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It’s a busy May: AAACCVB’s listing of May events

findithereThe Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau (AAACCVB) wants to make it easy for individuals to enjoy the many exciting events and activities that will be taking place in Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay throughout May 2015. To assist individuals who are making advance plans for business or vacation travel, the AAACCVB has put together a May 2015 Major Events Calendar. For a more comprehensive overview of events large and small, visit


St. John’s College Community Art Exhibition

May 1-10 

St. John’s College, The Mitchell Gallery, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: Free



This annual exhibition offers members of the St. John’s College community an opportunity to explore the visual arts. The result is a diverse collection of ceramics, paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, textiles, and photographs that elegantly represent the artistic talent of the community.


Magnificent Whooping Crane Month

Saturdays and Sundays, May 1-31
Patuxent National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD



Weekends in May are devoted to sharing information about endangered whooping cranes. Visitors will enjoy special events and guest speakers discussing the challenges they face while assisting with recovery efforts for one of North America’s most endangered birds. Whooping Crane observatory tours are scheduled for Sundays, May 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Space is limited and advance registration is required. 


Ann Arrundell County Historical Society Spring Book Sale

Saturday, May 2
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Glen Burnie Improvement Assn., 19 Crain Highway South, Glen Burnie, MD



Browse thousands of books in all genres. Most hardbacks are one-dollar. Most paperbacks are 25-cents. 


Treaty of Paris Center’s Monthly Presentation


Music in May

Saturdays, May 2 and 16
1:00 p.m.
Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater


Enjoy an hour-long performance by members of the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra on site. Concert is included in the cost of general admission.


First Sunday Arts Festival

Sunday, May 3 (and every first Sunday through October)
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis
Admission: Free



Enjoy live entertainment and peruse the work of 100 local and regional artists as you stroll along the first block of West Street and Calvert Street next to Whitmore parking garage. Local restaurants set up outside cafes that are perfect for people-watching and an afternoon bite to eat. Free parking for the family-friendly event is available at the state parking garage on the corner of Calvert and Bladen Streets.

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races

Wednesday evenings, May 6 through September 2
First Gun: 6:10 p.m.
Annapolis Harbor


Grab your favorite dockside seat in America’s Sailing Capital to watch some 150 crews compete in midweek races that involve sailing around several marks in the Bay before heading back to Spa Creek for a finish in front of the Annapolis Yacht Club. For many, the post-race party is the official beginning of the weekend.


Maritime Republic of Eastport’s 15th Annual .05K Bridge Run

Saturday, May 9
Crack o’ noon
Spa Creek Bridge, Eastport
Admission: $20 for runners; free for spectators


Described as “the least challenging athletic event ever conceived” by Runner’s World magazine, the .05K (yes, point-zero-5K) extreme sports event is a grueling test of mental and physical toughness. Some competitors have taken as long as five minutes to complete the course that begins on the Annapolis side of the Spa Creek Bridge. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. in the parking lot of Fleet Feet at 318 6th Street in Eastport. The awards ceremony and trophy presentation takes place around 12:10 p.m. Proceeds benefit local charitable organizations.


Ride for the Rivers

Saturday, May 9
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)
Carrie Weedon Science Center, 911 Galesville Road, Galesville, MD
Registration: $45 in advance, $50 after May 1



Discover the beauty of the West and Rhode River watersheds – as well as the Patuxent River and Herring Bay – on this challenging Metric Century Bicycle Ride or 40-mile ride through the rolling countryside of southern Anne Arundel County and northern Calvert County. Proceeds help the West and Rhode Riverkeeper’s efforts to keep the rivers safe for swimming, fishing, crabbing and kayaking. The public is invited to join the cyclists for a post ride celebration – a Muddy Bottom BBQ – that will take place at Hartge Yacht Harbor, 4883 Church Lane, Galesville from noon until 3:00 p.m. Admission is free with each Ride for the Rivers registration or $25 per person without registration. Children under 12 are admitted free.  


Spring Genealogy Seminar

Saturday, May 9
8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Glen Burnie Improvement Assn., 19 Crain Highway South, Glen Burnie, MD
Admission: $25 by May 4; $30 at the door


The Anne Arundel County Genealogical Society and Ann Arrundell County Historical Society present workshops/seminars themed “Migration – Following Your Family’s Trail.” Speakers Betty deKeyser, Jacque-Lynne Schulman and Robert Barnes will address maps, migration and family history, early immigrants to the Chesapeake and immigration to Maryland in the colonial period.


Tales of Beatrix Potter

Saturday, May 9
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater
Admission: Members, free; Adults, $10; Seniors (62+), $9; Youth (7-17), $5; six and under, free



The National Ballet brings Beatrix Potter’s stories alive at London Town. Wander our site to encounter your favorite characters, including Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, the Fox and more. Performance included in the price of admission to the gardens.


