It’s been blocked on the family calendar for months in ink: “Film Fest,” it says. By now, the Koerschner kids all know the drill. Their mom, Malina, who balances two professional careers as a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker and a veterinarian, will be tough to catch; and their dad, Dan, a pilot with United Airlines, won’t be flying much. For a long weekend every March for the past six years, the Koerschners have been blocking out the days of the Annapolis Film Festival as an annual “stay-cation” and encouraging their friends and neighbors to join them on their hometown holiday.
“The kids know I’m doing movies and I’m not really around for meals,” said Malina, who buys passes before Christmas each year before the prices go up and before the schedules of her two jobs, two high-school-aged kids and other life commitments start to crowd out the weekends.
As soon as the slate of movies comes out, Malina maps out “a little adventure,” highlighting the film venues and picking out restaurants and coffee shops along the route.
“Every year, we try eating in new places; places we just don’t take time to investigate the rest of the year,” Malina said. “It really gives us a new appreciation for the town.”
She encourages clients and potential clients to attend a few films, knowing that they’ll soon be hooked.
For her and Dan, the festival has been a fun way to reconnect with the town – and each other.
“It gives us so many new things to talk about. We always leave with these conversations about what we’ve seen or who we’ve heard talk.
“It can be a dreary time and the weather can be crummy,” she said. “But it’s a perfect time to run around our town and see so many amazing things.”
Written By: Mary Grace Gallagher