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Maryland Day Weekend Celebration Press Releases for 2018

Press Release 3/21/18

Maryland Celebrates its Birthday with a wide range of events during Maryland Day Weekend

Maryland Day Weekend is filled with fun family friendly events that are free or just $1. There is a wide range of historical and cultural events that include nature hikes, historic home and garden tours, wedding reenactments, drum circles, playing with oysters, performances, walking tours and kids activities.  The weekend of April 6-8, 2018 is a great affordable way for everyone to get out and enjoy the State of Maryland. This is the 11th year that the Maryland Day celebration has been sponsored by the Four Rivers Heritage Area to highlight the areas heritage and cultural sites. 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 visit 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 learn about the heritage and culture of their community,”
The events and activities are all located at sites within 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, kid’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, the Paca House garden will have a historic wedding reenactment, watch a flag raising ceremony at the City Dock, and take a history hike in Bacon Ridge and a walking tour of downtown Annapolis or Brewers Hill Cemetery. If you want help creating your own native plant garden then the seminar and shopping specials at Green Street Gardens is a must. You can even play on the docks of the Annapolis Maritime Museum with fresh live oysters.
Kids Activities are in abundance this weekend. Sites with kids activates include the Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Historic London Town, Paca House, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and several of the local libraries. 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; events include children’s drama and theater showcase, monoprinting, digital photo booth, music, dance, art demonstration and sale, exhibits, food trucks, and FREE Ice-Cream from Annapolis Ice Cream Company, Cow Tails and Caramel Creams from Maryland’s own Goetze’s Candy, Popcorn and Much More. If you have the kids with you walk across the ball fields behind Maryland Hall and take the kids to the Chesapeake Children’s Museum for more hands on fun.
Learn about our African American History at the Banneker Douglas Museum which is currently hosting two exhibits, Deep Roots and Rising Waters and Bent But Not Broken: An Artistic Celebration of the Spirit and Legacy of Frederick Douglas.  Tour the Brewer Hill Cemetery the final resting place of ancestors from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and members of the African-American Community and be a part of a drum circle with Kuntee Kintee at the Chesapeake Children’s Museum. At the Galesville Heritage Society meet a 12th generation farmer and owner of Ivy Neck Farm. His great, great, great grandfather James Cheston, Sr. wrote a will in 1843 freeing 77 slaves upon his death.  Learn about the court battle that ensued.
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 events below and visit Maryland Day online at www.MarylandDay.org for event listing updates and shopping discounts. Some events require pre-registration. 

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 owner of Ivy Neck Farm. His great, great, great grandfather James Cheston, Sr. wrote a will in 1843 freeing 77 slaves upon his death. Learn about the court battle that ensued.  Light refreshments will be served at the Galesville Heritage Museum following the presentation.

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. Annapolis, MD 1pm-4pm Free

Maryland Hall will be hosting its 9th Annual ArtFest Open House.  Explore all that Maryland Hall has to offer in this free open house featuring art demonstrations, gallery events, performances, and hands-on activities, including children’s crafts.  An exciting day of creativity for all ages.

Events include:

§  Children’s Drama & Theater Showcase

§  Monoprinting: Hands-on children’s art project

§  Digital Photo Booth: Take FREE digital photos and share with friends & family!

§  Music Together Chesapeake Demonstrations

§  The Maple Academy of Irish Dance: On stage Showcase

§  Handbuilding & Pottery Wheel Demonstrations

§  Pottery ‘Seconds Sale’

§  Glass Fusing Demonstration & ‘Seconds Sale’

§  Printmaking Demonstration

§  Drawing & Painting Demonstrations

§  Ballet Theater of Maryland Showcase

§  Belly Dancing Showcase and Mini Workshops

§  The Peabody Harp Ensemble Recital & Vocal Singing Showcase

§  Woodturning Demonstration

§  Yoga & Tai Chi Demonstrations

§  The Art of Meditation Presentation

§  Hip Hop, Tap and Ballroom Dancing Demonstrations

§  Exhibiting in the Galleries and around Maryland Hall: Glistening: Nature Mirrored in Video Art

§  Food Trucks including SliderGirl and Truck of Deliciousness.

§  FREE Ice-Cream from Annapolis Ice Cream Company, Cow Tails and Caramel Creams from Maryland’s own Goetze’s Candy, Popcorn and Much More

Visit  http://www..MarylandDay.org for event updates.

Maryland Day is funded by the Four Rivers Heritage Area and participating venues to highlight our historic, natural and cultural sites. Management of Maryland Day is by the Chesapeake Children’s Museum and marketing is by Evans Management LLC.

 

 

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