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Festivals, Music, Theatre, Art, History, and Sports!

Jul 09, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren

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This weekend is chock full of festivals, music, theatre, art, history, and sports events! The Irish Festival is at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. Sweet Leda performs at the Quiet Waters Park Concert Series. Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook Off and Festival serves up good eats on the Shore. And the O’s face off against The Nats at Camden Yards. Plus, there are theatre, art, and history events too.

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Annapolis Irish Festival

Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Highway, Crownsville, MD 21032, Friday, July 10th 4 - 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 11th, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., $15-20.
St. Paddy’s Day might be more than six months away, but you can still celebrate the Emerald Isle at the Annapolis Irish Festival at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville. Enjoy plenty of food and drink, Irish dance performances, and live music. Musical acts include: Seamus Kennedy, The Gothard Sisters, Scythian, Gaelic Storm, The Rogues, Carbon Leaf, and more. The “Leprechaun Land” for kids opens Saturday and is free for ages 12 and under. Leprechaun Land features face painting, balloon sculptures and hats, fun activities, a bouncy castle, and kids music with Seamus Kennedy.

Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents opening weekend of Charles Dickens’ Classic, A Tale of Two Cities

111 Chinquapin Round Road, Annapolis, MD 21401, Friday, July 10th, 8 p.m., $50, Saturday, July 11th, 8 p.m. $30-35, Sunday, July 12th, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-35, Discounts for Seniors and Students, 410-415-2513,
This exhilarating adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel tells an epic story of vengeance and sacrifice poetically described in the famous first lines as "the best of times and the worst of times." When the French emigrant Charles Darnay returns to his native Paris to help a friend, his aristocratic past is cause for the new regime to imprison him in the infamous Bastille, where he is sentenced to death by guillotine. With time running out, Darnay's friends and family desperately try to free him before the iron falls. Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is adapted by Laura Eason and directed by Sally Boyett. Following the opening night performance on Friday, July 10th there will be an Opening Night Reception Party at Reynolds Tavern in the Courtyard where audience members can meet and greet critically acclaimed actors starring in A Tale of Two Cities and ASC professionals. The production runs through Sunday, August 2nd. In celebration of opening weekend, ASC is giving guests 10% off their ticket when they bring a friend and 20% off their ticket when they bring two friends (for advance online ticketing only). Tickets are available online at

Following is a Behind The Scenes Sneak Peek of ASC’s A Tale of Two Cities… 
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(The Bastille Scene from ASC’s production of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens; adapted by Laura Eason; starring Amy Pastoor, Brian Keith MacDonald, Patrick Truhler, Richard Pilcher, Laura Rocklyn, Joel Ottenheimer, and James Carpenter. Director: Sally Boyett, Voice/Dialect Coach: Nancy Krebs, Production Stage Manager: Sara K. Smith, Lighting Designer: Adam Mendelson, Music Arranger: Gregory Thomas Martin, Fight Choreographer: Amy Pastoor, Scenic Artist: Mariana Fernandez, Videographer: Melissa Lauren).

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Summer Concert Series at Quiet Waters Park: Sweet Leda, Quiet Waters Park

600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis, MD 21403, Saturday, July 11th, 6 - 8 p.m., Free,
Sweet Leda is powered by Julie Cymek’s sultry, commanding vocals and electrifying stage presence. The entire band packs a punch with their brand of Soulful Party Pop that always grooves. Sweet Leda is taking the diverse Mid-Atlantic music scene by storm as one of the most exciting and accomplished live acts on the rise. Sweet Leda has won the Tri-State Indie’s MD/DC Band of the Year Award not only once but three times!

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Revolutionary London Town

Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD 21037, Sunday, July 12th, 12 - 4 p.m., $5-10, 410-222-1919,
Take a look at 18th-century life during Revolutionary London Town on Sunday, July 12th at Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater. From noon to 4:30 p.m., visitors can play colonial games, chat with costumed re-enactors, and learn how to cook with a hearth. The event is free for members; $10 for adults; $9 for seniors; $5 for children 7 and over.

