Green Drinks Archive - 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Midnight Madness Night

Maryland Inn
top of Main Street

historic inns

Green Drinkers celebrated with us, then headed out to Shop Local on Main Street, West Street, Maryland Avenue
and all over downtown Annapolis!

pnc wealth management
Our event was sponsored by PNC Wealth Management

Thank you!

Penny Renoll directed Wiley H. Bates Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Schools' Chorus
as they brought cheer to Green Drinks!

It was a magical night downtown! And, for the second year Green Drinks partnered with our gracious host, Historic Inns of Annapolis, to kick off the evening! We had a huge crowd, coming out before and durign a "shopping local" evening to celebrate the season, meet with friends and head back out again... till midnight! 

Our theme was Celebrate the Season and support our downtown merchants.

maryland inn'll were right inside the door from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. taking over the first floor of the historic and charming Maryland Inn at the top of Main Street. Everybody enjoyed the delicious appetizers... including the now famous, sought-after potato bar. 

In addition, in case you want to treat yourself of visiting family members to a truly memorable experience, Historic Inns is offering a special Thank You rate of $89 for a night's stay. It's good Sunday through Thursday, with the Friday & Saturday rate being $109. What a marvelous opportunity to sleep where some of our founding fathers did. Click here to make reservations. 

swarbrick & birney

Special treat! We'll enjoyed the sounds of the season with live music from Swarbrick & Birney (the Birney is our own Board member, Charlie Birney!).

It was wonderfully festive ... and it was a perfect night in downtown Annapolis!

Happy Holidays, everyone!



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Phillips Crab Deck
14 Dock Street, Annapolis


Since the holiday season was getting into gear, we thought we'd present you with some alternative gift ideas -- gifts that will make your recipients happy AND are good for the Earth and local businesses.

Phillips, one of the most iconic seafood restaurants linked to the Bay, returned this past season to Annapolis as the "Crab Deck." It's a great space, great views, causal and fun ... we took over the deck with our event. Phillips staff worked hard to make us feel welcome and had with appetizers that enticed you to stay for dinner. Phillips is also a company that works hard to operate in a sustainable manner. Learn more.

Sustainability means to me the ability to provide for the needs of the world's current population without damaging the ability of future generations to provide for themselves.

–Steve Phillips
President & CEO of Phillips Foods, Inc.

We showcased local, creative, "out of the box" Green gifts - from environmental non-profits, B-Corps, and Green for-profit companies. For the person who has everything ... or, if you're like us, always ending up getting a gift for ourselves while shopping for others! Whichever, it will make you feel good.

'Tis the Season for Sustainability!

Our exhibitors included:


Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Maryland Green Designer Show Home
1760 Holladay Park Road, Preserve at Severn Run, Gambrills

Hosted by builders Baldwin Homes
Proceeds from your donations for beverages benefited Baldwin's charities:
Hospice of the Chesapeake and Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic

Theme: Green Building

baldwin homeThe Maryland Green Designer Show Home was built Green from the bottom up, by local builder Baldwin Homes. Our October 3 radio show was all about Green building in general and about this home in particular. Click to listen and you'll want to come to Green Drinks and see it for yourself! The home is in the Preserve at Severn Run, in Gambrills, just off Route 3. It's just a short drive from Annapolis and well worth it. The home will be open to the public Thursdays through Sundays until November 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person.

Directions: The home is just 15 miles from State Circle in Annapolis. From Route 50, take I-97 North. Take Exit 7, Maryland Route 32 West toward Maryland Route 3 South toward Columbia/Bowie. Merge onto Maryland Route 3 South (Crain Highway) toward Gambrills/Bowie. Turn right onto Maryland Route 175 (Annapolis Road). Turn right onto Holladay Street. Take the first right onto Holladay Park Road. Number 1760 is on the left. Park on the street.

The Baldwins did it right -- they installed infrastructure -- a coastal plains outfall system designed by Keith Underwood -- that mimics Mother Nature to control stormwater runoff before any construction began. The development has had no detrimental effect on the Severn River at all because of this. Severn Riverkeeper Fred Kelly talked for a bit about how this development is an example of how development and the environment can co-exist. There's a video on our website that explains the stormwater system. Just click here. Not only is the home super Green, it is also beautiful, designed by local architect Catherine Purple Cherry.

