Annapolis offers events for the soul, the heart and the intellect this week

The 19th year Anniversary of the observance of Good Friday with the ecumenical Way Of The Cross is 12 noon Friday at Atria Manresa, 85 Manresa Drive, Annapolis on the Broadneck Peninsula's Severn River waterfront. Twelve area churches and several community organizations are participating in this solemn event.

The public is welcome to attend The Way of The Cross service and visit the fourteen stations of the cross marked by bronze crosses on the front lawn of Atria Manresa, once a Jesuit house, later a Catholic retreat house and now a senior living community.


In 1999, rock formations were discovered where the Jesuits had originally created the Stations of the Cross. A massive volunteer effort involving 19 area churches and three Kiwanis Clubs restored the Stations in time for the First Way of the Cross ceremony on March 29, 2000.

The year's ceremony will include musical selections from the UMM Singers of Calvary United Methodist Church.

Explore Annapolis with a fresh perspective.

The Revolutionary Annapolis Walking Tour steps off Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis.

Walk in the footsteps of patriot leader William Paca as you follow his dramatic personal and political story through the revolutionary era. Learn how a promising young lawyer became a rebel, a revolutionary, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the Governor of Maryland through the course of twenty years.

This 90-minute guided walking tour led by Senior Historian Glenn E. Campbell begins at the William Paca House and ends at the Maryland State House, with stops at ten other sites.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for Historic Annapolis Members. Call 410-267-7619.

Take a different kind of tour with the Kent Narrows Boat Expo which opens 10 a.m. Friday and continues this weekend and next through April 8. This is the first Spring Boat Expo and is based out of Kent Narrows, on the Eastern Shore. The show features 60 new and used boats on display in the water at Bridges Restaurant, Harrison's Yacht Yard, and Fisherman's Crab Deck docks.


The weekend show showcases boats ranging in sizes from 20 feet to 60 feet. Boat buyers have the opportunity to start their shopping early and tour a wide variety of boats on the Kent Narrows waterfront. Bridges Restaurant is located at 321 Wells Cove. Road.

Admission is free. Call 410-827-0282.

Hil St. Soul headlines at Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis, at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Hil St. Soul (pronounced Hil Street Soul) is an R&B and soul group that originated in the United Kingdom. The duo is comprised of singer-songwriter Hilary Mwelwa and producer Victor Redwood Sawyerr. Sawyerr prefers the background, while Mwelwa acts as the front woman.

Mwelwa and her family moved from Lusakal, Zambia, London when she was just five years old. As a child she adopted her father's love of music, and the family's home was filled with traditional Zambian music as well as American R&B and soul icons like Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Mwelwa was studying biochemistry at the University of London, but her love of music drove her to put school on hold and pursue her passion.

The duo's first release was Soul Organic in 1999. Copasetick & Cool arrived in 2004, followed by SOULidified in 2006 and Black Rose in 2008. With each release, Hil St. Soul gained more fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Here, their fans and critics are patiently waiting for the return of their subtle, soulful sound.

Mwelwa has performed at festivals in Holland, Norway, and England, sharing stages with urban kings and queens such as D'Angelo, Kelis, Macy Gray, and Angie Stone, to name a few. An accomplished and prolific songwriter, Incognito, Maysa Leak, and others have used her material. She's found a comfortable niche that appeases classic soul fanatics canvassing for fresh R&B and pop janissaries without disenfranchising hip-hop lovers.


Tickets to this event, for adults 21 and over, is $35.

The Thursday Series @ St. Anne's is 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Anne's Church, Church Circle, Annapolis.

Skip rush hour and enjoy some free live music. This series presented by Live Arts Maryland and St. Anne's Church brings the best to Annapolis. This Thursday come hear Enrique Reynosa and Anna Nizhegorodtseva perform the works of Mozart, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Brahms and Monti for violin and piano.

The Glass Menagerie is currently onstage at the Annapolis Shakespeare Company Theatre, 1804 West St., Annapolis. Tennessee Williams compelling classic is directed by Tony Award nominated and Helen Hayes Award-winning director Donald Hicken.

The composer of this production - Marc Irwin - has over 20 Broadway shows to his credit as a pit musician and assistant music director/conductor as well as his work at Kennedy Center, Hippodrome and Capital Steps (17 years).

The cast includes professional Equity actors from New York, Washington, D.C. and the U.K. who have worked at some of America's most notable regional theatres including Broadway, Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Folger, and American Repertory Theatre.

Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, April 6 and April 7; 2 p.m. Saturday and April 7; and 3 p.m. Sunday and April 8.

Tickets are $30 to $48. Call 410-415-3513 or visit www.annapolisshakespeare.org .

Compiled by Wendi Winters.