An Array of Arts Events this Summer in Anne Arundel County

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Patrice Drago demonstrating her painting technique at the recent Annapolis Arts & Wine Festival. Mark August 17th on your calendar to visit gallery exhibits and artists’ studios at the 27th Annapolis Art Walk.

All types of wonderful arts events are taking place all over Anne Arundel County this summer from free outdoor concerts to theater performances and art exhibits.

“We have so many active arts and historic preservation groups,” says April Nyman, Executive Director of the Anne Arundel Arts Council, “that we have dozens of opportunities each month for local residents to experience art right here without having to travel far.” An online calendar, available to local arts organizations and artists, lists events online at the Arts Council website, acaac.org. The arts council blog post also highlights upcoming events, so it’s a good idea to check the site on a weekly basis. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

This Saturday, June 24 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. the AngelWing Project will present “Welcome to the Stage!” This is an interactive workshop for aspiring young actors 12-18 at the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park. You’ll need to fill out the registration form in advance and bring the registration fee of $5. Lunch is included. The workshop, funded by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, will be facilitated by Carolyn Robinson, Director of All That Drama Productions.

On June 29 the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra will give a free concert in front of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts at 6:30 p.m. as part of the “Thursday in June” free concert series. Check out their schedule at www.marylandhall.org.

Performances of “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” by Dean Regan, produced by Infinity Theatre Company, continue at the CTA Theatre Complex on Bay Head Road in Annapolis through August 6. Performances this week are on Thursday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24 at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee June 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $24-$38. For a complete show schedule, go to infinitytheatre.com.

The Maryland State Archives is continuing its noontime “Brown Bag Lunch and Learn” Speakers Series by hosting Ask An Archivist events. If you have ever wondered about what different departments exist behind the scenes at the Maryland State Archives and are curious about the duties of the archivists as they care for the collections, this is the series to attend. On July 12 you can learn about The Appraisal, Special Collections, Library, Government Publications, and Artistic Properties Departments Explored with Archivists Kathryn Baringer, Maria Day, Christine Alvey and Catherine Rogers Arthur. On July 19, the subject is The Information Technology, Imaging Services, and Conservation Departments Explored with Archivists Nancy Sheads, Corey Lewis, and Jennifer Cruickshank. You are invited to bring your lunch and your questions. Please email the Maryland State Archives at msa.helpdesk@maryland.gov or call Emily Oland Squires, 410-260-6443, to RSVP. Please note: a valid photo ID is required to enter the Archives building.

On Thursdays the Annapolis Maritime Museum presents the “Tide & Tunes Summer Concert Series” running through August 17. The July 6 concert features blue grass by The High & Wides. Check out the whole schedule at amaritime.org. Admission is free but donations are requested.

The London Town and Gardens Summer Concert Series will kick off its Sunday concerts on July 30 with the Eastport Oyster Boys. This is a free, dog-friendly outside concert that welcomes donations and will have food and alcohol available for purchase on site. View the entire Sunday concert schedule at historiclondontown.org.

Take time to enjoy and discover our local resources and talent!

Nadja Maril is a communications professional, writer, editor and author from Anne Arundel County. 

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