One of the fun things did at Green Drinks was a scavenger hunt to "find" the home's green features. There was a winner of a bottle of wine! Learn about the Green features.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hosted by
towne park  and cvb

Theme: Driven to Green! Annapolis' Garages are Going Green and Electric Vehicles

Special Deal for Green Drinkers during our event:
Drive into Gott's Court Garage in an electric car and you parking is free!
Drive into Gott's Court Garage in a hybrid and two hours of parking is free!

park annapolisWe enjoyed good company and tasty appetizers at the Visitors' Center and manu took the "Green" tours of Gott's Court Garage, led by Towne Park's Brian Arnold, to learn about the energy saving measures, electric car charging stations, other new technologies and plans for the future for all of Annapolis' garages, implemented by Towne Park. Towne Park is managing the City's parking garages, working to improve energy efficiency and to make them more Green overall. See the Park Annapolis website.

towne parkTowne Park is committed to a sustainable future and to improving and protecting the environmental well-being of the communities in which its employees live and serve. The company's goal is to foster corporate citizenship, sustainability, and socially responsible initiatives across Towne Park communities. Towne Green strives to inspire and educate their associates to be greener citizens in addition to making their facilities and operations more green nationwide. Towne Park is a leader in the Green Garage movement (Yes, there really is such a thing!) with senior level representation on Green Parking Council’s board of directors and credentialing committee. Towne Park is a Platinum Launch Partner of the Green Parking Council, a 501(c)(3) organization, whose mission is to bring greater sustainability to all aspects of the parking industry. 

cvbThe Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau (CVB) recognizes the value of Green tourism to the Annapolis area as shown in its Sustainable Chesapeake Bay page. It's commitment reads as follows: "As we work toward becoming a more sustainable company, we will strive to minimize the ecological impacts of our products and actions and to find ways to improve profitability thru environmentally conscious initiatives." | Read the CVB's Sustainable Business Practices Staff Policy.

In 2009 the City rebuilt the parking area next to the CVB to include a rain garden and other stormwater retention features. It stands as tsunami the wild orchid mills fine wine an example of sustainability and environmental design in a public space. Read more.

zellerbachOur appetizers were provided by our friends at the Wild Orchid and Tsunami. Thank you! Wines and beer were provided by Mills Fine Wine and Spirits. You tasted their selections of wines from Zellerbach Estates in California. The wines were: 2011 Chardonnay, 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, and 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. We hope you enjoyed them.

Thank You!

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers, without whom we could not make Green Drinks Annapolis happen: Dave Geipe, Cathie Trogdon, and Leslie Trott. Also, the staff and volunteers at the Conference and Visitors Center were fabulous in helping with set up and clean up. We'd especially like to thank Sue McKenzie. Towne Park staff was terrific in helping make our event a success, particularly Brian Arnold, Kevin Harvey, and Kristen Zick.

EV days in Annapolisev proclamationThis edition of Green Drinks Annapolis was part of Electric Vehicle Days in Annapolis, a week-long look at the energy efficiency and environmental benefits of plug-in vehicles.

The City of Annapolis proclaimed our events "EV Week in Annapolis" and the proclamation was presented by Neghoborhood and Environmental Programs Deputy Frank Biba.

Meanwhile, Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC member Bob Bruninga, who is also a Naval Academy professor, displayed his Solar-Powered Plug-In Prius. He discussed his car with Green Drinkers who were very interested to see how the car worked and how Bob accomplished the conversion to solar. More photos coming soon.

Click here to read all about the events that made up Electric Vehicle Days in Annapolis:


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Loews Annapolis Hotel
126 West Street, Annapolis

We returned to the Loews for Green Drinks and "Headed WEST" as we toasted the end of summer.

compass  roseIn addition to highlighting this wonderful new locally sourced restaurant, its food, drink and eco-friendly practices, we borrowed from WEST’s tagline, “It's Not just a Direction Anymore.” The theme of this edition of Green Drinks was a variation on “Direction” as we told everybody about Annapolis Green’s New Direction: Action! Here are just some of the projects we have underway:

Yes, yes, we did a bit of self promotion, but we want you all to know what we’re doing, what we’re planning and how you can join in and spread the Good Green word. We had a display table for Green Drinkers' information to share and a bulletin board. We can’t have everyone speak – our gatherings are just too big – but we will do the best we can to bring attention to your information and of course, we will post it on our website. Just send it to us.

