No where else in the area will you meet so many eco-minded people from all aspects of our environmental
and business community. Come join in and see what all the buzz is about!
It's the 11th Anniversary of Green Drinks Annapolis!
Theme: The Importance of Composting
and two of its initiatives:
Project Clean Stream
the largest cleanup event in the Chesapeake Bay region
Businesses for the Bay
Annapolis Green returns to Homestead Gardens for its most anticipated Green Drinks Annapolis events -- our ninth yearly trek to Homestead Gardens in the midst of its beautiful annual spring Flower Show, Modern Homesteading.
And it's beautiful at Homestead right now! Where else can you see a vintage pick-up, a coop housing chickens with bouffant hairdos, and a 1950s window with the famous leg lamp in the window, all surrounded with beautiful color!
For over 25 years, Homestead Gardens has presented a themed flower show every March to celebrate the coming of spring and dust off the doldrums of winter. The title of the 2017 Flower Show is "Modern HOMEsteading - a lifestyle of self-sufficiency." Compost is a vital component of healthy soil, and of self-sufficiency. It saves resources, is good for the Earth, and is easy to do!
Our event will focus on the importance of composting -- the practice of returning food scraps and other organic matter back to the Earth as Nature intended. Our goal this year is to get everyone involved in composting, whether at home, at our events & festivals, and at our compost sales (more news later about a spring sale). Composting is one of our projects but also our theme for March.
Don't miss Homestead's educational talk, "Compost Tea Time," on Friday, March 24, from 2-3 p.m. Join Homestead's Indoor Gardening Expert, Kyle (left), to learn the benefits of compost tea and just how easy it is to brew your own.
Click to learn more.
Our Event Sponsor
Would you, as an individual, or as a member of a group want to get your hands dirty this spring for the good of our watersheds? Look into Project Clean Stream, a watershed-wide cleanup scheduled for April 1 (Cleanups can that can be scheduled anytime from March 1 through June 9). Several are planned in our area and you can start your own! Learn more.
Businesses throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed can play a critical role in protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed, rivers, and streams. Businesses for the Bay is an Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay membership association designed by businesses for businesses. It provides businesses with a forum where they can make their voices heard, share best practices, facilitate environmental stewardship volunteer opportunities for employees, save money, reach social and sustainability goals, and promote environmental efforts that are important to them, their customers, and their communities.
Admission to Green Drinks Annapolis: $10 donation to Annapolis Green. That includes appetizers from Herrington on the Bay catering, led by Anna Chaney and her talented crew and featuring their favorite locally sourced "plant forward" menu items to spoil us once again. Herrington on the Bay has delighted Green Drinkers for the past nine years at this event with innovative and delicious locally sourced appetizers.
This exclusive night at Homestead also comes with a discount shopping coupon!
The cash bar will be supplied by Mills Fine Wine & Spirits. Owners Jen and Jerry Donahoe will select an interesting array of wine and beer for the event, which they will be glad to discuss. Soft drinks will be available as well.
As an added treat, Rutabaga Craft Juicery will be on hand with delicious and healthy non-alcoholic beverages to try. And there will be some surprise exhibitors too, including the Watershed Stewards Academy!
Green Drinks is an initiative of Annapolis Green. Our mission is to connect, inform, and inspire Annapolis residents, organizations, and businesses to care for the environment, live more responsibly and create a more beautiful and thriving community.
And Green Drinks is one of the ways we do just that! Join us on Wednesday!
Be sure to carpool if you can and bring your name tag if you have one. It's going to be a great evening!
2017 Legislative Session Environmental Priorities: "Continue the Conversation"
Historic Inns of Annapolis' Governor Calvert House
58 State Circle, Annapolis
Annapolis Green has long believed in the benefit of continuing the magic of conversation. That was especially evident after this year's standing room-only 22nd Annual Legislative Environmental Summit. Following up on the enthusiasm of the Summit and its lobby full of engagement, we were proud to host a very successful Green Drinks Annapolis a short walk away, where the conversation continued to flow.
Welcome - Karla Raettig, Maryland League of Conservation Voters
Honorable Kumar Barve, Chair, House Environment and Transportation Committee
Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor
Honorable Michael Busch, Speaker of the House
Keynote Speaker - Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner
Honorable Michael Miller, President of the Senate
Environmental Agenda for 2017
Staying Engaged Through the Legislative Session - Julie Lawson, Trash Free Maryland
Here's huge thank you to our friends at Historic Inns of Annapolis. Their willingness to host us in the beautiful atrium and ballroom in the Governor Calvert House was ideal. See the photos below.
We always welcome many new faces at the legislative Green Drinks including many from around the state too. We hope to continue this tradition every January and hope that in doing so, we will inspire action related to the very important issues facing us on a state, local, and yes, even federal level.
We were also very happy to welcome several delegates to Green Drinks, including Delegate Kumar Barve of Montgomery County, chair of the House Environment and Transportation Committee.
There are quite a few environment-related bills in the pipeline at the State House. The topics specifically identified at the Summit to be of top importance included:
- Budget and Enforcement
- Overriding the Governor's Veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act
- A Ban on Fracking in Maryland
- Keep Antibiotics Effective Act
- Preventing Septic Pollution
In the first week of February, there was success as the Governor's veto was overturned.
Your most important duty as a citizen is to stay informed and make your voice heard!
- Do you want to keep antibiotics out of the food your eat? Let your delegates and senator know.
- Do you want the best technology to be used when septic systems are installed or upgraded? Let your delegates and senator know.
- Do you want fracking to never happen in Maryland? Let your delegates and senator know.
All it takes is a phone call or an email (or an office visit) to make your voice heard. If you don't know who represents you, click here.
There are also many opportunities to join like-minded people in organized lobby days in the next few weeks. Watch our calendar for this information.
To keep up with the status of important legislation, sign up for the Maryland League of Conservation Voters' "Hotlist."
Each week, Maryland LCV presents this detailed list of environmental legislation moving through the Maryland General Assembly. To sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, you can get status, and the actual text of the bill, from the General Assembly website, here.
