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Governor’s Cup for Brewing

Governor Ehrlich awards Governor’s Cup certificates to Maryland brewers. Best in show went to Clipper City’s Heavy Seas Loose Cannon Ale.

The awards were sponsored by the Brewer’s Association of Maryland in an attempt to increase the awareness of the many fine Maryland beers. While the brewers were down in Annapolis they were also hoping to do a little lobbying for a law that would make it easier for microbreweries to distribute their goods.

I hope their legislation efforts bear fruit, because Maryland has some mighty tasty beers and it is a shame that they can’t get a wider audience because of Marylands archaic and counter productive distribution laws.

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Events: Anita Hagan’s Art Opening

What: Anita Hagan’s new Art Exhibition
Where: 49 West Coffeehouse/Winebar/Gallery, Annapolis Maryland
Address: 49 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
When: Show runs January 8, 2006 – January 31, 2006

Opening Reception: Sunday, January 8, 2006, 5-8 pm (Refreshments will be served)

Summary: Anita uses her unique style to create rich, emotional block prints that are inspired by the natural world and the incredible human spirit. It’s going to be a great show with over 30 pieces including linoleum block with watercolor, and acrylic paintings.

Tell your friends!

References: Anita Hagan
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Google Earth

I may be late to the game here, but I just discovered Google Earth this week. Boy is it cool. I daresay it’s the coolest thing that ever came out of the internet.


It’s cooler than email and instant messaging.

It’s cooler than shopping in your underwear.

It is a travelers dream.

Anyway, go out to and download the free version. It only works on Windows now, but they say they are working on a version for Mac. You need high speed internet access to use it properly, so don’t try it on dial up.

Boy is it cool.

References: Google Earth
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Two interesting stories on Yahoo! news…

Researchers: Hops in Beer May Be Healthy – Yahoo! News
Nursing Home keeps spirits up with own pub

The first story says that hops contains compounds that may slow or prevent cancer. It doesn’t say that drinking beer prevents cancer. However, I think most of us understand intuitively that drinking a good hoppy beer can only make us healthier.

The second story says that a nursing home with a bar has happier residents and more visitors. I don’t find that shocking at all. It’s definately a feature I will be looking for in a nursing home when I grow old.


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Events: Barry Beach’s Gallery Show

What: Barry Beach’s installation: Transitions – Transporting Water
Where: Buckley Center Gallery, University of Portland
When: October 24, 2005 – November 17, 2005
Hours: M-F 8:30am – 8:00pm; Sat. 8:30am – 4:00pm
Address: 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, OR 97203

Sorry I didn’t get this out sooner, but I just found out about it. Barry Beach has a new installation at the Buckley Center Gallery. It’s called Transitions: An Installation Transporting Water. It’s a very unique work with pumps, valves adn tubing moving water troughout the gallery. Check it out!

References: Buckley Center Gallery at University fo Portland
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