Eye On Annapolis » LIFE IN THE AREA http://www.eyeonannapolis.net ...it's about the quality of life! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:36:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 See you at Kegs and Corks Festival this Saturday http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/21/see-you-at-kegs-and-corks-festival-this-saturday/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=see-you-at-kegs-and-corks-festival-this-saturday http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/21/see-you-at-kegs-and-corks-festival-this-saturday/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:36:09 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=91705 kegs200x350Tickets are now on sale for the Third Annual Kegs and Corks Beer and Wine Festival on August 23, 2014 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds.  This is a unique festival where Maryland wine and craft beer come together…catering to beer and wine lovers alike.

In an effort to promote “buying local,” the festival will once again feature the Maryland Wine Pavilion where guests will sample exceptional Maryland wines, while enjoying local crab cakes and fresh oysters.  The Craft Beer Corral will feature carefully selected craft beer from breweries across the United States.

Tickets include a souvenir cup, limited samples of featured beer and wine, and entertainment all day.  Food and full glasses of beer and wine, as well as bottles of wine, are available for purchase.

Entertainment will include live music performances by The Roadhouse Clams, the Uncle Jack Band and the Tom Larsen Band!

Presented by Eye on Annapolis, the 2014 Kegs and Corks Beer and Wine Festival will benefit the local charity, Chesapeake Bay Trust.

Buy tickets online, save $5

Advance tickets are now on sale for $30 each and available online at www.KegsandCorksFest.com.  Tickets purchased at the gate are $35 each.  Kids 12 and under are free.


Eye On Annapolis is a sponsor of this festival and we hope that your will join us rain or shine. Hours are Saturday from noon to 6:00 PM. And be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook–we have a bunch of tickets to be given away! #KEGSANDCORKS

Vendor, sponsor, and volunteer opportunities are available.  For more information about the Kegs and Corks Beer and Wine Festival, contact Inspired Events at 410.507.2186 or visit www.KegsandCorksFest.com.

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Upcoming Local Shows at Rams Head On Stage
August 21 Free Range Improv Comedy
August 22 The Regal Beagles Yacht Rock Band
August 23 Player featuring Original Lead Singer Peter Beckett & Original Bassist Ronn Moss (aka: ex-Ridge Forrester on CBS's "The Bold & The Beautiful")
August 24 Jason's School Of Music Guitar Concert **All Ages Matinee**
August 24 Kustom Made
August 25 Julie Roberts
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47th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/21/47th-annual-maryland-seafood-festival/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=47th-annual-maryland-seafood-festival http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/21/47th-annual-maryland-seafood-festival/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:25:56 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=91694 MDSeafoodThe 47th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival (MSF) celebrates a weekend of fresh and mouth-watering seafood on September 6 and 7th, along with a variety of entertainment, exhibits and activities. “At last year’s event, we enjoyed two beautiful days that provided record breaking crowds on the picturesque shores of the Chesapeake Bay; we all enjoyed the atmosphere, food and exciting entertainment,” notes Stephanie Duncan Troxell, spokesperson for the MSF.

This year, the event will entertain attendees with new and exciting exhibits, sponsor booths, food vendors and thrilling activities, all to provide a full day of fun by the bay. The professional EVP Beach Volleyball Tour will hold their Eastern competitionat the festival and is expanding to ten (10) courts of competition on the festival beaches and grounds while the Maryland Watermen Association will be racing Chesapeake Crab Skiffs on the bay. New this year is the professional pogo stick demonstrations from Xpogo, who travel throughout the country thrilling spectators with their high energy bouncing and unique tricks. Watch for them as they have moved to the 2nd round of America’s Got Talent. Shore side, youngsters and adults will be enthralled with the Crab Derby coordinated by Crabs for Kids as well as the opportunity for youth to create a keepsake piece of art by painting their own unique pattern on a crab shell.

For Festival competitors, sign up for the Crab Cake Eating Contest, the Crab Picking Contest, sponsored by Canter’s Riverside Restaurant or the Oyster Shucking Contest or just relax with the audience while cheering for your favorite competitor. For those interested in crab soup, buy your ticket for the popular Capital’s 25th Annual Crab Soup Cook-off on Saturday and on Sunday, we are pleased to again be hosting DNR’s Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring the Diamond Jim Awards Ceremony.

