patrons may have to wait until July 10 for an up-close look at the summer reading program's "By the Sea," but gnarly pirates and chatty clownfish were on hand Wednesday as the kicked off its ocean-themed performance.
Singer-songwriter and oceanographer Bridgette Michaels performed in front of about 50 children, offering some marine biology lessons and tips on conservation.
Joined by drummer and partner Dawn Madak, the duo sang a half-dozen sea-related songs, including a few originals. They also incorporated a conversation with two puppet clownfish—Barry and Larry—into their routine, and had children act out as pirates and jellyfish as well as other sea creatures.
"This is what we do," Michaels said. "We just hope the kids have fun, learn to take care of the ocean and learn about the environment."
Michaels was born in Jamaica and grew up in Trinidad. She studied oceonagraphy in Miami before moving to Annapolis.
Michaels and Madak perform together regularly in the Annapolis and Baltimore area, bringing ocean-themed and Caribbean music at events for both kids and adults.