August brings us hot and humid days – often called the Dog Days of summer! There are no official National holidays and no school in August, but this month marks the height of summer. It means vacation-time for many and fun-time outdoors with friends, family, and yes, even your dogs!
If you find yourself in or near Annapolis, Marylandon August 1st, you won’t want to miss coming by First Sundays Art Festival. First Sunday is a festival that celebrates many forms of art – with live music, entertainment, and over 90 booths of art, jewelry, house wares, accessories and so much more.
It is a fun-filled, outdoor, free, family affair for all ages. And since West Street is closed to cars from Church Circle to Calvert Street during the Festival, several restaurants become outdoor cafes with perfect seating to watch the fun and people go by! The Festival fun begins at noon and goes until 5:00 p.m. – a full day of fun for everyone in your family. Live Entertainment on West Street … Alexandria Kleztet – the band combines jazz, classical, world beat & rock to create a unique & entertaining sound, and appear annually at the Kennedy Center & Peabody Institute — from 12-noon – 1:30 p.m. in Wiseman Park. Latif & Banat Middle Eastern Dance Troupe — entertains you with belly dancing & other choreographed routines – from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. in Stan & Joe’s side lot. Tom Iagana’s Jazz Trio — a modern jazz guitar group whose eclectic compositions range from jazz to classical to folk and Afro-Cuban will perform from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in Wiseman Park. Plus Free Swing Dance Lessons given at Wiseman Park from 1:30-2:00 p.m. Around the Corner In Whitmore Park: Swing Dancing! Swing Dancing Fun – for longtime and first-time fans from 2:00-5:00 p.m. The Unified Jazz Ensemble – performs from 2-3:30 p.m. providing live music for the dancers, and then the swing dancing fun continues with DJ-music accompaniment from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
We hope you can join the fun and festivities on August 1st for Annapolis’ First Sunday Arts Festival. There will be two more opportunities to enjoy First Sunday’ activities in 2010 — September 5 and October 3 – the first Sundays of those months!
For vendor information, visit the website: www.firstsundayarts.com to download an application or call: 410-741-3267.
The next First Sunday Arts Festival is August 1, 2010. Mark your calander this is a fun day to play at a great Art Festival.
Festival Parking tip – You can park for free at the State Parking Garage at the corner of Bladen Street and Calvert Street. Its just a 2 block stroll on Calvert Street to the festival . Of course you can also pay to park at one of the 2 parking garages at the festival on Calvert Steet.
August maybe Hot but theres shade at First Sunday Arts. 40% of the Artists at First Sunday Arts are under shade trees along Calvert Street at Whitemore Park and City Gate Park areas. If you need shade on West street , step inside one of the tents. Warning though, you will probally fall in love with something inside one of the tents and make a purchase. When also else fails get a snowcone or lemonade from the refreshment stand on Calvert Street.
Check back to this blog as we will be keeping you up to date on the Festivals entertainment and artists for each Festival Here.
If you know an artist / crafter that should be at First Sunday Arts, have them contact us. We have a few spaces left at Whitemore Park on Calvert Street for the August 1, 2010 festival. (West Street and City Gate Park is already completely booked for August)