Green Drinks Archive - 2013

Thursday, December 10

green drinks annapolis holiday

Lighting Up the Holidays with Green Drinks!

Tuesday, December 10
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

169 West Street,  Annapolis

Sponsoring Organization
clean currents

Theme: Lighting up the holidays with LEDs

incandescent to LED

The Weather Outside was Frightful
but Green Drinks was so Delightful...
at the Metropolitan
as we Lit Up the Holidays with LEDs!

Thinking of the upcoming holidays, and magic of twinkling holiday lights... and how those festive twinkles affect our electric bills, we pondered changing to LEDs. It's a great time to do that.. particularly if you can save a few bucks on the purchase as well as the energy cost down the road!

So, with the winter winds blowing -- and with thanks to our event sponsor Clean Currents (Our newest Founding 100 sponsor!),  this December's Green Drinks was all about energy and lights... turning in the old and incentivizing you to buy the new... LEDs!

sandwich boardGreen Drinks was complete with a Green Carpet at the entrance that made us feel like rock stars, as did the Met staff's very cool chalk art (right) welcoming us.

We were pleased to have new Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides join us and we wish him well! He stayed for over an hour and talked with a lot of people about a lot of different topics.

Metropolitan Manager Tom Hanna and Owner Jody Danek did a fabulous job keeping up with our appetizer consumption and letting us have the run of the place -- second deck and enclosed rooftop terrace. And the Met donated 10% of bar proceeds to Annapolis Green!

Thanks also to Great Frogs, Annapolis' local winery, for showcasing their wine and for the fabulous bottle of Lollipop Red Dessert Wine!

O'Callaghan Annapolis Hotel was hosting the Annapolis Sailing Industry Association's holiday party at the same time and a number of the ASIA members came to Green Drinks as well. And thank you to the staff of O'Callaghan's for donating the proceeds of their Casual Fridays funds to Annapolis Green. General Manager Albert Montone made a presentation of the funds and we sent back a hand-made thank you card.

poinsettiaThank you to Brad Kuklinski of Greenstreet Gardens for the beautiful poinsettias! How thoughful!

"Ivanna B. Green"

ivanna b greenAnd a big thanks to Meghan Matthews of MISEA Group for providing "Ivanna B. Green," her sexy Santa that inspired photos now on Instagram! Meghan also helped us with the LED "creation" Christmas tree still on display at the Met, in the lot next to Lemongrass.

Did you notice that the star on top was designed to look like a wind turbine? Another set of helping hands for that was Blue Crump of Clean Currents, our sponsoring organization for the night. So, of course, it was a wind turbine, since Clean Currents is our source (and the Met's) for clean, wind power. (You can sign up for clean wind power too. Just click here.) And how about LEDs spelling out Green Drinks?

turbine in lightsgreen drinks in lights

The point of the whole LED salute and the light strings exchange was to promote the energy-saving LEDs for holiday decoration so that we can all save money and reduce our energy consumption - which is good for the environment!

Recycling Holiday Lights

We collected three huge boxes full of incandescent lights that were taken to MOM's Organic Market for recycling in exchange for discount coupons to replace them with LEDs. Thank you, everyone, for participating. We picked up even more lights from our other retail partner, K&B True Value, whose own collection program (instigated by us) closed on Sunday, Dec. 15.

-k&b true valueThe lights collected at K&B True Hardware overflowed a large wheeled toter and filled Elvia's car to the brim as she delivered them to MOM's. The community really got behind this. The drive was more succcessful than we ever dreamed it would be!

<<-- That's K&B's Mike helping Elvia load the collected lights into her car.

The bottom line is that we took a lot of old lights out of service and replaced them with energy-efficient LEDs. That saves money and energy, and that's good for the environment!

We've sent out a challenge to the Annapolis Jaycees for next year's Hanging of the Greens downtown -- to trade in the existing lights for LEDs! Homestead Gardens is already on board, having used thousands of LEDs in the decorations downtown, including the big Christmas Tree mom'snext to the Market House.

If you still have incandescent lights you'd like to replace with LEDs, MOM's Organic Market will take them in for recycling until Jan. 31, whether they work or not and give you a coupon for buying LEDs online, at a discount. Read more. MOM's is located at 6824 Race Track Road in Bowie -- just a 20-minute drive from Annapolis.

led lightsWhere Do Those Old Lights Go? -- Following the recycling drive, MOM's will box and ship old holiday lights to a recycling facility in located Jackson, Michigan. There, the lights will be shredded and processed. The individual components (including pvc, glass and copper) will be separated to be recycled into new products.

Why LEDs? Does it matter? How much energy do they save? -- A lot. In general, LEDs use 90% less energy an an incandescent bulb to produce the same amount of light! Read more about LEDs. LEDs offer maximum light efficiency without the harmful by-products that come from other lighting solutions. LEDs are non-toxic and cost-effective. Plus, they last at least 10 times longer (and consume 90% less energy) than incandescent bulbs. In addition, they emit far less heat, which helps minimize the risk of fire. Not to mention, the bright, clean light from LEDs looks great!

About Our Host

metropolitanThe Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge is one of the hotest places in Annapolis' Uptown! Along with Tsunami and Lemongrass, it is part of the Kapow restaurant group. The menu features locally sourced food as much as possible and sustainable seafood.

santa juliaAmong the many types of adult beverages the Met had available were wines from Santa Julia Winery in Mendoza, Argentina. This winery has a strong sustainability ethic too:

"In our activity we cannot conceive high quality wines disregarding the care for our environment. That is why we are focused towards sustainable agriculture, coexisting with nature and helping the community we live in. We strongly believe that wine is not only the expression of the land, the weather or the cultivated vine variety, but is basically the result of team-driven production activities."

