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Maker Minutes 5/21/2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:02 PM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

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.

Baltimore Jewish Film Festival is running May 16th through June 10th

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

Annmarie Sculpture Gardens down in Solomons has a bunch of online activities going on…

Today 5/21 - Green Queen’s Art Scene - Join the Green Queen in their virtual artLAB, this week check out Create with Clay

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”

Tomorrow 5/22 - Nature Notes with Hester Burch, their staff Naturalist.  She explores what’s in bloom and what’s new in their park.

Sat 5/23 - Artini Paint Party: Virtual Paint-along.  This Saturday it’s “Welcome Summer!  Hello Sunshine” paintings

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

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.

Wed 5/27 - Picture This! Virtual Preschool Art and 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

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 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: 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.

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.

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..

This week… 

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.

Maryland Hall

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 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.

Annapolis Makerspace

Tues 5/20 - Monthly General Meeting

Wed 5/21 - Project Show and Tell


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