December 10, 2019
TOMORROW: Meeting on potential boundary expansion to Heritage Area
Join us at an Open House on December 11, 2019, from 6:30-8 pm  to discuss a potential boundary expansion to the Four Rivers Heritage Area.

The Four Rivers Heritage Area was established two decades ago and covers large parts of South County along the Chesapeake Bay, south of Route 50 and east of Route 2, including the City of Annapolis. The County's Cultural Resources Division (Office of Planning & Zoning) is working with the Four Rivers Heritage Area staff and board to explore options, and help produce a boundary amendment proposal.

Do you have ideas or suggestions about significant historic, cultural, and natural resources that should be included? Want to learn more about the benefits of the State's Heritage Areas program? Join us for this information session (the first of several stakeholder meetings,) The event will be held at the Odenton Heritage Society Historical Center (Old Masonic Hall), 1367 Odenton Road. Odenton, MD 21113. 

For more information, contact the AA County team conducting the Boundary Study (funded in part by an MHAA grant), go to
or call the Four Rivers office at 410-222-1805 .
Banneker-Douglass Museum Kwanzaa Celebration
Saturday, December 14
12:00 – 4:00 pm
84 Franklin Street, Annapolis

Join the Banneker-Douglass Museum for our annual celebration as we welcome Kwanzaa expert  Culture Queen ! Learn a fresh approach to celebrating the seven principles of Kwanzaa through interactive music, movement, storytelling and Black History themed games. This signature program is appropriate for all ages and will inspire you to incorporate Kwanzaa into your family traditions. Doors open at noon. Activities begin at 1:00 pm. Register here.

Custom Kwanzaa decorations
Interactive candle lighting ceremony
Hands-on workshops led by Culture Queen
Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy at the Captain Avery Museum
Saturday, December 14 at 1:00 pm
or Sunday, December 15 at 1:00 pm
Shady Side Community Center
1431 Snug Harbor Road, Shady Side

Join the Captain Avery Museum for this exciting holiday classic story of The Nutcracker. The performance itself is about a half-hour and guests enjoy being served ‘tea’ and then, expect a visit from Santa! While the Captain Avery Museum is undergoing renovations – this year the Performance will be at the Shady Side Community Center in Shady Side. $25 Non-members. $20 Members. Purchase tickets Online. Reservations Required! Learn more here.
Muddy Creek Artists Guild Holiday Show and Sale Dates this Weekend!
The Muddy Creek Artists Guild cordially invites you to its annual Holiday Art Show and Sale, “Gifts From the Arts” this December.

The pop-up gallery show will be held this weekend December 13–15 at 179 Mitchells Chance Road, Edgewater, Md. 21073 (Main Street at South River Colony Shopping Center). The show is free and open to the public.

The Guild will present a professional art gallery experience in a new pop-up location, featuring works that explore a variety of subjects, including the local Chesapeake Bay region, in an array of different media including painting, pottery, photography, jewelry, and textiles. This is a great opportunity to engage with local artists, shop for unique, local artworks and gift items. Learn more here.
West Annapolis Winterfest and European Christmas Market
Visit the West Annapolis European-style Winterfest and Holiday Market to enjoy the highlights of the season: glowing lights, beautiful trees, skilled artists and crafters, and of course, the "spirits" of the season: Gluhwein, Stella, champagne, cocktails and hot chocolate. There will be activities for the entire family!

December 14-15. Located at Giddings Avenue (Between Ridgely and Annapolis Street). Learn more here.

Parking information:

FREE PARKING in all public streets in West Annapolis.
$10 All-Day Parking at the United States Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Across Rowe Blvd. from West Annapolis)
$20 Event Parking at Cathy Purple Cherry Architects & Labbe Family Orthodontics
Handicap Accessible Parking Available. (Email for a pass.)
Closing this Month: Verda’s Place, an Homage to a Valiant Woman
Banneker-Douglass Museum
84 Franklin Street, Annapolis

In 1962, Verda Freeman Welcome became the first Black woman elected to a State Senate. Later, she became the legislative backer for the United States’ first ethnic commission, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC).

This cafe-themed exhibition is a direct response to places where Verda Welcome was unwelcome. Through memorabilia, photographs, and archival documents, Verda’s Place highlights the life of a remarkable woman. The exhibit ends on December 28. Learn more here.
Six-to-Fix Events: Historic Cemetery Documentation Regional Workshops Continue
In part of the organization’s on-going work to protect Maryland’s historic cemeteries, Preservation Maryland will offer public cemetery documentation workshops this winter.

Cemetery Documentation Specialist, Caroline Herritt, will share her notes from the field and discuss what trends she has discovered after visiting over 100 Maryland cemeteries. She will also review the mobile app specially developed by SHA to record data points. These data points will be added to a data layer in their statewide GIS database and mapping tool.

Attendees will also hear from Alexander Keim from SHA about what inspired the project, next steps for this innovative program, and how you can get involved in documenting cemeteries with the new app.

Due to cold weather, these free workshops will focus on an indoor interactive presentation and will not include on-site documentation practice.

Southern Maryland
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Hosted in partnership with State Highway Administration, Calvert County Department of Planning and Development, Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium, and Charles County Department of Planning.
Lost Towns Project Seasonal Changes to Lab Location
Over the winter months (December - February), the Lost Towns Project lab schedule will be changing to accommodate London Town's parking lot expansion project. The Archaeology Lab at  Historic London Town  in Edgewater will be open for volunteers on Mondays only. Sign up for Monday volunteer hours at our Edgewater location  here

On Wednesdays and Thursdays, volunteers are welcome at the Anne Arundel collections facility at 7409 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd in Glen Burnie. Lab Director Amelia Chisholm will be leading a collections assessment project for the artifacts there, as well as continuing work on the Bob Ogle collection. Come see where the artifacts go for long-term storage as we work to ensure their continued preservation. Sign up for Wednesday/Thursday volunteer hours at Glen Burnie  here . All interested volunteers are welcome regardless of experience. Children under 16 must come with an adult.
Network for Good Webinar: 4 Ways to Leverage Fundraising Technology in 2020
Wednesday, December 11th at 1pm

Is your New Year's fundraising resolution to attract new donors, put on amazing events, raise your retention rates, or test new donor communication methods?
Network for Good's fundraising software helps thousands of small nonprofits like yours achieve their fundraising resolutions. In this webinar, you'll learn how our technology helps all nonprofits - even the technologically-challenged ones - reach new heights in 2020. 

You'll learn how fundraising software will:
  • Improve your donor communication with built-in automated templates
  • Improve donor engagement through text messages 
  • Help you retain donors through acknowledgements (video thank yous and more!)
  • Prepare for event season (text-to-give, text-to-pledge, and event ticketing)

This webinar is free. Register here .
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