Sustainability at the Met

Metropolitan is powered by Clean Currents' wind power program (as are we). It was the first restaurant to recycle using City of Annapolis services and it composts its food waste via a local farmer. The Met gives back to the community in many ways including support of the local music and arts scene and many local charities. Artists are encouraged to display their work at the Met at no charge.

andy boppLive Music!

Thanks to the Met, we enjoyed live music from Andy Bopp from 6 p.m. on. Baltimore's Andy Bopp has written, recorded, and released 13 albums, toured the world, and navigated the freeways and backroads of the music industry for two decades.  His new release is "Time to Rock."  From power pop to old soul country, Andy's critically acclaimed songwriting is the common thread. It was a treat! Read about Andy and listen to some tunes.



No Green Drinks was held in November 2013


Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013

Our Boat Show Green Drinks in "Eco Alley"
Celebrating Red Right Recycle!

fleet reserve
100 Compromise Street, Annapolis

Sponsoring Organization

red right recycleWe kicked off our celebration of boating with our boat shows Green Drinks last week at the Fleet Reserve's upper deck on "Eco-Alley!"

We welcomed boat show exhibitors, local and visiting boaters, local business people, non-profit staff, government officials and our loyal Green Drinkers to celebrate our Red Right Recycle! initiative (see more below), providing recycling to the boat shows to raise public awareness of the importance of "Clean Water and a Healthy Bay." Learn more about the initiative.

We owe a big thanks to our hosts at the Fleet Reserve Club. Hosting us during the powerboat show was terrific as they opened up the second deck for unbeatable views of the show and all the excitement. The Fleet's volunteer bartenders were friendly, funny, and welcoming. We enjoyed being a part ofFleet's largest yearly fundraising during the shows, serving up the BEST pit beef BBQ and cold drinks Please patronize them and stop by while you're at the shows!

We had a number of special guests at Green Drinks including the current boat show management as well as all five members of the new management team that will take over the boat shows soon. Representatives from the BoatUS Foundation, whose grant is partially funding our Red Right Recycle! initiative joined us ... and videotaped our event! And, of course we showed off one of our eco-stations next to the bar.

ayschesapeake legal allianceA big thank you also to our sponsoring organization, Annapolis Yacht Sales, for making our event possible (We hope you saw their chesapeake legal alliance Greenline hybrid boats at the show) and to our partnering organization, the Chesapeake Legal Alliance, for helping to spread the word.

Also, thank you to The Fleet, Davis' Pub, and Pussers Caribbean Grille for providing appetizers.

davis pub   pussers

Davis' has a happy hour Monday-Friday, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. and their daily food specials can be found on their Facebook page. Pusser's happy hour is Monday-Friday, 4- 7 p.m. Read more.

We'd also like to thank our Green Drinks volunteers, Leslie Trott Gibbons-Neff & Jeff Gibbons-Neff for helping with set-up and breakdown; Meghan Matthews, Mariel Yarborough, and John Murray for greeting our guests.

The re-use and recycling of carpet is another one of our efforts during the shows. At Green Drinks we had a display of recyclable carpet tiles we brought to introduce to boat show exhibitors. Made by the Interface flooring company in Georgia, the carpet product is called Net Effect and is made partially with discarded fishing nets. The production provides a source of income for small fishing villages in the Philippines while cleaning up their beaches and waters of discarded fishing nets that threaten their livelihood and the precious double barrier reef off their shore. Take a look - it's Net Effect ocean blue waves at the BoatUS Bridge out from Pussers. Read more about the carpeting.

Our Red Right Recycle! initiative is made possible by two grants:

bge     boat us foundation

and by the support of these local business who sponsored eco-stations at the boat shows.

boatyard bar & grill   dream yacht charter

galway bay irish pub   annapolis accommodations   - loews annapolis hotel west kitchen & tavern



Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

O'Callaghan's Annapolis Hotel
174 West Stree

Theme: Sustainable Annapolis

Sponsoring Organization: R3 Services

Partnering Organization: Annapolis and Anne Arundel Conference & Visitors Bureau

We didn't have to look too far for a theme for this month's Green Drinks. Our Conference and Visitors Bureau made it too easy! The theme of the CVB's website this month was Sustainable September as we focused on all the wonderful environmental work in which our community is engaged -- from restoration to Green tourism. This gave us an opportunity to bring you up to date on lots of different things that have been going on this summer in our town.

The CVB website features sections on businesses and organizations, events and other things to do... all with a Green theme this September. Have a look. The emphasis was reflected in the blogs too, with Elvia as the lead Green blogger! Read more.

It was last September that we were learning about the great Green things Towne Park was doing at the City parking garages.  The CVB hosted the September 2012 Green Drinks event and we and celebrated the tourism industry's embrace of eco-efforts and electric cars for Green transportation.

o'callaghan's annapolis hotelThis year we partnered with the CVB and celebrated at the O'Callaghan Hotel, one of Maryland Green Travel's partners. The O'Callaghan Annapolis Hotel is super Green, from its Irish roots to its sustainable operations. Its Maryland Green Travel profile page has a summary of its sustainable practices, including waste reduction and energy efficiency. We took over the entire first floor of the hotel, including the award-winning John Barry Restaurant, for our event.