The Maryland Seafood Festival is known for showcasing the best seafood the Chesapeake region has to offer. “Foodie Treasures from the Bay” will include crab and oysters as well as other seafood and landlubber delicacies; all sold by professionals, non-profits and new food vendors from the Annapolis area and the Eastern Shore.

On the Miller Lite Main Stage, the musical line-up includes festival favorites- Kelly Bell Band, the Dublin Five and the Shatners, along with the new, soon-to-be favorite, the Leaf Jumpers from Connecticut and more.

To fulfill our mission, MSF is excited to support many non-profits including the Chesapeake Bay Trust, a nonprofit, grant-making organization dedicated to improving the Chesapeake Bay and the Walk the Walk Foundation, helping those in need with basic necessities through giving resources as well as other charities. “Walk the Walk is thrilled to partner with the MSF this year. We are excited to share who we are and what we do through our programs. MSF attendees can join us as we strive to make a difference for children & families in need” notes Executive Director, Chelsea MacCubbin.

Other features of the 47th Maryland Seafood Festival include

  • Wine Tasting Row featuring unique regional wines from the mid-Atlantic based vineyards and businesses
  • Beer Tasting and Oyster Tasting tent featuring 25 brews and homegrown oysters
  • Arts and Crafts area shop until you drop visiting 50+ unique crafts
  • DNR, The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be bringing live touch and viewing tanks in a fun interactive exhibit
  • Chef Demo Tent, checkout the areas finest chefs in the area as they provide complementary samples of their delectable menu item highlighting Maryland Seafood
  • A variety of sponsor vendors showcasing their products and services

“With only a Festival General Admittance fee of $15, you can experience the variety of food for sale, and the array of entertainment and activities featured at this year’s event; we are even offering advance parking tickets at Sandy Point State Park that you can purchase now, or easily park at Anne Arundel Community College for $5 and take the shuttle to the festival grounds” notes Duncan Troxell, “ visit our website mdseafoodfestival.com to learn more and to purchase your tickets now!”

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The Shindig Music Festival – September 27th http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/21/the-shindig-tickets-now-on-sale-september-27-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-shindig-tickets-now-on-sale-september-27-2014 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/21/the-shindig-tickets-now-on-sale-september-27-2014/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:11:29 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=69527 Shindig_201424-7 Entertainment is thrilled to announce the return of The Shindig Music Festival to Carroll Park in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

This year’s two main stages will be anchored by alternative rock legends JANE’S ADDICTION and punk rock favorites RISE AGAINST. Adding to the eclectic festivities will be Gogol BordelloClutchFishboneHalestormLuceroJ Roddy Walston & The BusinessLarry and His FlaskThe MahonesThe BotsCharm City DevilsBad Seed Rising and a TBD local artist.

A “Shindig” is defined as “a large, lively party celebrating something”. In this case, the “something” is an independent DIY Rock & Roll spirit and work ethic that make up the very core of the city of Baltimore. This year’s lineup is as fun and diverse as the neighborhoods and people of Charm City.

The all-day festival will feature two identical main stages with NO OVERLAPPING SETS of music. The Vending Village in The Woods offers a variety of Baltimore’s best and familiar food and beverage options with plenty of seating and shade available. The Woods is also home to the Ripley’s “Believe it or Not” Side Stage featuring an array of rare talent including sword swallowers, fire breathers, aerial acrobats, burlesque performances and other visually captivating oddities.



VIP – $165.00 (limited amount available) includes:

* One VIP Parking Space in Secured Lot Closest to Festival Grounds

* Separate VIP Entrance Upon Arrival

* Exclusive Entry into Two VIP Areas

* Exclusive Access to Two Elevated Covered Viewing Decks (One at Each Main Stage)

* Exclusive Discounted Food & Drink Menu in both VIP areas

* Private Air Conditioned Restrooms

* Relaxed Cushioned Seating Areas

* Complimentary Bottled Water

* Complimentary Photos of You and Your friends from Festival Photographer

* The Shindig Festival T-Shirt

* The Shindig Commemorative VIP Laminate

* Goodie Bag

Tickets available here.


