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The Best Of Party! Shakespeare Play and Seafood Festival!

Jun 25, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren
The Best Of Party! hosted by What’s Up? is hours away. The event is SOLD OUT! Come see us at BAROAK for the afterparty at 9 p.m. Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s closing weekend of The Two Gentleman of Verona is Helen Hayes Awards Recommended featuring critically-acclaimed professional actors and a cute pup! Tilghman Island’s Seafood Festival is this Saturday and benefits the Tilghman Volunteer Fire Department. 

Best Of Party!

Presented by What’s Up? Media, Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, Thursday, June 25th, 6-9 p.m., $65-120, 410-266-6287,
What’s Up? Media presents the Best of Party 2015: Winners Tonight, Sailor’s Delight 6-9 p.m. tonight! The event is SOLD OUT! What’s Up? Media looks forward to celebrating the Best of Annapolis, Eastern Shore, and West County. Wear your best sailing whites. The Awards Ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy freshly prepared food and drink samples from over 25 of the best local restaurants, quality giveaways from the best local businesses, entertainment and music, and a silent auction benefitting local charities. Plus, there will be a prize awarded to the guest wearing the wildest sailing themed sunhat. There is even an After Party at Baroak Cookhouse and Taproom at Loews Annapolis Hotel. Advance tickets are $65, door tickets are $80, VIP tickets are $120 (VIP ticket includes complimentary valet parking, unlimited drinks, access to VIP room, and a VIP Swag Bag). For tickets visit

If you can’t make it to the party you can still participate in the Best Of Party Silent Auction!

The Silent Auction will benefit the following local organizations: (Anne Arundel Medical CenterFriends of Anne Arundel County Animal Control,  Maryland Theatre for the Performing ArtsChesapeake Bay Maritime MuseumYWCA,  and South River Federation)

Silent Auction Categories Include: Boating, Experiences, Fashion & Jewelry, Health & Beauty, Home, Pets, Restaurant & Food, and even Technology! With a total of 100 items up for bid there is something for everyone!  

Online Bidding is Now Live

This year, our silent auction will take place online. This means you can bid straight from your smart phone or other mobile device!
Just self-register at BIDPAL.NET/BESTOFPARTY2015.

Start bidding early!

When the auction closes, a list of the items you won will appear on your phone. Look for the Silent Auction Check-out Table to receive your items.

Photo credit: Joshua McKerrow

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s The Two Gentleman of Verona

Thursday, June 25th, 8 p.m., Friday, June 26th, 8 p.m., Saturday, June 27th, 8 p.m., Sunday, June 28th, 3 p.m., 111 Chinquapin Round Road, Annapolis, MD 21401, $30-35, 410-415-3513,
Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s closing weekend of The Two Gentleman of Verona is Helen Hayes Awards Recommended featuring critically-acclaimed professional actors and a cute pup! Valentine and Proteus are best friends until they fall in love with the same girl. Misadventure and a case of mistaken identity make for an amusing play acted by classically trained Shakespearian actors. Julie stars as Crab the dog and is a bonafide scene stealer.

Tilghman Island Seafood Festival

Tilghman Volunteer Fire Department, 5996 Tilghman Island Road, Tilghman, MD 21671, Saturday, June 27th, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Prices vary, 
The Tilghman Island Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Summer Seafood Festival starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 27th, 2015. Seafood to be served includes: steamed crabs, soft crabs, crab cakes, fried clams, steamed cherry stone clams, steamed shrimp, fish sandwiches, corn on the cob, BBQ, and more. Children’s activities and games, nautical artisans, and craft vendors are part of the festivities. Live music begins at noon. Crab race starts at 2 p.m. and Fireman’s Parade is at 3 p.m. Skipjack cruises will be available at Dogwood Harbor. All proceeds go to the Tilghman Volunteer Fire Department. For more information visit

More Events Include…

Tides and Tunes Concert: The Shatners

Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Annapolis, MD 21403, Thursday, June 25th, 8 p.m., Free-$10 Suggested Donation, 410-295-0104,
The Annapolis Maritime Museum offers 10 weeks of free Thursday night concerts at their beach-side venue. The series is every Thursday now through Thursday, August 20th. This Thursday features music from The Shatners. Concerts are 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Admission is free, however, a donation of $10 per person is suggested. Food and drink is available for sale. Please bring your own blanket or chair but please do not bring your own coolers/beverages, proceeds from beverage sales supports their education program in Title1 schools. For more information, please visit:  Be sure to check the website if weather is a concern the day of the concert.

The Unseen Chesapeake: Capturing the Bay’s Wild, Forgotten Landscapes

Forgotten Landscapes, Jay Fleming Photography Show Opening Reception, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 213 North Talbot Street, St. Michaels, MD 21663, Thursday, June 25th, 5:30 p.m., Free, 410-745-2916,
Chesapeake photographer Jay Fleming’s work will be featured in a new, temporary exhibition at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The Unseen Chesapeake: Capturing the Bay’s Wild, Forgotten Landscapes opens to the general public this Thursday, June 25, 2015. The exhibition is free for CBMM members or with general museum admission. The show continues through November 20, 2015. The Unseen Chesapeake features a selection of photographs from Fleming, all captured in or along the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, and can be seen in the Van Lennep Auditorium of the museum’s Steamboat Building. The images document the Chesapeake’s seldom-seen animals, vistas, and traditions encountered by Fleming, from techniques like oyster nippering to a close-up look at a recent Bay newcomer, the pelican. A CBMM members-only meet and greet with the photographer will take place from 5:30–6:30 p.m. with an opening reception for the general public from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase signed prints of Fleming’s works at the event. To RSVP for the member meet and greet, email CBMM’s Membership Manager Debbie Collison at or call 410-745-4991. For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916. Look for Jay Fleming's photography featured in the July 2015 What's Up? Sourcebook, which is distributed this week.

State of the Rivers Party

Presented by Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, Cambridge Yacht Club, 1 Mill Street, Cambridge, MD 21613, 443-385-0511,
Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) will present results from their 2014 Report Card at a State of the Rivers Party. Miles-Wye Riverkeeper Jeff Horstman and Choptank Riverkeeper Matt Pluta, along with other experts and educators from MRC’s staff, will explain and interpret results derived from extensive monitoring done last year. Scientists and MRC’s 50 Creekwatcher volunteers collected water quality samples at over 100 sites in sampling jurisdictions on the Choptank River, Miles River, Wye River, Tred Avon River, Tuckahoe River, Harris Creek, Broad Creek, Island Creek, La Trappe Creek, and Eastern Bay on the southern tip of Kent Island. The State of the Rivers Party is free and open to the public. Enjoy the waterfront view from the River Room at the Cambridge Yacht Club located in the scenic, historic city of Cambridge. Light refreshments will be served. A delicious dinner menu will be available for those who wish to purchase a meal after the State of the Rivers Party.

Imagination Movers

Maryland Zoo, 1876 Mansion House Drive, Baltimore, MD 21217, Sunday, June 28th, 1 p.m., Prices vary, 410-396-7102,
Get ready to laugh, sing, and dance along with the Emmy-award winning stars of a hit Disney channel series, The Imagination Movers! This rockin’ family-friendly concert will take place at the Zoo’s Waterfowl Lake Pavilion. Doors open at 12 p.m. and the fun begins at 1 p.m.

Nationals vs. Braves

Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003, Thursday, June 25th, 4 p.m., 202-675-6287,
Root for the Nationals as they take on The Braves!

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