We heard updates about these topics:

r3Our event sponsor was R3 Services. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is what R3 stands for both in mission and services. R3 is a proactive business solutions provider helping to solve security, environment and our community needs all with a single mission. R3 is the business services division of New Horizons Supported Services a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission for over 40 years has been to help employ adults with disabilities. More info at


No Green Drinks was held in August 2013


Tuesday, July 24, 2013

Returning to
Historic London Town and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

Stormwater Showcase

celebrating the installation of the new Green Roof
and featuring exhibitors from the stormwater management industry

Special Presentation of Commercial Recycling Awards
by 2013 Flagship Class of Leadership Anne Arundel

awarded to Irish Restaurant Company and Veteran Compost

Green Drinks Event Sponsored by

greenvest    filterra

Partnering Organization
Maryland-DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA)

Stormwater Showcase - See below

Special Raffle of an Oak Rain Barrel by Rain Barrels Annapolis!

rainbarrels of annapolis

We had a spectacular evening on the shores of the South River at the beautiful Historic London Town & Gardens. There was lots of good information offered about stormwater and other topics.

County Executive Laura Neuman attended and addressed the crowd. She announced that there will be an environmental summit in the county soon. She asked Annapolis Green to be a part of this and we will!

Catering by Seasons

Complimentary appetizers were served by Catering by Seasons and the cash bar featured organic/sustainable and local beverages.

catering by seasonsCatering by Seasons, a recent recipient of the 2013 Maryland Green Leadership Award, presented unique farm-to-table hors d'oeuvres. The full service division of La Prima Food Group, Catering by Seasons is dedicated to sustainable business practices.

buy local challengeThe folks at Seasons are participating in this week's Buy Local Challenge campaign by serving us fresh chicken from their own farm... and maybe more local surprises!


Beers included colonial beers, made organically from Yards Brewery in Philadelphia: Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale, Geo. Washington Tavern Porter, Ben Franklin Blue Spruce.

Live music by the Matt Wigler Trio

We had terrific music from the Matt Wigler Trio -- what a wonderful and talented band!

matt wiglerMatt Wigler is a pianist, organist, singer, and composer from Baltimore. Just 19 years old, he has already performed at notable venues including The Kennedy Center, Strathmore Music Center, and Blues Alley. Matt studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. In 2010, Matt was selected as an Artist in Residence at Strathmore.

Matt’s recording “Epiphony,” released July 2009, was nominated for best jazz CD by the Washington DC Area Music Association. 

Matt has also played piano and Hammond B3 organ on various other studio projects including Deanna Bogart’s “Eleventh Hour” and Rick Dempsey’s “Home Run Holiday.” Matt has performed at festivals throughout the United States and Canada including the Monterey Bay Blues Festival, Beaches International Jazz Festival in Toronto, Telluride Jazz Festival, North Atlantic Blues Festival in Maine, Motor City Blues and Boogie Woogie Festival in Michigan and Artscape here in Maryland. 

London Town's Environmental Initiatives featured at Green Drinks

About Historic London Town and Gardens

london town by lee boynton

A visit to Historic London Town and Gardens is a trip through more than 300 years of history and archaeology. This outstanding historic site on the South River has been owned by Anne Arundel County since 1828. The site includes the archaeological remains of buildings that comprise the colonial-era "lost" town of London; a National Historic Landmark, the William Brown House, dating to circa 1760; an eight-acre woodland garden; a state-of-the-art archaeology laboratory; interpretation of the African American history of the site including an interactive website; and a new Visitor Center, which opened to the public in late 2007. The pavilion, where Green Drinks will be held, is available for rentals for celebrations and special events.

We saw how historic preservation and reverence for the area's colonial heritage coexist beautifully with state-of-the art environmental practices, such as London Town's new Green Roof over the Visitors' Center. London Town is working to become a model of environmentalism in our area and a showcase for stormwater management. Read more about their efforts.

nate powersMany toured the Green Roof and the environmental, woodland and ornamental gardens with Director of Horticulture Nate Powers.

As part of our event, there were several exhibitors with plenty of information to share about stormwater practices, including:

Other exhibitors were Solar Universe and Eco-Armour.

Stormwater Management -- London Town is actively involved in improving stormwater management on site. London Town is in the South River watershed and is actively involved with the South River Federation. The Federation has helped determine best management practices for London Town's stormwater issues. There are many rain barrels on site, provided by Chuck Henney of Rain Barrels of Annapolis. They area handsome repurposed wine and whiskey barrels that fit right in with the historic look of London Town.

London Town has several existing rain gardens, step pools and even a bog garden as part of its evolving chain of environmental gardens. Permeable pavers, plantable retaining walls and other stormwater management projects are shovel-ready and awaiting funding opportunities.

Green Roof -- London Town has recently completed the installation of a unique ground-level Green Roof that is a centerpiece to its Visitors Center. The ground level Green Roof actually sits atop the new museum exhibit, Discover London Town!

What is perhaps most unique about this green roof is that it is at ground level. This is a completely Americans with Disabilities Act – or ADA – accessible area with a variety of green roof plants, many native. The Green Roof space also has picnic tables for visitors to rest, linger and lunch. The Green Roof can be considered a hybrid Green Roof as well because it accommodates both extensive and intensive plantings, which just means that its strong load bearing capacity allowed London Town to not only walk on the Green Roof but also plant in thin and deep soil profiles. As a result London Town was able to plant a wider variety of plants. The primary plants are sedums which are suited for the hot dry baking conditions of the site. Other natives and even small shrubs can be added as the site evolves.

