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After graduating with a degree in Anthropology, Adam worked on Sustainable Tourism Development projects in Bolivia before arriving in Annapolis to work with a local agency focused on destination marketing. Traveling, coffee, and the outdoors are a few of his favorite things. Adam is a Connecticut transplant that's called Annapolis home since 2014.

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Alexandra Cannady is a television production executive who has worked for Discovery, Disney, and Nickelodeon—leading special projects with NASA, ASPCA, Smithsonian Institution, Vice President Gore, and others. Originally from Long Island, she now lives with her husband and young son in the beautiful Annapolis area because of their genetic predisposition toward water, appreciation for its rich history and family atmosphere. For more than twenty years, Alexandra has volunteered with children’s organizations and is proudly a kid at heart herself.

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Ann Powell is a writer and an attorney who loves living on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Her favorite pastime is boating with her large family on their Sabre 42, First Light, and their various runabouts, kayaks, boards, and sailboats. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, she counts among her hobbies photography, gardening, tennis, water skiing, travelling, painting, and reading with her book club. Ann serves as the current President of the Four Rivers Garden Club, a ninety-year Annapolis institution, and works with various other nonprofits. She and her husband belong to the Annapolis Yacht Club and the Sailing Club of the Chesapeake. A nearly-native Marylander, Ann has lived in the same home in Annapolis for more than three decades and also enjoys occasional weekends at the family getaway on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. She loves sharing with readers the details of life on and around the Chesapeake Bay. Contact Ann at annpowellannapolis@gmail.com.

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Donna L. Cole is the owner of Annapolis Creative, which provides social media content (photographic and editorial) and training. With over 20 years of experience as a freelance journalist/photojournalist in the greater DC, Baltimore, and Annapolis areas, she’s able to bring her clients professional, visual and editorial story-telling services. Donna can be heard on WNAV radio station, where she hosts the weekly 1430 Connection show, profiling the newsmakers of the area. Donna was the social media coordinator for the Ballet Theatre of Maryland from 2009 to 2015 and remains an advocate for the Annapolis arts community. During the spring and summer of 2014, Donna was the social media/media coordinator for SustainaFest and helped to generate global news coverage of their tiny house project. Donna has been an official photographer for the Annapolis Film Festival since its inception and the Annapolis Book Festival for several years. In her spare time, Donna enjoys wildlife photography. She’s also a veteran of the U.S. Navy. For more information, visit www.annapoliscreative.com.

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Whether you’re looking for the area’s most historic landmarks, stories about preservation efforts across the county, or inside scoops on the latest exhibits, our local bloggers are here to point you in the right direction. Every now and again, we come across a great story about this fantastic county and post it under the Spotlight section of Historian Annapolis to share with our readers. This curated content allows us to bring you a wider range of all things history-related in Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. If you’d like to be a guest blogger, or if you’d like us to share one of your blogs on Historian Annapolis, email us at adahlgard@symmetry.agency.

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Children’s author Jennifer Keats Curtis has penned numerous nonfiction and realistic fiction books about animals, including the Children’s Choice Book Award winner Kali’s Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue. Her passion for wildlife and inability to stop asking “why” has compelled her to start writing kids’ books with scientists, most recently Salamander Season, a realistic fiction, co-authored with Maryland biologist J. Adam Frederick. She is currently working on books about horseshoe crabs with Dr. Neeti Bathala, Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of the Arts, and headstarting crocodiles with Dr. Brady Barr, host of Nat Geo Wild’s Dangerous Encounters. A huge fan of all things Maryland, Jennifer has resided in Anne Arundel County since the age of 7. She and her family love the fact that they live where other people pay to vacation. For more information about Jennifer, visit her website at www.jenniferkeatscurtis.com, check out her Green Author Facebook page, or email her at jenniferkcurtis@verizon.net.

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Kat Spitzer is the author of The Happy Hypochondriac and The Happy Hypochondriac Survives World Travel. She also writes the Happy Hypochondriac humor blog at www.happyhypochondriac.com. She is a columnist and freelancer for various newspapers and magazines, and is currently working on her third book. Kat is also the owner and instructor of Miss Dawson’s School for Well-Mannered Individuals, an etiquette program in Annapolis (www.MissDawsons.com). She graduated from Vanderbilt University and Vermont Law School, and lives in Annapolis with her husband and two children.

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Katie Redmiles is a writer and marketing professional living and working in Annapolis. Since graduating from college with an English degree, Katie has worked for a city/regional magazine, an Internet start-up in San Francisco and, presently, the biggest tour and charter company in Annapolis. She is an aspiring yoga teacher and enjoys photography, coffee and finding new places to walk her two dogs. With her family's non-profit foundation, Katie plans an annual charity golf tournament to benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and also fosters rescue dogs. You can often find Katie enjoying a local coffee shop. Keep up with her online through her blog, katiestella.com.

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Lindsay Bolin Lowery has always drawn, written, and visually journaled the world around her. Graduating from Maryland Institute College of Art with honors, she has since been an artist at Art at Large, Inc., the studio of Sally Wern Comport. Specializing in illustration, design, public art, and large-scale graphic solutions, there is never a boring day on the job. When not at Art at Large, Lindsay creates for her art business LBo Craft – a culmination of a love for drawing, painting, photographing, documenting, and working with her hands to craft handmade things that celebrate hometown pride, nostalgia, and nature. You may also spot her behind the counter at Art Things from time to time; setting up an LBo Craft sale at Lowery’s Produce on the Eastern Shore; popping into HERE, a pop-up shop; or supporting the local art and music scene. Lindsay specializes in watercolor, drawing, and printmaking media. Check out LBoCraft.com to view Lindsay’s work or at artatlargeinc.com to check out the day job! Follow her on instagram and twitter @linds_lbocraft or LBoCraft on Facebook.

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Mary Lou Baker is a longtime food and travel writer who relishes the opportunity to tell her readers about good eating and drinking in the Chesapeake Bay area. Among her culinary credits are as a weekly columnist and restaurant reviewer for the Capital (the Annapolis daily newspaper), a monthly columnist for Chesapeake Life Magazine, former food and wine editor for Baltimore Magazine and co-author of "Dining in Baltimore." A native New Englander, she is happy to have called Annapolis her hometown for most of her adult life. Cooking is her favorite thing to do, second only to sampling the talents of the chefs who make Annapolis and the Eastern Shore a mecca for food-loving visitors. She can be reached at Mlbaker6@msn.com.

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Patrice Drago is a full-time artist and freelance writer with a lifetime of experience in the travel and hospitality industry. Growing up in hotels up and down the East Coast from Maine to Florida she used her artistic and journalism skills to create a unique and adventurous career with Marriott International. Moving to Annapolis in 2002, she began a slow transition to focus solely focus on producing, writing about and supporting art and the art community. Patrice is an Artist In Residence at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, and she exhibits and sells her work in Maryland, New York and Maine. She writes the monthly Gallery Column for the Annapolis Capital newspaper, is an officer on the Boards of Directors of MFA (Maryland Federation of Art), and the newly revitalized Annapolis Arts District. Contact Patrice at: www.patricedragofineart.com or www.patricedrago.com.

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Shannon Hibberd, Photo Editor for Ranger Rick JR Magazine, came to Annapolis to pursue her dreams of living by the water. Over the past decade she has become an avid racer in Annapolis and has participated in numerous offshore deliveries, races and international regattas. Shannon is also a passionate photographer, and contributes regularly to Spinsheet magazine.

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Sinead Harold is from Dublin, Ireland. She emigrated from her hometown in 2014 and now lives near downtown Annapolis with her husband and pug. She loves her new home of Annapolis for its beauty and historical roots, and is enjoying spending time discovering new places to visit. She blogs about her discoveries on her personal blog, www.iloveannapolis.net.

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A lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County, Stacy Meadows has been a county teacher for over 15 years and a professional photographer for six years. She and her husband Dave have traveled the East Coast extensively with their two elementary-aged boys, Brett and Grant, in the family's motorhome. While the family loves to visit new places, they have discovered there is "no place like home." Stacy hopes that by sharing the unique and fun things to do for children and teens inside our own county, locals and tourists alike will come to love Annapolis and Anne Arundel County as much as she and her family do.

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