Join us for Green Drinks Annapolis during Earth Month! Details here!
After two long years, let’s get together to renew old friendships and make new ones all in the beautiful setting of flowers and greenery at Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville.
Join Annapolis Green for a true celebration of our local environmental community. This will be the 11th time this environmental networking event has been held Homestead Gardens, where Annapolis Green’s last Green Drinks would have been held in March of 2020 had the pandemic not stopped everything.
Meet one new person and learn one new thing! That’s what our mantra has been for Green Drinks and what we ask you to do at our event. Engage with the people and organizations that make Greater Annapolis and Anne Arundel County vibrant and sustainable. Celebrate with old and new friends, and learn how you can do your part for our environment.
TICKET SALES END MARCH 3 AT 10AM!
Welcome back Green Drinkers… sort of! We’re coming back virtually with a little interaction. As we sample and savor great wines with our friends at Great Frogs, we’ll also enjoy learning some fun facts about our invaluable avian friends while listening to fantastic music!
Incredibly, it’s been exactly one year today since our last in-person Green Drinks. How the world has changed. But, let’s have fun!
We’ll send you info about cheeses that you might want to have on hand to enhance your wine tasting experience and links to Great Frogs-curated recipes in case you’d like to cook something for dinner that night that the winemakers have suggested would go with one of the varieties. Each Tasting Kit, for one person, will include four wines–white, rosé, and red–and a Great Frogs souvenir glass.
Wine tasting kit pickup will be at our office, the Annapolis Green House, 92 Maryland Avenue (corner of Maryland Avenue and State Circle), on Wednesday and Thursday from 11 am to 3 pm. You won’t even have to park — just drive by and we’ll hand you your kit or but it in your car trunk if you like — no parking, no contact, no problem!
Our virtual wine tasting will be led by our favorite local sommeliers and vintners from Great Frogs Winery, a Founding One Hundred supporter.
About the evening:
We’ll open with fantastic music by local musician Dan Haas, who just happens to be an incredibly enthusiastic and long-time birder. In fact, he calls himself “a birding musician!”
Have a look at the marvelous bird photos on his Instagram account.
And speaking of birds, we’ll enjoy a talk, “The Birds in the Vineyard,” about the migratory birds that will return to us in spring by Chris Eberly of the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership. Chris is a renown bird expert and a terrific speaker.
Here’s a description on his talk:
Just like the wines of Great Frogs, Maryland’s birds come in different varietals. And just like these fine wines, there is always a bird (or more) to suit your taste at any moment. Red, White, and Rosé wines can be enjoyed while watching backyard and vineyard birds at any time of the year. I will introduce you to some of the resident and migratory birds found throughout Maryland. This viewing flight is a perfect way to find your favorite birds for any occasion.
At the end of the evening Great Frogs will provide a discount coupon for Great Frogs wine and participants will have a chance to win a full bottle of Great Frogs wine and some other wine-related goodies.
Do encourage your friends and family to join us! Ticket sales will continue until Wednesday at 10 am.
Let’s have fun! We’ll enjoy seeing your faces, even if just in little Zoom boxes!
We’re cooking up a great way for us to get together — it’s a virtual Green Drinks on Facebook Watch, Thursday, April 2!
Going online, we’re focusing 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 in bloom, we’ll turn our attention to the trees, highlighting all the benefits trees give us.
So, join us in the spirit of trying something new in our emerging virtual world and to have some fun while learning great things!
Join us to Continue the Conversation after the Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit! There is so much to talk about with regard to the legislation environmentalists will pursue during this legislative session.
At the Summit you’ll learn about the legislation and hear from senators and delegates. At Green Drinks, at the Annapolis Market House meet legislators and those who will be on the front lines advocating for various bills. Learn how you can stay informed and involved.
Live music by Annapolis’ musical ambassadors, The Eastport Oyster Boys.
Let’s show folks from other parts of the state how Annapolis adds fun to the serious work of environmental protection!
Complimentary light appetizers and cash bar. Free, but $10 donation to Annapolis Green is most appreciated.
Annapolis Green and Presenting Sponsor *Hannon Armstrong invite you to the second in a year-long series of townhall-style talks on Climate Change. The talk will focus on the effect of Climate Change on our food supply.
The talk will be followed by Green Drinks Annapolis, where we will continue the conversation about this important topic over a cocktail (or soft drink) and hors d’oeuvres.
It is clear that the climate is changing rapidly. The Chesapeake is already being affected by sea level rise, severe weather and other aspects of Climate Change. But what does this mean to you? How will this affect what we eat? What do we need to know?
Expert speakers will explain how the accelerated pace of Climate Change is affecting our food supply—on land and in the Bay and oceans—in easy to understand presentations. They will address the topics of adaptation and resiliency, answer questions, and engage in a two-way discussion with the audience. The goal is to inform and leave attendees with optimism about how the right policies and practices can mitigate the impact of Climate Change on themselves, their families and their communities.
