First Sunday Arts Festival in Annapolis: August 3rd on Historic West Street

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Over 100 Artists and Crafters, Music, Dance, and Performances

Summer is a prime season for visits to Historic Downtown Annapolis and is the perfect time for taking in the First Sunday Arts Festival with its many cafes and shops on West Street. The line up of free events for the day is a well-rounded smorgasbord of art-related fun for the whole family with over 100 fine artists and crafters lining the streets. These local and regional artists will be exhibiting silkscreen, pottery, hand blown and fused glass, nautical paintings and photography, wood turnings, iron works, jewelry, books, face paintings, henna tattoos, painted ostrich eggs and more. One of the great things about shopping at First Sunday Arts is meeting the artisans, learning their stories and feeling their passion about the unique items they create. The date is Sunday, August 3 from 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm.

Come early and enjoy the soothing music of guitarist Jonathan Stone at 49 West Coffeehouse or take in a Bloody Mary at Stan and Joe’s. Meander through the many shops such as The Annapolis Collection Gallery, devoted to the display of the Annapolis master painters who have received recognition for their artistic talents. And, at the end of the day, the festival continues with steel drums by The Geckos on the patio of Ramshead Tavern. Dogs are welcome, too! Life is good on West Street!

August’s sponsors are: Remodel USA, Leaf Filter Gutter Guards, Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing, and Nu Look Home Design.

There will be two more opportunities to enjoy First Sunday activities in 2014: September 7 and October 5. For more information, visit www.firstsundayarts.com

Our Musical Line-Up:

At Whitmore Park:

12:00 noon – 2:00 pm

Mike Heuer’s: Heuer’s sound stems from a handful of styles. Trained classically, Mike’s now loosely tagged as a funk-soul artist, though you’re sure to find elements of R&B, folk, and jazz in the mix. With his debut self-titled EP now cut, he’s continuing to sharpen his live sound and songwriting and add more venues to the list. Catch him and his band, Bonfuego, every week in the DMV.

2:30 – 4:30 pm

Ursula Ricks: “Once you’ve heard Ursula Ricks, you are forever changed by the sultry voice and the way she makes your heart and soul feel.” Ursula’s new CD will do nothing less than her voice on stage has always done. She will move you to tears or move you to dance; either way, you’re gonna be moved!

At Wiseman Park:

12:30 pm – 2:15 pm

TradeMark: Back by popular demand! The acoustic rock/country trio of Richard Strickland, Steve Sitton and Mark Magistrelli features strong vocal harmonies backed with an acoustic guitar, bass and drums. Their good time energy and sound is a great fit for any venue. TradeMark covers tunes from the Eagles, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Jimmy Buffett, Johnny Cash, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith and many more.

3:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Three Shot Mocha: Playing together since November of 2011, Three Shot Mocha covers classic jazz standards with some contemporary surprises thrown in. Their diverse tastes and backgrounds in music, from barbershop harmony to boogie woogie piano to bluegrass to rock, provides for interesting and sometimes unexpected arrangements. However, jazz is their passion and it shows whether crooning a ballad or swinging out on the sax. The more coffee they drink, the faster they play.

And don’t miss the Strolling Troubadours: Good Measure, with Frances Moyer on bass, Sue Straney on fiddle, and Stanley Haley on guitar. Good Measure plays an upbeat, tuneful, eclectic mix of oldies, country, bluegrass and swing, and they sing and harmonize real sweet, too. Frances, Sue and Stanley are good friends who have been playing and singing together since 1999.

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