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Enjoy The Dog Days of Summer!

Aug 20, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren
Enjoy the dog days of summer! The 4th Annual SPCA Puppy Plunge is this Sunday! The 25th Annapolis Art Walk is this evening. The Hypnotic Panties serve up foot-stompin’ jazzy bluesy gypsy-swingin’ tunes at the Annapolis Maritime Museum tonight. Meet me at the Cheese Monger Contest at Whole Foods in Annapolis on Saturday! Quiet Waters Park presents music from Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition on Saturday. Save the date for The Look! What’s Up? Media’s 2nd Beauty, Health, and Wellness event Friday, September 25th.

4th Annual SPCA Puppy Plunge

Camp Letts, 4009 Camp Letts Road, Edgewater, MD 21037, Sunday, August 23rd, 12-3 p.m., $8 Admission, Additional Donations Welcomed, 410-268-4388,
The SPCA of Anne Arundel County invites you to be part of their 4th Annual Puppy Plunge at the beautiful and scenic Camp Letts. This fun-filled event will be packed with music, demonstrations, an array of vendors, great food, a children’s area, and so much more! By popular demand, the dog bikini contest will be followed by very own puppy pie eating contest for the big and small, so don’t miss out on the action! Most importantly, the dogs will have a blast taking the “plunge” into the river on either Muscle Beach (for bigger dogs) or our Petite Beach (for smaller dogs). General event admission is $8 suggested donation per person (children under 10 years old are free). Dogs are free to enter! Participants are encouraged to register online at You can even create your own personal fundraising page and ask family, friends, and co-workers to donate. The sooner you register the soon you can start collecting donations. Raise a minimum of $40 and get the official Walk Puppy Plunge t-shirt.

25th Annual Annapolis Art Walk

Various Locations in Downtown Annapolis, Thursday, August 20th, 5-9 p.m., Free, 410-267-7077.
Peek over artists’ shoulders and watch them work. More than 20 galleries in downtown Annapolis host new art exhibits and feature artists working in oil, watercolor, ceramics, woodturning, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafts, and more during this festive evening of visual arts. Musicians perform around town and galleries serve light refreshments. Yellow balloons and a yellow banner are posted at participating galleries. Maps are available at each gallery. Come discover why American Style magazine has consistently designated Annapolis a “Top 25 Arts Destination.”

Tides and Tunes Summer Concert Series: Hypnotic Panties

Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 2nd Street, Annapolis, MD 21403, Thursday, August 20th, 7-8:30 p.m., $10 Suggested Donation, 410-295-0104,
Come enjoy the foot-stomping, jazzy bluesy Gypsy-swinging of the Hypnotic Panties. Concerts are free but a $10 donation is suggested. Beer, wine, signature cocktails, and is food available for purchase. Food and beverage sale proceeds support environmental education programs for Title 1 school field trips at the Annapolis Maritime Museum.

Cheesemonger Throwdown

Whole Foods Market in Annapolis on Saturday, August 22nd, 2-4:30 p.m.!
Calling all cheese fans!  Join yours truly for an epic Cheesemonger Throwdown.  Meet and enjoy samples from many vendors including local cheesemakers at this free event.  Enjoy live music and tasty treats while you watch Maryland stores compete for the best cheesemonger!

Summer Concerts at Quiet Waters Park: Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition

Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis, MD 21403, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Free, 410-222-1777,
The Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition is the #1 premier Bluegrass band from Annapolis. A love of Bluegrass is deeply ingrained in the hearts and souls of these five world class musicians and they have been winning the hearts of Bluegrass fans from all who have heard them play. Using the tools of their trade, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and bass fiddle, they offer traditional and contemporary compositions laced with three part harmonies and bluesy solos.

