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Out & About June 2016: Local Events Throughout the Month

Jun 02, 2016 04:00PM ● By Cate Reynolds

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We have compiled a list of our favorite local events for the month of June. Would you like more exposure for your events? Create an account on our website to enter your events into our online calendar.

8th Annual Paca Girlfriends’ Party

The 8th Annual Paca Girlfriends Party is a night of food, fine wine, friendship, flowers and fun that you won’t want to miss! Experience the charm of the William Paca House, indulge in culinary creations donated but the area’s premier chefs and stroll through the luxurious English gardens filled with beautiful rose bushes and other gorgeous garden features. Plus, there is a festive marketplace with fashionable threads and goods by local designers. The festivities begin on Wednesday, June 15th at 5 p.m. General admission is $50 with a VIP Package at $150, which includes a VIP swag bag, meet and greet with local designers, and more. This event benefits the Historic Annapolis Foundation. For more information visit

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What’s Up? Media's Best Of Party

Ahoy mates! Join us at our annual celebration in honor of our Best Of winners of the year on Thursday, June 23rd 6–9 p.m. at the Loews Annapolis Hotel. Enjoy freshly prepared food and drink samples from the best local restaurants, entertainment and music all night long, and the best silent auction around! This year's silent auction will benefit the SPCA of AA County, Talbot Humane Society, and other local charities. This event sells out every year, so be sure to purchase your tickets early to join the party! Tickets are $75. VIP Tickets are $130. For more information call 410-266-6287, ext. 129 or visit

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Crafts, and Wine Festival

6th Annual Annapolis Arts, Crafts, and Wine Festival

The Annapolis Arts, Crafts, and Wine Festival is a weekend of fine, juried arts and handmade crafts, plus wine tastings from more than 25 Maryland wineries. Smooth jazz music and delectable cuisine with family friendly activities are also part of the festival. This is a two-day outdoor celebration of the arts will take place Saturday, June 4th from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday, June 5th from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corp Stadium. Tickets range from $5-30. For more information call 410-263-4012 or visit

Bands in the Sand

Saturday, June 11th 5–10:30 p.m. enjoy a fun-filled evening on the water’s edge with friends, great live music, cool drinks, and mouth-watering grilled food at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Annual Bands in the Sand event. This party has raised funds to defend and protect the Bay. Proceeds have helped develop award winning educational programs, on-the-ground restoration activities throughout the watershed, and advocacy initiatives at both the federal and state level. Bands in the Sand is on the beach at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Philip Merrill Environmental Center. For more information call 888-SAVE-BAY or visit

30th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival

Boating enthusiasts rejoice at the 30th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival! See wooden classics, vintage race boats, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats, and enjoy workshops, family activities, live music, and more. Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, this event will be held Friday, June 17th through Sunday, June 19th at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Festival hours are Friday 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Two-day admission ranges from $6–18. For more information call 410-745-2916 or visit

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National Music Festival

The National Music Festival at Washington College brings together inspiring mentors and the next generation of gifted musicians, providing education, scholarships, and affordable, adventurous public performances. The Festival, which presents concerts and rehearsals in venues throughout Chestertown and Kent County, runs from Sunday, June 5th through Saturday, June 18th. Music ranges widely from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to Dixieland Jazz, as apprentices and mentors rehearse and perform together in orchestra, chamber, solo recital, and choral repertoire. The Festival will present over 35 concerts and 200 free open rehearsals. Prices, times, and locations vary. Many concerts are free. For more information call 410-778-2064 or visit

Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Tours

The Annapolis Maritime Museum is one of four partners in a consortium that took over ownership of the beautiful Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. The Museum joined the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, the City of Annapolis, and Anne Arundel County to manage and preserve this beloved National Historic Landmark. Built in 1875, last screwpile lighthouse on the Bay remains in its original location—one-and-a-half miles offshore in the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the South River. Conservation and restoration are ongoing. The goal of the partnership is to make the lighthouse accessible to the public. Docent-led tours aboard the lighthouse are offered each summer through October 8th. June tours include Saturday, June 4th and Saturday, June 25th at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $70. For more information call 410-295-0104 or visit

Secret Garden Tour

The Secret Garden Tour explores different private gardens through the neighborhood of Murray Hill in Downtown Annapolis Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th 10–3 p.m. During the rare opportunity participants are given a behind the scenes look at some of the most stunning gardens in the area. Docents will have garden descriptions for each location. Enjoy going beyond the gates of many wonderful gardens. Hammond-Harwood House thanks the gardeners who have opened their homes for their annual fundraiser. Tickets are $30-35. For more information call 410-263-4683 or visit

