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A Chesapeake Blues Weekend 5/17/18

May 17, 2018 04:00PM ● By Brian Saucedo
Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

Grab your lawn chair and enjoy a weekend of rockin’ blues music on the water at the 2018 Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival.

The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival was founded in 1998 with the mission of giving back to local charities and organizations, all while providing world-class blues in an awesome location. Enjoy two days of great food, unique craft vendors, and live music on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

Tickets can be purchased online for $75 until Friday, May 18th, and can be purchased at the gate both Saturday and Sunday for $95.

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Commissioning Week – United States Naval Academy
Every day through May 25th
The United States Naval Academy prepares for a week of tradition, ceremony, and celebration for its graduating class of 2018. Commissioning Week involves a full week of celebratory events which culminate with graduation day at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Even if you don't know anyone graduating from the Academy this year, Commissioning Week offers a host of events, some available to the public, that provide a taste of the history and tradition of the United States Naval Academy, along with an airshow put on by the famed Blue Angels.

Michael McDonald – Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Friday, May 18th, 8 p.m.
With a career that encompasses five Grammys, numerous chart successes and personal and professional accolades, as well as collaborations with some of the world’s most prominent artists, Michael McDonald remains an enduring force in popular music. Hailing from St. Louis, McDonald arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, honing his talents as a studio musician before becoming an integral part of Steely Dan. In the mid-’70s McDonald was invited to join The Doobie Brothers as the band redefined their sound.

Rise for Autism Golf Tournament – Renditions Golf Course, Davidsonville
Friday, May 18th, 8 a.m.
Grab your clubs and join RISE for Autism for the seventh annual Rise for Autism Golf Tournament.  Proceeds from this event will support the many programs and services offered to our local community and support local individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families.

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival – Sandy Point State Park
Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th, 10:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Bring a lawn chair or beach blankets for a fun two-day weekend celebration of blues music during the 2018 Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival! There will be a concert stage with a Jumbotron, large crafter village, a wide variety of food and drinks, beer and wine, a beach, and tons of lawn seating!

Bayside Bash – Bay Ridge Marina
Saturday, May 19th, 4–8 p.m.
Friends of the Light House welcome summer with cool tunes, cold drinks, and cornhole on the shores of the Bay Ridge Marina. Join friends and neighbors for a fun afternoon benefiting the Light House Homeless Resource Center.

Cantori Spring Concert – St. Anne’s Church
Sunday, May 20th, 7 p.m.
The women of Live Arts Maryland's ensemble Cantori are back for a sublime spring concert directed by Laurie J. Hays. Titled "When I Have Sung My Songs – music of reflection, affirmation and hope," this concert includes Franz Biebl’s ethereal Ave Maria, the rousing and affirming spiritual Nothin’ Gonna Stumble My Feet by John Parker, Dan Forrest’s haunting Psalm 8 (Adonai, Adonenu) and works by Morten Lauridsen, Cary Ratcliff, Randall Thompson, Daniel Elder, A.R. Rahman, Jacob Narverud and Ernest Charles. Pianist Carolene Winter accompanies Cantori. 

Eastern Shore

St. Michaels Running Festival – St. Michaels High School
Saturday, May 19th, 7 a.m.
Are you ready for a PR on one of the flattest and fastest half marathon courses around? Based in one of the oldest and most picturesque towns on the Delmarva Peninsula, the seventh annual St. Michaels Running Festival promises gorgeous views, a rocking after-party, and benefits several local charities. Run a half marathon or 5K, both USATF certified, on courses that meander through waterfront communities and tranquil country roads before ending in the beautiful historic town of St. Michaels.

Maritime Model Expo – Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michael
Saturday, May 19th, 10 a.m. and Sunday, May 20th, 4 p.m.
Small boats and big fun are in store for guests of all ages as the Model Guild of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the Washington Ship Model Society host the 12th Maritime Model Expo. In addition to numerous indoor and outdoor maritime exhibitions along 18 acres of waterfront, the Maritime Model Expo offers CBMM guests pond demonstrations, model races, special exhibits, family activities, food, and more.

Cambridge Classic Powerboat Regatta – Downtown Cambridge
Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th, 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
The country’s longest-running powerboat races happen right in Dorchester! This year marks the 108th Cambridge Classic Power Boat Regatta. The fleet ranges from the classic Jersey speed skiffs turning on their sides and going airborne at 70mph to the 1,500-horsepower grand prix boats that reach speeds of 170 mph.

First Annual Landjam – Leigh Family Farm, Betterton
Saturday, May 19th, 1–5 p.m.
Please join the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy for its first annual LANDJAM! Attendees will be treated to live music, environmentally-related educational activities, and a stunning view. Come listen to music, eat, drink, dance, walk and learn. Food will be sold from local food trucks, and local beers/wines/non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase. There will be many family-friendly activities offered, including fun for kids both young and old.

Community Day – Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels
Sunday, May 20th, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is thanking the regional community by hosting its free, annual Community Day. The event includes live music, regional foods and drinks, family activities, free boat rides, and more.

Western Shore

Wine in the Woods – Symphony Woods, Columbia
Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th, 11 a.m.
Come out and celebrate our 26th annual Wine in the Woods. Sample a variety of Maryland's finest wineries from a souvenir glass, purchase food from a variety of high quality restaurants and caterers, shop exceptional works of art and specialty crafts, and enjoy live entertainment. 

Preakness Stakes – Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore
Saturday, May 19th, 2:30 p.m.
The excitement of the day includes a full race card featuring the top performing Thoroughbreds in the world. The Preakness is one of the nation’s largest, single-day, sporting events. Baltimore's Old Hilltop comes alive with the running of the Preakness Stakes, where the finest three-year old thoroughbreds compete.

Maryland Party for Life – Kurtz’s Beach, Pasadena
Sunday, May 20th, 12:30–5 p.m.
The Maryland Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is proud to announce the 8th Annual Party for Life.  This is your invitation to buy a ticket, donate, become a sponsor, and join the fight to stop suicide by making mental health a priority. This is a family event for all ages. Please join us for a celebration of life!

The 2018 WNO Opera Gala Concert – The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. 
Sunday, May 20th, 6 p.m.
Celebrate the iconic composer and conductor with Patti LuPone, Tituss Burgess, Nathan Gunn and wife Julie Gunn, Isabel Leonard, Kathryn Lewek, Bernstein's eldest daughter Jamie Bernstein, members of WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program, conductor John DeMain leading the WNO Orchestra, and other special guests to be announced.