And we are dedicating many of our radio programs to the issues in the General Assembly. For example, next Wednesday's program will be about a proposed ban on polystyrene (Styrofoam). More info and show archive.
Back to Green Drinks!
We'd like to thank our volunteers! We would not have been able to put on this event without them. They include our photographer Ken Tom, whose photos you see above, Sandy Williamson, Elizabeth Benitz, Karin Hannah Stern, Kelly Lange, Tom Cagle, Tom Guay, Mariel Yarbrough, and our intern, Kerry Aszklar.
No where else in the area will you meet so many eco-minded people from all aspects
of our environmental and business community. Come join in and see what all the buzz is about!
Start your magical season with us!
Theme: SHOP LOCAL!
Start your Midnight Madness at Green Drinks! Get in the holiday spirit at Pusser's Caribbean Grill with friends old and new and then head out to support our local businesses during this fun social evening that really kicks off the season in Annapolis. We'll have some special discounts to get you on your way toward Main Street, Maryland Avenue and State Circle, and Inner West Street. More info to come.
Downtown Annapolis Partnership is presenting Midnight Madness—an Historic Downtown Annapolis “Shop Local” holiday tradition that encompasses the charm and character of our most beloved memories of Norman Rockwell and Charles Dickens. The streets and participating storefronts are already alive with holiday decorations, trees, garland, snowflakes, bows and lights that create a Downtown Winter Wonderland. After Green Drinks stroll along Main Street, West Street, Maryland Avenue, State Circle and Dock Street until Midnight to support our local businesses. When we Shop Local, we reinvest in our community and help our downtown businesses thrive.
After Green Drinks Come to the Annapolis Green House
When you're done with your shopping, come to the Annapolis Green House, 92 Maryland Avenue to "Wrap Responsibly!" We will offer unique, innovative wrapping in recycled materials. You'll feel good about recycling fun "wraps" that would otherwise go to waste.
From the Bay to the Garden!
Back in August we helped the Annapolis Rotary compost more than 13 tons of food waste from the iconic crab feast. Now that material has turned into beautiful, fluffy compost that makes a great gift for the gardener in your life. Available in pretty, manageable 5-gallon buckets and one-gallon bags. Contact us or stop in during our wrapping extravaganza.
Recycle Your Unwanted
Whether they are working or not, we'll take them! We've worked out an arrangement with MOM's Organic Market to recycle unwanted lights. They will be taken apart and the valuable materials harvested for another use. You'll feel good knowing that you've kept these out of the landfill! Question? Just contact us.
Specials from Our Host
Pusser's will extend its Happy Hour prices and from 4 p.m. to midnight for Green Drinks, and appetizers will be complimentary.
On the other two nights of Midnight Madness, December 8 and 15, the extended Happy Hour will also include 1/2-price appetizers, and 1/2-price wine by the glass or bottle. Also, from 4 - 7 p.m., well drinks and beer will be offered at 1/2-price.
Also, the Pusser's store is offering these specials:
- 10-15-20% Off Sale
- Buy two t-shirts & get one Free
- Rum and Rum Cake tastings
- Providence Center Items
Sales prices offered from 9 a.m. to midnight on December 1, and December 8. On December 15, until 11 p.m.
The Chesapeake String of Pearls Project, a non-profit organization, honors land owners who preserve their land "forever" in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Land owners donating "conservation easements" restrict their land from being developed. These "pearls" remain in their natural state as written in the deed. These reactions stay with the land no matter if land owners change.
Partnering with the City of Annapolis, the Chesapeake Bay String of Pearls Project is sponsoring an art show entitled Annapolis Conservancy Preserved Properties -- painted by the Washington Society of Landscape Painters.
160 Duke of Gloucester
Dec. 1, 2016 - Jan. 27, 2017
8:30 - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Artists' Reception, Monday, Dec. 12
The Annapolis Conservancy, a public urban land trust - possibly the only one of its kind in the country - was created by the City of Annapolis 15 years ago. Its purpose is to protect parcels of open space, to further the goal of a park-like feel in an urban environment and to provide an incentive to builders and developers - via tax breaks - to save open space, particularly around critical natural habitat. Today approximately 200 acres of land in parcels large and small are protected with conservation easements monitored by the Conservancy's volunteer Board.
The Washington Society of Landscape Painters has created all the paintings in the show. This prestigious 102-year-old art society is one of the oldest organizations of landscape artists in the country. | more information. | poster
Why It's Important to Buy Local
Studies have shown that dollars spent at local, independent businesses re-circulate in the local community up to three times more, making local holiday shopping an important investment for all towns and cities. It helps boost the potential for local business owners to be prosperous and encourages the growth of economic security, rather than send profits to corporations that own big box stores and out-of-town chains.
Buying local helps build more prosperous and healthier communities on several fronts because it:
- Strengthens the local economy - Local business owners buy more often from other local businesses. Money spent at a locally owned business stays in the local economy and continues to strengthen the economic base of the community, and most job growth comes from local independent businesses.
- Creates a healthier environment - Buying items made closer to home cuts down on fossil fuel use, reducing the carbon impact. Reduced transportation costs can also mean more affordable goods. Small businesses, which are more often located in central business districts, have less impact on local ecosystems compared to larger retailers located in strip malls or stand-alone buildings.
- Retains local flavor - Experiences at local establishments are completely unique, expressing the local flavor of the area.
- Increases community involvement - Local business owners are more likely to get involved in and contribute to community efforts than corporations that own big box stores.
Host & Event Sponsor
130 Severn Avenue
(Second Street at Severn Avenue)
and spilling over to the offices of building owner, Dome Chartering & Trading, upstairs
in partnership with
US Green Building Council Maryland Community
Iconic Green Architecture
We celebrated the many faces of great architecture in Annapolis, beginning with the relatively new building housing our hosts. The Silver LEED-certified Maritime Office Building, corporate headquarters of Dome Chartering and Trading on the second floor, was designed by local firm Hammond Wilson. The Living Oceans Foundation's offices take up the ground floor. The new structure is wrapped around the well-known Annapolis Maritime Antiques building, formerly housing Raven Studios. The site is a clever mixture of old and new, as is the Eastport neighborhood.
