Saturday April 7th Maryland Day Weekend Celebration Events for 2018!
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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 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.
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.
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FREE Saturday Transportation schedule: TBA
Four Rivers Heritage Area thanks Ross Cohen of Towne Transport for providing FREE transportation again this year!