Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (VAAAC) wants to make it easy for visitors and area residents to enjoy the many exciting events and activities that will be taking place in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County throughout 2018. To assist individuals who are making advance plans for business or vacation travel, the AAACCVB has put together a 2018 Major Events Calendar. For a more comprehensive overview of events large and small, visit Events are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to verify dates and times. (PRNewsfoto/Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel)


Blues @ Home: Mississippi’s Living Blues Legends by H.C. Porter
Monday, January 8 to Saturday, March 3
Gallery reception, Thursday, January 18 at 5:30 p.m. Meet the artist and living Blues legends; 8:00 p.m., performance by Bobby Rush and Company
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Chaney and Martino Galleries, 2nd Floor, 108 Chase Street, Annapolis 21401
Admission: Free for exhibit. Visit website for concert prices.
410-263-5544, 410-280-5640

The exhibit provides a glimpse into America’s music and the unique cultural heritage of Mississippi’s blues legends. Thirty-one portraits created by internationally known artist H.C. Porter are paired with the music and oral histories of the legends to create a multimedia experience. Blues legend Bobby Rush headlines a special performance following the January 18 gallery reception. Fellow blues legends Vasti Jackson and Eden Brent join Rush in concert.

About Prints: The Legacy of Stanley William Hayter
Tuesdays-Sundays, January 11 to February 25
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: Free

Stanley William Hayter (1901-1988) was a preeminent, influential printmaker and founder of Atelier 17. He was a strong advocate for experimentation and development of new printing techniques as a tool for artistic ideas. Included in the 58-work exhibition are etchings, lithographs and other printmaking techniques by Picasso, Marc Chagall, Henry Moore and other visionaries and technical innovators, including Andre Masson, Max Ernst, Joan Miro, Karl Schrag, and Mauricio Lasansky.

Martin Luther King Celebration
Saturday, January 13
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis 21401
Admission: Free

Join artist/performer Culture Queen as she hosts a “Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” celebration that honors Dr. King’s life and legacy with crafts and an interactive civil rights-themed show. The family event includes activities celebrating the legacies of other African American Kings and Queens of Social Justice from Maryland. Part of Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration.

Let the Spirit Sing: A Martin Luther King Celebration
Sunday, January 14
Concert, 3:00 p.m.; Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, Francis Scott Key Auditorium, St. John’s College, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis 21401
Admission: Free

Ramocille Johnson leads the non-denominational “Extensions of Faith Praise Choir” accompanied by guitar, drums, percussion and keyboard. Back for an encore performance, the group is known for its vibrant interpretation of Gospel music. Part of Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration.

The Skin You Live In
Monday, January 15
10:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Children’s Museum, 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis, 21403
Admission: $10/child; Group/$8 per child for five or more. Free for accompanying adults

Honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with hands-on activities addressing the simple yet complex topic of skin color. What does the sun have to do with it? How are people like potatoes? For ages 6 to 12 years. Must pre-register. Includes museum admission. Part of Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration.

22nd Annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge
Thursday to Saturday, January 25-27
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on-site registration; First plunge, 1:00 p.m.; Second plunge, 3:00 p.m.
Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis
Admission: Free to spectators. Plungers must raise $75 or more in pledges.

Experience the coolest event of the year. For just $75 in donations, plunge participants take a chilly dip in the Chesapeake Bay to raise funds for Special Olympics Maryland. Not ready to bare it all? Join in the festivities—fully clothed—in the Rams Head Ice Lodge that includes vendor booths, live entertainment, zoo animals, food court, carnival amusements, sandcastle building, a “kids’ zone” and more. Come celebrate Maryland’s largest winter festival. The event typically attracts more than 10,000 courageous plungers to benefit more than 7,500 athletes of Special Olympics Maryland. Sponsored by the Maryland State Police.

Having Difficult Conversations about Race: Part I
Saturday, January 27
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis 21401
Admission: Free

Latisha Monique Jones facilitates the first in a two-part series of interactive workshops around anti-racism. Part 1 focuses on developing conversation skills, including active listening; compassionate confrontation; and clarifying complex terms such as racism, prejudice, and discrimination. The workshop includes games, visual arts, theatre, and conversations aimed at developing the communication skills essential to managing difficult conversations in everyday settings. Part of Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration.

Annapolis Shakespeare Company Concert and Cabaret Series presents Tumbledown Dreams: An Actor’s Journey by Terrence Currier
Monday January 29
7:30 p.m.
Annapolis Shakespeare Company, 1804 West Street, Suite 200, Annapolis 21401
Admission: $30 to $48

Spend a musical evening of song and dance with Broadway veteran Terrence Currier(Damn Yankees).

To access the yearlong calendar, click here.

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