1. Get your family involved in creating your own wreath and holiday decorations. You can start by enrolling in a wreath workshop at Historic London Town and Gardens on December 3, 2016. For details, visit historiclondontown.org.
2. You can also sign up to make wreaths at the Boxwood Wreath Workshop at the historic Hammond-Harwood House, or you can purchase a traditional boxwood wreath at their holiday sale. To learn more, visit hammondharwoodhouse.org.
3. Handel’s Messiah, composed in 1741, is such a grand musical event that it will always be one of the best parts of the holiday season. Children should be exposed to great classical music early on. The Messiah was a hallmark of my holiday experiences growing up and I thank my mother for that. One concert definitely worth attending is the Messiah at Naval Academy on December 3, 2016. This concert includes the USNA Glee Club, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Company. For information, visit usna.edu/music.
4. The wonderful Live Arts Maryland will also present Handel’s Messiah at St. Anne’s Church on December 16, 17 and 18. See liveartsmaryland.org. If tickets are sold out or you can’t make the Annapolis concerts, try Baltimore. The Baltimore Symphony will preform Handel’s Messiah on December 2, 3 and 4. Visit bsomusic.org.
5. Take your family and guests this holiday season to some of the great art museums in this part of the country. Just to mention a few of the incredible museums worth visiting: in Annapolis, the Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College; in Baltimore, the newly redesigned Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Gallery; in Washington D.C., the National Gallery of Art, the Freer Gallery, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. There is no doubt that people who visit art museums and participate in the performing arts, not to mention read poetry and literature, are some of the most interesting, alive and thoughtful people you will meet!
Robert Haywood, Ph.D., studied art and architectural history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has taught at MIT and Johns Hopkins University and has been a residential fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and the Getty Center in Los Angeles.
Annapolis Home Magazine
Vol. 7, No. 6 2016