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Maryland Day Weekend Celebration Press Releases for 2018

Press Release 01/2019

Experience dozens of free and $1 events during Maryland’s birthday celebration weekend

On March 25th, Maryland turns 385. During Maryland Day Weekend of March 29-31, 2019 the areas historical and cultural sites come together to celebrate that milestone. They fill the weekend with fun family friendly events throughout Annapolis and southern Anne Arundel County that are free or just $1. There is a wide range of events that include nature hikes, historic home. farm and garden tours, museum exhibits, historical reenactments and tours of galleries and art center open houses.   The weekend is a great affordable way for everyone to get out and enjoy the State of Maryland. This is the 12th year that the Maryland Day celebration has been sponsored by the Four Rivers Heritage Area. The sponsorship allows sites that typically charge an admission fee to either waive the admission fee or only charge $1 for the weekend. Most sites also bring on extra staff for tours, demonstrations and other events for the public to enjoy and enhance their visit during the Maryland Day weekend. “This is an opportunity to experience a wide range of historical and cultural sites that fits in every families budget.” says Erik Evans, the Marketing Director for Maryland Day. “The participating sites want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to come out and experience the heritage and culture of their community,”

The events and activities are all located at sites within or close by the Four Rivers Heritage Area, located between Annapolis and the southern tip of Anne Arundel County.  You will have the option to customize your weekend into themes if you wish. Pick options like historic home tours, maritime history, outside tours and hikes, African American history, children’s activities, arts, historical reenactments and demonstrations.

Maryland Day Weekend Event Highlights:

Tour Historic Homes: Visit and tour the Deale Area Historical Society filled buildings from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s.  Visit a 2-room home, a 1-room school, an African-American beneficial society building, an outhouse, a tobacco barn, a Russian Orthodox chapel and various smaller buildings. In Annapolis check out the homes of two of our signers of the Declaration of Independence, the William Paca House and the Charles Carrol House and see the newest restoration work at the Harwood Hammond House. Plus don’t forget our Statehouse that is packed with history.

Enjoy the Outdoors at Historic London Town with a variety of demonstrations and explore their garden, watch a flag raising ceremony at the City Dock, visit the Paca House garden and take a hike in Bacon Ridge and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and a walking tour of downtown Annapolis and Brewers Hill Cemetery.  You can even play on the docks of the Annapolis Maritime Museum with fresh live oysters or go on a farm tour.

Kids Activities are in abundance this weekend. Sites with kids activities include the Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Historic London Town and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Also check out the flag raising ceremony at Susan B. Campbell Park with the Mayor and music by the Annapolis Drum and Bugle Corps and flag detail by the award-winning USNA League Cadets of the Training Ship Mercedes.

Take in the Arts at Maryland Hall’s annual open house “Art Fest”. It’s an afternoon of fun for all ages; featuring art demonstrations, music recitals, dance performances, exhibits, hands on activities and children’s crafts. This free open house showcases Maryland Hall like no other single day.  If you have the kids with you walk across the ball fields behind Maryland Hall to the Chesapeake Children’s Museum for even more hands on fun.

Learn about our African American History at the Banneker Douglas Museum.  Lawrence Hurst, artist in residence will be exhibiting Lawrence Hurst’s Anniversary Show celebrating the museum’s 35th 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 Maya Angelou invites visitors to reflect on the artistry that springs from restriction. And in HISTORY IN THE MAKING there will be a temporary installation dedicated to Verda Welcome, Maryland’s first African American female State Senator.

There is also a new exhibit in the Taylor House Office Building across from the Statehouse detailing the family history of Frederick Douglass, Maryland’s native son.

With three days of events you can make it the ultimate weekend experience by choosing to spend the night at a historic local inn or bed and breakfast or take the family out to dinner and enjoy our Chesapeake Bay cuisine and Smith Island Cake. For those that prefer cooking at home stop by the Farmers Market and shop directly from our local farmers and artisans.

Check out all the Maryland Day website at www.MarylandDay.org for event listing updates and shopping discounts. 

Maryland Day Weekend Activities

Friday Maryland Day Events (April 6, 2018)

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VAAAC Visitors Center, 26 West Street and City Dock Annapolis, MD 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. 410-280-044

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

Maryland is home to the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use and is the only state house ever to have served as the nation’s capitol. Colonial Maryland’s capital was moved from St. Mary’s City to Annapolis in 1695. Following the American Revolution, the building served as the meeting place for the Continental Congress. A grand marble staircase was added as part of an annex 1902-1906 and leads up to the second level to the present day offices of the governor and lieutenant governor. Historical portraits and other paintings by Charles Willson Peale and other artists adorn the building. The General Assembly will be in session on Saturday. The general public is allowed in the chambers to view the proceedings, space permitting.

