Tuesday, 8 November 2016

What's New with Attractions for Winter 2016-2017 in Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay

Annapolis Shakespeare Company 

— After two years of staging performances at its theatre in Annapolis’s Design District, Annapolis Shakespeare Company has signed a lease on a new location at 1804 West Street in Annapolis. The performing company officially opens the doors at its new facility on January 27, 2017 with a performance of the Thornton Wilder classic, “Our Town”. A high-tech version of “Alice in Wonderland” will open on March 10. Founding Artistic Director Sally Boyett says audiences will be walking into a performance/audience space that’s double the size of the former location. Overall, the 8,102-square-foot property is triple the size of its current 2,300-square-foot building. Located at the site of the former Sandy Springs Bank, the new performance venue will include a 99-seat theatre (up from 75 seats); an education wing with two dedicated rehearsal rooms; a huge lobby; and administrative offices. Boyett says she plans to sublet space to arts groups in search of short term or flexible space. Because the rehearsal rooms are separate from the theatre, classes can take place during performances. The venue will also be available for small conferences and meetings for up to 175 individuals. The theatre includes a 150-space parking lot. Annapolis Shakespeare Company is a not-for-profit, professional theatre company engaging the community with re-imagined, entertaining and accessible interpretations of Shakespeare and the classics. http://www.annapolisshakespeare.org/index.html, 410-280-1773.

B&O Railroad Museum 

– In September 2016, the Smithsonian Affiliate B&O Railroad Museum opened a special exhibition to celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a poster exhibition produced by the Smithsonian Institution Travel Exhibition Service (SITES). It will be featured through February 2017 along with a complimentary exhibit – Makers of the Railroad: African Americans on the B&O – that includes rare artifacts from B&O’s collection. www.borail.org, 410-752-2490.

Historic Annapolis, Inc. 

– In June 2016, Historic Annapolis (HA) announced its new designation as a Smithsonian Affiliate. It’s the only Smithsonian Affiliate in Annapolis and is one of just six in Maryland. Historic Annapolis is now part of a community of more than 200 affiliated organizations in nearly every state, as well as Puerto Rico and Panama. The new affiliation provides the benefit of “Two Memberships in One” because it allows Historic Annapolis members at the Sponsor Level of $100 and above to become members of the Smithsonian at no extra cost. Being a Smithsonian Affiliate means HA has greater access to the Smithsonian’s resources and can borrow artifacts for exhibits. http://www.annapolis.org/, 410-267-7619.

Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial

– In summer 2016, the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation launched four new virtual tours that individuals can access via QR codes at City Dock in Annapolis. QR codes for an introduction to the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial as well as a description of the Compass Rose are located at the Information Kiosk next to Market House. A third QR code provides information about the Alex Haley sculpture grouping. It’s located on the memorial bollard behind and to the right of the sculpture at City Dock. The final QR code provides access to a tour about the Story Wall and Leonard Blackshear Walk. It’s located at the eastern-most end of the Story Wall. The virtual tours are also accessible via the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley website: www.kintehaley.org, 410-956-9090.

Hammond-Harwood House 

– In September 2016, the Hammond-Harwood House announced the addition of two labeled mahogany game tables made by Scottish-born Annapolis cabinetmakers John Shaw and Archibald Chisholm. Shaw and Chisholm initially were in partnership from 1772 to 1776. The two game tables are thought to have been made around 1783-1784, when the men were in partnership for the second time. The two pieces complement a collection of twenty-one pieces of furniture made by Shaw that were already on view at Hammond-Harwood House. It’s believed the two pieces were originally owned by the Sellman family of Davidsonville, Maryland. The Hammond-Harwood House contains one of the largest collections of John Shaw furniture in the United States. http://hammondharwoodhouse.org/, 410-263-4683.

U.S.Naval Academy 

– In summer 2016, the U.S. Naval Academy launched a new guided walking tour featuring information about the U.S. Naval Academy Band and Charles Zimmerman’s association with the U.S. Naval Academy. The $13 tour departed the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center at 11:00 a.m. and ended with a concert at the Zimmerman Bandstand at 12:30 p.m. Offered on Fridays July 15, 22, 29, and August 19, the Zimmerman Bandstand Concert Series featured the U.S. Naval Academy’s Wind Quintet, Superintendent’s Combo, Brass Quintet and Clarinet Quartet respectively. The concerts were free and open to the public. Plans are in the works to offer the guided walking tours and concerts again in the summer of 2017. http://www.usnabsd.com/for-visitors/public-tours/.

U.S. Naval Academy broke ground on its future Cyber building, Hopper Hall, in October 2016. Turner Construction Company of Reston, Virginia has been awarded the $106,674,440 contract for design and construction of the academic building for Cyber Security Studies. It will be erected on the site of the parking lot between Nimitz Library and Rickover Hall. Construction will begin shortly after completion of the building’s parking garage that is located across from Alumni Hall on Decatur Road. Already underway, the parking garage project is expected to be completed in winter 2016-2017. Hopper Hall (named after Grace Hopper, an American computer scientist and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral) will include classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, lecture halls, offices, multi-purpose space, an observatory, loading dock and research and testing tank. The U.S. Naval Academy was the first institution of higher learning in the United States to require cyber security classes for every student. mediarelations@usna.edu, 410-293-2292.

U.S. Naval Academy 

– In recognition of the 40th anniversary of women being admitted to the U.S. service academies, the U.S. Naval Academy Museum is presenting a temporary exhibit, “Ability, Not Gender.” The June 30, 2016 through May 31, 2017 exhibit explores the experiences of female midshipmen at the Naval Academy. It highlights their social, academic, athletic and military challenges and achievements. Among the 1300 plebes that arrived at the U.S. Naval Academy as prospective members of the class of 1980 on July 1, 1976, 81 were women. This marked an important milestone in Naval Academy history. https://www.usna.edu/homepage.php, 410-293-2292.


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