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!
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
, 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.
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
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
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.
(2 Market Space) kicks off your weekend with two great artists on Friday night. From 5 to 8, enjoy the acoustic sounds of
, followed by the fantastic
Dana B Band
from 10 until close.
And at the
(169 West St.), celebrate the release of the
EP. Starting at 9 p.m., enjoy an evening of music from
New Born Nightmare
opening for Big Hoax.
Founded in Annapolis, Big Hoax consists of guitarist and singer-songwriter
and classically trained cellist
. 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.
For the second year in a row,
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
at St. John's College will present a concert fundraiser featuring several noted blues acts from the area. The
fundraiser will feature music performances by
, an award-winning blues band from Boston; Washington, D.C.'s "First Lady of the Blues"
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
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
and renowned blues harp player
The Basement Band features blues-roots-rocker
l, American roots duo
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.
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.