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Out & About: Previews of special events and activities to enjoy in April

Mar 29, 2016 04:06PM ● By Melissa Lauren

Photo by Tony J Photography

By Melissa Lauren

Anne Arundel County


A PRIVATEER PARTY HOSTED BY HISTORIC LONDON TOWN AND GARDENS
What’s Up? Media is a proud sponsor of A Privateer Party, which benefits Historic London Town and Gardens on Friday, April 29th. The party is 6–9:30 p.m. and includes food from many amazing caterers, music and dancing, live and silent auctions, and a wine grab. Costumes or cocktail attire aRRRRRe welcome. Historic London Town and Gardens is a 23-acre park providing recreational and educational programs that allow visitors to learn about history, archaeology, and horticulture. Tickets are $75–125. For more information call 410-222-1919, ext. 205 or visit Historiclondontown.org.


INNOVATIONS 2016 PRESENTED BY BALLET THEATRE OF MARYLAND
Explore the edges of classical and contemporary dance with original choreography and music compositions as Ballet Theatre of Maryland presents a selection of innovative pieces that will transport you from the classical to the cultural to the contemporary exploring emotions and themes relevant to all. Performances are at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Friday, April 15th at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 16th at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 17th at 2 p.m. There will be a free season grand finale party following the Sunday matinee performance. Tickets are $27-52. For more information call 410-263-5544 or visit Balletmaryland.org.


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BEER WEEK
Beer Week is April 1st–April 8th, a fun week of events supporting local charities. Events include the Fourth Annual Beer Run on Saturday, April 2nd. Beer and Bands at Stan & Joe’s West on Sunday, April 3rd, the Craft Beer Pub Crawl on Thursday, April 7th and many more events. Dates, times, and prices vary. For more information visit Annapolisbeerwk.com.





34TH ANNUAL ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE VS. U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY CROQUET MATCH
The “Johnnies” and the “Mids” vie for the coveted Annapolis Cup during this annual rite of spring. The croquet match brings together two starkly different institutions for an event Sports Illustrated says “has no parallel in intercollegiate sports.” Attendees dress “Great-Gatsby”-style while enjoying a lavish lawn party that includes serenades by the St. John’s Freshman Chorus and swing music provided by the Naval Academy’s Trident Bass Band. This Annapolis tradition is a free event at St. John’s College campus on Saturday, April 16th at 9 a.m. (Rain date is Sunday, April 17th). For more information call 410-222-18-5 or visit Sjc.edu.



Photo by Jennifer Kaye

SAILING SEASON WITH SCHOONER WOODWIND STARTS
Help raise the sails, steer the boat or just sit back and enjoy the wind in your hair aboard the Schooner Woodwind. Public Sails start on Saturday, April 16th. They host a variety of public sails including Sunset Sails, Beer and Oyster Tastings, and more. You can even be a part of the action during the Wednesday Night Sailboat Racing Cruise and watch as 130 sailboats race along the Annapolis waterfront. Ticket prices vary. Dates and times vary. For more information call 410-263-7837 or visit schoonerwoodwind.com.



ANNAPOLIS SPRING SAILBOAT SHOW
Enjoy a picturesque weekend as the charming seaport of Annapolis celebrates the end of winter and marks the opening of the sailing year April 22nd–24th. The 2016 Spring Sailboat Show is the first opportunity of the year for experienced and novice sailors to visit over 100 land exhibits and shop for the latest in equipment, electronics, clothing, and boating accessories. The fifth annual in-water springtime show will feature nearly 80 sailboats on display—new and brokerage—including catamarans, monohulls, racing boats, family cruisers, day sailors, and inflatables. Enjoy the thrill of sailing from the show docks. Free sailboat rides will be provided by Annapolis Community Boating. The show opens daily at 10 a.m. For more information call 410-268-8828 or visit Annapolisboatshows.com.