* Tickets also available at The Sound Garden in Fells Point (only $3.00 service fee per ticket)

Gates Open at Noon – Music Begins at 12:30pm and Jane’s Addiction ends at 11:00pm

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Upcoming Local Shows at Rams Head On Stage
August 21 Free Range Improv Comedy
August 22 The Regal Beagles Yacht Rock Band
August 23 Player featuring Original Lead Singer Peter Beckett & Original Bassist Ronn Moss (aka: ex-Ridge Forrester on CBS's "The Bold & The Beautiful")
August 24 Jason's School Of Music Guitar Concert **All Ages Matinee**
August 24 Kustom Made
August 25 Julie Roberts
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B-17 Bomber to take flight over Baltimore http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/21/b-17-bomber-to-take-flight-over-baltimore/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=b-17-bomber-to-take-flight-over-baltimore http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/21/b-17-bomber-to-take-flight-over-baltimore/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:15:03 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=91620 B-17MemphisBelle #1The World War II Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Movie Memphis Belle” will take to the skies over Baltimore. Public flights will begin in the morning with ground tours in the afternoon.  Hours are from 10am to 5pm.

The Liberty Foundations 2014 Salute to Veterans tour will be arriving in Baltimore at the Martin State Airport (Martin State FBO, 701 Wilson Point Road) on Saturday August 30th and 31st, 2014. On display will be the famous Boeing B-17 “Memphis Belle” celebrating the 71st anniversary of its historic last mission.


The Liberty Foundation’s B-17 “Memphis Belle” is one of only 13 B-17’s that still fly today. The B-17 dubbed the “Flying Fortress” as a result of her defensive fire power saw action in every theater of operation during WWII. The majority of all WWII B-17’s were operated by the 8th Airforce in Europe and participated in countless missions from bases in England deep into enemy territory. There were 12,732 B-17’s produced between 1935 and 1945, of these 4,735 were lost in combat. Following WWII, the B-17 saw combat in three more wars, B-17’s saw service in Korea, Israel used them in the war of 1948 and was even used during Vietnam.

“Memphis Belle” was built toward the end of the war and never saw any combat. It is painted in the colors and nose art of the original historic “Memphis Belle” B-17 that flew countless missions with the 91st bomb group of the mighty 8th Airforce, and was the first
B-17 to complete 25 missions.

The Liberty Foundation’s B-17 had an interesting postwar history. Sold Surplus to National Metals Co. of Phoenix, Arizona for the sum of $2,687.00 and then sold to Fast Way Air of Long Beach, California. 44-83546 became N3703G on the US civil register. In 1960 she was converted to a water bomber and operated as Tanker 78 until the late 1970s. N3703G was purchased by the Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation (MARC) in 1982. MARC, was started by David Tallichet, a wartime B-17 pilot with the 100th bomb group. He and his staff restored the B-17G to resemble a B-17F model. The restoration included reinstallation of power turrets, early tail gunners compartment, early Sperry dorsal turret recovered from a south Pacific wreck and adding a 91st BG paint scheme

In 1989, N3703G was hired for use in the filming of the Memphis Belle movie in England. In July 1989 she crossed the Atlantic with another B-17 to participate in the filming of the movie. Since returning to the U.S. N3703G has continued in the paint scheme of the “Memphis Belle”


The Liberty Foundation’s B-17 provides visitors the opportunity to take a step back in time and gain respect for the men and women who gave so much to protect our freedoms. At each stop, flight “missions” are available in the Memphis Belle, which allow people to take flights in this historic aircraft. During flight operations, there will be a designated, secure area for those who would like to watch the aircraft flights at no charge. For enthusiasts that choose to take a flight experience on this legendary aircraft, these participants receive a pre-flight safety briefing containing the historical significance of the aircraft and a spectacular scenic air tour around the city. During the flight, passengers enjoy the unique opportunity of moving about the aircraft to the different combat crew positions to see the viewpoint that thousands of our heroes saw in combat over 60 years ago.

World War II was the single greatest challenge to freedom in the 20th Century. Through the 46 months of war, over 300,000 American soldiers, sailors and aviators died defending the beliefs that they held dear, with many more sacrificing in other ways. These men became our heroes through their struggles and came home to a grateful nation. Over the half century since, those heroes became our husbands, uncles, fathers and grandfathers; in many cases their stories were never shared with their families. Now with the popularity of movies like “Pearl Harbor” and the Steven Ambrose book “The Wild Blue”, families are seeking to learn more about our veterans. They realize that these stories of courage and valor need to be preserved for future generations. Estimates place the number of World War II veterans dying each day at over 1,500. With each death, another story of courage, honor and sacrifice is lost forever. This aircraft represents that legacy of courage and valor.”

