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Win Free Tickets to The Annapolis, VA Arts and Crafts Festival

Image Courtesy of Visit Annapolis

Image Courtesy of Visit Annapolis

Win tickets to the Annapolis Arts, Crafts and Wine Festival, June 7 & 8, 2014. Free tickets will make a day filled with wine, art and music even more exciting.

The newly renamed Annapolis Arts, Crafts and Wine Festival 2014 is a two-day celebration of the arts in Annapolis, Maryland featuring the juried works of more than 200 fine artists and craftsmen, wine tastings, food, live entertainment and activities for the entire family. The festival will showcase the prized work of artists employing a variety of mediums—paintings, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry, fabric and wearable art, wood, leather, glass and photography. Enjoy wine tastings from over 15 Maryland wineries while shopping for arts and crafts – purchase wine by the glass or bottle under the new Wine and Specialty Food Pavilion.

Listen to music all day long. Children are welcome. Afterwards, visit colonial Annapolis with its many shops, restaurants, and boats sailing in and out the harbor.

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Annapolis Film Festival Sweepstakes

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On March 27-30 the Annapolis Film Festival (AFF) returns to town with over 70 films. VisitAnnapolis is proud to announce our support for the AFF with a Sweepstake.

ENTER TO WIN – Two (2) Four Day Passes to the AFF and Three (3) nights’ accommodation at the O’Callaghan’s Hotel in the heart of the Film Festival.

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Set for March 27, 2014 to March 30, the Annapolis Film Festival (AFF) returns to add to last year’s success. Featuring more than 80 movies—including 20 international films—in five venues across the city, organizers hope to build upon last year’s progress while bringing the community together through film. Tickets are $12 per showing. Tickets for the opening show, Jamesy Boy, are $30 for the screening and after-party. Festival passes are $95, allowing entry to any show, panel discussion, and event.

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Sea-going Adventures Cruising the Chesapeake: Part 2

You don’t need to own a boat to explore the Chesapeake from the water.  There are a number of companies offering day or overnight cruises for you to enjoy.

Tangier Island Cruises invite you to cruise across the Chesapeake to Tangier Island, Virginia.  The “Steven Thomas” is a 300 passenger ship, which leaves from the Thomas Dock in Crisfield, Maryland, about a one hour and 45 minute drive from Wilmington.  The cruise takes about one hour and 15 minutes.


Tangier Island
Source: Wikipedia: Elaine Meil

Tangier Island has a population of about 850 residents, many of whom still speak with the noted Island accent.  The “Steven Thomas” departs daily (including Sunday) May 15 through October 15.  The roundtrip price for adults and children is shown below, however, group rates are available.


$27 per person for Same Day roundtrip

$35 per person for Overnight roundtrip

$20 per person for One-Way trip


$12 per person for ages 7 to 12 years

Free for person under age of 6 years

 Departure time is 12:30 p.m.  For more information visit

Watermark Cruises, in Annapolis, offers a variety of harbor and local cruises to satisfy many tastes and budgets.    

Adults will enjoy Watermark Cruises’ popular lighthouse tour, lasting 2-3/4 hours and passing by some of the region’s most picturesque lighthouses—Sandy Point Shoal, Baltimore Harbor, and Thomas Point.  Relax as you enjoy the view of the lighthouses that lit the way for over a century of seafarers.

You can also spend a full “Day on the Bay” cruising from Annapolis to historic St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Alternately, “Day on the Bay” cruises are offered to Rock Hall, a tiny unspoiled fishing village.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Source: Wikipedia: Erik C. Madsen


For more information about these or other Watermark Cruises, visit

This story was first published in the News Journal in 2004 under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All rights reserved.