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Weekend's Best Bets

May 10, 2012 11:42PM ● By Anonymous

On Saturday and Sunday, all of you gardeners will definitely want to head to the William Paca Garden in Annapolis. At Historic Annapolis' Paca Garden Plant Sale, you'll be able to choose from hundreds of perennials, annuals, woody plants, and vines (both heirlooms and brand new varieties). Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you select just the right plant for even the peskiest parts of your garden.

Afterwards, head to the Annapolis Maritime Museum for Box of Rain's Rock & Roast. The organization's annual fundraiser, the event features an oyster roast, delicious pit beef BBQ, an Eastport low country shrimp boil, beer, wine, and the Rock and Roast signature cocktail, the sugar magnolia. And (as if you need any more encouragement), attendees will also be treated to live and silent auctions and entertainment by The Shatners.

Over on the Shore, The Mainstay will host the world-wise band Veronneau on Saturday. With a sparkling jazz-pop sound that features elements of bossa nova, samba, swing, and gypsy jazz, the band will be joined by Annapolis-based saxophonist, Jeff Antoniuk, who also appears on their new recording.

If you're interested in some Eastern Shore family fun, though, then you'll definitely want to make your way to Galena. On Saturday, the town will celebrate its beautiful blooms with the Galena Dogwood Festival. Highlights include a baby contest, crafts, demonstrations, exhibits, and plenty of Eastern Shore food. Storybook characters will jump out of the library's books to walk in the parade, and Uncle Pete's "Got To Be Kidding" will rock the crowd with music and dance.

And, athletes take note--on Saturday The Eastern Shore Hospital Center and The Hyatt Regency of the Chesapeake Bay are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month by Sponsoring The Great Chesapeake Bay Wellness 10K Race/3K Family Walk. The event, which will be held on the beautiful River Marsh Golf Course, directly benefits patients of the ESHC.

If, however, you're looking to green up your lifestyle, then plan a trip to the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. There, the third annual Solar & Wind Expo will offer you valuable information about saving energy and money while being good to the environment. With seminars, speakers, and special exhibitions, you'll learn how to upgrade to cleaner, more Earth-friendly energy systems.