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A What's Up? Weekend 11/22/17

Nov 22, 2017 04:00PM ● By Nicole Gould

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Capturing the Holiday Spirit with Idol Winner Kris Allen

Born with music in his veins, Kris Allen always knew he was destined to be a musician. What he didn’t know was that trying out for a reality competition, American idol, would push his career in the right direction. From day one, he perservered, ultimately capturing the season eight title over glam-rocker Adam Lambert.

With five albums under his belt, each infused with Allen’s distinct soulful sound, this artist continues to win the hearts of fans worldwide. Capture the holiday spirit with Kris Allen on Wednesday, November 29th, 8 p.m. at Rams Head On Stage as part of his Somethin’ About Christmas Tour.  

The What's Up? Weekend Rundown


Lights on the Bay
Tuesday, November 21st through Monday, January 1st, 5–10 p.m.
This light show is a two-mile scenic drive, along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay with more than 60 spectacular animated, and stationary displays illuminating the roadways. The event has become a family tradition, featuring seasonal, whimsical, and regional displays that will delight all ages. Proceeds from the event will benefit the SPCA of Anne Arundel County.

Women Artists of the West (WAOW)
Thursday, November 23rd through Sunday, December 3rd, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
The McBride Gallery in downtown Annapolis, known as one of the most historic cities in America, is hosting Women Artists of the West’s 47th National Juried Exhibition; the oldest most revered juried women’s arts organization in the country. McBride Gallery is a classic representational gallery. Gallery artists cover a range of subjects and styles including American Impressionist, Tonalist, Dutch Old Master, Folk Art, Trompe l’Oeil, and Luminist. Major subject themes are landscape, marine, still life, and figurative work.

Annapolis Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run 
Thursday, November 23rd, 9 a.m.
An annual tradition continues! Runners of all ages are invited to gobble up the Fleet Feet Sports Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run on Thanksgiving Day. This 11th annual fun run is a gorgeous tour of downtown Annapolis and benefits local charities. This run grows every year and 2017 promises to be big. Fun for the whole family–strollers, kids, and dogs are welcome! Homemade pumpkin bread and prizes are given for best Turkey Day costumes too!

Thanksgiving Day Dinner 
Thursday, November 23rd, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Wellness House is delighted to host their fourth annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner and 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. All services are free, open to anyone who has been affected by cancer, and funded by volunteer support and donations. 

Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show 
Friday, November 24th, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Head over to Ss. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church for their annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show. Enjoy plenty of shopping, Greek food & pastries, continuous viewings of the Church, and visits with Santa!

The Classic Rock Experience
Saturday, November 25th, 8 p.m.
Now marks the 40-year anniversary of one of America's favorite Rock N’ Roll shows performing a collection of epic, classic 70's rock anthems from the list of greatest songs of all time, in true 70's arena rock concert style! Don’t miss this magical, musical journey back to the 70's with the music of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Styx, Boston, Deep Purple, Journey, and more!

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 25th, 9 a.m.
This is your chance to show local business owners that you care by shopping at their stores. In an age of global markets and capitalism, it’s far too easy for small businesses to struggle and fail, even if they offer superior products and services. We have the power to turn this around. Small Business Saturday encourages people everywhere to change the world little by little by shopping at small businesses on this designated day – and to make a habit of it in the future.

Grand Illumination: Annapolis Tree Lighting
Sunday, November 26th, 5:30–8:30 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.

Eastern Shore

The Great Turkey Chase
Thursday, November 23rd, 8 a.m.
The Kent Island Running Group will again welcome runners, walkers, families, and out-of-town guests to The Great Turkey Chase, the largest Thanksgiving race on the Eastern Shore for the past five years. This family-friendly event, held on Thanksgiving morning, offers a scenic two-mile or five-mile course through the Scottish-Hills setting at Hunter's Oak Golf Club. Proceeds from the event support several local charities.

Turkey Trek 5K 
Thursday, November 23rd, 9 a.m.
Gobble up the trails Thanksgiving morning at the ninth annual Turkey Trek 5K at Pemberton Historical Park. The course takes runners and walkers on Pemberton Park’s trails, through forests, meadows and wetlands. Refreshments and holiday pie will be available after the race. There will also be a Gobbler Goodie for all finishers.

Chestertown Antiques Show & Sale
Friday, November 24th, 4–7 p.m.; Saturday, November 25th, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, November 26th, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Now in its 54th year, the Chestertown Antiques Show & Sale is a high point of the Thanksgiving holiday in Chestertown. Once again, the show will feature past favorites and new dealers alike, with a great variety of specialties, all in town to support Kent Association of Riding Therapy (KART), a 501 c 3 non-profit dedicated to providing therapeutic horseback riding to special needs children and adults.

Festival of Trees
Friday, November 24th through November 28th. Times vary
Celebrate “All that Glitters” at the 32nd annual Festival of Trees presented by the Friends of Hospice. The Festival of Trees begins on Friday with a celebratory Preview Party (Friday) in the Gold Ballroom of The Tidewater Inn, cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, music, and special raffles. Festival of Trees will also include a Homes Tour (Saturday & Sunday), Candy Cane Lane (Saturday), Mother-Son Dance (Saturday), and a Daddy-Daughter Dance (Saturday).

An Evening with George Winston
Friday, November 24th, 8 p.m.
With a career spanning nearly 50 years, George Winston is one of the most recognized and celebrated solo pianists on the globe – selling more than 15 million albums worldwide. Since the release of his debut album, “Ballads and Blues” in 1972, Winston has released 14 solo recordings. His latest, “Spring Carousel: A Cancer Research Benefit”, will directly benefit City of Hope, a not-for-profit clinical research center in California. Winston composed the album as he was in recovery from a bone marrow transplant for Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS).