19th Annual Photography Show Opening Reception

Kent Island Federation of Art, 405 Main Street, Stevensville, MD 21666, Thursday, July 9th, 5 - 7 p.m., Free, 410-643-7424,
The 19th Annual Photography Show will be on display July 9th through August 1st with the opening reception on the 9th from 5 - 7 p.m. at Kent Island Federation of Art.

Photo courtesy of Troika Gallery. Distant Showers 36x44 by Kenn Backhaus is pictured.

CONCOURS d’TROIKA: The Finest of Fine Art Opening Reception

Troika Gallery, 9 South Harrison Street, Easton, MD 21601, Friday, July 10th, 5 - 8 p.m., Free, 410-770-9190,
Troika Gallery presents the best of the Eastern Shore selected artists on display July 10th through August 25th. By definition, the word concours is a “contest of elegance,” a fitting description as the walls of Troika Gallery display the crème de la crème of the region’s most elite artists. This sophisticated gallery specializes in original, classically-based fine art and offers an unparalleled array of diverse styles and media. Subjects include landscapes, marine, wildlife, still life, figures, florals, fantasy, and figures.

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Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook Off and Festival

Various locations in Downtown Cambridge, Cambridge, MD 21613, Saturday, July 11th, 5 - 10 p.m., 443-477-0843,
Calling all foodies for the 11th Annual Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook-Off and Festival! Local restaurants compete for awards from celebrity judges. Competitions include: Best Cream of Crab Soup, Best Crab Dip, Best Crab Specialty, and more. Proceeds go to the nonprofit, Cambridge Main Street and downtown revitalization.

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Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association Annual Show

Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association, 11472 Ocean Gateway, Easton, MD 21601, Thursday, July 9th through Sunday, July 12th, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., $6, 410-490-8156,
The Annual Steam Show in Easton, MD promotes the preservation of the historical Eastern Shore rural heritage, including collecting, restoring, displaying, and operating a wide variety of vintage industrial machinery and agricultural equipment. The Show includes a parade of equipment, tractor and horse pulls, music, food, demonstrations and displays, auction sales, train rides, flea markets, and crafts.

Photo Credit: Bruno Murialdo

The River Concert Series: The Music of George Frederick Handel: Sweatin’ to the Oldies Presented by Chesapeake Orchestra

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686, Friday, July 10th, 7 p.m., Prices vary, 301-848-5309,
Larry Vote, a Helen Hayes © Award Winner, will lead the Chesapeake Orchestra and River Concert Series Choir as guest conductor for the July 10th performance “The Music of George Frederick Handel: Sweatin’ to the Oldies,” which focuses on the Baroque era of the German composer. Jeffrey Silberschlag, music director and conductor of the Chesapeake Orchestra, will change hats and perform trumpet solos. Renowned tenor Jeffrey Springer, who has performed at the Chicago Lyric Opera, will sing various arias. The gates open at 5 pm with the concert beginning at 7 p.m. A new concert will be held every Friday through July 24th on the Townhouse Green of St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Concert guests are encouraged to bring a picnic or purchase food from various vendors.

Orioles vs. Nationals All Weekend!

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 33 W. Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, Friday, July 10th, 7 p.m., Saturday, July 11th, 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 12th, 1:30 p.m., Prices vary, 866-800-1275,
Go O’s! The Orioles face off against The Nationals. Root for your home team at Camden Yards!

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All American Beer Fest

Half Street Fairgrounds, 1299 Half Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003 (across from Nationals Stadium), Saturday, July 11th, 12 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 10 p.m., $35-45,
What happens when Uncle Sam and the nation’s most patriotic beer lovers celebrate Independence Day? You get The 2015 All American Beer Festival on Saturday, July 11th at the Fairgrounds! Gather your friends, rock your red, white, and blue and get ready for a day full of Star Spangled shenanigans and festivities. Admission includes unlimited tastings. Session 1 is from 12 - 4 p.m. and Session 2 is from 6 - 10 p.m.

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