We were thrilled to have had the support of these maritime organizations and Green Drinkers enjoyed seeing both offices. We also enjoyed hearing from architect Leo Wilson (left) who spoke about the philosophy behind his design of this spectacular building.
As the Hammond Wilson firm describes it: "The new building’s exterior recalls the working maritime character of Eastport. Entry details evoke a maritime heritage: low-pitched metal roof; heavy wood brackets; balconies that feel part-gangplank, part-scaffolding; planters made of steel plates are filled with lush native species. The building’s simple rhythm recalls the scale and character of Eastport’s traditional boatsheds." Inside, each of the two organizations has a very different design -- each with its own nautical flair. Read more about the building. Architect Leo Wilson (pictured, left) will be on hand to speak about the building and the concepts behind its design.
Annapolis Maritime Antiques was open during our event offering to a steady stream of visitors refreshments and a unique shopping environment - perfect for early holiday shopping. Annapolis Green is all about supporting local businesses, so join us in supporting this unique veteran-owned business that carries "unique things from the seven seas" (and stories!) that represent centuries of maritime tradition.
We were fortunate to have fantastic appetizers provided by Julie St. Marie Catering and Event Coordination. Not only was the food delicious it was also beautifully presented. And those Mini Cheese Steaks! Wow. Julie and her team will dazzled us with her light appetizers and desserts but we still had a bit of an appetite left to wander over to the Chart House for dinner - another iconic building right there in Eastport that that highlights chart house adaptive reuse. It was once the Trumpy Boatyard! As an enticement to dine at the Chart House, we offered dessert coupons provided by the Chart House just for Green Drinkers. We also appreciate the wine from Great Frogs Winery.
We were pleased to partner with the US Green Building Council Maryland Community. USGBC is the organization that invented the LEED building standard. To learn more about USGBC, listen to our interview with Sabrina Bachman on Living Green in Annapolis on WNAV. Click here.
As always, the crowd at Green Drinks was interesting with a combination of regular attendees and lots of "first timers," particularly members of the US Green Building Council.
See the photos!
About our Host & Event Sponsor
The Living Oceans Foundation is a non-profit environmental science organization and ocean research foundation established to help preserve, protect and restore the world's oceans and aquatic resources through research, education, and outreach. Its mission is to protect and restore ocean health by providing science-based solutions and to make ocean conservation a high priority by empowering people to keep ocean resources healthy and sustainable. A big part of its work has to do with coral reefs and the photos on the walls beautifully illustrated this.
ARCHiTREX Tour of Annapolis
We continued our November theme of architecture by offering the award-winning ARCHiTREX on November 19, thanks to Historic Annapolis and Watermark. It sold out! The tour demonstrates how the historic district of Annapolis is a museum without walls, a treasure trove of architecture and preservation. Green Drinkers celebrated and learned about the city’s most notable and celebrated examples of 17th and 18th Century architecture with ARCHiTREX. The special tour was led by local architect Craig Martin, who, with fellow architect Leslie Xavier, developed the tour in partnership with Historic Annapolis and Watermark Journey.
We tried something new – a two-step evening, block to block on Main Street!
We combined Local by Design's Local Giving Day with drinks at Fox's Den, just a few doors away, for a unique, two-location Green Drinks!
Thanks to the recently opened Local by Design! (The same group from Gallery 3976 where we held our our July 2015 Green Drinks.) Annapolis Green couldn’t resist Local by Design’s invitation to be the beneficiary of its "Local Giving Day." All the shopping you did in this lovely boutique all day long on September 8 benefited Annapolis Green!
Green Drinkers enjoyed browsing an incredible array of artwork of all kinds made by 55 local artists. The boutique has everything from jewelry to pillows to clothing to candles, soap, paintings, glass work, and art made from repurposed items and even a six-pack carrier made of boat canvas and manila line!
Our hosts, Suzi Jett and Susan Sears offered Green Drinkers some light refreshments.
Meanwhile, a short block away, Green Drinkers had a terrific experience at Annapolis’ GastroPub, Fox's Den. If you missed Green Drinks, be sure to visit the “underground” Fox’s Den and you'll be in for a treat. The bar has an incredible selection of cocktails, wine, craft beers, and bourbon, rye, whiskeys and even sazerac!
Let the talented bartenders show their stuff! Thank you to Manager Tommy Burns who offered tastings of chef’s delicious pizza and some other surprises. Click for the menu.
The mantras for both of these hometown businesses: Locally sourced, hand crafted and family owned and operated!
We were glad to introduce Green Drinkers to both.
Drink Local. Eat Local. Support Local.
July 23-31 is Maryland's annual Buy Local Challenge week when we ask you to eat or drink one locally grown, made or harvested product every day during Buy Local Week and make a commitment that will have a lasting impact on your lifestyle, the environment and your local community.
When you buy locally grown farm products, you’ll get food that's fresh and delicious and your purchase insures that your dollars circulate in your community, helping to keep Maryland's farms green and growing. You’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing your dollars go well beyond feeding your family. Thriving farms help to protect the environment, they create opportunities for local jobs and investment and they support their communities too, often donating their surpluses to those in need of fresh, healthy food.
Individuals, families and all types of businesses and organizations can take the Buy Local Challenge (BLC) pledge. Start by making a commitment to buy genuine Maryland-grown farm products where you shop and dine. It's easy! The BLC website, www.buylocalchallenge.com, offers statewide Buy Local Week resources to help you find locally sourced farm foods in your neighborhood.
Share the Buy Local Week with others on social media, use the official BLC hashtag #buylocalchallenge on Twitter and Instagram and check out the BLC Facebook page to find the latest Buy Local Week happenings around the state.
The Buy Local Challenge was created by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) and is promoted in partnership with Maryland Department of Agriculture. To learn more about Buy Local Week and take the pledge to eat local, visit the Buy Local Challenge website at www.buylocalchallenge.com.
We returned to the beautiful local winery, Great Frogs, for a fabulous evening of great wine, great food, and great company... all with a local flair. We celebrated Buy Local Challenge Week (July 23-31); hence our theme: Drink Local. Eat Local. Support Local. With regard to wine, you can't get much more local than Great Frogs Winery. It's Annapolis’ only winery… located in a bucolic location – just off Forest Drive – that makes one forget it’s only minutes from downtown.
