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Quintessential Chesapeake Events

Aug 06, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren
This weekend features the area’s quintessential Chesapeake events – the Rotary Club of Annapolis’ Crab Feast, Pirate and Wenches Fantasy Weekend, Oxford Regatta, Watermen’s Festival, 36th Annual Rescue Fire Company Seafood Feast-I-Val, and the Art in Nature Photo Festival.

Rotary Club of Annapolis’ Crab Feast

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401, Friday, August 7th, 5-8 p.m., $20-130, 877-333-9667,
Crustacean lovers feast on the Chesapeake Bay's bounty at this all-you-can-eat and drink event that is arguably one of the largest crab feasts in the world, the 70th Annual Annapolis Rotary Club Crab Feast. Nearly 40,000 crabs, 3,400 ears of corn, 100 gallons of crab soup, 1,800 hot dogs, 150 pounds of beef barbeque, and hundreds of gallons of beer and soft drinks will be served at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The event is presented by the Rotary Club of Annapolis. Proceeds benefit local community and cultural organizations. For more information visit

Eastern Shore

Pirate and Wenches Fantasy Weekend

Various locations in the Town of Rock Hall, Rock Hall, MD 21661, Friday, August 7th-Sunday, August 9th. Times and locations vary, General admission is Free, Prices for activities vary,
Drink up, me hearties! The Pirates & Wenches Fantasy Weekend takes place August 7th-9th in Rock Hall. From a decorated dinghy contest and sea shanty sing-a-long to rum tastings and the Buccaneer’s Ball, there’s plenty o’ ruckus to be had, including children’s activities for the lil’ swashbucklers! General admission is free.

Oxford Regatta

Tred Avon Yacht Club, 101 West Strand, Oxford, MD 21654, Saturday, August 8th, and Sunday, August 9th, Times and prices vary, 410-226-5269,
Tred Avon Yacht Club’s largest annual regatta in Oxford begins August 8th. The event includes racing for PHRF, Log Canoes, Stars, Comets, Snipes, Penguins, Optis, Lasers and Club 420's. A la Carte meals, cash bar and music will be available all weekend. On Saturday night, dance the night away from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. The awards ceremony will take place Sunday afternoon.

Watermen’s Appreciation Day

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 213 N. Talbot Street, St. Michaels, MD 21663, Sunday, August 9th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $6-18, 410-745-2916,
Watermen’s Appreciation Day in St. Michaels is sponsored by The Talbot County Waterman Association and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.  Meet Chesapeake watermen and celebrate their heritage. Watch professionals in action at a Boat Docking Contest, the "waterman's rodeo" or take a chance in the silent auction, featuring local artwork. Eat your fill at the crab feast, or enjoy hot dogs and cold beer while listening to live music.

36th Annual Rescue Fire Company Seafood Feast-I-Val

Sailwinds Park, 200 Byrne Street, Cambridge, MD 21613, Saturday, August 8th, 1-6 p.m., Prices vary, 410-228-1211,
The 36th Annual Rescue Fire Company Seafood Feast-I-Val is August 8th from 1 to 6 p.m. located on the shores of the Choptank River at Sailwinds Park in Cambridge. This day of music, all-you-can-eat seafood, historic tours, and exhibits benefits the Rescue Fire Company. For more information call 410-228-1211 or visit

Art in Nature Photo Festival

Pressing On by William H Parris Lincoln
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, 909 S. Schumaker Drive, Salisbury, MD 21804, Friday, August 7th-Saturday, August 8th, 10a.m.-5 p.m., $8-10, 410-742-4988,
Photography enthusiasts are invited to show their creative side at the 4th Annual Art in Nature Photo Festival, August 7th-9th at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury. Lectures, demonstrations, seminars, and workshops are offered throughout the weekend. These learning opportunities are suited for photographers of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, and cover a wide range of topics. Pictured is Grand Champion Winner, William H. Parris’ photo entitled, Pressing On.

Ms. Lauryn Hill Live!

Pier Six Pavilion, 731 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, 21202, Friday, August 7th, 6 p.m. $40-125, 410-783-4189,
Pier Six Pavilion presents Ms. Lauryn Hill Live! The incomparable song bird will be playing some of her most popular hits. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.  Lauryn Hill is heavily involved in the new Nina Simone tribute album, Nina Revisited, as she’s featured on a handful of tracks including “Feeling Good”, “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair”, and “Ain’t Got No/I Got Life”. YouTube Link to her performance on Fallon's Tonight Show here.

More Events Include…
Anne Arundel County:

3rd Annual Birthday Blood Drive and Tiny Miracles NICU Fundraiser

Annapolis Towne Center, 1906 Towne Centre Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401, Saturday, August 8th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Donation levels vary, 410-271-4564.
In 30 minutes you could save three lives. Donate blood to Anne Arundel Medical Center's Mobile Blood Unit at the 3rd Annual Birthday Blood Drive and Tiny Miracles NICU Fundraiser on Saturday, August 8th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This charity event features musical entertainment from Bridgette Michaels, Wild Willy Woo Woo, and Rock band, The MLC. Plus, a magician will be performing tricks! Crystalooney’s Creative Arts will be face painting for a $5 donation benefiting the charity. A portion of proceeds from frozen yogurt sales at Menchie’s will go towards Anne Arundel Medical Center’s NICU. There will also be raffle prizes! Help give back to the hospital that saves so many people in our community.

Wheels for Wags: Classic Car Show and Pet Adoption Event

Anne Arundel County Animal Control, 411 Maxwell Frye Road, Millersville, MD 21108, Saturday, August 8th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Free, 301-728-9854,
Anne Arundel County Animal Control is hosting the Wheels for Wags Classic Car Show on Saturday, August 9th. Registration for the car show is free. Visitors will be able to meet cats and dogs available for adoption or fostering.


Rebirth Brass Band

Rams Head Live!, 20 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202, Thursday, August 6th, 9 p.m., $20-25,
Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, GRAMMY-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of Funk and Hip-Hop to create their signature sound. In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition among New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.

Citi Open Tennis Tournament

Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, 16th & Kennedy Streets, Washington, D.C. 20011, Thursday, August 6th-Sunday, August 9th, Times vary between 12-10 p.m., Tickets start at $45, 202-721-9500,
See the world’s best men and women tennis champions this August in the nation’s capital! This up-close tennis action will include Andy Murray, Victoria Azarenka, Kei Nishikori, Eugenie Bouchard, Marin Cilic, Ekaterina Makarova, the Bryan Brothers and many more! There’s something for everyone at the Citi Open Tennis Tournament. Player meet and greets, signature food events, live entertainment, and other exciting activities await fans of all ages at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Watch some of the world’s best players battle it out on six hard courts, or take a break from all the action with a variety of dining choices at the food court. Shop at some of the official sponsor tents, or sip on signature cocktails at various social events. Plus, the tournament benefits the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, an organization dedicated to the academic and athletic enrichment of DC’s underserved youth.

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