Save the Date for The Look What’s Up? Media’s 2nd Beauty, Health, and Wellness Event

Friday, September 25th at Loews Annapolis Hotel, 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $15.
This event is the perfect ladies' night out, a lovely way to unwind from the long work week, and a stylish way to start achieving your desired "look" for the fall season. Enjoy three solid hours of being pampered with spa treatments, getting your hair, makeup, and nails done right on the spot, listening to professional speakers, engaging in conversation with the experts, and shopping your heart out with our retail vendors. Visit local Health, Beauty, and Fitness Experts including: Sandel Center – Facial Plastic Surgery, Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center, The Temple Annapolis Paul Mitchell Partner School, and many more.

To purchase tickets and find out more details follow the link here  What’s Up? Media looks forward to seeing you at The Look!

Annapolis’ Own Swampcandy Hits The Big Stage

Photo Credit: Alison Harbaugh, Sugar Farm Productions
Members of Annapolis' own band, Swampcandy made news on Roanoke, Virginia television station WDBJ7 this morning to promote their gig opening for none other than rock legend and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Joan Jett of The Runaways fame and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Follow the link above or click here to view the video of their television interview. 

More Events Include…

Eastern Shore:

Miss Tess & The Talkbacks

Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover Street, Easton, MD 21601, Friday, August 21, 2015, 8 p.m., $20, 410-822-7299,
With fans ranging from New York City to New Orleans and from Alabama to Alaska, Miss Tess & The Talkbacks have a well-deserved rep as a grooving Rock-N-Roll band rooted in swinging Blues, throwback Country, and Rockabilly. “At its heart of this tight, Brooklyn-based quartet is Miss Tess, a soulful songwriter and skilled guitarist whose voice is alternately seductive and sexy, and is a pure joy to listen to.” -Pop Matters
They've shared the stage with the likes of Lake Street Dive, NRBQ, Eilen Jewell, and The Holmes Brothers and have performed at such venues as Blissfest, Floydfest, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, and Ossippee Valley Music Festival.

The Great Eastern Shore Tomato Festival

Vienna Waterfront Park, Emperor’s Landing, Vienna, MD 21869, Saturday, August 22nd, 10a.m.-5 p.m., Prices vary, 443-239-0813,
Celebrate the tomato during this all-day family-friendly festival on August 22nd. Historic walking tours, petting zoo, antique tractors, live music, and more fun will be had at the festival 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the banks of the Nanticoke River in Vienna. This event is sponsored by the Dorchester County Historical Society. For more information call 410-228-7953 or visit

Marcy Dunn Ramsey: Line Dancing

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Fish Stix pictured

The Carla Massoni Gallery, 203 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620, Free, 410-778-7330,
This current work is a further exploration into the relationship between the natural world and the human psyche. The eloquent gestures of looping, twisted reeds, the intersections in a stand of marsh grass, the staccato shapes of dark and light stalks, or the muted forms of submerged leaves communicate a resonance within us through a lyrical language of signs. The grace of these simple phenomena is fleeting yet leaves its mark, igniting in us a kinship and exhilaration that is wonderful in the true sense of that word. The sky enters largely into these pieces as well, acting in role of light-giver. In its mirror image, we see the world upside-down, and the potential for disorientation can bring about new revelations of strength and fragility. From this point of view, our lives take on the qualities of these ephemera; faint tracings on the surface of mystery. The challenge is to be receptive to the message of interconnectedness, which is also a message of hope. Line Dancing is on display now through October 4th.

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


Wildlife Trafficking Awareness at The National Zoo

Monday-Sunday (364 days a year), 6 a.m.- 8 p.m., Free (Donations Welcomed), 202-633-4888,
The National Zoo in D.C. is just a stone’s throw away. Biodiversity is not just threatened by habitat loss and climate change. The demand for illegal animal products made from at-risk and endangered species and the exotic pet trade is leading to catastrophic decreases for many populations. It is now the world's fourth largest criminal market-after drugs, weapons and human trafficking. When you visit the Zoo, look for their new free-standing mobile exhibit kiosk, where you can learn more about the impact of wildlife trafficking on animals in the Zoo's living collection and what you can do to make a difference and stop the demand.

D.C. United vs. San Jose

RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003, Prices vary, 202-587-5000,
Cheer for D.C. United as they take on San Jose!

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