Great Frogs is, literally, just minutes from downtown Annapolis. From Forest Drive turn south onto Spa Road and then make a left on Harness Creek Road and the winery is just ahead, on the right. Just look for the Big Green Frog – which is, coincidentally, the mascot of our event sponsor, Blades of Green.
>> See the sidebar for information on how important it is to support our local businesses – not just now, but all year – and not just those associated with food. Dollars spent on local, independently owned business stay in our economy and benefit all of us!
An all-inclusive night awaits Green Drinkers: Admission was $25, and that included not only a tasting of Great Frogs’ terrific wines, but also a fabulous light appetizers buffet from La Prima Food Group, known for its award-winning catered events with environmentally friendly fare. And known to us as a Founding One Hundred Supporter! Company president Dave Evans was once again incredibly generous and would not accept our check for the cost of the buffet. We are so appreciative and urge everyone to think of La Prima when choosing a caterer for your next event!
The wine tasting consisted of seven Premium Wines, finishing with a full glass of your choice and souvenir glass! $25 is the usual cost per person for Great Frogs tastings (without food) so this was a great value.
Winemakers Nate and Andrea O’Shea donated a portion of the $25 charge back to Annapolis Green!
The O'Sheas have been incredibly generous to Annapolis Green. We not only got the idea for our stave wall from theirs -- you'll see it in the tasting room -- but they donated the staves we had engraved and, very importantly, the work of their expert carpenter to install them at the Annapolis Green House. We are very grateful for their continued support.
And they are really cool and imaginative! How about yoga in the vineyard? Yep. At Great Frogs. And they have a unique date night program and a wine club.
Great Frogs' philosophy: "Our old tobacco barn is the cornerstone of our rustic, artisan approach to farming and winemaking. Situated on a peninsula in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, you will still find shucked oyster shells in the soil reminding us of the watermen who are central to Annapolis' history. We are determined to preserve this green space so that it will continue to be a farm, as it has been since 1691. We invite you to taste the rich history of Maryland's capital as you drink our wines."
Great Frogs offered additional wine for sale by the glass or by the bottle at the beautiful, country tasting barn.
And finally, we named Great Frogs as a Founding One Hundred supporter at the event. Well deserved.
We are also noted that Maryland Wine Week, was held on July 22-31. It is a celebration of Maryland wine, hard cider and mead produced by the 75+ wineries throughout Maryland! Drink Maryland wine and "Become a Locapour!"
Our Event Sponsor
Our event was sponsored by Blades of Green, True Organic lawn & pest control. The local company demonstrates that you can keep your yard beautiful AND your family safe from pests without poisoning the Earth. Blades of Green is a locally owned and operated lawn care and pest control company in the Annapolis area that has been servicing homes and businesses for over 25 years. We are proud to say that Blades of Green is a Founding One Hundred supporter!
Our appetizers buffet was provided by La Prima Food Group of College Park and most of the ingredients were, literally, "grown to order." True farm-to-table taste.
Here's the menu: Avocado Corn Salsa Cups, Veggie and Fruit Rollups, Tuna and Squash Carpaccio, and Blueberry Pavlova, all served on compostable service ware.
La Prima offers corporate catering and special events catering through its Catering by Seasons division. The company is a member of (and an award winner of) the Maryland Green Registry, and a member of the Green Restaurant Association.
La Prima's partner is the USDA Organic-Certified Groundworks Farm in Pittsville and some of the food we enjoyed on July 11 was grown there. Read more about Groundworks.
And, as we strive to do at other area events and festivals – we provided recycling and composting, and drank from REAL glasses, while supporting several ur terrific local businesses!
1906 Towne Centre Boulevard
(Annapolis Towne Centre in Parole)
Celebrating the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National
Historic Trail and the Centennial of the National Park Service
We brought out summertime “fun side of eco-awareness… making serious connections” to the newly opened Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service by focusing on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. We were in the second floor bar and spilled out onto the roomy open-air terrace -- at least until the torrential rain came through… but then a double rainbow appeared a few minutes later! What a great omen... What a great omen (double rainbow).
<< photo by Ken Tom
Was it the theme of the centennial of the National Parks Service and the Capt. John Smith Water Trail, or was it curiosity about the new Cooper’s Hawk Restaurant and Winery, or was it Green Drinkers looking forward to getting together and getting to know one another? We don’t know, but Green Drinks last Tuesday was one of the biggest and most successful in the 10 years we have been organizing these events.
And we’re on a wine path now… our next Green Drinks will be at Great Frogs Winery in Annapolis. Yes, there is a winery right in town, on Harness Creek Road.
Thank you to everyone who made a donation at the door. The funds help us bring you fun and informative evenings such as this and further our promotion of sustainability in the Greater Annapolis area.
Green Drinkers entered at the ground level tasting room of Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant, and were greeted with a server offering a complimentary tasting glass of various varieties of wine. We all felt an immediate buzz from the beautiful tasting room and gift shop (that even includes chocolate!) and then went upstairs to experience the wine and food concept of this new addition to the scene in our town.
<< photo by Ken Tom
About Our Event Sponsor
Since its founding, our Green Drinks sponsor, the Chesapeake Conservancy, headquartered in Annapolis, has embraced the National Park Service's Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail as an inspiration and framework for its work in the region, ensuring a healthier Chesapeake Bay watershed where fish and wildlife thrive, and everyone enjoys healthy waters and abundant forests, wetlands, shorelines, and open spaces. With the human population in the Chesapeake watershed approaching 18 million and growing and with tens of thousands of acres of open space vanishing each year, the Conservancy works to connect people with its wildlife and history; conserve landscapes and rivers; and restore the region’s natural resources.
Take the Chesapeake Conservancy's Eco-Quiz!
