- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center invites the community to check out two of its annual autumn month events — Artsfest, a fine arts festival, and the “howling good time,” Halloween in the Garden.
Annmarie Garden will host Artsfest 2012 for all ages from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16.
Each year, Artsfest brings more than 150 artists from across the U.S., who specialize in jewelry, ceramics, paintings, photographs, fiber and metal, according to a press release. More than 12,000 visitors shop, eat and play while enjoying the eclectic mix of artists, performances and hands-on activities within the picturesque Annmarie Garden. A multitude of specialty food vendors add to the event, providing delicious food for every taste.
The live music commences as Artsfest ’12 opens with more than 25 acts performing on the main stage, within the Council Ring, inside the Arts Building and throughout Annmarie Garden, the release states. Special performances include folk rock musicians Yellow Tie Guy and Slim Harrison & the Sunnyland Band, a roots and kids participatory jug band, on the main stage.
New to Artsfest this year is the Artsfest Bus, provided by Thomas and Sons Transport. The bus will travel from Annmarie Garden to the center of Solomons Island every 30 minutes on Saturday, Sept. 15, for drop-off and pick-up, according to the release. Transportation is free, timely and enables guests to enjoy all of Solomons.
Artsfest ’12 guests can purchase a T-shirt with this year’s colorful design. The Artsfest ’12 design, titled “Dancing on Joy’s Horizon,” is inspired by the work of Floridian artist Dale Wayne. Wayne spent the summer at Annmarie Garden building the five bottle blossom trees that make up “Dancing on Joy’s Horizon.” Hundreds of Annmarie guests assisted Wayne by painting and glittering more than 1,000 recycled plastic water bottles that were used to adorn each tree, the release states.
Admission to Artsfest ’12 is $6 per person. Annmarie Garden members and children 11 and under are free. Parking is free and abundant and is located in the field adjacent to Annmarie Garden. A handicap pick-up and drop-off is located at the front gate; follow the signs. Artsfest is a family-friendly and environmental friendly event; however, no pets are allowed during special events.
For complete event information and a $1 off coupon, go to www.annmariegarden.org, or call 410-326-4640. Annmarie Garden is located at 13480 Dowell Road in Solomons.
Businesses invited to join Halloween in the Garden
Any businesses or organizations looking for a unique marketing opportunity are invited to reserve a booth now at Annmarie Garden’s 13th annual Halloween in the Garden event, which will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the center in Dowell.
Halloween in the Garden attracts more than 5,000 guests, a press release states. It provides a safe venue for families to trick or treat along Annmarie Garden’s wooded path, while businesses and organizations hand out gifts or candy items to 2,000 to 3,000 children, while dressed up in Halloween costumes.
Materials to promote businesses or organizations can be distributed, the release states. Annmarie Garden will provide a table, an award for the most festive booth and promotion for Halloween in the Garden. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
The deadline to reserve a booth is Oct. 12. For more information, go to www.annmariegarden.org, or call 410-326-4640.
Make a Halloween costume
For those who don’t want to buy a Halloween costume this year, Annmarie Garden will host a series of artLAB Halloween costume workshops in October. Get creative and eco-friendly while creating a custom robot costume out of standard recyclables from around the house during the Oct. 6 “Rockin’ Robots” workshop. All materials are included, and each student will come away with a head piece, breast/back plate and arm or leg coverings.
Other costume workshops include “Royal Kings & Queens” on Oct. 1 and “Superheroes & Villains” on Oct. 20. All workshops are from 10 a.m. to noon for kids ages 4 through 12. Cost is $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Parents must remain on site during the workshop and are welcome to participate.
Annmarie presents new exhibit ‘Glitz’
A new exhibit, “Glitz: Art that Sparkles,” opens with an after-hours reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. “Glitz” goes over the top, a press release states, with works of art that shine, sparkle, twinkle, shimmer, flicker, flash and glitter. Enjoy an evening of wine, beer, appetizers and live music at Annmarie Garden. The exhibit runs through Jan. 13, 2013.
Walk the path, enjoy the foliage
The walking path at Annmarie Garden will be free from 9 to 10 a.m. daily this fall. Enjoy the autumn weather and start the day with a walk or run through the garden.