Anne Arundel County
Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau, 26 West St., Annapolis, (410) 280-0445.
Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin St., Annapolis, (410) 974-2893. A repository of African-American history and culture.
Charles Carroll House of Annapolis, 107 Duke of Gloucester St., (410) 269-1737. 18th-century birthplace and home of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Discover Annapolis Tours, 310 Decatur Ave, Annapolis, (410) 626-6000.
Fort George G. Meade Museum, Fort George G. Meade, (301) 677-6966. Exhibits on the history of the fort and on the U.S. Army from World War I to the present.
Historical Electronics Museum, 1745 W. Nursery Road, Linthicum, (410) 765-3803. Displays of historic electronic equipment, including cameras used to broadcast the first moon landing in 1969.
Kunte Kinte Plaque, on the sidewalk at the head of the city dock, Annapolis, (410) 263-7940. Commemorates the arrival in 1767 of the African slave immortalized by his descendant, Alex Haley, in Roots.
National Cryptologic Museum, Fort George G. Meade, (301) 668-5849. Collections contain thousands of artifacts depicting the history of cryptology, which is the study and science of cryptanalysis (which is the translation and interpretation of secret writings and codes) and cryptography, which is . . . oh, look it up.
St. James Church, 5757 Solomons Island Road, Lothian, (410) 867-2838. The church's graveyard contains two of the oldest known tombstones in Maryland (from 1665), and the church itself is the site of the oldest parish lending library in the United States.
Strawberry Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 10, Anne Arundel County Historical Society, Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road, Linthicum, (410) 766-4239, admission free. Strawberries on hot milk cake, strawberry wine and jam, and fresh strawberries, plus hot dogs--with strawberries (just kidding), baked goods, and children's activities such as strawberry throwing (kidding again).
Founders Day Picnic, June 17, Captain Salem Avery House, Shady Side, (301) 261-9384. Music, games, and the start of a six-week children's summer series.
Annapolis Waterfront Arts Festival, June 23-25, St. John's College, Annapolis, (410) 268-8828. This festival includes juried art exhibits plus performances by dancers and musicians. There are demonstrations too, and food.
Perennial Fair, June 23-25, Homestead Gardens, routes 214 and 424, Davidsonville, (410) 798-5000, free. Everything from shade-loving hostas to regal day lilies to ornamental grasses all show themselves off.
Fourth of July Celebration, 6:30 p.m. July 4, Annapolis, (410) 263-1183. This old-fashioned Independence Day celebration includes a parade, a concert by the U.S. Naval Academy Band, and waterfront fireworks.
Cape Myrtle Festival, July 14-16, Homestead Gardens, routes 214 and 424, Davidsonville, (410) 798-5000, free. Visit with llamas and sample area restaurants' offerings as you celebrate the "tree of 100 days." We have no idea either--if you go, let us know.
Rotary Crab Feast, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 4, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, (410) 841-2841. They say visitors from around the world descend on Annapolis for this crab feast, which they say is the world's largest. Besides Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, there is crab soup, corn on the cob, and other crab-feast trimmings.
Kunte Kinte Heritage Festival, Aug. 12-13, lower campus, St John's College, Annapolis, (410) 349-0338. This festival features arts and crafts, storytelling, entertainment, and ethnic food.
Maryland Reservation Center, information on accommodations, (800) 654-9303.
Annapolis Bed and Breakfast, 235 Prince George St., (410) 269-0669.
Ark and Dove, 149 Prince George St., Annapolis, (410) 268-6277.
Capitol KOA Campground, 768 Cecil Ave., Millersville. (410) 923 2771. Convenient to Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington, this campground offers a wide range of activities and facilities.
Charles Inn, 74 Charles St., Annapolis, (410) 268-1451.
Courtyard Bed and Breakfast, 166 Duke of Glouchester St., Annapolis, (410) 263-5593.
Duncan's Family Campground, 5381 Sands Road, Lothian, (410) 741-9558. More than 150 sites and 12 cabins.
Gibson's Lodgings, 110-114 Prince George St., Annapolis, (410) 268-5555.
Green St. Inn, 172 Green St., Annapolis,(410) 263-9171.
Heart of Annapolis, 185 Duke of Gloucester St., (410) 268-2309.
Little Guest House, 121 Charles St., Annapolis, (410) 268-2128.
Makai Pierside Bed and Breakfast, 5960 Vacation Lane, Deale, (410) 867-0998.
Prince George Inn, 232 Prince George St., Annapolis, (410) 263-6418.
Row House, 28 Fleet St., Annapolis, (410) 263-2187.
Shaw's Fancy, 161 Green St., Annapolis, (410) 268-9750.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Become a Sailor in One Weekend, July 1-3, Annapolis Sailing School, 601 Sixth St., Annapolis, (800) 638-9192. The name says it all.
Annual Jousting Tournament and Crafts Bazaar, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 22, St. Margaret's Church, 1601 Pleasant Plains Road, (410) 974-0200. Crafts and jousting together? Surely you jest. Or joust.
Laurel Race Course, Laurel, (301) 725-0400. The horsies run around and around from June to August.
Walden Golf Club, 1500 Ridel Road, Crofton, (410) 721-8268.
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