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A What's Up? Weekend 12/21/17

Dec 21, 2017 04:00PM ● By August Schwartz

Turning Childhood Dreams Into Reality: A Conversation with 19-year-old Musician Kelsey Abbott

Kelsey Abbott performed her first show at the age of five. The venue, her back porch, was filled with the cheers of family and friends as she belted out the lyrics to her favorite Shania Twain songs. Abbott’s backyard shows turned into her life passion, a passion that only grew as she got older. 

At 11 years old, Abbott began playing guitar and writing her own music and that’s when she realized that music was truly her life’s purpose. Last year, she released her first single “Sorry” on iTunes. 

Now at 19 years old, the Eastern Shore native is living out her childhood dream.

The What's Up? Weekend Rundown


Fiddler on the Roof 
Thursday, December 21st through Sunday, January 21st, times vary
Winner of nine Tony awards, this musical play tells the story of the village of Anatevka, a Jewish settlement in Czarist Russia. Though poor in possessions, the family of Tevye, a milkman, is rich in daughters and happiness. Traditional values face changing social mores and growing anti-Semitism as the daughters fall in love and marry. The love stories of the play are captivating, as each daughter makes a different choice.

Midnight Madness Eleventh Hour 
Thursday, December 21st, 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. 

Kellie Pickler & Phil Vassar: A Christmas Tour at Maryland Hall 
Thursday, December 21st, 7:30 p.m.
Phil Vassar and Kellie Pickler are teaming up this season for A Christmas Tour. Together they will light up the stage in a rare country Christmas tour that will harmoniously showcase their musical talents and unique voices.

Jingle All The Way 2017 
Thursday, December 21st, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, December 22nd, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 23rd, 2 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! 

J.P. Coletta Holiday Cabaret 
Friday, December 22nd & Saturday, December 23rd, 7 p.m.
This holiday season, Infinity will present a cabaret starring young phenom J.P. Coletta. Come for some great singing, dazzling piano playing, special guests, and Christmas cheer. After the show, please mingle with us while enjoying holiday treats. 

Todd & Cindy Bauchspies Christmas Concert 
Saturday, December 23rd, 1 p.m.
Cindy and Todd Bauchspies return to Rams Head for a new Christmas show. his year, there will be new songs from a forthcoming recording project. Come celebrate Christmas early with your friends and family! An audience singalong will cap off this must see concert that will surely put you and your family in the holiday spirit. Makes a great Christmas gift!

Eastern Shore

Winterfest of Lights 
Now through Sunday, December 31st, 5:30–9:30 p.m. (Sun.-Thurs.) & 5:30–10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.)

See how Ocean City sparkles this winter and visit the Winterfest of Lights! You'll find more than one million holiday lights and hundreds of animated light displays throughout Northside Park. Relax and sip hot chocolate in the heated Winterfest Village pavilion, take a photo with Santa, and board the Winterfest Express to tour fairy tale themed exhibits. The one-mile journey takes you through 58 acres of lights and features a 50-foot Christmas tree.

Christmas Train Garden 
Now through Saturday, December 30th, 6–9 p.m. (Mon.–Fri.); 1–4 p.m. & 6–9 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.)
Gaze in wonder at this holiday-themed train display at the Cambridge Rescue and Fire Company in historic downtown Cambridge. Perfect for all ages! A tradition that has been carried on for more than 80 years, the display is created each year by volunteers with the Cambridge Rescue Fire Company. It takes them weeks to create the Train Garden. Donations of money, new toys, or non-perishable food items are welcome for their Christmas Drive. The Train Garden features little towns, industrial areas, rural areas, scenic areas, and several emergency rescue displays. 

A Christmas Carol 
Friday, December 22nd & Saturday, December 23rd, 7 p.m. 
A Christmas Carol tells the tale of an old and bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who has devoted a lifetime to accumulating wealth at the expense of love, friendship, and everything that makes life truly worthwhile. Join the Avalon Theatre for a live performance of this heartwarming story of Scrooge’s last chance at redemption in the Avalon Foundation’s annual holiday celebration and fundraiser. All ticket proceeds go toward the Foundation’s year-round mission to provide diversified arts and educational programs that improves the quality of life here on the Eastern Shore.

Western Shore

The Washington Chorus presents: A Candlelight Christmas 
Friday, December 22nd, 7 p.m. 
It’s not Christmas without The Washington Chorus! Featuring brass, organ, sing-alongs, and the magnificent Candlelight Processional, A Candlelight Christmas includes your favorite songs such as The Dream Isaiah Saw, Hallelujah Chorus and more Christmas favorites to fall in love with.

Cirque de la Symphonie Holiday Spectacular 
Friday, December 22nd, 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 23rd, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m
The jaw-dropping magic of Cirque comes to the concert hall as the BSO musicians who dazzle you on stage are joined by acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, balancers, strongmen and high-flying aerialists from above.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Friday, December 22nd through Sunday, December 31st, times vary
In the small town of Stillwater, painter and decorator Mr. Popper is a pleasant, practical, predictable person who periodically pines for polar adventures. But when a peculiar package on the Poppers’ porch produces a penguin, chaos waddles into their lives! Soon, the Poppers open their home and hearts to not one, not two, but a bunch of boisterous black-and-white birds! With catchy songs and penguin puppets aplenty, this fresh and funny musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book will leave you chirping with cheer!

Troegs Tap Takeover, Beam Portfolio Tasting & Bottle Etching 
Friday, December 22nd, 4–7 p.m. 
Fishpaws Marketplace supports local charities in a unique way. For many years, they had offered free weekly beer, wine and spirit tastings to customers. Due to Maryland liquor licensing rules, they were no longer allowed to do that. The staff decided to turn a negative into a positive by no longer having free tastings, but by allowing customers to “pay” for their tasting with a donation to a monthly local charity. Fishpaws then matches all customers’ donations. Fishpaws has raised on average between $5,000 and $6,000 annually for local charities with these tastings.