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Not Madness! Funness! + Chocolate!

Dec 03, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren

Photo Credit: Maggie Lundy // What’s Up? Media’s Social & Style Editor (center) performs with bandmates as Fox Twin Trilogy tonight at the Avalon Theatre in Easton.

This holiday season enjoy the funness! Midnight Madness is a traditional happening in Annapolis and St. Michaels! Plus, the Inaugural Chocolate Binge Fest is this Sunday in the Annapolis Arts District. And our very own Social & Style Editor, Becca Newell performs with bandmates as Fox Twin Trilogy tonight at the Avalon in Easton! This weekend is chockfull of many more special events!


Midnight Madness

Photo courtesy of The Chesapeake Revelers

Various Locations in Downtown Annapolis, Tonight! 5 p.m.-12 a.m.
Don’t miss downtown Annapolis’ annual tradition of shopping and socializing into the night during Midnight Madness! It’s a great opportunity to support local businesses and get holiday shopping finished while you enjoy free local entertainment! The Entertainment Line Up for tonight includes: Bay Area Community Church, Cousin Eddie, Old Mill High School Steel Drum Band, Dance Center of Severna Park, Jocelyn Faro, HoHo with the PoPo, Severn Lower School Chorus, The Salvation Army Band, The Chesapeake Revelers, WNAV and WRNR broadcasting live.

Chocolate Binge Festival

Sunday, December 6th, 12-5 p.m. $5 Minimum Donation Suggested to Support the Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District
Throw on your ugly sweater and get to the artsy first block of West St. to "Satisfy your sweet-tooth" during the Chocolate Binge Festival and Holiday Light Canopy lighting. Under the warm glow of lights you'll be served a free toasty cup of hot chocolate while you enjoy listening to music. There will also be holiday vendors, prizes, and fun for kids of all ages including a moon-bounce and kids comedy improv.

Photo Credit: Joe Heimbach of No Filter 
Photography // Local musicians performed 
Hey Jude during the grand finale of the In The 
Vane of… The Beatles AMFM benefit 
concert this past July.

Congratulations to the Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians. Their Sold Out Show, An Annapolis Christmas, happens again this year at Rams Head On Stage on Monday the 7th. If you didn’t get tickets find out more information about AMFM’s recurring In the Vane of… Concert Series at Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians is a nonprofit organization created to provide temporary financial relief to professional Annapolis musicians who cannot work due to illness, injury, or other circumstance leaving them unable to perform. To learn more about AMFM read the Faces of the Arts Article by yours truly on page 50 in the December issue of What’s Up? Annapolis Magazine.

Eastern Shore:

St. Michaels Midnight Madness

Saturday, December 5th, 10 a.m. – midnight at various locations in Downtown St. Michaels
Great shops in St. Michaels will be open 'til midnight with special sales, snacks, and refreshments. The town will be festively decorated for the season and carolers will be singing as they stroll through the streets. Who knows? You many even run into Santa Claus! Get your holiday shopping done in charming St. Michaels. You'll enjoy holiday cheer knowing you're supporting their local economy. Plus, with every purchase, you'll receive raffle tickets to win fabulous prizes!

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Holiday Traditions

Thursday, December 3rd, 4-7 p.m.
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is invites the public to celebrate the holidays with a ceremony that includes caroling, the lighting of a tree atop the mast of a traditional Chesapeake workboat, holiday craft activities for kids, store discounts, and the lighting of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, which is an icon of St. Michaels and the 50-year old non-profit museum. From 4-7 p.m., museum volunteers and staff will host a free children’s activity in the Bay History building, while parents, grandparents and other adults shop in the Museum store, enjoy wine and light refreshments, and free gift wrapping. At 6 p.m., carolers will lead participants through the museum’s waterfront campus to watch the lighting of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, which will be decorated for the holidays.

Cambridge Crab Bushell Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade

Photo Credit: Jill Jasuta

Saturday, December 5th, 4 p.m.
Downtown Cambridge got it’s first-ever Crab Bushel Basket Christmas Tree last year! The tree lighting Cambridge Main Street’s Executive Director, Brandon Hesson, came up with the idea and then designed and built it himself, “I wanted us to have something that felt like a real Eastern Shore Christmas and would celebrate our watermen at the same time”. Come to Downtown Cambridge and take a look for yourself. It will be at the corner of Race and Gay Streets, in the parking lot at Craig’s Drug Store at 409 Race Street during the holiday season. They are proud it has become an instant tradition. The unique holiday tree is back, bigger, and better than ever. The tree lighting will kick off the annual Christmas parade through town.

Over The Rhine at the Avalon Theatre in Easton

Photo Credit: Darrin Ballman

Saturday, December 5th, 8 p.m.
Acclaimed americana band, Over the Rhine consists of the husband-and-wife duo Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist. They have performed with My Morning Jacket, John Prine, Bob Dylan, and more. Paste Magazine has called their music, “lovely, heartbreaking… an uplifting musical mosaic”, and rightly so. For fans of Shawn Colvin, U2, and 10,000 Maniacs.

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Here’s a peek at December Events…
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To view more events subscribe to the Events E-Newsletter at And remember, tons of fun events are always on our Online Calendar at Melissa Lauren, Community Events Editor and former WRNR and WTMD DJ, writes the weekly What’s Up? Events Blog and E-Newsletter every Thursday. For coverage of your community event, please send press releases to Be sure to Follow What’s Up? on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook.