First Sunday Arts Festival, where the emphasis is on fine art and fine crafts, showcases the work of over 130 artisans displaying their creativity and talent. And, as with former months, September’s venue promises to offer a variety of displays from nautical paintings to patchwork quilts; from elegant sculptures to recycled whimsical wind chimes; from hand-hammered silver jewelry to an array of pottery hand-crafted by extraordinary artists. Photography – driftwood crafts – oil cloth rugs – metal work garden items are just a few of the selections for purchase. And there’s something for everyone including face painting for the children, hand-knitted baby items, and the latest fashions for your favorite canine (who is, of course, also invited on a leash). And, it’s all FREE on September 7th from noon to 5:00 pm on historic West and Calvert Streets.
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 on the patio of Ramshead Tavern.
September’s sponsors are: Leaf Filter Gutter Guards, Kitchen Savers, Evolve Medical Clinics, and Champion Windows.
There will be only one more opportunity to enjoy First Sunday on October 5th. For more information, visit www.firstsundayarts.com
Our Musical Line-Up:
At Whitmore Park
12:00pm – 2:30pm
Rumba Club: This 25 year old East Coast ensemble “has joined the pantheon of great latin jazz groups” says the 52nd Street Review. Veteran members have performed, recorded and toured extensively with jazz and latin greats of the past and future. Each of their four recordings on the prestigious Palmetto record label, are produced by latin jazz luminary, Andy Gonzalez of Fort Apache Band fame. Their latest release “Radio Mundo,” played to raves from Downbeat, Jazz Times, and The Washington Post. Their 2001 release “Radio Mundo” has received outstanding critical acclaim and was selected as one of the year’s ten best CD’s by Jazziz Magazine.
3:00 pm – 4:45pm
Meg Murray & Angie Miller are two of Annapolis’ favorite local chick singers/songwriters who have been performing in many of the clubs, pubs and venues around town. When this dynamic duo plays together, their soaring melodies and lovely harmonies expand each song, taking the audience along for an engaging and playful musical ride. Both Angie & Meg write their own songs, ranging stylistically from pop, folk, rock, r&b, and when performing together, they interpret the songs of their heroes making each song their own.
At Wiseman Park
12:30 pm – 2:15 pm
After two short years, the Bumper Jacksons have gained national recognition, bringing together dancers and listeners across the Eastern seaboard. The Bumper Jacksons have positioned themselves squarely at the helm of the young roots music scene in DC, pioneering a new, fresh take on American music. Recognized as DC’s “Best Traditional Folk Band” at the Washington Area Music Awards this past year, the Bumper Jacksons have pounced onto the national scene. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, from street blues, to country swing, to viper jazz, the Bumper Jacksons bring the audience into the center of a party where everyone is invited and the dance floor never sleeps.
3:00pm – 4:45pm
Jenn Reichwein Byrne, Larry Byrne & Pete Reichwein (aka Lumpy) bring on the great sounds of stand up bass, dobro, guitar and sultry vocals to entertain your Sunday afternoon.
At Stan & Joe’s Parking Lot
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Teelin Irish Dance Company
Teelin Irish Dance Company is known for performances that accentuate the energy of Irish dance with cutting edge choreography. From the graceful beauty of jigs and reels, to the thundering beat of percussive dance, a performance by this company leaves audience members at the edge of their seats, wishing for more! Based in Columbia, Maryland, the Teelin Irish Dance Company has graced stages locally, nationally, and internationally. These world class Irish step dancers have been enthralling audiences with their award-winning choreography since 2001.
3:00pm until 4:45pm
Kick It!: Move, Motivate, and Inspire!
Kick It! is an integrated martial arts program that empowers young women (ages 7-12) to move, motivate, and inspire the community around them. In addition to playing games and learning martial arts, girls make strides in social and emotional development through their discussion-based approach to girls’ concerns such as cliques, self-esteem, bullying, and more. Kick It! empowers girls with the tools and experiences to approach life with optimism, resiliency, and fearlessness!
…. And our September strolling troubadours include David Baldwin trio (American Roots Blues); Jonathon Stone; and Mike Noonan (Classic Brazilian Guitar and Trombone).
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