07.28.16

First Sunday Arts Festival on Sunday August 7th

Posted in First Sunday Arts Press Releases at 7:01 pm by Administrator

First Sunday Arts celebrates 15 years of promoting the Arts in Annapolis. In August 2001 the seed was planted for a new arts event in Annapolis after two art galleries (ARTFX gallery & 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery) on West Street starting hosting art receptions at the same time on the First Sunday of each month. Combining the 2 art receptions brought larger attendance to both gallery’s monthly art receptions. By spring of 2002 other businesses on the first block on West Street joined in hosting art receptions, live music and artist demonstrations on first Sundays of the month and branding the day into a marketing campaign called First Sunday Arts Festival.

Today the First Sunday Arts festival attracts between 7000 and 10000 people each month for shopping at 130 local and regional artisan vendors on West Street between Church Circle and Lafayette Street and in Whitmore Park on Calvert Street in Downtown Annapolis. It has become the premier place in the region to purchase a wide variety of local and regional produced artworks. There is a wide variety of items to shop from including handcrafted jewelry, Pottery, glass, clothing, purses, cutting-boards, leather, iron-work, Woodturnings, furniture, Sculpture, Photography, Paintings, garden art, home decor, gourmet foods and more.

The festival will is also packed with a wide variety of entertainment with music groups performing though out the day, plus face painting, BalloonSculptures and Magicians for the kids. The entertainment schedule for August 7th includes showcasing some of Maryland‘s’ best Song Writers, Americana, Blues, Jazz and Big band Music groups.

The Entertainment Schedule (click on links for more info on performers)

Garrett Park Guitars Stage in the Great Frogs Winery Garden
11-1 Swamp candy internationally touring primitive blues influenced Americana duo
2-4 Annapolis Junction Big Band 17 musicians playing the best in big band music

Weisman Park next to the Visitors Center
12-2 Van Meter American roots rocker and songwriter
3-5 Alex Peters A Songwriter bedded in the roots of Americana rhythm

City Gate Park
2-4 Ginger Wolf “Hawaiian Space-Jazz”, picture Santo and Johnny at a pool party on the moon with Radiohead.

Jeremy Ragsdale Voice Studio Stage at Whitmore Park
12-5 JRVS Presents: The Lead Singer! Student Showcase featuring students from Jeremy Ragsdale Voice Studio

All the restaurants in the festival area will be setting up cafe dinning and food trucks are set up by Whitmore Park so its easy to take a break and enjoy some good food at the festival. Several of the restaurants also host entertainment during and after the festival including Rams Head Tavern Annapolis with music on the back patio and On Stage, 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery with an art reception and jazz brunch, Tsunami Sushi Bar and Lounge with gospel sushi, Stan and Joe’s Saloon hosts the Great Frogs Winery garden and 1747 Pub at Reynolds Tavern has a movie night.

There are several art galleries and museums with new exhibits in and around the Annapolis Arts District to check out, including Banneker-Douglass Museum, ArtFarm Annapolis, The Annapolis Collection Gallery, Whitehall Gallery, Nancy Hammond Editions and Fin Art. Art classes can also be reserved during the day at Wine & Design and Mission Escape Rooms – Annapolis has fun interactive game rooms.

 

The success of First Sunday Arts Festivals has also allowed its parent organization Inner West Street Association to sponsor and help create new arts related events in the West Street / Annapolis Arts District corridor including two free concerts series in Whitmore Park (Sunday Gospel in the Park, Dixie Hotel Thursday Night Jazz), the Annapolis Fringe Festival held September 21-24, the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival on December 4th and its newest event Dinner under the stars held on Wednesday evenings from July 13th to September 21st.

The First Sunday Arts Festivals are conveniently located in Downtown Annapolis on West Street and Calvert Streets where parking is a breeze. There are five large parking garages including Whitmore, Gott’s Court and Loews Annapolis Hotel parking garages located on the festival grounds and Knighton and the State Parking Garages within a 1 to 3 block stroll from the festival.

Admission to the First Sunday Arts Festivals is always free and free parking is available at the State Parking Garage located at 19 St. John Street. So bring your friends, family and your friendly pets to spend a day out on the town. This years festivals will continue on the first Sunday of each month through November with a bonus festival on the first Sunday of December called the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival. First Sunday Arts Festivals hours are 11am to 5pm on Sundays August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6 and December 4 from noon to 5pm.

First Sunday Arts Festivals is always looking for new artists and crafters to join the Festival. Please refer your favorite artisans to us.

