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Summer Concert Series Begins Sunday in Crofton

Live music at the Village Green –  It’s another one of those Crofton traditions that make this community such a special place to live! 

Bring a lawn chair or blanket, something cold to drink, and bug repellent.  These free concerts in the center of the Crofton Village Green begin at 6 and last until about 8 p.m.  And there’s plenty of free parking!

Grab your calendar so you can take note of this year’s schedule:

Village Green Summer ConcertJune 5 –  Pocket Change

A five-man ensemble featuring Ken Smith on the sax and clarinet, lead vocalist Brian Stevenson, lead guitarist Jim Cerone, bass guitarist George Vermillion, and drummer Rob Forsee performing some “easy-listenin’ music for you.

June 12 –  Bay Jazz Project

This foursome is led by pianist Sean Lane, one the area’s most accomplished jazz keyboard/pianists, accompanied by reed man Seth Kibel, bassist Bob Abbott, and drummer Mark Lucas.  

June 26 –  Bluegrass Coalition

A five-piece group featuring band leader and lead guitarist Bob Green, lead singer and mandolin player Dan Kimball, fiddler Sue “Raines” Tice, banjo player Jim Tice, and Jim Duvall on the bass fiddle performing traditional and contemporary bluegrass music

July 3 –  Baywinds Band of Annapolis

Look for this “big band” to perform some patriotic music for you on this Independence Day weekend.  Wear red, white, and blue, and bring a small American flag with you.

July 10 –  Ruth Capobianco Trio

How ’bout a little jazz to cool you off on a hot summer Sunday?

July 17 –  Big Band Caliente

The best of Latin and “big band” –  wow, what fun!  This full-size band is a favorite with Crofton music lovers.  Look for their videos on YouTube… you’ll see a few of the numbers they performed at last year’s concert on the Village Green.

For more information about any of these groups, click on their name for a link to their websites.

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Memorial Day Parade in Bowie Today

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Bowie’s annual Memorial Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. today at the Bowie High School Annex on Belair Drive and ends at the Market Place Shopping Center.  Other streets along the parade route include Sussex Lane, Stoneybrook Drive and Sage Lane.

The parade will feature the U.S Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, Bowie High School Marching Band, Eleanor Roosevelt High School Pep Band, Panquility Steel Drum Band, Prince George’s County Police Bagpipe Band, veterans groups, floats, antique cars, dance groups, beauty queens, marching units, the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department Company and more. 

Planners recommend watching the parade from Acorn Hill Park and Sussex Lane Park, where food and drink concessions and restrooms will be available.

The Back Pages Band will perform Beatles’ music from the sixties at the lawn on Sussex Lane, across from the original Levitt & Sons model homes, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Belair at Bowie.


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Secret Garden Tour in Annapolis This Weekend

Flower-garden vertical 2The Historic Hammond-Harwood House Secret Garden Tour on June 4 and 5, 1–5 p.m., features a dozen gardens in Historic Annapolis, on Shipwright, Market, Conduit, and Duke of Gloucester Streets.

The tour begins at the First Presbyterian Church at 171 Duke of Gloucester Street, at the corner of Conduit Street, and will showcase concealed gardens sheltered and hidden down private lanes and alleyways, charming and intimate outdoor spaces, and eco-friendly gardens.  

Additionally, the home of Charles Carroll, one of the four Annapolis signers of the Declaration of Independence, will be open for a guided tour.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the tour.  Click here for more information or call 410-263-4683 x14.

Crofton residents are so fortunate to have Annapolis, D.C. and Baltimore nearby for us to enjoy!

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136th Preakness at Pimlico on Saturday

Photo:  John Athayde via Creative Commons LicenseMost people can only imagine what it’s like to be in the crowd for an event like the Preakness Stakes, the middle leg in the Triple Crown of horse racing.  You, however, live in Maryland –  and that means you have an opportunity to actually experience it on Saturday, May 21, at Pimlico in Baltimore. 

The closest I’ve ever been to the Preakness is the annual Preakness Parade in Baltimore, other than the fact my daughter was a hostess in the VIP hospitality tent when she was in college and my husband sold Preakness merchandise in the infield as a volunteer for a community organization.  Based on their descriptions, it can be quite a different experience at the same event, depending on where you sit.

The Preakness InfieldFest 2011 is a multi-entertainment all-day festival that includes performances on the main stage in the public Infield.  This year’s headliners are national talent Grammy Winners Bruno Mars Train and Hotspur.  Concerts by Mr Greengenes, Phil Vassar and Puddle of Mudd will be featured on the Beer Garden Jagermeister Stage.  Admission is $40 and a “bottomless beer mug” is $60. 

Seating in the grandstands ranges from General Admission to any number of upscale reserved seating options.  The easiest way for you to explore what’s still available is to click on Preakness seating information.  Parking regulations are very specific (and parking is pricey), so you’ll want to check that out, as well.

Maryland is the original home of thoroughbred horse-racing, yet horse-racing is now a “dying” industry in our state. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of history, because the future of the Preakness at Pimlico is never certain from one year to the next.

You can get your Preakness tickets at Ticketmaster.

PHOTO:  John Athayde via Creative Commons License, Flickr

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Rick Dempsey Is Guest Speaker for CAC Baseball

Rick Dempsey, former Baltimore Orioles catcher and 1983 World Series MVP, will be the guest speaker for the Crofton Athletic Council Baseball fundraiser this weekend.

Tickets are still available for the dinner and silent auction, to be held 6–9 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Bowie Elks Lodge.  Tickets are $55 for adults, $18 for kids under 11, and $35 for 2011 registered CAC baseball players.  Attire will be casual.

You can purchase tickets online at www.CroftonBaseball.com

The Bowie Elks Lodge is located at 1506 Defense Highway in Gambrills.

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