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Happy St. Patrick's Day & Maryland Day!

Mar 17, 2016 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Find Editor’s Picks for the best St. Pat’s Parties. The 9th Annual Maryland Day Celebration kicks off this Friday. Find out all the details on events celebrating this great state. Social & Style Editor, Becca Newell takes you Inside the Event: The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County’s Annual Fundraising Gala. Read the full interview with Annapolis Film Festival founders! We have exciting What’s Up? for Grabs giveaways! Plus, nominate your TWIN!

Maryland Day Events 2016


9th Annual Maryland Day Celebration

Friday, March 18th through Sunday, March 20th. Times and locations vary.
All events are $1 or free! The weekend reexamines the state’s storied past beginning with its foundation. Tours of the Annapolis Maritime Museum, Maryland State Archives, Hammond-Harwood House, Naval Academy, Historic London Town and Gardens, William Paca House and Garden, and other locations will all help tell centuries of tales of this great state. Educational lectures will take place at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and St. John’s College. All events are $1 or free!

Following are details on the festivities…READ MORE

You’re in Luck! Here are the Editor’s Picks for the best St. Patrick’s Day Parties!

Rams Head Tavern St. Patrick’s Day Party

Shamrock & Roll Bash at Union Jack’s

6th Annual St. Patrick’s Greene Games at the Green Turtle Annapolis

St. Patrick’s Day Shopping Cart Races at Carpenter Street Saloon in St. Michaels

Social & Style Editor, Becca Newell takes you Inside the Event: The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County’s Annual Fundraising Gala, An Evening in Venice.

15 Minutes with... The Annapolis Film Festival by Melissa Lauren

Photo courtesy of The Annapolis Film Festival
The Annapolis Film Festival brings an array of filmmakers and directors from around the globe to interact with our community’s diverse, educated and savvy filmgoers through a weekend of screenings, panels and special showcases, allowing the audience to engage in a global experience. The Fourth Annapolis Film Festival, taking place in downtown Annapolis from March 31st to April 3rd, features more than 70 independent films from many different countries including France, Mexico, Singapore, the UK, and the United States. Narrative and documentary films, signature showcases and shorts programs cover a world of subjects including the African African, Jewish, and LGBT experiences. Programs are shown at several locations in Annapolis including Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, St. John’s College, Asbury United Methodist Church, St. Anne’s Parish Hall, and more. The Opening Night film screening will be held at Mitscher Hall in the United States Naval Academy. What’s Up? talks with Annapolis Film Festival Co-founders and Directors, Patti White and Lee Anderson. Here is the full lineup of films. 

What’s Up? Congratulation on the fourth year of the Annapolis Film Festival!

Patti White Thanks! We’re growing up pretty fast. READ FULL INTERVIEW HERE

What’s Up? for Grabs Giveaways


Check out the E-Newsletters each week for new giveaways up for grabs!

(Only Events E-Newsletter Subscribers are eligible. Please make sure you are available to attend the event before you enter the contest. Thank you.) Subscribe now. Good luck!

This Week's Prizes

Prize #1: A Pair of Tickets to attend What’s Up? Media’s Easter Tea at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on Saturday, March 26th at 10 a.m.

You’re invited to a memorable holiday family fun event! What’s Up? Media presents our Easter Tea on Saturday, March 26th at the Loews Annapolis Hotel. Celebrate the season with a light lunch and performance from Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Get photos with the Easter Bunny by a professional photographer and enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt.

Prize #2: A Pair of Tickets to see Chart-topping Pop Star, Carly Rae Jepsen at Baltimore Soundstage

Carly Rae Jepsen, Sunday, March 20th, 7:30 p.m. (All Ages Show) 
On the follow-up to her U.S. debut album Kiss-a 2012 release featuring the Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum-selling breakout hit "Call Me Maybe"-singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen brings new depth and dimension to her undeniably hooky but heart-driven breed of pop music. With its bright and shimmering layers of melody and texture, E·MO·TION gracefully captures both the joy and risk in following your heart. “A lot of the album’s about me trying to get some power back,” Jepsen says. “I’d recently broken up with someone and moved to New York, so it was a scary new world for me—but at the same time I felt like I was coming into my own.” Kicking off with the slow-burning but epic “Run Away with Me,” her new album, E·MO·TION begins by twisting restless longing into blissed-out escapism (“That song’s about being away from someone for so long and having to make this one weekend together count,” Jepsen explains. “It’s totally romantic and not very real-life, but there’s something kind of magical in that”).

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The YWCA is Accepting Nominations for their TWIN Awards

The YWCA’s Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Awards will be held on Thursday,  Thursday, June 2nd at the Westin Annapolis Hotel. The YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Tribute to Women of Industry (TWIN) Awards. For over 30 years, the YWCA has recognized the outstanding achievements of women by presenting this distinguished honor to those who exemplify excellence in executive level positions and have made significant contributions to both their organizations and the community. Nominations are due by Thursday, March 31st.
Nominees should meet the following criteria:
  • Outstanding Leadership qualities
  • Significant contributions to their organization or field of expertise with regard to its success, growth, and/or innovation
  • Participation in one or more community volunteer initiatives, Boards or committees
  • Role model and/or mentor to support the advancement of other women leaders
To nominate an outstanding woman who demonstrates excellence in these areas, please contact Kristin Whitaker at


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