The holiday season is coming to an end and the reality of getting back to work will be setting in soon. January brings a fresh start, New Year’s resolutions are in full swing, holiday bills are being paid off, and most are ready to just relax and get back into the swing of things. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some of the events around this lovely area of Maryland. Here are a few things to mark on your brand new calendar.
North Beach Polar Bear Plunge
When: January 1st
Where: North Beach, MD
This event certainly is not for the faint of heart and is literally the coolest event of the New Year. Join the brave ones of the state of Maryland for the North Beach Polar Bear Plunge. Whether it be a cleansing for the new year to come or simply a dare, this freezing dip in the Chesapeake Bay will be an affair to remember. Be sure to bring some warm clothes to change into and spend some time after enjoying cocoa and roasting marshmallows around the bonfire.
The Mayor’s New Year’s Day Concert
When: January 1st
Where: Ocean City, MD
Mayor Rick Meehan has invited residents and tourists alike to join him in welcoming in the New Year at the Performing Arts Center on New Year’s Day. This is a free event to celebrate the community of Ocean City as well as the talented people of the state of Maryland. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the Mayor as well as Council members prior to the concert. Sit back and enjoy performances by local singer and songwriter Bryan Russo as well as a very special performance by Beatlegacy. What a great way to start the New Year and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Convention Center.
Photography Show “Out ‘n About in St. Mary’s County”
When: January 1st – January 15th
Where: Lexington Park Library
Lexington Park Library is hosting an event sponsored by the St. Mary’s Arts Council featuring five of Maryland’s talented local photographers. Tour the works of Wednesday Davis, Jenn Dorsey, Drew Hyde, Daniel Mumbert, and Jeremy Scarbrough and see St. Mary’s County through their lenses. This new Instagram inspired exhibit captures the beauty and charm of the area while “Out ‘n About in St. Mary’s County.”
The Annual Community Art Show of Hagerstown
When: January 1st – January 7th
Where: Hagerstown, MD
The Washington County Arts Council invites you to celebrate the best local art of 2019 at Art Wave. The WCAC is dedicated to illustrating the cultural, social, and economic life of their community through art and has compiled 2D and 3D pieces from local talent around the state for your viewing pleasure. Stay tuned for the awards, which will be presented by the Hagerstown arts and entertainment district.
Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art
When: January 1st – January 19th
Where: Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
If you’re in the Baltimore area, stop in at the Museum of Art for this exhibition which details the evolution of visual art created by black artists over the last 120 years. This exhibition is both cultural as well as powerful, as their art depicts the struggles and triumphs throughout the generations. Some of the artists that are featured are Norman Lewis, Alma W. Thomas, Jack Whitten, Kevin Beasley, Mark Bradford, Lorna Simpson, and more.
Appraiser Fair at St. Clements Island Museum
When: January 25th
Where: St. Clement’s Island, MD
Are you a fan of the show Antiques Roadshow? Well here is your chance to dig your hidden treasures out and get them appraised to determine their real value. Appraisers will be onsite at the museum to appraise your items (limited to hand carried items solely). The appraisals will be done on a first come first serve basis, so be sure to get there early. The American Legion will be onsite as well selling homemade treats. Bring your keepsakes, find out their value, and learn how to properly care for them so they can last to be passed on to the next generation.
Whether you are a believer in resolutions of not, resolve to get out and about in this beautiful state of ours this January. What are your favorite New Year traditions?