The Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show Returns Next Weekend

On April 28, the sixth annual Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show is coming to City Dock. The spring equivalent of the huge United States Sailboat Show in the fall, this year’s Spring Sailboat Show will feature new and brokerage boats, including catamarans, monohulls, racing boats, family cruisers, day sailors, and inflatables, as well as marine equipment, electronics, clothing and boating accessories, and more. Keep reading for some of the top highlights of the show.


Sailboats
You’ll be able to browse new and brokerage boats including catamarans, monohulls, family cruisers, day sailors, and blue water sailboats. Most sailboats available for immediate sale.

Exhibitors
Visit over 100 exhibitors showcasing the latest navigational equipment, high-tech electronics, inflatables, boating accessories, clothing, and gear. You can also find out more about boating clubs, charter companies, insurance firms, and lending institutions.

In-water Demos
See some of the latest innovative products in action, including sailboats, stand-up watercrafts, paddleboards, docking systems and more.

Cruisers University
Learn to cruise at the U.S. Naval Academy, where you can choose from over 60 courses including 5 Step Plan to Successful Cruising, Exploring the Chesapeake, and Safety at Sea. See more here.

Show Info
Dates: Friday, April 28 & Saturday, April 29, 10am – 6pm. Sunday, April 30, 10am – 5pm
Tickets: Adult – One Day $12; Adult – Two Day Combo $19; Children: 12 & under FREE
Location: City Dock in Annapolis, MD



Light Up Your Weekend

Today is the start Light City Baltimore, a nine-day festival of light, music and innovation. The entire city is transformed with world class light displays and sculptures, video projections on buildings and interactive technologies.

Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. Last year in its first year, it attracted more than 400,000 visitors, and this year should be even bigger. Central to the festival is BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor,  with more than 50 attractions including illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children’s area.

There is also a packed schedule of live performances, like Dancing on the Water from Baltimore City Fire Department Boat, a performance celebrating the approaching cherry blossom season from Misako Ballet, fire dancing from Pyrophilia, and much more. There is also an eclectic variety of musical performances from amazing local artists. See the full list here.

It all starts tonight with the The 2nd Annual Light City Opening Night Creative Alliance Parade at 8pm. The parade starts at the Science Centers and ends at Harbor East, with lighted floats, marching units, costumed performers, Bateria Terra Maria, Mariachi Rey Azteca and community bands.

General Info

Dates and times: Open March 31-April 8 from 7-11pm and until 12am on Fridays & Saturdays, At 5pm each night, there is a twilight preview with entertainment at the Light Up the Night! Concert & Performance Stage and Mini Light City

Cost: Free

Parking: All visitors are responsible for finding their own parking. Use  www.baltimoreparking.com. Public transportation is also recommended



10 Easy DIY Projects for Spring

Spring has officially sprung, and we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite Spring DIY projects to bring in the new season.

Moss Covered Bunny Canvas Art from The Kolb Corner

DIY Tulip Wreath from The How-To Mom

Easter Egg Mason Jars from Mason Jar Crafts

DIY Recycled Easter Bunny Vase from Weekend Craft

Chalk Painted Mason Jar DIY Planter Box from Crafts Unleashed

Blooming Monogram DIY from Lulus

DIY Modern Spring Wreath from Perisa Lou

Painted Bud Vases from Pink Pistachio 

Mason Jar Herb Garden from Camille Styles

Easter Centerpiece from Two Sisters Crafting



Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Annapolis

Every year, Annapolis comes alive to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades, parties and plenty of Irish food and drink specials. We’ve rounded up the best ways to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in Annapolis, with events kicking off this weekend!

Shamrock Stroll

March 4

St. Patrick’s Day activities kick off with the 3rd Annual Shamrock Stroll on March 4. Wear your most festive attire and head to seven participating bars where you’ll find drink specials all day long.

 

3rd Annual Annapolis Irish Week Kick Off Hooley

March 4

Gear up for the parade and other St. Patrick’s Day festivities with this Kick Off Hooley at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, featuring Dublin 5, Pipe Bands and Irish Dancers as well as great food and open bar for the first hour!

 

Annapolis St Patrick’s Day Parade

March 5

The big event of the week is the 5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which heads through the streets of downtown Annapolis starting at 1pm.

 

St. Paddy’s Day Parade Afterparty

March 5

After the parade, the fun continues at O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel with food, fun and giveaways, including the chance to win one year of free Guinness!

 

St. Patrick’s Day at Blackwall Hitch

March 17

Enjoy Blackwall Hitch’s St. Patrick’s Day menu, featuring traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage and Ireland-inspired libations all day.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Galway Bay

March 17

Celebrate all day long in one of Annapolis’ best traditional Irish pubs. Breakfast is served at 8am, followed by live Irish music at 12 noon until 11:30 pm with special lunch and dinner menus.



The Vintage Source: One-of-a-Kind Vintage Furniture in Southern Maryland

One weekend a month, The Vintage Source in Compton, MD, opens its doors to reveal a vast array of pieces like old doors, painted dressers, mantles, slip covered wing chairs, vintage jewelry, old metal furniture, gilded mirrors and architectural pieces. Open on the third Saturday and Sunday of every month from 8am to 4pm (second weekend of the month in June and December), The Vintage Source offers an ever-evolving selection of unique pieces for your home.

Time between open weekends is spent attending auctions, estate sales, and flea markets. Then they repair, strip, paint, clean, and shine all the best pieces to be ready for the third weekend of each month.

They also host three flea markets a year with over twenty vendors selling vintage finds as well as fresh local vegetables and gourmet hotdogs and sausages. For your one-stop-shop for unique home decor in Southern Maryland, look no further.

This weekend is the February The Vintage Source Weekend, complete with mimosa and wine tasting and chocolate. Saturday and Sunday from 8am-4pm, stop by to browse one-of-a-kind vintage furniture, art, home decor, and statement architectural pieces. Visit their website for a sneak peak of the pieces you’ll be able to find this weekend.