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A What's Up? Weekend 11/23/16

Nov 23, 2016 04:00PM ● By Nicole Gould

Photo by Justin Clough

Not Just Another Pretty Voice: Breaking the Boundaries of Country Music with Maggie Rose

The chatter of students fills the air as Margaret heads towards her ECON class during her sophomore year at Clemson. With the rush of students left and right, she manages to catch an unfamiliar 10-digit number highlight her phone. With hesitation, she answers. Before you know it, that one phone call has her leaving college behind and heading for a whole new life in Nashville.

The Potomac, Maryland native proves that with confidence, hard work, and perseverance anything is possible. That’s how Margaret Durante went from your average person to music sensation Maggie Rose.

Although most people would label her as a country girl, Maggie Rose combines all elements of Country, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Rock, making her one of the most diverse and creative artists in the industry.

In her latest single, "Love Me More," Maggie strips it down to a single piano, allowing listeners to focus on the true meaning of the lyrics rather than the melody. The video, which was released back in September, has already reached over 45,000 views.

“I think the song resonates with women so much because we are always putting other people first and we find ourselves stuck in places we should have gotten out of a long time ago.”
Maggie Rose

What makes Maggie different you ask? She takes life into her own hands, not allowing the music industry to consume her and label her just another “pretty voice.”

Maggie Rose will be performing at Bethesda Blues & Jazz with The Morrison Brothers Band Friday, December 2nd, 8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $35.

Full Interview here

The What's Up? Weekend Rundown

Anne Arundel County

Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 24th, 11 a.m. –1 p.m.
The Wellness House of Annapolis is delighted to host its members at the third annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner! Look forward to a wonderful time with delicious food, warm friendship, community, and of course watching a bit of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Turkey Day team will be providing the main courses of turkey and ham. Wellness House of Annapolis provides strength and support to those affected by cancer. Services offered include: counseling, support groups, therapeutic art and music, educational seminars, children's programs and much more. Though the generosity of our community, all of our services and programs are offered free of charge.

Grand Illumination– City Tree Lighting
Sunday, November 27th, 5:30–8 p.m.
With support from the Annapolis business community, the Annapolis Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce) will once again host the lighting of the tree in Annapolis during the city’s Grand Illumination event. Watch Santa arrive in town and enjoy singing and dance performances by area youth. The Jaycees will provide refreshments and ornaments children can use to decorate the tree. Attendees are invited to bring nonperishable food items and new, unwrapped toys for the Jaycees’ annual Angel Tree Project.  

AAMC Lights on the Bay
Thursday, November 24th – Sunday November 27th
Anne Arundel Medical Center’s (AAMC) 22nd annual holiday light show, Lights on the Bay, will take place at Sandy Point State Park. The event features a two-mile scenic drive along the Chesapeake Bay with approximately 70 animated and stationary displays illuminating the roadway. In addition to popular classic displays that visitors have enjoyed for years, including a colonial village inspired by historic Annapolis and one of the USNA midshipmen tossing their hats in the air, guests will also be treated to two new themes this year: North Pole Village & Enchanted Fairy Tales. Lights on the Bay has something for everyone in the family. Children can participate in a nightly scavenger hunt, challenging them to find items within the show, answer display-related questions and enter a drawing to win prizes. As always, Santa will make an appearance on Thanksgiving Day.

Eastern Shore

The Great Turkey Chase
Thursday, November 24th, 7:30 a.m.
The Great Turkey Chase at Hunter's Oak Golf Club is a family-oriented fun event! Start your Thanksgiving morning with family and friends on a beautiful five mile or two-mile run/walk. Both courses include a mix of flat and rolling terrain in a beautiful Scottish-Hills style setting with pond views, occasional wildlife sightings, woods, fields, and, of course, the golf course. There will be one timed start for the five-mile race at 8 a.m., for those interested in being timed. The balance of the race is a show and go event. That means runners can start their event any time between 8:05–9 a.m. Give "thanks" by bringing non-perishables to donate to the local Saint Martin’s Ministries, an outreach serving over 275 poor and homeless families per month on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Festival of Trees Preview Party
Friday, November 25th, 6–8 p.m.
Features easy listening music while sipping on wine and eating delicious hors d' oeuvres. All for a good cause while enjoying the festive occasion with Christmas cheer. The party will be held at the Tidewater Inn. The cost is $50 per person. This event continues to be immensely successful and is made possible through the work of hundreds of volunteers. The Festival annually assists the operating budget for Talbot Hospice which benefits terminally ill patients and families in Talbot County facing life limiting illness.

Festival of Trees at Tidewater
Saturday, November 26th, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Tidewater presents holiday cheer with beautiful breathtaking displays celebrating the Christmas season. All for a good cause while enjoying such a festive season. Displays will be held at the historic Tidewater Inn.


Festival of Trees
Friday, November 25th, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Kick off the holiday season by welcoming Santa Claus to the winter wonderland at this year’s annual Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees! The East Coast’s largest holiday-themed festival will return to the Maryland State Fairgrounds from Friday, November 25th to Sunday, November 27th, with decorated trees, a gingerbread town, shopping, endless holiday activities, and non-stop entertainment for children of all ages! The Festival of Trees’ winter wonderland will feature more than 700 community-crafted trees, wreaths, and gingerbread houses designed by local artists, corporations, and schools. While wandering through the holiday spectacular, festival goers will enjoy live hourly entertainment and a visit to SantaLand, Santa’s ultimate theme park complete with “reindeer” pony rides, carousel rides, carnival games, train rides, a remote control car racetrack and more! And, with more than 100 gift boutiques and a silent auction, Festival of Trees is a one-stop-shop to mark off everything on your holiday gift list.