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Riddle Me This: Mysteries of History Summer Camp Hosted by Historic Annapolis

This summer Historic Annapolis will introduce your young detectives to a world of mystery in Historic Annapolis! Young campers will explore downtown every day traveling from Annapolis’ colonial past to the ships of history’s most notorious pirates. They will learn the skills of a world-class spy, an artful mystery writer, a private eye, and a fearsome pirate! Kids will enjoy various activities during the week of June 20th 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily (before and after care available). Admission is $360. For more information call 410-626-1033 or visit

D.C. United Soccer

Goooooaaaaalllll! D.C. United matches up against New England Revolution on Wednesday, June 22nd at 8 p.m. at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Tickets are $20-55. For more information call 202-587-5000 or visit

 Sunday Sushi Gospel

Music is something we all have in common. Sunday Sushi Gospel is the first Sunday of every month May through Sunday, November 6th, 5:30–7 p.m. at Tsunami Annapolis Restaurant. Bishop Craig Coates from Fresh Start Church and his Gospel Choir sing classic R&B Gospel songs. Sunday Sushi Gospel is nondenominational and celebrates the goodness in life and people and has proven to bring our community together beautifully. Stop by and sing along on Sunday, June 5th. No cover. For more information call 410-990-9868 or visit

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The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers will perform not one but two shows at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore on Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th at 8:30 p.m. With roots in traditional folk and bluegrass, their music also has rock n’ roll attitude. The band is touring in support of their latest release, True Sadness, which they note “is a patchwork quilt, both thematically and stylistically. Wherein a myriad of contrasting fabrics make perfect sense on the same plane...” The latest record has influences as varied as quilt patches: Queen, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Tom Petty, Nine Inch Nails, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few. Tickets are $38-55. For more information call 410-783-4189 or visit

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Eastport a Rockin’ Music Festival

Eastport A Rockin’ is a music and arts festival on Back Creek in Annapolis’ historic maritime district of Eastport. Three stages host more than 25 bands performing music from Rock to Folk, to Roots to Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass, Funk, and Soul. Eastport starts rockin’ at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 18th. The party goes until 8 p.m. and benefits The Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis Fund for Musicians, and the Eastport Volunteer Fire Department. There will be food and beverages galore! The kids’ area will feature moon bounces, face painters, tattoo artists, and more. Local artisans and crafters will have their creations on display. For more information visit

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Leukemia Cup Regatta

Come out and enjoy a day on the water at The Leukemia Cup Regatta on Saturday, June 4th 10 a.m.–7 p.m. at the Eastport Yacht Club. After racing, join the Rock the Dock for a Cure Party! Support the mission to find a cure for blood cancers. Tickets are $25-65. For more information call 443-471-1620 or visit

Great Strides Walk: A Cystic Fibrosis Benefit

Join walkers on Saturday, June 4th at 11 a.m. for this fundraiser benefiting the Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Registration is free. Donation levels vary. Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits the ability to breathe. The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individual treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. For more information call 410-628-0795 or visit

Every Step Counts Bello Machre Walk/Bike/5K Run

Every Step Counts Bello Machre Walk/Bike/5K Run will be held at Anne Arundel Community College on Saturday, June 11th at 8 a.m. The Bello Machre 5K Run will feature a professional timing system for each registered 5K participant—whether you walk or run. Awards will be presented to the fastest three times for both men and women. Medals also awarded to both men/women in eight groups—all participants under the age of 15 will receive a participation medal. The Every Step Counts 5K Course is suited for runners of all ages. Registration is $25. Donation levels vary. For more information call 443-702-3000 or visit

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and Garden Tour

11th Annual Eastport Home and Garden Tour

The Eastport Home and Garden Tour is the Eastport Community Association’s premier annual event and showcases the fabric and character of the unique neighborhood. Proceeds support the many projects of the Eastport Community Association. Enjoy the small gems and hidden treasures nestled around Second and Third Streets on the Eastport peninsula. Join the Eastport Civic Association on Sunday, June 12th between 1–5 p.m. (rain or shine) for this much anticipated annual tour. The homes and gardens on this year’s tour include a “man-cave” carved into a backyard, a working artist’s studio packed with inspiration, and a condominium boasting the Chesapeake Bay as its garden. Tickets are $20-25 and available at

