Connecting with the Arts – July 2021

Welcome back to the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County’s monthly blog series, Connecting with the Arts,  where we feature news and updates from the arts community in Anne Arundel County. Tune in the last Friday of each month to connect and learn more about the arts organizations that are making an impact locally.

This month we are bringing you a post that is packed full of arts happenings around the County! There is still plenty to do before the summer comes to an end. Ready to plan for the fall? Then start marking your calendars for some highly anticipated 2021-2022 season announcements.

Here’s a look into this months post:

  • The Annapolis Symphony Academy introduces an immersive, fun learning experience for 4 to 7-year-old children.
  • A steady stream of enthusiastic visitors attended the Opening of the Captain Avery Museum in Shady Side, Maryland.
  • Historic Annapolis welcomes the Bristol County Fifes & Drums to Annapolis!
  • Be a part of the artist conversation with The AngelWing Project and get ready for their exciting new play coming your way this October.
  • SoCo Arts Lab introduces Clay on the Bay and other upcoming classes and events!
  • Don’t miss August events happening at the Hammond-Harwood House.
  • Lose yourself in your art at Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park, MD.
  • Annapolis Opera announces their 2021-2022 season!
  • After our long pause, Classic Theatre of Maryland is thrilled to be back producing live performances
  • The Londontowne Symphony Orchestra, our community orchestra, returns to the stage.
  • Don’t miss out on your chance to save on tickets for The Ballet Theatre of Maryland 2021-2022 Season.
  • Escape the August heat at the Annapolis Maritime Museum!
  • You’re invited to celebrate Lee Boynton’s lasting legacy with this special release event featuring a new series of giclee prints and originals.

You can connect and learn more about these organizations by clicking their logos below. We hope you enjoy!


Introducing the brand new Discovery: Early Childhood Music Classes

The Annapolis Symphony Academy introduces an immersive, fun learning experience for 4 to 7-year-old children. Students explore rhythms, melodies, and various instruments in a group setting lead by experienced instructors.

Research indicates a significant boost in brain development in children who take music classes, helping with language skills, academic achievements, leadership abilities, as well as long-term health benefits.

Classes take place on Thursdays at 5 pm or 6 pm at Temple Beth Shalom in Arnold, MD

Apply today to take advantage of this unique opportunity for your child to explore music with us!

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Julia Howes, SCCC; Norman Gross, Artist; Patrick Marnell, Captain Avery Museum Board Chairman; Deborah Gangloff, Captain Avery Museum Executive Director, and Carol Benson, Four Rivers Heritage Area Executive Director.

A steady stream of enthusiastic visitors attended the Opening of the Captain Avery Museum in Shady Side, Maryland.

The waterfront grounds and renovated museum on the West River celebrates Three Centuries of Chesapeake History with all new displays that tell the story of the Avery family in the late 1800s as well as the modern history of the local bayfront community.

Also on exhibit is the fascinating art of Shady Side artist, Norman Gross, which tells the story of generations of his family of watermen. Museum and Art Show Open Sundays 12-4.

The Board and staff of the museum thank the generosity of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, the Maryland Historic Trust, and Four Rivers Heritage Area, as well as their many members and sponsors for supporting the reimagined Captain Avery Museum.

Visit us at www.CaptainAveryMuseum.Org
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Photo credit: The Bristol County Fifes & Drums

Historic Annapolis welcomes the Bristol County Fifes & Drums to Annapolis!

Dedicated to the preservation of historic music, this Revolutionary War-period fife and drum corps from Bristol, Rhode Island offers a spirited program of colonial music and marches.

On Tuesday, August 3, catch the 25 fully-uniformed fifes and drummers as they march their way down Pinkney Street to City Dock, where they will present a FREE half-hour performance of historic music at Susan B. Campbell Park at 8 pm (the march will begin at approximately 7:30 pm).

On Thursday, August 5, the group will present a longer program of patriotic favorites along with Irish jigs and reels in the William Paca Garden. Bring your family and a blanket to enjoy the marches and music of the fifes and drummers. This event has an admission charge, but is free for HA Members, children 17 and under, and Blue Star military families.

Visit for more info and to register for August 5.

Artists’ Evolution Virtual Roundtable
Topic: Artists’ Evolution: Before, During, and After the Pandemic

Streamed on Facebook and YouTube
August 21, 2021
6 PM

The “Artist Evolution” Roundtable is a conversation with creative artists who have developed innovative ways to work and present their artistry during the pandemic. When businesses and shows were shut down, how did they reinvent themselves and find opportunities? We will hear insights and testimonies from local artists who will share how their creativity and artistry have changed, been strengthened, or expanded and how they plan to move forward post-pandemic.

