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Sunshine and Good Times

Apr 23, 2014 01:15PM ● By Jake Russell
By Jake Russell

Take advantage of what is expected to be a beautiful weekend by enjoying some of the many events going on around the area through Sunday.

We have sorted our favorite events by category. Enjoy!

Special Events:

Spring into sailing season at the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show at the Annapolis City Dock from Friday through Sunday at 10 a.m. Show highlights include nearly 80 new and brokerage sailboats on display, more than 100 nautical exhibitors and pro surf shops, Cruisers University boating courses, in-water demonstrations, door prizes, Friday networking party, and much more.

Annapolis Towne Centre will be hosting the Earth, Water, and Faith Festival on Sunday from 2-4:30 p.m. In honor of Earth Day, the Chesapeake Interfaith Environmental Group and Chesapeake Bay Foundation put this event together to celebrate environmental awareness. The event will be filled with kids activities and exhibits, community groups, music, e-cycling inside Whole Foods, and paper shredding next to Gordon Biersch.

For the first time ever, local bacon lovers and connoisseurs alike get to rejoice at the Maryland Bacon Festival, which is taking place at Rash Field in Baltimore on Saturday from 12-10 p.m. There will be over 30 of the area’s top restaurants and food trucks on hand, bacon cooking demonstrations and contests, a children’s zone, full service bars, and loads of bacon samples. Live music will be performed by Pasadena, Bumpin Uglies, Bond & Bentley, The Grilled Lincolns, Wise Eyes, and the Tommy McGee Band.

The 44th Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival will take place Friday through Sunday at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. Approximately 1,200 different wildfowl carvings of decorative art pieces and hunting decoys will be on display. Visitors can enjoy birding excursions, seminars, children’s activities, and an auction benefitting the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art.

The Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater will hold its annual benefit “A Privateer Party” Friday from 6-10 p.m. Relish some delicious food and refreshments from the area’s top caterers and take part in live and silent auctions.


The Arundel Vocal Arts Society is hosting its 31st Annual Spring Concert “Let’s Dance” at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis on Saturday at 7 p.m. with performances from the Bayside Big Band and members of the Severna Park Community Center dancers.

Take in the Annapolis Chamber Players Spring Concert & Tea in the gardens of the Charles Carroll House of Annapolis on Saturday at 2 p.m. It’s a great way to enjoy a relaxing spring afternoon.

9th Annual Bands on the Bay will take place at Herrington on the Bay in Rose Haven on Sunday from 1-6 p.m. Party all afternoon right on the Chesapeake Bay with the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders music from the Doug Segree Band and Caribbean steel drumming by Orlando Phillips. There will be live and silent auctions with items including sports tickets, sports and entertainment memorabilia, handcrafted items and more. The event, which has raised more than $1 million over the last seven years, benefits the Hunter Nelson Sturge-Weber Center at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Chesapeake College’s Todd Performing Arts Center will host the Queen Anne's Chorale's Annual Spring Gala: Pirates Plus! at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. There, you can take in the sounds of the high seas and learn about sailing, pirate terms and a pirate who has ties to Kent Island.

Arts and Crafts:

The Spring Craft Festival will occur Saturday and Sunday at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville. Browse some of the best homemade arts and crafts from some of the top artists in the area.

More than 250 artisans from throughout the country will be on hand at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium from Friday through Sunday. The festival will showcase their latest works in pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, wood, leather, photography and more. Also taking place will be interactive demonstrations, live music, food, and children’s shows.

Partners in Care is holding its 12th Annual Spring Extravaganza Jewelry & Craft Show at Historic Baldwin Hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On display and sale will be estate and costume jewelry from the Partners in Care “collection” and offerings from 20 jewelry and craft vendors. Admission and parking are free and refreshments will be served.


Walk for a cause at Annapolis Towne Centre on Thursday night from 6-8 p.m. during Walk for Wishes, a benefit event for Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. The day consists of family festivities with great music, face painting, balloon art and some surprises.

Maryland SPCA's 19th Annual March for the Animals Walk-a-thon and Festival will take place at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore on Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event raises funds to protect thousands of pets going through the Maryland SPCA every year. The 1.5 course includes pet contests, an agility course, pet demonstrations, entertainment and training classes.

Help aid in the fight against multiple sclerosis by taking part in Walk MS 2014 on Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Power Plant Live! in Baltimore. The walk raises funds for MS research and programs.

America's VetDogs will put in its 4th Annual Annapolis 5K and Dog Walk at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Join Naval Academy Midshipmen on the walk in support guide and service dogs who aid our disabled veterans and active duty military members.

Playoffs?? You’re talking about playoffs??

The Washington Wizards are on a miraculous run so far. Having captured the first two games of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on the road against the Chicago Bulls, the Wizards will be playing their first home NBA Playoff game since 2008 (a span of 2,184 days) at the Verizon Center for Game 3 on Friday night at 8 p.m. Washington will play Game 4 on Sunday at 1 p.m.

More Eastern Shore Fun:

Talbot County Free Library in Easton will host International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This free and educational event will teach bird lovers of all ages about the flying friends that live in our community. The library will be collaborating with Pickering Creek Audubon Center. Scales to Tales will also present a live bird of prey demonstration.

From Friday through Sunday, kite enthusiasts will revel in the 20th Annual Maryland International Kite Expo, an exposition showcasing some of the best kite flyers in the world along the beaches of Ocean City. There will be exhibitions and demonstrations, stunt and power kite lessons, and free kids games and activities.

Layton's Chance Winery in Vienna will have an evening of food, wine, and silent auction items during the Chicone Longhouse Fundraiser and Silent Auction on Friday from 6-9 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance and go toward the building and maintenance of an authentic Native American Dwelling House (Longhouse).

Celebrate spring Salisbury style at the 32nd Annual Salisbury Festival from Friday through Sunday. The festival is free of charge and is filled with entertainment from local musicians, food, games, shopping, kids activities, carnival rides, and more. The event helps support local non-profit organizations.

To view more events occurring this weekend, please browse our online calendar. Be sure to also follow What’s Up? on Twitter and like us on Facebook.