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Taylor Swift + Cecil County Food & Wine Festival

Jul 16, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren

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That’s A Wrap! What’s Up? Re-Cap covers Taylor Swift’s concert. Cecil County Food & Wine Festival is this weekend! Get cultured with Summer Garden Theater and Plein Air Easton Art Festival. Escape and enjoy musical therapy by Guster and local acts at Artscape – must-see events that are just a stone’s throw away!

That’s A Wrap! What’s Up? Re-Cap: Taylor Swift

By Guest Blogger Deneen Mercer, WU? Accounting Staffer and Music Lover 
Edited by: Melissa Lauren

This week Guest Blogger Deneen Mercer, What’s Up? Accounting Staffer and Music Lover talks about her Taylor Swift concert experience. National Park was full of adoring fans all aglow Tuesday, July 15th. The concert was sold-out and the crowd enjoyed a Taylor-made show with entertaining surprises.

When we first walked into National Park they gave us clear bracelets. They told us right before the concert started to take the plastic piece out of the wristband. Taylor Swift came out onstage and opened with Welcome to New York. Suddenly, the bracelets of 25,000 all lit up at once and started pulsing to the beat of the music and the lasers. It made the stadium look like there were fireflies everywhere. White light uplit all of the people and the colors of the light were synched up matching the lighting design of the show. It was a gorgeous effect!

Taylor Swift played all of her hits from her latest release, 1989. The crowd sang along word for word with Taylor on Bad Blood and many other tunes too. She had male and female backup dancers with cool and complicated choreography. They utilized the long catwalk a lot of times, which was great for the audience to get that much closer to their star. Read More

Cecil County Food & Wine Festival

North East Community Park, 2288 W. Pulaski Highway, North East, MD 21901, Saturday, July 18th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., $10-25, 443-687-9463,
Enjoy wine tastings, wine by the glass or bottle, great food, live music, shopping the craft vendors and beautiful views of the Northeast River. Bring a chair or blanket to sit under a tree, at the water’s edge. Local eateries from Cecil County will serve their favorite dishes this year. Sample flavors from some of the best menus our area has to offer. What would a celebration be without music? The 2015 event will feature a unique blend of jazz and swing performers to guide our celebration with smooth sounds.

More Events Include…

AA County:

Thursday Night with the Stars: Eastport Oyster Boys
Annapolis City Dock, 1 Dock Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, Thursday, July 16th, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Free,
This concert will feature The Eastport Oyster Boys, Annapolis's own "Musical Goodwill Ambassadors," who celebrate life on the shores of the bay with a mix of musical styles including Island Rhythms, Folk, Swing and some good old Rock n' Roll. City Dock will be alive with the sounds of our performing artists in the summer music series hosted by the City of Annapolis Art in Public Places Commission. Every Thursday evening from 6:30-8 p.m. visitors and residents will be able to enjoy the sounds of the area's finest musicians. The harbor views aren't so bad either. So bring your favorite comfy chair (chairs are provided) and enjoy an early evening of musical entertainment.

Catch Me If You Can
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, 143 Compromise Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, Weekly Thursday and Friday now through Friday, July 24th, 8:30 p.m., $22, 410-268-9212,
Catch Me If You Can is a high-flying criminal caper based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it. A teenager named Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. runs away from home in search of a glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination, and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer—living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when this globe-trotting con artist catches the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl pursues Frank across the country. Along the way, the two forge an unlikely friendship and discover a surprising way to work together. Filled with jazzy music, high-energy dance numbers, and a riveting story, this big, bright new musical was created by a Tony Award-winning “dream team”, with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime) and a swinging score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray).

Bari Leigh
Union Jack’s Annapolis, 2072 Somerville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401, Friday, July 17th, 5-7 p.m., Free, 410-266-5681,
Southern Rock artist, Bari Leigh, will be performing songs in support of her debut album, Tonight, I’m Unchained, at Union Jack's. CBS’s Entertainment Tonight calls Leigh a “buzzworthy artist” who is “set to explode with her infectious mix of Pop, Country, Blues and Soul.” All ages are welcome. For more information go to

Eastern Shore:

Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival’s Collectors Preview Party
Academy Art Museum, 106 South Street, Easton, MD 21601, Friday, July 17th, 7-9 p.m., Prices vary, 410-822-7297,
The Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival’s Collectors Preview Party celebrates the 2015 festival with competition paintings, including the awards winners. The paintings will remain on display in the Academy galleries throughout the weekend even when they’re sold. This gives everyone visiting Plein Air Easton the opportunity to see the entire show all weekend. For more information on the variety of events associated with the Plein Air Easton Art Festival going on now through Sunday, July 19th visit

Kent County Fair
21349 Tolchester Beach Road, Chestertown, MD 21620, Thursday, July 17th through Sunday, July 19th, 9 a.m.-11 p.m., $2, 410-778-1661,
A traditional rural county fair, the Kent County Fair offers a wide variety of activities, food, entertainment, agricultural education and fun for the whole family. A nominal admission includes all entertainment and exhibits.

Unnatural Nature: Works by Howard and Mary McCoy
Adkins Arboretum, 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely, MD 21660, Now through Wednesday, September 30th (Tues-Sat), 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $2-5, 410-634-2847,
On view through September 30th, Unnatural Nature is the McCoy's ninth outdoor sculpture show at the Arboretum since 1999. Using only natural materials collected in the woods, they have created ten site-specific sculptures, each inspired by a particular place in the forest.

These events are just A Stone’s Throw Away! Look for this logo in What’s Up? Magazine’s Out and About section. These events may not be in your backyard but we think they are just close enough and way cool – so cool in fact, you won’t want to pass them up!

Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center, 140 West Mt. Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21401, Friday, July 17th through Sunday, July 19th, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Free, 410-752-8632,
Artscape is one of Baltimore’s largest free arts festivals. Artscape features more than 150 fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, including exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, art cars, photography, and the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize; incredible live concerts on outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, film, experimental music, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; family events such as hands-on projects, demonstrations, competitions, children's entertainers, and street theater; and a delicious, international menu of food and beverages that is available throughout the festival site.

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Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, VA, 22182, Thursday, July 16th, 8 p.m., $32-45, 1-877-965-3872,
Since forming at Tufts University in 1992, Guster has become one of the leading Indie/Alternative bands, releasing seven critically acclaimed albums in 20 years, starting with Parachute in 1995. Evermotion (to be released on their own Ocho Mule label through Nettwerk Records) is the follow-up to 2010’s Easy Wonderful, which earned the band its highest-ever chart debut on the Billboard 200 at #22, while reaching #2 on both the SoundScan Alternative and iTunes charts. On Evermotion, Guster’s acoustic roots are buried deep beneath the surface, almost impossible to detect, even though every song has, at its heart, an indelible melody and more than its share of tight, lethal hooks that catch and hold. For more information and to hear their sounds visit

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