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Beach Resort and Spa

Rock the Dock Music Series at Chesapeake Beach Resort And Spa

Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa Rocks the Dock this summer during their music concert series. Sit under an umbrella beachside with an umbrella in your drink as you take in the tunes while the sun sets and the tempo rises. The music goes strong all summer long. June highlights include music from: The Deloreans (an 80s tribute band), Caribbean Chiller (a Jimmy Buffet tribute band), and John Lusky to name a few. For more information call 866-312-5596 or visit

Corvettes on the Bay

Corvette Annapolis presents the Corvettes on the Bay Show at City Dock, Annapolis on June 18th. This special event features all models built from 1953 through 2016 and is free to the general public. Proceeds from Corvettes on the Bay will benefit the Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region. For further information, visit

St. Mary’s Crab Festival

St. Mary’s Crab Festival presented by the Leonardtown Lions Club is Saturday, June 11th. You’ll find food for all tastes; steamed crabs, BBQ, sandwiches, desserts, and much more. This fundraiser event benefits Leonardtown Lions Club, which has played an active and vital role in serving first the citizens of St. Mary’s County. Their charity funds a growing number of deserving programs in St. Mary’s County and around the world. This event will be fun for the whole family with live music, a magic show, a crab picking contest! The festivities start at 11 a.m. and the party winds down at 8 p.m. For more information visit

Classic Motor Museum Saturday Cars and Coffee

Classic Motor Museum St. Michaels hosts Saturday Cars and Coffee every Saturday morning 9 a.m.–11 a.m. at 102 E. Marengo Street in St. Michaels. The coffee is hot and so are the cars! This event is free for spectators and there is no registration fee. Just drive up and have fun! For more information call 410-745-8979 or visit

Great American Campout

Welcome summer by taking part in the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout at Adkins Arboretum on Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th. The fun starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Join fellow campers for a naturalist-led “walk and wade” along the Blockston Branch, catch fireflies, take a flashlight hike, and share spooky stories around the campfire. The Delmarva Stargazers will be on hand with telescopes to reveal the wonders of the night sky. Children’s crafts, a morning bike ride, and s’more fun activities are planned. Tickets are $10–20. Register in advance at For more information call 410-634-2847.

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Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom is a two-day fundraising event at Chestertown RiverArts Gallery to benefit Community Mediation Upper Shore. Local florists will present gorgeous arrangements inspired by the artwork exhibited in the gallery for their June Fine Art Show. The Reception and Flower Arrangement Awards are on Sunday, June 19th 4–7 p.m. There will be a Fashion Show and Champagne Celebration on Monday, June 20th 3–5 p.m. The event is free, donation levels vary. For more information call 410-778-6300 or visit

27th Annual Strawberry Festival

One of the summer’s sweetest bounties sits at the heart of this annual celebration at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in St. Michaels. Browse more than 50 craft vendors and enjoy good music and a variety of strawberries to eat and take home. Plus, there will be yummy homemade strawberry baked goods available. The festival is June 4th 10 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information call 410-745-5980.

Chesterton Blues Concert Series

The Chestertown Blues Concert Series presents Jarekus Singleton on Friday, June 10th at 8 p.m. at Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre.Singleton, 30, is a musical trailblazer with a bold vision for the future of the blues. Springing from the same Mississippi soil as Charley Patton, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King. He melds hip-hop wordplay, rock energy, and R&B grooves with contemporary and traditional blues, turning audiences of all ages into devoted fans. “Stinging blues guitar and potent, original songs herald the emergence of a major new talent.” —USA TODAY Tickets are $20–30. For more information call 410-810-2060 or visit

Eating Easton Food Tours

The Eastern Shore’s popular food tour group, EatingEaston, EatingSt.Michaels, and the newly created EatingCambridge blends culture, food, history, and a walking adventure as a way to experience the wonders of the unique towns and communities of the beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland while spending one-on-one time with chefs and restaurateurs. Each three-hour tour is led by experienced tour guides who are also history and food buffs. A minimum of four restaurants participates in the tour providing a taste and a sip of their signature cuisines and drinks.  Local distilleries, breweries, and culinary specialty stores also partner with the tours. For more information call 443-786-4471 or visit

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Farms, Fishes, and Fine Wine Day in the Country

