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A What's Up? Weekend 12/07/17

Dec 07, 2017 04:00PM ● By Nicole Gould

Photo by Cameron Powell

With Honesty and Emotion, Danielle Bradbery Reintroduces Herself with Newest Album Release

Although she’ll always remain country, Danielle Bradbery infuses elements of pop, R&B, and soul, expanding her versatility. Her first single released off the album, “Sway,” continues to climb the Billboard charts.

After touring with some of country music’s biggest stars including Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, and Brad Paisley, the sky’s the limit for this up and coming country star. Don’t miss her performance Wednesday, December 13th, 8 p.m. at Rams Head Live during 93.1 WPOC’s Acoustic Christmas featuring Lee Brice & Friends.


The What's Up? Weekend Rundown


Midnight Madness
Thursday, December 7th through Sunday, December 10th, 6 p.m.–12 a.m.
Downtown Annapolis Partnership proudly presents Midnight Madness, the annual holiday tradition. Main Street, West Street, Maryland Ave, City Dock, Church and State Circles, and all the alleys in between, will be filled with carolers, musicians, dancers, and performers to make your holiday shopping experience uniquely Annapolis. Shop in the winter wonderland of holiday decorations, lights, and garland.

A Celebration of Christmas
Friday, December 8th, 8–10 p.m.
J. Ernest Green, The Annapolis Chorale, and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra take the stage for this annual holiday favorite that includes a joyous blend of everyone’s favorite songs. The audience gets into the act, too, with a special holiday carol sing-along with Maestro Green.

Gingerbread House Decorating Class
Friday, December 8th, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Kids of all ages can join Whole Foods Market Annapolis for a class filled with fun and holiday cheer! Building and decorating a gingerbread house is a wonderful tradition for kids to grow up with. Best of all, it lets us adults rekindle that magic! For this popular holiday class, you'll decorate an assembled a Gingerbread House from our Bakery and we'll provide all the trimmings. All ages welcome. Snacks provided.

Shells & Bells, a Party on the Creek
Saturday, December 9th, 5–10 p.m.
Come out and party to Save Our Sanctuaries while watching the Parade of Lights! Shells and Bells, A Party on the Creek will feature specialty cocktails, local food, live music, live auction and so much more! This tented event will be hosted at the Historic Charles Carroll House located directly on Spa Creek. Guests will be able to enjoy a beautiful waterfront view of the Eastport Yacht Club Parade of Lights from the comfort of a heated outdoor tent. 

Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade 
Saturday, December 9th, 6–8 p.m.
The Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade is one of Annapolis’ signature events. The parade will light up the Annapolis waterfront with up to 40 boats, power and sail, brightly decorated and crewed by jolly revelers. Thousands of people line the waterfront each year to watch this glittering holiday parade.

The Nutcracker
Saturday December 9th, 7 p.m.; Sunday, December 10th, 1 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Discover the wonder of The Nutcracker, a timeless holiday tradition with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Allow yourself to be magically swept away by the tale of the young heroine Clara and her adventures to rescue her beloved Nutcracker from the Rat Queen’s evil spell. Travel with Clara through the whirling Kingdoms of Snow and Sweets to the place where the possibility of dreams and the magic of Christmas merge through the language of dance.

The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 9th and Sunday, December 10th, 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.
When mischievous mice steal Clara's new nutcracker doll, she journeys to a land of dancing snow and exotic characters to get it back. Is it all a dream? Come find out as youth ballet dancers ages 6–18 tell the tale of this holiday ballet favorite.

Anniversary Run 15K
Sunday, December 10th, 10 a.m.
Celebrating their 39th year, the Annapolis Striders invite you to take part in the Anniversary Run 5K. Get in the holiday spirit and participate in the final race of the Championship series on a course through Quiet Waters Park. 

ALS Artisan Boutique 
Sunday, December 10th, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
This fine craft and art show benefiting the ALS Association will showcase over 55 regional artists all selling their craft this holiday season. Visit a wide array of jewelers, potters, woodworkers, glass makers, chocolatiers, bath and beauty makers and more.

