The Havre de Grace Arts Collective’s fourth anniversary celebration kicks off with four events and the unveiling of new public art sculptures from August 20-22,2021 in conjunction with the Havre de Grace Waterfront Festival.
The festivities begin at 8:00 pm on Friday, August 20 with Jah People- A Tribute to Bob Marley. Jah People, an American roots reggae band from Philadelphia, performs classic reggae hits from Bob Marley embodying Marley’s message of love and spirituality, with a blend of musicality to meld funk, rock, reggae, and soul influences. They have opened four times for Bob Marley’s touring collective, The Wailers, UB40, Jesse Royal and Junior Marvin.
On Saturday, August 21 at 7:00pm, award-winning actress & Smithsonian Scholar Mary Ann Jung will present Grace O’ Malley-The Pirate Queen. The living history portrayal followsleader and traderGrace O’Malley who commanded the West coast of Ireland and an entire fleet of ships in the 1500’s. Grace fought for Irish rights and faced down Queen Elizabeth of England herself with astonishing results. This fun interactive show is a not-to-be- missed workout for brains and bodies alike!
The celebration continues on Sunday, August 22 at 2:00pm with Making Memories with Magic & Balloons featuring Jeff “MR. TWISTER” Teate. Join us for an afternoon of magic and balloon fun with Jeff Teate, a full-time entertainer who has been performing magic for over 35 years. Tickets are free but registration is recommended.
Join us for the ARTiculate Lecture Series: Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay featuring author Jamie L.H. Goodall, PhD on Sunday, August 22 at 4:00pm. Author Jamie L.H. Goodall introduces infamous men like Edward “Blackbeard” Teach and “Black Sam” Bellamy, as well as lesser-known local figures like Gus Price and Berkeley Muse, whose tales of piracy are legendary from the harbor of Baltimore to the shores of Cape Charles. Tickets are free but registration is recommended.
The Public Art Committee of the Havre de Grace Arts Collective will unveil another major public art installation in the City of Havre de Grace on Sunday, August 22 at 2:00pm at the Concord Pier. Birds of the Chesapeake is a collection of 10 wood sculptures of various birds found in the Chesapeake Bay region including the Great Blue Heron, Osprey and others. These sculptures will be affixed atop various pilings that are part of the Concord Point Pier in Concord Point Park. The creator is Maryland artist Joseph Stebbing, an accomplished chainsaw sculptor who has produced numerous pieces for private and public customers. Six of the 10 sculptures will be unveiled at that time. The four remaining pieces will be installed soon.
The Havre de Grace Arts Collective is a 501(c)(3) organization created to address the cultural and economic well-being of Havre de Grace and the region by celebrating its history and culture through programming at the award-winning historic Cultural Center at the Opera House, Arts and Entertainment District, Arts by the Bay Gallery and the Public Art Committee. The Havre de Grace Arts Collective is supported by the Harford County Office of Community & Economic Development, City of Havre de Grace, Maryland State Arts Council and Harford County Cultural Arts Board. For more information, visit www.HdGArtsCollective.org and www.OHHdG.org.