About Our Speakers
Anna Chaney – Ms. Chaney is a CPA, entrepreneur, certified in Permaculture Theory and Design, Earthkeeper as Initiated by the Shamans of the Andes in Peru, Regenerative Agriculture Farmer, Herbalist and Shamanic Energy Healer. She founded, owns, and operates a local catering and event company located at an eco-lifestyle marina resort on the Chesapeake Bay. Ms. Chaney and her family have preserved over 1500 acres in agricultural and historic preservation in Anne Arundel County and Northern Calvert County. She lives on and care-takes a 160-acre permaculture farm located in Lothian, Maryland, where she and her son grow and produce native fruits and nuts, and make herbal plant-based tinctures and syrups. Their focus is healing the soil; which feeds the plants and nourishes the people. They are also participating in the Maryland Hemp Research Program with Morgan State University and are growing hemp for value-added CBD products. Ms. Chaney has spent the last decade training and working with contemporary and traditional shamans from North and Central America. She offers healing sessions at her farm which can include Forest Bathing, energy healing, and food and supplement consultations. Her passion is aligned with Hippocrates’ insofar as her dedication to growing nutrient dense food and medicine for people: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Bert Drake, Ph.D. – Dr. Drake, a Plant Physiologist, retired as Senior Scientist from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. He led two major ecosystem projects on the impacts of rising atmospheric CO2 and climate change on the capacity of land ecosystems to assimilate carbon dioxide. The Chesapeake Bay wetland study is the longest-running experiment of its type ever undertaken, expanded in 1996 to include similar studies at the wildlife refuge at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and resulting in more than 100 publications. Dr. Drake was designated the Smithsonian 2005 Distinguished Science Lecturer for his long record of research and public outreach.
Sara Via, Ph.D. – Dr. Via is Professor and Climate Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland, College Park. When she came to Maryland in 1997 from Cornell University, her research focused on the evolutionary genetics of insect crop pests. By 2014, however, she was so worried about climate change that she changed her emphasis to climate extension. Now Dr. Via teaches Marylanders across the state about Climate Change impacts and solutions. She also conducts extensive soil health outreach. Her presentations for farmers and technical service providers emphasize the crucial role of microbes in soil health and how healthy soil increases climate resilience on farms by reducing the impacts of floods & drought. Dr. Via is currently working with the Maryland Department of Agriculture on a program to incentivize Maryland’s farmers to increase the use of science-based strategies that boost soil health and sequester carbon. This program will be part of Maryland’s 2020 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan.
Bruce Vogt – Mr. Vogt is Ecosystem Science & Synthesis Manager at NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office. He oversees the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Program Office’s science portfolio including oysters, fisheries and environmental observations. Mr. Vogt works to develop science products and applications that support living resource management in the Chesapeake Bay and is the Coordinator of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team. He also chairs the Invasive Catfish Task Force and Forage Action Team, working with state and federal offices and other organizations to evaluate science needs, develop projects and deliver products to policy makers.
Dave P. Buemi, Moderator – Mr. Buemi is Managing Director of Prescient Energy Consulting and is Post Carbon Institute & Climate Reality Project commissioned. The Post Carbon Institute is focused on providing communities with solutions to meet the Climate Change challenge at the local level. His work over the last 22 years in solar and renewable energy globally provides a unique perspective on the challenge of energy as the main driver of climate change.
Anna Chaney, Dr. Bert Drake, Dr. Sara Via, Bruce Vogt, Dave Buemi
Pre-discussion nibbles at 5:30
Hemp balls with organic peanut butter and local honey
White bean hummus topped with house made Curtido
Green Drinks appetizers at 7:30
Beet and Arugula skewer with Chevre goat cheese and balsamic glaze
Asian style Chicken Bone broth shots with fresh ginger and lemongrass
Chicken Satay in Belgian Endive cups with Thai peppers and sweet basil
Invasive Blue Catfish (Preparation & presentation will be a surprise!)
Sweet Potato Pudding with Pepita crunch and candied nuts
Beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available. Cash bar.
The “Tread Lightly” series began in March 2019 with “Climate 101,” a talk that covered basic information about Climate Change and its effect on public health. See below.
Future topics in the series may include:
*We are grateful to series Presenting Sponsor Hannon Armstrong (NYSE: HASI), which focuses on making investments in climate change solutions by providing capital to the leading companies in the energy efficiency, renewable energy and other sustainable infrastructure markets. Hannon Armstrong is only New York Stock Exchange listed company headquartered in Annapolis, and is the first U.S. public company solely dedicated to investments that reduce carbon emissions or increase resilience to climate change.