Events – Week Starting March 21

War of 1812 Portrait Exhibit

Through April 13, Maryland House of Delegates, Room 142, Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30

The Annapolis Collection Gallery invites you to see the 14 paintings by portrait artist Ann Monro Wood, commemorating The War of 1812.  Oil portraits of James Madison, Dolly Madison, Francis Scott Key and Andrew Jackson share the walls with 10 others.  The exhibition is currently on display and open during normal government hours.  Free.  Photo ID required.


Andrews Shaker Collection Seminar

Wednesday, March 21, Mitchell Gallery, 7pm

St. John’s tutor David Townsend and artist Ebby Malmgren will lead an exhibition-related seminar.  Space is limited, reservations required.  Call 410-626-2556 to register.


Operation Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2012

Thursday, March 22

The Naval Academy will be conducting a security exercise on Thursday so expect delays in the vicinity of the USNA gates.  Called Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2012, the annual exercise is happening at Navy installations nationwide and is not in response to a specific threat.


Crossroads of the Community Exhibit Opening

Friday, March 23, Courthouse, 9:30-4

If you like the shows CSI or Law and Order this exhibit is for you. Come to the Courthouse to see the exhibition Crossroads of the Community that illustrates the history that happened right here in Annapolis. Members of the team who created the exhibit will be on hand to provide more details. There is no need to go through the Courthouse security to visit this exhibit.


Lighthouses at Chesapeake Children’s Museum

Friday, March 23, 10:30 to 11:30

Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Get inspiration from real Chesapeake Bay lighthouses. Use cereal boxes, cellophane scraps, and other recyclables to make a lighthouse model. Daisy Girl Scouts can earn the Clover petal. Brownies and Juniors can earn a Lighthouse badge. Reservations appreciated.


Maryland Silver Service

Friday, March 23, State House, 1-3

Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The USS Maryland silver service has returned to the Maryland State House! Visit the Maryland State House for a special behind-the-scenes tour of the new silver display in the State House Caucus Room. Curators of the state’s art collection will give brief remarks about the significance of the silver at 1pm and 2pm, and will answer questions about this unique 46-piece service and its new permanent installation.  This event is free, but a photo ID is required to enter the State House. Occupancy in the State House Caucus Room is limited to 25 people at a time, so there may be a brief wait at certain times.




Stanley Norman

Friday, March 23, City Dock, 3:30 to 5:30

Come aboard the Stanley Norman, a 110 year old skipjack run by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and discover the history of one of Maryland’s most important industries – oystering. You will learn about skipjacks, oysters, and how it all relates to the health of the Chesapeake. This is a free and open event. No registration required.


Chase-Lloyd House Tea

Friday, March 23, Chase-Lloyd House, 2:30 and 4:30

Please join the ladies in residence at the Chase-Lloyd House for a delightful tea party. Enjoy a historic repast of tea, finger sandwiches, and sweets and savories served by costumed colonials in the beautiful dining room of an eighteenth-century mansion. Guests may reserve a place at either the 2:30 or 4:30 PM service by calling Carol Kelly at 443-994-1830.


Maryland Artist and Wine Reception

Friday, March 23, Reynolds Tavern, 5:30 – 7:30

Meet local artist J.E. Nicklason and view his current work featuring the heart of the Chesapeake Bay with landscapes, workboats, and “the Chesapeake” itself! Reynolds Tavern will also be presenting wines from Maryland Winery, Boordy Vineyards. Reynolds Tavern will also have a special “Maryland Day” menu each day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Reservations are recommended 410-295-9555.


Spring Organ Concert

Friday, March 23, USNA Main Chapel, 7:30

Spring Organ Concert: Mr. Monte Maxwell.  To purchase call 410-293-TIXS (410-293-8497) or online at


Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony

Friday, March 23, & Saturday, March 24, Maryland Hall, 8pm

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra takes a musical tour of the highlands and lowlands of Scotland in Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, “Scottish.” His folk inspired melodies will transport you to the verdant Scottish countryside. This concert will highlight the superb individual and collective talents of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.


On the Dionysaic Element in Greek Tragedy

Friday, March 23, Key Auditorium, 8:15pm

Friday Night Lecture Series: On the Dionysaic Element in Greek Tragedy by Marcel Widzisz, tutor, St. Johns.  Members of the Annapolis-area community are invited to attend.  A question period follows the lecture in the Conversation Room.


