Using a curriculum based on the standards of the American Sailing Association, The Maryland School of Sailing & Seamanship's staff show aspiring aquanauts how to maneuver vessels at sea. Their lessons often integrate textbooks and hands-on training, such as DVDs and the personal blogs of kelp. The seven ongoing courses typically span two to four days, covering subjects such as coastal cruising and celestial navigation and allowing students to earn certification from the American Sailing Association. In addition to conventional class structures, the school organizes lesson-cruise packages and full-day introductory programs. The staff teaches on American-made yachts appointed with refrigeration, an equipped galley, and climate control.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Hoping to instill a sense of wonder and appreciation for nature, EcoAdventures offers a variety of enriching programs to educate curious kids. With a number of themes to engage children in interests that range from sharks and bugs to hiking through nature and digging for fossils, programs are offered alongside weekly parent-children classes, drop-ins, and even birthday parties. With a staff of highly educated specialists ranging from marine biologists to biomedical engineers, the instructors work closely with kids to share their own knowledge, experience, and stories of being in the field with crocodiles and sharks.
From April 18th to the 25th, lovers of fine brews gather at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds for Annapolis Beer Week?a celebration of local and craft beers, live music, and delicious food. Visitors sip suds from producers such as Yards Brewing Company, DuClaw, Flying Dog, and Port City after completing the 5K Beer Run or as they enjoy outdoor concerts.
Youngsters descend upon Rolly Pollies, engaging in active play furnished with age-appropriate classes and open-gym time while developing motor skills and social aptitude within the multihued, bustling space. Tots ages 6 months to walking can partake in the Caterpillars class, which gathers fledgling explorers for singing, games, and dissertations on the power of community. The Gymbugs class combines free play and creative arts to impart a well-rounded session of vibrant fun for 3- to 5-year-olds, and gymnastics teaches 4- to 7-year-olds how to master staying steady on the balance beam while simultaneously balancing their checkbooks.