The true cost of the Green Roof exceeds $50,000 if you include all the volunteer manhours as well as the professional labor and materials. Prime stakeholders and supporters in the project, a collaborative project and process were:

The Green Roof is taking off nicely, but is just the beginning of some other environmental projects and progress underway. The Visitors Center itself is an award winning design by Baltimore architects Cho Benn Holbeck. The award is due, in part, for its adaptive reuse. The bones of the building are from the previous building on site, a wastewater treatment plant!

Energy Savings -- London Town is planning and developing the installation of solar panels on the visitors center. They are already seeing some energy savings from the insulating nature of the green roof. The solar panels may allow the Visitor Center to become a net provider of electricity. London Town also is pursuing the option of a photo-voltaic array atop a car port in its expanded parking area. In addition to providing electricity to London Town and possibly back to the grid, hookups for electric cars are planned.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Westin Annapolis
The Westin Annapolis Hotel
100 Westgate Circle, Annapolis

in the new Annapolis Ballroom

Theme: 2013 Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards

Sponsoring Organization: Maryland Green Registry

maryland green registry

We hosted Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Robert Summers as he presented the 2013 Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards and announced the total annual environmental results and cost savings as reported by all Maryland Green Registry members. Annapolis Green is a Maryland Green Registry Member too. Collectively, members have saved over $65 million annually through sustainable practices, demonstrating the Going Green is good for the environment and the bottom line.

maryland green registry 2013 winners group photoHere are the 2013 winners:

And the results are incredible! Maryland Green Registry members are asked to share at least one measurable result  from their environmental practices and it really adds up!  For the fourth straight year, Members have collectively reported greater efficiency in resource use and other improvements in their environmental performance.  Maryland Green Registry members reported the following results achieved on an annual basis for 2012/2013.

We had the opportunity to meet many businesses that operate in a sustainable manner -- many not from the Annapolis area. Our Green Drinkers showed these folks some Naptown hospitality! We know Secretary Summers was happy with the event and we hope this will be an annual collaboration between Maryland Green Registry and Annapolis Green.

see photos of the event

Maryland Green Registrymaryland smart green & growingThe Maryland Green Registry is a free way to promote your business or organization, save money and demonstrate your environmental commitment. Collectively, members have saved over $65 million annually through sustainable practices. The Registry is a part of Governor O'Malley's Maryland Smart, Green & Growing initiative.

westinThis month's host site, The Westin Annapolis, is a member of Maryland Green Travel, a companion program to the Maryland Green Registry for the tourism industry, and was one of the state's first Maryland Green Travel Partners. Read the Westin's Maryland Green Travel profile.

global soap projectgreen leaderIt also is a newly designated Bronze Level Trip Advisor Green Leader. The hotel lists its sustainable practices, "Make a Green Choice," right on its website -- everything from saving water to participating in the Global Soap Project. | Read more. We were in the hotel's brand new Annapolis Ballroom.

The Westin Annapolis also is a certified Annapolis Environmental Steward establishment under the Sustainable Annapolis program.

maryland wine weekmillsMaryland were featured in recognition of Maryland Wine Week. Our friends at Mills Fine Wine & Spirits joined us too (They are new members of the Maryland Green Registry.) with a fabulous showcase of these terrific home state wines.

walking sticksAdding to the festivities was some great live music by a wonderful young band that is turning heads in Annapolis, the Walking Sticks. Two of its members, twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst, just happen to be brand new graduates from the University of Maryland with degrees in Environmental Science! And yes, business people, they are looking for work in their field! Max, Spencer and Chelsea Lee deliver strong vocals that weave through a pulse synth soundscape. Performing both covers and originals, you'll absolutely love this band! Follow them on Twitter: @walkingsticks1


5:30 – 6:30      Networking, refreshments, live music, and "virtual business expo"

Light refreshments and cash bar.

Send a PowerPoint slide advertising your business or organization to and they will include it in a slideshow that will run throughout the event.  

6:30 – 6:45      Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards Presentation

Presentation by Secretary Summers and the Look for the Logo Contest drawing.

6:45 – 6:50      Group photo

6:50 – 7:30      Networking, refreshments and live music

Event Partners

Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development
Maryland Department of the Environment
a Maryland Green Travel Partner

tony j photography

the walking sticks

Drawing prizes were provided by the following Maryland Green Registry members

Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company
Havre de Grace Seafood Festival
Mills Fine Wine & Spirits

maryland green registry


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

brian boru restaurant & pub logo
Brian Boru Restaurant & Pub
489 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park

Theme: Lighting & Energy Efficiency

Sponsoring Organization

Partnering Organization
Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce

Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce

From the Maryland Clean Energy Center we learned about how it is building and advocating for programs that help with consumer project financing, business financing, tax incentives, workforce development -- including Green jobs -- and training, and R&D funding. The Maryland Clean Energy Center was featured in our May 8 radio show, Living Green in Annapolis. Have a listen.

We offered a hearty welcome to members of the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce, headed up by Chamber CEO Linda Zahn.

Of course, energy efficiency applies by land and by sea. Thanks to our friends at MISEA Group of LED lighting and safety products, a representative of Fawcett Boat Supply was on hand with a display of the latest energy efficient lighting products for boats. Some of them were "packaged" in "wine-glasses..." so appropriate for Green Drinks. MISEA Group, whose motto is "Be Safe, Be Seen, Be Green," has a 10% sale underway now of LED interior and navigation lights for boats at Fawcett Boat Supply. Click to learn more. 

And, we had a display of various types of high efficiency light bulbs provided by David Wood of St. Anne's Episcopal Church's Environmental Ministry group.

