There are some terrific things to do around town, we'll share some of them here and remember you can add events to our calendar.
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So much going on this weekend … it’s Easter; it’s Earth Day; it’s beautiful outside. Here are three of my faves, in no particular order.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at B&O Railroad Museum There are lots of these breakfasts, but few others include a train ride. This one, tomorrow at 9 a.m., has a buffet, a photo op for kids and a chance to step on a locomotive. Call 410-752-2462 to make a reservation.Earth Day Party at the National Zoo Tomorrow, from 8 to 10 a.m., join Zoo staff and other visitors in picking up litter that will be sorted into recyclables and trash. Talk to members of the Zoo's Green Team about sustainability initiatives, and speak with representatives from other organizations about what ordinary people can do to build solutions to global eco-issues. Sierra Club's Earth Day Race & Walk The Sierra Club of Anne Arundel County will hold the 17th Annual Earth Day 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, at Quiet Waters Park. Kids, adults, and leashed dogs are welcome. Race day registration is from 7:30 to 8:15 at the park for $30. The race starts promptly at 8:30. Trophies, gift certificates, prizes, tee shirts, and refreshments will be provided.
I love looking at time weathered books, with brown browbeaten pages and the scent of must. However, I don't particularly enjoy reading them. In fact, I spent a lot of college avoiding literature classes; hence, a major in communication as opposed to English. So, tonight, I am about to get schooled. I'm attending opening night of Crime and Punishment at CenterStage in Baltimore. It's based, of course, on the classic by Fyodor Dostoevsky. I know this because I looked it up on Wikipedia. Here's hoping I come home with a greater appreciation for "great" literature. You may even find me at the downtown Annapolis library picking through the stacks. Watch for a full review of the performance later this week.
The talented and captivating Amy Correia is coming to the Eastern Shore to perform in an intimate setting you won't want to miss out on if you are a fan-- The Stoltz Listening Room at the Avalon Theatre on May 13th.
I spent the weekend in Boston meeting people from all over the East Coast who had made the trek to Beantown for the marathon, whether running, observing or just showing up to see the city at it's most vibrant. It's funny how sometimes when you go out of town you start thinking of home. People commented on my accent -- which I didn't know existed, and told me stories of the time they've spent in Baltimore, Annapolis and D.C. I also went to a lot of restaurants and bars in the city, including the original Dick's Last Resort in Quincy Market, which opened 18 years ago. I don't know if you've heard of this place -- but the whole point is that the staff gives the customers a hard time, only all in fun. For example, you may have a roll fly past your head or be given a silly hat to wear. The food is bar food, and it's written on the wall instead of on a menu. Hey, Earth Day is coming up. Too bad they waste a lot of paper making the patrons funny hats. Anyways, the Dicks in Baltimore has live music on Fridays and Saturdays, so even if the waitstaff annoys you too much, the music will probably drown them out. Up this Friday: The Davids.
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This weekend is a scary one for a lot of people. Today is the dreaded April 15th, but thanks to a not well publicized D.C. holiday, you have three more days to stress about that tax return. Super. To get your mind off of any money you may owe to everyone’s favorite uncle: Sam, how about attending one or more of these events? For the Kids … Have breakfast with a giant rabbit The Pip Moyer Recreation Center is again hosting breakfast with the Easter Bunny. This time it’s at both 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Kids can get their picture taken in between bites of pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee. Call 410-263-7958 to get your tickets.
For the Grownups … Take a trip to Armadillo Acres Pay a visit to the Spotlighters Theatre in Baltimore on Friday or Saturday at 8:00 p.m. or on Sunday at 2 p.m. to see the divas of the double-wides in the Great American Trailer Park Musical. When Pippi, a stripper on the run, comes between agoraphobic homebody Jeannie and her toll-collector husband a storm begins to brew and this storm shakes the trailer park right down to its foundation. Sounds pretty crazy … and not kid friendly.
For the Whole Family … Fling into spring Yay! It’s street festival season once again. This weekend brings us the Annapolis Spring Fling Festival, starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday at Maryland Avenue and State Circle. It will feature antiques, art, home décor, food, children's activities and live music by the Rovers. And, best yet – there is free parking at Calvert and St. Johns Streets. Come out and enjoy the beautiful day to help Save the Coconuts. Call 443-822-7454 if you need more details.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I am not into reality TV. I don't watch American Idol or Dancing with the Stars, and my love affair with Survivor lasted exactly half an episode. I did watch the first season of the Bachelor way back in the day, and I'm still trying to repress that memory.
However, I do make an exception for one show: the Amazing Race. Although I don't make any special effort to watch it, I won't change the channel if it happens to come on. Perhaps it's the traveling aspect or perhaps it's the fact that the whole concept isn't based on couples making up or breaking up and just general fighting and chair throwing.
So, I found it rather intriguing I recently got notice of an event occurring on May 3rd at the United Artists Snowden Square Theater in Columbia. The host of the Amazing Race, Phil Keoghan, will be presenting his film, the Ride, about his bike ride across the country to benefit the National MS Society. While Keoghan already raised $500,000 through his ride, proceeds from ticket sales to this event will also go to the cause.
Sure beats sitting at home and watching Jersey Shore, in my opinion.
You can also compete in your own ride for MS, though it won't be nearly as long as Keoghan's, by signing up for the Chesapeake Challenge on June 11 and 12 in Chestertown.
Professional hairstylist, marketing maven, and entrepreneur Tarsha Beavers has built her business on combining beauty and brains, as depicted in her debut book, The 6 Figure Stylist, which chronicles her journey from salon owner to beauty industry mentor.
I admit I am not a Major League Baseball fan. I go to the games, but it's mostly for the peanuts, the conversation, and the beer. However, I do enjoy watching the minor league games at Prince George's Stadium. You can actually see the players, you don't have to walk a mile to get to your car and you get to see Louie and Bristles, the amazing walking toothbrush. You might even get asked to go down on the field to play a game of sumo wrestling.
The first game of the season is going to be tomorrow night at 7:05. Attend and you'll be one of the first to meet the 2011 Bowie Baysox team. You'll also get a chance to sport that pink outfit you've been saving for a special occasion. That's because it's also a benefit for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Can't make it on Thursday? Friday night is outdoorsman night. You'll get a half-price ticket with a hunting license or duck stamp. My personal favorite for the weekend though is Saturday's Betty White Tribute Night, complete with fireworks.
My two favorite things about the spring and summer are traveling and going to outdoor festivals. What's even better is when I can combine them. For example, this coming weekend I'm heading to Boston to visit friends and to partake in the events surrounding the infamous Boston Marathon. No, I am not running the marathon; at least not this year.
If you have the travel and event bug like I do, I found a great place to discover what's up? in other parts of the country. There is a site called festivaltrek. Just type in where you're going and the type of event you want to attend, or pick the event and then decide where you want to go. Of course, these listings are not as detailed as what you'll find in our calendar, but it's very useful for figuring out far flung fun.
There is so much to like on Lisa Bouchelle’s newest album,” Bleu Room with a Red Vase,” it’s hard to know where to begin.