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Nov 07, 2011 10:45PM ● By Anonymous

Now, if you spend enough time around Annapolis, it won't take you long to learn that there's a subversive rivalry between the state capital and Eastport. And, this weekend, the two factions try to settle their differences.

Marking the 13th anniversary of their symbolic civil war, Tug of War 2011 gives residents the chance to release some tension, and earn some bragging rights. The largest over-water tug in the world, this event features a 1,700 foot rope, over 450 tuggers, and more than 1,000 spectators. This Saturday is your chance to be one of them.

Tug of War 2011 takes place at the crack of noon at City Dock on one end and at the Spa Creek End of Second Street on the other. But, the festivities don't end there. There are also performances by lots of talented musicians including The Michael McHenry Tribe, The Oyster Boys, The Uncle Jack Band, Dean Rosenthal, Sweet Leda, as well as plenty of delicious food, not to mention a chili-cook off.

Visit the Maritime Republic of Eastport's website to find out more.

But, if you're not feeling particularly combative, I'd suggest heading to the Centre for the Arts in Centreville.

There, on Saturday at 7 p.m., famed hammered dulcimer player Maggie Sansone and a few other talented musicians will perform a Celtic New Year benefit concert for the Centre's Building Fund. Maggie will be joined by Andrea Hoag on fiddle, Pate Egan on guitar and vocals, Matt Bell on bodran and percussion, and Irish Step Dancer, Regan Riley.

At the concert, attendees will get to nibble on great food inspired by the Emerald Isle, and will have access to a cash bar. And, if you go, be sure to sick around for the after party with the band. Tickets are $30 in advance, and $35 at the door. Find out more by clicking here.

If you've set your sights on getting out of the area, though, then you might want to point them towards D.C. Beginning this weekend, the city is hosting the fourth annual FotoWeek DC.

FotoWeek DC is a photography festival intent on changing the way the world sees Washington, and the way attendees see their worlds. The event features week-long exhibitions by professional and award-winning photographers, lectures and workshops by the leading names in the industry, portfolio reviews, and opportunities to mix and mingle with photographers, collectors, and curators, and competitions. Do you really need more reasons to go?

Get the full details about FotoWeek here.

But, as usual, whatever you choose to do this weekend, have a tremendous time.