WEST Kitchen & Tavern is beautiful both inside and out. We took over the outdoor deck, which is very swanky and has great comfy outdoor furniture too. Our hosts at WEST treated us to a variety of sustainable wines and local beers, and everyone raved about the appetizers. Many stayed for dinner too, boosted by the tasty appetizers and "buy one entree, get the second free" generously provided by WEST to Green Drinkers -- good until October 31!

We made lots of new friends are were delighted to welcome our loyal Green Drinkers and the many new faces!


There was no Green Drinks in July 2012


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

clocktower logo
1410 Forest Drive, Annapolis

Celebrating the Great "Green" Outdoors
during National Great Outdoors Month
Partnering with the National Wildlife Federation

June is National Great Outdoors Month, and we encouraged you to connect with your environment by getting outdoors to camp, hike, bird watch, grill, picnic, go boating, whatever. 

We firmly believe that we are only moved to care for the environment if it is familiar to us... so get outside! Start by attending Green Drinks.

Our event was held outdoors, along the covered sidewalk at Clock Tower Place on Forest Drive. Our event hosts were: 


We enjoyed sustainable appetizers from Tastings, My Butcher and More, Tastings, and Grapes Wine Bar. And of course, our wine and beer (and soft drinks) was provided by Grapes Wine Bar. Cash Bar.

Do you know where your beef come from? Mike Smollon of My Butcher and More offered Roasted Dry Aged Roseda Beef Steamship hand carved with Horseradish Sauce on slider rolls at our Green Drinks event. Roseda Beef is born and raised Monkton, Maryland, 100% Black hide Angus pasture raised on 350 acres of a privately owned farm. Animals are raised without growth hormones or steroids. If the animal becomes sick it is quarantined from the rest of the herd and once brought back to good health it is weaned from the antibiotics and put back into the herd. Mike has visited Roseda Farm several times. The property has lush green pastures and fresh water ponds throughout which offers its inhabitants a great, healthy environment in which to live. Roseda Bulls are highly prized for their genetics.

Mike was at the farm and grouped in a corner of the pasture was six very large adult bulls. "The VP of marketing, Mike Brannon, said, 'Have you ever seen a million dollars worth of beef at one time?'" Mike said. "The US Cattleman's Association rates Roseda as a number one contender in animal genetics and its quality in taste and tenderness. I was Roseda's first retail customer we have been doing continual business for over eight years." Scroll down for more about My Butcher and More.

Sweet Hearts provided lovely French macarons for dessert -- A light almond meringue cookie sandwiched with buttercream or chocolate. Gluten-Free! Be sure to check out the sweets and scroll down for more about Sweet Hearts.!

national wildlife federationOur Event Partner: National Wildlife Federation

As America's largest conservation organization, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) works with more than 4 million members, partners and supporters in communities across the country to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. We are fortunate that NWF's Chesapeake Mid-Atlantic Regional Center is right here in Annapolis. The regional office works with affiliates and partners across the region to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay; the Appalachian forests, rivers and flyways; and the extensive shoreline and coastal bay habitats of the Mid-Atlantic.

-At Green Drinks we learned about how you can help the City of Annapolis become a Certified Community Wildlife Habitat, a program of the National Wildlife Federation. The NWF Community Wildlife Habitat is a community that provides habitat for wildlife and practices sustainable gardening--in individual backyards, on school grounds and in public areas such as parks, community gardens, places of worship and businesses.   

In order for the City to earn this certification, Annapolis needs residents to participate by certifying their own backyards, schools, places of worship, and community areas. Read more     

We also learned about NWF's Great American Backyard Campout, a one-day activity inviting families across America to come together on June 23 and camp in their backyards, local parks and campgrounds to discover a whole other world that lives right in their "backyard."  

great american campout

This event is part of NWF's national movement to give back to American children what they don't even know they've lost - their connection to the natural world. Join thousands of families around the country for a night of exploration and fun as part of Great American Backyard Campout. All you need is a taste for adventure and a desire to share the great outdoors with your children.
When you participate in the Great American Backyard Campout, you can support NWF's programs to get kids outdoors as part of the Be Out There™ movement, dedicated to getting children outside so they can enjoy a lifetime of healthy, outdoor play.  

Maryland Outdoors Days
June 9-23

The Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature launched Celebrate Maryland Outdoors Days to help children, families and others get outdoors, exploring and enjoying nature across the state.

