Updated: Sep 3, 2021
August 13, 2021
As the Olympic ceremony comes to a close I want to take a moment to congratulate all the athletes who represented Team USA. Maryland sent 14 athletes to the games which included Annapolis native, Farrah Hall, who represented our nation in the windsurfing event. You can hear more about Farrah and her journey here.
All together Maryland brought home seven medals for Team USA. I am so proud of all of the Marylanders who competed in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. From Chase Kalisz, who won the first American medal of the Tokyo Games, taking gold in the men’s 400-meter individual medley, to Katie Ledecky who holds multiple world and Olympic records and who won the first ever women’s 1500 meter freestyle in the history of the Olympics. Congratulations to all of the athletes who made us so proud of our state on the world stage!
Celebrating the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse
At a rainy unveiling last Saturday we celebrated the newest edition to the US Postal Service lighthouse stamp series. As the daughter of a retired US Postal employee and one of the state delegates which represents the district where the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is located - I was honestly overjoyed with pride for our community.
This new gorgeous stamp depicts our iconic Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse which is a designated National Historic Landmark here in the waterways of District 30A. You can purchase these forever stamps at any USPS branches or here!
You can also tour the lighthouse by reservations only - you can book a tour and learn so much about the lighthouse here.
Schooner WOODWIND’s History Monday Sunset Sails
The Schooner Woodwind has three upcoming “History Monday” sunset sails that can not be missed! Join David Gendell, a lifelong Annapolis sailor, author and the co-founder of SpinSheet Magazine & PropTalk Magazine, for ‘Legends & Lore of the Annapolis Waterfront’. The upcoming dates and times are listed below, and you can get your tickets here!
August 16 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
August 23 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
September 13 - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m
Gendell’s 2020 book about the historic Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is a fantastic read that all Annapolitans and Marylanders will love. Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse: A Chesapeake Bay Icon is available at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, Old Fox Books, the Historic Annapolis Shop, Alltackle Annapolis, and all the usual online outlets.
Fall Activities for the Entire Family
The Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks provides so many opportunities for residents to connect with one another and learn new skills. That is why I am so excited that the much anticipated 2021 Fall Program Guide has just been released which you can check out here! Whether it be ceramics classes and skating lessons for your kids, or joining an adult sports league, there truly is something for everyone.
One of my family’s favorite summer traditions is enjoying local crabs at the Rotary Club of Annapolis' annual Crab Feast. This past Saturday, the Annapolis Rotary Club held its 76th Annual Crab Feast although this year was pickup only, the crabs were as delicious as ever and we were so happy to have the opportunity to support this local community organization. Thank you to the Rotary Club, all the sponsors and supporters for another delicious year!
CAAL Summer Festival
Thank you to everyone who made the first Annual Caucus of African-American Leaders Summer Festival such a success. The event featured a variety of community resources, a chance to meet candidates running in the upcoming Annapolis City elections as well as some delicious food.
Good for us, Good for the Bay
Did you know that you can get fresh produce, support regenerative farming, help protect our Bay AND donate to local food banks all by supporting community-supported agriculture (CSA). I learned all that and more with my fellow legislators on a recent tour of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Clagett Farm put together by the folks at Million Acre Challenge and Waterkeepers Chesapeake.
Learn more about how you can get involved in Community Supported Agriculture here!
Youth Community Conversation
This Saturday, August 14, join the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, in partnership with the Community Health Ambassador Program, for a night of Community conversation, Food, Entertainment, back-to-school vaccinations, and more!
Special guest speakers include County Executive Steuart Pittman and Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman in addition to community leaders and medical professionals who will participate in a live Q&A session.
This event will take place from 11:30am-2:30pm at Fresh Start Church and will be streamed live on Facebook for those who cannot join in person.
Registration here! https://poc2021victorylap.eventbrite.com
Have your Voice Heard
As part of the American Rescue Plan signed into law by President Biden, Anne Arundel County will receive a total of $112,509,414 in federal funds. County Executive Steuart Pittman's office is offering AACo residents the opportunity to give input on how these federal dollars are spent here in our community. Have your voice heard by going to the county’s Project Abstracts Portal and filling out a proposal.
Join Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation for a community hiring event Tuesday, August 17th from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. Employers Include:
The Y in Central MD
Annapolis Sailing Cruises
Gibson Island Country Club
Simon Malls (Arundel Mills)
The AAWDC Re-Entry and Youth Next Success Team will also be there to meet with eligible job seekers. Learn more by going to Stantonhiringevent.eventbright.com.
Love Our Libraries
2021 is the Anne Arundel County Public Library's 100th anniversary! Our library system offers a wide variety of programming and resources. In honor of their centennial celebration, each week, I will be highlighting one program, resource, or event that our libraries have to offer.
Calling All Scouts! Join AACPL the week of August 16th-August 22nd to get a jump start on some of your scouting requirements. Come to the Discoveries: the Library at the Mall to pick up an activity pack. Learn more about the event here!
I would encourage everyone to follow the Anne Arundel County Public Library’s Facebook page to get updates on programs and new resources. You can check out their calendar to find the perfect event for you and your family to enjoy!
Alex Haley Day
Join us this Saturday at 10:00 AM, the City of Annapolis will commemorate renowned writer, Alex Haley, with a public ceremony at City Dock in honor of Haley’s recent centennial birth date - August 11th.
Haley is best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Roots: The Saga of an American Family” which was adapted into an award-winning television mini-series and The Autobiography of Malcolm X. TIME magazine called The Autobiography of Malcolm X one of the 10 Most important nonfiction books of the 20th century.
Please join the City of Annapolis as we honor Haley, his family and his work.
You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn about volunteer opportunities, community resources, COVID-19 updates, and much more. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always contact my office by email at Dana.Jones@house.state.md.us or by phone at 410-841-3211.
Stay safe and healthy,
Delegate Dana Jones
District 30A, Annapolis & Anne Arundel County