NEWS FROM FOUR RIVERS
October 16, 2019
Maryland Historical Society Announces Pathways Grant Program
The Maryland Historical Society has announced a new grant, the MdHS Pathways Grant Program.

The overarching goal of MdHS Pathways is to build the long-term resiliency and efficacy of the existing museums, historic sites, and other organizations that make up Maryland’s heritage community. MdHS Pathways is made possible by an annually recurring allocation to MdHS from the state’s Preservation of Cultural Arts Fund. This fund was proposed by Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller in the 2018 legislative session and enacted into law. MdHS is administering this grant program as an extension of its mission to educate people of all ages about the rich history and culture of Maryland and the nation. NOTE: this new grant program is aimed at projects that are "hard to fund," and thus not covered by existing grant programs.

Important MdHS Pathways Dates:
  • Friday, November 22, 2019: Mandatory Letter of Intent (LOI) due;
  • Friday, December 13, 2019: Full FY2020 application due;
  • March 2020: Award announcements;
  • May 1, 2020: Beginning of FY2020 Grant Period. Applicants will have until May 1, 2022 to complete their proposed scope of work and expend all grant funds.

Have questions? Email grants@mdhs.org. Learn more here.
HA Happy Hour: Ghostly Garden Mystery
Thursday, October 17
5:00-7:00 pm
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George St

Join Historic Annapolis for the final HA Happy Hour of the season, a Clue-style ghostly whodunnit. Guests will attempt to discover which apparition has been terrorizing the gardener, with what, and where. Come dressed in your Halloween finest (not required, but you could win Best Dressed!), enjoy a Vanilla Mule, this month’s signature Stoli cocktail, and try to solve the mystery of the garden ghost.

Cost: $18 General Admission; $15 HA Members and Volunteers. Admission includes one drink ticket and light fare; additional drink tickets available for purchase. 21+ only. Learn more here .

Find out about other Historic Annapolis events taking place this week:

Wednesday, October 16 - Decorative Arts Tour
Thursday, October 17 - Historic Hauntings Ghost Tour
Friday, October 18 - Historic Hauntings Ghost Tour
Saturday, October 19 - Historic Hauntings Ghost Tour
Saturday, October 19 - James Brice House Hard Hat Tour
Green Drinks: Get to Know Your Creek
Thursday, October 17
5:30-7:30 pm
Ellen O. Moyer Back Creek Nature Park
7300 Edgewood Road, Annapolis

Annapolis Green is partnering with the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland and Chesapeake Bay Magazine for a fun and informative Green Drinks Annapolis at the beautiful Back Creek Nature Park.

We all know that restoring the Chesapeake Bay starts with its streams and rivers. The more we get to know the waterways in our backyards the more we’ll appreciate and protect them.

Several watershed organizations will participate in Green Drinks, including the Severn River Association’s Back Creek Program, whose members will do a little net seining in the creek se we can see an example of what marine life lives in the creek. Kids in the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park’s education program do this all the time. It’s fun! Learn more here.
Oyster Festival at the Captain Avery Museum
Sunday, October 20
12:30-5:00 pm
Captain Avery Museum
1418 E West Shady Side Road, Shady Side
Celebrate the Bay in Shady Side!

Relax by the Bay with music, food, and fun at Captain Avery Museum’s annual Oyster Festival. Voted Best Community Event of 2018 by readers of Bay Weekly, the festival that’s taking shape for 2019 is sure to be another winner.

Musical headliners this year include the beloved Eastport Oyster Boys and the consummate jazz and blues musicians Bob and Eddie. Two music venues, the big tent and the boat house, make for a tune-filled festival. Hat Trix will rock the festival in the boat house.

Avery’s own “Choose It!” sale of donated goods and services will help keep the fun going all-year round. As always there will be oysters all ways: raw, fried, in a basket, on a roll, in a shooter, you name it, and plenty of them. Food vendors include local favorites Skipper’s Pier and Umai Sushi House from Deale, and Chesapeake Deli and Grille from Dunkirk. Learn more here.
Is Violence a Part of an Evolving Democracy?
Saturday, October 19
2:00 pm
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd. Annapolis

A FREE 18th Century program: Should the young United States support the French Revolution?

Speakers include Dr. Matthew Hale, Associate Professor of History, Goucher College and Burton Kummerow, Founding Director, Maryland Four Centuries Project. Dr. Hale's lecture is titled 'French Revolutionary Terror and Violence in Maryland and the United States. 1793-95.' Mr. Kummerow's lecture is titled 'Maryland, a Small State with a Big History'.

Learn more about the Four Centuries Project on their  Facebook Page . No Registration Required. Please note: A valid photo ID is required to enter the Maryland State Archives. Find the poster here.
Hearth Cooking Workshop with Rebecca Suerdieck
Offered TWO Days:
-- Saturday, October 19
9:45 am - 4:00pm - Limited Space Available!
-- Sunday, October 20
9:45am - 4:00pm - Limited Space Available!

Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

Are you interested in exploring Foods and Recipes of the past? Would you like to learn historically accurate cooking techniques? Does cooking on an open fire appeal to you?

Sign up today for this Hands-On Workshop and learn how to cook like our Ancestors did! Recreate recipes from 17th, 18th and 19th century sources and taste everything you make in class!

About the workshop leader:

​Rebecca Suerdieck is a Domestic Historian, Public Speaker and Educator.
She enjoys exploring the different aspects of her Research with self-initiated Projects. To accompany the Primary Sources and Archaeological Artifacts that she studies, she also takes it upon herself to actually DO what she reads about. These Projects have included exploring and recreating the many Domestic Skills that were known by the first English Women in Virginia.
Upcoming Dates for Escape London Town: Ferguson Tavern!
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

The year is 1763. You and your travel companions wake to find yourselves locked inside Ferguson Tavern. While your memories of the prior evening are a little fuzzy, you quickly realize that your travel papers and money are missing and that your ship is leaving in just one hour! Can you make it out in time?

Escape London Town: Ferguson Tavern   is the first escape room experience created by Historic London Town and Gardens. Escape rooms are real life interactive games where players must uncover clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes if they hope to escape in an hour or less. For this experience, we have turned the Lord Mayor’s Tenement (one of our reconstructed colonial buildings) into Elizabeth Ferguson’s tavern. Working in groups of 4 to 10 players, you will have the opportunity to match wits against Elizabeth to see if you can escape her tavern.

Upcoming dates:
  • Friday, October 18, 6:30pm
  • Friday, October 25, 6:30pm
Free Google Class: Spruce Up Your Holiday Marketing Plan -- TODAY!
Wednesday, October 16
12:00-1:15 pm

Join Google and Constant Contact for their annual holiday livestream. Prior to this workshop, small businesses should visit Google.com/smallbusiness to create an action plan for themselves.

Gather your community together for this livestream as we dive into three ways to reach customers, just in time for the holiday shopping rush. Topics include: Google My Business listings, online advertising, and email marketing. Learn more here.
2020 Independent Artist Awards- Applications Now Available
The Maryland State Arts Council’s Independent Artist Awards (IAAs) recognize achievement by Maryland artists making work independent of an institution or organization. The awards are accompanied by grants that encourage artistic growth and sustained practice.  

The 2020 Independent Artist Awards will focus only on the Performing Arts. Artistic categories rotate in a three-year cycle. Visual/Media Arts applications will be accepted in 2021 and Literary Arts applications will be accepted in 2022. Applicants self-select the category which they feel best represents their work.    

The deadline for FY20 applications is November 15, 2019. The application is available in Smart Simple . For more information and the full guidelines, click here .  
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