You can enter your event on the Celebrate Maryland Outdoors website. This is not just for parks and environmental organizations: churches, community associations, school clubs -- ANY site or group that is hosting events, has a place to experience nature (hike, canoe, fish, watch birds, swim, camp, etc.), or offers outdoor environmental programs during these days is encouraged to share.

Participants are also invited to share stories and pictures of their adventures on the website, to help encourage others to "get outside! See Celebrate Maryland Outdoors Days.

Questions? email:

the brick companies

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Sponsor of the Great American Backyard Campout is The Brick Companies, headquartered in Edgewater. Read more.

These are just two of the many activities the NWF's Chesapeake Mid-Atlantic Regional Center is undertaking toward its mission of inspiring Americans to protect wildlife and wild places for our children's future.

June is a terrific time to kick off summer with some fun outdoor activities across the state at a wide variety of sites -- it's a great way to help increase awareness of the surprisingly rich variety of places to go and things to do outdoors in Maryland!  

About our Hosts

my butcher and moreAt My Butcher and More local meats are free of hormones, antibiotics and animal by products. Pasture raised and finished on a all natural vegetarian diet... because they care. They purchase only from independently owned local businesses. Support of My Butcher and More also means support for locally owned small farms. My Butcher and More dry ages in house and all is locally purchased fresh and whole lambs and pigs that are custom cut. The Deli features Boars Head deli sandwiches that are "built, not made!"

grapes wine barGrapes Wine Bar of Annapolis was the idea of Patrick Bouculat, owner of the next-door Wine Cellars. He created Grapes as a casual and relaxed place were guests can hang out and enjoy not only the most extensive and exotic wine list in the area, but to enjoy those wines with food that is creative, seasonal, and simple. The menu, which is a small plates format, allows guests to sample a variety of dishes and a variety of wines in one visit. Grapes features weekly wine specials, selections of the world’s most famous and highly rated wines, rarely offered by the glass.

wine cellars of annapolisWine Cellars of Annapolis' owner Patrick Bouculat has been a part of the wine industry for nearly 20 years. He strives to take the mystery out of shopping and make experiencing wine both enjoyable and educational. The shop features a library for wine enthusiasts, a reading lounge, a wine tasting table, and a computer center with links to winemakers' Web sites, including Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, The Wine Spectator, Decanter Magazine, and International Wine Cellar. Visitors are also welcome to view regional maps that highlight important regions where wines are produced and enjoy the Barrel Room, where you can "Try Before You Buy" on a variety specially-priced wines.

wild bird center annapolisThe Wild Bird Center of Annapolis carries a wide assortment of nature products including the highest quality, premium, fresh bird seed. They have a large selection of bird feeders, houses, bird baths, binoculars, hardware and accessories for bird feeding and bird watching. They can help you feed birds and not your lawn or squirrels! The Wild Bird Center has an extensive nature-oriented gift section with a focus on environmentally friendly and Made-in-the-USA products. They have a Free Feeder Program and you can earn Birdie Bucks. Owner Julie Curd featured squirrel-resistant bird feeders the week of June 12, discounting them 20% for Green Drinkers during the month of June.

tastingsTastings Gourmet Market is a one-of-a-kind Old World European-style shop specializing in artisanal, farmstead and imported cheeses, handmade French chocolates, authentic croissants, baguettes and breads, as well as many gourmet pantry items. They also offer fresh meats, charcuterie and pâtés served to order. They make sandwiches featuring specialty meats and cheeses fresh daily on handcrafted breads and baguettes. Sampling the shop’s foods is a key part the Tastings Gourmet Market experience.

Sweet Hearts PatisserieSweet Hearts Patisserie is working hard to bring a fine selection of quality sweets to Annapolis and make this city a little sweeter. All their pastries are made with the highest quality all natural ingredients, such as fresh farmers market fruits, Barry Callebaut Belgian chocolate, European butter, and fresh eggs and cream. They never use preservatives or additives and all items are flavored with real fruits and nuts.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

carroll house
Charles Carroll House and Garden of Annapolis
107 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis

"Historic Green"

The skies cleared and a record crowd gathered
at a true Annapolis Gem - The Charles Carroll House

It was a fabulous evening with our preservation friends ... thanks to everyone involved! Many claimed it was the most folks gathered in the Carroll House ballroom (South Room) since the colonial era (Okay, that's how we interpret it!).  

emeraldmainstreets annapolisWe visited this historic property in celebration of historic preservation ... May is National Preservation Month and this year's theme is "Discover America's Hidden Gems." Communities from coast to coast are discovering their unexplored historic treasures-and we did too. Because we believe that the greenest building is often the one that is already built, we celebrated Annapolis' Hidden Gems - our many historic buildings and residences - our Emeralds! Partnering with the Historic Preservation Commission and MainStreets Annapolis, we were happy to be hosted by the Charles Carroll House of Annapolis.

