May 14, 2019
Heritage Areas - Learn More About Our Impact!
Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and Four Rivers Heritage Area Fast Facts

Did you know?

  • Heritage Areas make a significant difference to a destination’s economic cycle.
  • The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) is an independent unit within the Executive branch of State government, and is administered by the Maryland Historical Trust, an agency of the Maryland Department of Planning.
  • The Impact of Maryland Heritage Areas: $19.8 million in state and local taxes generated; $4.45 Return on investment for every dollar of State grant funds; 3,146 Jobs created; $7.78 Leveraged by every dollar of State grant funds ($6.78 of which is non-state support) Source: A Snapshot of the Economic Impact of Maryland Heritage Areas Grants (2018) — MHAA impact infographic
  • NOTE: A firm will be announced by the end of the month to carry out a much-anticipated “full picture” Program and Economic Impact Report for MHAA.
  • There are now 13 Certified Heritage Areas, covering a portion of every county and the City of Baltimore. Visit to find out more.
  • MHAA Funding (now up to $6 million each year) comes out of Program Open Space funds, and this year approximately $5.1 million will be allocated in grants.
  • Four Rivers became a Certified Heritage Area in 2001; our legal name is Annapolis, London Town & South County Heritage Area, Inc.
  • Our impact: since 2002, $4.9 million in state funds to our heritage area, for more than $17 million in total project funds.
  • Explore our website to see news, heritage attraction information, an event calendar, and much more.
Wine Down Wednesday at Hammond-Harwood House
Wednesday, May 15
5:30-7:00 pm
Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis

Enjoy the Hammond-Harwood House after hours for a fun collections – related program and happy hour!

Appreciate this historic mansion by the light of candlelight then enjoy a glass with your friends. Mingle, meet new people, who share a love of art, architecture and historic culinary traditions. Support HHH with purchasing your drink for just $5!

$15 per person/Members Free. For reservations, please call 410-263-4683×10 or email
HA Happy Hour: A Day at the Races
Thursday, May 16
5:00-7:00 pm
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis

Don your best bow tie or fancy hat, it's racing season! Annapolis has always been a hotbed of equestrian enthusiasm. With the big races just around the bend, celebrate in style with a Stoli Black Eyed Susan cocktail in the scenic William Paca Garden at the first HA Happy Hour of the summer.

Highlights of the evening will include a best-dressed contest, photo booth, and race day activities. It will be a photo finish!

Cost: $18 General Admission; $15 HA Members and Volunteers. Entry includes one drink ticket and light fare; additional drink tickets available for purchase. Learn more and register here .
This Week's Muddy Creek Artists Guild Spring Art Show Dates
More than 40 of Muddy Creek’s local artists from Southern Anne Arundel County will show artwork at this “pop up” community art show and sale in Edgewater. This year we have invited past members to show their work alongside our current members to commemorate the art of Muddy Creek Artists from the past 10 years. The show will include artwork in a wide variety of media, including original paintings, pastels, watercolor, photography, stained glass, sculpture, pottery, textiles, jewelry and mixed media. The Show is free and open to the public.

South River Colony Main Street, 161 Mitchells Chance Road, Edgewater

  • Friday, May 17, 11am–7pm
  • Saturday, May 18, 10am–7pm: Join Muddy Creek Artists Guild for another small "meet the artists" reception, featuring live jazz and blues guitar by members of The Hat Trix Band
  • Sunday, May 19, 12pm–5pm

Captain's Canvas in the Garden
Thursday, May 16
1:00-3:00 pm
Captain Avery Museum
1418 EW Shady Side Rd, Shady Side

Discover your inner artiste with a paint brush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other!

Join your friends at Captain Avery Museum and come away with the warm glow of wine and a unique painting done by you! $40 includes all materials, expert and fun instruction and a glass of wine for inspiration! Call 410-867-4486 to reserve your spot!
Annapolis and Colonial Painters -- New Thematic Tour
Friday, May 17
2:00-3:30 pm
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street

Some of the most well-known Colonial artists regularly worked in Annapolis. This curator-led tour of the William Paca House will provide an up-close look not only at the people portrayed, but also the artists who painted them. Discover why it was important for prominent members of society to have their likenesses captured and displayed.