1. The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail is…
2. The trail stretches more than ____________ miles.
3. How can you explore the John Smith Chesapeake Trail today?
4. Which of these parks was the FIRST US National Park?
5. Which US president signed the bill to create the National Park Service?
6. The Chesapeake Conservancy works to achieve a healthier Chesapeake Bay by…
Answers: 1 = The first all-water National Historic Trail. 2 = 3,000 miles. 3 = All of the above. 4 = Yellowstone National Park. 5 = Woodrow Wilson 6 = All of the above.
The National Park Service is the lead federal agency in administering the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, and the Chesapeake Conservancy is its principal partner for trail development. The National Park Service is also a federal partner in the watershed-wide Chesapeake Bay Program. In all these areas, the National Park Service connects people with the special places and stories of the Chesapeake, helps preserve those special places and stories, and fosters stewardship of the Chesapeake. | Read what NPS Cultural Anthropologist Cindy Chance said at Green Drinks.
About the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail commemorates Captain Smith's exploration of the Bay in 1607 through 1609, and is the nation's first all-water National Historic trail. It provides a significant conservation, recreation and education resource that stretches over 3,800 miles and traverses most of the Chesapeake's great rivers. In addition to providing needed recreational access to the Chesapeake and its rivers, the trail provides a framework for our work of large landscape conservation, vital to celebrate, protect and restore the Bay. Just as the Appalachian National Scenic Trail provided a framework for large landscape conservation since 1920, so can the John Smith Chesapeake Trail. And it's right in our backyard! Read more and take a virtual tour.
At Green Drinks, Joel Dunn, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Conservancy spoke about the organization's mission -- to connect people with the outdoors in our area -- and he told a story about how Green Drinks events have impacted his agency. His administrative assistant, who had been working in an unrelated field, applied for the job at the Conservancy only after she had attended a number of Green Drinks to meet people and learn more about the environmental community. So, Green Drinks connections work!
Joel and Sarah Elder, Conservancy Director of Operations, both told us about the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and how to access and enjoy it. And Sarah presented the quiz you see to the right. Those who called out the right answer to each question received a small replica of the Capt. John Smith Shallop.
About the 100 Anniversary of the National Park Service
Filmmaker Ken Burns called the National Parks "America's Best Idea" and used that phrase as the subtitle of his six-part PBS series. And it is. The National Park Service was created by an act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916. Read more about the Centennial. Now there are 411 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These areas include national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts nearby in Vienna, Virginia, and the White House and National Mall. See the full list. | Read more from the National Park Foundation.
At Green Drinks, Cindy Chance, Cultural Anthropologist at the National Park Service, discussed the centennial of the service and both she and Sarah of the Chesapeake Conservancy had an extensive display of information.
About Our Hosts
We introduced you to Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant, one of the newest dining experiences in the area, and a company that believes in sustainability. The company has 23 winery/restaurants in eight states and the Annapolis location is the first in Maryland. Cooper's Hawk's concept is great food paired with wines they produce themselves. The restaurant’s tasting room offers 48 different varietals. All of Cooper’s Hawk’s wine is made at its winery in Chicago, with grapes sourced from California, Oregon and Washington. We owe a big thank you to General Manager Scott Anderson for the hospitality extended by him and his staff and the incredibly generous appetizer buffet that just kept coming and coming!
photo by Ken Tom >>
One of Cooper’s Hawk’s unique Green initiatives is its recycling/reuse of wine bottles. Each bottle can be used four or more times due to a bottle washing machine they had built for them in Italy. It is the only one of its kind in the United States and has resulted in the recycling/reuse of over 30,000 cases of wine per year! That means that 250 tons of glass has been kept out of the landfill. See the video below -- it's about their April Wine of the Month -- but also about the Green initiatives.
The Cooper’s Hawk concept includes four distinct components: an upscale casual dining restaurant, full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, and Napa-style tasting room and retail gift store…all under one roof. Check out the menus.
Yes, there was a big red crab at Green Drinks! "Clawdia," Queen of the 71st Annual Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast to be held August 5, attended to bring attention to this iconic yearly event. It will be an Annapolis Green Responsible Events & Festivals (Green REF) event, composting and recycling everything, including crab shells! More info to come. Mark your calendar.
Photos below courtesy of our wonderful volunteer photographer, Kenneth Tom.
Cindy Chance of the National Park Service
Sarah Elder of the Chesapeake Conservancy conducting the Eco-Quiz
Joel Dunn addressing the crowd
Joel Dunn awarding a Shallop model to Rick Kissel
Some of the Cooper's Hawk great staff with General Manager Scott Anderson at left
Pirate's Cove Waterfront Restaurant
4817 Riverside Drive, Galesville
Biking & Boating Around the Bay
A happy and enthusiastic crowd braved the rain to drive down to Galesville to have fun and learn something new... about biking and boating.
We had hoped to enjoy the great Dock Bar at Pirate's Cove but Mother Nature didn't cooperate. But it was almost like being outside with the window wall of great views of the Marina and the West River beyond.
Our host, Pirate's Cove, treated us like royalty with a terrific spread of appetizers, displayed and passed. They were absolutely delicious and highlighted the restaurant's farm to table initiatives.
Pirate's Cove is now owned by the Irish Restaurant Company who also own Galway Bay Irish Pub, Brian Boru, and Killarney House. The fare is still south county seafood-oriented, but with the added skill, flare and sustainability ethic of the company's chefs. Earlier in May, the Irish Restaurant Company was honored with the McCormick Cornerstone of the Industry Award for its success and contributions to Maryland Foodservice Industry and to the Restaurant Association of Maryland.
Our event sponsor was WGL Energy, a leader in efficient and environmentally friendly energy technology solutions for residential, government, commercial and industrial customers. Have a look at the company's website to see if this is the best energy provider for you. WGL representatives Dorothy Day and Karen McDuffey answered questions and will likely sign up many Green Drinkers for competitively priced renewable energy. WGL Energy also partners with Solar City for a complete package of available renewable energy alternatives for residences.
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Event Theme: Biking and Boating Around the Bay
We focused on bicycling as a great and Green way to explore Chesapeake Country. May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast -- including ours! Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling - and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.
