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Powerful Boats, Fundraising, & Theater!

Oct 15, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren
These events feature Powerboats, powerful Fundraising, and Powerful Theater! The U.S. Power Boat Show kicks off today. Anne Arundel Community College Foundation hosts their fundraising event, All In at Maryland Live! Casino tonight. That’s A Wrap! What’s Up? Re-cap features a review of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at The Kennedy Center. Plus, Art at the Park at Quiet Waters Park, Halloween Happening at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, the 18th Annual Academy Art Museum Craft Show in Easton, Island Bay Day Music Festival in Centreville, Okto’Bear’Fest at the Maryland Zoo, and more.

United States Powerboat Show

Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis, 21401, Thursday, October 15th through Sunday, October 18th daily starting at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5-31. For more information call 410-268-8828 or visit
The nation’s oldest and largest in-water boat show, the United States Powerboat Show is back in Annapolis. Today through the 18th, boating enthusiasts can peruse everything from luxurious motor yachts to offshore fishing machines at City Dock. For both events, 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. See pictures from last weekend's U.S. Sailboat Show

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Anne Arundel Community College

Anne Arundel Community College Foundation’s 3rd Annual Fundraising Event

All In is a celebration in support of AACC benefitting AACC students at Maryland Live! Casino, 7002 Arundel Mills Circle #777, Hanover, MD 21076, Thursday, October 15th, 6-8 p.m., $100, 410-777-1204,
The Anne Arundel Community College Foundation invites you to share an exciting evening with them at Maryland Live! Casino to benefit AACC students by providing much needed funds for scholarships and program support.

That’s A Wrap! What’s Up? Re-Cap: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at The Kennedy Center

Photo courtesy of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The Kennedy Center presents the Tony and Grammy Award-wining Broadway hit, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, the story of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter. Performances are Thursday through Sunday now through October 25th. Tickets are $39-185. Beautiful tells the true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband and lyricist, Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Carole King not only wrote beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. 

Photo Credit: Nathan Johnson
Abby Mueller stars as Carole King 
in Beautiful, which won the 2015 
Grammy Award for Best Musical 
Theater Album.

The play opens with Carole King sitting at a baby grand piano at one of her concerts as an adult and talking to the audience in between songs. “I didn’t always used to be Carole King… I grew up in Brooklyn as Carol Klein. Now my mom says, ‘you’re far away from Brooklyn’!” She performs one of her songs as the moving stage shifts to the left offstage. Cut to a scene of Carol’s mom at an upright piano desperately trying to plunk out some grating Mozart when a teenage Carol bursts into the room, wearing pony tail and poodle skirt, rushing to play her musical ideas at the piano to which her mom replies, “Girls don’t write music! They teach it!” Boy, did Carol Klein prove her mom wrong. To date, more than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by over 1,000 artists resulting in 100 hit singles. King was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987. Goffin and King were awarded the National Academy of Songwriters’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 1988 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, among other awards. Carole King is the most successful female songwriter in pop music history. You may know her from such songs as: “I Feel the Earth Move”, “You’ve Got a Friend”, and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, to name a few.