Edgewater Library 25 Stepney Lane, Edgewater   Free

9:30am Babies at Play: Make new friends to play with in Edgewater, Maryland! Babies from birth to 18 months (with caring adult) may enjoy books, music, and a variety of developmentally appropriate toys during this hour of unstructured social time in our meeting room.

10am Paws for Reading: Make a new furry friend from Caring Canines as you read aloud.  Please register by calling 410-222-1538.

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

Permanent exhibit: Deep Roots, Rising Waters: A Celebration of African Americans in Maryland. Learn how African Americans throughout Maryland from 1633 through the present day made lasting changes for all Americans.

New exhibit: Bent But Not Broken: An Artistic Celebration of the Spirit and Legacy of Frederick Douglass. Maryland artist Ulysses Marshall captures the spirit of Frederick Douglas through his highly expressive mixed media compositions. Colorful and poetic collages are delivered with blunt sincerity. Marshall’s work talks of the glory, pain, and hope in the life of Douglass and in the African-American experience.

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

Throughout Maryland Day weekend, you can visit Historic London Town and Gardens to try making rope, watch musketry demonstrations, smell fresh hearth cooking in a colonial style, buy handmade furniture from a master carpenter, and explore our beautiful decorative gardens.

Deale Library  5940 Churchton-Deale Road, Deale  10 am

Finger Painting for preschoolers. Encourage your child’s artistic side through a process-focused finger painting experience.

Annapolis Maritime Museum 723 Second St. Annapolis, MD 21403  11am – 3pm  Free

Did you know most oysters we eat are “Made in Maryland”? If you want, join us on our docks and prepare to get wet and muddy as you discover oysters and learn and touch Chesapeake critters. Free admission, appropriate for kids and adults.

Saturday Maryland Day Events (April 7, 2018) Click on the name of the location to connect with the locations website for even more information.

 

Anne Arundel County Farmers Market 275 Truman Parkway Annapolis, MD  7am-12pm Free 

Maryland made products include locally grown fruit and vegetables, fresh made cheese, yogurt, jams, baked goods, butter, jellies and jams, and local eggs, meats, milk and herbs and plants. Handmade furniture, soaps, flower arrangements, jewelry and specialty food and gift items. Come meet local farmers and artisans

VAAAC Visitors Center 26 West Street and City Dock, Annapolis, MD 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  State Circle, Annapolis  9 am to 5 pm  Free

Maryland is home to the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use and is the only state house ever to have served as the nation’s capitol. Colonial Maryland’s capital was moved from St. Mary’s City to Annapolis in 1695. Following the American Revolution, the building served as the meeting place for the Continental Congress. A grand marble staircase was added as part of an annex 1902-1906 and leads up to the second level to the present day offices of the governor and lieutenant governor. Historical portraits and other paintings by Charles Willson Peale and other artists adorn the building. The General Assembly will be in session on Saturday. The general public is allowed in the chambers to view the proceedings, space permitting.

Maryland Day Flag-Raising Ceremony Susan Campbell Park-City Dock, Annapolis, MD 10am  Free 

Four Rivers Heritage Area and partners present a spirit-lifting flag raising ceremony! The perfect place to start your morning adventures.  Music by the Annapolis Drum and Bugle Corps and flag detail by the award-winning USNA League Cadets of the Training Ship Mercedes.

Watermark Tours   Susan Campbell Park, City Dock  10:30 am  Free

Annapolis in 100 Memorials: Celebrate Maryland Day on this 2.1 mile ramble in the Historic District of Annapolis. Join lifelong Annapolitan and experienced Watermark guide Squire Richard for an unforgettable journey inspired by a 1997 national conference which brought conservators of outdoor monuments to Annapolis. Copies of “Pause to Remember,” the conference brochure, will be shared highlighting 11 local monuments, Through the intense effort of sophisticated exploration plus a vivid imagination, 100 “memorials” have been identified! Some will surprise you, may likely impress you, could amaze you, or even annoy you! Reservations are not required. The ramble will step off immediately after the 10 am flag-raising ceremony. We saunter rain or shine.

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

Permanent exhibit: Deep Roots, Rising Waters: A Celebration of African Americans in Maryland. Learn how African Americans throughout Maryland from 1633 through the present day made lasting changes for all Americans.

New exhibit: Bent But Not Broken: An Artistic Celebration of the Spirit and Legacy of Frederick Douglass. Maryland artist Ulysses Marshall captures the spirit of Frederick Douglas through his highly expressive mixed media compositions. Colorful and poetic collages are delivered with blunt sincerity. Marshall’s work talks of the glory, pain, and hope in the life of Douglass and in the African-American experience.