Cost: $25 General Admission; $20 for HA Members and Volunteers. Learn more and register here .
Shore Party at Historic London Town this Weekend!
Saturday, & Sunday, May 18 - 19
10:00 am-4:30pm
839 Londontown Rd, Edgewater

Join mariners as they recruit troops and abandon ship in the Colonial World!

Explore the maritime history of the South River with reenactors in costume, boats, and activities for the whole family. Join living history sailors to try your hand at rope making and seamanship, learn how sailors lived day to day, and experience the art and science of navigation. 

Ship’s Company   will demonstrate rope-making while the  Appin Regiment  will lead hearth cooking. Check out the H.M. Frigate Seahorse for navigation demonstrations, and see  Seneca Creek Joinery  doing carpentry. Free costume rentals are available to children, and a tavern sing-a-long for everyone!

​At 2pm on Saturday, May 18th as part of Shore Party weekend, Daniel J. Sieh will be giving a talk on  "After the Chinese Taste: Asia and Asians in the the 18th Century English World."

Asia and the Far East were already known for centuries in Europe, and held a treasure trove of goods that the British were only too keen to explore through commerce. This trade was far from being a one-sided exchange, it was a cultural dialogue between two very distinct cultures. Goods, ideas and people flowed through the sea routes established by the British East India Company and marked the beginning of a truly global age. 

Daniel J. Sieh is a living historian with over 8 years of experience working with historical museums throughout the East Coast. Previously, Daniel has worked at Colonial Williamsburg and later on at Claude Moore Colonial Farm as one of their interpreters. He graduated with a History degree from the College of William and Mary in 2016 and is currently pursuing a Master's degree from American University.

Included with general admission. Free for members. Learn more here.
It’s Time to Get Outside and Enjoy Local Parks!
Warm weather is here, and nature is calling! Last week, Four Rivers staff visited a few of the local parks and we found some amazing views, hidden gems, and tranquil shores. It’s finally time to get outside! Follow Four Rivers Heritage Area on a virtual tour of local parks.

Stops include Jonas and Anne Catherine Green Park, Truxton Park, Shady Side Park, and Beverly Triton Beach Park.
UPDATE! Rockhold Creek Barn Restoration Project
The Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) Agriculture Program and Anne Arundel County are refurbishing the historical dairy barn at Rockhold Creek Farm, located at 5349 Sudley Road in West River. The barn on the county-owned property is licensed by AAEDC, a 501 c3 corporation, which will work with a new organization to operate a 4-H/FFA livestock program on-site..
When fully restored and operating, the barn will be an important resource in educating our youth and encouraging their interest in agriculture. Through this facility, our goals are to:

* Increase membership and participation in our county 4-H livestock program.
* Grow livestock entries at regional county fairs and shows.
* Facilities youth participation in SMADC's JR Southern Maryland Meats program.
* Educate Future Farmers of America (FFA)
Financial support is still needed for additional improvements to ensure the barn it outfitted to recognize it's full potential. Donate today and support the restoration of the Rockhold Creek Barn. Learn More.
Volunteer Opportunity at the Maryland State Archives
Do you want to help the Maryland State Archives? Are you in the Annapolis area? Do you have an hour to spare?
Looking for volunteers age 35 and up to participate in a 45 minute - 60 minute online testing session in May! No experience necessary. In fact, the less experience you have the better. You don't need to prepare or bring anything with you, just be able to visit the Archives for an hour block.

If you are available and interested this month, please email with the subject of the email as Volunteer Tester. Include in the body of the email two or three available time(s) / days in the month of May that you would be able to meet for a one hour testing session at the Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis between 8:30 am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. You will receive an email back confirming your testing date and time with details about visiting the archives. Note: A Photo ID is required to
enter the building. Participants will receive a Maryland State Archives shopping bag, pencil and note pad.
If you are interested, but not available during the month of May, please send an email to be put on a wait list for a future testing opportunity.
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