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.
As I told you earlier in the week, my dog recently moved in to my new condo. Well, unfortunately, in the three days since he's been here, he's managed to chew the doorknob until it is pretty much beyond recognition. It looks more like a piece of abstract art at this point.
So this weekend I will be heading to Home Depot to purchase a replacement. And while I'm on a kind of building and home repair kick, I may pay a visit to the Shore for Dorchester Chamber of Commerce Build Day. On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chamber board members, along with others, will be doing construction work at 703 Wright Street in Cambridge. This home is one of many being built through Habitat for Humanity Choptank to help families in need. I've worked on a Habitat home before, spending a day sanding, painting and sweeping in Towson, and I am anxious to strap on my overalls again.
This home will be LEED certified, which means it's energy efficient. The more hands on deck, the more likely it can be finished by Earth Day. Call 410-228-3575 if you'd like to volunteer.
Making its debut at the Mitchell Gallery, located at St. John’s College in Annapolis, is the two-year traveling exhibit, The Floating World: Ukiyo-e Prints, which features rare Japanese woodblock prints from the early 20th century.
Before I became Events Editor, I was a freelance writer specializing in personal finance. This made me hyper-aware of opportunities to save money. Today, I came across a good one. Dignity Players in Annapolis is putting on a performance of Sight Unseen. If you attend on opening night, March 3, at 8 p.m. you can bring a friend with you for free. Or, you can have a friend bring you and get seen as the ultimate cheap date. Good deal.
So, I heard on the news that today is International Pancake Day, which I think is funny because Mardi Gras doesn't come around for yet another week. One of my favorite memories as a kid was going out to the fire station on Fat Tuesday to eat a pancake dinner. I thought it was so crazy to have dinner for breakfast! Now, every year, I make pancakes for dinner on Mardi Gras. No one I know really gets it. My roommates just think I'm a weirdo. Yet, they have never refused to eat said pancakes.
Since Mardi Gras is approaching, even though it's not today *sigh*, I thought I'd let you know about one of many soon to arrive New Orleans themed events. This one's for a good cause too. It's the MSquerade, put on by H&S Bakery and Schmidt Baking. Hmm ... sounds like an opportunity for some pretty good bread and desserts.
It's happening this Friday from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Martin's Valley Mansion in Hunt Valley. You can have southern style food, bid on items in a silent auction, drink a lovely cocktail and listen to the Fabulous Greaseband, all to benefit The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Maryland Chapter. You can find out more at NMSS-MD.org. I sure hope they serve pancakes for dessert. They can be classy and call them crepes.
As of last Monday, I am officially an Annapolis resident. However, what was an even bigger deal to me was introducing my dog, Bear, to my new condo and my new roommate yesterday. Since Bear weighs in at 75 pounds, if he ain't happy ain't nobody happy. He is a rescue from the ASPCA of Anne Arundel County and can be a bit, well, neurotic. Luckily, he seems pleased and is already redecorating the living room with his toys. To support other neurotic, and less so, pets who need homes, I attend the Walk for the Animals at Quiet Waters Park every year. You should too. This year it's on May 1 from 8 am. to noon. You do not have to bring a pet with you. You may end up taking one home, though. Start collecting pledges now and you can earn some great prizes.
During a recent doctor visit, I made the unfortunate discovery that I put on about ten pounds of what I’ll call “cake, ice cream and beer” weight over the winter months. Though I’m not the typical girly girl, I do have my insecurities about the looming bikini season. This got me thinking that on top of hashing, I should do some workouts that don’t involve a happy hour afterwards, especially since I have a 10-mile run coming up in almost exactly 30 days. It also got me thinking about some fitness events that are coming up this weekend in Annapolis and on the Shore. For the Somewhat Motivated If you’re already jazzed about getting in shape, head to the Severna Park Community Center on Saturday from 10 to 3 for the Heartbeat for Health event. You can decide what type of exercise you wanna do by seeing yoga, Zumba, hip hop and belly dancing demonstrations. If you’re a smoker, learn how to quit – and sample healthy snacks that you can munch on instead. These are thoughtfully offered by Deliciously Nutritious. No need to register. Just show up.
For the Hardly Motivated Need a little extra push? Head to Get Movin’ 2011 at Edgewater Fitness, also on Saturday, from 8 to 1. You can attend health seminars, get screened for high blood pressure, and talk to representatives from health related organizations. If that’s not enough to get you out the door, how about free giveaways and healthy food samples?
For the Not Motivated Rather just watch other people work out and hope to lose weight vicariously? Pack up the family and spend a day at the Reach the Beach Nationals at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. You’ll be convinced once and for all that cheer leading is a sport as you see teams from around the world perform choreography and stunts to try for prize money, cars and more. It takes place Friday through Sunday, 8 to 6. If you live nearby any of these events, why not run or jog to get there? Stay healthy.
