Forest." And that's just a sample. Want to see more?

Wine drinkers, Punk's carries a selection of wines that are available by the bottle or by the glass.

Other types of beverages? Punk's makes their small-batch sangria, margaritas and other specialty cocktails by hand, using no mixes at all because those are laden with corn syrup and preservatives.

Soft drinkers? At Punk's you won't find the run-of-the-mill. "With artificial flavors and high fructose corn syrup sweeteners—and a list of chemical additives almost as long as the can—these products wouldn't stand up very well to our fresh, honest food. Instead, we choose to serve Boylan’s® vintage all-natural sodas." You'll love the old-fashioned taste of cream soda, original birch beer, black cherry, cane cola and lemonade.

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