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A What's Up? Weekend 12/14/17

Dec 14, 2017 04:00PM ● By Nicole Gould

Photo by Robby Klein

Country Icon Kellie Pickler Feels Blessed with Successful Career

If you’ve ever wondered the true definition of a Southern belle, look no further than Kellie Pickler. The North Carolina native couldn’t be more thankful for the career she’s built and the people she’s met along the way.

While her career continues to flourish, this country icon takes pride in giving back to her country by participating in 11 USO Tours. In 2015, Pickler received the Operation Troop Aid Chris Kyle Patriot Award in recognition of her unwavering support for the troops.

Light up the holidays with Kellie Pickler & Phil Vassar: A Christmas Tour on Thursday, December 21st, 7:30 p.m. at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and don’t miss their new holiday single, “The Naughty List.”


The What's Up? Weekend Rundown


Midnight Madness
Thursday, December 14th, 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.

Petula Clark 
Thursday, December 14th, 8 p.m.
Petula Clark was born in Epsom, England, but her love of music began at a very early age in her mother’s land of Wales. She was already a star in the U.K. by the age of nine, singing for the troops stationed in England during World War II. Many years later, when, after marrying French PR man Claude Wolff, she moved to France. Almost without trying, she soon became a star in that country, and across Europe, also recording in French, Italian, German and Spanish.

Gingerbread House Decorating Class
Thursday, December 14th through Saturday, December 16th, 6:30–7 p.m.
Kids of all ages can join us 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 Gingerbread House from the bakery and we'll provide all the trimmings. All ages welcome. Snacks provided.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Friday, December 15th, 8 p.m., Saturday, December 16th, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., and Sunday, December 17th, 3 p.m.
Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. This world premiere captures the magic and joy of Dickens’ Yuletide classic with Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s signature flair.

Handel's Messiah 
Friday, December 15th and Saturday, December 16th, 8 a.m. and Sunday, December 17th, 3 p.m.
The church is the perfect place to experience Handel’s powerful and timely masterpiece live. What sets these performances apart is the extra energy, passion, and meaning that come from the direction of Maestro J. Ernest Green and the performance of the Annapolis Chorale Chamber Chorus and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra. Several acclaimed guest soloists join for this year’s performances including soprano Amy Cofield and tenor Joe Regan.

Jingle All The Way 2017
Friday, December 15th, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 16th, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday. December 17th, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Join The Talent Machine Company as they celebrate and Jingle All The Way 2017! This high energy production will feature the holiday classics that we have grown to love and enjoy; a celebration of the holiday season with the Talent Machine Kids, Rudolf, the Elves, Frosty, and many more of Santa’s North Pole Friends, in a spectacular show of singing and dancing. Traditional holiday favorites will be performed as well as some new high energy numbers that will delight audiences of all ages! 

Holiday Swing
Friday, December 15th, 8 p.m.
With his engaging rapport, jazzy vocals and virtuosic trumpet sound, December at the Symphony brings Holiday Pops featuring Byron Stripling. Byron lights up the holiday season with his infectious yuletide joy and everyone’s favorite seasonal tunes.

Santa Speedo Run and Toy Drive 
Saturday, December 16th, 10 a.m.
Grab your speedo and head to downtown Annapolis on for the annual Santa Speedo Run and Toy Drive. O’Briens Oyster Bar and Restaurant on Main Street is Santa Speedo’s North Pole and he and his elves have decked the halls for you to enjoy great food, friends, and fun. Don’t forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy or book for our local Salvation Army’s Toy Drive and put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas. 

Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 16th, 4–7 p.m.
Come join the Pacas for a festive occasion as they entertain for the holidays! Living historians will bring the house to life with laughter, games, music, and, of course, sweet treats to share! At Hogshead, come see how the middling sort celebrate the holiday season with living historians and a variety of fun activities fit for the whole family. Light refreshments and holiday activities are included.

Sounds of the Season
Saturday, December 16th, 3 p.m.
Join the All Children's Choir of Annapolis as they perform during their winter concert, Sounds of the Season.

The Nutcracker 
Saturday, December 16th, 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 17th, 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 16th and Sunday, December 17th, 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 with the Chesapeake Ballet Company.

The Gift of the Mad Guy
Saturday, December 16th, 1 p.m.
Building Better People Productions, a theater that does shows about kindness, featuring professional actors, for a kid audience, presents their annual holiday show, The Gift of the Mad Guy. This is the story of gift-crazed child who believes that Christmas is about giving specifically to him until he is promised a really big gift if he gives three of his gifts to others. Will Jack learn that the holidays are about more than getting?

Eastern Shore

Harp and Soul 
Saturday, December 16th, 4 p.m.
Celebrate the Songs for the Season with the lovely and lively traditional songs, dance tunes & carols from the British Isles, Celtic lands & beyond. The core group of Meredith Hadaway (Celtic harp & concertina), Ben Bennington (guitar & vocals) and Rebekah Hardy (oboe) will be joined by special guests Bob Ortiz (percussion), Nevin Dawson (viola) and singer and songwriter Pam Ortiz for an afternoon of holiday cheer.

Family Ornament Day
Saturday, December 16th, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
The days grow short and cold, but cheer is in the air! Join the Academy Art Museum staff for a fun morning of ornament-making and personalize your holiday season.

Western Shore

Washington National Opera: The Little Prince, a Holiday Family Opera 
Thursday, December 14th through Saturday, December 16th, 7:30 p.m.
All the joy and wonder of the classic illustrated storybook comes back to Washington National Opera! On his tiny home planet, a young boy begins a quest across the cosmos to find new companionship. Featuring a tuneful score by Oscar winner Rachel Portman, the opera also showcases the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists and WNO Children's Chorus.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Thursday, December 14th, 7:30 p.m.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become a critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum, musical powerhouse, and its annual winter tours a beloved, multi-generational holiday tradition. 2017’s tour, a completely updated presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” is a holiday show you don’t want to miss!

Photos with Santa
Friday, December 15th, 3–5 p.m.
Santa will be making a special appearance at Arundel Federal Savings Bank in Severna Park to visit with local families, pose for pictures and help collect toys for local, needy children. Photos with Santa are open to the public. No reservations are required. Parents will need to bring their own cameras for the pictures. There is no charge; however, families are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to benefit local, needy children. All visitors will receive a special keepsake ornament along with other goodies to remember their magical moment with Santa.

The Ugly Sweater Run 
Saturday, December 16th, 9 a.m.
Ready, set, ho, ho, ho! The best holiday tradition is back and doing it bigger than ever! Rummage up the ugliest sweater you can find and take part in the merriest 5K of the year. Join thousands of runners, walkers, and prancers for 3.1 miles throughout the city of Baltimore! This is the perfect way to burn some calories, have some fun, and immediately replace those calories with warm hot chocolate.

The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents: A Family Christmas  
Saturday, December 16th, 1 p.m.
Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as Maestro Scott Tucker and the Choral Arts Chorus lead you on a whirlwind tour of favorite sing-alongs and Christmas classics that will have your family singing all the way home. Expect visits from Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph! This one-hour concert is perfect for children ages 5 and up.

Home for the Holidays 
Saturday, December 16th, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Warm your heart this holiday season with a program of Christmas favorites. Thomas Wilkins, Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl, conducts iconic classics including "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing," "O Holy Night" and the BSO’s commission of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, arranged by jazz composer Paul Murtha. The show will also feature the Baltimore School for the Arts tap-dancing Santa’s.

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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