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What’s Up? Events E-Newsletter Expands

Oct 01, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren

Photo courtesy of Veronica Tovey, What’s Up? Media Publisher

What's Up? Events expands! The team at What's Up? Media wants to keep you in the know. Starting today, explore additional content in the Events E-Newsletter that will highlight what's new at in the What's Up? Weekly section. Don't forget about What's Up? Towne Social featuring charity events that are a fun way to help your community. And the What’s Up? Weddings section will feature ideas to inspire signature style at your special event. Plus, you’re invited to check out the updated What’s Up? Weddings website that launched today! To subscribe to the What’s Up? Events E-Newsletter visit  What’s Up? Nutcracker Tea tickets go on sale today! Enjoy fall fun on The Shore at Warrington Farm! That’s A Wrap! What’s Up? Re-cap delivers details on the fabulous Annapolis Fringe Festival. A Stone’s Throw Event features the 3rd Annual Children’s National Race for Every Child. Plus, other events include Melody Gardot at Maryland Hall, the Chestertown Harry Potter Festival, and more.

What’s Up? Nutcracker Tea Tickets Go On Sale Today!

Fill your tea cup with holiday cheer as you experience the beauty and magic of Christmas at the holiday decked Loews Annapolis Hotel. Enjoy a delicious high tea as you watch a mini performance from The Nutcracker come to life on stage. Don't forget story time with Santa & Mrs. Claus! Celebrate with this family holiday tradition! Tickets go on sale today Thursday, October 1st online at or call 410-266-6287, ext .132 for tickets.

Master of Ceremonies, Steven A. Mumford 
strikes a pose donning his Maryland Flag 
bowtie at the Annapolis Fringe Festival
Photo Credit: Joe Heimbach of 

That’s A Wrap! What’s Up? Re-cap: The Fringe was Fabulous!

On Saturday, September 26th, the Historic West Street Arts District in Annapolis was home to actors, singers, magicians, rappers, poets, and acrobats at the 2015 Annapolis Fringe Festival. The Fringe celebrated its 5th year with a lineup of short shows and other entertaining events. Beyond theater, the Fringe offered free outdoor music, cafe dining, a visual-art exhibition, street performers, a stunning light show, and a rambunctious opening ceremony.

In the spirit of the Annapolis Fringe Festival I present you with a free write poem…

Annapolis Fringe Fest Free Rights
By Melissa Lauren

Unified Jazz Ensemble performed at the 
September 26th. Photo Credit: Joe 
Dancing in the streets, painted faeries singing, men in high heels racing, Roller Derby Chicks

Paint on cars and walls of buildings
The sound isn’t faint – it’s Fringe!

“Hey everybody! Let’s have some fun!” hollers Motown band, the Pipe Dreamers
They play “Let the good times roll!”

People rolling in Giant Plastic Hamster Wheels
Belly dancers twirling, eyes whirling this way and that

Not overstimulated but satiated and united!

It’s the Fringe Festival for all of us
in the West Street Arts District of Annapolis

Mids to my right, Johnnies to my left, out-of-towners all around
Feasting on the rare talent we have here in Naptown

It’s Fringe!
It’s happening!

Pipe Dreamers holler, “Are we having a party or what?!”
Crowd member calls back proudly, “Only in Annapolis!”

Enjoy Fall Fun on The Shore at Warrington Farm’s A-MAZE-ING Corn Maze Weekends

Warrington Farm in Queenstown hosts A-MAZE-ING Corn Maze Weekends Saturdays (10 a.m.-10 p.m.) and Sundays (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) now through October 31st. They offer the unique opportunity to experience some country fall fun! Get lost in the crab themed 6 acre corn maze or enjoy the petting zoo. They have pumpkins, gourds, corn shocks, mums, pit beef, hamburgers, hot dogs, hand cut french fries, snow cones, and Kilby's Ice Cream available for sale. For more information call 410-310-3283 or visit (Please note: This event is featured in the October issue of What’s Up? Eastern Shore magazine in the Out and About section. The correct phone number for more information is 410-310-3283.)

 A Stone’s Throw Event

Photo courtesy of Race for Every Child.

3rd Annual Children’s National Race for Every Child

Freedom Plaza, 1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004, Saturday, October 3rd, 7 a.m.-12 p.m., 301-565-8571,
The Race for Every Child is one of the largest community events focused on children’s health in the Washington region and helps ensure that every child treated at Children’s National can receive the same level of world-class service and expert care. The 2015 Race for Every Child is Saturday, October 3rd from 7 a.m. –12 p.m. at Freedom Plaza, Downtown Washington, D.C. (at the intersection of 13th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). Proceeds from the 2015 Race will help fund specialized medical care, the development of innovative treatments for childhood diseases, and important wellness and preventive services to keep children healthy. The Race for Every Child is helping 13 year old Ashley, a child from Arnold who has had a brain tumor for the past eight years. This fundraising event gives Ashley and her grandparents a chance to meet other families going through or who have gone through similar situations and is another reminder that they are not alone. Ashley’s grandmother, Susan shares the positive impact this fundraiser has had on her family, “Ashley’s life has been extended by the research that has been funded by this event. She no longer has to undergo damaging radiation treatment and has benefited from alternative treatment resulting in the advances made at Children’s Hospital”. And most importantly says Susan, “it’s an opportunity for Ashley’s Angels, a team hailing from her church in Arnold, to support Children’s treatment and research so that every child can receive the same world-class treatment that Ashley does – regardless of their ability to pay”. The Kids’ Dash is one of the most special parts of the day – a 100-yard-dash for children of all abilities ages 3 to 10. Registration is $10-35. For more information visit