March Madness

Saturday and Sunday, March 24 & 25, Downtown

Join us for March Madness and you just might win a shopping spree worth over $750.  Register at participating locations while you stroll and shop.  There is something for everyone at March Madness.


Archaeology in Annapolis

Saturday, March 24, Council Chambers, 10am

See, touch and learn, through historic artifacts and images, about the lifeways and culture of past residents of Annapolis. Join the City of Annapolis and student archaeologists with the University of Maryland’s Archaeology in Annapolis Summer Field School to learn more about recent excavations from Fleet, Cornhill, Pinkney, and East Streets. This lively presentation will highlight how various communities have lived in this part of the city for over 300 years, using food remains and tableware to discuss African American residents, Filipinos, and other ethnic groups. Following the presentation, attendees are encouraged to share stories of their experiences growing up on these particular streets in Annapolis.


Maryland Day at the Banneker-Douglass Museum

Saturday, March 24, Banneker-Douglass Museum, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate Maryland’s history as part of the Four Rivers Heritage Area’s fifth annual event. The Banneker-Douglass Museum will offer activities focused on Rosenwald Schools in Anne Arundel County. Join students from North County High School and Southern High School as they trace the history of Rosenwald Schools in Anne Arundel County. Former Rosenwald School students are invited to take part in on site oral history interviews and share their memories. The community is invited to help the students complete documentary story quilts based on several local Rosenwald Schools by adding a few stitches, sharing a story, or even providing a photograph to be scanned and added to the quilts.


Paca House Tour and Living History Performance

Saturday, March 24, Paca House, 10-5

Get a sneak peak at the first floor of the Paca House and the newly-decorated dining room. Throughout the day see performances from Historic Annapolis’s award-winning production Project Run-A-Way. $1.00 per person.


Annapolis Tapestry

Saturday, March 24, Historic Annapolis Museum, 10 am to 4 pm

Sunday, March 25, 11 am to 4 pm

Discover Visual Storytelling and the City’s Heritage Tapestry. Turning words into pictures, cities and towns around the world create heritage tapestries that visually tell the story of, and preserve, local history. Chat with members of the Historians Work Group and make history. We’ve had over 300 stitchers from the U.S. and around the world. Here’s your chance to make history, too. Join us for this special Community Stitching Event. No experience necessary, as our volunteers will guide you. Must be between the ages of 6 and 99 years old. Add your stitches to one of our 18th and 19th century original artwork tapestry canvases; sign your name in the Stitchers Log; and become a part of this historic project.


Hogshead Opens for the Season

Saturday, March 24, 12-4

Meet the people who lived and worked in 18th-century Annapolis. You never know who you’ll meet. Frontiersmen, Longhunters, Colonial Doctors, Tavern Keepers, Enslaved and Indentured Servants, Revolutionary War Soldiers and Seamstresses all stop by Hogshead from time to time.


Main Street Pocket Park

Saturday, 122 Main St., 12-4

Enjoy an early Spring shopping stroll through downtown Annapolis, stopping for a break at the MainStreets Annapolis Partnership Pocket Park. There you’ll find information and souvenirs unique to Annapolis MainStreets, spend some time learning about Girl Scouting, and get information about the Maryland Heritage Badge.


Charles Carroll House Open House

Saturday March 24th & Sunday, March 25th, 12-4

Visitors will have the opportunity to “picture themselves in history” for Maryland Day – literally – with a handmade custom traditional silhouette portrait, made in the historic setting of the Charles Carroll House. Local Baltimore historical artisan Lauren Muney will be creating these silhouette portraits of visitors, live in person. Silhouettes are $15 for one and $25 for two. Guests will also be able to take a free tour of the Charles Carroll House to learn about the Carroll family’s prominent role in our nation’s beginnings, chat with colonial characters from Capital City Colonials, take our scavenger hunt, and work out our crossword puzzle. Fun for all ages!


Catch Me If You Can!

Saturday, 12-3, Jimmy and Sook, 12-3

Meet children’s book author Judy Brunk at Jimmy and Sook, 216 Main Street, for a reading of her recently published book. A generous 20% of all sales of crab-embroidered clothing and copies of the book will go to Chesapeake Children’s Museum today. Book reading and signing: 12 – 3 pm, store hours: 10 am – 5 pm.


