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Maryland's 10 Best Art and Culture Events in Summer 2014

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Lucy Freeland
Updated: 9 February 2017
Maryland, one of the nation’s wealthiest states, is also rich in history: it’s thought to be the birthplace of religious freedom in America, providing refuge for persecuted English Catholics. With this reputation for openness, it’s no wonder that Maryland shows impressive commitment to a variety of cultural forms. This summer, the state provides a generous spread of events, from the culinary to the theatrical. Here are ten of the best.

 

Culture | Fire on the Mountain

4 July

On the 4th July, an unrivalled firework display is launched toward Deep Creek Lake from the top of Bear Claw Snow tubing park at Wisp Resort. Enjoy the best of the panoramic scenes from a boat in McHenry Cove and watch the water become fiery with the reflections of the display. Back to nature with a modern twist, Fire on the Mountain showcases classic, stunning American scenery on one of the most important dates in the American calendar, gifting the opportunity to sample authentic American culture in this most intimate manner.

Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, USA

 

Art | Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival

12 – 20 July

The Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival is not to be missed. Artists excelling in the plein air style of painting (from life rather than from the studio) come from far and wide to exhibit their work and compete to win various prestigious awards and have their work displayed in the Easton Academy Art Museum. A vivid display of colour exudes throughout the festival, with the opportunity for budding amateur artists to take part for $10, painting for two hours in a sub-event that concludes with a mini exhibition and sale. Throughout the course of the festival there are numerous workshops, discussion, lectures and, this year, a move toward three dimensional artwork and dynamic events for children.

Plein Art Competition and Arts Festival, 40 E Dover St, Easton, MD, USA

 

Theatre | The Emperor’s New Clothes

Saturdays 19, 26 July and 2 August

Enjoy Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of royal ruckus brought to Maryland by the Infinity Theatre Company. Ostensibly for young audiences, this production brings into focus important questions of the struggle for leadership and power, pertinent social and political concerns almost imperceptibly delivered through the gaiety of dance, audience interaction and a beautiful original score. This innovative new production will infuse youngsters with a love of cultural display and theatrical experimentation, as well as remind adult viewers of the allegorical beauty of theatre in the ever-shifting, ever-changing modern world

The Emperor’s New Clothes, Infinity Theatre Company, 419 Lafayette St, NY, +1 443-424-5067

 

Emperor's New Clothes
Courtesy Infinity Theatre Company

 

Culture | Tidewater Archaeology

25 July

At one of the finest and best-preserved colonial sites in the nation, take part, alongside professional archaeologists, in finding and identifying aesthetic and practical objects left behind by previous generations. This event takes place in the historic St Mary’s City, Maryland’s first capital, and the committed to accurately bringing seventeenth-century Maryland to life, with colonial games, tall ship tours and a preserved plantation household with livestock and a functioning kitchen garden all on show. Explore the culture of a forgotten population and take the once-a-year opportunity offered by Tidewater to visit and observe the archaeology laboratory, gleaning an understanding of how we come to learn about the pertinence of the past from their own cultural objects.

Tidewater Archaeology, 18751 Hogaboom Ln, St Marys City, MD, USA

 

Food | Howard County Restaurant Week

21 July – 4 August

For seven days, restaurants in Howard County serve only the very freshest local ingredients sourced from the surrounding area. From delicious seafood to home reared cattle, the dishes available in the participating venues of Howard County Restaurant Week are not only more nutritious given their short journey from farm to fork, but due to being predominantly organic contain more vitamins, minerals and preserve better flavour. For fine dining, this is not to be missed and gives an exquisite insight into the benefits of not only sourcing local produce but preserving and maintaining local farms and good farm practice.

Event takes place across Howard County

 

Music | Sunset Concert Festival

Until 19 August

This summer-long concert series, featuring and even debuting local artists and musical genres, is a feast of everything from blues and jazz to rock and roll. From alternative rock-style tunes from the likes of Kajun Kelly to Irish traditional lyricism and melody from small bands such as the Blarney Stones and the beautiful voice of Jennifer Cooper, there is something for all the family to enjoy in these relaxed evenings of music and refreshment. Food stands will be available from the likes of The Meadows, new to the concert series in 2014, who will be stocking Italian gelato and American frozen custard. Take in the beautiful scenery of O’Donnell Lake as the sun goes down, the perfect setting in which to imbibe a variety of music.

Summer Concert Festival, 10400 O’Donnell Pl, Saint Charles, MD, USA, +1 240 427 1204

 

Art | No Holds Barred – Avant Garde

4 – 30 August

For a short time only, the KIFA Gallery, famous for its interdisciplinary merging of artforms, opens its doors for the presentation of artistry and media by non-traditional artists. Remaining a closely guarded secret until the opening, the artists featured are dubbed specifically as those who will think outside of the frame, pressing forward in the desire to keep contemporary artistry moving through various mediums and interacting with new media.

No Holds Barred, Kent Island Federation-Art Inc, 405 Main St, Stevensville, MD, USA

 

Theatre | Shakespeare on the Green

15, 16, 21, 22 & 23 August

Brought to Maryland by the Newtowne Players, As You Like It comes to the State House Green in summer 2014. Armed with a blanket, a picnic and perhaps a glass or two of wine, settle in to watch one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies brought to life in stunning surroundings, the perfect event to take full advantage of the drawn-out sunshine of summer evenings.

As You Like It, Maryland State House, 100 State Cir, Annapolis, MD, United States

 

 

Art | First Sunday Arts Festival

First Sunday of each month until 26 October

With a comprehensive arts and crafts fair, a competitive art market and street entertainment, the First Sunday Arts Festival is a veritable exhibition of culture. In its entirety, the event will showcase over one hundred local and regional artists, with dancers, street performers and live music alongside the delicate creations hand crafted and available for purchase. Food stalls are also intertwined amongst the frivolity, providing delicious sustenance for an entire day of artistic immersion.

First Sunday Arts Festival, Calvert St, Annapolis, MD, United States

Culture | Evening Paddle

Allow nature to be your exhibition in this summer series of sunset paddles on the serene and tranquil waters of the Pocomoke River. This is the perfect way to get back to nature: meeting on the river deck, the physical exertion of kayaking coupled with the beautiful scenery allow for an idyllic immersion in the quiet solitude of the river. Paddling gently on the instructor lead trail allows for true reflection and appreciation of the constantly changing panorama of Mother Nature.

2 River St, Snow Hill, MD, USA

By Lucy Freeland

 

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