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Boats + a Boatload of Music!

Oct 08, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren
Annapolis is known as the 'Sailing Capital of the World'! Enjoy boats and a boatload of music! The United States Sailboat Show kicks off today. Annapolis Opera’s Singable Feast is this Saturday. That's A Wrap! What's Up? Re-Cap features Rams Head Group music performances from Father John Misty and Melody Gardot. More events include Poe from Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Simpatico’s 6th Annual Columbus Weekend Food and Wine Festival in St. Michaels, and the Ruth Starr Rose Exhibit in Baltimore.

The 2015 United States Sailboat Show Launches this Thursday!

United States Sailboat Show

Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis, Thursday, October 8th through Monday, October 12th. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. $5-48. 410-268-8828,
The nation’s oldest and largest in-water boat show, the United States Sailboat Show, returns October 8th - 12th at City Dock in Annapolis. Now in its 46th year, the event offers the largest multi-hull collection in the world. Two-day admission tickets are $31; one-day admission tickets are $18; children’s tickets are $5; and those ages 6 and younger are free. VIP tickets and boating excursions are available. For more information call 410-268-8828 or visit

Outstanding Opera Performances at Annapolis Opera’s Annual Fundraiser!

Photo courtesy of Annapolis Opera

Annapolis Opera’s Singable Feast

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, Saturday, October 10th, 6 p.m., $150, 410-267-8135,
The Annapolis Opera invites you to a celebration of the 43rd performance season at their event, Singable Feast, a gala evening with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction, followed by a wine paired four-course dinner and live auction. The concert features outstanding young opera artists including 2015 Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition Winners Diane Kalinowski, Soprano and Matthew Vickers, Tenor. Singable Feast is at The Loews Annapolis Hotel on Saturday, October 10th at 6 p.m. Tickets are $150. For more information call 410-267-8135 or visit

Enjoy a Boatload of Music from Rams Head Group!

That’s A Wrap! What’s Up? Re-Cap: Father John Misty and Melody Gardot Presented by Rams Head Group

Father John Misty Preaches to the Choir

Photo courtesy of Father John Misty

Father John Misty performed to a crowd of devotees at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore on Monday, September 28th in support of the latest album, I Love You, Honeybear. J. Tillman (Joshua Tillman) was born in Rockville, MD. Growing up with his religious background there was almost no cultural influence and no secular music allowed. Around the age of 17, his parents finally allowed him to listen to secular music on one condition. The music had to have a “spiritual theme”. He is a majestic maverick using wordplay while singing tongue in cheek, Bored in the USA from the latest album. He captures his own image with a ‘smart’ phone that he has usurped from a fanatic in the crowd. This common man felt driven to escape the real life experience with his idol in order to document it and upload the video later only to share the stolen moments with the masses who will glaze by it – a superficial fandom devoid of musical spirituality. READ MORE 

Melody Gardot Serves Up A Sonic Blend of Real Music

Melody Gardot received a standing ovation at the close of her performance on Monday, October 5th at Maryland Hall. Gardot is a platinum selling Grammy-nominated artist. Her latest work, Currency of Man topped the iTunes Jazz Charts and Billboard Charts. Melody Gardot’s 2009 release, My One and Only Thrill came out to rave reviews. With Currency of Man, Gardot wanted to create an album that “flows from beginning to end like a dream”. Each song is woven with dense textures yet blended in such a way that particular notes still penetrate through the arrangements. Gardot plays guitar and piano and knows how to lead a band. Moreover, she is a vocal jazz master and when we look back, she’ll be known as one of the greats. READ MORE

Upcoming shows at Rams Head On Stage include: The Subdudes, Taj Mahal Trio, Yuna, The Polyphonic Spree, Kat Edmonson, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, and many more exciting artists including The Indigo Girls presented by Rams Head Group at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Sunday, November 1st.

More Events Include…

Anne Arundel County:

Beauty, Breasts, and Well Being Event

Hosted by Effective MedSpa: A METAvivor Benefit, Effective MedSpa & Wellness Center, 1330 Main Chapel Way, Gambrills, MD 21054, Tuesday, October 13th, 6:30-9 p.m. R.S.V.P by October 9th, $20 Minimum Donation, 410-504-1325,
Unite with Effective MedSpa for their National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Event, Beauty, Breasts and Well Being, a benefit for METAvivor, an all-volunteer Annapolis-based non-profit dedicated to the specific fight of women and men living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. 100% of breast cancer deaths occur because of metastasis (spread of cancer to non-adjacent parts of the body). Despite popular breast cancer fundraising movements, only 2% of their research funds metastasis research. Many metastasis researchers believe that metastasis breast cancer could become a chronic, rather than terminal disease. Pamper yourself for a good cause that will fund life-saving solutions for countless men and women worldwide. The event includes hors d’oeurves, wine and champagne, a dessert bar, giveaways, massages, and other spa services.

