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Dance Place Tradition: The Kwanzaa Celebration

Add some spice to your holiday season! In this special holiday showcase, Dance Place resident company Coyaba Dance Theater celebrates Kwanzaa, with a performance featuring adult and youth performers on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 8:00pm and Sunday, December 19 , 2010 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm at Dance Place.Featuring 85 performers of various ages and backgrounds, this year’s Kwanzaa Celebration focuses on coming together as a family and as a community. The performance includes dancers from the Coyaba Academy, ages 2 to 16, as well as Sylvia Soumah’s Seniors at THEARC, ages 60 to 80. The celebration also includes dancers from the Washington Ballet at THEARC and the premiere of the Coyaba Youth Ensemble, a select group of Coyaba Academy students. With such a diverse group of performers, this year’s celebration embodies and supports the ideas of family, community, and culture that are central to Kwanzaa.Coyaba’s director, Sylvia Soumah, has faith in the collective ability of young people to build a caring society.She also believes it takes community to raise a child – a principle that is evident in both Dance Place and Coyaba’s approach to dance training and performance. Soumah’s own artistic community helped to raise her from an unknown and unfocused future to the leadership role she holds today. Having been shown the way, she wants to provide that same sense of family and community for other young people.Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration of cultural reaffirmation set in motion by Maulana Karenga in the 1970s. It commemorates family, community, self development and culture with a different principle focused on each day. Kwanzaa claims no ties with any religion and is celebrated December 26 – January 1st. Founded in 1997, Coyaba Dance Theater is a contemporary West African dance company with a mission to present dance, music and other artistic/educational programs focusing on the diverse ethnic groups of West Africa. The company is dedicated to providing informative community classes, workshops and performances; to serve as cultural ambassadors through authentic portrayals of music, dance and culture of the African Diaspora. A two-time recipient of the Metro DC Dance Award for Outstanding Group Performance, Coyaba Dance Theater has performed at many venues/places including South Korea, DanceAfrica Chicago, the Kennedy Center and The Barns of Wolf Trap. Kwanzaa Celebration of Music and Dance Coyaba Dance Theater and special guestsSaturday, December 18, 2010 at 8:00pmSunday, December 19, 2010 at 2:00pm** and 7:00pmDance Place, 3225 8th Street NE, Washington DC 20017; Two blocks from Redline Brookland/CUA stop; Free and convenient parking.$22 General Admission; $17 Members, Seniors, Students, Teachers and Artists; $8 Children (17 and under)**2pm performance is part of our Family Series, one FREE ticket for a child (12 and under) with each paying adult, reservations required.To purchase tickets visit or call (202)269-1600

Rams Head Taverns Celebrate Thanksgiving

The Rams Head Group is pleased to announce they will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Rams Head Tavern Annapolis and Rams Head Tavern Savage Mill will open from 11am until 2am, while Rams Head Shore House and Rams Head Roadhouse will be open from 6pm until 2am.The Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis & at Savage Mill will be celebrating Thanksgiving with a specialty Thanksgiving menu. Hoping to help take the hassle out of holiday cooking, the traditional Thanksgiving menu will feature favorites such as turkey, cornbread stuffing, smashed candied yams and green bean casserole, Adults $19.95 and Children $10.95. “The Rams Head restaurant chefs came up with a unique Thanksgiving dishes, making Thanksgiving celebrations simple, tasty and affordable. All you will need to do is relax and enjoy the day” says Rams Head Tavern Annapolis General Manager, Corky Fertitta. Additionally, the regular menu will be available for those choosing non-Thanksgiving fare.Rams Head Roadhouse and Rams Head Shore House will be opening the restaurant from 6pm until 2am serving the appetizer menu. All Rams Head restaurant locations will also have the NFL football games on during the day. Restaurant managers recommend customers make reservations in advance by phone or in-person. Walk-ins always welcomed.Locations:Rams Head Tavern Annapolis | 33 West Street, Annapolis MD | P: 410.268.4545Rams Head Tavern Savage Mill | 8600 Foundry St, Savage MD | P: 301.604.3454Rams Head Roadhouse | 1773 Generals Hwy, Annapolis MD | P: 410.849.8058Rams Head Shore House | 800 Main Street, Stevensville MD | P: 410.643.2466Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 25th, 2010Times:Rams Head Tavern Annapolis & Rams Head Tavern Savage Mill 11am-2amRams Head Shore House & Rams Head Roadhouse 6pm-2amRams Head Tavern Annapolis & Rams Head Tavern Savage Thanksgiving Specials$19.95 Adults $10.95 KidsCup of Soup: Oyster StewSalad Selections: Caesar or Mixed GreensEntreesTurkey: Slow roasted and hand carved just like at home served with your choice of two starches a vegetable, cranberry sauce and gravy .Choice of two starches & one vegetablePrime Rib: Slow roasted prime rib cut to order then dusted with our zesty coffee rub and finished on the grill served with choice of two starches and vegetable. Choice of two starches & one vegetableSalmon: Fresh salmon fillet oven roasted finished with a whole grain mustard and balsamic honey glaze served with choice of two starches and a vegetable .Choice of two starches & one vegetableSidesCornbread StuffingOyster StuffingGreen bean casseroleSteamed BroccoliSmashed Candied yamsYukon Gold Mashed PotatoesMac & CheeseRice PilafDessertsSmith island PumpkinApple PiePeanut Butter Pie