Limited seats: if you are interested in being a part of the discussion, contact us at [email protected] or [email protected]

For more information, visit,

Coming October 23rd and 24th to the Chesapeake Arts Center – The AngelWing Project presents an original play, Clay’s Place: Inside My Blue Mind

Chesapeake Arts Center, Studio 194
194 Hammonds Lane
Brooklyn Park, MD 21225

Set against the backdrop of the renown and popular downtown Beale Street; the Soul of Memphis, complete with its black-owned shops, stores and carnival atmosphere coupled with an indulgent nightlife that seduced many to engage in their clandestine vices. Clay Carter and Turner Davis are first cousins. Born in the lower Mississippi Delta, as teens, they hopped a train aiming to leave the deceptive, one-sided sharecropping system in search of a better life. Chicago was the goal but 240 miles from Greenville, MS was as far as they made it. Memphis, Shelby County, TN.

You don’t want to miss this talented and dynamic cast tell this passionate and dramatic story of hardship, tragedy, and most of all hope. Tickets go on Sale September 1, 2021

For more information, visit,

SoCo Arts Lab introduces Clay on the Bay and other upcoming classes and events!

SoCo Arts Lab is excited to announce that Clay on the Bay, a ceramics program and community within the Arts Lab, is now accepting members. Clay on the Bay is committed to providing a friendly, supportive, and creative environment. We are looking for creative, collaborative ceramic makers who are able to work independently on their art and are willing to work together to build our studio, our clay community, and the broader community of artists and art lovers in Southern Anne Arundel County.

For more information about Clay on the Bay membership and upcoming ceramics classes please visit

The Lab is also reopening our doors for in-person activities and classes. Upcoming classes include beginning drawing, botanical drawing, and printmaking. For more information about in-person activities and classes visit

Upcoming free events open to the public include:

  • August 7: 11-4 pm: Open Studios on the first Saturday of the month. Come meet our members, and see art up close, in person, and in-process
  • August 13: 5-6:30 pm: Art Talks via Zoom on the second Friday of the month at which we invite you to talk and hear about art that inspires or challenges you.
  • August 22 from 2-4 pm: Salon Sundays, which are an opportunity for artists to share their ideas and experiences with members of the community, will be held on the third Sunday of the month. Terese Schlachter, our writer in residence will guide us in “Crafting your artist/personal statement.”

We look forward to seeing you at the Lab! Find out more by visiting

Two Great Houses Architecture Tour
Saturday, August 14 at 10:00 am
Admission: $20
The Hammond-Harwood House Museum and Chase Home invite guests to a two-hour-long tour that explores two architectural treasures in downtown Annapolis. The tour will cover the interior of the Hammond-Harwood House and the gardens of the Chase Home. Guests will learn about the architectural details and the longstanding social history that connects these two great houses on Maryland Avenue. Get tickets here

Jane Austen Tour
Wednesday, August 18 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Admission: $12 | HHH Members: Free
Tour of the Hammond-Harwood House that compares the customs and social graces of the Loockerman family, who lived in the Hammond-Harwood House in the early 19th century, with those of characters in Jane Austen novels. Register and learn more here

Free Summer Storytime Series for Children
Digging up the Past at Hammond-Harwood House
Wednesday, August 25, 10:00 am to 11:00 am – Offered for a maximum number of 10 children.
Free thanks to the Winifred Gordon Art & Wellness Series: Kids’ Edition.
Did you know that Hammond-Harwood House has a connection to one of the earliest prehistoric excavations in America?
Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827) was a famous painter who grew up in Annapolis, and many of his paintings are in the Hammond-Harwood House. Peale was more than just a painter, he was also an early scientist who excavated mastodon bones from the Hudson Valley in New York. Peale later displayed the mastodon model in his own natural history museum in Philadelphia.The program will start by looking at a painting of a parrot by Peale, and talk about his natural history museum. Children will make a dinosaur model made from black paper and Q-tips to take home. Register and learn more here

Decadent Dining: Imported Food and Drink in Early Annapolis
Free Virtual! Thursday, August 26 from 2 p.m to 3 p.m
Presentation by Joyce White, Food Historian and Hammond-Harwood House Trustee.
Part of the Cathleen H. Far Lecture Series.

This lecture takes participants on a virtual shopping spree through the streets of colonial Annapolis to discover the assorted spices, condiments, sugars, cheeses, teas, coffees, chocolate, spirits, wines, and beer, among many other items.
This lecture coordinates with the current Hammond-Harwood House museum exhibition, Decadent Décor: Global Imports in an Early American Port City.
Enhance the experience with a tasting box! Tasting Box includes examples of several of these shelf-stable items such as tea, spices, and 18th c. style chocolate among other goods for $6 each. To obtain one of these limited in number tastings boxes, packed exclusively with shelf-stable items, please reserve in advance. Register and learn more here

Lose yourself in your art at Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park, MD.

With classes for children & adults ranging from pottery, to woodworking, to cosplay, dance, STEAM, and so much more. We have the perfect workshops ready for you to dive into your creativity all year long. This month we have featured a Sip & Paint night for those of us who are 21+ and for the kiddos, get them excited about woodworking with our Birdhouse Workshop.

Birdhouse Workshop| Aug. 18th | 4p-6p | ages: 7-15
Sip & Paint | Aug. 26th | 6p-8p | ages: 21+

Check us out on the web, and follow us on Instagram, because we just might be the best-kept secret in Maryland.