Chesapeake Children’s Museum 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis, MD  10am-4pm, $1 Admission  

10-4pm Come and Play Make a Maryland memory with your family.  Come and play at the hands-on museum for children of all ages.  Meet live animals. Travel the seven seas on a 10-foot boat. Dress up and perform on stage.  Shop at a Colombian street market.  Take a stroll on the creekside nature trail.

2-4pm Children are sure to be inspired by Fantasy Players.  These young musicians, still in middle school, have been “touring” the DC-Baltimore area since 2016 with covers of rock classics as well as some original music.

Historic Annapolis Museum and Store 99 Main St. Annapolis, MD  10am-4pm  Free    

German immigrant Frederick Grammar built this substantial brick structure soon after a January 1791 fire destroyed most of the buildings along the waterfront block. Merchant Lewis Neth set up shop here by the end of that year. Explore the exhibit, Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake on the second floor, accessible by elevator. On the ground floor, shop for great specials on items that were “Made in Maryland.”

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

Throughout Maryland Day weekend, you can visit Historic London Town and Gardens to try making rope, watch musketry demonstrations, smell fresh hearth cooking in a colonial style, buy handmade furniture from a master carpenter, and explore our beautiful decorative gardens.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis  11 am Free

Take a tour of the Phillip Merrill Environmental Center at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s headquarters. The world’s first LEED Platinum building is also home to Maryland State offices, an educational cent, and is a popular event venue. The building reflects the mission of the CBF to protect and restore our bay.

Hogshead  43 Pinkney St. Annapolis,MD 12-4pm Free

Learn what life was like for the “lower and middling sort” in early Maryland through an interactive experience with guides dressed in colonial attire and the opportunity to see and handle authentic and reproduction artifacts.

Scenic Rivers Land Trust Bacon Ridge Natural Area 1801 Hawkins Road Crownsville  10am (10am hike is now full) & 1230pm Free

Join us as we explore for landscape clues in the history-rich Bacon Ridge Natural Area! Together we’ll learn how humans and nature have interacted to make the landscape we see today, while enjoying the beauty of a 900+ acre protected forest. All ages welcome, but beware it is an unpaved trail through the woods. Dogs on a leash welcome.  Length: 2-4 miles.  Meet at the trailhead on Hawkins Road just south of the 97 overpass in Crownsville, MD.  For Info email sarah@SRLT.org. Reservations for the 1230pm tour at Hike registration link

William Paca House and Garden 186 Prince George Street Annapolis, MD 10am-4pm $1 Admission

Make and keep some of your own “Made in Maryland” crafts.

Annapolis Maritime Museum 723 Second St. Annapolis, MD 11am-3pm Free

Did you know most oysters we eat are “Made in Maryland”? If you want, join us on our docks and prepare to get wet and muddy as you discover oysters and learn and touch Chesapeake critters.

Brewer Hill Cemetery 802 West St. Annapolis, MD 11am – 4pm  Free

Guided tours on the hour of the cemetery. Learn more about the occupants who are interred at the cemetery. They include Founders, casualties of the Revolutionary War and the Civil War and members of the African-American Community. Learn more about research and preservation efforts. Descendants of those interred here are encouraged to bring photos, bible records, and oral histories that will be part of a website memorializing those who are interred here.

Greenstreet Gardens 391 Bay Front Rd W, Lothian, MD  11am  Free

We are offering a free seminar regarding Maryland Natives. Also find the perfect tree or shrub for your home that celebrates your Maryland Pride and learn all about our state’s natural plants. Followed by shopping specials on native plants.

Charles Carroll House 107 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis 12 noon to 4 pm Free

Explore this grand old home, an essentially intact 18th-century property in the Annapolis Historical District. Charles Carroll of Carrollton was the most famous of the many generations of Carrolls who resided here. The family played a major role in the framing of the governance of Maryland and the emerging United States. Charles was one of four Marylanders to sign the Declaration of Independence and was the only Roman Catholic signer. He and his wife Mary “Molly” Darnall, were given ownership of the house as a wedding present. Charles lived to be 96 years-old, leaving the house to his daughter Mary Caton and four Caton granddaughters.

Hammond-Harwood House 19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis 1pm-4:30pm  Free to $1 Admission

The house, built in 1774, is a fine example of Anglo-Palladian architecture. The museum collection features paintings, furniture, and decorative arts from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Social history of the time covers family life, the enslaved people who worked a the house, and Annapolis traditions. Half-hour guided tours of the museum will be offered for $1. Tours will begin at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Each tour will be limited to 20 (tours are first come). The garden will be open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. There is no charge to visit the garden.

Sunday Maryland Day Events (April 8, 2018)

Click on the name of the location to connect with the locations website for even more information.