The B-17 flight experience takes 45 minutes with approximately half hour in flight. B-17 Flights are $410 for Liberty Foundation members and $450 for non-members. Passengers can become a Liberty Foundation Member for $40 and receive the member discount for family and friends.  While the cost to take a flight sounds expensive, it must be put into perspective when compared to the B-17’s operating cost.  A Flying Fortress cost is over $4500 per flight hour. The Liberty Foundation spends over $1,500,000 annually to keep the B-17 airworthy and out on tour.

The Liberty Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit flying museum and funds generated merely help offset these high cost.  Only the public’s interest and other generous donations keep this historic aircraft flying and from being silenced permanently in a museum for years to come.  Hopefully, for years to come!

This is your invitation to see, tour and fly a mission and take advantage of this ultimate historical experience, come touch the past and fly through ageless skies.

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Baysox announce Fan Appreciation Weekend http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/21/baysox-announce-fan-appreciation-weekend/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=baysox-announce-fan-appreciation-weekend http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/21/baysox-announce-fan-appreciation-weekend/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:23:11 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=91531 Baysox_WebAd_300x250_050614The Bowie Baysox announce today that the team will be hosting Fan Appreciation Weekend at Prince George’s Stadium. The weekend will consist of Kids Appreciation Night on Saturday, Aug. 30 when the Baysox take on the Altoona Curve at 6:35 p.m.  Fan Appreciation Day will follow on Sunday, Aug. 31 as the Baysox take on the Rock Cats at 2:05 p.m. Both events will include giveaways with fireworks on Saturday and a chance to Meet the Team before the game Sunday.

Baysox Marketing Director Brandan Kaiser looks forward to this weekend.  “This weekend is a great way to show appreciation to our fans who have come out to support us during the long season,” Kaiser said. “We have some great giveaways planned for both nights and the first ever Helicopter Candy Drop on Sunday should be tons of fun for all the kids at the game.”

On Saturday night the first 500 kids in attendance, ages 3-12, will receive a free Youth Baysox Mini Bat. The festivities then continue on Sunday afternoon as the first 500 fans, ages 13 and older, will be given a Baysox Knit Beanie Cap.

Saturday is also the Kids Halloween Party. Children are encouraged to come dressed up in their favorite Halloween costume for trick-or-treating before the game and other Halloween fun.

For Fan Appreciation Day, gates will open at 12:30 p.m. Baysox players and coaches will then be available to sign autographs and pose for photos between 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 p.m.  Also, fans are invited to bring their gloves to play catch on the field before the game. Baysox Pitching Coach Blaine Beatty and that day’s starting pitcher and catcher are not available for autographs.

Sunday’s game will also feature the Baysox Helicopter Candy Drop after the game. All kids ages 12 and under in attendance will be invited down onto the field after the game to participate in a candy drop in the outfield. A helicopter will drop 150 pounds of candy onto the field for kids to collect.

Baysox Baseball – We’ll Knock Your ‘Sox Off. The Baysox 2014 season and 22nd season of baseball at Prince George’s Stadium is winding down. Parking is free at every Baysox home game and tickets are available at www.baysox.com, or by calling the Baysox box office at (301) 464-4865.

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Maryland Seafood Festival coming to Sandy Point State Park for 47th year http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/21/maryland-seafood-festival-coming-to-sandy-point-state-park-for-47th-year/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=maryland-seafood-festival-coming-to-sandy-point-state-park-for-47th-year http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/21/maryland-seafood-festival-coming-to-sandy-point-state-park-for-47th-year/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:41:46 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=91614 MDSeafoodSandy Point State Park will again be the host site for the 47th annual Maryland Seafood Festival on September 6th and 7th, a tasty and entertaining tradition, with regional music favorites, great food, exhibits and arts as well as the popular Capital Gazette’s 25th Crab Soup Cook-off and the Department of Natural Resources’ Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring the Diamond Jim Award Ceremony.

