Five Workday Cures for Your Summertime Blues
I’m gonna raise a fuss,
I’m gonna raise a holler
About a workin’ all summer
just to try to earn a dollar …
Every time I call my baby,
and try to get a date
My boss says,
‘No dice son, you gotta work late’ …
Sometimes I wonder
what I’m a gonna do
But there ain’t no cure
for the summertime blues.
Hey, Mr. Cochran, didn’t anyone tell you? Weekends aren’t the only time you can get out and enjoy the warm weather of summer, especially when you live near Chesapeake Bay.
Bay Weekly prescribes five doses of summer fun that, taken daily, will cure even the deepest shades of summertime blues.
Stories and Ice Cream
The prospect of entertaining your child with hours upon hours of The Wiggles and The Itsy Bitsy Spider is already making your head hurt, and it’s not even 10am.
Lucky for you, Anne Arundel County Public Library offers many activities for kiddos of all ages, including book clubs, Lego-palooza and, my personal favorite, Babies in Bloom, all taking place in the bliss of your local air-conditioned library branch.
For 30 glorious minutes, Babies in Bloom entertains your child from birth to 18 months. While baby is stimulated with singing, dancing and finger motions, you get a half-hour off.
After the program, stay to socialize with other moms while babies chase the makeshift shakers and instruments strewn about the room.
The next stop is a refreshing frozen treat for you and your new friend.
Family friendly are Menchie’s in the Annapolis Towne Centre and Yolavie in Westfield Annapolis Mall next to the kid-distracting fish tanks. Babies are entertained while mamas relax with low-calorie treats.
Naptime ensues and everyone is happy, having beaten the summertime blues.
Babies in Bloom: Monday July 8, 2013 at West County Branch in Odenton; Wednesday July 17 at Mountain Road branch; Saturday July 20 at Crofton Branch. Find this and other kid-friendly events at a branch near you at www.aacpl.net.
Paddling and Sunsets
You have been stuck behind a desk for the second day in a row and you’re itching to do more than veg on the couch when you get off work. You don’t want to run a marathon, just to stretch your joints.
It’s not only rejuvenating, it’s wet and cool.
Once you conquer balancing on a paddleboard, you dip your paddle into the water, moving forward with every stroke.
It doesn’t take much effort — especially if you paddle sitting cross-legged as my sister prefers — to pull yourself right into the middle of nature.
Eastport Yacht Club and East of Maui invite you to paddle the Bay as the sun sets. Bring your board and paddle for free, or rent one for $10 (first come first served).
Pack your bathing suit, a change of clothes and your sunscreen and head to the water straight after work. Paddle from 5:30 to 8pm at the yacht club, 317 First St., Annapolis, every other Tuesday starting July 9. Find more information at www.eastportyc.org, or call 410-991-8552.
Chesapeake Country is lined with paddleboarding opportunities. Check out Paddle or Pedal in Quiet Waters Park and Chesapeake Beach; Stand Up Paddle in Annapolis; or Patuxent Adventure Center in Solomons.
Races and Rewards
Boat shoes tied, salt flying, wind at your back, sunset in front — just a typical Wednesday night at the races.
Weekly Wednesday Night Races have been a summertime Annapolis staple since 1959. Today, 150 sailboats participate in the race each week, and you can be on one.
Races begin near the mouth of Spa Creek (6:10pm) and end in front of the Annapolis Yacht Club near the Spa Creek Bridge. With ever-changing courses and conditions, each week makes for a new adventure.
Skippers have to be members of the Annapolis Yacht Club, but anyone who enjoys sailing can join a crew.
Sign up online or hang out on the docks around Annapolis to find a skipper in need of a crewmember.
Not ready for racing? Join the hundreds of others who watch the races along the Annapolis harbor, at the Naval Academy or on the Spa Creek Bridge.
Then enjoy a drink with the sailors and watch the race’s video coverage. There is plenty to celebrate — the week is halfway over, it’s a beautiful evening, and you just sailed for the first time in who-knows-how-many years.
Annapolis’s Wednesday Night Race series is sponsored by the Annapolis Yacht Club (www.annapolisyc.com). Races continue until September.
Annapolitans are not the only ones enjoying their Wednesday nights. Races are concurrently held on the West River by Pirates Cove Race Club (www.pcrcwestriver.org), on Herring Bay by Herrington Harbour Sailing Association (www.hhsa.org) and on the Patuxent River by Southern Maryland Sailing Association (www.smsa.com).
Visit the one near you and celebrate the end of hump day with your neighborhood sailors.
Beaches and Bands
Shed your suits and stilettos. Let your hair down. Ditch the briefcase. Unplug. Summertime is time to get down for some serious R&R.
Beaches and bands are calling my name.
On a work-all-week Thursday, I’m cutting out early for Calvert County’s Twin Beaches.
North Beach lets your social butterfly spread its wings. With a guarantee of company along both the beach and boardwalk, you’ll have plenty to see and do while digging your toes in the sand.
For your rat-race escape, Bay Front Park, aka Brownies Beach, offers more seclusion. Its hidden coves and rugged landscape are what you want for beach combing and fossil hunting.
After Bay beach time, I’m going barefoot or in flip-flops to rock the dock at Chesapeake Beach’s Resort and Spa. At the bar as on the beach, you’ve got the Bay as your backdrop. You’ll find me sitting back with a refreshing drink, topped with a paper umbrella and fruit garnish, listening to tribute bands play classic oldies in the campy surround of a new bandshell replicating the resort’s 1900 original.
Tribute bands beckon with blasts-from-the-past on Thursday nights, from 7 to 9:45pm, with no cover charge.
Upcoming shows: Coconut Islands Show reprising Jimmy Buffet on July 4 … Sir Rod rocks Rod Stewart on July 11 and August 15 … Ralph Curtis making like Johnny Cash on July 18 … Right on Band replicating the sounds of the 1970s on July 25 … Michael Hoover imitating Elvis on August 1 … and Motown Revue moving you with Motown on August 21.
Didn’t get enough time off? Check in at the resort hotel for Thursday night’s special room rate of $109: 866-312-5596; www.cbresortspa.com.
Cocktails and a View
You did it! You survived the five-day workweek.
Now what? A cocktail. Even better, a happy hour cocktail. From about 4 to 7pm on weekdays, restaurants offer a little relief in the form of drink and appetizer specials. Even better, Chesapeake Country is lined with bars where the Bay is your happy hour backdrop.
Here’s a list of some of our favorites:
• Big Mary’s at Pirates Cove, Galesville