The First Sunday Arts Festivals are sponsored by the Inner West Street Association and Great Frogs Winery and managed by Evans Management LLC

For more information and updates visit www.firstsundayarts.com

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06.16.16

First Sunday Arts Festival presented by Great Frogs Winery is packed with extra entertainment for July 3 2016, 11am-5pm

Posted in First Sunday Arts Press Releases at 10:42 am by Administrator

Art and Entertainment will fill the air in the Annapolis Arts District on Sunday July 3rd from 11am to 5pm as the First Sunday Arts Festival celebrates with over 130 local and regional artists and crafters showcasing a wide range of handcrafted and original items made locally. You will find local artisan vendors on West Street between Church Circle and Lafayette Street and in Whitmore Park on Calvert Street selling handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, clothing, purses, cutting-boards, iron-work, wood-turnings, furniture, sculpture, photography, paintings, garden art, gourmet foods and more. This is the perfect place to find new items for your home and gifts for the special people in your lives. Plus buying “Made in America” is a great way to celebrate our nations birthday.

The day will also be packed with a wide variety of music with eight groups performing though out the day, plus face painting and balloon sculptures for the kids. The entertainment schedule includes showcasing some of Annapolis’ newest young talent, international touring bands from Buenos Aires and the best in local jazz, pop, funk and R&B music.

The Entertainment Schedule

Garrett Park Stage in the Great Frogs Wine Garden

11-1 Fast Eddie and the slowpokes 2013 WAMMIE nominated Best Blues/Traditional R&B Duo/Group
2-4 El Caribefunk Currently on tour from Buenos Aires bringing you some international flavor from Brazil

Weisman Park next to the Visitors Center

12-2 Fred Hughes Trio Local jazz trio that has performed at many of the regions top jazz festivals
3-5 Michael K. Pretty Big Deal . Songwriter with a variety of pop, rock, and alternative many of which have been placed in network TV series, MTV series, and premium channel (HBO, ShowTime, etc.) series. Michael K.’s original song “After the Rain” was used in the Tim Disney major motion picture American Violet (2008)

City Gate Park
2-4 Damian Keavney solo acoustic fingerstyle guitarist

Jeremy Ragsdale Voice Studio Stage at Whitmore Park

12-1 Daphne Eckman Annapolis based 14 year old songwriter
1:30-2:30 No Capes A 4 piece funk/indie rock band from Annapolis who love jamming and getting hot and spicy! They are currently promoting their new album, “Open Mind”
3-5 JRVS Presents: The Lead Singer! Student Showcase featuring students ages 12 to 18 from Jeremy Ragsdale Voice Studio. July’s performance will include music by Prince, Alessia Cara, Sara Bareilles, Bob Marley, Major Lazer, Calvin Harris, Adele, and John Lennon.

All the restaurants in the festival area will be setting up cafe dinning and food trucks are set up by Whitmore Park so its easy to take a break and enjoy some good food at the festival. Several of the restaurants also host entertainment during and after the festival including Ramshead Tavern with music on the back patio, 49 West Coffeehouse and Gallery with an art reception, Tsunami with gospel sushi and Reynolds Tavern with their movie night. Also new this year is the Great Frogs Wine Garden located next to Stan and Joe’s Saloon. Here you will be able to sample wines made in Annapolis and purchase wine by the glass or bottle.

There are several art galleries and museums with new exhibits in and around the Annapolis Arts District to check out, including Banneker Douglas Museum, ArtFarm, The Annapolis Collection Gallery, Whitehall Gallery, Nancy Hammond Gallery and Fin Art. Plus a new interactive experience Mission Room Escape that is now appearing on many peoples must do list. Stop in the visitors center on West Street for a map of all the art galleries, museums and attractions in downtown Annapolis.

The First Sunday Arts Festivals are conveniently located in downtown Annapolis on West Street and Calvert Streets where parking is a breeze. There are five large parking garages including Whitmore, Gott’s Court and Loews Hotel parking garages located on the festival grounds and Knighton and the State Parking Garages within a 1 to 3 block stroll from the festival. Plus with so many Annapolis’ locals attending the festival, many just walk, bike or take the bus in from the surrounding Annapolis communities . The high numbers of locals attending also means you will find a lot of friendly pets joining their families and friends at the First Sunday Arts Festivals.

The holiday weekend celebrations continue on West Street and the Annapolis Arts District on Monday the 4th with the July 4th parade starting on West Street at 6:30pm.

Admission to the First Sunday Arts Festivals is always free, so bring your friends and family to spend a day out on the town. Free parking is available at the State Parking Garage located at 19 St. John Street. This years festivals will be on the first Sunday of each month through November with a bonus festival on the first Sunday of December called the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival. First Sunday Arts Festivals hours are 11am to 5pm on Sundays July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6 and December 4 from noon to 5pm.

