09.22.15

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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05.28.15

Bienvenue! to First Sunday Arts or is it the French are Coming!

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On Sunday June 7th West and Calvert Streets in the Arts and Entertainment District of Annapolis Maryland will once again be taken over by the popular First Sunday Arts festival from 11am to 5pm. The festival is taking on a French Theme for June and is expecting to draw over 7,000 locals to take in the arts and enjoy the family friendly festivities. The June 7th festival will be celebrating the upcoming June 16th arrival of the French ship “The Hermione” to Annapolis.

Bon appétit ! Start the Sunday morning with a French Brunch at Ramshead Tavern on West Street featuring three Chef Specials…
Eggs Hussarde: Eggs Hussarde with Marchand de vin and Hollandaise Sauce
Brie Quiche: Brie, Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Quiche
Grilled Zucchini Bread: Grilled Zucchini Bread with Strawberry Purée, Macerated Berries and Sweet Crème Fraîche.

After Brunch head out and explore the West Street and Whitmore Park sections of historic Annapolis with French Flags flying on the streets and shop over 100 local and regional artists and crafters including wood turnings, pottery, clothes, metal yard sculptures, jewelry, blown glass, photography, paintings and more. You might even find an early Father’s Day gift for Dad. Plus the galleries along the street will be open including The Annapolis Collection Gallery which is opening a French exhibit “All Things French”. This special exhibit features watercolors by Greg Harlin and oils by Ann Munro Wood that focus on the history of France. An opening reception will be held during the festival from 3:30 to 5pm

Free music concerts and entertainment starts around Noon with 4 choices to pick from including Dean Rosenthal , Winship, Edward Sparks and theater by Compass Rose Theater. The second Round of music starts around 2:30 with Angela Charles (Musician) , Jess Cantley and Spice. For the kids there is story time and activities hosted by The JNP Project at noon, 2 and 4 in Whitmore Park. Plus there will be vendors doing face painting and Henna at the festival. Plus check out Chalk Artist Julie Linkins who will be creating chalk art on the sidewalks featuring a Tall Ship.

When you are ready for a break from all the fun head into 49 West Coffeehouse and Gallery to enjoy a glass of French wine or explore outdoor dining with 5 outdoor cafes along West Street and Food Trucks on Calvert Street.

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 and free parking is located about 2 blocks away and the State Parking Garage on the corner of Calvert and Bladen Street.

When the vendors start to breakdown at 5pm check out the new “After Parties”. After Parties include Sunday Gospel Sushi at Tsunami, Music and Art Receptions at 49 West Coffeehouse and Gallery, Movies on the patio behind Renyolds Tavern and Music on the back patio of Ramshead Tavern.

First Sunday Arts festivals will continue in 2015 on July 5th, August 2nd, September 6th, October 4th and November 1. For additional details visit www.firstsundayarts.com

Additional Resources:

Hermione Ship:

http://www.hermione2015.com

Recent Articles on First Sunday Arts festivals

http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/annapolis/ph-ac-cn-first-sunday-0504-20150503,0,428753.story

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04.24.15

First Sunday Arts Festivals continues to blossom in Annapolis on May 3, 2015

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What started out as 2 businesses on West Street in Annapolis hosting art receptions at the same time on Sundays in 2001 has grown today into a monthly arts and crafts festival called First Sunday Arts. In the first few years the festival was lucky to survive as West Street was under construction with its streets, sidewalks and underground utilities being replaced. Today the new brick lined West Street welcomes visitors and locals to the Arts and Entertainment Gateway of Annapolis.

Over the years the festival has grown. Today it is bringing thousands of locals to the first blocks of West Street and to Whitmore Park on Calvert Street in Annapolis. They come to shop from local and regional artists and crafters selling their artwork. Over the years more than 1,000 different artists and Crafters have exhibited at the festivals. Each month you will find just over 100 vendors selling handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, clothing, purses, wood-turnings, furniture, sculpture, photography, paintings and more. With the first festival of the year just being a week before Mother’s Day this is the perfect place to find something unique and original for mom.

All the restaurants in the festival area will be setting up cafes in the streets, so its easy to take a break and enjoy some good food. Several of the restaurants also host entertainment indoors during and after the festival including Ramshead Tavern, 49 West coffeehouse and Gallery, Stan and Joes and Tsunami.

Performers throughout the festival will be showcasing live music, dance, theater and more in 3 free performance areas including, Weisman Park near the Visitors Center which is s a good spot to relax in the shade, the parking lot next to Stan and Joe’s Saloon hosts the main stage and Whitmore Park on Calvert Street will host the new Community Art Performance Stage. The kids can also have fun getting faces painted or trying a henna tattoo.

For the month of May bring your camera to the festival because the festival will be extending the May Day celebrations with flower baskets throughout the festival made by the restaurants, galleries and vendors. 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 and The Annapolis Collection Gallery.

Attendance has grown over the years as well. Today depending on the weather its not uncommon to have 4,000 to 7,000 people attend each of the monthly festivals. The First Sunday Arts festivals are lucky to be on West Street where parking is not an issue. There is 5 parking garages including Gott’s, Whitmore, Knighton, Loews and the State 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 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 larger festival attendance the festival has increased the hours of the festival to start at 11am instead of noon and has added a seventh month to the lineup. This years festivals will be on the first Sunday of each month May to November on the first block of West Street and in Whitmore Park on Calvert Street in Annapolis

Admission to the First Sunday Arts Festivals is always free and free parking is available at the Bladen Street State Garage on the corner of Calvert Street and Bladen Street. The first Festival of the year will be Sunday May 3rd from 11am to 5pm. Festivals continue on June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4, and November 1.