Photo courtesy of Annapolis 
Shakespeare Company

POE Presented by Annapolis Shakespeare Company

1747 Pub at Reynolds Tavern, Annapolis, MD, 21401, Tuesday, October 13th (Tuesdays & Wednesdays now through November 25th), 6:30 p.m., $75 (includes prix fixe dinner – advance tickets required) 410-280-1773,
Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents the world premiere of Gregory Thomas Martin’s new play "POE" this Tuesday, the 6th at 6:30 p.m. The production is directed by Sally Boyett and includes a number of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous works. Broadway actor Brian MacDonald is the mysterious Edgar Allan Poe, father of modern detective fiction, pioneer of the science fiction tale, a misunderstood genius, a visionary and a man of contradiction and vice. In Poe, the title character reveals his psychological demons and takes us on a journey of the heart, mind and soul through his struggles and passions and the loss of his greatest love and muse, played by ASC resident company member Renata Plecha. An intimate venue, an intricate script, an inventive production, and a superb cast. Enjoy a three course prix fixe dinner, and witness Poe’s last moments in the Reynolds Tavern. Advance tickets required.

Eastern Shore:

Simpatico’s 6th Annual Columbus Weekend Food & Wine Festival

Simpatico, 104 Railroad Avenue, St. Michaels, MD 21663, Saturday, October 10th, 12-5 p.m., $10-25, 410-745-0345,
Explore adventurous food and wine during the 6th Annual Columbus Food and Wine Festival at Simpatico in St. Michaels from 12–5 p.m. on Saturday, October 10th. Libations include tastings from over 50 Italian wines, Limoncello, and Bellinis. Savor “Made in Italy” food and artisan cheeses from Simpatico with food tastes and demonstrations from Simpatico and local Italian restaurants. Visit with Columbus as he shares his stories of travel. Play bocce ball and try your hand at Italian trivia for your chance to win prizes. Festivities also include Italian music and an art competition. General admission includes all tastings, food, and activities. Tickets are $25 with $10 designated driver tickets and free entrance for the bambinos. For more information call 410-745-0345 or visit

Bark in the Park

Idlewild Park, Easton, 21601, Saturday, October 10th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Free, 410-822-0107,
Celebrate man’s best friend on Saturday, October 10th during the 6th Annual Bark in the Park, a benefit for Talbot Humane at Idlewild Park in Easton. The event is 10 a.m. –2 p.m. with a 5K run and dog walk, followed by a dog show, vendors, food, and music. Tickets are $10–25. Additional donations are welcomed. For more information visit

Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival

Chesapeake Heritage and Visitors Center, 425 Piney Narrows Road, Chester, MD 21619, Saturday, October 10th, 12-6 p.m., $30-45, 443-262-1143,
Enjoy a day of sampling wine and craft beer while overlooking the picturesque views of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Be entertained with live music including the Steel Drum sounds of Orlando Phillips, meet local artisans and satisfy your taste buds with Eastern Shore food vendors. Tickets include keepsake tasting glass plus wine and beer samples.


Seminole Woman, 1953, Color Lithograph, 
14”x10” Plate by Ruth Starr Rose courtesy 
of Barbara Paca

Ruth Starr Rose Exhibit Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and The World

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, On Display Saturday, October 10th through April 3, 2016, $6-8, 443-263-1800,
Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World is the first-ever comprehensive exhibition of Eastern Shore-based artist Ruth Starr Rose. The recent rediscovery of Starr Rose, a White, internationally trained female artist, offers an opportunity to explore the work, family and faith of her Eastern Shore neighbors in a realistic and historic manner. Viewers are invited to see her paintings, sketches and lithographs, one of the only portfolios to represent African Americans as stalwart citizens as any other subject. Starr Rose, boldly used her gifts as an artist to chronicle black life. Born in 1887 to a well-off family, Rose began her work as a teenager before completing her formal art training in New York. The close relationships she formed in these local communities in Copperville and Unionville of Talbot County were her personal achievement, allowing her to paint on observation, not limited to just creativity.

Photo courtesy of The Kennedy Center

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

The John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20566, $39-185, Thursday, October 8th, 7 p.m. (Tuesdays through Sundays now through Sunday, October 25th at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1 p.m.), 800-444-1324,
Follow the inspiring true story of Carole King's remarkable rise to stardom--from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

Save the Date for the 17th Annual Oyster Festival

Hosted by the Captain Avery Museum on Sunday, October 18th 12:30-5 p.m. 
Fried, stewed, and freshly shucked oysters will be served at the Captain Avery Museum in Shady Side. The event benefits museum programs. Tickets are $2-6. For more information call 410-867-4486 or visit

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