Saturday June 16th in Maryland: Fun Stuff (Demo)

I need this Saturday to be good.  I need it to be fun.  I AM DRAINED AND SO IS THE HUBSTER!  I’m not up for riding around in my native DC, circling and circling and circling for a parking spot so in Maryland we shall stay.

It’s too much right now for PGC Blog to go back to compiling weekend happenings but what I will do is let you in on what I’m considering for the weekend.  I emailed my crazy friends and the consensus is: we’re probably going to hang in Baltimore for their festivities.  Take a look at these events and tell me what you think.  If you attend, take pics and let me know how it went.
Juneteenth Celebration at Watkins Park / Web site HERE
The 5th Annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 12 noon-5 pm at Watkins Regional Park.
The Juneteenth Celebration offers culturally inspired dance and musical performances including traditional African dance with contemporary military movements by Taritibu Youth Association, hip-hop and break dancing by award winning dance crews, EnKore and Raw Element, and tap by Emmy winner, Baakari Wilder and the Knock on Wood, Tap Studio. This year Kuumba Kids will perform their creative form of song and dance. Musical selections by the “Mighty Men of Reid Temple” Gospel Choir; the “Black Notes” known for their renditions of African American classic songs; and the jazz fusion group “Blackbyrds” with founding member Keith Kilgo. Traditional blues “Female Artist of the Year”, Diunna Greenleaf and her band “Blue Mercy” will perform. James Thomas returns with his extraordinary oratory presentation on the origin and true meaning of Negro spirituals.
Families will enjoy face painting, the interactive playground at the park as well as the animals at the Old Maryland Farm. Visitors can also ride the miniature train and Carousel, and play mini-golf all day for a special Juneteenth discounted fee of $5. There will also be several vendors selling a variety of food.
Fashion at Fells Point (Baltimore)
Taking place from 11AM TIL 8PM, there will be a fashion truck ON THE CORNER OF BROADWAY & ALICEANNA STREET IN FELLS POINT! See Summer fashions from some of  Baltimore’s best boutiques in FELLS POINT.  ALL DAY SHOPPING, SAVINGS & SSREMIX POP-UP FASHION EVENT at Katwalk Boutique 1709 ALICEANNA STREET! Don’t forget to shop all the participating merchants for great savings and in-store promos during Fashion At The Point!

Lakefest in Columbia, MD/Columbia Festival of the Arts
Web site HERE
10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD
A free, three-day arts festival, with kids activities, performances, wine tastings, food and more. Performances by Montreal’s Cirque Carpe Diem, a lot of rock and roll bands, Tairona Jazz Project, Janine Wilson, Anna Mwalgho & The Afro Floetry Band, arts displays, and food.  There will be face painting, art workshops for children,
Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival / 3134 Eastern Ave. Baltimore, MD
Web site HERE
Indoor and outdoor music stages, workshops for kids, craft demonstrations, and fourteen performances! Decoy carvers, screen painters, boatbuilders, quilters, stone carvers, arabbers, weavers, and more demonstrate their crafts at this family friendly celebration of Maryland’s vibrant cultural heritage presented by Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council.  A spectrum of MD-based performers include doo-wop pioneers The Legendary Orioles, Appalachian and shout gospel groups, South African boot dancers, the awesome traditional Greek band Wolfpack, and salsa dancing with La Leyenda. Plus workshops and demos galore! Mexican yarn painting, Ukrainian egg decorating, Baltimore screen painting, duck decoy carving, quilting & much more. A blacksmith will have his forge fired up in front of The Patterson! To eat, have a taste of Smith Island 7 Layer Cake, and tons of wonderful, distinctive Maryland food, and locally brewed beer!