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28TH ANNUAL VOCAL COMPETITION PRESENTED BY ANNAPOLIS OPERA
The 28th Annual Vocal Competition presented by Annapolis Opera is Saturday, April 23rd at 10 a.m. and Sunday, April 24th at 3 p.m. The competition has given opera students and young professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region the opportunity to hone their craft by performing for a panel of judges comprised of respected music educators and opera performers. This competition is a great way to discover new talent. There is even an audience favorite award as voted by you! The event is free. For more information call 410-267-8135 or visit annapolisopera.org.


Photo by Ana Fallon

ANNAPOLIS BOOK FESTIVAL
Celebrate the written word at the Annapolis Book Festival, a free community event that features a full day of discussions with best-selling authors, as well as book signings, family activities, and new and used book sales. The Annapolis Book Festival is at The Key School on Saturday, April 16th from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Diane Rehm, David E. Hoffman, Amy Ellis Nutt, D. Watkins, Matt Bai, and Dolen Perkins-Valdez are among the many distinguished speakers scheduled to appear at the 2016 Annapolis Book Festival. In addition to author appearances, the 14th annual festival incudes entertainment and educational performances. For more information call 410-263-9231 or visit Keyschool.org.


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ORIOLES OPENING DAY
Root for your home team, the Orioles on Opening Day, Monday, April 4th, as they take on the Minnesota Twins at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Get there at 3 p.m. for the first pitch. Prices vary. For more information call 866-800-1275 or visit Baltimore.orioles.mlb.com.







Photo courtesy of Rams Head Group

ROBIN TROWER GUITARIST OF PROCUL HARUM FAME PERFORMS
Legendary solo artist and Procol Harum guitarist Robin Trower helped define an era of guitar-riff rock with the first four notes of 1974’s “Bridge of Sighs.” Trower has garnered the same esteem and prestige as the great players of the time: Jimmy Page, Pete Townsend, Jeff Beck and the lot. Robin is a passionate player, “I still enjoy making music. I practically live for playing the guitar.” On the heels of the release of Robin Trower’s latest album, Something’s About to Change, Rams Head is thrilled to welcome him back to Annapolis at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Tuesday, April 19th at 8 p.m. Tickets are $60-70. For more information call 410-268-4545 or visit Ramsheadonstage.com.

Eastern Shore


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Restaurant Week

TALBOT COUNTY RESTAURANT WEEK
Talbot County’s chefs and restaurateurs invite residents and visitors on a culinary journey of discovery as they showcase their finest dishes and most creative cooking during Restaurant Week 2016, Sunday, April 3rd–Saturday, April 9th. Now in its seventh year, this week-long event is sponsored by the Talbot County Office of Tourism and Talbot County Tourism Board. Restaurant Week spotlights many of the local eating establishments that grace the treasured towns and communities of Talbot County. Food lovers have the opportunity to try new restaurants and revisit favorite dining spots. Participating restaurants will treat lucky guests to special prices and menus. Two-course lunches will be available for $20.16, while three-course dinners are priced at $35.16. Prices do not include tax, tip, or beverages. For more information call 410-770-8000 or visit Tourtalbot.org.


Photo by Jess Newell Photography

EASTERN SHORE SEA GLASS AND COASTAL ARTS FESTIVAL
The Fifth Annual Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival in St. Michaels is hosted by Ophiuroidea “The O” and will be held on Saturday, April 9th from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, April 10th from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. This rain or shine event will be held in the Old Historic Mill in St. Michaels. They will host artisans from all over the East Coast, from Maine to Virginia, offering sea glass and other handcrafted coastal inspired items. Local musicians will be featured and locally made spirits and food items will also be available for purchase. It’s fun for the whole family. Tickets are $5 per person. Children 12 and under are free. For more information call 410-745-8057 or visit ophiuroidea.com.


ST. MICHAELS WINEFEST
Sample, sip, and savor nearly 400 wines from vineyards around the world during the Seventh Annual WineFest at St. Michaels, Saturday, April 23rd and Sunday, April 24th from 12–5 p.m. Friday, April 22nd will be an evening of VIP events. The event has raised thousands of dollars for various local organizations including St. Michaels Food Pantry, St. Michaels Community Center, and more. Wine tastings are available at various locations in St. Michaels with shuttle service to escort participants safely along the tasting route. Most venues are within walking distance. Ticket prices are $40–175. For more information visit Winefestatstmichaels.com.


