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Fall is Fabulous!

Sep 17, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren

Photo courtesy of The Summit School

Fall is fabulous – my favorite season! The Summit School’s rebuild with Built on a Dream will be featured on channel WMAR ABC 2 tonight! Maryland Avenue Fall Festival is this Sunday. Plus, get your tickets to What’s Up? Media’s event, The Look and get glam! Details below. More events include local artist, Alison Harbaugh’s opening reception in the Annapolis Arts District and the Chesapeake Film Festival on the Eastern Shore.

Photo courtesy of The Summit School

Built Upon a Dream Project
Benefitting The Summit School to Air

Thursday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Modeled in the spirit of the ABC Network’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” program, Built Upon a Dream features the metro area’s foremost builders, contractors, architects, suppliers and others in association with the construction field. This exciting program matches professionals with a private, nonprofit organization in need.

Edgewater’s The Summit School recently got a makeover thanks to this program. The Summit School received necessary upgrades to the auditorium, plus a new roof on the school house, a better irrigation system on school grounds, a re-paving job, landscaping upgrades, and a barrier around the driveway into the school to make it safer for carpools.

The Edgewater-based not-for-profit school has served students in first through eighth grade who have language-based learning difficulties such as dyslexia since 1989. Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach to education, teachers tailor learning plans to fit individual students’ needs. Class sizes are small. There is roughly one teacher for every four student and hands-on activities are emphasized. “Students that come to The Summit School may struggle with reading and writing, but they’re intelligent”, pointed out Melanie Sipple, The Summit School’s Director of Marketing and Communications. “They just need to be taught differently, and that’s what we do,” Sipple said. The show airs this evening at 7:30 p.m. on WMAR ABC 2. Here is a video clip of what you can expect to see on TV tonight. Congratulations to The Summit School!

Photo courtesy of Maryland Avenue 
and State Circle Association

Maryland Avenue and State Circle Fall Festival

Annapolis, Sunday, September 20th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Free event, Vendor prices vary, 410-268-3090,
Since 1970, the Maryland Avenue and State Circle Fall Festival is a local tradition. The festival includes arts and crafts vendors, antiques, local merchants and community groups, live music, children’s activities, and bistro dining at Galway Bay and Harry Browne’s. The fun starts at from 10 a.m. –5 p.m. on Sunday, September 20th. For more information call 410-268-3090 or visit

Get Your Tickets 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!

More Events Include…

Anne Arundel County:

Photo courtesy of Alison Harbaugh, 
Image Printed on Wood, 24x24”

Art Opening: New Works by Alison Harbaugh, Mixed Media Artist and Photographer

Tsunami Sushi Bar and Lounge, 51 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, Thursday, September 17th, 7-9 p.m., Free, sugarfarm
Alison Harbaugh, Mixed Media Artist and Photographer will have her new work on display for the month of September through mid-October at Tsunami Sushi Bar and Lounge. The works are a continuation of her experimentation with layering photographs and alternative printing processes. Many of the pieces are printed onto wood or transferred onto wood using several different techniques to give the pieces a raw/aged look. Alison is a documentary photographer and filmmaker in Annapolis (Sugar Farm Productions) and very involved with the Arts District along West Street.  She is also a half owner at ArtFarm Annapolis, a gallery, event, and classroom art space in the Arts District. The opening reception is Thursday, September 17th, 7-9 p.m. with live music from Ruben Dobbs, Dominic Fragman, and Bryan Jones. For more information visit

The Y in Central Maryland Hosts Family Movie Night

Greater Annapolis Family Center Y, 1209 Ritchie Highway, Arnold, MD 21012, Friday, September 18th, $5-10, 410-544-2525,
The Y in Central Maryland will host a Family Movie Night at its Family Center on Friday, September 18th. Moviegoers can expect an evening of family fun, popcorn and a family-friendly film.  

Eastern Shore:

Chesapeake Film Festival

Various Locations in Downtown Easton, S. Washington Street, Easton, MD 21601, Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 20th, Times and prices vary, 410-822-3500,
The Chesapeake Film Festival in Easton brings an interesting and diverse selection of films to Talbot County during a three-day extravaganza, which kicks off with an exclusive opening night party, panel discussions and the screenings of award-winning films. The Festival’s savvy programmers gather the best-of-the-best independent and foreign films, many of which have subsequently been nominated for Oscars. The festival takes place at various venues in Downtown Easton. Visit for more information.  

Sultana Education Foundation’s 18th Annual Gala

Photo courtesy of Sultana 
Education Foundation

Saturday, September 19th, 6 p.m., Clovelly Vineyards, 301 Clovelly Lane, Chestertown, MD 21623, $125, 410-708-1775,
Co-hosted by Tony and Donna Neff, Sultana’s 2015 Gala will again take place at Clovelly Vineyards overlooking the Chester River. Tickets for the event are $125 (of which $100 is tax deductible) and include dinner, dancing, an open bar, and Latin dance demonstrations. The event begins at 6:00pm and reserved tables for four, six, eight or ten guests are available. Sultana’s Annual Gala raises funds to support the Foundation’s award-winning programs in Environmental Science and American History that serve more than 12,000 K-12 students each year.  

Photo courtesy of Corsica Watershed 
Awareness Day

10th Annual Corsica Watershed Awareness Day

Bloomfield Farm, Bloomfield Farm Lane, Centreville, MD 21617, Saturday, September 19th, 12-4 p.m., Free, 410-604-2100,
Help save a river while enjoying a festival of family fun, food, and live music at the 10th Annual Corsica Watershed Awareness Day on Saturday, September 19th. The free event is from noon–4 p.m. at Bloomfield Farm in Centreville. Celebrate the splendor of the Corsica River with family entertainment and environmental education. Activities include: hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo, pond fishing, face painting, pumpkin art and other creative crafts for children. Local vendors will serve up some of the tastiest food around. Lively musical entertainment will be provided by Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass, a nationally acclaimed Bluegrass band. The first 150 families attending the event get a free native tree. Everyone can enter a raffle to win a kayak and related equipment. For more information call 410-604-2100 or visit  


9th Annual Zero Prostate Cancer Challenge Run/Walk Presented by Chesapeake Urology

Towson University Johnny Unitas Stadium, 7400 Osler Drive, Towson, MD 21204, Sunday, September 20th, 7:30 a.m., $15-50, 443-738-8107,
The 9th annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge/Baltimore, sponsored by Chesapeake Urology, will feature Nashville singer/songwriter, Maryland native and former American Idol star, Jimmy Charles, who will make a special guest appearance at the 2015 ZERO event. Jimmy Charles and his band will be performing his original tribute song to survivors, “Superman,” which he wrote with his lead guitarist, Daniel Gossett and prostate cancer survivor Phil Shulka.

Ending prostate cancer takes investments on all fronts. ZERO is committed to advancing research through advocacy and direct contributions to research while offering financial assistance to patients, early detection, and education programs. All dollars raised are split 50/50 between our local community and national efforts to save lives by funding research, testing at-risk men, and providing educational resources for men and families. Local funds go towards free screenings for Maryland men and for the Prostate Cancer Research Scholarship through the American Urological Association’s Urology Care Foundation.  

Bizet’s Carmen Presented by Washington National Opera

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20566, Saturday, September 19th through Saturday, October 3rd, 7 p.m., $25-300, 800-444-1324,  
Smoldering with sensuality and danger, this new production of Bizet's final opera pulses with erotic power – from Carmen's rousing Habanera aria to the famous Toreador Song – all culminating in a spectacular finale at a bullfight.

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