December 1, 2023
Re-Elected Vice Chair of the Anne Arundel County Delegation
I am honored & proud that my colleagues have re-elected me as Vice Chair of the Anne Arundel County House Delegation for 2024. I’m so thankful for this opportunity to continue my work leading the Delegation alongside my dear friend, and re-elected Chair Heather Bagnall! I’m looking forward to another productive Legislative Session this coming year! Please feel free to reach out and let me know what you would like to see the Delegation prioritize by emailing my office at Dana.firstname.lastname@example.org!
Please Support Two Amazing Women for the AACO Board of Education
NEXT WEEK! Two upcoming events in support of my dear friends & amazing Board of Education members! Board President Dr. Joanna Tobin from District 6 and Dana Schallheim from District 5 have been invaluable members of the Board, and they are both running for reelection in 2024! I’m a co-host for both, and I hope you will join us at each of their upcoming events!
Dr. Tobin’s 23-24 School Year Update is taking place on December 5th at 6pm, reserve your tickets here!
Dana Schallheim’s Hanukkah Party is happening on Thursday, December 7th from 7-8:30pm, reserve your tickets here!
Join me for a Pre-Session Breakfast!
We are nearly a month away from Session! I can’t believe how quickly the year has passed, but I’ve spent the interim working hard on drafting vital legislation for Maryland! Please join me on January 9th, 2024 from 8-9:30AM for a breakfast at Harry Browne’s and discuss what you would like to see prioritized by the General Assembly. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Secure your ticket now by clicking here!
🕎Midnight Madness in Annapolis!🎄
As we get into the full swing of the holiday season, make sure that Midnight Madness in Downtown Annapolis is on your calendar! It is one of my absolute favorite traditions, and it’s a perfect opportunity to do some shopping that supports our local small businesses!
The streets will be adorned with lights and participating storefronts with holiday decorations, trees, garlands, snowflakes, bows, and lights to create a Downtown Winter Wonderland and free on the street entertainment.
Some of the Featured Downtown Holiday Attractions:
Holiday Light Canopy over West Street / Annapolis Arts District & Maryland Ave.
Snowflake Alley: A magical passageway on Main Street that helps you begin your journey towards State Circle and Maryland Ave. (Cabbage Alley)
Holiday Christmas Tree at Market Space
Our historic, brick-lined streets will be full of carolers, choirs, musicians, and other street performers. We will offer fun photo opportunities for all ages.
Visit the Alpacas on the top of Main Street.
Downtown merchants may offer complimentary refreshments, specials, shopping incentives, and a personalized approach to customer service that is certain to create a delightful sense of community and belonging. Please join us!
During the first Midnight Madness, you can also visit the new Annapolis Holiday Market on the City Dock.
For more information and to plan for your visit, please click here!
Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade
Another holiday tradition, come out for the Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade on Saturday December, 9th! EYC has been organizing this special event for over 40 years, and I am so excited! Be sure to make a plan before you go on where to watch, please see below for some of the best locations and things to know!
Eastport Bridge: If it's a warm or still night, this is the best vantage point. You can see the fleets both above and below the bridge and get a close-up look as they pass through the bridge.
Naval Academy: The length of seawall bordering Spa Creek offers a long, unobstructed viewing area. Check ahead for Naval Academy security regulations that will be in effect.
City Dock: This is a perennial favorite spot for viewers where there is the choice of watching the boats collectively as they parade in the harbor or individually as they negotiate the harbor.
Ego Alley: The Alley spot offers the closest possible look at the decorations as well as the chicken wire and PVC pipe that support them.
Harbor Queen: One fine vantage point at City Dock will be Watermark's Harbor Queen, moored at the end of the dock and conducting a fundraiser for We Care and Friends. This incredible organization is dedicated to supporting the building blocks to create strong families and communities in areas affected by drugs, poverty, and crime in Maryland. In lieu of a ticket, We Care and Friends will be collecting monetary donations as well as toys, linens, bedding, blankets, toiletries, clothing, and non-perishable food items. They’re also having a winter coat drive because it’s getting pretty cold out there for our homeless neighbors. For more information on public boat events EYC Lights Parade viewing, visit CruisesOnTheBay.com.
Join me for the Parade of Light!
Join me and the Chabad of Anne Arundel County for the annual Parade of Light and Menorah Lighting in celebration of the festival of lights! Delicious hot latkes, fresh donuts, and hot drinks will be served. I’m looking forward to seeing and celebrating with you there! For more information click here!
Celebrate the Season with a Snow Sing-A-Long with AACPL!
Let it snow! Join us for a magical Snow Sing-a-long on Monday, December 4 at Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library from 5-6pm.
Anne Arundel County Public Library honors Native American Heritage Month this November by sharing books to read, providing resources to learn from and hosting events that celebrate the important contributions of Native Americans and their diverse heritage.
Details and registration https://aacpl.info/snow-sing-a-long
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Stay safe and healthy,
Delegate Dana Jones
District 30A, Annapolis & Anne Arundel County