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Happy New Year from What’s Up? Media!

Dec 29, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren
Happy New Year from What’s Up? Media! Following are Editor’s Picks for fun ways to ring in the New Year. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

Anne Arundel County:

New Year’s Eve in Downtown Annapolis

Thursday, December 31st, 3 p.m.
Ring in the New Year at City Dock in Annapolis during this free, family-friendly New Year’s Eve party. Entertainment kicks off at 3 p.m., with two fireworks displays at 7:30 p.m. and midnight. Face painting, magic shows, live music, and more! For more information call 410-263-7997 or visit

Groove in the New Year with Marcus Johnson at Rams Head On Stage

Thursday, December 31st, 7 p.m.
Get ready to celebrate New Year's Eve in true Annapolis style with dinner, dancing, and a night with Jazz, R&B spectacular, Marcus Johnson! Tickets to the show include a premium buffet dinner, dessert and a bubbly champagne toast at the stroke of midnight!

There will be a dance floor for this show. Independent Billboard-ranked musician and NAACP Image Award-nominated jazz keyboardist and pianist, Marcus Johnson has released 15 successful studio albums. Johnson is the owner of a music label, Three Keys Music, and has emerged as one of the young lions of the music world. His unique self-taught style of piano play has earned him distinction among his peers, praise from the media and accolades across the music industry. Marcus is on the cutting edge of ‘Euro Jazz’ having formed JURIS, a musical collaboration with acclaimed Parisian DJ and producer Pulse. The duo quickly developed a name within the international music community, enjoying large-scale performances.

Pusser’s Caribbean Grill New Year’s Eve Celebration

Thursday, December 31st, 5 p.m.
Ring in 2016 with a 3 course dinner and fireworks show on the Annapolis Harbor. New Year’s Eve dinner is $75 per person and menu items include: Lobster Bisque, Tournedos Chesapeake, Tenderloin of Beef Filet Mignon, Twin Crab Cakes, Key Lime Pie, and more! Reservations available by telephone only at 443-837-1264. Ala Carte dinner is also an option starting at 9pm.

Eastern Shore:

Ring in the New Year in Downtown Cambridge

Thursday, December 31st, 7 p.m.
Wear festive attire and enjoy music by The Morrison Brothers Band, a country rock band from Nashville. There will be Appetizers, buffet dinner, wine, and spirits by Cambridge Eateries. Plus, an Oyster bar with Chesapeake Gold Oysters and Beer by RAR Brewing. $85 ticket includes all of the above with two drink tickets, champagne toast, and party favors! All proceeds benefit Cambridge Main Street! 
Photo courtesy of The Morrison Brothers Band

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Robert Morris Inn & Tavern

Thursday, December 31st, 5 p.m.
Serving between 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., enjoy the same great menu wherever your mood takes you. The Tavern for a casual fireside experience or the Dining Room for a fine formal setting and the Tred Avon Room, perfect for the family. A welcoming glass of chilled Prosecco with canapes is followed by a three-course gourmet dinner.

New Year’s Eve with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in Easton

Thursday, December 31st, 7 p.m.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with music at historic, newly renovated Christ Church. Soprano Meghan McCall described by the Washington Post as having “bell-like clarity” and “a radiant full-bodied voice will sing. She has established herself as one of the finest young artists of opera today. The program will include excerpts from Puccini's "La Bohème," Haydn’s exciting Symphony No. 101,"The Clock,” written after Haydn landed in England on New Year's day in 1791. It was an instant success with London audiences. Enjoy selections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Respighi's "Ancient Airs and Dances;"  and Strauss songs and waltzes,  "Wiener Blut" and "Blue Danube,"then home again to American songs and jazz!

Fisherman’s Inn

Thursday, December 31st, 5 p.m.
Enjoy Chef Specials and full regular menu at Fisherman’s Inn. Seating until 10pm and parties of 10 or more may call ahead for reservations at 410-827-8807. For more info visit


New Year’s Weekend Events at Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa

Thursday, December 31st, 7 a.m.
Start the celebrations early with a hearty breakfast buffet at Rod 'n Reel from 7am-11am. Dance to Oldies Music and Elvis Tribute by Johnny Seaton doors open at 8:00 p.m.. Live music tickets include party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. New Year's Eve Cosmic Bingo will also start at 8 p.m.

Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park

January 2nd, 5 p.m.
Don’t miss the last day of Lights on the Bay, an annual holiday favorite. More than 60 light displays will adorn the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and run throughout Sandy Point State Park. The event benefits Anne Arundel Medical Center. Entry is $15 for cars and $50 for buses.

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