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Weekend's Best Bets

May 25, 2012 09:17PM ● By Anonymous

Here's what we have going on.

As you may have noted, Annapolis is currently in the midst of the U.S. Naval Academy's Commissioning Week. Fortunately for us, it brings a lot of fun stuff with it. You can read more about it here.

On Sunday, the Light House Shelter will hold the Flip Flop Fiesta at Sarles Boatyard & Marina. A fun, flip-flop wearing event, the fiesta features live music by A Classic Case, a raffle for four fun packages each valued at $250 or more, and flip flop contests. Prizes will be awarded for the silliest, sexiest, and cutest. 100% of the proceeds will go to the shelter.

Over on the Shore, Chestertown is hosting its annual Tea Party Festival. A wonderful family-friendly way to spend a weekend, some of its highlights include a parade down Main Street, a classic distance run for early risers, an amazingly creative raft race (with some truly spectacular sinkings), live demonstrations of colonial life, and an historical reenactment of the town's tossing of the tea. With more than 100 vendors of colonial craftsmanship, local musicians, and plenty of food, you'll always find something to do. And you might even see me there!

If that doesn't sound like quite your thing, though, then you may want to head to Dorchester County. Just outside of Cambridge, Beckwith United Methodist Church will hold its annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday. The event features plenty of fresh berries and strawberry pies, along with non-strawberry culinary delights and a large outdoor flea and crafts market.

Want to dedicate some time to Memorial Day? Head to Camden Yards on Sunday, where the Orioles will recognize those stationed at Ft. Meade. Prior to the game, they'll host the Armed Forces Color Guard from the Military District of Washington and the U.S. Army Drill Team, 3rd U.S. Army Infantry Regiment. A U.S. Army Field Band Soldier will sing the national anthem, and the starting lineup will recognize Ft. Meade service members. Garrison Commander Col. Ed Rothstein will throw out the first pitch.

And, back in Anne Arundel County, Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa will host its Memorial Day Weekend. Taking place through Monday, the event is open to attendees of all ages, and features live entertainment, food for the kids, delicious breakfast buffets, and much more.