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.
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.
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Once upon a morning dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, I came upon, by happenstance, a slew of exciting events. Only this, and nothing more.
For the Kids ... Cook a Big Fat Greek Meal
Kids and teens ages 7 to 16 can learn how to make Chicken Kebobs (Souvlaki), Baked Orzo with Parmesan Cheese, Greek Salad, and Baklava. They'll be supervised by a 100% Greek chef, and parents can hang around and taste the spoils. The class is at the Whole Foods Culinary Center in Annapolis, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and registration is $40, including materials. You can sign up and pay online.
For the Grown-Ups ... Hear a Different Type of Surround Sound
Don’t sit in that dark basement watching TV. Instead, hear surround sound live, in the form of the Live Arts Maryland choruses and brass, when they perform in St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis at Motets, Madrigals & More. J. Ernest Green will conduct the singers and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra. The concert’s on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m.
For the Whole Family … Celebrate Reading The 9th annual Annapolis Book Festival at The Key School starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday features nationally renowned authors including Gwen Ifill, Peter Bergen, Norb Vonnegut, David Shipler, Michele Norris, Howard Norman, and Evan Thomas, and Humane Society Chief Wayne Pacelle. There will be new and used book sales, book signings, educational children's activities, performances by musicians and storytellers, and a silent auction of storybook-inspired furniture.
Nevermore will you be in search of something to do this weekend!
This coming Friday, April 8th, will see Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis transformed into an celebratory Scottish hall, replete with bagpipes, drums, balladeers, tartans, and dancing.
Okay, so you can't really save on gas nowadays, unless you decide not to drive -- but you can save some money on Grease. From now until Saturday, Olney Theatre Center is offering a 50% special on tickets to see this musical, which was actually made famous by the movie which was based on it; not to be confusing.
To get your discounted seats, use this link or call the box office at 301-924-3400 and mention the code 50GREASE.It's good for selected shows between July 27 and August 21.
Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend the opening reception for re:Source on 162 Main Street. Anne Johnson and Cathy Durkan, formerly the owners of Mixed Greens on Randall Street, decided to rebrand their shop and move it to a more accessible location. What better reason to have a party?
Several of the artists who contribute to the store's merchandise were there, including Ally Tierney of Suriya Designs, who creates Scrabble tile pendants, which are the store's top seller. You can find these pendants, of course, with their traditional letters and point values on them. But more ornate ones feature map sections, postage stamps and other embellishments. Additional popular items include bowls made from records, and art and jewelry created from reclaimed items. The theme of the shop is recycling, or upcycling; turning something many would throw away into something better. It also features sustainable and Fair Trade Items.
While the opening reception was closed to the public, Durkan mentioned that the store's currently empty second level would be perfect for gallery shows and as a general events space. Stay tuned for opportunities to join in on the fun. Or just browse the shop during its normal business hours. Call 410-216-9830 for more information.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending two race events as a participant, although I will probably be regretting said decision tomorrow. The first was the low key Greenbelt Nursery School Tortoise & Hare 5K, a fundraiser to help send deserving toddlers on the right road to getting into Harvard or Brown. It was an easy run around Greenbelt Lake, which was perfect very last minute training for the run I was doing the next day.
The second was the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run, which I've been running for many years now. If you've never been to this event, it is quite a sight to see 50,000 runners descend on the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. It's also great when you're just getting through that starting gate and you hear that the elite athletes, many flown in from faraway countries, are already on their third or fourth mile. Other sites not to be missed are the juggler and the jump roper, who run all the while performing these additional sports. Okay, so the jump roper kind of walked. It's hard to keep a jump rope run going for 10 miles.
The 2004 Cherry Blossom Run was the second race I've ever done in my life. My first was the 2002 Baltimore Marathon. If you're thinking of running competitively, or just doing races for fun and bragging rights, I don't recommend starting with one that's 26.2 miles. For some reason, I thought it was a good idea at the time.
It's probably better to go with a 5K, and you can find one nearly every weekend in the spring and summer months. To start your search, go to active.com or stop by your local running store and ask a helpful employee. Also, check out our May issue of What's Up? which will have a special running section in the calendar.
Yes, today is April Fool's Day, but here are three 100% real events that you can attend this weekend:
For the KidsSee Goin' Monkey at Academy Art MuseumKids have energy. What better way to wear them out than by taking them to see this interactive musical. It includes singalong songs and lots of jumping, dancing and learning opportunities. High energy adults will love it too. The show takes place on Saturday at 10 at Academy Art Museum in Easton.
For the GrownupsLearn about an Innovative ProgramEver heard of Shakespeare Behind Bars? Me neither, but now that I'm reading about it it sounds interesting. The Founder and Producing Director of the program, which helps prison inmates develop life skills by rehearsing and performing Shakespeare will host a talk at Oliver's Carriage House in Columbia at 7 p.m. tonight. It's always great to learn something new.
For the Whole FamilyCheck Out Chestertown First FridayIf you're free tonight and you'll be on the Shore, check out first Friday in Chestertown from 5 to 8. Events include the Artworks Fiber Show Opening and the American Cancer Society Realy for Life Kick-Off Party. You can find out more on Chestertown's website, or just head downtown and see what's going on.
Have a great weekend and don't fall for any pranks!
Have you made it out to the Cherry Blossom Festival yet? What better way to celebrate the (sort of) arrival of spring then by checking out the infamous trees on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C.? I'll be there on Sunday at the crack of dawn getting ready to run 10 miles, but you can show up later and still enjoy lots of events throughout the day. Or, show up early and avoid the crowds, and you can get a glimpse of the elite athletes in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run finishing way before everybody else. Late risers can enjoy a fireworks show at Waterfront Park at 8:30 p.m., and if they show up earlier, they'll be treated to over seven hours of music, family friendly activities, and of course, food and drink available for purchase.
None of these events your cup of tea? Don't worry. There are lots more. go to nationalcherryblossomfestival.org to see the entire schedule.