Brian Boru's staff was fabulously attentive and passed delicious appetizers -- most made from locally sourced ingredients. Brian Boru is a Maryland Green Travel certified Green establishment. It, and its sister restaurants, Killarney House and Galway Bay, have some of the most sustainable operating practices we've ever seen. Read more. We were very pleased to bring our Green Drinkers to Brian Boru.

clean currentsschooner woodwindCourtesy of Clean Currents, we were able to award two door prizes -- a gift certificate to Brian Boru, and a cruise for two aboard the Schooner Woodwind Sailing ... wind power ... that's energy efficiency! 

infrared tools energy servicesIf you are wondering about the energy efficiency of your home or business, this is the time to call Infrared Tools Energy Services for a performance audit. It's well worth the investment to make your property as energy efficient as it can be!


Monday, April 22, 2013
400 Sixth Street, Annapolis

Live Music by Kevin Kelley

Event Sponsor

leadership anne arundel
Leadership Anne Arundel 2013 Flagship Class

Event Themes

Nominations for LAA Commercial Recycling Awards

Rockfish's Parking Lot Stormwater Retrofit

Partnering Organization

spa creek conservancy

This edition of Green Drinks had multiple themes having to do with sustainability and stormwater treatment, and Annapolis Ward 5 Alderman Jared Littmann kicked off his campaign to run for the City Council seat to which he was appointed.

-Thanks so much to the BoatUS Foundation
for awarding us a Grassroots Grant! Alana Keating from the Foundation presented us with a $10,000 ceremonial check at Green Drinks. As soon as we get the real thing we can begin to beef up recycling at waterside events such as the US Boat Shows in the fall!

leadership anne arundelCommercial Recycling
Our event sponsors, the 2013 Flagship Class of Leadership Anne Arundel, introduced its R3 Commercial Recycling awards -- to be presented in June. The public is invited to nominate a business that stands out for its commitment to recycling and a waste hauling company. These should be businesses that are leaders in Reducing, Reusing and Recycling (R3) and self-nominations are ok too. Details were presented at Green Drinks and the nomination form is available here.

Stormwater Retrofit
spa creek conservancyOur partnering organization, the Spa Creek Conservancy, and our hosts, The Rockfish, presented information about the long-awaited retrofit of the restaurant's parking lot to control stormwater runoff into Spa Creek. The Conservancy was awarded a grant to design a stormwater retrofit for the restaurant's large parking lot. The design includes porous concrete, rain gardens, air conditioning condensate collection, rain barrels, and other features that will lead to a cleaner Spa Creek. The restaurant will match the grant funds that will be obtained for construction. After several years of resolving permitting and other issues, the project is scheduled to begin this summer. It will be a model project in the Eastport neighborhood in the City of Annapolis.

Alderman Announces Intention to Run for Office - We were so honored that Annapolis Ward 5 Alderman Jared Littmann, one of our Founding One Hundred sponsors, chose our event to announce that he will run for the City Council seat to which he was appointed earlier this year. The City Council primary election will be he held on Sept. 17 and the General Election on No v. 5. Jared's website, under development, is See a story about the announcement in The Capital.

chad wells

Executive Chef Chad Wells working on the invasive snakehead fish, and below, the beautiful dish he created from it.


rockfishThe Rockfish's Executive Chef, award-winning Chad Wells, surprised us with a selection of "local, sustainable, and invasive" appetizers. The dishes included Wild Boar meatballs and Blue Catfish.

Everybody raved about the "invasive" dishes he presented including Wild Boar meatballs and Blue Catfish. We're working on an all-invasives dinner in the future with Chef Chad. That will be a treat! In the meantime, you can enjoy several dishes made with invasive species on The Rockfish's menu including Snakehead Ceveche, Snakehead Tacos, and Wild Boar Sliders.  
Thank you so much to the entire management and wait staff team at the Rockfish! We could not have had better hosts. 

Chef Chad Wells has a personal environmental ethic; he says he sources almost all his food from an area no more than 80 miles from the restaurant. The restaurant itself has a strong environmental ethic too:

We are committed to serving you in a manner that benefits both you and the world around us. We are an EPA-certified business and the city of Annapolis's first recipient of The Green Star Award for commitment to the environment.

Our Green commitments not only benefit the environment, but they extend to your plate through our product selection. We proudly serve some of the finest foods that Maryland and the Chesapeake region have to offer directly from the farmers, watermen, bakers and artisan cheese makers. We serve only all-natural foods that are responsibly harvested from local gardens, sustainable fisheries and healthy free ranging animals.

trueblueThe Rockfish is True Blue certified by the State of Maryland so you know you are always enjoying true Maryland blue crabs.

oyster recovery partnershipWe are also dedicated to working with the Oyster Recovery Partnership's oyster recycling program to help restore the Chesapeake Bay's oyster population through the donation of our used oyster shells.

Regarded as a front runner and innovator of utilizing species invasive to our ecosystem in his award winning cuisine, our chef has been decorated by the local and national media for his dedication to seafood sustainability, Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, and his forward-thinking environmental approach to cooking.

And, thanks to Chef Chad for bringing us the delightful live music of Kevin Kelley! Follow Kevin and his music on his Facebook page.

annapolis beer weekOur event coincided with Annapolis Beer Week, a fun week of diverse beer-related events that also support area charities, our community, and local businesses while featuring craft beers. Green Drinks was one of the week's events — featuring organically made or local beers — and Annapolis Green was one of the benefiting non-profits!