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

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

Maryland is home to the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use and is the only state house ever to have served as the nation’s capitol. Colonial Maryland’s capital was moved from St. Mary’s City to Annapolis in 1695. Following the American Revolution, the building served as the meeting place for the Continental Congress. A grand marble staircase was added as part of an annex 1902-1906 and leads up to the second level to the present day offices of the governor and lieutenant governor. Historical portraits and other paintings by Charles Willson Peale and other artists adorn the building. The General Assembly will be in session on Saturday. The general public is allowed in the chambers to view the proceedings, space permitting

Anne Arundel County Farmers Market  275 Truman Parkway, Annapolis 10 am to 1 pm Free

Maryland-made products include locally grown fruit and vegetables, fresh made cheese, yogurt, jams, baked goods, butter, jellies, jams, and local eggs, meats, milk, herbs, plants. handmade furniture, soaps, flower arrangements, jewelry and specialty food and gift items. Come meet local farmers and artisans.

Chesapeake Children’s Museum 25 Silopanna Road Annapolis, MD 10am-4pm, $1 Admission 

Come and Play Make a Maryland memory with your family.  Come and play at the hands-on museum for children of all ages.  Meet live animals. Travel the seven seas on a 10-foot boat. Dress up and perform on stage.  Shop at a Colombian street market.  Take a stroll on the creekside nature trail

Leopard’s Drum  FREE, 6 pm Bring a picnic dinner!  Outdoor setting, weather permitting, for a retelling of the traditional west African tale of Leopard’s Drum.  Make a drum or shaker (materials provided) or bring your own drum to join in a rhythm circle with the Performing Arts Center of African Cultures.  We are honoring the legacy of Kunta Kinte who arrived in Annapolis, Maryland 250 years ago.  Activities will be indoors in the case of inclement weather.

Historic London Town & Gardens 839 Londontown Road Edgewater, MD $1 admission or free for members

Throughout Maryland Day weekend, you can visit Historic London Town and Gardens to try making rope, watch musketry demonstrations, smell fresh hearth cooking in a colonial style, buy handmade furniture from a master carpenter, and explore our beautiful decorative gardens.

Hogshead  43 Pinkney St. Annapolis, MD 12-4pm Free

Learn what life was like for the “lower and middling sort” in early Maryland through an interactive experience with guides dressed in colonial attire and the opportunity to see and handle authentic and reproduction artifacts.

Annapolis Maritime Museum  723 Second Street Annapolis, MD 11am-3pm

Did you know most oysters we eat are “Made in Maryland”? If you want, join us on our docks and prepare to get wet and muddy as you discover oysters and learn and touch Chesapeake critters. Free admission, appropriate for kids and adults.

Charles Carroll House 107 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis 12 noon to 4 pm Fre

Explore this grand old home, an essentially intact 18th-century property in the Annapolis Historical District. Charles Carroll of Carrollton was the most famous of the many generations of Carrolls who resided here. The family played a major role in the framing of the governance of Maryland and the emerging United States. Charles was one of four Marylanders to sign the Declaration of Independence and was the only Roman Catholic signer. He and his wife Mary “Molly” Darnall, were given ownership of the house as a wedding present. Charles lived to be 96 years-old, leaving the house to his daughter Mary Caton and four Caton granddaughters.

William Paca House and Garden 186 Prince George Street Annapolis MD 12pm-4pm    $1 Admission 

A true celebration is in store at the William Paca House for Maryland Day! The year is 1781, and you are invited to a wedding of the highest class. Come celebrate Maryland Day and the marriage of Julianna Jennings and James Brice, a union that was truly “Made in Maryland!” After the wedding, meet our talented living history interpreters and enjoy hands-on activities.

Historic Annapolis Museum and Store 99 Main St. Annapolis, MD  12-4pm  Free  

German immigrant Frederick Grammar built this substantial brick structure soon after a January 1791 fire destroyed most of the buildings along the waterfront block. Merchant Lewis Neth set up shop here by the end of that year. Explore the exhibit, Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake on the second floor, accessible by elevator. On the ground floor, shop for great specials on items that were “Made in Maryland.”

Deale Area Historical Society  389 Deale Road, Tracy’s Landing  1 to 4 pm Free

Get a glimpse into rural life in the late 1800’s – early 1900’s.  Visit a 2-room home, 1-room school, an African-American  beneficial society building , an outhouse, a tobacco barn, Russian Orthodox chapel and various smaller buildings needed for life in the country.  Life was much simpler and harder than what we experience today. There will a docent available to answer questions of the time period.

Galesville Heritage Society  988 Main Street  1 to 4 pm  Free

Over 350 years of history of colonists, slaves, mariners, and merchants can be found in this seaside village. At 2 pm John Murray Colhoun, a direct descendent of its Puritan founders will present “The Freeing of the Ivy Neck and Tulip Hill Slaves” at Memorial Hall (952 Main Street). He is a 12th generation farmer and

§  Glass Fusing Demonstration & ‘Seconds Sale’

§  Printmaking Demonstration

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