Announcing Annapolis Opera’s 2021-2022 season!

Welcoming you back to live music – this highly-anticipated 49th season is not to be missed! Opening with our co-commissioned world premiere of Sunder: A New Work Reading; followed by our company premiere of Rossini’s comic fairytale – Cinderella, and a new production of Puccini’s beloved classic, La bohéme. Rounding out our main productions in this year’s colorful season is Stephen Sondheim’s mesmerizing tale, Into the Woods. Be sure to join us for the return of our popular Songs of Love and Voices of Our Time concerts (which showcase the best and brightest classical artists of today), the Children’s Opera (Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel), and the 33rd Annual Vocal Competition. Read the full press release here.

Many free events are also available throughout the year. All these and more can be found at our website

After our long pause, Classic Theatre of Maryland is thrilled to be back producing live performances – with a new name and logo, a newly designed Cabaret room, and a full, new 2021/2022 season in our revitalized performance venues.

We are excited to announce our new 2021/22 season which has a fabulous line-up of original productions, including musicals, comedies, and reinterpretations of classic plays. We’ll be back at Reynold’s Tavern in the late spring of 2022. Our schedule also includes monthly Cabaret performances, featuring a new theme and guest Broadway singers each month.

Also new this year, our annual Epic Outdoor Shakespeare event has a new permanent venue at the lovely Gresham Estate, which offers ample space for parking and picnicking, and a pavilion bar.

Check out all that is happening at Classic Theatre of Maryland on our website

The LSO Announces 2021-2022 Season

The Londontowne Symphony Orchestra, our community orchestra, returns to the stage after the Covid break to begin its 2021-2022 season on September 18 at Maryland Hall at 7:30 pm. The music in the first half of The LSO Is Back concert will have a Latin flavor, and the second half will feature the ever-popular Symphony No. 4 by Tchaikovsky. The Maryland Cultural and Conference Center will also be celebrated at the concert.
Other exciting concerts will follow. The Halloween Spooktacular on October 17 featured music from the dark side and kids, parents, and orchestra members in costumes. Local Rotary Clubs will be celebrated for what they bring to our communities.

A Salute to Our Veterans will be on January 15 with music with a military theme and participating military organizations.

The March 26 concert, All Together Now, will feature the three high school winners of the LSO’s Statewide competition and will highlight the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA) with music written by African Americans and African American singers.

The season will close with Celebrating Annapolis Green, a concert to celebrate our environment and the Chesapeake Bay.

All concerts will be at Maryland Hall, and students are always free at LSO concerts. For more information visit

The Ballet Theatre of Maryland 2021-2022 Season Subscription – Subscribe & Save!

Last season we were grateful to have the opportunity to perform safely through outdoor venues and online streaming. This season we are so excited to announce that we will be returning to the theater!

Our 2021/2022 season will feature 4 main stage productions including “Giselle” in October, “The Nutcracker” in December, “Momentum” in February, and “Coppélia” in April.

In-person and virtual subscriptions are available and offer you a discounted rate on tickets! Don’t miss out on your chance to save on tickets. Subscription sales end October 7th at 12:00 am.

Click here to purchase a season subscription today!

Photo Credits: Joanne Marie Photography
Special thank you to Hammond-Harwood House

Escape the August heat at the Annapolis Maritime Museum! Come and visit our newly renovated Museum and learn about Annapolis’s rich maritime history.

Learn, play, and explore the maritime history and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay with our hands-on interactive exhibit. Visitors can step up to a large-scale, four player digital game, interact with a life-like hologram of a Bay waterman, or board one of three boats to experience the Bay in a virtual reality setting.

Or come check out our Then & Now Aquarium, which includes a live fish cam! Our aquarium demonstrates the change in water quality for the Chesapeake Bay over time. Our Then (blue) aquarium shows a recreation of a 17th century Bay while our Now (black) aquarium mirrors water quality in the Bay today. Discover how and why our Chesapeake Bay has evolved this way during your visit!

The Annapolis Maritime Museum is located at 723 Second Street, Annapolis, MD 21403
Open Tuesday- Sunday from 10 am-3 pm
Tickets are FREE for Members, $7 for Adults, and $5 for Children (3-12 yrs)

To buy tickets visit our website at

“Winter Remembered”

Lee Boynton: Celebrating the Chesapeake

You’re invited to celebrate Lee Boynton’s lasting legacy with this special release event featuring a new series of giclee prints and originals. A live auction to benefit our host, The Chesapeake Yacht Club, and 50% of all print sales will be donated to our family’s conservation efforts at our historic property in Annapolis, MD. Visit our website

Join us for Lee Boynton: Celebrating the Chesapeake at the Chesapeake Yacht Club in Shady Side Maryland. 4943 Hine Drive, Shady Side, MD 20764

Receptions: Saturday, September 4, 4-6 pm and Saturday, September 25, 4-6 pm
RSVP is required for this by invitation only event, Please contact Martha Boynton at [email protected]

The show will be on display through the month of September. Please make an appointment to visit by calling CYC 410-867-1500.

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