This family fun and feasting event is expected to draw 20,000+ visitors from across the mid-Atlantic region ready to enjoy a relaxing and entertaining Day by the Bay. The Maryland Seafood Festival is a ritual in the State and has been held annually for 47 years, with the most recent 30 years being held the weekend after Labor Day at Sandy Point State Park. That tradition has been built around a safe, family friendly environment showcasing the great seafood that Maryland has to offer while bringing people from all over the East Coast to wrap up the summer season.

The “foodie treasures from the bay” will include crab and oysters as well as other seafood and landlubber delicacies; all sold by professionals, non-profits and new food vendors.  The popular Beer Tasting Tent will feature craft and imported beers and shucked oysters, and the Wine Row is a new addition, just added last year.


The festival backdrop, the Chesapeake Bay, will highlight the Maryland Watermen’s demonstrations to include Chesapeake Crab Skiff races and other bay watercraft activities.   On the beach, the Crab Derby will be enjoyed by young and old as well and the athleticism from the Extreme Volleyball Professionals (EVP) exhibitions that will entertain the crowd. New this yea will be XPOGO stunt pogo stick jumping! The sounds of music will be filling the air with entertainment from Dan Haas, The Shatners, Doug Segree, Chesapeake Steel Drum Band, Bad With Names, Leaf Jumpers, Shawn Owen Band, Chanssez and the ever popular Kelly Bell Band. The interactive exhibits, creative craft booths and the popular chef food demonstrations will all ensure a good time.


Enjoy the Maryland Seafood Festival and support the Chesapeake Bay Trust, several Boy Scout troops, Crabs for Kids, and the Foundation for Community Betterment.   See you there!

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Bello Machre welcomes new Board member http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/21/bello-machre-welcomes-new-board-member/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bello-machre-welcomes-new-board-member http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/21/bello-machre-welcomes-new-board-member/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:17:58 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=91526 David Orso

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Bello Machre is pleased to announce the election of its newest Board Member, David Orso effective July 1, 2014.  Dave’s civic mindedness and business perspective will further strengthen the board leadership and Bello Machre’s commitment of enriching the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Dr. Robert Ireland, President and CEO commented, “We are so very fortunate to have Dave as a part of the Bello Machre family.  He will be such a tremendous asset to our Board of Directors as we continue to expand and grow our organization and philanthropy.”

Dave commented, “I’m so proud to be part of Bello Machre’s mission caring for children and adults with developmental disabilities.  It is a privilege to be involved with such devoted people who are caring for some of our most vulnerable.”  Following in his father’s footsteps, Dr. Don Orso, former Chair of the Psychology Department at Anne Arundel Community College, was also a board member of Bello Machre in the 1990’s.

Dave is the owner and founder of The David Orso Group of Century 21 New Millennium, one of the topped ranked real estate firms in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.  In addition, Dave is ranked number 15 amongst all of the Century 21 agents worldwide.  Before starting his own firm, he worked at Avendra, a Marriott & Hyatt owned corporation, as the National Accounts Manager for their golf properties and prior to that he worked at Coca-Cola USA as their Business Development Manager.

Dave holds a Master of Business Administration from Loyal College, Baltimore, Maryland and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio.  His community involvement is evident through his many charitable interests.  He was a founding board member of The First Tee of Baltimore, an organization dedicated to connecting with underprivileged youth in the city of Baltimore through the game of golf to provide a healthy outlet and curriculum based in life skills.  He also serves on the Building Traditions Society Board at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Bello Machre, founded in 1972, means Home of My Heart in Gaelic.  It is a non-profit organization in Anne Arundel Country, Maryland that provides homes and support to children, teens, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities.  Its mission is to enrich the lives of those served through loving care, guidance, and opportunity so that they can live life to its fullest.  Many of the people served live in its 56 community homes located throughout Central Maryland.  Bello Machre also provides help and support to hundreds of children and adults in their own homes.  The Hertha and Jesse Adams Ray of Hope Program offers assistance with expenses such as specialized summer camp, physical therapy and adaptive equipment.  Trained and caring staff also provides residential respite care, during family hospitalizations, emergencies, and vacations—24-hours a day – seven days a week.  Bello Machre is there to help with whatever is needed, empowering people with developmental disabilities to live life to its fullest.

