Choose It

Choose It!   Use our Choose It items (donated by Museum members, supporters, and local businesses) to entertain your family and friends or to enhance your home or lifestyle.  View our current items below and click on each title to get a full description.

And, if you want to Choose It, you can purchase online  following the description or contact Kathy Rotondaro at 410.867.3948 or kathleenrotondaro@gmail.com to arrange  payment or to be a donor yourself.

#Opportunities: 5
Place: Harbor Cove Marina, Deale, MD
Donors: Harbor Cove Marina
Are you getting your boat ready for spring? Harbour Cove Marina has a full service department to satisfy all of your electrical, mechanical or cosmetic needs. Use this $100 gift certificate for any of their services.
Donor: Diana Cermak
Purchase one of these collector items for your daughter or granddaughter. The dolls, from London and Ireland, are in their original boxes and in pristine condition. They are the classic dolls you may remember from your childhood.

London Doll

Ireland Doll


Doll Selection
# Opportunities: 1
Dates available: Oct. 1, 2018-May 20, 2019 (except Nov. 20- 30 & Dec. 21-Jan. 4). Contact donor to arrange mutually agreeable date prior to payment
Place: Donor's home, Southport, Maine
Donor: Kathy Rotondaro Stay in a stunning vacation home in Southport, Maine for one week. Enjoy this oceanfront four-bedroom, four-bath home with game/play room, patio and screened porch, all facing the roaring, crashing ocean waves. Located 5 miles from Boothbay Harbor in a very private location in the Newagen Colony which includes an Inn and dining room, wooded and waterfront trails, tennis courts and a pool (in season). Private Master bedroom suite, 4 TV’s and Bose audio system on the first floor. All linens provided. Southport is 67 miles north of the Portland airport and is a convenient spot for excursions to other mid-coast locations, such as the Pemaquid peninsula, Rock land and Camden. Occupancy Limit: 10
# Opportunities: 1
Dates available: Interested purchasers may contact donor to arrange Summer, 2019 date prior to payment
Place: Donors’ home, Southport, Maine
Donor: Kathy Rotondaro
Escape the summer heat and spend a week in cool Maine at an oceanfront home located in the Newagen Colony in Southport Maine. Enjoy the amenities of the Newagen Inn, tennis court, swimming pool and walking trails, and dine in the Inn's fine restaurant. Explore close-by Boothbay Harbor and take advantage of fine restaurants, boating and fishing excursions, golf, kayaking and the renowned Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Boothbay is a convenient jumping off point for a number of charming mid-coast towns, including Damariscotta and the Pemaquid peninsula, Rockland and Camden. See the Choose It item above for a full description of the house. Occupancy Limit: 10
#Opportunities: 1
Date: Mutually Agreeable in June, July or August, 2019
Place:Start at donor’s home, Shady Side
Donor: John Derrick
Tour by water of the West and Rhode Rivers. Boat is a 33 foot sports fisherman and can accommodate up to four for the tour.
#Opportunities: 1
Date/Time: Mutually agreeable
Donor: TC Magnotti