The seat of the Catholic Carrolls of Annapolis, the Charles Carroll House was the primary urban residence of its most famous owner, Charles Carroll of Carrollton. Today, the property, on the grounds of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, is among the largest and most impressive historic sites in Annapolis. Celebrating three generations and an urban cultural landscape that spans over 300 years, the Carroll House is a restoration-in-progress. This site bears great historical significance to the state of Maryland and America. Read more.

national trust for historic  preservationClick here to read more about National Preservation Month on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's website. 

annapolis green logoWe want to  thank Eileen & Tim Leahy for their hospitality in making the Carroll House available to us. We were very happy that Green Drinks was the venue for the preservation and stewardship of Annapolis' "Hidden Gems" awards. They were presented by State Senator John Astle, for the Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission and the Heritage annapolis green logoCommission, to Eileen and Tim for Carroll House (photo, left) and to Jose Rubino for Historic Annapolis.

We were also delighted that Green Drinks brought so many folks to the Carroll House who had never been there before. Now go back with your guests/friends/visitors for a tour and visit or to arrange for your own private event there. The Carroll House relies on donations to stay open. Let's help them continue to share their history with us!

We had terrific partners for our appetizers, all from past hosts and supporters of Green Drinks:

galway bay  level  boatyard bar & grill  O'Callaghan

Galway Bay Irish Pub - One of Sustainable Annapolis' environmental stewards and now the first Maryland Green Travel Restaurant Partner. (Ask them about their composting and extensive recycling efforts!)

Level: A Small Plates Lounge - Creative and hip ... bringing sustainability to everything they do and with such style!

Boatyard Bar & Grill - With their in-house smoked fish that "rocked." Their environmental commitment is huge and ever growing as our latest Annapolis Green Founding One Hundred!

O'Callaghan Hotel's John Barry Restaurant - Also a big friend of MainStreet Annapolis are the newest Green Lodging Partner to be welcomed into Maryland Green Travel! Read more. 

Of course, our wine and beer was purchased locally - thanks to Mills Fine Wine and Spirits and Annebeth's!

annebeth'sheavy seasflying dogThe beers were from the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick (Underdog Lager and Woody Creek White) and from Heavy Seas Beer in Baltimore (Sea Nymph and Small Craft Warning).

beer montage

Wines, from organically grown grapes included:

mills fine wine & spiritswine collageTerra Sana White, Lurton (Southern France), Sauvignon Blanc
Prado Rey Verdejo, Spain
Prado Rey Rosado, Spain
Brico Al Sole Montepulciano, Italy
LZ Rioja, Telmo Rodríguez, Spain

As you can imagine a special event that is not held in a restaurant requires a fair amount of "doing." We are so grateful for our volunteers: Leslie Trott Neff, Karin Hannah Stern of Hannah Studios, Christine Varney (green event planner) and first-timer Elly Tierney of Chez Amis B&B.  And where would we be without bartenders ... ever-reliable Dave Geipe, David Wood, and even Justin Sheppard (New college grad who Aunt Lynne put to work!). Loews Annapolis Hotel came to the rescue donating linens for our tables. (Watch for the Loews opening of the new Tavern next month!)

annapolis green logoSt. Mary's Parish partnered with the Carroll House to mitigate storm water runoff from the parking lot with installation of rain gardens, in conjunction with the Spa Creek Conservancy. Former State Senator Gerald Winegrad is very involved in this effort and led two tours of Green Drinkers throughout the property explaining the design and science behind rain gardens. Thank you, Gerald!  

The event photos you see here were taken by photographer and Green Drinks Advisory Committee member Wendy Marxen. See more on her SmugMug site by clicking here.   annapolis green logo

At our suggestion the Carroll House had an energy audit conducted by one of our FoundingOne Hundred Sponsors, Infrared Tools Energy Services. We will let you know what they find and more importantly, what steps can be taken to keep fine buildings like this grand and authentic while saving money and doing good for the environment too.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

pussers caribbean grille
adjacent to and part of
the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel
80 Compromise Street, Annapolis

Cleaning Up Our Waterways:  Above, In and Under Water! 

rozalia projectWe are going to present you with info on clean-ups of our waterways on a local and national scale -- from the surface to below. We will be featuring the Rozalia Project, whose goal is to clean up the ocean floor using  yellow, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to clasp old cans, discarded traps and other debris.The crew operates the ROVs using sophisticated imaging systems that allow them to target and remove trash in a non-invasive way.

