Ahhh...Active Rain Meet Ups Are Worth They're Weight In Gold!!!...Maryland Meet Up

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Ahhh...Active Rain Meet ups Are Worth They're Weight In Gold!!!....Maryland Meet Up

 AR Meet Up

Today was Active Rain Meet Up day for us in Maryland and it was a delight. Margaret Woda and I rode together and arrived a little early so we decided to sit at the bar and have a celebration drink while we waited. But alas just as our drinks arrived so did lots of other AR attendees and the party began. Unbeknown to us Margaret Rome was already in the dining area but it wasn't long before she found us and gathered us to the tables.

There were 15 of us this time around and some were new attendees that I am thrilled made the trip. Andrea Bedard arrived from the Silver Spring area and Diane Phillips came down from Westminster (about an hour away). I have subscribed to them for what seems like forever but this was our first face to face.

Margaret Rome so graciously coordinated this meet up AND the great networker she is she invited one of her clients who has started a business. It was really nice meeting the former owner of the cantilevered house that Margaret blogged about so many times.

Rich was the sole male attendee this time round and was teased about he and his harem. Too funny. It was nice he took the time to attend as today was his wedding anniversary to his bride of 42 years. And I am sure if she knew there was only going to be him and the rest all women she may have cried foul on such a special day.
G&M Crab cake

G&M Restaurant has delightful crab cakes and the best I have eaten in a long time not to mention they are huge! It was quite the perfect treat for a rainy day lunch. Maryland food at it's finest. Our waitress was delightful and handled us crazy AR friends quite well although I was a bit disappointed in some of the other staff members. Crabby would be the best way to describe them. Oh well... they need to learn how to do Margarets 'I do not do upset'. Maybe another time.

So who was there for this great get together of AR alumni? Margaret Rome, our hostess, Margaret Woda, Ellie McIntire, Bridget McGee, Andrea Bedard, Hillary Gibbons, June Piper-Brandon,Valerie Kuester, Diane Phillips, Rich Iarossi, me and some new, I am sure, soon to be AR members.

Ahhh..... Active Rain  meet ups are worth they're weight in Gold!!...Maryland Meet Up

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About the Author Martha Brown- As a third generation Annapolitan I love to write about my experiences in and out of the real estate market. Licensed since 1992 all with Long & Foster I am a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and a Seller Representation Specialist (SRS) whose passion is homes in the Annapolis MD area and surrounding communities. My goal is to help my clients understand the real estate market and to then make sound real estate decisions. 


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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Sneeky spam(#12) = 10 points ! Had I known about those Crab Cakes I would have grabbed Cal Yoder and come down !!! But I did watch the Orioles game last nite !

Apr 18, 2012 10:33 PM #14
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Can you Federal Express two of those crab cakes to go? Good seeing Rich relaxing with the AR girls too

Apr 18, 2012 11:09 PM #15
Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc. - Manchester, MD
Specializing in Carroll Co., MD

Martha ~ It was a joy meeting you. I'm glad we had a few minutes to chat. I'm so glad I went, already looking forward to the next one. : )

Apr 19, 2012 12:49 AM #16
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

Was I really there? That final photo I always escape. However YOU SPELLED MY NAME WRONG.

Apr 19, 2012 02:40 AM #17
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Great photos from the MEETUP. I always enjoy meeting fellow ActiveRain bloggers.

Apr 19, 2012 04:38 AM #18
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

OMG, those are crab cakes? They look so good! Great photos of your Meet-up.                             

Apr 19, 2012 07:12 AM #19
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

Tim- so glad you got to yours. They are a delight for sure.

Margaret- I loved seeing you as well. Special hug for sure. :0) Thank you for the phone call and for setting up the meet up.

Jeff- Can't wait until May. I think I may have something enjoyable set up for you to see Annapolis

Andrea- Agreed. Whats nice is there will ALWAYS be another one not far away

Sally- Oh my- I would love to visit Hawaii and if the opportunity ever arises you will be the first person I will want to see. :0)

Lanre- Oh my....you were having a time of it. Hopefully next time you can attend and we can finally meet.

Aaron- Well if there is none scheduled you need to schedule yourself. They are so fun and great meeting our local blogging friends. You will not be disappointed.

Debbie- I saw you had attended one but two...wow that had to be awesome

Phil- Margaret certainly is. She has a heart that stretches for miles and a personality that brightens any room.

Michael- Thanks for catching that spam and getting rid of it. Next time I hope to see you there! :0)

Richie- I must say they were delicious and the best I have had for sometime. :0)

Diane- I am so glad you joined us. Another one is just around the corner as I am planning one for a California AR blogging celebrity who is heading this way for the convention!

Ellie- I know you always leave too soon. Somehow we have to get you to stay a bit longer. BTW- I corrected the spelling. :0)

Eileen- I do too. Hopefully you attended one by you

Sandy- Yep- crab cake extraordinaire for sure. And they were sooooo good. :0)



Apr 19, 2012 08:22 AM #20
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Hi Martha....looks like you had a great time.... the crab cake looks wonderful.....

Apr 19, 2012 09:34 AM #21
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Martha, thank you for sharing, sounds like you had a lot of fun, and the picture makes me hungry, I hope it was as good as it looks.

Apr 19, 2012 09:48 AM #22
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

Oh boy sounds like fun! I've spoken to Margaret Rome and Margaret Woda lately. And today we had our own very small meet up that I'll be blogging about later.


Apr 19, 2012 10:18 AM #23
Jim Patton
Century 21 M&M - 209-404-0816 - Turlock, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus & Merced county Realtor.

Hi Martha it looks like you guys had a good time.   That crabcake looks delicious, my mouth was watering.   thanks for sharing.

Apr 19, 2012 10:27 AM #24
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

I haven't been to a "meet up," but I met up with a bunch of agents from around the country in Atlanta for the RETSO convention. Loved hanging with them all!

Apr 19, 2012 10:30 AM #25
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I agree, Martha!  I've attended one formal ActiveRain meetup.  And I have had less formal lunches several times with agents here on AR.  It is so neat to be able to sit down and have a conversation without needing to type it:-)

Apr 19, 2012 11:02 AM #26
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Martha - ActiveRain meetups are such great opportunities to network and just so much fun.

Apr 19, 2012 12:30 PM #27
Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee
Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061 - Baltimore, MD
Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068

Martha, It was awesome to see you.  I am already looking forward to next month's meetup in Annapolis!

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Apr 19, 2012 01:29 PM #28
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Martha, it looks like a fun time was had by all. That crab cake looks delicious and I don't even eat crab.

Apr 19, 2012 01:46 PM #29
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
That crab cake looks like it may be as good as a Stoney's crab cake in Prince Frederick MD!
Apr 19, 2012 06:23 PM #30
Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

How wonderful!! It looks like everyone is having a GREAT time. Now I am off to check out Margaret's post! ☺

Apr 19, 2012 10:59 PM #31
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

There were a lot of these around yesterday.  I am glad you had a good time!

Apr 20, 2012 01:54 AM #32
Aaron Eden
Tucson, AZ

@Martha on #21:  Hey thanks! Now, that gave me a nice idea. 

Apr 26, 2012 06:49 PM #33
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