We had representatives from the bicycling community with us including Lisa Lunt, representing BikeAAA, and Marita Roos, representing the Anne Arundel Bicycle Advisory Commission. BikeAAA and the Commission have been pressing for a safe, interconnected network of bike routes including trails, on-road, and protected lanes.
Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (BikeAAA) had activities planned in our area for National Bike to Work Week, May 16-20, and Bike to Work Day on May 20 and throughout the year. You can join in at any skill level and have a good time while improving your health.
And did you know that the Race Across America will finish in Annapolis next month, with bicyclists coming into City Dock between June 21 and 27. For 35 years the Race Across America has been challenging ultracyclists from around the globe to push their physical and mental limits. Starting in Oceanside, under one of the longest piers in California, the race spans 3000 miles, climbs 175,000 feet, crosses 12 states and finishes in Annapolis. Lisa Lunt completed the race in 2015 with team "Bike Like a Girl." Read more.
Jon Korin demonstrates how to properly
fit a bike helmet.
Here's a tip from Annapolis Police to help stop Annapolis bike thefts:
P.E.D.A.L. is an acronym for Photograph, Engrave, Document, And Lock. The Annapolis Police Department is asking citizens to P.E.D.A.L. to stop bicycle theft. Photograph your bicycle, use your cell phone and include photos of any writing on your bicycle, anything distinctive, and the serial number. Engrave personal information like your name or phone number on the frame of the bicycle. Document all the details of your bicycle, make, model, serial number, color. You can do this with the online Watch Your Bike Program at www.annapolis.gov/police. And lock your bike to a fixed object when you are out and about. When you’re at home make sure you place your bike out of public view or put it in a locked garage or shed, or use a lock to secure it. Even leaving your bicycle unattended and unlocked for a few minutes can leave it open to thieves.
On the clean boating front, check out these this handy guide to how to operate your boat in a way that won't damage our streams, rivers, Bay and oceans. Just click here for some great ideas from the BoatUS Foundation.
We also focused on Green boating activities including Greening of regattas and their shoreside parties. The folks from the Leukemia Cup regatta (June 3 & 4) joined us to talk about how they are working with Annapolis Green and their hosts, Eastport Yacht Club and Annapolis Yacht Club, to earn a Sailors for the Sea Gold Level Clean Regatta certification. And we're looking for help with this event for a great cause! Read more.
In addition to folks from the Leukemia Cup and WGL Energy, we had a number of exhibitors at Green Drinks:
Solar City - We'd like to thank Solar City for kicking off our 2016 Green REF season. Don't miss a recent newspaper article about how this company works globally to provide renewable energy in far-flung parts of the world. Learn more about how you can put renewable energy on your rooftop or click here for information.
Blades of Green - True Organic Lawn & Pest Control presented by Blades of Green is a firm that presents a greener approach to traditional lawn care and pest control, specializing in organic mosquito and tick control, pest control and lawn care. Blades of Green is one of the Watershed Stewards Academy's certified Clean Lawn Care companies. Click here to listen to our interview about the Clean Lawn Care program on Living Green in Annapolis.
Herrington Harbour North Marina Resort - On another boating front, our friends at the very eco-friendly Herrington Harbour North Marina Resort sent us some information to distribute. Herrington is a south county landmark, and its Herrington North (and South) marinas demonstrate that a beautiful marina can be run with the health of the Bay and its wildlife at the forefront.
West/Rhode Riverkeeper - The actual Riverkeeper, Jeff Holland, was in the hospital recuperating from a knee replacement (he's doing fine now), and his staff and volunteers did a great job telling us about the wonderful work they do for these tributaries. For example, the living shoreline right next to Pirate's Cove was one of the West/Rhode Riverkeeper program's projects.
Although soggy, it was a lovely night on the beautiful West River at Pirate's Cove with a great view, great food, great info and company!
Celebrate Earth Day & the Bounty of the Bay
On Earth Day Eve as we returned to Baroak at the Loews. We focused on how we need to continue to work together to protect the planet that nurtures us and to honor and enjoy the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay.
We staff at Baroak made us most comfortable and provided excellent service and delicious complementary mussels to everyone along with a 20% discount to those of us who stayed for a fabulous dinner. And we really appreciated the free parking provided to Green Drinkers.
Baroak has adjusted its Friday & Saturday live music schedule to include Thursday nights too, so we benefited from that with the music of local musician Mike Heuer, who describes his style as "Indie-Soul Fusion with a Genuine Edge." You can read more about Mike and his band and hear some clips of his smooth music on his website. We're delighted that he was part of Green Drinks!
Below is the schedule for subsequent Thursdays at Baroak. As general manager Jason Bacci said, "Our weekends start on Thursdays." The full lineup is here.
|May 5 - Alexander Peters|
May 12 - Dan Haas
May 19 - Mike Heuer
May 26 - Doug Segree
|June 2 - Alexander Peters
June 9 - Dan Haas
June 16 - Mike Heuer
June 23 - Doug Segree
June 30 - Angie/Meg
Baroak has made some tweaks to its space, installing ceiling baffles to reduce noise and expanding the bar seating. The appetizers they generously served, two variations of mussels, reflected the talents of restaurant's inspiration, celebrity Chef Teddy Folkman and the incredible talents of Executive Chef Maria Evans.
Photos by Ken Tom
Baroak's heritage is Belgian, a place where beer is a big part of the culture and the bar carries 70 different varieties. Baroak’s menu showcases its philosophy that beer deserves a place not only on the table, but also in the kitchen. The chef’s onion soup features Ommegang Abbey Ale, while beer mussels, a house specialty, spotlight flavorful Belgian witbier.
Our event sponsor was the Oyster Recovery Partnership, a fantastic non-profit that truly makes a difference in the restoration of the Bay. The partnership works closely with the University of Maryland's Horn Point Hatchery. Its staff collects oyster shells from participating restaurants (and at special events) so that oyster spat will have hard surfaces on which to grow and prosper. Over the past 20 years ORP has planted more than 5.9 billion oysters on 2200 acres of local oyster reefs.