Green Drinkers had the opportunity to buy a flight, or sample, of the featured beers for $20, with $5 going directly to Annapolis Green!

The featured beers at Green Drinks were:

Flying Dog Single Hop Galaxy Imperial IPA - Flying Dog is located in Frederick, Maryland.

Victory Swing Session Saison - Victory Brewing Company is located in Downington, Pennsylvania. It has a number of Green initiatives underway including a grant program called the Headwaters Grant. The company decided to build its plant in an existing industrial facility rather than building new. The company has 345 solar panels installed, sells its grain by-product to a local farmer, and has a composting program. Read more.

Boulevard Grainstorm Black Rye IPA - Boulevard is located in Kansas City, Missouri, and operates in a highly sustainable manner. For example, it initiated a glass recycling facility in Kansas City, it operates as a zero-waste company, it has a Green roof and solar panels, it has an electric vehicle charging station, and it uses recycled materials for its packaging: "In 2011 alone, Boulevard’s commitment to using recycled corrugated saved 11,016 trees, 2,916,000 gallons of fresh water, 1,361 cubic yards of landfill space, and 2,008,800 KWH of electricity." Read more.

Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale - Rogue is located in Newport, Oregon. The ale has no chemicals, additives, or preservatives.

New Belgium Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. It is one of the most sustainably operated breweries in the nation. The company is employee-owned, uses best practices in all its operations and has a strong philanthropic ethic, having "donated over $5 million to non-profits, helped bike-related non-profits raise over $2 million by selling beer at Tour de Fat, advocated for progressive climate and energy legislation, and collaborated with ... [its] peers in the brewing and beverage industries." Read more. A New Belgium "Ranger" will be at our event with some giveaways!drafts and laughs

We also benefited from tickets purchased to Laughs and Drafts at the Maryland National Guard Armory the following Saturday. Green Drinkers were given a special promo code to buy tickets online. Tickets were $45 with unlimited beer samples or $20 general admission only. Those who used the promo code to get $5 off admission helped Annapolis Green get a $15 donation! For more info about Laughs and Drafts click here. 


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

homestead gardens
743 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville

Event Sponsor:
alliance for the chesapeake bay
Chesapeake Bay Trust

Event Theme
Cherish the Chesapeake

thomas point light

Partnering Organization:
watershed stewwards
Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy

And a big thanks to Fred Kelly, Severn Riverkeeper®, for making our event possible.

What would March Green Drinks be without our annual pilgrimage
to our very own Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville!  

Great Location

Our theme and Homestead's was "Cherish the Chesapeake." More than a local treasure, the Chesapeake is lifestyle. We celebrated Homestead's 40th year, its commitment to being a leader in our local Green economy.

This Open house went on all week. We encouraged you to check out the terrific schedule that included our very own Rita Calvert teaching us more about Sustainable Agriculture and its Importance.

homestead gardensGreen Drinks was held in the midst of Homestead Garden's Cherish the Chesapeake Open House, Saturday, March 16 - Sunday, March 24. We were all tired of winter, and the beautiful flowers at Homestead were a welcome change!

As part of the Open House, Homestead hosted a number of workshops and demonstrations. Click here to see the complete list of workshops and classes.

Click here to read about a few that may be of particular interest.

prizeOnce again Homestead was very generous to Green Drinkers. Everyone received a 20% off coupon for one item in the store and provided a raffle prize -- a fabulous birdfeeder (pictured). Click here for a full description.

Great Food

honey's harvestmillsAnd, we were just blown away by the generously and delicious cuisine of our longtime favorite catering partners, Honey's Harvest Market and Catering, a part of the Eco-lifestyle Herrington Harbour Marinas. Owner Anna Chaney treated us to a variety of mini gourmet sandwiches, roasted veggies, Boar's Head turkey and in-house roasted and sliced beef, Honey's black bean hummus, artisan breads, and decadent cheesecake lollipops! Honey's is a must-stop if you are in South County. It's open seven days a week and offers local honey, granola, kettle corn, a full service deli and over 300 beers and wines.

Great Drinks

And speaking of beer and wine, Mills Fine Wine & Spirits offered local wines and beers at our event. These included:

Dry Maryland Wines:

  • Boordy’s “Rockfish” White Wine Blend (Vidal Blanc/Seyval Blanc/Chardonnay blend)
  • Boordy’s Chardonnay
  • Boordy’s “Terrapin” Red Wine (Cabernet Sauvignon)

Other Dry Wines:

  • Domaine Grand Veneur Rose Wine, Rhone Valley, France
    New arrival just in time for the first day of Spring (Sustainably Produced)
  • Honoro Vera Organic Monastrell (Red Wine), Jumilla, Spain

Maryland Beers:

  • “Sprung” Ale, Evolution Craft Brewing, Salisbury: A Spring Season Ale!
  • “The Raven’s Special Lager,” Peabody Heights Brewery, Baltimore
  • “Heavy Seas Loose Cannon” Hops IPA, Clipper City Brewing Company, Baltimore

Great Partners

chesapeake bay trust bay plateOur sponsor was the Chesapeake Bay Trust. And the first thing we think about with CBT are the iconic Bay Plates. Do you have them? Do you know what how this works and the projects that are a result of them? We offered a Bay Plates Challenge... entering all who arrived with these plates on their cars in the raffle.

-Our Partnering Organization was the Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy -- the army of volunteers working in their own neighborhoods on projects that really do make a difference!  

