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Guide to the weekend: Annual MLK dinner goes online, virtual Maryland boat tour, Colonial Annapolis tour and more

It might be hard to believe we’re already two weeks into 2021, but it’s true. Time flies when you’re stuck inside. But fear not! There is more to do from the comfort of your couch than you might think.

Monday is the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the first non-New Year’s Day holiday of 2021. An annual awards dinner typically held in Anne Arundel County to celebrate the late civil rights leader’s birthday will be held online instead of in-person for the first time in its 33-year history.

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There are other events for the family to enjoy as well. Take a look at some of the events happening this weekend. Tours in the city continue while following coronavirus pandemic guidelines.

33rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Program

The awards program will air online at 6 p.m. Friday and conclude with a viewing of the award-winning short film, “The Dream Revisited: Civil Rights In Perspective,” followed by a virtual discussion with local leaders and activists, “Is Dr. King’s dream being nurtured in Anne Arundel County Today?”

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The Annapolis-based Martin Luther King Jr. Committee Inc. is hosting the event.

Access the program at mlkjrmd.org or City of Annapolis Television (local access) on channel 99/100 for all Comcast subscribers and on channel 34 for all Verizon subscribers. For Anne Arundel County cable networks, viewers can access the program on channel 38 for all Verizon subscribers and channel 98 for all Comcast/Broadstripe subscribers. It can also be viewed on Facebook and Zoom.

Among the 13 people who will be honored are Diana Love and Amy Marshall, two volunteers who have helped feed county residents; Maryland House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones, the first Black woman to hold the position; and Delorma “Dee” Goodwyn, a Severn woman who has worked in quiet, determined ways for 30 years on civil rights and social causes in Anne Arundel County.

Freedom Boat Club Maryland Virtual Boat Show

Before the Baltimore Ravens playoff game kicks off Saturday night, take one of several virtual tours of the Freedom Boat Club Maryland Boat Show. Tour times are set for 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The Zoom presentation will last 20 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills

On Saturday, the Baltimore Ravens will travel to western New York to take on the Buffalo Bills in an NFL playoff divisional-round matchup. Last weekend in the wild-card round, the Ravens (12-5) overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat the Tennessee Titans, 20-13. The Bills (14-3) held off the Indianapolis Colts, 27-24. The teams have never met in the playoffs. Baltimore has won six of the nine regular-season meetings between the two all-time.

Watch the nationally-televised game at 8:15 p.m. on NBC.

Colonial Annapolis Walking Tour

Take a tour of the Annapolis Historic District this weekend guided by a host clad in traditional Colonial attire who will share a wealth of knowledge about the history and culture of the 400-year-old city.

The 90-minute tours are set from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Adult tickets are $18 and $8 for children.

In compliance with coronavirus restrictions, tours will be held entirely outdoors, and guests must wear masks throughout.

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Presidential inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Join a virtual watch party starting at noon Wednesday for the 2021 presidential inauguration ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

The event will feature an outdoor swearing-in ceremony, community service events, a reimagined parade, and virtual celebrations that bring the country together, according to the Biden Inaugural Committee. Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez are slated to perform.

New streaming shows and classic movies

If you didn’t binge the steamy period drama series “Bridgerton” on Netflix when it debuted on Christmas Day, it’s not too late. There’s ample time over the long weekend to watch the eight-episode series, produced by Shonda Rhimes of “Grey’s Anatomy” fame, set in 19th-century London.

You could also opt for era-defining movies new to the streaming service like “Cool Hand Luke,” “Goodfellas,” “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Superbad.”

Elsewhere, all nine seasons of “The Office” have migrated from Netflix to NBC’s streaming service, Peacock. And the new Marvel miniseries, “WandaVision,” will premiere Friday on Disney+.

Rum and sugar and song

Another option for spending your long holiday weekend at home is to take some time watching the ever-growing number of sea shanty-themed videos on TikTok, a social media platform downloadable on phones.

Yes, you read that right, sea shanties. In recent days, the 18th-century working songs belted out by ship sailors have become a viral sensation on the video-sharing social network.

From “The Scotsman” to “Drunken Sailor” to “The Wellerman,” dozens of users have offered their take on the wildly catchy tunes.

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