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.
This weekend I found myself running outdoors in a torrential downpour, and I started thinking about how great the Maryland weather is in March. It’s hot; no it’s cold; no it’s raining, but only where you’re standing, not 20 feet away; well, unless you move 20 feet away, and then the clouds follow you.This got me wondering what brave souls decided to schedule outdoor events during this wonderful month, and I found something that I find pretty interesting. It’s called Beer and Fear. It’s happening at Terrapin Adventures in Savage on March 19th. Climb a tower, complete a high ropes course, glide down a zip line and then have dinner and a beer tasting courtesy of the Rams Head. Sounds like a fun Sunday to me, although it will probably snow. Reserve your ticket online for $65.
Friday night in Annapolis at Ram’s Head OnStage, Matt Duke,Vienna Teng, and Alex Wong performed to a sold-out house
This weekend is a busy one in eventville. It’s time to break out of your winter stupor and enjoy your community. Spring is only 16 days away.For the KidsWho doesn’t love a little candy? How about a lot of candy? I’m sure you’ll have your fill at the 10th Annual Chocolate & Candy Festival in Bel Air. It’s $5 to get in, and free for kids under 5. Check it out from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Bel Air Armory.For the TeensSince many teens don’t like to be called “kids,” I decided to change the section titles a bit for this week. This DEW it Right Youth Rally for youths ages 13-17 is all about the dangers of driving recklessly, but it’s presented in a fun and not preachy way. Teens can attend a mock trial, participate in a bowling tournament, enter contests, play games, and hear live music and speakers. This event is on Saturday at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. $10 pays for food, drinks and a t-shirt. For the Whole FamilyThe Harlem Globetrotters are a treat to watch, no matter what your age. I remember them from the ‘80s, and I didn’t even like basketball back then. Okay, I still don’t like basketball. But this is more of a comedy/music/stunt show. See them play at the Verizon Center in D.C. at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and catch the "first ever four point shot."
Note that none of these events are outdoors. It's still pretty cold outside. Bundle up.
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.