Annapolis, the capital of Maryland is a small city with all the hustle and bustle of larger cities. It is located in Anne Arundel County and the county executive’s office as well as most if not all of the county department offices are located in Annapolis. The combined governments of the state, city, and county along with district and circuit court houses bring thousands to Annapolis daily. Additionally, Annapolis is home of the Naval Academy, St. John’s College, and several schools of various levels. Most of these organizations are located within approximately one mile of each other. Annapolis is also a very attractive tourist town with year-round events that include activities for boaters, artists, shoppers, and historians. Annapolis also attracts well known entertainers to perform in various nightclubs within the city.

The blizzard of 2016 occurred between January 22nd and January 24th, 2016. The accumulations of snow across Maryland were record breaking and cities such as Baltimore and Annapolis were brought to a standstill. The timing of this storm interrupted many winter events scheduled for Annapolis and also disrupted the 2016 Legislative Session that started January 13th. The annual legislative sessions bring legislators, staff, and community leaders from all across Maryland to Annapolis for participation and weekly lodging during the session.

Typically, the view as seen in the painting below would be of parked cars lining both sides of West Street with pedestrian traffic on the sidewalks as they traveled to and from businesses, restaurants, art galleries, pubs, government offices, and courthouses. Automobiles typically would be lined up bumper to bumper as they traveled West Street to and from Church Circle. However, the record amount of snow essentially stopped most vehicle traffic and closed businesses of all kinds.

Although the businesses of merchants and governments experienced some hardships related to the record amount of snow perhaps the snow also gave opportunity for reflection. Maybe those that were able to be in Annapolis during the snow, could enjoy the unusual quiet time and imagine Annapolis from times past.

In 1649, an English community emerged on the land that now makes up Maryland's capital. Puritans, seeking religious freedom, nestled into a spot on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay and called their new town Providence. This small settlement grew, eventually becoming named Anne Arundel's Towne, after the wife of Lord Baltimore. By the late 1600's, Anne Arundel's Towne housed most of the 25,000 residents in the Maryland province, and in 1694, Royal Governor Sir Francis Nicholson chose it as the provincial capital because of its central location.

Nicholson renamed this new capital Annapolis in honor of Princess Anne, who became Queen of England in 1702. He directed the city be built following a grand baroque street plan, similar to the great capitals of Europe. The highest town circle revolved around the capitol building. The second-highest circle featuring an Anglican church became known as Church Circle. Residential areas, merchant districts and schools sprouted up around these centers

The painting below is my impression of the view one would have as you looked towards Church Circle from West Street. The church, located in the circle is St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, was  founded in 1704. The current church is the third to be built on this location. It was built in 1858. Fire destroyed the first two.

 I hope you enjoy this painting and my brief recap of Annapolis history. It is also my hope that the painting shows that snow can affect our lives in many ways. Some impacts can be hindering and dangerous at times. However, snow also provides a unique opportunity of scenic beauty and often needed quiet peacefulness.

 Reference for additional historical information about Annapolis, Maryland.

I invite you to take a look at the Claude Monet painting on the “Interest-And-Influence-Photos” page this month. The description of the painting includes an explanation of how I have something in common with Monet. Let me know your thoughts.

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The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County has selected “Buddies” the painting below for the BWI Thurgood Marshall Exhibit 24, “Space & Place”.   The exhibit is located between concords “C” and “D” beginning November 14, 2018 and runs until Wednesday March 13, 2019.

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