Bordley History Center in Chestertown hosts Farms, Fishes, and Fine Wine Day in the Country on Saturday, June 11th 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Departing from historic downtown Chestertown, enjoy a beautiful day in the country and short drive to Turner’s Creek, one of the oldest settlements in Kent County. View vintage farm equipment at the Kent Museum, the original manorial home Knock’s Folly, a popular fishing pier on Turner’s Creek at the granary, and a Revolutionary War era cemetery. The morning finishes off with a tour, tasting, and light lunch at Crow Farm and Vineyard. Tickets are $50. For more information call 410-778-3499 or visit

National Trails Day Hike

National Trails Day Hike is Saturday, June 4, 2016. In celebration of a national movement to promote the importance of trails in the United States, Maryland State Parks have planned a series of outdoor activities on National Trails Day. These family-friendly events include an array of activities, including guided hikes, trail maintenance projects, invasive plant removal, biding, geocaching, bicycling, and paddling trips. Entrance fees and entrance times vary. Locations include Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park, Elk Neck State Park, For Frederick State Park, and Janes Island State Park, and many more. For more information call 410-260-8001 or visit

Ironman Eagleman Triathlon

Athletes will begin with a 1.2-mile, one-loop swim in the Choptank River on the Delmarva Peninsula. The course is rectangular, and features an in-water start, exiting at the Great Marsh Park. The 56-mile, one-loop bike course travels through Dorchester County, and into the aforementioned wildlife refuge. The course is flat, fast and scenic. The 13.1-mile, one-loop run is on calm country roads offering numerous straightaways—opportunities for athletes to size up their competition. A professional prize purse of $30,000 is up for grabs as well as 30 age-group qualifying slots to the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, taking place on September 4 in Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. The event is Sunday, June 12th in Cambridge. Registration is $315. For more information call 303-444-4316 or visit

Bike MS: Chesapeake Challenge 2016

Bike MS: Chesapeake Challenge 2016 is the Maryland Chapter’s inaugural ride event that will take you farther than you’ve ever gone before. This fundraising event is held at Talbot Community Center on Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th. This event offers a perfect experience for cyclists of all levels and abilities with a variety of route options winding through the flat and rural Eastern Shore. The registration fee is $40 with a $300 fundraising minimum. For more information call 202-375-5633 or visit

31st Annual Bay to Bay Bicycle Ride

The Chestertown Lions Club welcomes cyclists to this summer’s bicycling challenge, the Bay to Bay ride on Sunday, June 26th. The tour is 7 a.m.–6 p.m. and consists of four routes between 27 and 104 miles in length. The flat loop route takes in the scenery of the heartland of the Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware including farmlands, old country homes, quaint towns, and great country stores. The 27-mile ride goes through historic Chestertown for those who want a less challenging ride. Spend the day touring the town, then return to join your friends at the beach. The event supports Leader Dogs for the Blind. Registration is $25-40. For more information visit

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 Environmental Committee

First Thursday Environmental Series Hosted by Chestertown Environmental Committee

Chestertown Environmental Committee hosts their free Film and Lecture Series the first Thursday of each month at Sumner Hall in Chestertown. Thursday, June 2nd at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Andrew Ristvey will present a talk on farm diversification by adding specialty fruit and vegetable crops. He will introduce attendees to some new potential specialties, in particular Aronia, a small purple fruit packed with antioxidants. Dr. Ristvey is a University of Maryland Extension Specialist for Commercial Horticulture. For more information call 410-810-5768 or visit

The 31st Annual Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival

Held in Easton from June 5th through June 19th, the festival boasts concerts, Artist Showcases, open rehearsals, pre-concert discussions, and the Angels Concert, featuring new and returning artists from the world stage, diverse musical ensembles, and familiar classics. The festival will also include the world premiere of “Loosely Turing” by Lev Mamuya, a 19-year-old cellist. The piece is loosely inspired by a seminal paper about the limits of computation devices written by famed mathematician Alan Turing. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit or call 410 819-0380.

Oxford Cardboard Races

Put your ingenuity to the test on Saturday, June 25th at the 28th Annual Cardboard Boat Race in Oxford. Each year, participants are tasked with creating a boat out of cardboard to paddle, push, or pull around The Strand, in the hopes of winning one of several coveted titles. Pre-register your crafty vessel at 9 a.m. or simply watch the races as they begin at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $25. Boat rental is $100. Boats for sale at $400. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics of Maryland and the Oxford Community Center. For more information call 410-924-3212 or visit

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