And finally, we had a number of exhibits from a terrific group of folks and organizations important to your springtime planting and gardening! These included:

Homestead Gardens' Spring Open House Special Events - As part of the Open House, Homestead hosted a number of workshops and demonstrations, including:

Organic Lawn Care

Grow beautiful lawns…Naturally! - Is a lush, dark green lawn worth using potentially harmful chemicals? Shawn Shockey, from Espoma, will discuss the ins and outs of organic lawn care. Espoma’s new All Natural Lawn Program helps prevents unsightly weeds from popping up in your lawn while nourishing grass to build its resistance to heat, drought and other stresses. The products’ 100% organic ingredients are safe for family, pets, and the environment!

Avian Treasures of the Chesapeake Bay

Elizabeth Owens, of Raptor’s Eye, will provide educational talks about the Chesapeake’s birds of prey.

-Jersey cows graze on lush green pasture at P.A. Bowen Farmstead.

Sally Fallon: Doing Things the Old-Fashioned Way

Join journalist, chef, nutrition researcher and now farmer, Sally Fallon Morrell, as she discusses Doing Things the Old Fashioned Way at P.A. Bowen Farmstead. Raw cheese in the centerpiece of the P.A. Bowen Farmstead–an old fashioned, mix species farm that raises whey-fed pigs, pastured meats and pastured poultry and eggs. Find out how it all fits together in her fascinating presentation.

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture & Its Importance - Rita Calvert will address the concept of “sustainability” in agriculture. Sustainability rests on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Not only does sustainable agriculture address many environmental and social concerns, but it offers innovative and economically viable opportunities for growers, laborers, consumers, policymakers and many others in the entire food system. With close to three decades in the food, media production, marketing and public relations fields, Calvert has created myriad programs, events, cooking sessions on national television, the stage and The Annapolis School of Cooking. She has partnered in writing cookbooks and product lines to showcase the inspiration, art and nourishment of food. Her work has always embodied the naturally wholesome and satisfying.

Backyard Birding

Creating a Backyard Birding Habitat - Kerry Wixted, a biologist with the Department of Natural Resources, will demonstrate how to create a backyard paradise for our feathered friends. Wixted is an education and outreach specialist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service. Wixted runs several education programs such as Growing Up WILD, Project WILD and Wild Acres as well as overseeing the wildlife education section of the Maryland State Envirothon. She has a keen interest in native plant conservation.

Rain Gardening: 101

Rain gardens soak up rain from the roof, driveway, sidewalk or yard. They are slightly different from the typical flower garden. Rain gardens are planted with wild flowers and deep-rooted native vegetation–which helps the ground soak up more water. They are typically placed near downspouts on a home to capture water, so the runoff can gradually soak into the ground. Bob Murphy, president and director of Ecosystem Solutions, will discuss how rain gardening can affect change in the effort to ‘Save the Bay’ and demonstrate how to take the first steps in building an effective rain garden with suggestions on perennials, trees and more. Ecosystem Solutions is a nonprofit ecological research organization, dedicated to progressive environmental science study and education. It provides a broad range of services including ecological research, habitat restoration, research and development, and habitat assessment.

Fishing on the Chesapeake

Chesapeake Bay fishing offers up some of the best bottom fishing the nation has to offer. With a wide variety of species that call the middle Chesapeake Bay home there is something for every angler’s appetite. Captain Brian Mayer, from Marauder Charters, will share knowledge and techniques gained from professional fishing offshore, on the Chesapeake, and in the islands. Captain Brian earned a Coast Guard 100-ton Master License at the age of 21. He also holds dual Bachelor degrees in Biology and Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University and is SCUBA certified. 

Nesting Habits & Appetites of Birds

colin reesColin Rees, Environmental Specialist at the World Bank and President of the Anne Arundel Bird Club, will share his expertise on birds and their nesting and habitat needs. The Anne Arundel Bird Club, organized in 1954, is one of 15 chapters of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS) which is dedicated to the protection and conservation of birdlife and other natural resources. AABC hosts monthly meetings, numerous field trips, lectures and other activities throughout the year. Chesapeake

Oyster Restoration

Oysters are the Chesapeake Bay’s best natural filters. They also provide essential habitat for fish and other Bay creatures. Unfortunately, today’s oyster population is estimated at only two percent of its original level. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Oyster Gardening Program gives people the opportunity to help bring back this vital species by growing oysters alongside their docks. Once grown, the adult oysters are returned to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for planting on sanctuary reefs. Meghan Hoffman, Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s oyster restoration expert, will give a run-down on oyster gardening and when, where, and how it is done.

Living Shorelines: Native Plants

Native plants are an important part of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem and can actually have an impact on the health of the Chesapeake Bay. However, finding sources of native plants can be tricky, as most commercial nurseries carry only a few varieties. Homestead Gardens is looking to change that and is dedicated to educating and making it easier for homeowners to make the switch to natives. Kody Cario, from Environmental Concerns Nursery–the nation’s first wholesale wetland plant nursery–will discuss natives and how they can be used to take small steps to help the Bay. Currently, Environmental Concerns cultivates approximately 120 wetland plant species that are native to the Northeast United States and has the ability to propagate over 200 species. Research at the facility concentrates on horticultural questions and the benefits of certain horticultural activities.

Organic Cleaning

Environmentally conscious products backed by proven science to achieve the results today’s consumers demand is the topic of this talk. Wet & Forget products provide easy solutions and work on outdoor moss, , and algae issues. Not only is it non-caustic and non-acidic, it is also safe for all outdoor surfaces. Wet & Forget’s Adam Smith will talk about the product and give some application tips.