Our hosts, Pusser's, will serve complimentary appetizers and local beers at the cash bar. They invite us to have a look at their fixed-price entrees and stay for dinner. Read about the Marriott's sustainable practices on its Maryland Green Travel page. Remember, you don't have to drink alcoholic beverages to enjoy Green Drinks.

Our event will be in private room just to the left of Pusser's main entrance. We are sure to overflow on to the deck so hope for good weather. Since the space will be tight, any literature you bring about your events or projects will go on the shelves on the sides of the room. We'll have our bulletin board, of course.

rozalia's rovRozalia wants to remove every single bit of waste from the ocean through direct action, and to show people what it looks like to see the impact of ocean litter!

a wordRead this story that details why trash in the oceans is everyone's problem. The bottom line: NOAA says there are an astounding 13 thousand pieces of litter per square kilometer in the world's oceans.

SpinSheet [read Spinsheet's log about Rozalia], the BOAT US Foundation and the National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame are the organizations responsible for bringing Rozalia to our area and they will be on hand with more info on taking care of our waterways. 

That covers the underwater part -- what we can't see. What about debris on the surface? It's a real problem too. The Ocean Conservancy recently released a report from the International Coastal Cleanup that shows what kind of trash was found at beach cleanups around the world last year. It's not a pretty sight. Read more and see  the chart below -- it's the same crud we find all over the Bay! Not only is it unsightly, animals swallow this stuff in many cases leading to slow, agonizing death.

top 10 items found in coastal cleanup

That's why our many stream cleanups are so important -- the cleaner our streams and rivers, the cleaner our oceans. Our calendar of events has a host of upcoming opportunities to lend a hand.

green boatingTreating our waterways well also includes how you clean and operate your boat. We have resources to help you do a good job in that arena too: Resources for Clean, Green Boating.

We'll have info about other aspects of keeping our waterways clean including supporting Clean Marinas, how to care for your boat in an environmentally friendly way, and more from the Boat US Foundation. If you have info to share about waterway cleanups or other related info please bring it.

So, like everything else, improving the health of the planet begins close to home. We'll have information on what we all can do on an international, national, and local level to improve our planet. You'll be inspired!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

homestead gardens

743 West Central Avenue Davidsonville
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Join us in the Garden at Homestead 
Learn all about Earth friendly gardening and community clean-ups from watershed groups

It's Getting Green Outside!

In this great green month of March, we are thrilled to return for our third annual March event at Homestead Gardens. Homestead will be in the midst of its Spring Open House, an event that includes beautiful flowers and many classes on topics as diverse as No-Mow Lawns, Growing Potatoes in a Bag, Fruit Trees in Maryland and more.

honey's harvest

kilarney house

fat tire


Why not be very green and bring your own wine glass? And don't forget your name badge if you have one.

watershed stewards academy

alliance for the chesapeake bay

project clean stream

south river federation
Don't miss the Federation's South River on the Half Shell Auction this Saturday at Homestead.

london town

marylanders plant trees

patuxent riverkeeper

veteran compost

As always, we can use a few committed volunteers to help us meet and greet. If you want to be very popular and talk to everybody who comes in, please send us an email and volunteer to be a Green Drinks greeter, bartender or ticket-seller. We can't put these events on without volunteers!

Green Drinks will have plenty of great info. From the Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay -- about the upcoming Project Clean Stream -- there will be plenty of information to ponder. We want you to learn how to garden in an Earth friendly way and to learn about volunteer opportunities for community-wide environmental projects. We will hear from representatives of the City's GreenScape program who will give us information about the City's efforts to obtain a National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat Certificate. A representative from Historic London Town and Gardens will be on hand too with information about their series of spring garden workshops. Also exhibiting will be the South River Federation and the Patuxent Riverkeeper®. The Marylanders Plant Trees program will have discount coupons you can use to buy a tree. And Veteran Compost will show us how restaurant food waste is composted and turned into a wonderful soil amendment. This could get YOU into composting too!