The staff members of ORP were very busy telling our crowd about the work they do restoring the oyster population in the Bay. Executive Director Stephan Abel then announced the start of the Old Line Fish Company, which is, essentially, a community supported agriculture (CSA) arrangement for seafood. Those who join will pick up a 3-4 lb. box of seafood, right here in Annapolis, every two weeks. This is a great way to help sustain not only oysters but the men and women who work the water. Read more and sign up. Only 50 shares will be sold this first year.
Particularly on the eve of Earth Day, it was great to get some good news about the Bay. Chesapeake Bay Program Director Nick DiPasquale spoke for a few minutes about how many of the measures of the health of the Bay are looking better than they have in years. Read more.
We can't pull off Green Drinks without volunteers. Thank you to Sandy Williamson, MK Richardson, Lynette Humphries, and Annapolis Green Board Member Kristi Neidhardt for their help. And a big thank you to Ken Tom for these photographs.
To those of you who made a donation to Annapolis Green at our event, thank you. We greatly appreciate your support.
As always, we had a lot of information available on ways you can live, work and play in a way that cares for our planet. It's spring... a perfect time for new beginnings including how we relate to the Earth that sustains us.
Happy Earth Day!
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Our most anticipated Green Drinks of the year!
Celebrate spring among the flowers in the garden!
Our event was held right in the middle of A Feast of Color, Homestead Garden's Annual Home & Garden Expo and it was beautiful. A touch of spring, the color of flowers, and terrific outdoor (and indoor) design ideas was just what we needed coming out of winter. And we had a great crowd! All photos by Ken Tom
Thank you to our Event Sponsor
and its programs
It was our 8th annual Green Drinks at Homestead and owner Brian Riddle gave us a warm welcome as he talked about two new initiatives: Bee a Hero and Modern Homesteading.
Bee a Hero is about helping all of us do something positive about the crises pollinators face today.
Through the initiative, Homestead Gardens supports the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. This campaign seeks to register a million public and private pollinator gardens across the nation in 2016. Homestead hopes to help increase the number of pollinator gardens in this area. Want to get involved? Join the Homestead Pollinator Club for education, expert advice and special sales on pollinator friendly plants and resources.
And check out Homestead's new Modern Homesteading department for information and supplies for indoor gardening, hydroponic gardening, liquid nutrients, and beekeeping supplies.
And here's a big thank you to Homestead for the discount coupons provided for Green Drinkers.
We featured two programs organized by our event sponsor, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: Businesses for the Bay and Project Clean Stream. Executive Director Al Todd (also an Annapolis Green Board member) gave us an overview.
If you are looking for way for your business to give back to the community and the environment, look into Businesses for the Bay. Want to learn more? Sign up for a FREE informational Businesses for the Bay Lunch and Learn Webinar on Wednesday, March 23, at noon. Details.
And if you as an individual or as a member of a group want to get your hands dirty this spring, look into Project Clean Stream, a watershed-wide cleanup that can be scheduled from the end of March through May. Most projects are right around the first week in April and several are going on in our area.
Learn more by listening to an interview with the heads of both programs in the archive of our radio program, Living Green in Annapolis. Click here.
We can't give a strong enough thank you to Herrington on the Bay. The appetizer buffet was absolutely delicious and how wonderful that Chef Mike provided vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Every year, everyone raves about the fabulous food at the Green Drinks at Homestead and it was terrific once again. Thank you to the entire Herrington staff and to owner Anna Chaney who could not join us last week.
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We were very happy to have the owner of Mills Fine Wine & Spirits, , Jen Donahoe, join us to pour the wines and beers she selected for us and to tell us all about them. For the beers, Mills selected a great Hefeweizen, an Amber and an IPA. Included are RAR and Jailbreak (both new and up and coming/hot newer breweries in the canned scene), and classic Flying Dog. For the white wines, Mills selected Crow dry Rose and Vidal Blanc (perfect for people pining for Spring!). For reds, Mills selected two Certified Organic selections from Greece and a Rioja. These reds were absolutely delicious and fairly new to the store. Mills is located at the foot of Main Street in Annapolis.
We were also very glad to introduce Green Drinkers to Stacey and Jim of Rutabaga Craft Juicery,located in West Annapolis. Rutagaba is a new store serving healthy, locally-sourced, made-to-order cold-pressed juice, and more. Everybody who sampled the red, green or orange juices loved them! It's a delicious way to drink healthy! Rutabaga also serves superfood smoothies, and healthy breakfast, lunch and snack items. Rutabaga’s owners, Stacey and Jim Heywood, source locally and organic as much as possible and are eco-minded in all they produce. Read about Rutabaga’s “Eco-Cred."
Thank you to Lara Mulvaney and other Master Watershed Stewards who gave Green Drinkers some insight into the watersheds we live in. Learn more about the stewards from the Watershed Stewards Academy website.
And we were delighted to have several artists from the Annapolis Arts Alliance with info about "Petite Green Squares," the first art exhibit to be hosted at the Annapolis Green House starting on April 10! We believe that art is part of what makes our community vibrant and are thrilled to provide a venue for this exhibit of small works. Learn more.
Lisa Thompson, Executive Director of the Annapolis Partnership, joined us to promote Annapolis in Bloom. The Annapolis Partnership, through its Main Streets program, coordinates the Annapolis in Bloom project. Beauty is transformative and flowering planters and hanging flower baskets throughout historic Annapolis make residents and visitors feel welcomed and safe. Studies show that visitors and shoppers will stay longer in an area that conveys beauty. In 2015, this was a nearly $50,000 project done in partnership with local businesses, residents, the City of Annapolis and Homestead Gardens and brought nearly 50 planters and 136 hanging baskets to the historic streets of Annapolis. Learn more online and contribute to this beautiful Annapolis tradition.
Our friends from Solar City helped us with drink tickets! We hope you spoke with them about how you can go solar. We'll have more info on this soon!
Our event was zero-waste. Everything was either composted or recycled. Thanks for helping us with this! And to those who brought their own cups and name tags - thanks for helping us cut down on waste in this way!
We also want to thank the Anne Arundel County Recycling and Waste Reduction Division, particularly Kristin Lagana, for providing a recycling dumpster for our event and the South River Federation's South River on the Half Shell Live & Silent Auction at Homestead just three days later. Similarly, we partnered with the South River Federation for pick up of the composting from both events by Veteran Compost.
