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Spring Event Season is Here!

Apr 16, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren
Spring Event Season is here! An Annapolis tradition, Croquet Match – Johnnies vs. Mids, Annapolis Beer Week, a modern-classic tradition, and Earth Stewardship Days on the Eastern Shore, an inaugural environmental festival and soon-to-be Earth Day Month tradition – are all fun events celebrating Spring!

The Johnnies and the Mids vie for the coveted Annapolis Cup during this annual Rite of Spring. The croquet match brings together two starkly different institutions for an event Sports Illustrated says “has no parallel in intercollegiate sports.” Attendees dress “Great-Gatsby”-style while enjoying a lavish lawn party that includes serenades by the St. John’s Freshman Chorus and swing music provided by the Naval Academy’s Trident Bass Band. The match promises superb intercollegiate competition as well as a festive lawn party where spectators don vintage-inspired attire, enjoy lavish picnics, and swing dance to live music. Since the contest began more than three decades ago, the Johnnies have dominated, winning 25 matches out of 32. Who will win the 33rd?

The event draws approximately 2,000 spectators, many of them St. John’s College Alumni who see it as a springtime reunion, Navy families who relish a chance to cheer for their team, and regional residents who enjoy an old-fashioned community event and a visit to historic Annapolis. This year, the Johnnies and the Midshipmen continue their longstanding rivalry on the St. John’s campus front lawn on Saturday, April 18th at 1 p.m. This event is free. Rain date: Sunday, April 19. More details are available at: 

Annapolis Beer Week is April 18th through 25th, a fun week of events supporting local charities. Events include the 3rd Annual Beer Run on Saturday, April 18th, Beer and Bands at Stan & Joe’s West on Sunday, April 19th, the Maryland Chicken Wing & Beer Festival as well as the Humor, Heroes, and Hops event, both on Saturday, April 25th.

Photo courtesy of Comedy Warrior, Steve Rice.

Dates, times, and prices vary. For more information find these events online at on our Calendar of Events or visit

Eastern Shore’s Earth Stewardship Days: Rev Up The Planet

In its first year, Earth Stewardship Days: Rev Up The Planet is a month-long series of events designed to raise awareness of the importance of taking care of the Earth on the Eastern Shore.

Sea Change, Watercolor, 24x38, Greg Mort (Courtesy Photo).
Earth Stewardship Days is sponsored by Chestertown RiverArts, the Carla Massoni Gallery, the Art of Stewardship Project founded and led by Greg Mort, and the many organizations throughout the greater Chestertown area that are committed to the concept that we all have a role to play in promoting active stewardship of our planet.

Earth Stewardship Days Schedule of Events (More events are listed at

Friday, April 17th, 6 p.m.

Washington College Cherry Blossom Festival & The Washington Toho Koto Society at Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts & Martha Washington Square
Washington College welcomes Spring with its very own Cherry Blossom Festival! Together with Sandbox, the Student Environmental Alliance, the Anthropology Club, and the Asian Culture Club, the Concert Series presents The Washington Toho Koto Society in Martha Washington Square as part of its 2014-2015 Premier Artists lineup. Come enjoy beautiful music, Spring weather, Asian-style BBQ, and kid-friendly crafts and fun!

Saturday, April 18th

Downtown Chestertown’s Earth Day
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Memorial Park in downtown Chestertown

The Fifth annual Earth Day Festival includes eco-friendly services and goods, conservation and recycling info, a recycled art show, live music and family-friendly activities. Bring your one-use batteries, cfl bulbs, fluorescent tubes, vhs/dvds/cds to recycle. Free paper shredding will also be available. For more information call 443-480 -1987, 410-708-8951 or email

Kayak Trip and Trash Clean Up
1 p.m. | Eastern Neck Island at Bogel’s Wharf

Sponsored by Washington College Registration is required; email Jamie Frees at

Wednesday, April 22nd

Screening of Tapped
7 p.m. | Norman James Theater on Washington College Campus

Filmmakers examine the financial and ecological impact of the bottled water industry, including the toxic byproducts of manufacturing plastic water bottles. An important film screening on an important day – Happy Earth Day!

Have you seen this month’s What’s Up? Annapolis and What’s Up? Eastern Shore magazines? What’s Up? Media proudly continues our environmental coverage.     

“We’ll present environmental topics on a consistent basis, with the goal of helping us all make more informed decisions on [environmental] policy. We invite you to decide for yourself what makes sense,” says James Houck, Editorial Director.

Articles include Here Comes the Sun, which covers new and innovative technologies to power your home by Lisa A. Lewis and Maryland’s Earth Shattering Power Play, an article on fracking by Jonathan Yates. What’s Up? Media publications are available on newsstands and by subscription. To subscribe to our magazines visit 

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