Oyster Roast

Learn more about the oyster comeback in our area when the Chesapeake Bay Foundation gives its workshop earlier in the day…but this demo is about oyster tasting. When Rita Calvert lived in North Carolina the Oyster Roast was the event of the cool season. Now, join her to experience how southerners showcase this favored mollusk as she grills up a delicious feast.

Backyard Chickens

chicksBackyard Chickens: Set-Up & Prep - Chickens provide pest control, fertilizer, and, of course, eggs. Chickens are also weed eaters, slug slayers, and tomato worm squishers. In short, they are an ideal garden companion. But…Do you have what it takes to raise backyard chickens? Homestead’s chicken expert, Mary Sells, will discuss the ins and outs of setting up a backyard chicken coop–from space and time requirements, to the supplies needed to start.


Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

The Bistro at the Golf Club at South River, 3451 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater

golf club at south river

Free, no RSVP required. Cash bar.

Event Host   
the brick companies

Event Theme
Have a Green Heart
green heart

Event Sponsor


There was a lot going on! Here's a rundown:

putt for greenIn the golf simulation room, Green Drinkers gave it their best shot and entered the 50/50 Putt for Green Contest. It was just $5 try to sink your putt on the Green and enter to win 50% of the proceeds. The other half was to have gone to further Annapolis Green's work in bringing the sustainability message to the Annapolis Area but the winner, Michael Wagener, donated his winnings back to us! Thank you!

And did you know that the Brick Companies' Queenstown Harbor Golf Course, a 36-hole public facility on the Eastern Shore, sits on 783 acres that border the Bay and Queenstown Creek on the Chester River. Some 273 acres of that property has been donated to the Maryland Environmental Trust/Eastern Shore Conservancy for preservation in perpetuity. Queenstown Harbor also has a state of the art stormwater management system, a 63-kilowatt solar array, and very limited pesticide application. The area is also an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary that wildlife likes just as much as do golfers. The Brick Companies takes its dedication to the environment very seriously.

fiddle oaksbanjoLive music! We enjoyed the great bluegrass-country-bluesy music of Fiddle Oaks, who by day, are staff at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. The musicians are: Ally Gontang Highfield - vocals, guitar, accordion, banjo uke; Phillip McKnight - vocals, mandolin, fiddle, 5-string banjo; Craig Highfield - vocals, fiddle, mandolin, tenor banjo; and Dan Brellis - bass & percussion. Their music added a wonderful vibe to our event!

project clean streamLearn about and sign up for Project Clean Stream. Our sponsors, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, run Project Clean Stream each year -- a watershed-wide effort to clean up our waterways. Director Al Todd told us all about it and gave Green Drinkers the opportunity to work right in their own neighborhoods on or about April 6.

red right recycleHave a Green Heart and Vote for Annapolis Green! We've applied for a $10,000 grant from the BoatUS Foundation to accelerate our Red Right Recycle program at the Boat Shows in Annapolis. The foundation will select the winners based on online voting! Read more and "Rock the Vote!"

founding 100
Another way to have a Green Heart for Annapolis Green is to Get on the List and become a Founding 100 sponsor. Read more.


bistro at south river golfbistro at south river golfAbout our venue - The Brick Companies has expanded the Bistro by building a very Green Great Room, where our event was held.

With an Adirondack look, the room has just the cozy atmosphere we need for a wintry evening.

And we want to remind you that the Bistro is always open to the public for dining. The appetizers provided by our hosts were just wonderful and so tasty.

South River Golf is a private club and open for membership.

The Bistro is owned by The Brick Companies who have set the example for sustainability in all they do for years. We had our 4th Green Drinks with them at their offices' Green Roof, way back when we first started.

Here are just some of the sustainable practices in place at the Bistro:

And here are some of The Brick Companies' overall environmental initiatives:


Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

O'Brien's Oyster Bar & Restaurant, 113 Main Street, Annapolis

our event is sponsored by
Chesapeake Legal Alliance

Theme: Continue the Conversation!

environmental legislative summitOur event was the official after-party for the 2013 Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit.

Our Honorary Green Drinks Legislative Host was Delegate Steve Schuh (R-District 31). Delegate Herb McMillan (R-District 30) also attended as did Senator Paul Pinsky (D-District 22).

Holding Green Drinks at O'Briens was not only a way to celebrate the fact that this restaurant is moving toward sustainability -- it is also a nod to the history of the venerable building in which it is located, 113 Main Street. 113 Main Street has been a part of Annapolis' history and has seen over 200 years of our city's evolution. Built in 1774 as the Rose & Crown, this tavern was a local gathering spot for both Royalists and Revolutionaries. Read more.

O'Brien's offered local beers including Heavy Seas Loose Cannon and Flying Dog, and is organic wine options.

As for the complimentary appetizers... the Chef outdid himself!

Several Green Drinkers took advantage of the incentive to stay for dinner: 20% off locally sourced seafood featured on the menu!

And O'Brien's is Going Green. Here's what's underway:

  • Working toward earning the Maryland Green Travel Certification
  • Offering locally sourced seafood
  • Participation in the Oyster Recovery Partnership's Shell Recycling Alliance
  • Recycling cooking grease and oil
  • Use of programmable thermostats
  • Use of CFL and LED lighting
  • Use of corn-based plastic liners for trash
  • Use of corn-based plastic cups
  • Planting of an herb garden that is productive eight months of the year


oyster recovery shell alliance

O'Brien's hosts trivia night Sunday evenings -- with prizes. Stay tuned for a Green Trivia Night at O'Brien's in the future!

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