An opportunity to enjoy live music featuring rock and roll, beach music and the sounds of summertime at your home or appropriate party venue of your choosing. Coastal Flats, an acoustic folk/rock and jazz duo featuring Gary Hamon on piano and keyboard and Andy Garte on Guitar, flute & ukulele, will entertain you and your guests for three hours.
#Opportunities: 1
Donor: Washington Wizards
Marcin Gortat left a lasting legacy in Washington because of his work ethic. He played Center for the Washington Wizards for 5 years, 3 of which he started all 82 games. Traded in June, 2018, he is now with the Clippers. This autographed photo comes with a certificate of authenticity.
#Opportunities: 1
Donor: Boone's Automotive
Take good care of your car. Boone’s Automotive, in Deale, Md, offers a conventional oil change, tire rotation and 30-point check. A $60 value.
#Opportunities: 15
Date/Time: Sat., June 29, 2019; 6:00 pm
Place: Mary’s Mount, Harwood
Donors: Cheryl Rigdon, Prue & Tom Hoppin, June & Dean Hall, Pat Freiberg & Steve Schulman, Beth Denniston & Jerry Williams, Fendi Clagett
Sipping “shrub” on the veranda and enjoying a hayride around the historical site of Mary’s Mount will set the mood for a spectacular timeline dinner celebrating culinary dishes from it’s history, 1771 to the present. Privately owned, the tidewater telescoping house on Mary’s Mount was built for Colonel Richard Harwood and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is surrounded by 311 acres in agricultural land preservation. Dress: casual
#Opportunities: 6
Date/Time: Sat., May 18, 2019; 7:00 pm
Place: Silver Water, Shady Side
Donors: Evan Gilligan and Marc Dorman
You name it, then make it! Each guest will learn how to make   their own signature cocktail with the guidance of a professional mixologist. Each crafted cocktail will be sampled by all the guests and accompanied by an array of sunny Spanish tapas – all while enjoying the stunning sunset and the sweeping water views from the newly built Silver Water house in Shady Side.
#Opportunities: 1
Place: Pilates studio in the St. Margaret’s Road area of Annapolis
Donor: KathyRotondaro
Try Pilates with Fayann Rowe, a respected fitness educator, with a dedicated following in the Annapolis area. This gentle yet revitalizing workout is ideal for anyone looking for a safe, low impact workout. It is also the work out recommended for people facing the challenges of chronic pain, limited range of motion, arthritis, osteoporosis, scoliosis or aging. Value $140
#Opportunities: 1
Donor: The Inn at Pirates Cove
Use this coupon for a one night stay at The Inn at Pirates Cove, a small, five room motel on the grounds of Pirates Cove Restaurant. Value: $100
#Opportunities: 2
Donor:Killarney House Irish Restaurant and Pub, Davidsonville
Use this $25 certificate and dine at Killarney House, a traditional tavern featuring Irish fare.
#Opportunities: 1
Donor:Ann Sparrough
Beautifully finished large kit home decorated for Christmas. Hand-made with original art and love by the donor. Furnishings are both store-bought and estate-sale scoured. Some items are from the donor’s childhood collection and some pieces are from family friends and are over 100 years old. The Winterthur grandfather clock actually works! Please find a good home for this generously donated Choose It! item. A Collector’s Dream! Interested? The actual dollhouse may be viewed inside the Museum.