Keller Williams’ Thanksforgrassgiving
Friday, November 25th, 8p.m.
Those who’ve followed Keller Williams’ recording career to date know that he has given each of his albums a single-syllable title. Each title serves not only as a concise summation of the concept guiding the particular project but also as another piece of the jigsaw puzzle that is Keller Williams. “Grass”, for example, is a bluegrass recording, cut with the husband-wife duo the Keels. Thanksforgrassgiving returns for its second year of post-feasting bluegrass festivities. This year Keller’s all-star cast of pickers will include Jeff Austin on mandolin, Danton Boller on bass, Nicky Sanders (Steep Canyon Rangers) on fiddle and Jay Starling (Love Canon) on dobro with special guests Love Canon kicking off both nights. This event sold out last year, so don’t delay on gobbling up those tickets!

Jug Bay Post Turkey Trail 5k 
Saturday, November 26th, 8:30 a.m.
After indulging on Thanksgiving Day come join the Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks on the beautiful trails of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary on November 26th. This trail 5K starts and ends at the Plummer House at Glendenning Nature Preserve. The Jug Bay Post Turkey Trail 5K is part of AACRP Move More race series designed to give Anne Arundel County residents and visitors opportunities to Move More! All proceeds from the race go to Recreation Deeds for Special Needs, a local non-profit organization dedicated to making recreational activities accessible to all Anne Arundel County residents.

What’s Happening After the Holidays?

Once the hustle and bustle from the holidays has settled down, check out a few of the upcoming events next weekend!

Midnight Madness
Thursday, December 1st, 6 p.m.–12 a.m.
This annual shopping and dining event is like Norman Rockwell meets Charles Dickens in Historic Annapolis. Join your neighbors and visitors as you shop along Main Street, West Street, Maryland Avenue, State Circle and Dock Street until Midnight – a rare late night treat as many of our establishments are independently owned and operated businesses. Locals and visitors alike stroll along our brick-lined streets and are entertained by carolers, musicians, and other street performers. Merchants may offer specials and refreshments to give our quaint town that hometown feel. Take advantage of the late-night hours to shop local at Midnight Madness I, II and Eleventh Hour, on December 1, 8 and 15. See the schedule below for more information!

Chocolate Binge Festival
Sunday, December 4th, 12–5 p.m.
The Annapolis chocolate festival returns this year to West Street in Downtown Annapolis. The day is filled with great local and regional chocolatiers providing you with a wide range of the best chocolates you can find anywhere! The day also includes fun activities for the kids including coco with the po po, s’more making, gingerbread moon bounce, snowball run, ugly sweater contest, live music, and a holiday market so you can finish off gift purchasing for your best friends and family. At the end of the festival the lighting of the Holiday Light Canopy over West Street is lighted. With West Street closed to traffic during the festival it is your best opportunity to photograph this holiday Light Canopy spectacular!

Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Saturday, December 3rd, 9 a.m.
Join the DeCesaris/Prout Cancer Foundation for their fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K run/3k walk at Quiet Waters Park. This event is designed to raise awareness for lung and ovarian cancer. This run/walk is geared toward the general public as an incentive to participate in a healthy lifestyle while offering an opportunity to educate them about early detection of lung and ovarian cancer. In addition, the event is also designed to raise funding to support various educational research programs.

Winterfest Weekend 
Friday, December 2nd–Sunday, December 4th, times vary
Chestertown will sparkle with holiday spirit and entertainment during the third annual Winterfest Weekend. This family-friendly weekend features many options for children such as cookie decorating and crafts offered at several venues. Of course, Santa will be in residence at his Fountain Park house to greet children, discuss their wish lists, and pose for photos! Downtown Chestertown’s monthly First Friday event features extended shopping hours and an open house atmosphere throughout the Arts & Entertainment District. Lantern-lined sidewalks, carolers, and twinkling lights set the stage for an evening of fine shopping and dining.

Boys Latin Open House
Friday, December 2nd, 9 a.m. (Grades 3–12)
The perfect fit for your son is worth searching for. Boys Latin parents know this. They also know everyone in our close-knit community will work to ensure our boys have what they need to experience true excellence, over and over again. Meet BL students, faculty and families who are eager to share more about the Boys' Latin experience at our Open House.

Saturday, December 3rd, 3–6 p.m. (Session 1) & 7–10 p.m. (Session 2)
Held at the 1840’s Ballroom in Baltimore, this winter craft beer tasting is an experience you won’t want to miss! Enjoy all you can drink with over 50 different beers and food during session one, 3–6 p.m. or session two, 7–10 p.m. Admission is $49 per person and includes all you care to taste beer in a souvenir tasting glass and light food creations. For more information visit

November Pop-Up Happy Hour

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 5:30pm-7:30pm


Carpaccio Tuscan Kitchen & Wine Bar, 1 Park Place, Annapolis


Burrata Bruschetta

Beautifully plated and layered, this rustic dish’s claim to fame is clearly the ultra creamy Burrata cheese which is combined with a base of crispy, toasty garlic bread, yellow and red heirloom tomatoes, a savory layer of pancetta, steamed asparagus, and topped with fresh basil and a balsamic reduction. While the Burrata Bruschetta appetizer plate at Carpaccio Tuscan Kitchen and Wine Bar doesn’t appear on the regular menu, it doesn’t really need to. Regular patrons to this upscale contemporary restaurant located in posh Park Place off West Street are very familiar with the dish and come in and ask for it by name.
-- By Lisa J. Gotto | Photography by Tony Lewis, Jr.

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