TUCKAHOE EASTER EGG HUNT
The Tuckahoe Easter Egg Hunt will feature over 4,000 plastic and hardboiled eggs hidden, including special prize eggs. The event is Monday, April 4th from 1–2 p.m. in the Cherry Lane Picnic Area of Tuckahoe State Park. Admission is free. The event is for kids 10 and under. For more information visit dnr.state.md.us.




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DELMARVA SHOREBIRDS OPENING DAY
Root for your home team, the Shorebirds, on Opening Day, Thursday, April 14th as they take on Hagerstown at Purdue Stadium in Salisbury. Get there at 7 p.m. for the first pitch. Ticket prices vary. For more information call 410-219-3312 or visit Milb.com.






Photo by Sarah Kjelleren

FRANCESCA BLANCHARD PERFORMS AT THE MAINSTAY
Singer/songwriter Francesca Blanchard performs at The Mainstay in Rock Hall on Saturday, April 9th at 8 p.m. Francesca Blanchard was selected Best Vocalist of 2015 by the Vermont weekly Seven Days, who hailed her as “a profound, mature talent who displays guile and artistic sensitivity that would be the envy of many tunesmiths twice her age.” Born and raised in France, she traveled the globe with her family before settling down in Vermont. She sings in both French and English. Blanchard has opened for such singer/songwriter stars as Joan Armatrading and Suzanne Vega. Tickets are $20. For more information call 410-639-9133 or visit Mainstayrockhall.org.


22ND ANNUAL MARYLAND INTERNATIONAL KITE EXPOSITION
The 22nd Annual Maryland International Kite Exposition features three fun-filled days of kite flying on the beautiful beaches of Ocean City. Throughout the festival there will be exhibitions and demonstrations including stunt and power kite lessons, free children’s games and activities, and more. The festival will showcase some of the best kite flyers from around the world. Kites of all shapes and sizes will be on display including some massive character and theme based kites. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. daily Friday, April 28th through Sunday, May 1st on 4th, 5th, and 6th Streets. All Mid-Atlantic Stunt Kite Championships will take place on 5th Street. For more information call 410-289-7855 or visit Kiteloft.com.


Photo by Sally Weigand

SPOCOTT WINDMILL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
Spocott Windmill in Cambridge celebrates Earth Day on Saturday, April 23rd 10 a.m.–3 p.m. There will be building tours, Native American demonstrations, food and entertainment, activities for children, a tree giveaway, and of course, the windmill will be running. The event is free! For more information visit Spocottwindmill.org.




Photo by Dave Harp

HISTORIC WALKING TOURS IN CAMBRIDGE
Join a costumed guide for a walking tour of beautiful, historic High Street every Saturday at 11 a.m. from April through October (weather permitting). Meet at Long Wharf at the end of High Street for the tour. Come experience this beauty and learn about the famous and significant people who lived on High Street who were instrumental in the founding of the state of Maryland and our nation, and the folklore which has grown up around them. Tickets are $8 for adults; children 12 and under are free. To reserve your tour, call 410-901-1000. For more information visit Cambridgemainstreet.com.


BAY BRIDGE BOAT SHOW
The 2016 Bay Bridge Boat Show marks when the powerboating season begins. Enjoy a fun-filled weekend April 15th–19th at Bay Bridge Marina in Stevensville. The leading powerboat manufacturers will show nearly 200 boats, new and brokerage. Experienced and novice boaters can shop for the latest in equipment, electronics, clothing, and boating accessories. Boats of every style imaginable will be on display including bowriders, canoes, express cruisers, inflatables, jet boats, kayaks, luxury cruisers, ski boats, trawlers, and more. The show opens daily at 10 a.m. For more information call 410-268-8828 or visit Annapolisboatshows.com.

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