The Nutcracker Tea 2017 
Sunday, December 10th, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Fill your tea cup with holiday cheer as you experience the beauty and magic of Christmas at the holiday decked Loews Annapolis. Enjoy a delicious high tea as you watch a mini performance from The Nutcracker come to life on stage. Don’t forget story time with Santa & Mrs. Claus!

T Rose International Bridal Show
Sunday, December 10th, 12–3 p.m.
Join T Rose Bridal Shows at the Westin in Annapolis for a grand bridal show experience! Enjoy live entertainment, samples, register for fabulous door prizes and Grand Prizes, and discover how to plan your wedding with excellent Annapolis Metro Area Wedding Professionals.

Eastern Shore

Holiday Joy
Thursday, December 7th, 7 p.m.
Ring in the holiday season with “Holiday Joy”. Celebrating the spirit of the holidays with traditional seasonal favorites, the concert will feature such favorites as “Sleighride,” selections from Handel’s “Messiah,” Wendel’s “Hanukah Overture,” and selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” as well as familiar carols and hymns. Soloists include Leah Hawkins, Soprano; Joe Burgstaller, Trumpet; and Chaz’man Williams-Ali, Tenor.

Denton Holiday Parade and Lighting of The Green 
Thursday, December 7th, 6–9 p.m.
Get into the holiday spirit with marching bands, Santa, and the best of the season. Following the parade, watch the illumination of the Courthouse Green and enjoy a holiday musical performance.

Festival of Wreaths and Holiday Benefit Gala  
Thursday, December 7th, 5:30 p.m.
The annual Festival of Wreaths is always a good time with good, tasty treats, live musical entertainment, beautiful holiday trees and wreaths for silent auction. This event benefits Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care Center's patients and goes towards giving them a better Christmas.

Christmas in St. Michaels
Friday, December 8th, 12 p.m.; Saturday, December 9th, 9 a.m.; Sunday, December 10th, 10 a.m.
Capture the magic of the holidays at Christmas in St. Michaels. Get started on holiday shopping, visit with Santa, tour historic homes, and enjoy holiday activities for the whole family. Proceeds from the event help local non-profit groups enhance the quality of life for the residents of the Bay Hundred community

The Harlem Globetrotters
Friday, December 8th, 7 p.m.
The Original Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their action-packed 2018 World Tour against the Washington Generals! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to experience the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Prepare to be amazed as the Globetrotters showcase basketball’s first 4-point line, located 30 feet from the basket – 6 feet, 3 inches beyond the top of the NBA’s current 3-point line.

Skate with Santa
Saturday, December 9th, 8–10 a.m. & 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Santa will be taking a break from his busy schedule at the North Pole to visit the Talbot County Community Center to share holiday memories with the whole family! Kids will have an opportunity to ice skate as well as sit on Santa’s lap to reveal their seasonal wishes and receive a special gift. Please bring your own camera to take a memorable photograph with Santa.

Santa Swim 
Saturday, December 9th, 9 a.m.
Grab your Santa suits for the 17th annual Santa Swim. The Santa Swim is a fun way to raise money to help families, groups, and senior citizens in need through the programs that The Care & Share Fund supports. Participants of the Santa Swim may compete for a trophy for the best fundraiser.

Candlelit Caroling Celebration
Saturday, December 9th, 5–8 p.m.
Ring in the holiday season with an evening of lights, music, and cheer. Enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash wine bar in the gallery, caroling and fireside hot cider along the candlelit Blockston Branch, and exploring the mysteries of the winter sky with Delmarva Stargazers. Top off the evening with a winter hayride around the meadows and a stop at the Funshine Garden for hot chocolate, cookies, and tree decorating.

Fourth Annual Santa Chase
Sunday, December 10th, 3:30–5 p.m.
The fourth annual Santa Chase is a two-mile walk, run, or jog with holiday magic! Candle luminaries and Christmas lights mark the park-based trail. Special family of four discounts, dog friendly walk or run, and a costume challenge judged by Santa himself (dog reindeers included)! Produced in partnership with Lions International Clubs from the Mid-Shore. Proceeds benefit Lion’s Club Vision Charities.