And of course, Homestead staff will be there to answer questions too. The store will be open for business during our event. Things at Homestead have changed a lot since Green Drinks was last there. The late Don Riddle's son Brian is now at the helm, they've re-branded with a new logo, the store has been reorganized, the café has been jazzed up and is now on a little deck of its own under an arbor with a great patio dining feeling to it, and a second store has been opened in Severna Park. The beautiful "in-bloom" atmosphere remains. It will be a lovely event.

Special for Green Drinkers: Homestead will generously give us coupons for 20% off most items in the store!

We'll be joined by and spoiled once again with complimentary, sustainable hors d'oeuvres generously provided by Honey's Harvest Market & Deli (Herrington Harbour South) and Killarney House! Killarney is just down the road from Homestead and it's a GREAT place for a good Green meal after our event!

Honey's Harvest South features fresh, healthy, and delicious breakfast and lunch sandwiches featuring Boar's Head's brand new All Natural deli meats, salads, soups, bakery items, beer, wine, spirits and a variety of groceries. In addition to basic every-day groceries, Honey's Harvest features locally sourced products from honey to select seasonal produce, dairy, Gluten Free items and artisan gifts, open 7 days a week. For hours and to check out our upcoming events see

New Belgium's organic Fat Tire Beer will be featured, thanks to our friends at Katcef Brothers. We might just have a special guest from New Belgium to tell us all about Fat Tire and what makes it organic!

wine glassMills Fine Wine and Spirits will conduct a wine tasting and will offer wine for sale at the cash bar. The wines are all either entirely organic or sustainable. Reds:  Domaine Sanglier Vin de Pays, Rhone, France; Di Majo Norante Sangiovese, Tuscany; Finca Los Alijares Graciano, Spain. Whites: Wente Riesling, Livermore California; and Michel Torino Torrontes, Argentina.

Yes, it is getting green outside!  Let's greet spring with a renewed commitment to living responsibly in our watershed. Our next gathering will come quickly -- April 12th. Stay tuned for an exciting program with the Rozalia Project! 






Wednesday, February 15, 2012

annapolis grill
100 Westgate Circle

Join us at our "Green Preview" of Annapolis Restaurant Week!

restaurant week annapolisFebruary 20 - 26 is Annapolis Restaurant Week when we celebrate our great local restaurants that have terrific fixed price lunch and dinner (and some breakfasts) offerings to entice us to eat out. Our Green Drinks host is the Annapolis Grill, a relatively new player in the local restaurant scene.

There are 41 restaurants participating in Annapolis Restaurant Week. Of those, nine are City of Annapolis Certified Environmental Stewards. We encourage you to patronize them... and let them know that you're there because of their commitment to sustainability.

Our host, the Annapolis Grill has committed to begin the process of environmental stewardship certification with the City. Steps taken already:

The Annapolis Grill will offer Green Drinkers their Restaurant Week menu as a dinner special on February 15! That menu will be posted on the Restaurant Week website soon.

Green Restaurants

The following restaurants that are part of Annapolis Restaurant Week are also certified sustainable stewards. Those in blue are past Green Drinks hosts.

At Green Drinks

sustainable annapolisOur partners/exhibitors for this Green Drinks include Annapolis Restaurant Week, the MainStreets Annapolis Partnership (MAP) that has additional incentives to promote during Restaurant Week, and the City of Annapolis with info on the Sustainable Annapolis Environmental Stewardship Program. Donate to MAP at Green Drinks and you'll be awarded a beer mug or coffee mug. Also joining us is the Buy Fresh Buy Local program that promotes healthy local eating at home and out and Maryland Green Travel, a voluntary, self-certification program that recognizes tourism businesses committed to improving their operations in order to reduce their environmental impact. The program helps businesses evaluate their procedures, set goals and take specific actions towards environmental sustainability.

Increasingly travelers are making their travel decisions based on sustainable practices that reduce our carbon footprint. Maryland Green Travel promotes those businesses that undergo self-certification. Businesses that are part of the program will be given Maryland Green Travel identification on the official state tourism site,, which receives nearly two million unique visitors a year.

buy fresh buy localAbout Buy Fresh Buy LocalEducating consumer and promoting local sustainable farmers, watermen and food businesses. The Chesapeake chapter began in 2006 with a group of dedicated individuals with backgrounds in farming, restaurant, and food policy. Since 2010 the chapter has been coordinated by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF); providing organizational and staff support. BFBL-Chesapeake is part of Food Routes Network, a national non-profit organization providing technical support to community groups strengthening regional local food systems. Our mission is to increase the availability and access to food that is sustainably produced by local farmers or harvested by local watermen of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

plates & perksBeyond Restaurant Week: Plates & Perks
Two More Reasons to Eat and Shop Downtown

As an added incentive for patrons to return to Annapolis when Restaurant Week is over, the MainStreets Annapolis Partnership (MAP) and the City of Annapolis are teaming up to provide two incentives to Restaurant Week patrons to return in March.

