Friday Maryland Day Events

Friday March 29 Events for Maryland Day Celebration 2019

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Quiet Waters Park 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis  7am to Dusk  Free

The Quiet Waters Visitor Center is the place to begin your visit to the park. The Visitor Center’s three art galleries display art exhibitions of the best local and regional talents. The parks 340 acres have paved trails, public art, playground and water views of the South River.

Kinder Park Farm  1001 Kinder Farm Park Road Millersville 7am to Dusk  Free

Before venturing into the park visit the Kinder Farm Park Visitor Center. View farming artifacts from the 1930s, including a tobacco press, tools used to harvest tobacco and more. The restored Kinder family farmhouse has returned to a condition similar to when it was built in 1925. The park has a large playground and tot-lot ideal for children of all ages and a 2.8 mile paved perimeter trail and several miles of natural trail. Kinder Farm Park developed an agricultural history program and working farm that shows past and present agricultural practices of Anne Arundel County. Farm animals at the park are include chickens, turkeys, geese, cows, pigs, goats and sheep.

Fort Smallwood Park 9500 Fort Smallwood Road Pasaden7am to Dusk  Free

Fort Smallwood Park’s recreational amenities include a 380-foot fishing pier, children’s accessible playground, historic gun battery and barracks, walking trails, beaches, pond and volleyball courts. Fort Smallwood was a sea coast defense built in the late 1880’s to the early part of the 1900’s. The fort was in use from 1890 until 1927. The 380-foot “Bill Burton Fishing Pier” is wonderful for fishermen, birdwatchers, and admirers of local scenery.

Downs Park    8311 John Downs Loop  Pasadena  7am to Dusk  Free

Downs Park offers a fishing pier, children’s playground, two basketball courts and an amazing view of the Chesapeake Bay. Downs Park offers amazing spots to launch a kayak. The park has 236 acres and 5 miles of trails.  The park property has a rich history which has been preserved by the Downs Park Historical Society.
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 647 Contees Warf Road Edgewater 830am to 430pm  Free
Hiking and Geocashing
Located on the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary, the SERC campus boasts 2,650-acres of forests, wetlands, marshes and 15 miles of protected shoreline. With almost a dozen geocache sites located along the trails , visitors are welcome to search for them and practice their GPS skills while enjoying a lovely hike. 

VAAAC Visitors Center, 26 West Street and City Dock Annapolis 9am-5pm Free 

Information Specialists can help you plan activities for your Maryland Day Celebration adventures including a free Maryland Day Program and information about local things to see and do. 410-280-0445

Maryland State House  100 State Circle, Annapolis  9 am to 5 pm  Free

The Maryland State House is the oldest state capital still in continuous legislative use. Enjoy the immersive State House exhibits, including the beautifully restored Old Senate Chamber. Explore important historical events that happened underneath the dome and in the chamber of the only state house ever to have served as the nations capital.   ID REQUIRED TO ENTER if you are over 21.

Banneker Douglass Museum   84 Franklin Street, Annapolis  10am to 4pm Free

The Banneker-Douglass Museum serves to document, interpret and promote African-American history and culture through exhibits, projects and programs to improve understanding and appreciation of Americas’s rich cultural diversity.  In addition to the museums standing exhibitions, Lawrence Hurst, artist in residence will be exhibiting Lawrence Hurst’s Anniversary Showcelebrating the museum’s 35 anniversary. This show features artwork spanning 50 years. 
Also showing in the Verda Welcome Hall will be Songs of the Caged Bird, curated by Lilian Thomas Burwell, this dynamic show inspired by the work of Maya Angelou invites visitors to reflect on the artistry that springs from restriction. 
In HISTORY IN THE MAKING there will be a temporary installation dedicated to Verda Welcome, Maryland’s first African American female State Senator
Chesapeake Children’s Museum  25 Silapanna Road 10am to 4pm Annapolis Free
Trails with Geocaching
Hikers and Geocachers are invited to enjoy the trails along the shores of Spa Creek. Find our Maryland Day Geocache!

Maryland Hall  801 Chase Street Annapolis MD 10am-5pm   Free

Visit the Galleries at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Exhibitions on display include ArtWork by Joanne Scott: 60 Year Retrospective, BIG INK Prints Exhibition and Paintings by Tony Spencer.

Taylor House Office Building 6 Bladen Street Annapolis 10am – 4pm  Free

Experience Maryland’s Significant Place in National History!   Staff of the Maryland State Archives will be on hand to answer your questions as you tour the captivating new exhibit in the Taylor House Office Building detailing the family history of Frederick Douglass, Maryland’s native son.  Also, be sure to visit the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use and enjoy the immersive State House exhibits, including the beautifully restored Old Senate Chamber. Explore the important historical events that happened underneath the dome and in the chambers of the only state house ever to have served as the nation’s capital. Archives’ curatorial staff will be on hand for this special event.

Maryland Federation of Art/ Circle Gallery 18 State Circle Annapolis 10am to 5pm Free

View fine art, jewelry and crafts by Maryland artists. Enjoy 10% off Maryland artists for the entire MD Day Weekend.

Historic London Town & Gardens 839 Londontown Rd. Edgewater, MD 10am-4:30pm  $1 Admission 

Explore the house and garden of this “lost” colonial town located on the shores of the South River. Geocaching sites too!

Annapolis Maritime Museum 723 Second St. Annapolis, MD 21403  11am – 3pm  Free Find out what it takes to be a Chesapeake Bay waterman. Climb aboard a historic workboat, harvest oysters in a role playing game, practice nautical knots and interact with Bay animals. Earn a Museum patch by completing these hands on activities.

St John’s College Mitchell Gallery 60 College Ave Annapolis Noon to 5pm  and 645pm to 745pm  Free

Making Our Mark: Washington Print Club  – A Collective of Eight prominent regional Artists drawn together through Printmaking. The artists—Andis Applewhite, Jenny Freestone, Pauline Jakobsberg, Lee Newman, Margaret Adams Parker, Terry Svat, Ellen Verdon Winkler, and Max-Karl Winkler—became friends and colleagues in the 1990s and early 2000s, as members of the Washington Printmakers Gallery. They have been active in the Washington, DC area for many years, producing hand-pulled prints in traditional and state-of-the-art techniques, from woodcut and etching to solar plate and paper lithography. The show, consequently, features several varieties of printmaking, although each of the artists has contributed pieces in other media.

Charles Carroll House  107 Duke of Gloucester Annapolis  12 – 4 pm  Free
Explore the grand old home of the Carroll Family located on the picturesque grounds of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Carroll family played a major role in the framing of the governance of Maryland. Charles Carroll of Carrollton was one of four Marylanders to sign the Declaration of Independence and was the only Roman Catholic signer. This wonderfully curated house and garden is a hidden gem on the shores of Spa Creek.

The Westin Annapolis Hall of Presidents Before Washington 100 Westgate Circle Annapolis  4pm  Free

The Hall of Presidents Before Washington is an exhibit featuring the 14 presidents before George Washington under the Articles of Confederation and the Continental Congress that opened to the public in 2017 at The Westin in Presidents Hill. The exhibit displays laser replicas of original documents signed by each of the 14 “forgotten” presidents in chronological order beginning with Peyton Randolph in 1774 and ending with Cyrus Griffin, the last before Washington, in 1789. Eleven of the fourteen documents were signed while the men served as president, while the other three are letters they signed during their lifetime. Former director Mark Croatti will provide a talk and tour of the exhibit starting at 4pm

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Saturday, March 30 2019

Sunday, March 31, 2019