A Photographic Tour of Baltimore's Star-Spangled Sailabration

by Stacy Tharp 2. July 2012

The Star-Spangled Sailabration celebrated the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner. From 1st Mariner Bank's Canton branch and headquarters, we had a fantastic view of the tall ships and naval vessels sailing into the Inner Harbor, as well as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels practicing their aviation acts. Here are some shots taken by a few of our talented employees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the first naval ships sails its way into the harbor. Hello, Sailors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tall ships from all around the world graced us with their presence during the Sailbration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uh oh...are we under attack?!

 

 

 

Nope, that's just the Urban Pirates Family Adventure Cruise...whew!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautifully lit tall ships at night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passing by Fort McHenry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The American flag of 1812.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, Canada!

 

 

 

 

Zipcars only? We may have a problem...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels zoom around the harbor in impressive formations...and they are only practicing here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The U.S. Navy's "Leap Frogs" parachute team in action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Leap Frogs come to a graceful landing in Patterson Park.

 

The 1st Mariner Bank team wishes you a safe and happy Independence Day! Be sure to read Tricks to Throwing a Budget-friendly Barbeque if you are planning a cookout!

Heat, Storms and Power Outages: Were You Prepared?

by Stacy Tharp 2. July 2012

A fallen tree causes severe damage to an Arlington, VA home.

With local temperatures blazing into the three-digit range, this large-scale power outage couldn't have come at a worse time. Now, three days after the storms that caused the outages, many are still without power, and it could be several days before power is restored. The freak storm winds knocked trees not only into power lines, but also into cars, homes and other buildings. This isn't the first time we've seen a natural disaster cause such damage and distress, and unfortunately, it won't be the last time.

At this point, the best thing you can do is ask yourself, "Was I prepared for this?" If the answer is no, it's time to prepare yourself for next time. Take a look at your current auto and home insurance policies. Do you have all the coverage you feel you need? Would you be covered by damages caused by natural disasters? If you do have all the coverage you feel you need, it is still important to shop around and gather quotes from different companies every so often to be sure you are getting the most competative rates.

Are you one of the unlucky millions without power? Whether you are lucky enough to be reading this from your air conditioned home, or if you are sitting in your running car, reading this from your phone as it is charging, everyone should take a look at these gadgets that are helpful during power outages. One of our favorites from this list: a solar cell phone charger (so you don't have to keep your car running).

How is your food situation right now? If your power has been out for three days, do you have to throw out everything in your fridge? Here is a great guide to which foods are safe to keep and which should be discarded.

With this severe weather, your best solution to staying safe from the heat is to escape to a place that has air conditioning (shopping mall, movie theater, friend's house, etc.) When you are at home, stay in the lowest level of your home where it will be the coolest, and drink lots and lots of water, even if you aren't thirsty.

Here are some additional power outage and heat safety resources:

And once you know you are safe:

Tricks to Throwing a Budget-friendly Barbeque

by Renee' Anderson 29. June 2012

4th of July Fireworks I love entertaining at my house, but it can be expensive to feed my clan! That doesn't stop me from having a great summertime BBQ; I just find creative ways to keep the costs low.

With Independence Day just around the corner, here are some tips on throwing a backyard bash without breaking the bank:

1. If someone asks to bring something, LET THEM (sodas, side salad, dessert or their signature dish)!

2. Buy in bulk and buy at the right places. First get organized and make a list of exactly what you need (paper products, food. drinks, etc.), then plan your shopping trips accordingly. If you're unorganized, you're more likely to get frustrated and just start throwing stuff in your cart or rushing to grab things at the last minute without taking price into account. So, make a list, plan out your stops, cut coupons for each location if you can, and don't deviate from the plan unless absolutely necessary.

3. Buy small dinner plates. The bigger the plate, the more food people will take (and not necessarily eat it all)! Your guests can always go back for more if they are still hungry.

4. Plan a menu that will allow you to feed a lot of people with inexpensive foods. Here are some suggestions:

  • Hamburgers (make your own patties for cheaper AND better tasting burgers)
  • Hot dogs
  • BBQ (beef or pork from a wholesale club)
  • Cole slaw and potato salad are good, inexpensive sides if you make them youself.
  • Fruit can be expensive, so instead of making a fruit salad, just pick up one big melon to cut up.
  • Don't go crazy on desserts. A lot of people won't even eat dessert of a hot day, so a batch of brownies will do just fine. You can spice your brownies up by simply adding some cream cheese, sugar and chocolate chips.

Encourage people to bring their favorite backyard games, and make sure you get as much prep done before the party as possible so you can enjoy the party yourself!

For grilling recipes, 4th of July decorating ideas and more, view our 4th of July Pinterest board.

For a list of Maryland 4th of July events, click here.

If you are traveling for the holiday, be sure to read Traveling Tips: keep the costs low and the fun level high.



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