Sunday April 8th Maryland Day Weekend Celebration Events 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 Progra m 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
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.
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.
§ 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
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.
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