Anne Arundel County
Amanda's B&B Reservation Service, (800) 899-7533, www.amanda's-bbrs.com.
Annapolis Accommodations, (800) 715-1000, www.StayAnnapolis.com.
Maryland Commission on African-American History and Culture, 84 Franklin St., Annapolis, (410) 216-6180.
Annapolis Maritime Museum, Second Street and Bayshore Drive, Annapolis, (410) 268-1802, www.annapolismaritimemuseum.org. Historic stuff about Annapolis and its water.
Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin St., Annapolis, (410) 216-6180. This museum documenting the history of African-Americans is named after two of Maryland's most accomplished sons: Benjamin Banneker, who re-created the plans for the new U.S. capital of Washington when the originals were lost, and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass.
Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden, Tawes State Office Building, Annapolis, (410) 260-8189. See flowerbeds and ponds from Western, Central, and Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore without having to traverse the whole state.
Kunta Kinte Plaque and Alex Haley Memorial, City Dock, Annapolis. As seen on TV, this is where slave Kunta Kinte arrived in the United States.
London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, (410) 222-1919, www.historiclondontown.com. Once fueled by the tobacco trade, this Colonial town is now fueled by tourism and archaeological exploration.
Maryland State Archives, Hall of Records, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, (410) 260-6400, www.mdsa.net. After visiting the Kunta Kinte plaque, explore your own roots at this collection of original public and church records, newspapers, photographs, and maps.
Maryland State House, State Circle, Annapolis, (410) 974-3400. The oldest American state capital building in continuous legislative use, the State House is open for guided tours at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily.
Pine Tree Nudist Camp, Crownsville, (410) 841-6033, www.pinetreeclub.org. In this Puritanical America of ours, the words "family" and "nudist" don't usually go together. But they do at this camp for naked couples and families. Clothes-less singles are admitted too, but on a limited basis.
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, (410) 263-6933, www.navyonline.com. After you tire of leering at all the attractive young cadets, visit the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center and the Naval Academy Museum, or take a guided tour of the 338-acre campus.
Watermark Cruises, Annapolis city dock, (410) 268-7601, www.watermarkcruises.com. See the Severn River, Annapolis harbor, the Chesapeake Bay, and other waterways by boat. Special music cruises offer live blues, jazz, rock, big band, or '70s sounds.
William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis, (410) 263-5553. This English Georgian-style mansion built in the 1760s was home to William Paca, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a governor of Maryland (1782-'85). Now the house and its two-acre wilderness garden are open to the public.
Annapolis Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Aug. 8, downtown Annapolis, (410) 267-7077, www.mcbridegallery.com. Annapolis art galleries are staying open late tonight.
Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 2, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, (410) 841-2841, www.annapolisrotary.com. This yearly all-you-can-eat crab-o-rama offers cooked crustacean in many forms.
Fourth of July Celebration, July 4, 160 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, (410) 263-1183. The U.S. Naval Academy Band doesn't have to travel far to perform during Annapolis' annual Independence Day festivities, which also include a parade and fireworks on the waterfront.
Kunta Kinte Celebration, Aug. 10-11, St. John's College, Annapolis, (410) 349-0338, www.kuntakinte.org. Celebrate the heritage, culture, history, music, and cuisine of Africans, African-Americans, and African-Caribbeans.
Maryland Renaissance Festival, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends Aug. 24-Oct. 20, Crownsville, (410) 266-7304, www.rennfest.com. More than 20 acres and two months of medieval merriment and mirth, including live entertainment, jousting, and crafts.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Annapolis Sailing School, 601 Sixth St., (410) 267-7205, www.annapolissailing.com. Water, water everywhere. This school teaches adults and kids how to make good use of it.
Balloons O'er the Bay, 1700 Wickham Way, Crofton, (410) 721-8539. Not the little blow-up kind. The big ride-around-in kind.
Demolition Derby, 7 p.m. (gates open 5 p.m.) June 1, Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Highway, Annapolis, (410) 923-3400, www.aacountyfair.org. Calling this a sport is a stretch, but whatever--it's fun.
Queenstown Harbor Golf Links, 310 Links Lane, Queenstown, (800) 827-5257. This public course offers 36 holes alongside the Chester River.
Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E. College Parkway, Annapolis, (410) 974-2149, www.dnr.state.md.us. Swim or boat, fish or crab in this 786-acre park on the Chesapeake Bay.
South River Boat Rental, Edgewater, (410) 956-9729, www.southriverboatrentals.com. Float in a boat on the bay for an hour or a day. Overnight and weekly rentals are available too.
Womanship, 137 Conduit St., Annapolis, (410) 267-6661, www.womanship.com. Sailing instruction for women, by women.
AAA Antiques Mall, 2659 Annapolis Road, Hanover, (410) 551-4101. A whole shopping center full of old stuff.
League of Maryland Craftsmen, 216 Main St., Annapolis, (410) 626-1277. The men aren't for sale, but their crafts are, including jewelry, pottery, baskets, and boat models.
Victualling Warehouse, Historic Annapolis Foundation Museum Store, 77 Main St., Annapolis, (800) 603-4020. The original warehouse on this site was used during the Revolutionary War to store military rations for soldiers. Today's version, rebuilt in 1911, stores books and other maritime-related items--for you.
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