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Out and About: Get your green on and celebrate St. Pat's Week in Annapolis

It's almost St. Patrick's Day, which means all of Annapolis is turning green and getting ready for the big day.

Yes, that's right, St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and the partying has started. The fun starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday with the second Annapolis St. Patrick's Day Parade. Traveling from Westgate Circle to City Dock, the parade will feature dancers, bands, floats and all sorts of Irish-themed fun.

After this long winter, a day out in the sun, enjoying the music and sights of the parade sounds perfect. All the restaurants and bars along the route will be open and ready for you to come in and celebrate the start of St. Patrick's Day Week!

Galway Bay (62 Maryland Ave.) will host an after-parade party starting around 2:30 p.m. The parade is the unofficial kickoff to St. Patrick's Day celebrations for Galway, which will follow up the fun with a night of live Irish music with Sean Suttell on Wednesday night and the Fireman's Foundation Fundraiser on Thursday night.

Killarney House (584 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville), Galway's sister restaurant, will have a Guinness custom T-shirt printing from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by live music from 8:30 until close. On Thursday, Ray Weaver will perform from 7 to 11:30 p.m. So get your green on and get partying!

Friday

The

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Chaney Gallery

at

Maryland Hall

has been hosting the All That Art exhibit for the last couple of weeks and on Friday night, they'll host the ninth annual

All That Art

fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. The event includes an auction of more than 45 pieces of art in all genres and an elegant reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, and champagne as well as entertainment.

Artists were selected to participate by invitation and by a jury selection, and proceeds from the auction will be split between the artists and Maryland Hall.

"This event continues to be one of our signature events for artists and for our community's arts patrons," said

Linnell Bowen

, president of Maryland Hall. "All That Art is a win-win for the artists and Maryland Hall. The artists gain exposure to new audiences and sell their artwork and Maryland Hall raises funds for our programs."

Tickets are $75 and are available by calling 410-263-5544, ext. 10, or by visiting http://www.marylandhall.org.

The

Chesapeake Children's Museum

(25 Silopanna Road) has a new monthly event series and it is a great excuse for parents to get out of the house. The

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First Friday Cooking Soiree

, taking place from 6 to 9 p.m., features a menu of mocktails, a variety of dips, pot stickers, and desserts for only $15 for those ages 18 and up. Visit

for more information or call

410-990-1993.

The

Annapolis Chorale Chamber Chorus

will perform two of the most sublime choral works ever written pieces in the perfect acoustics of historic

St. Anne's Church

(Church Circle) this weekend. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 8 p.m. Saturday. The

Vespers & Rest

performance will feature Mozart's Vesperae Solennes de Confessor and Bruckner's Requiem.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $15 for students. Visit

or call 410-263-1906 for more information.

Middleton Tavern

(2 Market Space) kicks off your weekend with two great artists on Friday night. From 5 to 8, enjoy the acoustic sounds of

Rob Thorworth

, followed by the fantastic

Dana B Band

from 10 until close.

And at the

Metropolitan

(169 West St.), celebrate the release of the

Big Hoax

EP. Starting at 9 p.m., enjoy an evening of music from

New Born Nightmare

and

Thom Beall

opening for Big Hoax.

Founded in Annapolis, Big Hoax consists of guitarist and singer-songwriter

Luke James

Alexander

and classically trained cellist

Stephen Filer

. This duo brings a new style to the modern-folk movement, incorporating their life-long musical experience and passion in creating a sound so full, energetic, and charismatic for this band of just two. The floor-stomping raucous vocals combined with booming cello riffs could switch to a sweet, effervescent melody at any time, as each song aims to heat up a fiery melting pot of the fullest life, love and frustration.

At every performance, Big Hoax lays its heart on the table to create an interactive and lively atmosphere hoping to inspire their audience and rejoice the gifts of today.

Saturday

For the second year in a row,

WRNR

and

Maryland University of Integrative Health

are hosting the

Circle Healing Arts Holistic Health Fair

. Last year's event was a fantastic afternoon of music and food, along with discussions, lectures, vendors and all sorts of information about health, healing and much more. The fair is free and it will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at

Loews Annapolis Hotel

(126 West St.).

Back in January, during one of the earlier rounds of snowstorms and winter weather, the annual

Polar Bear Plunge

was postponed. The new date is this Saturday and it looks as though the weather might actually hold up. Although the rescheduled event does not include the entertainment and vendor side of the party, it will have the plunge and, really, that's the whole point.

Three regular plunges will take place, at noon, 1 and 2 p.m., as well as a family plunge at 11 a.m. The plunge is a huge fundraiser for Special Olympics Maryland, and registering to plunge is still a possibility. Even if you can't, you can still make a donation in support of the plungers and the Special Olympians.

There are all sorts of great prizes available for plungers and fundraisers, so get involved! For more information, to sign up or to donate, visit http://www.plungemd.com.

Also on Saturday, the

Caritas Society

at St. John's College will present a concert fundraiser featuring several noted blues acts from the area. The

Delta Blues

and

Dylan Déjà-vu

fundraiser will feature music performances by

Erin Harpe

and the

Delta Swingers

, an award-winning blues band from Boston; Washington, D.C.'s "First Lady of the Blues"

Eleanor Ellis

and friends; and Annapolis' own

The Basement Band

, playing covers of songs by Bob Dylan and the Band.

The concert, which will be followed by a reception with the performers, will be held at 8 p.m. in the

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Francis Scott Key Auditorium

(60 College Ave.).

Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers' music is rooted in vintage 1930s Mississippi Delta blues, and features original and classic songs that range from blues, soul, funk and reggae. They are 2012's Boston Music Award-winners for Blues Artist of the Year. Ellis will perform with guitarist and vocalist

Neil Harpe

and renowned blues harp player

Jay Summerour

.

The Basement Band features blues-roots-rocker

Dean Rosentha

l, American roots duo

Gary Wright

and

Leah Weiss

, drummer

Tom Fridrich

and bassist

Jeff Muller

.

Tickets are $40 ($20 tax deductible). Purchase tickets and reserve seats online at http://www.sjc.edu/events (click on "Caritas Society").

For more information, or to arrange for handicapped parking, call 410-972-4505 or email

. Proceeds benefit St. John's students who cannot meet all of their college expenses.

Sunday

Just a reminder: On Sunday, get your green on and take in the

Annapolis St. Patrick's Day Parade

, which is being held a week early to avoid conflicting with similar parades next weekend in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. It begins at 1 p.m. at Westgate Circle near Taylor Avenue, heads up West Street, around Church Circle, down Main Street and ends near City Dock.

Get their early with your lawn chair for a curbside seat. Dress for the weather, including warm socks and comfortable shoes if you will be standing during the parade, which is expected to last about an hour.

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