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#Opportunities: 14
Date/Time: April 27, 2019 5pm
Place: Donor's home, Shady Side, MD
Donor: Kathy Rotondaro
Enjoy drinks and aperitivos on the deck and then sit down to a professionally prepared 4 course gourmet Italian dinner with Italian wines, espresso and liqueurs in a charming waterfront setting.
#Opportunities: 8
Date/Time: Saturday, January 19, 2018; 6:30 pm
Place: Donor's home, Shady Side, MD
Donor:Alba Carbonaro Johnson
Learn how to cook (and then eat) a four course Fusion of Italian-Greek Dinner with Chef Alba, born in Naples, Italy, and raised in North Africa. Chef Alba is a cooking instructor at Whole Foods Annapolis, cookbook author, recipe writer and tester, food blogger, and leader of culinary expeditions to Italy. Recipes will be provided to take home. Bring your own favorite wine.
#Opportunities: 1
Dates Available: Two consecutive nights agreed upon by donor and purchaser
Place:Donor’s condo, 16th Street, NW, one mile north of the White House
Donors: Linda and King Jordan
Spend two nights in DC in a two bedroom, two bath condo in a 1911 Beaux-Arts building. The unit is a little more than a mile from the Smithsonian Museums and two blocks from the new 14th street corridor with many amazing restaurants including Le Diplomat, Barcelona, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and more. A ten minute walk will get you to Dupont Circle and The Phillips Collection.Every Sunday there is a huge Farmers’ Market at Dupont Circle. The area has a Walk Score of 97 and the Metro and several bus lines nearby. Sleeps 4, no more. For an additional fee, payable to the Museum, arrangements can be made for two additional nights.
#Opportunities: 11
Date/Time: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018; 10 am (rain date: Sun. Nov. 4)
Place:Slippery Slope Farm, Lothian
Donors: Eileen Stein and Cheryl Rigdon
Learn how border collies are trained to herd sheep and watch them in action - a crowd pleaser for adults and children alike. Eileen Stein, past President of the American Border Collie Association, will discuss how she trains her dogs and assesses their suitability for herding. You will also watch as a fully trained dog shows the skills needed to be a useful sheepdog, and a younger dog shows how training progresses to reach that goal. The demonstration will last about an hour and takes place in an open field. This is a stand-up event so feel free to bring a lawn chair. Light Refreshments will be served.
#Opportunities: 3
Date/Time: Arranged between October, 2018 and September, 2019
Place: Your home or office
Donor: Ginger Vanderpool, Technology Coach
Do you have computer problems you can’t solve? Want to learn how to do more with your desktop, laptop, iPhone, smartphone or tablet? Get two hours of one- on-one computer training from a patient and experienced technology coach. Use the time for yourself or give it as a unique gift for a relative or friend!
#Opportunities: 2
Date/Time: Mutually convenient time
Place: Will deliver within a 15 mile radius of Shady Side
Donor: Pat Freiberg
Having a dinner party and looking for a cold soup course? Pat Freiberg will make gazpacho soup that will serve ten people.
#Opportunities: 4
Date/Time: January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019; 11:30 am
Place: Captain Avery Museum
Donors: Ann and Rich Sparrough
Be the first to sign up for our popular Winter Luncheon Series at a discounted price! Luncheons begin with a speaker followed by the serving of delicious homemade soups, specialty breads, dessert and beverage. A $100 value.
#Opportunities: 3
Date/Time: Mutually Agreeable
Place: Will deliver within 25 miles of the Museum
Donor: Virginia Hennings
Two Quarts of Homemade Chili in your choice of Turkey, Meat Lovers, or Veggie. Can’t eat it all at once? Chili will be delivered in individual quarts so you can freeze one for later.
#Opportunities: 1
Donor: Watermark Journey
Two people can step aboard a climate controlled vessel and experience a narrated cruise of either historic Annapolis and the banks of the US Naval Academy OR the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Expires 9/29/19. A $38 value.
#Opportunities: 10
Place: Driftwood Diner
Donor: Linda Buchanan
Treat your family or give it as a gift. A $10 gift certificate to Driftwood Diner.
#Opportunities: 1
Date/Time: See description
Donor: Annapolis Symphony Orchestra
Two tickets to any 2018-2019 Masterworks Concert – your choice of Nov. 16 or 17, 2018, Mar. 1 or 2, 29 or 30, May 3 or 4, 2019. This Masterworks season celebrates the power that music lends to film, and features classical music that has become more widely known through film. Seats are in Orchestra B. For more description and specific choices visit annapolissymphony.org. Two tickets to any 2018-2019 Masterworks Concert – your choice of Nov. 16 or 17, 2018, Mar. 1 or 2, 29 or 30, May 3 or 4, 2019. This Masterworks season celebrates the power that music lends to film, and features classical music that has become more widely known through film. Seats are in Orchestra B. For more description and specific choices visit Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Value: $124
#Opportunities: 10
Donor: Ledo’s Pizza, Deale
Dine in or eat out using this $15 coupon for one large pizza, redeemable at Ledo’s Pizza located in Deale. Purchase one or several.
#Opportunities: 1
Place: Massage Studio on Cumberstone Rd., Harwood
Donor: Kathy Rotondaro
Treat yourself to a one-hour therapeutic massage by Francis Brown, a massage therapist with 25 years experience in relaxation therapies. Value: $120.
#Opportunities: 5
Place: will be available at Oyster Festival
Donor: Elaine Catterton
Yum! A crust-like taste filled with jelly from a family recipe. Twelve layers or more, with each layer as thin as a pie crust and wrapped in waxed paper to “dry” for 6-8 weeks. Elaine’s mother and grandmother made these cakes from home grown Concord grapes. These would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving meal.
#Opportunities: 3
Donor: Pirates Cove Restaurant & DockBar, Galesville
Use this $25 certificate and dine at Pirates Cove, a well-known waterfront eatery specializing in seafood, with a lounge, patio & seasonal tiki bar.