Women's Expo 
Saturday, November 25th & Sunday, November 26th, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
The Women's Expo, presented by Mathis Events, comes to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Enjoy live demonstrations, beauty tips, makeovers, and giveaways. The event will feature makeup, skin care items, hair care items, nail care items, clothing, jewelry, handbags, accessories, and more. Plus, the first 50 attendees each day will get a free beauty-themed swag bag.

Western Shore

Symphony of Lights
Tuesday, November 21st through Monday, January 1st, 6:30 p.m.
Symphony of Lights, a drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays, a laser light show, and a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high, is now open in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods. Light displays, both animated and stationary, glow with a total of 300,000 LED lights. During drive-throughs, which will take place Tuesdays through Sundays, visitors can listen to seasonal music on the Symphony of Lights FM radio frequency. In addition, Symphony of Lights will present a series of special events including a Dazzle Dash, Twinkling Tots, Tail Lights, Midnight at 7, and Military appreciation nights. Symphony of Lights benefits Howard County General Hospital.

Annual Turkey Trot 5K 
Thursday, November 23rd, 8:30 a.m.
On Thanksgiving morning, the Y will host its Arnold Turkey Trot Charity 5K. Join thousands as they run, walk, jog, and stroll at The Y in Central Maryland’s annual Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K, a Thanksgiving Day tradition that raises critically needed funds so children living in poverty throughout Central Maryland have access to Y programs that will forever shape their lives.

Turkey Chase Charity Race
Thursday, November 23rd, 8:30 a.m.
While others are putting turkeys in the oven or nestling on the couch watching the Macy’s Day Parade, runners of all ages will be celebrating the spirit of giving at the YMCA Camp Letts Turkey Chase Charity Race There will be a kid’s race (8:30 a.m.), where your little racer can compete against the Turkey Mascot, a competitive 10K race (10:30 a.m.), and a 5k run/walk (8:45 a.m.). What makes this race so special? You’ll have the opportunity to test your fitness against the Turkey Mascot, who runs every step of the 5K.

Festival of Trees 
Friday, November 24th & Saturday, November 25th, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sunday, November 26th, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
The East Coast’s largest holiday-themed festival returns to the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Kennedy Krieger Institute kicks off the holiday season by welcoming Santa Claus to their winter wonderland at their annual Festival of Trees! This three-day event transforms the fairgrounds into a winter wonderland with fairyland forests, gingerbread towns, holiday goodies and activities, and entertainment for all ages.

Friday, November 24th, 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 25th, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; and Sunday, November 26th, 2 p.m.
Direct from sell-out seasons in London, Hong Kong, and Edinburgh comes the mind-blowing vocal show Gobsmacked! the latest sensation from the UK. This next-generation a cappella show redefines the limits of the human voice. Featuring the reigning world champion beatboxer Ball-Zee and an international cast of world-class vocalists, Gobsmacked! weaves stories through all forms of a cappella—from traditional street corner harmonies to cutting-edge, multi-track live looping. Heart-stopping harmonies and jaw-dropping beatboxing guarantees audiences will leave with a song in their hearts and smiles on their faces.

American Indian Heritage Day
Thursday, November 24th, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
The Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians returns to London Town for the annual celebration of native peoples in Maryland. Skip Black Friday and join in a dance, talk with an elder, and enjoy the state holiday alongside the Piscataway.

NSO Pops: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert 
Friday November 24th & Saturday, November25th, 7 p.m.; Sunday, November 26th, 2 p.m.
The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. Join the National Symphony Orchestra as they perform every note from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’s unforgettable score.

Black Friday featuring Psycho Killers
Friday, November 24th, 9 p.m.
This Black Friday, Baltimore area music fans will have something else to be thankful for, as Psycho Killers, a tribute to Talking Heads, will return to Baltimore Soundstage for their annual Black Friday show, and this year, they will be supported by Life on Mars, a David Bowie tribute from Richmond, VA. To spice things up this year, Psycho Killers has partnered with Union Craft Brewing and there will be plenty of craft beer flowing from Baltimore’s best brewery. And as in years past, Toys for Tots will also be on hand collecting toys and donations for children in the Baltimore area. There will also be prizes for people who donate as well, including the chance to win tickets to every show at Soundstage in 2018!

Diageo Portfolio Tasting & Bottle Etching
Sunday, November 26th, 4–7 p.m.
Enjoy a tasting of the popular Diageo Portfolio, complete with bottle etching by Jenny, a calligrapher, engraver and lover of all things lettered. This is an opportunity for a one of a kind gift. Items available for etching: Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit Bourbon, Glenmorangie, & Bailey’s Irish Cream

What's Up? Weddings Bridal Expo 2018

Save the Date! Sunday, January 28, 2018 • 1-4 pm at Chartwell Golf and Country Club. A perfect event for all of you brides-to-be ready to take action. Browse and talk to the best local vendors that can help from start to finish of the big day. From the venue, to the invitations, cake and catering, photography, and honeymoon travels -- we have you covered all in one location! Oh, and not to mention, there will be complimentary champagne, appetizers, and raffle giveaways to add some fun to your planning. GET TICKETS >>

"Light & Shadows" Meet the Artist Reception

On January 10th, What's Up? Media will host a Meet the Artist Reception featuring the local artists participating in our most recent gallery, "Light & Shadows." Light refreshments will be available while admiring the talent and mingling with the artists. Be sure to vote for your favorite piece to determine the next "Best in Show" winner.


Brought to you by What's Up? Media and Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.

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The Look 2018

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