The pandemic has stopped Green Drinks in its tracks. We miss our in-person gatherings terribly, but will not reinstitute them until it’s safe to do so. In the meantime, please follow our program on this website and social media. We’d love to hear from you!
We had a great time during our wine tasting with Great Frogs Winery on March 4. Not only did we learn a lot about wine from Great Frogs sommelier Ben Johnson, we also learned about the migratory birds that are returning to the vineyard and to our yards right now from Chris Eberly of the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership. And to make the evening even better, local musician and birder Dan Haas entertained us with his music and his fabulous photography of birds.
We provided information from Great Frogs about wine and cheese pairing and recipes that go with each of the four wines we tasted. See that here.
Thank you to everyone who participated. Your ticket price supported our local winery — a small business — and Annapolis Green.
Each month, some 200 people gather at the area’s hottest, sustainably operated spots for Green Drinks Annapolis.
Drawn by a shared concern over the impacts of Climate Change and a desire to mitigate them, academics and government officials, business owners and nonprofit leaders, staff and volunteers, students, homemakers, artists and everyday people join together for a lively and informal evening of socializing and learning about serious issues while having fun.
Cocktails are available (yes, they are occasionally green) along with local culinary specialties and nonalcoholic beverages. Each gathering is themed, providing current knowledge on everything from driving electric to the effects of rising seas on Annapolis to sustainable building materials and local agriculture.
Nowhere else will you meet more eco-minded people from all areas of Greater Annapolis’ environmental and business communities.
Thirsty for more? Stay tuned as we build our archive of past events.
Join us at an upcoming Green Drinks Annapolis gathering! View our Community Calendar.
Banner photo by Jack Turner.
The Flowers & The Trees
ok, mainly the trees
Our last Green Drinks was our
Virtual Happy Hour Watch Party!
Thursday, April 2, 2020
7pm on Facebook Watch
We cooked up a great way for us to get together — a virtual Green Drinks on Facebook!
Going online, we focused on “The Flowers and the Trees” to follow our February Green Drinks theme which was “The Birds and the Bees.” And although the flowers are beautiful and they were in bloom, we turned our attention to the trees, highlighting all the benefits trees give us.
We tried something new in our emerging virtual world and had some fun while learning great things! What we went over is still live on our Facebook page.
About The Party
This virtual hour was filled with short videos from several of our local partners and very respected sources that provided ideas and education. There will be lots of opportunities to interact and our audience sure did!
There were questions asked and answered; people added their own experiences and connected with old and new friends.
We learned about the terrific benefits trees provide to the planet, how to select trees, how to plant them and how to take care of them. Read more here.
Our Facebook Watch Party sponsor was the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. The Alliance is one of the oldest and well-respected non-profits working throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. It works in all six states and the District of Columbia to bring together communities, companies, and conservationists to improve our lands and waters. In addition to its well known Project Clean Stream, the Alliance has several programs dedicated to conserving Chesapeake forests and we’ll talk about them with Alliance folks including executive director Kate Fritz.
Also featured was Homestead Gardens, would-be hosts of our in-person Green Drinks. Homestead tree experts provided info on trees and an exciting announcement about our online seminars they are planning with Annapolis Green.
- The City of Annapolis’ Memorial Tree & Bench Program, Trees of Distinction Program, and GreenScape
- Special Guest former Mayor Ellen Moyer, who was instrumental in setting up tree protection and beautification programs in the City
- DNR’s Marylanders Plant Trees and Tree-Mendous Maryland
- Watershed Stewards’ Replant Anne Arundel Program
- County Forester Bud Reeves
How did the Watch Party Work?
- We asked you to make a date with yourself and put the event on your calendar.
- Everyone had a snack and a beverage ready for our toast to the future! We encouraged all to make sure they were stocked with some local beers or wine (organic, preferred) and supported local restaurants offering take-out or delivery. (For take-out within City limits click here.)
WE said: “No registration (but we’ll miss Rita, Sandy, Daphne and Susan checking us in) and name tags are optional. Hey if you want to wear a tree hat, go for it! And of course we will have a drinking game so we can all toast together! You’ll never guess what the ‘drink word’ is!”
We’d like to thank Maggie Hughes who dreamed up our Facebook Watch Party, is putting our videos together, and running with it!