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Eight Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Jan 10, 2019 04:00PM

By Cate Reynolds

The holidays are over, the air is cold, and staying home is just so easy. Don’t let wintertime get you in a slump. Here are a few great activities to get you out of those sweatpants and out of the house:


Go ice-skating

Spend a day on the ice at a local ice rink. In the Annapolis area, visit the indoor rink at The John McMullen Hockey Area, the outdoor rink at Quiet Waters Park, or the Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton. On the Eastern Shore, check out the ice rink at the Talbot County Community Center.


Enjoy live music

See a concert at a local music venue or concert hall. In Annapolis, check out a show at Rams Head on Stage or Maryland Hall. On the Eastern Shore, visit the Avalon Theatre or The Mainstay.  For more local concerts and performances, visit our online calendar.


See a movie

Grab some popcorn and enjoy a movie at your local movie theater. Some of the top box office hits out right now include Aquaman, Escape Room, and Mary Poppins Returns.  Or, check out one of the new releases this weekend like A Dog’s Way Home, Replicas, and The Upside. Click here to find a theater and showtimes near you.


Cheer on local sports teams

Winter sports seasons are in full swing. Head to D.C. and catch a Washington Capitals or Washington Wizards game. Or, support our local colleges and attend a Navy hockey or basketball game, a University of Maryland basketball game, or a Washington College basketball game.


See a play

Enjoy a day at the theater. This weekend, Silent Sky opens at Colonial Players of Annapolis and The Curate Shakespeare: As You Like It opens at The Garfield Center for the Performing Arts. If you’re looking for a day trip, check out an upcoming show at The Hippodrome in Baltimore, the Kennedy Center in D.C., or The National Theatre in D.C.


Attend a lecture

The Annapolis Maritime Museum kicks off its Winter Lecture Series this weekend with a discussion about the sharks and rays of the Chesapeake Bay by Dr. John F. Morrissey. For a full schedule of upcoming lectures, click here. Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 7th, when the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum starts its Winter Speaker Series.


Take a fitness class

Warm yourself up with some exercise. Annapolis Recs and Parks offers various fitness classes and programs at the “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center (PMRC) including cardio, strength, cycling, yoga, and Pilates. Classes are included with a PMRC membership. If you don’t have a membership, there is a $15 fee per class for Annapolis residents and $19 for non-residents. Click here for more information, including class schedules.


You can also register for a fitness class with Bio Fitness at one of their several locations. Or, give indoor cycling a try at the brand new Tribe Cycle in Annapolis.


Take an art class

Channel your creative side with an art course. Anne Arundel Community College, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Academy Art Museum, and Chestertown RiverArts all offer several art classes in various disciplines.