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Annapolis based Davy Dance Academy to perform at Orange Bowl http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/21/annapolis-based-davy-dance-academy-to-perform-at-orange-bowl/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=annapolis-based-davy-dance-academy-to-perform-at-orange-bowl http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/21/annapolis-based-davy-dance-academy-to-perform-at-orange-bowl/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:44:21 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=91512 Davy DanceDavy Dance Academy announced that their Senior Dance Company will be featured in the half-time performance at the ACC Champion Discover Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.  The performance will take place on New Year’s Eve in Miami, Florida.

Davy Dance Academy Dance Company is no stranger to performing on national television.  During the 2013-2014 season they performed in the Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC.  In September the dancers will perform in the Miss America Pageant Parade in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  In addition to performances on National Television, they perform within the community in service to others through the artistry of dance.  This past December, they raised over $1200 for The Lighthouse in Annapolis, Maryland.  Each year DDA Dance Company performs at local nursing homes during the holidays and holds a benefit concert to raise money for a local charity in need of support.

They are currently hosting several fundraisers to help their dancers raise money for performance and travel costs associated with performing in the Orange Bowl.  Some of the fundraisers include: raffle tickets for an iPad mini, candy sale, fruit sale and restaurant nights with local businesses.

Director, T. Michelle Davy holds a Masters in Administration and Supervision and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from University of Maryland College Park. While in college and after graduating from University of Maryland College Park, she performed with Ailey II (ADF Festival), Bill T. Jones (ADF Festival), Alvin Mayes, Tony Powell, Meriam Rosen, Shane O’Hara, Mark Dendy, Anne Waren and Alcine Wiltz.  She has directed and choreographed over 25 musical in community theatre and private/public schools over the last 15 years.

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Naptown Pint to hold beer summit at Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/20/naptown-pint-to-hold-beer-summit-at-annapolis-craft-beer-and-music-festival/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=naptown-pint-to-hold-beer-summit-at-annapolis-craft-beer-and-music-festival http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/20/naptown-pint-to-hold-beer-summit-at-annapolis-craft-beer-and-music-festival/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:11:39 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=91651 Beer Fest 250x350The Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival announces its update of craft breweries, music, arts and crafts exhibitors, and seminar guests.  The festival, in its third year, takes place on Saturday, September 13, 2014,  at The Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.  The festival hours are Saturday, 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm.

The Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival — the only craft beer festival of its size on the Chesapeake Bay with over 40 breweries represented pouring over 120 craft beers — combines  award-winning artisan beer tastings from regional and national breweries along with music of all varieties on The Pilsner Stage.  Attendees have the opportunity to shop for gifts from dozens of arts and crafts exhibitors and to purchase delicious Maryland cuisine from Bayside Bull BBQ Catering.

New to the event this year is  the “Let’s Talk About Beer Summit,” a panel discussion led by Liz Murphy, the craft beer columnist for The Capital newspaper. This new feature promises to be a very exciting and informative opportunity for show visitors to get the very most value out of their attendance at the event.  Liz has promised to assemble the leading experts in the craft beer universe to answer questions and share their knowledge about craft beer.  And, once again, the ever-popular seminars will delve into a variety of interesting subjects about the latest in the craft brewery industry: “Craft Beer 101″ presented by Jim Lutz of Fordham and Dominion Breweries; “Craft Beer and Cheese” with guest sommelier Jason Hulse of Yards Brewing Company; and “Styles and Food Pairing.”    

According to Jim Barthold, of City Dock Productions:  “In just a few short years, craft beer has developed a tremendous following among men and women of all ages. There are literally hundreds of craft beers being brewed today, each with its own distinctive characteristics. Tasting and comparing brews has become an activity of the beer enthusiast. Ours is a festival whose time has come:  there is no other event like it in Annapolis or the state as others limit the patron to a few tickets to sample beer.  We provide  unlimited tastings, and with 120 plus beers to taste in six hours, that’s a lot of unique tastes.”  And, Mr. Barthold explains, “The Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival combines the rare experience of sampling craft beers while listening to local popular bands … selecting from a menu of food items from our private caterer and shopping among arts and crafts exhibitors.  All here in an exciting waterfront town.”

