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Last Updated: Aug 08, 2011 10:31PM • Subscribe via RSSATOM

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.

The Boys are Back in Town

Sports: love 'em or hate 'em, you can't deny that they have an effect on people. I happen to be in the former category--I think they're great. And this past weekend, I filled my schedule with them.

Weekend's Best Bets: Get Festive

Usually, I try to keep my weekend event recommendations to three. I think it helps to avoid an information overload. Y'know, that whole streamlining thing. But today, I can't help myself. There's just too much going on. If you're going to be traversing around Annapolis on Friday, I suggest you make time for a stop at the 66th Annual Rotary Club of Annapolis Crab Feast. It's arguably the largest crab feast in the world! Nearly 3,000 crab lovers gather there each year to feast on the Bay's bounty. In addition to large 1 male crabs (the big ones) and Maryland vegetable crab soup, there's plenty of other food and drink available. Even you non-seafood folks will have things to eat! The crab feast takes place at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium from 5-8 p.m. Tickets start at $60. If you find yourself on the Shore this weekend, you're in for a real treat.  And, this is where I have to double up. This Saturday marks the kickoff of the Inaugural American Red Cross One Design Cup. The Miles River Yacht Club and the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula have joined together to create this truly awesome charity regatta. There will be non-stop racing for two days, a silent auction, a raffle and a presentation dinner. The Old and New Bluegrass Band will be on hand to provide musical entertainment. And, best of all, proceeds from the event go directly to the local branch of the American Red Cross. It costs $5 to attend (children  under 12 are free), and $20 to take place in the presentation dinner. And, make sure you stop by the Annual Fireman's Carnival at St. Michaels High School. It ends on Saturday, so now's your last chance to visit. But, don't be too sad, you could become $10,000 richer by taking a chance in their annual raffle. The carnival is free to attend, and rides are $20. Or, maybe you're looking to branch out a little bit. Head over to Baltimore and help the National Aquarium celebrate its 30th anniversary. They're holding a three day festival that highlights their mission and their pledge to give back to the community. This family-friendly multicultural event will feature a variety of entertainment including Milkshake Trio, St. Veronica's Youth Steel Orchestra, Mexico Vivo, The Waxter Center Steppers and More. There will also be face painting, an Ocean Art Project, character appearances, zumba dance instruction, and a kid's corner. So much to do!  

Rain, Rain Stick Around

Did you hit that torrential downpour on the way into work this morning? I sure did. And, I got stuck behind a tractor trailer that kept flicking water onto my windshield. Ugh. In the midst of the rain, though, I started to think about all the fun outdoor events that might have to get canceled. That has to be a real bummer for their organizers. And, where does it leave all the people who were planning on attending them? Well, in an effort to answer that question, I drummed up some rainy day activities that you can do in the comfort of your own house. Think at-home events.

Behind the Curtain of The Big Bang

In less than two hours learn about the history of the world through song!

Celebrate Art in Nature

Art in Nature Photo Festival - August 13th, 14th, 15th at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art

Hot August Nights at Merriweather

There’s more to Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion than music. Unique artwork and sculpture adorn the grounds, making the fabled summer shed one of the nation’s most treasured.

It's Crazy, Man!

For this past weekend's outing, I decided to stay local. I'd been visiting the Western Shore a lot, and thought it might be nice to stay closer to home. And since the only thing that happens in Crumpton is the auction, Chestertown was the next closest bet. And, what did I find? Crazy days! When you have something that fun going on twenty minutes away, why bother looking for anything else?

Weekend's Best Bets: Get Up and Get Going

It's finally Friday again! And, if you're anything like me, you're looking for something to take your mind off of the things that are stressing you out (debt crisis, anyone?) But, guess what? We're in luck! There are a whole slew of great events this weekend. Let's say you're going to be hanging out in Annapolis. Then you're definitely going to want to head over to Wild Willy's Rock House and Saloon for Party with a Purpose. It benefits the Light House, a homeless prevention support center, so the $20 event cost is tax deductible. This year, Party with a Purpose features music by a Classic Case, who specialize in classic rock from the 50's, 60's and 70's. You'll also get to bid on a date with an eligible bachelor/bachelorette, and take part in a live auction of a vacation on a 60's luxury catamaran and a day on the Bay sail. Having fun for a good cause--what's not to love? If you're going to find yourself on the Shore, you're in for a treat. This weekend marks the arrival of Chestertown's annual Crazy Days. (They actually started last night). This fun-filled even is not just your average sidewalk sale. It's famous! Once a year, specialty shops display serious bargains on the red-brick sidewalks of Chestertown. So, now is your chance to get outside, meander down those beautiful bricks, and buy some great finds. And, on Saturday, Crazy Days coincides with Chestertown's Farmers' Market and Artisans' Market. There's free parking throughout the whole sale, so you don't even have to worry about digging around for quarters. Being the cheap thrifty person that I am, I know I'll be stopping by. Suppose you want to get further out into Maryland. I have a suggestion. Now, I know Americans aren't generally known as avid soccer fans. But, it's not every day you get to watch two international teams go head to head a stone's throw from the nation's capital. This Saturday at FedEx Field, Manchester United takes on FC Bacelona. Man U was first in the Premier League last year, and boasts the league's most championships. FC Barcelona, on the other hand, are the current champions of La Liga. So, it's sure to be a good match. Head to ticketmaster to snatch up the last tickets.

A Hidden Treasure of its Own

Every Wednesday morning, I drive past the Crumpton Auction. Hundreds of lamps, sofas and chairs litter the ground. They're packed so densely that hard to get around without having to dodge antiques. And, there are even more inside the auction's massive green shed. There, rows and rows of tables stand covered with miscellaneous knick knacks. A life-size cut out of Han Solo here, some wooden clogging shoes there, a collection of stuffed deer heads nestled behind it all. Local butchers and Mennonite bakers have shops built into the walls. Their calls advertising ice cream and pretzels ring out and mix with the auctioneers'. And all day, sellers and buyers bustle in and out.

It's an 'All Good' Review

West Virgina's All Good Music Festival outdoes other large scale music events.

 

 

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