1. If you dine at a participating restaurant during Restaurant Week, you'll receive a parking coupon that is redeemable for one full day of parking at either Park Place or the Knighton Garage, valid for the entire month of March.

2. If you dine at a participating restaurant during Restaurant Week, you'll receive a Plates and Perks card that will give you access to special offers from stores, attractions, and restaurants.

Provided by the MainStreets Partnership, the cards encourage shoppers to visit their favorite stores to take advantage of special March offers. Participating merchants will display the card in their windows. The list of participating merchants in Plates & Perks will be listed in the MainStreets Partnership website soon.

Below are Certified City of Annapolis Certified Environmental Stewards that are not participating in Annapolis Restaurant Week:

Other restaurants that are not certified City Environmental Stewards but do engage in sustainability practices.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012



Thank you to the Chesapeake Legal Alliance for sponsoring our event. The Chesapeake Legal Alliance is a not-for-profit network of lawyers who contribute their time and professional skills to representing environmental organizations, citizens’ associations, and individuals in efforts to improve the health of the Chesapeake and its tributaries.

To learn more, contact the Alliance at 410 216-9441 or email at or visit the website.


What an incredible evening! The 18th Annual Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit was nothing if not hopeful and optimistic for the passage of good environmental laws that will put us well on the way of improving the health of the  Chesapeake Bay and our state's environment in general.  

- Several hundred environmentalists attended the summit sponsored by the Citizens Campaign for the Environment -- and many of them "continued the conversation" at Green Drinks. Some walked and some rode the all-electric eCruisers, headquartered and serving the Loews Annapolis. 

Several legislators, including Speaker of the House Mike Busch, Senate President Mike Miller and Environmental Matters Committee Chair Maggie McIntosh spoke about upcoming legislation. Miller said that the environment is under attack but added, "In 2012 the business of the State of Maryland is going to be the environment."  

Read Elvia's blog about the Summit

-loewsThe summit concluded a bit early and many attendees headed over to the Loews Annapolis Hotel for Green Drinks. They were greeted by the jazz of the Rob Levit Trio. The Loews provided a generous buffet of locally sourced comfort food, perfect for the evening. We were hosted in the Powerhouse as the hotel is under going an exciting renovation. Our event was sponsored by the Chesapeake Legal Alliance.

We've been urging you to follow the work of General Assembly in its 90-day session that began last week. Attending the Summit was a great way to begin doing just that. We will post the legislative priorities documents presented by the environmental community on our website to make it easier to understand the issues and follow the action. Remain up to date by signing up for the League of Conservation Voters' email list. The LCV will send you a weekly email with a "Hot List" of info of the bills making their way through the General Assembly.  

Stay informed. As Speaker Busch said, to pass  needed environmental legislation, "We need your help. It has to be you contacting your legislators." It's up to us to bring about environmental improvements. Stay tuned! 

Environmental Issues to Follow in the General Assembly

Read Capital environmental reporter Pam Wood's story, "Wind energy among environmental issues before General Assembly" for a summary of issues we all need to follow during this legislative session. They include:

  • Flush Fee
  • Stormwater Fee
  • Septic Systems & New Development
  • Offshore Wind Power
  • Fracking
  • Recycling Bottles & Plastic Bag Tax

These organizations participated in the Summit:

  • 1000 Friends of Maryland
  • Anacostia Watershed Society
  • Assateague Coastal Trust
  • Audubon Naturalist Society
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Chesapeake Climate Action Network
  • Chester River Association
  • Clean Water Action
  • Coalition for Smarter Growth
  • Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
  • Environment Maryland
  • Maryland League of Conservation Voters
  • Maryland Pesticide Network
  • Maryland PIRG
  • Montgomery Countryside Alliance
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Partners for Open Space
  • Patuxent Riverkeeper
  • Sierra Club, Maryland
  • Waterkeeper Alliance, Chesapeake Programs
  • West Rhode Riverkeeper

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