A general admission ticket includes a souvenir pilsner glass, samples of UNLIMITED craft brews, and music of all genres all day long under the music pavilion tent.  For details and to purchase tickets:  www.theannapoliscraftbeerandmusicfestival.com or call 1-410-263-4012. The festival will benefit The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County which seeks to promote cultural attractions and the arts.  The event sponsors are:  What’s Up Media; Make-A-Wish Foundation; WRNR; Baltimore Beer Week; Landmarks Marketing; Cabot Cheese; Cricket Wireless; Long Fence; and Diamond Resorts.

The Navy-Marine Corps Stadium has ample parking, which makes it an ideal venue.  Directions: take Rt. 50 to Annapolis, take exit 24 (Rowe Blvd) and make the second right onto Taylor Ave. to the entrance at Gate 5.  Parking is $5.00 per car.

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Brian Ganz and Piano Talk http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/20/brian-ganz-and-piano-talk/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=brian-ganz-and-piano-talk http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2014/08/20/brian-ganz-and-piano-talk/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:38:48 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=91509 On Friday August 22 at 8 pm in Annapolis, Brian Ganz and Friends will present his first Piano Talk of the series “Six Ways to Say Goodbye:  An In-Depth Exploration of Chopin's Mazurka in B-flat minor, Op. 24, No. 4.”

On Friday August 22 at 8 pm in Annapolis, Brian Ganz and Friends will present his first Piano Talk of the series “Six Ways to Say Goodbye: An In-Depth Exploration of Chopin’s Mazurka in B-flat minor, Op. 24, No. 4.”

On Friday August 22 at 8 pm in Annapolis, pianist Brian Ganz will present his first Piano Talk of the series Fourth Fridays with Brian Ganz and Friends. The Piano Talk,  will include performance as well as conversation. “Six Ways to Say Goodbye:  An In-Depth Exploration of Chopin’s Mazurka in B-flat minor, Op. 24, No. 4.” will take listeners on a journey inside the composer’s creative process in preparation for his performance of the Mazurka and other works. ” Ganz noted that there are special moments of awareness (the “Ah Hah” moment) when he notices a pattern or process that was previously invisible.  Ganz will take listeners behind the scenes, reveal his “Ah Hah” moments, and then perform the pieces with the new insights freshly in mind. The Piano Talk will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis (UUCA), at 333 Dubois Road. Tickets to Fourth Friday concerts are $15 individually or $60 for a series ticket, good for 5 concerts. For more information visit www.uuannapolis.org or call 410-266-8044.

When I attend a performance of any kind, even a sports event, I always wonder what the performers or athletes are thinking about,” Ganz said. “What, exactly, are they excited to share or demonstrate or accomplish? By what process or strategy did they come to those goals? My Piano Talk presentations arise out of my eagerness to give listeners just such a glimpse of the process itself.”

“Chopin was an extraordinary craftsman,” Ganz continues. “There is so much happening in his music that isn’t immediately apparent even to highly trained eyes and ears. So his music is a particularly rich field of exploration, a veritable diamond mine of ah-hah moments. I will go into great depth with the Mazurka in B-flat minor and show how Chopin experiments with almost every kind of cadence, or musical punctuation mark. That’s where the title ‘Six Ways to Say Goodbye’ comes from. But I’ll also play another incredibly beautiful Mazurka and show how it was a kind of seed for one of his most popular compositions, the Prelude in E minor. I’ll also play a nocturne that reveals, I believe, Chopin’s great love for his country, Poland, and his religious faith.”

Ganz is especially well qualified to take listeners on a journey into the creative processes of Frédéric Chopin.  Widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation, Ganz began his “Extreme Chopin” quest to perform all of the composer’s works three and a half years ago. His sold out recital at the Music Center at Strathmore in January of 2011 launched his ambitious endeavor to perform the approximately 250 works of Chopin over the next decade.  The next concerts in the series will take place at Strathmore on February 7 and 8, 2015.

This “Brian Ganz and Friends” program is part of a ticketed concert series offered monthly on 4th Fridays at 8pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis (UUCA) to benefit the church’s work.  Next month the concert will take place on Friday, September 26 with “20th Century Classical Masterpieces” for flute and piano with Karen Johnson and Brian Ganz. On Friday, October 24 - “Listening to the Paintings with David Hildebrand and Brian Ganz:  An Exploration of Art and Music of the 19th and early 20th Centuries”. Then on Friday, November 28 - Italian Classical Guitarist Flavio Sala will perform.

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