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Farm to Table at Cottingham in Talbot County

A stunning farm plays host to elegant meals prepared with produce from its organic fields and greenhouse.

What's Up with Annapolis Real Estate: August 2012

Buyers and sellers often get bogged down with conventional ideas of what a home should be, how it should look, and what it should cost. But this month’s what’s up with real estate shows that with a little creativity and foresight, Annapolis homeowners experience great success with the unconventional.

Mayor Announces Moderately Priced Homes in Downtown Annapolis and Eastport

Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen announced this morning a program to offer moderately priced dwelling units for sale to qualified residents. In 2004, the City of Annapolis established the Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit (MPDU) program that requires a developer to set aside 12% of the units for sale in a new development at a price below the market rate.  These units would be available to persons or families whose income qualifies for the discounted price and can qualify for a mortgage.  Because of the downturn in the housing market, no new developments were under construction until recently. Currently, there are three projects under construction and nine MPDUs are available for sale to those who qualify.

Your Oasis is a Splash Away

Come July, starry nights, lazy afternoons, and bright mornings intermingle with summer’s scorching touch to deliver intense outdoor temperatures. And when your sweat trickles from brow to nose-tip, is there any better sweet relief than a pool in eyesight and dipping your foot in gin-clear water to confirm its cool confines? It’s moments like these when praise to the pool gods is mightiest.

A Place Called Wye House

Down a secluded Talbot County road, stands a wrought-iron gate, flanked by two brick pillars leading to a long driveway. In the distance a visitor glimpses a yellow mansion built at the dawn of the newly independent American Republic.

What's Up? with Annapolis Real Estate: July 2012

Make no mistake, first impressions might be key to relationships but they are critical to home sales. In this month's What's Up with Real Estate, we profile area homes where first impressions were instrumental to expedited contracts.

What's Up? with Eastern Shore Real Estate July 2012

This historic Eastern Shore beauty sits on the banks of one of Talbot County’s most sought after bodies of water, Harris Creek.

What's Up? with Real Estate: June 2012

Like us, readers of this magazine love Annapolis for many reasons, but mostly, it’s that elusive quality that time and again makes you ponder, “Only in Annapolis.” This month’s what’s up? with real estate highlights three homes that convey this key element – and why this town so enchants us.

Outdoor Sculpture Inviational on view at Adkins Arboretum

Artists have a way of seeing things differently. This summer at Adkins Arboretum, seven artists from the Mid-Atlantic region find surprising ways to consider the natural world, whether with garden hoses spiraling up from the forest floor or nests made of knitted Tyvek. On view through Sept. 15, the sixth biennial Outdoor Sculpture Invitational, Artists in Dialogue with Landscape, brings the work of these artists to the Arboretum’s forest, meadow and wetlands. There will be a reception and sculpture walk on Sat., June 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. Nature’s irrepressible urge to grow was the inspiration for two of the artists. Eye-catching in brilliant red, blue and spring green, New Jersey artist Beth Ann Morrison’s trio of garden hoses swirling up steel armatures mimic the spiraling growth of the ferns and skunk cabbages that proliferate in the moist creekside forest around them. In contrast, Baltimore artist Marcia Wolfson Ray, a part-time resident of Toddville in Dorchester County, created a broad, bristling fan of cherry branches that captures the exuberant rhythms of natural growth. Equally spirited, Leaf Totems, a set of flags patterned with a seasonal progression of leaf colors, dances in the breeze from a bridge over the Arboretum’s wetland. Here, Washington artist Elizabeth Whiteley postulates spirit guides who teach spring leaves to unfurl and mature to catch the sun and nourish the parent plant, then die back in autumn and fall to feed the soil for the next generation of plants. Environmental concerns are behind the work of Melissa Burley and Elizabeth McCue. Concerned with the quantities of disposables that overburden our landfills and litter our environment, Burley, of Laurel, collected cast-off bottles, all blue as clear sky or water, and enclosed them in a cage of steel arches set in the forest creek. McCue’s No Fracking raises the alarm about one of the newest dangers—hydraulic fracturing—so enthusiastically hailed as a boon to our energy needs that its repercussions have yet to be thoroughly investigated. McCue, who lives in Pennsylvania’s scenic Delaware River Valley where fracking is currently underway, has laid a brilliant orange X on the forested hillside above the creek to warn of the toxic chemicals loosed into the soil and groundwater by fracking. As population and lifestyles increasingly stress our environment, preserves like the Arboretum become even more important as places where we can develop our awareness of the environment. Baltimore artist Linda Bills is doing exactly this with her gentle sculpture Unknown, In the Woods. This series of odd “growths” clinging to the trees at the meeting of two forest paths aren’t nests or caterpillar tents but soft pouches knitted from Tyvek. There is poetry in the way her work seems so natural, so in tune with the way birds and insects make their nests. Being in tune with nature is perhaps the best way to know and nurture our increasingly fragile environment. Mysteriously hovering over the meadow grasses, three pairs of cones made of steel, fiberglass and plaster by Breon Gilleran, of Baltimore, invite investigation. Their open centers frame bits of sky, trees and meadow, and they resemble huge ears listening for what is too subtle for us to hear. They seem to urge our senses to sharpen so we can detect the nuances of the natural world and learn what we may be overlooking in the rush of our busy lives. This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists, sponsored in part by Caroline County Council of Arts. It is on view through Sept. 15 at the Arboretum, located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or info@adkinsarboretum.org for gallery hours. Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. It is a member of the American Public Gardens Association and a founding member of the Maryland Public Gardens Consortium (www.mdpublicgardens.org). For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0. Top image: “Unknown, In the Woods” by Baltimore artist Linda Bills is among the works of seven Mid-Atlantic artists on view at Adkins Arboretum. Titled Artists in Dialogue with Landscape, the Outdoor Sculpture Invitational show is on view through Sept. 15.

Gardener's Delight

One Marylander’s passion for gardening has grown into a magnificent horticultural gem, including dozens of colorful daylily species, in pastoral Davidsonville.

 

 

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