Western Shore

Local Beer & Wine Tasting
Thursday, December 7th, 6 p.m.
Join Hugh Sisson & Al Spoler, co-hosts of Cellar Notes on WYPR, for an evening of local beer, wine, and fare pairings, and enjoy catering by Baltimore’s own Rowhouse Grille. This event is presented in partnership with Heavy Seas Beer.

Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee” Show
Thursday, December 7th, 8 p.m.
"The road goes on forever ...” It's not always easy to sum up a career - let alone a life's ambition - so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen's calling-card anthem just about do it. You can complete the lyric with the next five words - the ones routinely shouted back at Keen by thousands of fans a night ("and the party never ends!") - just to punctuate the point with a flourish, but it's the part about the journey that gets right to the heart of what makes Keen tick. Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune; but from the get-go, Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible.

Matt Bellassai
Thursday, December 7th, 7 p.m.
Matt Bellassai is a touring comedian, internet personality, noted life critic, and now... esteemed author. Celebrate the release of Everything is Awful: and Other Observations with a one-of-a-kind live comedy show full of anger, judgement, and fully-clothed full-frontal nudity as Matt whines about life, liberty, and the pursuit of unhappiness. Every ticket comes with a signed book and an evening of irreversible, potentially-scarring memories.

Santa Paws 
Friday, December 8th, 5–8 p.m.
Homestead Gardens invites you to get your furry friend’s Christmas card photo with Jolly ole St. Nick! No appointment necessary. Photos may be taken on Santa’s lap or held by family members.

Baysox Winterfest and Pancake Supper
Friday, December 8th, 6–8 p.m.
Come out and celebrate the Holiday season with the Baysox! Enjoy an appearance by Santa Claus, arts & crafts, hot chocolate, holiday cookies, and more. The Charity Holiday Pancake Supper will be held in the Diamond View Restaurant. The menu includes a pancake station with toppings, bacon, maple sausage, scrambled eggs, home fries, fresh fruit, coffee, hot chocolate and juices.

NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! featuring Megan Hilty 
Friday, December 8th, 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 9th, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Dash through the snow at The Kennedy Center’s merrily adorned Concert Hall and warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics and sing-along carols in this annual NSO tradition, joined this year by Tony®-nominated stage and screen star Megan Hilty.

Kinder Farm's Holiday Open House 
Saturday, December 9th, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
The Friends of Kinder Farm Park Historical Society invite you to step back in time and visit the Kinder Farmhouse Museum during the holidays. Various Garden Clubs in Anne Arundel County will adorn the farmhouse with decorations for the Holidays and our docents will tell you about Henry and Hilda Kinder and the eight children that called the farmhouse their home.

A Christmas Carol  
Saturday, December 9th, 12 p.m.
This single-actor, semi-staged adaptation of Charles Dickens' holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, retells the story of the infamous miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, and his redemptive journeys with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Enjoy a family buffet luncheon immediately following the performance.

The Harlem Globetrotters
Saturday, December 9th, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
The Original Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their action-packed 2018 World Tour against the Washington Generals! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to experience the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Prepare to be amazed as the Globetrotters showcase basketball’s first 4-point line, located 30 feet from the basket – 6 feet, 3 inches beyond the top of the NBA’s current 3-point line.

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa 
Sunday, December 10th, 12–3 p.m.
Join the Friends of Downs Park for holiday fun! Enjoy crafts, refreshments, and get your picture taken with Santa and his elves.

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

We at What's Up? want to spoil you with a well deserved night that is all about you. This event will offer quality and complimentary services, treatments, shopping, and fun activities from our vendors all night long -- the perfect ladies night out! Unwind from the long work week and start achieving your desired "look" for the spring season. Enjoy three solid hours of being pampered with spa treatments, getting your hair, makeup, and nails done right on the spot, listening to professional speakers, engaging in conversation with the experts, and shopping your heart out with our retail vendors. There will also be complimentary champagne and snacks for attendees. Check out some pictures from our last event here!

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