Chase-Lloyd House Concerts

Saturday, March 24, Chase-Lloyd House, 2-5

Come hear the Weems Creek Jammers perform music familiar to Marylanders of the colonial and Early American periods. Pieces will be presented every half hour from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. You will be transported back to the sounds of a ball or musical evening at Edward Lloyd’s eighteenth-century Palladian mansion. No reservations are necessary, but admission will be limited to 25 visitors each half hour. For information, please call Carol Kelly at 443-994-1830.


Kunta Kinte Festival Car Wash

Saturday, March 24, St. Phillips Church

Car was to benefit Kunta Kinte Festival – Time to wash off winter at St. Phillips Church, 730 Bestgate Road. Cost: donation. Food for sale, too. Help support the upcoming 25th anniversary of the festival


In Vino Veritas

Saturday, March 24, Francis Scott Key Lobby, 1:30-6pm

For those who are curious about the ancient craft of winemaking, or for those who simply enjoy discovering new wines, this wine tasting event at St. John’s presents a wonderful opportunity.  Former tutor Abe Schoener, of Scholium Project wines, kicks off the event with a panel discussion on the Art and Science of Wine.  Workshops, tastings, and a cooking demonstration follow.  This fundraiser by the Caritas Society aids student scholarships.


Maryland Day

Sunday, March 25

On this day in 1633 the Ark and the Dove landed on Maryland’s shores.

City offices closed.


Gone but Not Forgotten Walking Tour

Sunday, March 25, Susan Campbell Park, noon

The preserved heritage of Annapolis is applauded and celebrated. Nevertheless, in 3½ centuries many changes have been wrought …. some good, some bad, and many over which disagreements still prevail. Explore the sites of some of these changes in the historic district and on the grounds of the Naval Academy. Enjoy reminiscences of bygone days and share some of your own! The tour will leave immediately after the noon flag-raising ceremony at the Park.


Hammond-Harwood House Kid’s Activities

Sunday, March 25, Hammond-Harwood House, 1-4

Adorn yourself in colonial finery and learn the niceties of colonial etiquette at the Hammond-Harwood House. Children ages 5-12 can try on reproduction 18th century clothing and learn how to make a bow or curtsy. All participants will receive a postcard and coloring book as a reward for their genteel manners. No registration is necessary for this free program.



Sunday March 25, Maryland Hall, 1-4

Explore all that Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts has to offer at ArtFest. From performances to demonstrations; hands-on projects to gallery events, this FREE event will be an exciting afternoon full of fun and creativity for all ages


Historical Talk and Artifacts

Sunday March 25, Back Creek Books, 2-5

Join us at Back Creek Books as we host local historian Paul Koch and some of his collection of colonial Maryland books, maps, and documents. Among the items displayed and discussed will be a 1757 map of the Chesapeake, a tobacco note from the 1740s, and the only engraved title page to issue from a colonial Maryland press in Vallette’s 1774 “Deputy Commissary’s Guide…” Back Creek Books has a large stock of used, rare, and out of print books relating to Maryland. There will be wine light refreshments. 45 West St.


Andrews Shaker Collection Tour

Sunday, March 25, Mitchell Gallery, 3pm

Art educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the Andrews Shaker Collection.




Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection

March 2 through April 19, Mitchell Gallery

This exhibition showcases furniture and art traditionally associated with the Shakers, as well as the small objects, manuscripts and tools that formed the warp and weft of their daily lives.


War of 1812 Portrait Exhibit

March 18 through April 13, Maryland House of Delegates, Room 142, Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30

The Annapolis Collection Gallery invites you to see the 14 paintings by portrait artist Ann Monro Wood, commemorating The War of 1812.  Oil portraits of James Madison, Dolly Madison, Francis Scott Key and Andrew Jackson share the walls with 10 others.  The exhibition is currently on display and open during normal government hours.  Free.  Photo ID required.


The Spitfire Grill

March 23 through April 21, Colonial Players

Our second musical for the season has a distinctive bluegrass, country music flavor. It is set in the tiny town of Gilead, Wisconsin, a town that with the closing of its granite quarry and the loss of its young people is slowly disappearing. Enter Percy Talbott, a battered young Appalachian woman newly out of prison. She comes to work at the run down grill, the only restaurant in town, peopled with the other characters from town: the sheriff, postmistress, a young woman dominated by her bitter husband and the grill owner, an old woman with a secret. Gradually as she becomes part of the community, Percy’s love of Gilead and her unstoppable spirit resurrect the optimism and self-respect the town once had.


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