And finally, we can't put on Green Drinks without the help of our wonderful volunteers. A big thank you to Greg Perry, Sandy Williams, Rita Calvert, Tom Cagle, Ken Tom, Cathie Trogdon, Mariel Yarbrough, and Jeanne Langdon.
Revisit, Reuse, Rejoice
February 2016 marked the 10-year anniversary of Green Drinks Annapolis, which started with just a few environmentally minded friends at what is now Blackwall Hitch. What a difference a decade has made! Now we are 100-200 strong and one of the most successful Green Drinks in the country. More importantly, Green Drinks Annapolis has become a community resource, a place to meet in person, exchange ideas, learn something new, and yes, add fun to our concern for the environment! And we certainly celebrated in great style!
We couldn’t have had a better celebration of Green Drinks Annapolis’ 10-Year Anniversary at Pusser's at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel. Thank you to everyone on a huge crowd -- well over 100 people strong who came and celebrated with us. It really warmed our hearts to see you all there and the congratulations were so appreciated.
We had a great time with a huge crowd -- well over 100 people strong -- and even an anniversary cake.
Photos by Ken Tom.
Our theme demonstrated how the world of environmental awareness keeps evolving. It was a twist on the usual 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) like this:
Rejoice - On February 28, 2006, as a birthday present to herself, Lynne gathered about 20 people over a drink at the Rockfish (with warm memories of the late Charlie Bauer), now Blackwall Hitch. We even a few of the "Original Green Drinkers" from 10 years ago with us on Feb. 16 (that's Ted Weber with Lynne below), and Lynne had her original sign-in book.
Revisit - The Annapolis Waterfront Hotel. Yes, although still affiliated with Marriott, it's now a part of the Autograph Collection. The hotel celebrated with us its uniqueness and amazing re-branding and interior redesign done by Reiter Interiors and painting by Bill Addison's Painting Company. Learn more. Our Green Drinkers were invited to revisit the hotel at our event and then and take a tour that showcased the clever re-purposing with a nod to local maritime lore! Thank you to hotel general manager Gary Burke and his staff. Room photo courtesy Annapolis Waterfront Hotel.
The Annapolis Waterfront Hotel is aware of its responsibility to protect our environment and invites its guests to consider participating in its eco initiatives. Learn more.
At Pusser's we could not have been in better hands than the staff of Glenn, Scott, Bobby, and Orlando headed up by Food & Beverage Director Mike Schwartz. And a bit than you to Hilary Peret, Senior Catering Sales Manager. The staff was fabulous and the appetizers were delicious! We could not have had a better team on our event.
Reuse - In this case, we were talking interior design and furnishing of our new office space. While attending the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel's re-branding open house a few weeks ago, we met its amazing designers - Reiter Interiors. And, you guessed it, Reiter is helping us design the Annapolis Green House! Were were glad to introduce Polly Reiter and Bobbi Nock to our Green Drinks crowd.
We hope you all had a chance to chat with Bryan Pax and his staff from Super Green Solutions, our event sponsor. SuperGreen Solutions, is a retail provider of energy-efficient products and services for commercial and residential customers who want to address financial energy and sustainability goals.
Bryan held a drawing for a very cool solar lantern and the winner was Mary Hametz from Herrington on the Bay.
As a local franchise, SuperGreen Solutions is able to provide the service of a neighborhood store while maintaining the buying power and product selection of an international corporation, providing high-quality cutting-edge technology products to produce substantial energy savings. Products include LED lighting, solar panels, wind turbines, tankless water heating, water purification, Indow Windows and more.
Check the Super Green Solutions website for lots of useful information that can save you money while being good to the planet.
And finally, we owe a big thank you to our wonderful volunteers: Photographer Ken Tom and greeters Sandy Williamson, Karin Hannah Stern, and Jeanne Langdon.
We toasted toast our fabulous community that has supported us for a decade, the twist of fate having the same designers that outfitted our original gathering space, and good things to come with updates on the Annapolis Green House that's taking shape right now.
70th Anniversary of the Magothy River Association
We kicked off the year venturing just bit out of town to highlight two of our favorite groups and all they do.
Clean water begins with the stewardship of our rivers and streams, and we spotlighted the great work of our friends at the Magothy River Association. This is the 70th anniversary year of this all-volunteer group representing 46 communities along the Magothy River Watershed. It devotes its efforts to projects that protect the welfare of the river and its inhabitants.
Our other favorite is the Irish Restaurant Company and the example the company sets for our community in its sustainable efforts, philanthropy and just great food and drink. We know and love Galway Bay Irish Pub and Killarney House, but a visit to Brian Boru was overdue.
Thank you to owners Anthony Clarke and Michael Galway, as well as the staff, for the hospitality. The great food included local oysters, Irish favorite Shepherd's Pie, and other tasty appetizers. Learn more about the Irish Restaurant Company's Sustainable Practices.
We hope everyone picked up the information Magothy River Association Paul Spadaro gave us on the organization's initiative, including a floating garden "gizmo" (our word, not MRA's) that would make a unique Mother's Day gift. We'll have more details on that as we get closer to May. The important part is that the roots of floating plants will help to remove the pollution for the water they are floating in.
We also brought you up to date on the Annapolis Green House at 92 Maryland Avenue. We're transforming that charming space and hope you'll be a part of it.
Everyone is welcome at Green Drinks. There is no charge unless specified, and no RSVP is needed.
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Green Drinks is a happy hour that gives the environmentally minded a chance to get to know one another in a fun informal way facilitating working together for a common cause: Creating a healthy, beautiful and vibrant Greater Annapolis community. We’ve been organizing Green Drinks Annapolis for over 10 years. You don't have to drink alcohol to enjoy Green Drinks! Our gatherings, in a different location each month, feature venues that operate sustainably, and sustainable food and drink. We routinely draw from 150 to 200 environmentally conscious attendees.
There are over 800 Green Drinks organizations around the world. The Annapolis group is the one of the largest in the United States, following New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and Portland. More about Green Drinks International.