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to check out the play Beyond Therapy at Bay Theatre Company in Annapolis with the most amiable of dates: my mom. During the opening scene, I was reminded of why I never go on blind dates or answer personal ads. Bruce and Prudence, the main characters, meet at the cleverly named Restaurant Restaurant and proceed to compliment and then insult each other, generally creep the other out and finally throw glasses of water on one another. Prudence proclaims that she does not wish to have a second date because she fears that Bruce is insane. After this nightmare of an outing, they retreat to their therapists to rehash the situation privately. Bruce’s therapist, Charlotte, tells him he needs to continue to be honest and open by crying at the dinner table and proposing marriage upon first meeting. She rewards him for his openness by making her plush Snoopy doll kiss him and bark in his face. Prudence’s therapist, Stuart, advises her that she should continue to have an affair with him – and that no this will not negatively affect her treatment. The duo end up on a second date due to a strange twist of print communication. Partly responsible is the fact that Charlotte forgets which patient she’s talking to in the middle of a session. Another issue arises when Bruce’s gay lover decides to pay a visit to Charlotte, on Bruce’s recommendation, and is encouraged to express his feelings openly by shooting Charlotte and Bruce. Dating is hard, meeting that right person is hard, but it is not normally this funny; or is it? I’m sure some of you have some stories to share. Okay, I'll admit it. I have some too. Check out the play on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through March 20. It’s on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Take a blind date with you. It will definitely make you look better.
The fact that it’s 70 degrees outside has this editor confused. But don’t bust out the flip flops and swim trunks just yet; it won’t last. Put the sunbathing on hold and attend one of these beachy events instead.For the Kids ...Celebrate Shark DaySince it’s still too cold to get in the ocean – with the exception of for the Polar Bear Plunge, of course – why not stay dry and learn about the ocean’s awesome predators? Kids will get a chance to view shark teeth, see how the animals adapt, and more. That should keep you out of the water for a little while. This talk takes place at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater from11 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Cost is $5. Call 443-482-2300 to register.For the Grownups ...Learn about Vodka from Punk’sGrab a date and head to this mixer. Instead of mingling with socialites, you’ll be learning to make drinks. Part of the monthly beer and cocktail class series at Punk's Backyard Grill, this one focuses on vodka. The class is $30 per person, and it includes snacks and drinks. You’ll sample appetizers you won’t find on the regular Punk’s menu, and, of course, get ample tastes of the good stuff. You’ll go home with three recipes to try on your own – and a deeper knowledge of just what makes vodka special. Call 410-571-7744 to RSVP. The class is Sunday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.For the Whole Family ...See Masterpieces in LEGOsYou may think this is a kids-only event, but I’m over 30 and I think looking at 15 famous buildings created with the ubiquitous plastic bricks is pretty awesome. These masterpieces are making an appearance at the National Building Museum in D.C. from 10 to 5 on Saturday and 11 to 5 on Sunday, thanks to the mind and fingers of architect Adam Reed Tucker. It’s $5 for admission, and kids under 4 are free. Can’t make it this weekend? You have until September 5th.
Ever feel like you have something to say, but you just don't know how to say it? That's how I feel today after a long several hours of entering events into the April calendar. But it got me thinking: there is no better way to get those creative juices flowing than by attending an open mic night. You get to see people in their own element saying -- or singing -- whatever they feel. No holds barred. Luckily, we have a venue for that: The Whiskey in Annapolis. It has an open mic night coming up on Thursday night at 9 p.m., and every subsequent Thursday for quite some time.
Last week I talked about running in the mud, but if that’s been there, done that for you, you can take it one step further. You can run in the mud while having little idea where you’re going. End your run with an after party, with good friends, good beer and – err – interesting songs, and you have the basic gist of hashing. Dubbed as “a drinking club with a running problem,” hashing groups have sprung up all around the area in recent years. There are 15 in Delmarva alone (well, if you fudge it a bit and include D.C.). And, according to the World Hash House Harriers webpage, there are over 23,000 hashers worldwide, located in over 1,200 different cities.
Here in Annapolis, we are fortunate to have the Baltimore Annapolis Hash House Harriers, also known as the BAH3. I was lucky enough to attend my first hash with them yesterday afternoon. Since I am new to hashing, I had to introduce myself to the group as a “virgin” and was asked to come to the center of the circle before the run. Everyone in the group, about 30 people, then told me their hash names. A couple of the more tame ones were “Barf Bag” and “Micro Brew.” Since I don’t have an official hash name “until I do something stupid,” I have to introduce myself as “just Kate” for now. I’m pretty well known for doing stupid things, so I know I will be official before long.
The hash leader then explained the markings on the trail that would tell us where to go: some sort of combination of arrows, and Xes and colored bottle caps – and I still have no idea how it works. I decided to simply follow everyone else and hope not to get lost. So far, so good, since I made it back to my desk today. I got to enjoy another song at the after party, and I didn’t get dinged for any “safety violations,” so I think it was a pretty good afternoon overall. I’ve been a runner for a long time, but I can’t remember the last time I’ve had so much fun at a running event. Usually, by the end of the day, I’m whining about how much my feet hurt and asking myself why I put myself through this again and again. Not after this one.
If you’re interested in hashing, the Baltimore Annapolis group meets every Sunday at 3 p.m. a different location. You can find all the details on its website. It’s also hosting a Green Dress Run on March 12 at 2 p.m. on the St. John’s College Campus. Yes, you have to wear a green dress to run in this; regardless of your gender.
Note that hash events are not family events. Your kids will definitely hear some, let’s just say, “colorful” language. Most are, however, dog friendly – since pooches rarely repeat what they hear. Don’t forget to bring dry shoes and socks and about $10 to cover the cost of beverages and snacks. Most hashes are followed by optional happy hours.