William Paca Garden Plant Sale

Saturday-Sunday, May 9-10
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m. Historic Annapolis members will be admitted at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
William Paca Garden, 1 Martin Street, Annapolis
Admission: Free



Take a piece of the William Paca Garden home with you! Choose from among more than 300 varieties of perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, trees and shrubs – including heirloom and “cutting-edge”, native and exotic – that have been raised by Paca Garden volunteers. Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. Information-packed catalog available online or for purchase. Proceeds support the William Paca Garden and its programs.


Three Centuries of Silver in Annapolis: Creating, Collecting, Cherishing

Friday, May 15
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 – U.S. Naval Academy
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Mellon Hall, St. John’s College, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis, MD
Advance registration is required.



In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College, the community is invited to explore the integral role silver objects played in the history of Annapolis, the state of Maryland and the United States – from the colonial era to American naval ships at sea. The day begins at 10:00 a.m. at the U.S. Naval Academy with an exclusive look at the Naval Academy’s silver treasures and a buffet luncheon. The program continues in the afternoon at St. John’s College with illustrated talks by noted experts, an artist’s silver leaf demonstration and a Silver Tea and Wine reception catered by Reynolds Tavern.


Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage in Southern Anne Arundel County
Saturday, May 16
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
11 sites in Southern Anne Arundel County
Sponsored by Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Rd., Shady Side, MD
Admission: $30 in advance; $35 day of tour



Tour 11 historic sites, including private homes not typically open to the public. Stops include: Captain Avery Museum; Norman’s Retreat, West River; Dodon Winery, Davidsonville; Oakwood, Harwood; Christ Church, Owensville; Burrages End, Lothian; St. James’ Parish, Lothian; Marshes Seat, Tracys Landing; Prout Tenant, Tracy’s Landing; Fairhaven Landing, Tracys Landing; and Holly Hill, Friendship. Sponsored by the Captain Avery Museum.


2015 NCAA Lacrosse Quarterfinals

Sunday, May 17
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD




Annapolis is one of two sites hosting the quarterfinal bracket leading to the Memorial Day Championship weekend. Be part of the excitement as four of the nation’s top eight teams take to the field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and battle for a chance to be a part of the elite Final Four.


USNA Commissioning Week

Tuesday-Saturday, May 18-22
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis



Each year, approximately 1,000 midshipmen graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy and receive their commissions as officers in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. On Monday, cheer on members of the class of 2018 as they attempt to climb the Herndon Monument. The Blue Angels’ flight rehearsal is slated for Tuesday and the Blue Angels’ flight demonstration is scheduled for Wednesday. On Thursday, catch the Color Parade at Worden field. For more information, visit the USNA website.

Blue Angels’ Flight Demonstration Cruise

Practice Day, Tuesday, May 19; Air Show Day, Wednesday, May 20
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Admission: $53, adults; $27, children under 12


Watch the Navy’s Blue Angels practice and perform aerial demonstrations over the Severn River from a comfortable seat aboard a Watermark yacht.


Image & Imagination: Anne Arundel County Juried Exhibition 2015

May 21-June 7 

St. John’s College, Mitchell Gallery, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: Free


The Mitchell Gallery is pleased to present this all-county, juried, multi-media biennial exhibition of artists who live or work in Anne Arundel County. Works created in diverse media within the last two years will be on display, and the exhibit will feature both two-and three-dimensional artwork.


Annapolis Greek Festival

Thursday-Sunday, May 28-31
4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Thursday; 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. SundaySaints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 2747 Riva Road, Annapolis
Admission: Free
410-573-2072 or [email protected] 


Capture a taste of Athens right here in Annapolis when you join in the fun at this annual family-friendly event. Enjoy Greek dance performances, sample Greek cuisine, savor Greek music, tour the beautiful Greek Orthodox Church, and more.


Muddy Creek Artists Guild Spring Show

Thursday-Sunday, May 28-31
Thursday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Meet the Artist Opening Reception: Friday, May 29 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Homestead Gardens, 743 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD
Free Admission

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The 7th annual Spring Art Show and Sale features works from local artists who live and work in Southern Anne Arundel County. The exhibition will explore a variety of subjects, including the local Chesapeake Bay region. Attendees are invited to peruse the paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry and textiles available for purchase. The Guild will host its Studio Intrepid workshop on Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31, where artists work with the public on a community art project.     

The AAACCVB is a nonprofit, membership-based destination marketing organization that generates revenues for the local economy by promoting Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay to leisure and business travelers across the country and around the world. 

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