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Fun Festivals and Fabulous Shopping!

Mar 26, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren
Film Festival, Sea Glass Festival, and fabulous shopping during March Madness! Oh My! Be a multi-tasking fashionista this weekend as you shop local and get cultured while you enjoy unique arts festivals in the Annapolis Film Festival and the Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Art Festival in St. Michaels. Thank you for supporting the local economy and the arts! Read on for more details on these special events. Now that’s What’s Up!


Presented by the Annapolis Business Association, the annual March Madness sidewalk sale takes place this weekend in downtown Annapolis!  Calling all fashionistas! Tis’ the season to get your Spring wardrobe stylin’! March Madness is this Saturday and Sunday. You just might win a shopping spree worth over $600.  Register at all participating locations while you check out the latest Spring fashions at your favorite boutiques, grab a bite and brew at your favorite restaurant, watch some college hoops at your pub spot, find a great new hat for the croquet tournament, shades for the sailboat races, there’s even something fashion-forward for your four-legged best friend. There is something for everyone at March Madness! 

Visit these participating merchants and drop your business card in the box to enter to win the grand prize*:

Alpaca International | Annapolis Essentials | Annapolis Shirt Company | Blanca Flor Silver Jewelry | Brown-eyed Girl | Capital Teas | Cariloha Annapolis | Dear Annie | Hats in the Belfry | Helly Hansen | HOBO Bags | Irish Traditions | Lil' Lamb Boutique |  Lilac Bijoux | Naptown Clothing | Odyssey Massage | Paws Pet Boutique | Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom | Shades of the Bay | The Black Dog | The Spice & Tea Exchange | Wheat USA | White House Black Market

One entry per person per location. Winner must be 18+ and will be notified via email. Their name may appear on the ABA website and Facebook page. The grand prize shopping spree includes a $25 gift certificate from each participating merchant listed above. Good luck!

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Photo courtesy of Annapolis Film Festival -- Appropriate Behavior by Desiree Akhavan is a narrative film about a young woman struggling to strike the balance between becoming an ideal Persian daughter and hip young Brooklynite. Even though she feels she is not quite anything enough, she starts to find her way through self-reflection and life experiences.
The 3rd Annual Annapolis Film Festival will take place from March 26-March 29, 2015 and will feature more than 70 films including narratives and documentaries, showcases, and shorts programs. There will be films from Cambodia, the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Canada as well as the United States. This year, the festival will screen films about the African-American, Jewish, and LGBT experiences; sports, gangs, mental health, war, comedy, sailing, and much more. The festival will include film premieres, panel discussions, Q&As with filmmakers, industry guests, special showcases, and parties. Festival passes are available for $105 and allow unlimited access to films and panels throughout the festival including Opening Night festivities. Times vary based on film. Screening venues include Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, St. John’s College, St. Anne’s Parish Hall, Asbury Methodist Church, and Annapolis Elementary. For more information, call 410-263-3444 or visit


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The Eastern Shore Sea Glass & Coastal Art Festival will showcase artisans inspired by the frosted shards to create one-of-a-kind jewelry, home décor and art on March 28th and 29th in St. Michaels.. The festival will also have wine tastings, featuring Sea Glass Wine Company from Napa, California, hosted by Tilghman Island County Store. Presented by Ophiuroidea, the festival takes place March 28th 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and March 29th 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and shares the history of sea glass in the Chesapeake Bay region. Two day admission is $5 for both days, children 12 and under free, and pets are welcome too. For more information call 410-745-8057 or visit

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