CBM Announces Major Restoration Project

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD has announced a three-year major skipjack restoration project which will be done in public view at the Museum’s boat yard. Funded through philanthropic support, the restoration process will provide hands-on shipwright experience and serve as a prime attraction for the Museum visitor as a dynamic and interactive exhibit. The Rosie Parks, built in 1955 by legendary boat builder Bronza Parks for his brother, Captain Orville Parks, was named for their mother. The Museum purchased Rosie Parks in 1975 from Captain Orville. Only 20 years old at the time, Rosie had a reputation as both the best maintained skipjack in the oyster dredging fleet and as a champion sailor at the annual skipjack races at Deal Island and Chesapeake Appreciation Days at Sandy Point. Rosie Parks was the first of her kind to be preserved afloat by a museum and quickly became the most widely recognized Chesapeake Bay skipjack of the late twentieth century, as well as a symbol of the preservation prospect for the dwindling fleet of surviving skipjacks. Recently surpassing her fifty-year mark, Rosie Parks is in need of substantial rebuilding. Repairs were made to the boat as needed until 1994, but Rosie remains one of the least altered historic skipjacks in existence. When restored in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Vessel Preservation Projects, Rosie could be the best example of her type for interpretation of the work of this fleet. The skipjack contains her original winders (power winches) and other dredging gear, which will allow her to be fully outfitted when refloated. Original fabric retained includes a majority of the structural components of the hull, including a major portion of the keel. Rosie’s suit of Dacron sails is still usable, although she will most likely need a new engine for her push boat, and the push boat itself must be assessed for repair or replacement. The anticipated three-year restoration process will afford the chance for daily public interpretation, ranging from interactions between Museum artisans on the project and Museum visitors to more intense half-day or day-long experiences modeled on the existing Apprentice For a Day program. The Museum hopes to incorporate a large pool of community volunteers as well as school and youth programs in the restoration process. Visitors will learn about the cultural aspects of this vanishing community––how the boats were designed and built, who were the designers and builders, how were workers treated and paid, what was life like in these communities, what did the men do in the off-season, and how were the boats used when not dredging for oysters, in addition to the basics of boat design for the Chesapeake Bay. The restoration project has already received a generous bequest from the family of Richard Grant III, who fondly recall their father’s stories of sailing on Rosie Parks. While the Grant family gift is enough to get started on the $500,000 restoration, additional philanthropic support is needed to fund the project and to cover long-term maintenance. The Museum has the largest collection of indigenous Chesapeake Bay watercraft in existence. Restoring and preserving these historic Chesapeake vessels is an important part of the Museum’s mission.

3rd Annual Be A Kid For A Night Fundraiser

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County will host the 3rd annual Be A Kid for A Night on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at their Wiley H. Bates location on South Villa road in Annapolis. The wildly popular adult-only party will kick-off at 7:00 p.m. with entertainment, food, games, and activities lasting until bedtime.