More Events Include…

Anne Arundel County:

America’s Cup

Annapolis Yacht Club Foundation Fundraiser, Annapolis Yacht Club, 2 Compromise Street, Annapolis MD, 21401, Thursday, October 1st, 5:30 p.m. $135, 410-263-9279,
The Annapolis Yacht Club Foundation is pleased to host a fundraising event today featuring the America’s Cup trophy and an evening of activities to raise funds that will directly benefit sailors of the Chesapeake Bay. The event, which will be held at the Annapolis Yacht Club, will also honor two AYC members who have won the America’s Cup, as well as highlight a presentation of the America’s Cup Tour, presented by Tucker Thompson, a long-time Annapolis resident, former America's Cup sailor, and active member of AYC. Mr. Thompson was recently chosen to be the TV and Public Host of the 35th America’s Cup, scheduled to be held in June, 2017 in Bermuda. “As soon as I got this job,” Tucker said, “I thought that being able to begin right here at the Annapolis Yacht Club would be an immensely proud moment for me to kick off the world tour.” Tickets are $135 per ticket and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions that will include America’s Cup collectables, travel, and other exciting items, as well as a two-hour open bar ($35 of the ticket price will be tax deductible). Proceeds will support the efforts of the AYC Foundation, whose programs are dedicated to growing the sport of sailing, including junior and competitive sailing and giving back to the Chesapeake Bay maritime community. Non-AYC members can submit reservation requests by going to the AYC Foundation’s website at

Juice Box Jams

Union Jack’s, 2072 Somerville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401, Saturday, October 3rd, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., $5-10, 800-255-2071,
Juice Box Jams! It’s gonna be sweet! Juice Box Jams offers children’s concerts and play time with a spotlight on local musicians that perform family-friendly music. Juice Box Jams was started to host an event that would be as fun for parents as it is for kids. Juice Box Jams is a fun party where everyone can rock out while supporting local musicians and being introduced to unique national acts. Face Painting and glitter tattoos are available courtesy of Swede Art and there is even a LEGO table! Juice Box Jams will be the first Saturday of every month at Union Jacks in Annapolis. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $10 for admission plus face painting or glitter tattoo, kids under 1 year old are free, and parking is free. Tickets are available online at or by calling 800-255-2071. Tickets are also available at the door. After dancing and playing the day away at Juice Box Jams, your kids will think you’re a rockstar!

Melody Gardot Presented by Rams Head Group

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, Monday, October 5th, 8 p.m., $50-70, 410-268-4545,
Rams Head Group presents Melody Gardot at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Monday, October 5th at 8 p.m. Internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling singer-songwriter Melody Gardot’s new album, Currency of Man has topped the Billboard and iTunes Jazz Charts in the U.S. She has received national airplay on NPR stations as well as 103.1FM WRNR in Annapolis and 89.7FM WTMD in Baltimore. She is a vocal Jazz master and when we look back, she’ll be known as one of the greats. Tickets are $50-70. For more information call 410-268-4545 or visit

Chestertown Harry Potter Festival

Garfield Center for the Arts, 210 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620 (and other locations in Downtown Chestertown), Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd. Times and locations vary, $10-59,
Grab your wand, hop on your broom, and enjoy the Chestertown Harry Potter Festival, a nonprofit event created by fans to celebrate the spirit and theme of Harry Potter and promote the local arts community. Explore the colonial river town of Chestertown with fun for wizards and muggles alike October 2nd–3rd. Spectacular activities include: Harry Potter Academia Lecture, Scavenger Hunt, Quidditch games, Street Theatre, Costume Contest, Interactive Movie, and more. The festival will benefit the Garfield Center for the Arts and the Kent County Fund of Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Times vary. Tickets are $10–59. For more information visit

Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”

Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover Street, Easton, MD 21601, Saturday, October 3rd, 1 p.m., $21, 410-822-7299,
The Met:Live in HD Series broadcasts the 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Season live at The Avalon Theatre. Anna Netrebko takes on the role of Leonora the heroine in Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”. She sacrifices her life for the love of the troubadour Manrico, sung by Yonghoon Lee.

Birdies for the Bay

Queenstown Harbor, 410 Links Lane, Queenstown, MD 21658, Monday, October 5th, 10 a.m. $150-600, 410-827-6694,
Birdies for the Bay benefits the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center’s construction of a new environmental education pavilion. The shotgun start is at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 5th at Queenstown Harbor Lakes Course. There will be lunch, dinner, hole-in-one prizes, contests, raffles, and auction. Admission is $150/individual and $600/foursome.


Opera AACC Presents Don Giovanni

Anne Arundel Community College, Robert E. Kauffman Theater in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts, 101 College Parkway, Arnold, MD 21012, Friday, October 2nd, 7:30 p.m., $15-25, 410-777-2457,
Artistic Director, Douglas Brandt Byerly, AACC Chair of the Performing Arts Department and Associate Professor of Music presents Opera AACC’s production of “Don Giovanni,” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s timeless classic, with libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte; directed by James Harp, Robert E. Kauffman Theater in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts, AACC Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway; semi-staged, with costumes and minimalistic set, accompanied by the AACC Symphony Orchestra.

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