Please note that during the festival there is no vehicle traffic on the first block of West Street. The second block of West Street will be open to 2 way vehicle traffic but no parking on the second block of West Street. Please be patient in this area as we will allow people to drop off handicap persons needing to access the front of Asbury UM Church. There is free parking until 1pm on Sundays in Gott’s Court Garage and free parking all day in the State Garage

The First Sunday Arts Festivals are sponsored by the Inner West Street Association and Great Frogs Winery and managed by Evans Management LLC

The Inner West Street Association sponsors additional community focused events and organizations including Sunday Gospel in the Park, Dixie Hotel Thursday Night Jazz, Dinner Under the Stars, Annapolis Fringe Festival, the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival and the Annapolis Arts District.

For more information and updates visit www.firstsundayarts.com

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05.10.16

First Sunday Arts Festivals presented by Great Frogs Winery June 5 2016

Posted in First Sunday Arts Press Releases at 11:19 am by Administrator

First Sunday Arts Festivals presented by Great Frogs Winery
Partners with Maryland Federation of Art and Paint Annapolis 2016 for Sunday June 5th

Art will fill the air in Downtown Annapolis Maryland on Sunday June 5th as the First Sunday Arts Festival teams up with the MFA Gallery Paint Annapolis plein air event. Early Sunday morning of June 5th starting around 8:30 am 80 plein air artists will begin setting up their easels and painting throughout downtown Annapolis in a quick draw event. These 80 plein air artists will then gather at the First Sunday Arts Festival starting at 11am and joining the 120 festival artists and crafters to show and sell their just completed works of art to the art loving crowds at the First Sunday Arts Festival. The plien air artists will be set up in Weisman Park on west Street and the Circle parking lot behind the Visit Annapolis Visitors Center.

First Sunday Arts will also be expending starting June 5th into the second block of West Street. The festivals new foot print will expand it further into the Annapolis Arts District putting about 30 artisan vendors spaces in the arts district gives qualifying Maryland Artists the opportunity to apply for state tax credits when selling their art work. The new foot print of the First Sunday Arts festival in downtown Annapolis Maryland will be West Street from Church Circle to Lafayette Street, Whitmore Park on Calvert Street and the bonus area for June of the circle parking Lot behind the visitors center.

The First Sunday Arts festivals combined with the MFA Gallery’s Paint Annapolis event is expected to bring over 10,000 locals and visitors on Sunday June 5th to downtown Annapolis The festival will provide shopping opportunities from over 200 artists and crafters selling their artwork. You will find vendors selling handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, clothing, purses, wood-turnings, furniture, sculpture, photography, paintings, garden art, and more.

All the restaurants in the festival area will be setting up cafes on West Street, and food trucks are set up by Whitmore Park, so its easy to take a break and enjoy some good food at the festival. Several of the restaurants also host entertainment indoors during and after the festival including Ramshead Tavern, 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery, Tsunami Sushi Bar and Loungeand 1747 Pub at Reynolds Tavern. Also new this year will be the Great Frogs Wine Garden located next to Stan and Joe’s Saloon. Here you will be able to sample wines made in Annapolis and purchase wine by the glass or bottle.

Performers throughout the festival will be showcasing live music, dance, theater in 4 free performance stages including, Weisman Park near the Visitors Center which is s a good spot to relax in the shade, the Garrett Park Guitars Stage in the wine garden next to Stan and Joe’s Saloon, City Gate Park and the Jeremy Ragsdale Voice Studio Stage in Whitmore Park. For the kids there is mad-hatter hat making, face painting, a balloon artist and artist demonstrations.

Plus there are several galleries and museums with new exhibits in the Annapolis Arts District area to check out, including Banneker-Douglass Museum, ArtFarm Annapolis, The Annapolis Collection Gallery. Whitehall Gallery, Nancy Hammond Editions and Fin Art . Stop in the visitors center on West Street for a map of all the art galleries and museums.

The First Sunday Arts festivals are conveniently located in downtown Annapolis on West Street and Calvert Streets where parking is a breeze. There is 5 parking garages including Whitmore and Gott’s parking garages located on the festival grounds and Knighton, Loews Annapolis Hotel and the State Parking Garage within a 1 to 3 block stroll from the festival. Plus with so many Annapolis’ locals attending the festival, many just walk or bike in from the surrounding downtown Annapolis communities of the Historic District, Murray Hill, Presidents Hill and Clay Street. The high numbers of locals attending also means you will find a lot of friendly pets joining their families at the First Sunday Arts Festivals.

Admission to the First Sunday Arts Festivals is always free, so bring your friends and family to spend a day out on the town. Free parking is available at the State Parking Garage located at 19 St John Street.

First Sunday Arts Festivals hours are 11am to 5pm on Sunday’s June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6 with a bonus festival on Sunday December 4th called the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival from noon to 5pm.

The First Sunday Arts festivals are sponsored by the Inner West Street Association, Great Frogs Winery and managed by Evans Management LLC

More information at www.firstsundayarts.com

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04.26.16

Check out the vendors at First Sunday Arts on Sunday May 1, 2016

Posted in First Sunday Arts Press Releases at 11:29 pm by Administrator

First Sunday Arts
West Street
Space Vendor Vendor type

0 Deborah Hines River Rock Glass Studios Glass Art
1 Sean Simmons Cleor Elite Photography Photograpgy
2 Sarah Taylor Framing of the Shoe paintings/cards/prints
3 Kristina Huddle Bozie’s Bags n Wags Bags and Dog Acces
4 Diane Rison Grace at Work Jewelry
5 Jeffery Oh Tree to Art Serving Boards
6 Bridgette Hamilton 1429 MFG Furniture
7 Trish Doty Trish Doty Brush and Watercolor paintings
8 Roberta Manly Mystic Silver and Glass Design Jewelry
9 Raymond Rouse The Red Tile Chess Sets
10 Pat McDuffie Perfectly Bazaar Stained glass
11 Jessica Michael Rhine Costal home and Body Soap/Candles/Towels
12 Ruth McGovern By the Bay Creations Driftwood / Nautical
13 Laura Moore Laura Moore Designs Jewelry
14 el toro bravo
15 el toro bravo
16 el toro bravo
17 Mitchell Dickinson Painted Sky Alpaca Farm Alpaca Clothes,Soaps Acc
18 Ellen Robinson Ejay Art Pottery
19 Joanne Tew Joanne Woodward Tew paintings on glass/Jewelry
20 David Folio Folio Art Glass Glass Art
21 xxx
22 Nikki Hutchison Vino Chateau Wine Boxes
23 Hallie Farley Graystone Handcrafted Jewelry Jewelry
24 William Phillips Kool Crabs Clay Crabs
25 TBA
26 Tom Anderson Old Dog Sewing Bags/ Wallets
27 Dianne Hirach Dos Gatos Artisen Jewelry Jewelry
28 Alice Faber Alice Faber fine Art Paintings and Prints
29 Roberta Manly Mystic Silver and Glass Design Jewelry
30 Anthony Trusso Sleeping Dragon woodworks Cutting Boards
31 Leaf Fitter Sponsor
32 Nevon & Douglas Wise Printemps Pottery Pottery
33 Adiante Franszoon Fine Woodcarvings and Furniture Furniture
34 Amelia Cityshapes Photograpgy
35 Chelsea Market Designs Jackie Skarzynski Jewelry
36 April Alayne April Alayne Illustrations
37 Sheri Weinhold SLM Gifts Metal Art
38 Sheri Weinhold SLM Gifts Metal Art
39 Sheri Weinhold SLM Gifts Metal Art
40 Bernie Houston Sea Drift Sculptures driptwood sculptures
41 Julio San Jose Naktru prints
42 Carlos Zepeda Cozaana Jewelry
43 Gilbert Carey Gilbert’s Woodcrafts Wood Sculptures
44 April Conley A Eliz Photography Photograpgy
45 Mary Shultz Unique and Just right for you Jewelry
46 Catherine Dolch Arts and Carafes Original Art / Prints
47 Jackie Handley Jacqueline Handley Designs Clothes/Jewelry
48 Jeffery Avent-Garden Pottery Pottery
49 Mary de la Requera Tempo Group wide variety
50 Gina Seebachan Be with the Playseum Floral/Butterfly Art
51 Nocole White Girl Scouts Art Project
52 Emily Pearson Pear Tree Goods Cookies/Cupcakes
53 Picture Architect Photography
54 Deana Williams Handmade by Deana Purses Handbags
55 Susan Whitehouse Tres Jolie Designs Jewelry
56 Alison Shriver Alison Shriver Designs papercutting/Silhouettes
57 Heather Reichard Blue Eyed Dragonfly Salvaged Mix Media Art
58 Barclay McCauley Barclay Soaps Soaps/ Balms Acc
59 Claire Guerra Twinkle Candle Company Candles
60 Scott American Design and Build sponsor
61 Alice Kimball Lost Marbles Jewelry
62 Dave Hyde Dave Hyde Photography Photography
63 Patricia De Los Rios Peruvian Trend Peruvian
64 Renee Green Le Chic Chapeau Hats
65 Candace Port-Hull Silk Reincarnations Scarves
66 Mary Jo Light Happy Metal Art Metal Art
67 Anne Taylor Parker Place rugs
68 Stacy Duvall Soy Love Candles Candles
69 Margaret Barnes Divine Planet Jewelry
70 Shannon Sterner/ Eric Roberge Sterner Art Company Face Painting / Painted Oysters
busking shannon Oliver Gypsy Queen balloon Busker
47.5 Nathaniel Baddrer 36 Letters Photo Letter Art
39.5 Avner Ofer Avner Ofer Photography Photography

Stan&Joes Great Frogs winery Wine
City Gate
2 Robin Beck Pet Wants Pet Treats/items
3 Regen Linn Alloyed Earh Jewelry Jewelry
4 Karen Danelle Ceadarwood Botanicals Soaps/ Oils / Body Butter
5 Cynthia Farrell Johnson Cynthia Farrell Johnson Fine Art paintings/cards/prints
6 Wendy Dean The Omnibus Publishing Childrens Books
7 Katia Baskina Kat Art paintings prints
8 Emily Lane Em’s Handcrafted of Maryland Soap/ Lotions / Balms
Whitmore Park
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3 Sherita Collins Mawahh Soap/lotions/balms
4 Jennifer Collins Edge Aerial Photography Photography
5 Maurizio Eusebi Alessandra Eusebi Jewelry Jewelry
6 TBA leather
7 Diane Matter Simply D Designs Jewelry
8 Tulia Levine Tigersoap Soap/lotions/balms
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13 Maritza Bhattarai Himalayan Accents Tibiet/Nepal Art
14 Sue Posey Poseys by the Sea Jewelry
15 Janice Gallagher Janice Gallagher Designs Shell and Beach Designs
16 Stephen Norberg Thunder Beast Root Beer
17 Bob Paulding Bob Paulding Photography Photography
18 Terry Pool Terry Pool Design Jewelry
19 Chris Mead Salazan Chocolate Co Chocolate
20 Denise Costello Words Among Friends Fine Art with Words
21 Kathleen Webber Willowbee Studio Fairy Doors Abodes Acc
22 Samantha Khalil The Shepherds of Bethlehem olive tree art
23 Esther Alva Etty’s Silver Jewelry Jewelry
24 Ryan Herbstomer Autumn Summer wood art
25 Rosemary Flood Paxis Place Pottery Pottery
26 Tybar Middlekauf Wicked Rabyt Candles
27 Carla & George Lake Nu Sen La / B More Books Soap / Book covers
28 Tish Mayne Kitchen Savers Sponsor
29 Stephen Cimino Azul Imports Nepal Crafts
30 Eric and Laura MahaffeyAnnapolis Caramel Company Caramels
31 Christoper Waters Waters Woods Wall Boat Sculptures
32 Barhfitter Sponsor
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40 Mark Williams Williams Blacksmithing Blacksmith Shop
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42 kona Ice Shaved Ice
43 Kona Ice Shaved Ice
44 Crabtowne Cuisine Food Truck
45 Crabtowne Cuisine Food Truck

more info at www.firstsundayarts.com

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04.14.16

First Sunday Arts presented by Great Frogs Winery – May 1, 2016

Posted in First Sunday Arts Press Releases at 2:13 am by Administrator

Sunday May1st is your chance to kick off spring celebrations in Annapolis Maryland. The City will be celebrating May Day and it is the first day of the areas premier art festival, First Sunday Arts. This is your chance to work on your photography skills and photograph the many May Day flower baskets. They are on display from the merchants, vendors and residents throughout downtown Annapolis taking part in the May Day festivities. It will be a friendly competition where the winners of the best May Day flower baskets when ribbons and bragging rights.

The First Sunday Arts festivals is expected to bring over 7,000 locals and visitors on May 1st to West and Calvert Streets in downtown Annapolis The festival provides shopping opportunities from over 100 local and regional artists and crafters selling their artwork. You will find vendors selling handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, clothing, purses, wood-turnings, furniture, sculpture, photography, paintings, garden art, and more. You will find food trucks and even a blacksmith demonstration in Whitmore Park. Plus with Mother’s Day just a week away, its is the perfect place to find mom a unique and original gift.

All the restaurants in the festival area will be setting up cafes on West Street, so its easy to take a break and enjoy some good food at the festival. Several of the restaurants also host entertainment indoors during and after the festival including Ramshead Tavern, 49 West Coffeehouse and Gallery and Tsunami. Also new this year will be the Great Frogs Wine Garden located next to Stan and Joe’s Saloon. Here you will be able to sample wines made in Annapolis and purchase wine by the glass or bottle.

Performers throughout the festival will be showcasing live music, dance, theater in 4 free performance stages including, Weisman Park near the Visitors Center which is s a good spot to relax in the shade, the Garrett Park Guitars Stage in the wine garden next to Stan and Joe’s Saloon, City Gate Park and the Jeremy Ragsdale Sound Studio Stage in Whitmore Park. For the kids there is face painting and a balloon artist.

Plus there are several galleries with new exhibits in the Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District to check out, including Nancy Hammond Gallery, Fin Art, Whitehall Gallery, The Annapolis Collection Gallery and Art Farm. Stop in the visitors center on West Street for a map of all the art galleries.

The First Sunday Arts festivals are conveniently located in downtown Annapolis on West Street and Calvert Streets where parking is a breeze. There is 5 parking garages including Whitmore and Gott’s parking garages located on the festival grounds and Knighton, Loews and the State Parking Garage within a 1 to 3 block stroll from the festival. Plus with so many Annapolis’ locals attending the festival, many just walk or bike in from the surrounding downtown Annapolis communities of the Historic District, Murray Hill, Presidents Hill and Clay Street. The high numbers of locals attending also means you will find a lot of friendly pets joining their families at the First Sunday Arts Festivals.

To accommodate the ever growing festival attendance the festival will again start this year at 11am instead of noon. This years festivals will be on the first Sunday of each month from May to November with a bonus festival on the first Sunday of December called the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival.

Admission to the First Sunday Arts Festivals is always free, so bring your friends and family to spend a day out on the town. Free parking is available at the State Parking Garage located at 19 St John Street. First Sunday Arts Festivals will be Sunday May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6 and December 4 from 11am to 5pm.

The First Sunday Arts festivals are sponsored by the Inner West Street Association, Great Frogs Winery and managed by Evans Management LLC

For more information and updates visit www.firstsundayarts.com

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10.17.15

First Sunday Arts Festivals: Holiday Edition on Sunday November 1, 2015

Posted in First Sunday Arts Press Releases at 8:29 pm by Administrator

On Sunday November 1st starting at 11am, West Street and Whitmore Park will be transformed in to the Annapolis Holiday Market produced by First Sunday Arts Festivals. This monthly festival series has showcased the regions local artists to half a million visitors since 2001. This will be the grand finale of the First Sunday Arts Festivals season, and will have the largest selection of gifts, art and crafts in the festivals history. So grab a coffee or hot apple cider, some friends and the family and join the fun way to shop for the holidays on West Street in historic Annapolis, Maryland.

This highly anticipated event is a hit with locals and tourists alike that want to get unique handcrafted items for the Holiday season. The streets and parks will be filled with over 120 local and regional artists, crafters, authors, and gourmet food artisans selling handcrafted items along West and Calvert Streets in downtown Annapolis. You will find hand painted scarves, wood turnings, jewelry, clothes, pottery, paintings, photography, hand blown glass, furniture, books, metal sculptures, baskets, home decor, candies and more. Plus as an added bonus the SPCA of Anne Arundel County will be attending the festival along with some of their fury companions that are in need of adoption.

The day is packed with entertainment at 4 locations on Calvert and West Streets with free music starting at noon with Brothers and Sisters, Guava Jelly, Mike Heuer, and Havin Fun. The second wave of free concerts begins between 2:30pm and 3pm with Sham Rogues, The Cousin Eddy Band, and Alex Barnett. Plus throughout the day is a children’s storytime by JNP Project and balloon sculptures for the kids.

While at the First Sunday Arts festival check out some of the new business on West Street including Wine and Design and Naptown Furniture. Artistic gifts can also be found at the galleries along West Street including the Annapolis Collection Gallery, Whitehall Gallery, 49 West Coffeehouse and Gallery, Nancy Hammond Gallery and Fin Art.

After the First Sunday Arts festival the after parties begin at many of the restaurants along West Street starting at 5pm with Art receptions at 49 West Coffeehouse and Gallery, Gospel Sushi at Tsunami, and Music on the back patio at Rams Head Tavern.

The First Sunday arts Festival is always a free admission arts festival and friendly pets are welcome. The area has plenty of easy parking options with Whitmore Garage and Gott’s Court Garage being located right next to the festival on Calvert Street and free parking is located about 2 blocks away and the State Parking Garage on the corner of Calvert and Bladen Streets.

To get more information on First Sunday Arts Festivals visit www.firstsundayarts.com

This will be the final First Sunday Arts Festival of the year. However there is one more festival coming to West Street this year on Sunday December 6th with The Chocolate Binge Festival.

First Sunday Arts festivals will return next year starting in May.

First Sunday Arts Festivals is managed by Evans Management Group.

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09.22.15

First Sunday Arts Fall Festival – Oct 4th in Annapolis Maryland

Posted in First Sunday Arts Press Releases at 1:28 pm by Administrator

On Sunday October 4th The Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District welcomes the fall season with the popular First Sunday Arts Festival on Calvert and West Streets in Annapolis, MD from 11am to 5pm.

Thousands of people enjoy this free monthly event in downtown Annapolis as the First Sunday Arts festival brings over 100 with local and regional artists and crafters selling handcrafted items along West and Calvert Streets. You will find hand painted scarves, wood turnings, jewelry, clothes, pottery, paintings, photography, hand blown glass, furniture, books, metal sculptures, home decor and more. As an added bonus the new Wine by Design studio at 32 West Street will be open for the October 4th festival.

The restaurants and cafes along West Street will be ready to satisfy your Oktoberfest cravings with Oom-Pah Burgers, Stein and Wurst and Black Forest Pancakes at Rams Head Tavern and Oktoberfest beers at Stan and Joe’s Saloon.

The day is packed with entertainment on Calvert and West Streets starting at noon with the Jeremy Ragsdale Singers, Rocky Jones, 3 til Midnight and Johnathan Stone. From 2:30 to 4:30pm the second wave of music begins with Leigh, Gary and Ahern, Sham Rouges, and Mythica. Plus throughout the day is story time by JNP Project and balloon sculptures for the kids.

After the First Sunday Arts festival the after parties begin at many of the restaurants along West Street starting at 5pm with Art receptions at 49 West Coffeehouse and Gallery, Gospel Sushi at Tsunami, and Music on the back patio at Rams Head Tavern.

The First Sunday arts Festival is always a free admission arts festival and offers plenty of easy parking options with Whitmore Garage and Gott’s Court Garage being located right next to the festival on Calvert Street and free parking is located about 2 blocks away and the State Parking Garage on the corner of Calvert and Bladen Streets.

First Sunday Arts festivals will continue this year with the next festival on November 1. For additional details visit www.firstsundayarts.com

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08.30.15

Big Labor Day Events on West Street with the First Sunday Arts Festival and the Annapolis Labor Day Parade

Posted in First Sunday Arts Press Releases at 8:20 pm by Administrator

September 6, 2015 11am to 5pm

On Sunday September 6th West and Calvert Streets in the Arts and Entertainment District of Annapolis will once again be taken over by the popular First Sunday Arts festival from 11am to 5pm. The festival is expecting to draw over 8,000 locals on this HolidaySunday. Take in the arts and enjoy these 2 free family friendly festivities in downtown Annapolis.

The First Sunday Arts festival is packed with over 100 with local and regional artists and crafters selling handcrafted items along West and Calvert Street. You will find hand painted scarves, wood turnings, jewelry, clothes, pottery, paintings, photography, handblown glass, furniture, books, metal sculptures, home decor and more.

Whitmore Park on Calvert Street will be hosting music starting at noon presented by Jeremy Ragsdale Voice Studio. Plus in the park will be story telling for the kids by JNP Project, wine tasting by Annapolis based Great Frogs Winery, and food trucks including La Brea Bakery.

Along the first blocks of West Street you will also find outdoor cafes, balloon artists and face painters for the kids, plus music by Ursula Ricks, Big Hoax, Brothers and Sisters, Three Shot Mocha, Johnathon Stone, and Joanne Juskus.

Around 3pm you will hear the drums beating as the Labor Day Parade makes its way down West Street towards the festival then making a left onto Calvert Street. The parade is fun for all so make sure to arrive early.

After the festival the after parties begin at 5pm with Art receptions at 49 West Coffeehouse, Gospel Sushi at Tsunami, and Music on the back patio at Ramshead .

The First Sunday arts Festival is always a free admission street arts festival and offers plenty of easy parking options with Whitmore Garage and Gott’s Court Garage being located right next to the festival on Calvert Street and free parking is located about 2 blocks away and the State Parking Garage on the corner of Calvert and Bladen Street.

First Sunday Arts festivals will continue in 2015 on October 4th and November 1. for additional details visit www.firstsundayarts.com

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07.20.15

First Sunday Arts Festival in Downtown Annapolis has its Biggest Music Line up Ever on Sunday August 2, 2015

Posted in First Sunday Arts Press Releases at 6:29 pm by Administrator

The hottest in Summer Fun returns to downtown Annapolis on Sunday August 2 with the First Sunday Arts Festival on Calvert and West Streets from 11am to 5pm

The day is going to be filled with one of this street festivals biggest music line ups ever! The music starts big in the Stan and Joe’s parking lot at noon with the Jello Boys playing the hits from the Grateful Dead. At 3pm is your opportunity to hear a band that played at the historic Carr’s Beach when The Pipe Dreamers take over the stage.

In Weisman Park next to the Visitor’s Center the music line up starts at noon with your chance to hear The Late Boomers, an acoustic quartet featuring Jeremy Schuhmann on guitar/harmonica/vocals, Tom Andrews on guitar/mandolin, Eric Glaser on bass/vocals and Elizabeth Melvin on snare/djembe/vocals will play honky-tonk, country swing and bluesy-grass from 12:30-2:30 pm , followed by some great rock with the Grey Dog Band at 3pm.

In Whitmore Park check out the sounds of summer with the Chesapeake Steel Drum Band starting at 3pm. On a softer note under the trees by City Gate you can take in the sounds of Joanne and Adriene.

Entertainment for the kids includes a kids band at noon in Whitmore Park, plus balloon animals from the Gypsy Queen, face painting by Shannon Sterner. Kids can also take a break in the shade and enjoy a free story time throughout the day in Whitmore Park hosted by JNP Project.

The most popular part of the festival, remains true with the streets and parks will be filled with over 100 artisan vendors starting at 11am selling handcrafted furniture, baskets, sculptures, blown glass, pottery, jewelry, books, home décor, paintings, photography and more. Three will be plenty of unique and original art and craft items for you to shop for.

When you get hungry the cafes on West Street will spill into the streets giving you a chance to eat some of the best in international fare. Choose from Italian, Mexican, Asian, Irish and American cuisine. At Whitmore Park on Calvert Street the food options continue for those on the go from the food trucks. There is also wine tasting from the local Annapolis Great Frogs winery and a local root beer maker Thunder Beast in Whitmore Park.

Once the First Sunday Festivals end at 5pm the festival After Parties begin. Head inside and check out the following After Parties; Gospel Sushi at Tsunami, folk music and a art reception at 49 West Coffeehouse, live music on the back patio at Rams Head Tavern and a outdoor movie at dark on the back patio of Reynolds Tavern.

Parking at the festival is always easy. Two parking garages (Whitmore Garage and Gott’s Court Garage) are located right next to the festival on Calvert Street. Free parking is available two blocks from the festival at the State Parking Garage on the corner of Calvert and Bladen Street. Admission is always free to the festival and friendly pets are welcome.

The First Sunday Arts Festivals will continue this year on September 6, October 4 and November 1. For more information about First Sunday Arts Festivals please visit www.firstsundayarts.com

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06.24.15

Celebrate America at First Sunday Arts Festival on Sunday July 5, 2015

Posted in First Sunday Arts Press Releases at 10:18 pm by Administrator

The holiday weekend will bring thousands to Historic Annapolis, Maryland to celebrate America’s birthday with July 4th parades and fireworks. The holiday fun will continue into Sunday in Annapolis with the cities most popular art event, First Sunday Arts. This event will fill West street and Whitmore park with 10,000 people on Sunday from 11am to 5pm to enjoy a free admission arts festival.

This is also your chance to see the new mural on the front of Tsunami that is currently the talk of the town. The mural titled “Agony and Ecstasy Lives Together in Perfect Harmony.” by Jeff Huntington. This mural is causing people to debate public art in Annapolis. Also next door at 49 West Coffeehouse and Gallery is a new art exhibit opening called “Art of Destruction by artist Walker Babington, featuring nudes, portraits and still life’s, rusted, burned, and etched into driftwood, car hoods, and more. You can meet the artist at a reception right after the festival.

What better way to celebrate America than to shop from over 100 artisans that make their art and craft locally. Whitmore Park on Calvert Street and the first flock of West Street will be lined with painters, potters, jewelers, wood turners, clothiers, glass blowers and more selling their craft.

Live Music will by on four stages. On Calvert Street at Whitmore Park and City Gate and on West Street at , Weisman Park and Stan and Joe’s. Bands will be playing from noon to 5pm. Some of the groups performing include Miss Ellie, Out of Many, David Baldwin Trio, KARMA, Johnathan Stone, and Good Measure.
For the kids there is story time by JNP Project in Whitmore Park plus face painting. Cafes and food trucks will be lining the event when you are ready for a break.

After the festival ends, the After Parties begin with Sushi Gospel at Tsunami, Art Receptions at 49 West, music on the back patio at Rams Head and a outdoor movie at Reynolds Tavern.

Admission is free to First Sunday Arts Festivals so come out and enjoy the day of art.

Parking is available on Calvert Street right next to the festival at the Whitmore Garage, and Gott’s Court Garage. Two blocks from the festival is free parking at the State parking garage on the Corner of Bladen and Calvert Streets.

For more information on the festival visit www.firstsundayarts.com

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