For more info visit www.firstsundayarts.com

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11.28.14

FIRST SUNDAY ARTS FESTIVAL HOLIDAY EDITION

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WHEN: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

WHERE: HISTORIC WEST STREET IN DOWNTOWN ANNAPOLIS (Between Church Circle and Calvert Streets)

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West Street will be buzzing on Sunday, December 7th as artisans of The Holiday Edition of First Sunday Arts Festival line both sides of the street. Contemporary works of wood, clay, glass, metal and fiber will be available for purchase: handbags and alpaca hats — stained and blown glass —metal, wood, and driftwood sculpture —unique outfits for children (as well as Fido) — original watercolors, oils, and photography —re-purposed furniture and rugs—decorative candles and soaps—chocolates and caramels — handcrafted jewelry — incredible nautical art and whimsical gifts galore. All original and hand-made by the artists!

And with a choice of more than a half dozen fine restaurants, festival-goers can savor Italian specialties, Asian-fusion delicacies, south of the border selections, gourmet sandwiches, pastries and coffee while dining al fresco or indoors. Or, relax and enjoy a glass of wine.

Smooth jazz and specialty music — perfect for an afternoon of strolling — will cheer festival guests. Bring the children for face painting, and, of course, dogs are welcome to hang out, too!

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10.02.14

First Sunday Arts Festival in Annapolis: October 5th on Historic West Street

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Over 100 fine artists and crafters as well as entertainers and musicians will put their talents on display when First Sunday Arts Festival holds its final street festival of the 2014 season on Sunday, October 5th from 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm on historic West Street in downtown Annapolis.

In addition to a plethora of local and regional artists, photographers, and woodcrafters whose original work — as with all exhibitors — is for purchase, the festival displays arts and crafts of all genres to make a visit even more enjoyable: fiber art; pottery; glass; metal; printmaking, sculpture. And, as Annapolis is “the sailing capital of the nation,” visitors can be assured there will be a full slate of artists and crafters displaying nautical paintings, decorative items, and hand-forged jewelry. There’s face-painting for the children, and dogs are welcome, too!

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. Enjoy lunch and a drink at one of the outdoor cafes set up in the street. And, at the end of the day, the festival continues on the patio of Ramshead Tavern.

October’s sponsors are: Evolve Medical Clinics, Leaf Filter Gutter Guards, Kitchen Savers, Long Fence, and Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing.

The continued growth of the First Sunday Arts Festivals is reflected in the increasing strength and quality of the exhibitors and performers as well as the thousands of visitors who have come together to make each Sunday a success. Visit www.firstsundayarts.com for information for the forthcoming 2015 season.

The musical line-up for October 5th:

At Whitmore Park

12:30 pm – 2:15 pm: Telesma
The Telesma experience is an ecstatic trans-cultural phenomenon with a highly infectious and danceable beat. Exploding on the Baltimore music scene in 2002, Telesma’s sound has been sometimes described as “psychedelic tribal modern world dance music, with diverse sounds ranging from intense polyrhythmic rock to the trance-like pulses of modern electronic dance/groove music.

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Kings of Crownsville
Kings of Crownsville play dynamic, accessible music to suit sophisticated tastes. They take great tunes, add a touch of New Orleans, a pinch of jazz, a hint of world-beat, and ground it all in solid alt-rock sensibility. And they write the best new music in Annapolis and take a fresh look at songs by everyone from Johnny Mercer to David Byrne.

At Wiseman Park

12:30 pm – 2:15 pm: The Basement Band
As The Basement Band, Annapolis blues-roots-rocker Dean Rosenthal joins forces with Gary, Leah, Tom, and Jeff to perform the music of Bob Dylan and The Band. The result is a powerful presentation of classic and inventive covers of some of the best songs written in this era.

3:00 pm – 4:45 pm: Out of Many
REGGAE! The roots of this group go back to 1993, when guitarist Chris Mohr met up with bassist Gary Peresta’s reggae group “Rice Dream.” Now in 2014, Jah has brought together Jamaican songstresses Wendy Sh who has breathed new life into things with a new name “Out of Many,” from Jamaica’s National Motto “Out of Many, One People.” Out of Many is very proud to have great collaborators: trombonists Andre Grant and Tim Kelly, Gabriel Andino on drums and sax, and others.

At Stan & Joe’s Parking Lot

12:00 noon – 1:30 pm: Rocky Jones
Rocky Jones is a practitioner of musical dreamscaping and applied funkology. He uses guitars, his voice, and other tools to make music. At this performance, he works with the amazing Shapeshifter to add an exciting visual element to his performance. ‘Shapeshifter’ is a DC metro based hoop-dancer and fire spinner.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Troupe Sestraluna
Troupe Sestraluna is a professional dance troupe specializing in belly dance and world dance fusion. They aspire to entertain, educate and celebrate the art of dance, creativity and community through performances, instruction and community outreach.

3:00 pm – 4:45pm: Jenn, Larry and Pete
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 City Gate Park

12:00 noon – 1:30 pm: Donna Fischer
Donna has been singing and performing for 30+ years and is known in the Annapolis area as a former member of the “Brothers & Sisters” vocal band. Currently performing in an acoustic trio with Jon Arason and Don Lamb-Minor, she presents the soft side of folk country and pop.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Jonathon Stone and Mike Noonan (Classic Brazilian Guitar and Trombone)

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Joanne Murphy & friends
A multi-instrumentalist and folk singer, local musician Joann Murphy will transport your soul to another place and a simpler time. The sounds of her iconic hammered dulcimer will raise your spirit with joy.

Visit us at www.firstsundayarts.com for more info.

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09.04.14

First Sunday Arts Festival in Annapolis Sept 7, 2014

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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 Mary

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

Bumper Jacksons

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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08.02.14

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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