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Mar 30, 2012 09:06PM ● Published by Anonymous

Tomorrow night, Calico Jack, a maritime music duo made up of Bay songsters Paul Diblasi and Janie Meneely, will celebrate the release of their new CD, Living by the River at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. 

The latest in a long line of Chesapeake-oriented Calico Jack records, Living by the River celebrates the area's traditions, maritime history, and characters. The album is filled with stories gathered from the artists' time adrift the Chesapeake. The release party will feature a performance by Calico Jack.

If you're interested in taking in some theater, check out Colonial Players' performance of The Spitfire Grill. Set in the podunk tiny town of Gilead, WI, the musical has a distinctive bluegrass and country music flavor. It tells the story of Percy Talbott, a battered young Appalachian woman, recently released from prison. Gradually, Percy's love of Gilead and her insurmountable spirit bring self-respect and optimism back to Gilead.

Over on the Shore, the Chester River Chorale will present its spring concert, "L'Chaim! To Life!"on Saturday and Sunday at the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre.

Celebrating American music with Jewish roots, the performance features the Alexandria Kleztet, an award-winning, authentic klesmet band, soloists from the Chorale, and cantor Gary Schiff. In a program ranging from sacred songs to Broadway hits, "L'Chaim! To Life!" celebrates and heralds the new season.

Music spreads throughout the Shore this weekend, though, so if you're based too far away from Chestertown, fear not. The Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition is taking place, too.

Featuring five world-class ensembles competing for one of the world's largest chamber music prizes, the competition artists selected from applicants nationwide. They represent some of the finest young chamber music performers in the world, including the Axiom Brass Quintet, the Russian Trio, the Calidore String Quartet, the Sun-Silverstien-Lyon Trio, and the Quartet LaMi.

Performances take place at the Avalon Theatre on Saturday, and at venues throughout Easton and Cambridge on Sunday. Prices vary; see website for details.

Any brides out there? Then Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa is the place for you.

On Sunday, the popular wedding destination is hosting its bridal show, featuring some of the area's finest vendors. The show will be lined with florists, bakers, DJs, and more. Brides and their guests will get to sample culinary delights, listen to live music, and envision their perfect wedding day.

If you're not getting married, though, then you may want to head to the Hammond-Harwood House. On Sunday, the 18th-century gem will reopen for the season. Opening day admissions discounts will be offered, and free postcards will be handed out with every purchase.

Of course, if you're looking for some Final Four basketball, then check out our guide of places to watch the games. Or you can plan your own party.

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