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May Your Days Be Merry & Bright

Dec 17, 2015 04:00PM ● By Cate Reynolds
May your days be merry and bright! The 11th Hour is in Downtown Annapolis tonight! Other Festive Events include: The Santa Speedo Run, SPCA’s Pet Photos with Santa, Handel’s Messiah presented by Live Arts Maryland, Holiday Candlelight Stroll in Downtown Annapolis and Illuminated London Town in Edgewater. On the Shore, A Christmas Story will be performed to raise funds for The Avalon Foundation. Plus, Gingerwolf (multi-instrumentalist Thomas Beall) performs secular music that will knock your stockings off!

FYI – The Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade will not be rescheduled. The Parade of Lights will shine bright next year on Thursday, December 10th so save the date! During a holiday week, the What’s Up? Events Blog and E-Newsletter will release on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Stay tuned to find out What’s Up on Tuesday the 22nd, and Tuesday the 29th. Happy holidays!

Anne Arundel County:

Photo courtesy of Sons of the Severn Chorus

11th Hour

Various locations in Downtown Annapolis, Tonight 6-11 p.m.
Don’t miss downtown Annapolis’ annual tradition of shopping and socializing into the night during 11th. It’s a great opportunity to support local businesses and get holiday shopping finished while you enjoy free local entertainment! The Entertainment Line Up includes: Sons of The Severn Chorus, Bay Area Community Church, The Salvation Army Band, Fast as Lightning, Temple Beth Shalom Children’s Chorus, HoHo with the PoPo, Voice of Pride, Magothy River Middle School Band and Chorus, Joliana from Chasing Verity, and The Chesapeake Revelers.

SPCA Pet Photos with Santa

Saturday, December 19th, 9-11 a.m.
All proceeds go towards supporting the SPCA's mission. Make memories and get a special momento from your outing and feel good about giving back to the community. Many thanks to event photographer, Joe Heimbach of!

Photo courtesy of Talent Machine

Holiday Magic 2015

Presented by The Talent Machine, Friday, December 18th through Tuesday, December 22nd, Evening and matinee shows available.
The spectacular show features a cast of local children ages six to 18, singing and dancing to traditional holiday favorites, as well as some new, high energy numbers that will delight the whole family.

Photo courtesy of Live Arts Maryland

Handel’s Messiah

Presented by Live Arts Maryland, Friday, December 18th, 8 p.m.
The Annapolis Chorale Chamber Chorus, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and soloists return to historic St. Anne’s Church for Handel’s powerful and timely masterpiece. Nothing equals hearing this piece live, including its famous “Hallelujah” chorus.

Photo Credit: Sabrina Raymond

Holiday Candlelight Stroll

Friday, December 18th, 7 p.m.
Learn about the origin of holiday traditions including the significance of evergreens, Yule logs, Christmas trees and Santa Claus. The stroll along festive Annapolis streets is a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Tours depart from the Information Booth at City Dock, Annapolis.

Photo courtesy of Santo Speedo Run

Santa Speedo Run and Toy Drive

Saturday, December 19th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
This event always stops traffic! Don your speedo, holiday flair, and sneakers. Bring a toy or book and help make a child’s Christmas merry! Participants meet at O'Brien's Annapolis' Original Steakhouse on Main Street and run throughout Downtown Annapolis up to West Street and back to Main Street for a post party with live music and libations. Donations benefit The Salvation Army.

Eastern Shore:

Photo courtesy of Dorchester Center 
for the Arts

Holiday Concert with Ashley Watkins

At Dorchester Center for the Arts Saturday, December 19th, 5 p.m.
A native of Cambridge, MD, Ashley Watkins has been studying and playing flute for many years. She earned a Bachelor of Music in 2007, and received a Master of Music in 2010 from The University of Akron in Ohio. She performs throughout her community as a soloist, spreading and sharing her love and passion for music.

A Christmas Story

Avalon Theatre, Friday, December 18th, 7 p.m. (Show closes 12/27, times vary)
Based on the modern classic film, Ralphie Parker is on a quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Featuring your friends and neighbors (and their children) from Talbot County, The Avalon Foundation’s holiday play has become an Eastern Shore tradition. The play also acts as the Foundation’s biggest holiday fundraiser of the year.


Illuminated London Town

Friday, December 18th, 6 p.m.
Experience the magic of a winter evening at Illuminated London Town! Sip hot cider beside a roaring fire in the Lord Mayor’s Tenement. Roast s’mores in the gardens, illuminated with festive holiday lights. Enjoy special performances in the gardens each week. Discover colonial nighttime and holidays at a candlelit William Brown House, decorated for the season. Bring the family to celebrate wintertime and the holidays with us at Illuminated London Town!

Encore Holiday Concert

At Anne Arundel Community College, Saturday, December 19th, 3 p.m.
The Encore Chorale Holiday Concert features singers aged 55-100 singing traditional Christmas and secular holiday favorites. The free concert is at the Robert E. Kauffman Theater in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts.

Gingerwolf (Multi-Instrumentalist Thomas Beall) Performs Secular Music That Will Knock Your Stockings Off!

Photo Credit: Accidental Seabirds

49 West, Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery hosts Thomas Beall, multi-talented multi-instrumentalist who performs under the moniker, Gingerwolf on Saturday, December 19th at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Gingerwolf has performed pedal steel guitar and guitar on albums for some of the best musicians and bands in Annapolis; Alexander Peters,  Angela Charles,  Kavoossi,  Loose TiesSkribeSwampcandyPompeii Graffiti, and more.

The new album, In Pizza We Crust is hand delivered in custom made 5x5" pizza boxes. It features eight instrumentals of varied styles. Gingerwolf defines his style as “Hawaiian Jazz from Outer Space”. The layered sounds he creates are most definitely otherworldly and multi-dimensional. Phenomenal finger style guitarist, Sarah Ellen will open the show.

For the occasion, Brian and Sarah of 49 West are creating a pizza menu of build-your-own artisan pizzas as well as Beall’s signature, "Pizzawolf".

The record was produced by Collin Dunn at Hudson Street Sound in Annapolis, mixed by Steve Wright at Wrightway Studios in Baltimore, Mastered by TW Walsh (who has worked with national artists Sufjan Stevens Ben GibbardPedro the Lion)  and features Justin Cary of Sixpence None the Richer on bass.

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