The Apple Basket: 30 Years as a Favorite Shopping Destination

The Apple Basket: 30 Years as a Favorite Shopping Destination

Story by Caroline Miller King and Photography by Ed Mann

Stepping into The Apple Basket store in Mechanicsville is like stepping into an alternate, more beautiful world. It feels as if there’s a treasure to discover around every turn, in every corner, especially at this time of year.

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Two Mt. Zions!

Two Mt. Zions!

We are sorry to note that the main photograph in the Historic Church story from our winter issue is not of the church we wrote about.

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Welcome to Our Winter 2013 Issue!

Welcome to Our Winter 2013 Issue!

Southern Maryland-This is Living magazine is all about the good people, places and businesses of Southern Maryland.  We are committed to spreading the word about the great quality of life available in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.

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Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving!

Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving!

Look who’s reading “Southern Maryland-This is Living!”

Even Jolly Old St. Nick enjoys reading Southern Maryland’s only lifestyle magazine, and your friends and family will, too.  Give them the gift that can be their source for: What to do… Where to go… Who to know… What to grow… (and so much more!)

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Southern Maryland Nurses… we want your Christmas cookie recipes!

Southern Maryland Nurses… we want your Christmas cookie recipes!

If you work as a nurse in Southern Maryland and have a favorite Christmas Cookie recipe, please email Vickie at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Shuck and Awe: Oyster Farmers are Helping Southern Maryland Waters and Fueling a New Industry

Shuck and Awe: Oyster Farmers are Helping Southern Maryland Waters and Fueling a New Industry

Story and Photography by Debra Zimmerman Murphey

Smith Creek in St. Mary’s County is quiet this summer day as longtime waterman Paul Kellam and his business partner, John Carbone, head out to a pristine spot – where healthy forests populate the shoreline and ospreys scream – to talk about their new passion: cage-raised oysters that will one day be eaten by oyster lovers.

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Where Art and Nature Meet: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center

Where Art and Nature Meet: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center

Story by Susan Glauner and Photography by John Kite

When you drive through the ornate ceramic gates of Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, something rather remarkable happens. You are transported into the calm and quiet wonder of an artist’s canvas. You become a part of the art that is embedded into a natural, wooded studio. Joining you is a larger-than-life sculpture of a Chesapeake waterman. Water flows freely through his oyster tongs – a reminder of our vital relationship to the waters around us – and he stoically invites you into the garden. Once inside the wooded paths and thoughtful green spaces at Annmarie, you discover the wonder and beauty that take place when art and nature come together.

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Welcome to Our Fall 2013 Issue!

Welcome to Our Fall 2013 Issue!

Southern Maryland-This is Living magazine is all about the good people, places and businesses of Southern Maryland.  We are committed to spreading the word about the great quality of life available in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.

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Spooky Places in Southern Maryland

Spooky Places in Southern Maryland

Story by Chris Yee and Photography by John Kite

Ok. Now is the time of year to disengage part of your brain. You need to put aside all that serious stuff you do while teaching classes, writing contracts, juggling numbers or whatever you do to pay your bills. I’m talking about HALLOWEEN! The only time of year adults can be seen walking around looking even goofier than they normally do. But this time of the year also allows … no, in fact, encourages you to look at life from the other side. The dead side. That’s right: Halloween is really about ghosts, creepy creatures and stories that make our hair stand on end.

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Monarch Mania

Monarch Mania

Story by Edna Troiano and Photography by August Selckmann

Among nature’s many amazing migrations, the multi-generational journey of the monarch butterfly ranks among the most astounding. Mike Callahan, president of the Southern Maryland Audubon Society and avid naturalist, explains that the monarchs flitting through Cobb Island from August through October are the fourth generation in an annual migration from Canada and the Atlantic Coast to Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains. Callahan says these monarchs will hibernate in Mexico over the winter and then, “In February or March, they start north, make it to Texas or Florida, lay eggs, and die. The next generation, the first, moves north, lays eggs and dies. The second generation continues north [and] repeats the process, and the third generation makes it back to the north Atlantic Coast or Canada.”

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Spend a Day on an Island in the Bay: Smith Island, Md.

Spend a Day on an Island in the Bay: Smith Island, Md.

Story by Kate Ufford and Photography by John Craighill and Kim Jacobs

Looking for something to break up your summer routine? Get on board a trip the whole family will enjoy. This summer, Smith Island Cruises offers ferry service from Point Lookout State Park in St. Mary’s County to Smith Island. A community renowned for its seafood and dessert, Smith Island’s offerings go well beyond just food.

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Courtney’s: Fish as Fresh as it Gets

Courtney’s: Fish as Fresh as it Gets

Review and Photography by Caroline Miller King

If you want a truly Southern Maryland dining experience, head south, then further south, and keep going until you get just about as far as you can go without hitting water. If you see a white cinder-block building with a sign that says Courtney’s Seafood Restaurant, you’re at the right place.

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