July 23, 2019
Explore Our New African American Heritage Trail
Anne Arundel County Government, the Lost Towns Project, and the Four Rivers Heritage Area are pleased to introduce African American Voices, Memories and Places: A Four Rivers Heritage Trail . The heritage trail acknowledges and celebrates contributions by African Americans over the County’s 370-year history; its families, people, historic places, events, struggles, and accomplishments through, slavery, emancipation, voting rights, desegregation and the continued fight for Civil Rights today. 

This Storymap website was developed by the Lost Towns Project, a county nonprofit, with Anne Arundel County's Cultural Resources department professionals, community historians and partners, and numerous others. It was funded in part by a grant by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. Congratulations to all for an invaluable new resource!
Website visitors to the virtual heritage trail will discover local history through videos, images, and maps, sources which reveal information about the lives of African Americans in the county. Unique historic sites, places and buildings serve to document the communities and special places significant to African American heritage (some still standing, and others now gone.) The sites highlighted in this virtual trail also touch on sometimes challenging histories, which can help us all better understand both our past and the present. 
Free Summer Fun for Residents at County Parks
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman has announced the Department of Recreation and Parks will waive entry fees for residents at four regional parks from July 22 to 28, 2019.

"Anne Arundel County has fantastic parks, and I want to make sure all residents have a chance to see them," said County Executive Pittman. "Entrance fees can be a roadblock for many families, so I encourage families to come out next week and experience all that our county regional parks have to offer."

The four regional parks are:
Quiet Waters Park - 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis, MD 21403
Kinder Farm Park - 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd, Millersville, MD 21108
Downs Park - 8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena, MD 21122
Fort Smallwood Park – 9500 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena, MD 21122
Artist Open Studios at Maryland Hall
Wednesday, July 24
6:00-8:00 pm
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
801 Chase Street, Annapolis

Enjoy art, wine, and community while you spend the evening at Maryland Hall. 7 artist studios will be open for you to tour as you mingle with visitors and artists alike. Free and open to the public. Learn more here .

Do you enjoy seeing shows at Maryland Hall? Then you'll love this opportunity! The Art for All Subscription lets subscribers choose three or more shows from the 2019-2020 season of the Annapolis Opera, The Ballet Theatre of Maryland and Live Arts Maryland. Subscribers enjoy exclusive ticket discounts, early access to ticket sales and more benefits. Purchase online or call the Box Office at 410-280-5640. Learn more here.
William Paca Public Garden Tour
Thursday, July 25
2:00-3:00 pm
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis
Join Historic Annapolis for a guided tour of William Paca’s enchanting 2-acre English pleasure garden.
The William Paca Garden is a two acre oasis of natural beauty in the bustling center of Annapolis’ Historic District. Although many colonial Annapolitans had gardens, only Paca’s has been returned to its original splendor and opened to the public. Intrigued by garden details in the background of Charles Willson Peale’s 1772 portrait of Paca, researchers were able to reconstruct the site from a series of archeological digs that turned up evidence of the garden’s former glory.
Your knowledgeable docent will take you on a stroll through the features of the Chesapeake falling garden, highlighting 18th century plants and a beautiful array of heirloom roses. Learn more here.
Cost: $10 General Admission; $8 for HA Members and Volunteers; $6 Child
UMD Extension Master Gardener Program
Inspired by the William Paca Garden? Consider becoming a Master Gardener through UMD.
The Master Gardener Program shares educational programs and problem solving assistance with various environmental projects in Anne Arundel County. Applications are now available for Master Gardener’s Fall 2019 Basic Training. These trainings teach volunteers to become Master Gardeners, who are responsible for educating others about effective and sustainable horticultural practices. After completing 40 hours of training from University of Maryland Extension professionals and 40 hours of volunteering, participants gain the title of Master Gardener.
The next training dates run from September 10 th through October 29 th on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Trainings are hosted at the Anne Arundel County Extension Office, which is located at 97 Dairy Lane in Gambrills.
Volunteer training applications are available online. Email Nancy Allred or call 410-222-3900 with questions or for more information. 
Tides & Tunes with the Joey Harkum Band
Thursday, July 25
7:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second St, Annapolis
The Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series offers 10 weeks of popular music–from rock to folk to jazz–with the incomparable backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay. Concerts are free; however, donations are gratefully accepted. Food and spirits are available for purchase. Beverage sales support the Museum’s education program. Bring a chair or blanket. Learn more here.
The July 25 concert features the Joey Harkum Band , a singer/songwriter from Maryland offering a unique brand of Americana.
Peale Portrait Tour at the Hammond-Harwood House
Saturday, July 27
2:00 pm
Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis
The Hammond-Harwood House Museum has an extensive collection of Peale portraits and landscapes.
This 90 minute curator led tour delves into the fascinating world of the Peale family and their artwork. Highlights include an 1835 Rembrandt Peale painting of George Washington, a 1789 Charles Willson Peale painting of Hester Baldwin Chase, and a rare landscape scene by James Peale. Find more information here .
$15 per person /$10 Members. For reservations, please call 410-263-4683×10 or email
Residential Curatorship Property Available in Harford County
Does living in a historic house located in one of Maryland’s State Parks sound like a dream come true? Eightrupp Farm in Harford County is now available through Maryland’s  Resident Curatorship Program.

Eightrupp Farm is a particularly intact agricultural complex dating to the 18th and 19th centuries. The property includes a stone house with attached greenhouse, a spring house, barns, and a pond. Its agricultural character is paramount to understanding the property’s history and its connection to the landscape. For this reason, the Department is seeking a partner who is interested in preserving not just the farmhouse, but the outbuildings and agricultural landscape in accordance with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards and sharing the property with the public.

In addition to the property immediately surrounding the house and outbuildings, the Maryland Park Service has up to 56 acres of land available for long-term agricultural lease in the vicinity of the Eightrupp Farm complex. The Department will give preference to applicants who intend to use the property for small-scale, environmentally friendly farming operations. Non-profit, private and commercial entities are welcome to apply but lease terms may vary depending on the nature of the proposal. Applicants should include public programming or access as a part of their proposal. The  Request for Proposals  is due by August 26, 2019.
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