This musical focuses on the early life and career of Carol Klein with a variety of wildly entertaining musical numbers interwoven seamlessly into the play like a fine tapestry. These numbers are the very familiar songs of the 60s written by the hit-makers, Carol Klein and Gerry Goffin performed by various artists. Each musical performance of one of their Billboard charting creations references plot points in the play. When the actors who play The Drifters perform the song “Some Kind of Wonderful” and when the actresses who play The Chiffons perform the song “One Fine Day”, their performances relate to the romance between husband and wife team, Goffin and Klein. This device provides successful transitions between scenes and drives the plot. Klein and Goffin made music for The Everly Brothers, Dusty Springfield, The Temptations, Bobby Vee, The Righteous Brothers, Tony Orlando, The Animals, Aretha Franklin, and the list goes on.
Photo courtesy of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Left to Right: Curt Bouril as Don Kirshner, Liam Tobin as Gerry Goffin, Abby Mueller as Carol Klein/Carole King, Ben Fankhuaser as Barry Mann, and Becky Gusvig as Cynthia Weil.
Actress Abby Mueller as Carol Klein/Carole King is conscious of her vocal styling to match that of a young Carol Klein and as the character progresses and grows, her singing voice blossoms and becomes fully developed, very reminiscent of the Carole King voice we know and love. Her singing is not a poor mimic but an extremely close match to King’s. I was impressed by the entire cast, many of which had to be quadruple threats: actor, singer, dancer, piano player, guitar player, etc. Becky Gulsvig costars as Carole King’s best friend, Cynthia Weil and lyricist in the songwriting partnership, Weil and Mann. Gulsvig is a scene stealer and gets the most laughs injecting comic relief after dramatic turns take place during the play.
Becky Gulsvig is a scene stealer! She costars as Carole King’s best friend, Cynthia Weil and lyricist in the songwriting partnership, Weil and Mann.
The Kennedy Center is only a stone’s throw away from Annapolis and presents unique programming that allows one to get cultured at a reasonable price point. If your daughter is a Taylor Swift fan, take her to see this play while it is only here for a short stop during the national tour. Taylor Swift may be a far cry from this generation’s Carole King but I feel strongly it is important for young women to see this true story based on a person who defied the odds and was a trailblazing talent. During intermission you’ll see women of all ages that look like Carole King fans. What does a Carole King fan look like? She is wearing a flowing blouse and palazzo pants with a scarf, she is wearing a red cocktail dress with stiletto heels, she is wearing a clean sharp crisp white power suit – she looks like a natural woman; confident and inspired by the story of Carole King’s evolution as a young artist. The play closes with King sitting at a baby grand piano in Carnegie Hall but I won’t give specifics on the surprise ending that involves crowd interaction. Yes, the audience has the privilege of interacting with the stellar cast of Beautiful but we leave wanting more. The play resolves on the brink of King’s stardom as a solo artist, hinting at what is to come for her future. The play is impactful in that it informs Tapestry fans of her early life, it informs Broadway fans of how significant American Popular Music is to the culture, and it makes longtime fans want to revisit Tapestry (King’s 1971 album and one of the best-selling albums of all time, with over 25 million copies sold worldwide). Moreover, Beautiful cues other newly inspired fans of the play to sit down and listen to Tapestry for the first time. Who knows? As the Broadway production travels from state to state on its first national tour, Tapestry may very well reach the 40 million mark, and deservedly so. The play written by Douglas McGrath with direction from Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and orchestrations by Steve Sidwell hits all the right notes and attracts a cross-section of generations while illustrating important life lessons. And that is amazingly beautiful.

More Events Include…

Anne Arundel County:

Creek Side by Nancy Hammond. 
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Art at the Park 2015

Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis, MD 21403, Saturday, October 17th, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., $3, 410-222-1777,
Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks and The Friends of Quiet Waters Park present Art@thePark 2015 at Quiet Waters Park on Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th. The event will feature work from more than 70 unique artists working in the following mediums: Fiber, Photography, Mixed Media, Ceramics, Wood, Painting, Jewelry, Graphics/Print, Glass, Sculpture, Digital Art, and Consumables. Plus, local artist, Nancy Hammond will be previewing her 2016 annual Chesapeake poster and her newest work at the festival. There will be face painting, live music, and food and drink. Proceeds from the event benefit activities and programs at Quiet Waters Park.

Creepy Crawly Critters

Annapolis Maritime Museum, 732 2nd Street, Annapolis, MD 21403, Saturday, October 17th, 11 a.m., $5, 410-362-7255, 
Meet horseshoe crabs and eels and learn little known facts about these creepy crawlers of the Chesapeake Bay. Family program activities are geared for children 5-8 years old, however children of all ages are welcome. Each program includes fun, hands-on exploration and a make and take craft. Pre-registration is required, member registration is free and nonmember registration is $5.00 per child. All participants must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are free!

Halloween Happening

Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 General’s Hwy, Crownsville, MD 21032, Friday, October 16th (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays now through November 1st), 7-10 p.m., $13, 410-923-3400,
Celebrating 26 years, Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds hosts their seasonal event, Halloween Happenings open weekends starting October 16th 7 -10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and open Sundays 7 to 9 p.m. This spooktacular event features a Haunted Hayride and Haunted Barn tour.

Eastern Shore:

18th Annual Academy Art Museum Craft Show

Academy Art Museum, 106 South Street, Easton, MD 21601, Saturday, October 17th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, October 18th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $10-12, 410-822-2787, 
The 18th Annual Academy Art Museum Craft Show Blown Away is October 17th from 10a.m.–5 p.m. and the 18th from 10a.m. –4 p.m. in Easton. Featured artists will illustrate the breadth of glass artistry with items available for purchase, in addition to artist lectures, demonstrations, and even craft activities for the littlest crafters. A special Preview Party for Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. will feature music, food stations, and cocktail and wine bars throughout the show. Proceeds from the event benefit the museum and its many community-based exhibitions, programs, and educational opportunities for all ages. Tickets are $10-12. For more information call 410-822-2787 or visit

Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Sons

Island Bay Day Music Festival

Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park, 1945 4-H Park Road, Centreville, MD 21617, Saturday, October 17th, 11 a.m.-12 a.m., $20, 410-758-0835, 
The 9th Annual Island Bay Day Music Festival is Saturday, October 17th from 11 a.m. –midnight featuring national, regional, and local artists! The festival is at Red Eyes Dock Bar on the waterfront in Grasonville. Bands include: Fast as Lightning, the Jimmy Van Zandt Band, Blackfoot, Jimmies Chicken Shack, and Chesapeake Sons (pictured), among others. Proceeds from Island Bay Day will benefit the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park and other local charities. Tickets are $20. For more information call 410-829-1453 or visit

Chestertown Arts & Entertainment Stroll Launch

Downtown Chestertown, Chestertown, MD 21620, Saturday, October 17th, 4-7 p.m., Free, 410-789-2991.
Kick off your Saturday night by celebrating the visual and performing arts in downtown Chestertown as the community officially launches its newly designated Maryland Arts and Entertainment District. During the “A&E Stroll,” happening from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on October 17, the streets and shops of the historic district will be alive with musicians, artists, poets and actors. Chalk art will decorate sidewalks, and the public will be invited to share their thoughts about Chestertown’s future on several Idea Boards placed along the way. On hand to help Mayor Chris Cerino with a 4:30 p.m. ribbon cutting at the end of High Street will be John Schratweiser, executive director of Maryland Citizens for the Arts, and Leslie Raimond, executive director of the Kent County Arts Council. Musicians will include a Kent County High School jazz quartet led by Keith Wharton and featuring guest artist Sam Scalzo on saxophone. Also slated to play are Pres Harding, the Chestertown Ukelele Band, Jigs and Reels, and Barbara Parker. Many of downtown’s shops will extend their hours until 7:00 p.m. The artists at Pam Foss Gallery, Clay Studio, Hegland Glass, and Bob Ortiz Studio will be offering demonstrations. Other cultural and arts venues open that evening will be Garfield Center for the Arts, RiverArts, SANDBOX, Artists' Gallery, KidSPOT, Marj Morani Studio, Sue Wright Knitting Studio, and Melinda Carl Studio. In addition, the Kent County Historical Society will host a chalk- stenciling activity centered on Chestertown’s historic buildings.


17th Annual Oyster Festival

Captain Avery Museum, 1418 E West Shady Side Road, Shady Side, MD 20764, Sunday, October 18th, 12:30-5 p.m., $2-6, 410-867-4486,
What started out as a small outdoor gathering commemorating local heritage has grown into one of the area’s most popular waterfront traditions. Outsiders may think of Maryland and say “crabs,” but…locals also have a special fondness for Chesapeake Bay oysters. We love them battered and fried—but most of all, straight off the half shell (with a nice cold beverage). And there will be plenty of beer, wine, oyster shooters and iced soft drinks available! This year promises to be quite lively with talented local musicians playing on both the Waterfront and Boat Shed stages. There will be much to entertain—a bevy of noted authors and artisans, lots of fun kid’s activities and great local food choices, from seafood to sushi. And an abundance of oysters!

4th Annual OktoBEARfest

Maryland Zoo, Mansion House Drive, Baltimore, MD 21217, Saturday, October 17th, 12-4 p.m., $15-65, 443-552-5275, 
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is excited to announce the 4th annual “OktoBEARfest,” Fall beer festival to be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015, in conjunction with Baltimore Beer Week. The event runs from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm at the Zoo’s Waterfowl Lake Pavilion area and will feature a host of seasonal ales, Oktoberfest inspired foods and live music. Performing two sets live at Waterfowl Lake during OktoBEARfest is John Stevens’ Doubleshot, an energetic Polka band from Eastern Pennsylvania. Tickets range from $15-$65 and each includes unlimited sampling, a commemorative event glass (for those 21 and over), admission to the Zoo, and access to food and artisan vendors. New this year is the OktoBEARfest VIP ticket. VIP tickets include a special mason jar commemorative glass for full sized sampling and are available in limited quantities. VIPs must be 21 or over. This year the Zoo will once again partner with Transdev Transportation to provide FREE shuttle service from Baltimore’s Penn Station. Shuttles will run from 11am-4:30pm on event day and will pick up on the Charles Street side of Penn Station which is accessible by Light Rail and by the Purple line of Baltimore’s free bus, the Charm City Circulator. It’s time to find your lederhosen, polish your Polka steps and make your way to The Maryland Zoo’s OktoBEARfest. Tickets are now on sale at!

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