Native American 'Lifeways'
This program includes lectures and demonstrations about Native American folklore and living by Daniel Firehawk Abbott, an Easton-based teacher, lecturer and amateur historian, and flutist Robert Willasch. Abbott, who began researching his Native American ancestry more than 20 years ago, will present models, replicas and reproductions of Native American tools, containers and dwellings. He will also discuss the history of the bow and arrow and lead a walking tour through the grounds of Hancock's Resolution, a 17th-century house in Pasadena, to point out and discuss plants that the Nanticoke and other Eastern Shore Indians used for food, medicine and tools. The presentation will include flute, toolmaking and cooking demonstrations. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Hancock's Resolution, 2795 Bayside Beach Rd., Pasadena. $2.50 general admission; families, $5; members and children 6 and younger, free. 410-255-4048.
Poets J. Wesley Clark, Andrea Wyatt, William Viant and Alicia Potee will read their latest works during the Annapolis Poetry Festival's "Summer Readings," presented in conjunction with Rams Head Tavern. Clark, an Annapolis native and founder of the festival, has published more than 400 works that have appeared in literary journals and magazines. Wyatt, of Washington, has published 14 books and was a co-editor of the Brooklyn Anthology. Viant, of Annapolis, has written for the Baltimore Review, Puerto del Sol and Willow Springs. Potee, a recent graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, has received awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Her work has been published in the Pearl, the Dancing Shadow Review and the Baltimore Review. The event will include live music by Adrian Bond. 8 p.m. Monday. Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. $10. 410-268-4545.
'Woman on the Edge'
Annette, the protagonist in playwright Rosemary Frisino Toohey's "Woman on the Edge," worries her family and friends after she hangs a Christmas wreath on her front door in the middle of May. They call the police -- after several failed attempts to reach her -- and when an officer arrives, the 64-year-old retired schoolteacher shoots at the officer. This occurs during a nervous breakdown in which Annette questions the significance of her life. A comedy, the play will be performed at the Chesapeake Arts Center as part of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. Toohey, who wrote the play in December, won first place in the West Virginia-based Towngate Theatre Playwriting Contest for the work. It has been produced in New York, Los Angeles and Baltimore. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, from July 30 to Aug. 15. Studio Theatre, Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. General admission, $15; members, $12. 410-636-6597 or www.chesapeakearts.org.