The start of festival season has people getting creative with online virtual events…
Gaithersburg Book Festival has gone virtual this year. For four weeks, May 16th through June 14th, check out their virtual event schedule with things for kids and adults. https://gaithersburgbookfestival.org/
Baltimore Jewish Film Festival is running May 16th through June 10th https://www.jcc.org/gordon-center/film
And the area’s long running and premier sci-fi/fantasy convention, Balticon, is going virtual this year as well. This weekend, the 22nd through the 25th, they have tons of free online events https://www.balticon.org/wp54/
Annmarie Sculpture Gardens down in Solomons has a bunch of online activities going on… https://www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/content/virtual-events-classes
Today 5/21 - Green Queen’s Art Scene - Join the Green Queen in their virtual artLAB, this week check out Create with Clay https://www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/content/green-queens-art-scene
Tonight 5/21 - Virtual Bad Art Night: Socially Awkward Edition - Pre registration required and it’s pay what you want. Tonight’s bad art theme is “Yard Challenge” https://www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/content/bad-art-night-socially-awkward-edition
Tomorrow 5/22 - Nature Notes with Hester Burch, their staff Naturalist. She explores what’s in bloom and what’s new in their park. https://www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/content/nature-notes-live-virtual-tours-amg
Sat 5/23 - Artini Paint Party: Virtual Paint-along. This Saturday it’s “Welcome Summer! Hello Sunshine” paintings https://annmariegarden.wufoo.com/forms/artini-paint-parties-virtual-paintalong-fun/
Mons 5/25 is ArtsPark: Virtual Family Art Hour where they show you how to build your own sculpture park playsets inspired by the art and nature at Annmarie Sculpture Gardens, this week they’re exploring B. Amore, Wood Dorsey and The kokor Carverse with The Council Ring https://www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/content/artspark-virtual-family-art-hour
Tuesday 5/26 is their Behind the Brush: Virtual Home Studio Series with a peek inside local artists’ home studios to see their latest works in progress. https://www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/content/behind-brush-virtual-home-studio-tours
Wed 5/27 - Picture This! Virtual Preschool Art and Storytime https://www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/content/picture-virtual-art-storytime
Also check out their ongoing Virtual May Market - Support local vendors with a sneak peek of each artist’s shop with a link to directly connect with them. The Maker’s Market is a great place to find hand made, homemade or homegrown products from local artists..
Wine & Design in Annapolis is offering take home kits for painting.This week, check out Commissioning Week, Moonlight Fantasy, Peonies on Demand, Kiddo Puppy and Sea Oats Lighthouse take home kits https://www.wineanddesign.com/calendar/annapolis-md
The Kid Museum up in Bethesda has some fun stuff online. Check out their Make It! Live and Make It! DIY pages on their website for fun activities
https://kid-museum.org/make-it-live/ project of the day workshops for kids with Sink or Swim and on Friday and Upcycled Miniatures on Wednesday, both for K-4th grades
Also check out their Make It DIY workshops:
https://kid-museum.org/make-it/ pre-recorded activities that include making making a model solar system, DIY Rovers, Lunar Craters, Planetarium Projector and Baking Soda Rockets.
Also check out their Make It! Summer Camps streamed right to your home, for rising 2nd through 7th graders. https://kid-museum.org/make-it-summer-camp/
B&O Railway Museum has all their previous storytimes and activities recorded and ready to watch any time, with 17 recorded so far! Coming up today is a new one with P is for Preisdent followed by a discussion of what you’d do if you were president, Tuesday is Sofia Valdez, Future Prez with an activity where you help Sofia maker her town a better place and design your own park in Sofia’s town. http://www.borail.org/jrjunction.aspx
Code Ninjas in Edgewater are offering online mentoring in coding and math for kids, Tuesdays through Saturdays. You can sign up online for a time slot
If you’re looking for local streaming music, check out the Annapolis Streaming Facebook group.. https://www.facebook.com/AnnapolisStreaming/
Tongiht 5/21 - Live Arts Maryland’s QuaranTiny Concert
Virtual Thursday Night Music Cruise with Don Shappelle and the Schooner Woodwind
Bear Ambrose & Russell Jones Live from an Undisclosed Location
As well as Doug Segree,
Tomorrow 5/22 Friday Backporch Jam Sessions,
As well as a Virtual Open Mic Night presented by Naptown Sings and Plays!
Saturday (5/23) is both the Quarantine Country Livestream
As well as the One Annapolis Streaming Festival presented by the City of Annapolis and Feed Anne Arundel to raise funds for local non-profits providing resources and support for people at risk of experiencing domestic violence, food insecurity, housing instability, mental health trauma or substance use disorders.
Sunday (5/24) is Shawn Owen’s Accoustic Sunday Funday
As well as Spencer Joyce
Local by Design
Has started offering online sales of pieces by their resident artists:
Art Farm - Annapolis
#artfarmsketchon - Has a couple weeks of sketching challenges to keep you busy and inspired
Summer art camps registration is open for camps starting at the end of June, early July. Camps include Pencil/Charcoal/Ink and Paint, Crafters Art Camp, Musical Play Production Camp, Mixed Media Mosaics, Mixed Media Sculpture, “Art Annapolis” Camp, Street Art, Graffiti and Public Art, and Graphic Design Camp!
Check out Art Farm’s online Virtual Classes.
Sat - Watercolors for ages 13-adult
Sat - First Exposure: Digital Photography Workshop (part 1)
Tues - Nature Art for ages 8-15
Tues - Block Printing with Anita Hagan
Wed - Sumi-e class for ages 8-adult
Wed - Acrylic Painting for ages 13-adult
And be sure to check out ArtFarm’s virtual art gallery, where all art is for sale including art from Annapolis and local artists Mandy Cooper, Selin Balci, Neil Harpe, Charles Lawrance, Jeff Huntington, Christine Laubauch. Lee Nowell-Wilson, Nicole Salimbene, Karina Stone and Jordann Wine.
Also check out Maryland Hall’s list of summer camps for kids, for when all this is over:
Also check out their online classes.
...has a bunch of programs going on online if you head over to aacpl.net and click on Watch Online - Virtual Programming
… including Facebook Live Storytimes (including bilingual storytimes) every weekday as well as a children’s book discussion
Tomorrow Fri 5/22 - Exploring the Atmosphere for ages 6-10. Learning about hurricanes, volcanic eruptions and other parts of the atmosphere with the NOAA/NASA Joint Polar Satellite System
Tomorrow (Fri 5/22) they have The Great Movies: with Kurosowa’s Seven Samurai that you can watch through the library’s access to Kanopy
Sat 5/23 - Family Trivia Night
Tues 5/26 - Homework Help Chat - Explore their Homework Center resources offered through the library.
Wed 5/27 - Intro the Library eBooks and Streaming
Pongos Learning Lab/Coder Kids Club - Crofton
Check out their online classes, a few of which are free, as well as see about scheduling a Virtual Party with games and activities including animation projects, breakout box, coding, LEGO building, games, Minecraft, Roblox, scavenger hunt, a Science Show, slime and and story time.
Also, check out their Coder Kids Club online classes, how to make slime, LEGO Club, Minecraft Club, and their YouTube Stars with recording gameplay as well as stop motion.
Tues 5/20 - Monthly General Meeting
Wed 5/21 - Project Show and Tell