Coming Up: Star-Spangled Spectacular continues

Star-Spangled Spectacular continues

The celebration of the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem runs through Sept. 16 with a host of free events in Baltimore. Tall ships will be at the Inner Harbor to pay tribute to "The Star-Spangled Banner." The festivities crescendo Saturday with two patriotic concerts and an fireworks display over Fort Harbor National Monument and Historic Shrine and the Baltimore harbor. On Sunday, a ceremony and garrison flag raising at Fort McHenry, featuring Gov. Martin O'Malley, will memorialize the exact moment Francis Scott Key saw the flag raised over the fort and was inspired to write the poem that became the National Anthem. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime historic celebration in Baltimore!


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"Rocket Man" — The Colonial Players of Annapolis begins its 66th season with "Rocket Man." Performances run through Sept. 27.


Much merriment — The 38th annual Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville is open on weekends through Oct. 19. This 16th century English fare celebrates the fun, bawdiness and art of the Renaissance. In addition to an array of performances, there will be more than 140 crafts people presenting their wares along with a host of food and beverages available for purchase. Admission ranges from $7 to $22. Free parking at the site off Crownsville Road. or 410-266-7304.

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Sept. 17 — World renowned accordion player Petar Maric will perform at 7 p.m. at Annapolis High School, 2700 Riva Road. The program will consist of folk and classical music. He will play both acoustical and electronic accordions. A native of Belgrade in Serbia, Maric has won six international competitions for accordion players. This is the World Artists Experiences' 11th season for sponsoring artists from foreign countries in Maryland and Pennsylvania. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

Sept. 20 — Navy will take on Rutgers at 3:30 p.m., the home-opener for the Mids, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium off Rowe Boulevard. Reserved seats are $40, or $20 for adults or $12 for kids in the standing-only area of the grassy hill.

Sept. 20 — The 10th Annual Boatyard Beach Bash will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St. Featuring the amazing sounds of Peter Mayer, Scott Kirby and Brendan Mayer, along with Coral Reefers Michael Utley and Doyle Grisham, as well as the John Frinzi Band, this great night of music is one you won't want to miss. General admission tickets are $65 and include super music and a grilled buffet dinner, as well as two drink vouchers. VIP tickets are $125 and include a private reception from 4 to 6 p..m where you can meet the musicians and enjoy cocktails and elaborate hors d'oeuvres.

Sept. 20 — Nashville-based Matt Davenport Productions celebrates the songs of the Music City in "This is Nashville" at 7:30 p.m. at Severna Park High School. The production highlights the music of Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, as well as the latest hits. The show features stagecraft, country singers and dancers, backed by a band of Nashville sidemen. Tickets are $20. The show is part of the Anne Arundel Community Concert Association's slate of concerts. For more information, call 410-647-8718, or go to

Sept. 21 — The 24th annual West Annapolis Oktoberfest will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21. Annapolis Street from Taylor Avenue to Melvin Street will be closed to traffic and lined with vendors offering a wide variety of goods. Admission is free. 410-956-7278 or visit

Sept. 21 — The Maryland Avenue Fall Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The street will be closed to traffic for this old-fashioned festival, which features local merchants and vendors offering art, antiques, fashion, home interior, jewelry, crafts, food and fun for the kids. Admission is free and free parking will be available at the state garage at Calvert and St. Johns streets. 410-808-3583.