December 31, 2019
Happy New Year from the Four Rivers Heritage Area!
Celebrating New Year's Eve in Annapolis
Annapolis Offers Two New Year's Eve Celebrations with Fireworks

New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31, 2019, will be festive in the City of Annapolis. The City will host two events, an “Early New Year’s Eve” event at the Bates Athletic Complex (behind Maryland Hall) starting at 3 p.m. with fireworks at 5:30 p.m. and a City Dock celebration starting at 7 p.m. with a DJ, then live music. Mayor Buckley and his family will count down at both events. Fireworks for the downtown event will go off at midnight.

Early New Year’s Eve
At 3 p.m. at Bates Athletic Complex (Weems Whelan Field, 934 Spa Road), a family-friendly, 2020 Annapolis New Year’s Celebration begins, with Mayor Buckley counting down to fireworks at 5:30 p.m. Activities include live music by local teen bands from the Lee Priddy Music Academy, free craft making, face painting, moon bounces and an obstacle course. Annapolis Police and Fire departments will have giveaways and apparatus on display.
A free Circulator Shuttle will run to and from Early New Year’s Eve and Park Place Garage (One Park Place). The Weems Whelan Field parking lot off of Spa Road will be reserved for handicap parking only. Parking will be FREE in Park Place Garage ONLY from 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, until Wednesday, January 1, at 2 a.m. Standard rates will apply at the other three city-owned garages – Hillman located off Main Street, Gotts located on Northwest and Calvert streets, and Knighton off of West Street.

City Dock New Year’s Eve
The City Dock New Year’s Eve celebration will begin around 7 p.m. The evening will be filled with music at Susan Campbell Park with WNAV broadcasting starting at 8 p.m. and hosting a kids’ dance party, followed by the fun, high energy dance band, Radio City, from 9 p.m. to midnight. At midnight, Mayor Buckley will lead the countdown to the New Year 2020 and the fireworks grand finale.
The FREE Circulator shuttle will run the downtown route until 2 a.m. (see note below to track the Circulator on your smartphone).

Learn more, including important parking information, here .
Potential Applicants, Take Note of Workshops and Deadlines for FY2021 Grants!
Important News! The  Maryland Heritage Areas Program  is now accepting grant applications for heritage tourism-related projects located in Maryland's thirteen heritage areas for the FY2021 Grant Round. Learn more by using this link: .

The application and grant management process is entirely online. This is also the webpage where you will start your required Intent to Apply form, which must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2020 .

To help you learn more and prepare your application, there are 6 in-person workshops to be held around the state, and 2 webinars. Download the flyer here . The workshop in Anne Arundel County will be held in Crownsville on Monday, January 13, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Note: It is important for you to discuss your application with the local heritage area Director. In the Four Rivers Heritage Area, your contact is Executive Director, Carol Benson. Please call our office at 410-222-1805 to discuss your project or to schedule a one-on-one meeting on strategies and best practices, many thanks!
Coming Up! Anne Arundel Genealogical Society January Meeting
“An Annapolis Family History”

Thursday, January 9
7:30-9:00 pm
Arnold Campus, CADE Building, Room 207
Anne Arundel Community College (NEW LOCATION)
West Campus Drive off Ritchie Hwy, Parking Lot F

Jan Sharik Baker shares a story handed down from mother to daughter. It is the tale of a simple immigrant family that came from Ireland to Annapolis. As the information was gathered, and the story unfolded, connections to many well-known landmarks and points of local interest were uncovered. Each discovery that confirmed a long ago memory, brought the ancestors to life in the hearts and minds of the family living here today. Join the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society as we “stroll the streets” that built this family’s story. For more information about this meeting or AAGS, go to
Starting Next Week! Annapolis Maritime Museum's Winter Lecture Series
Thursday, January 9
7:00-8:30 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street, Annapolis

  • Discussion on “The Ghost Ships of Archangel,” which chronicles the desperate voyage of Allied convoy PQ-17 from Iceland to Arctic Russia in the summer of 1942
  • Describes the high-level politics that sent the convoy into harm’s way, the myriad perils of the Arctic voyage, and the convoy survivors’ chilling experiences in Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union

Presenter: William Geroux | Award-winning Journalist and Author
William Geroux is a longtime journalist turned author. He wrote for the Richmond Times-Dispatch for 25 years, winning numerous awards for breaking news coverage, feature writing and investigative reporting. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Associated Press,, and various regional magazines. He also worked as a writer for Maersk, one of the largest commercial shipping companies in the world. His first book, The Mathews Men, was published in 2016. Geroux is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. He lives in Virginia Beach.

Lectures are $10; FREE for AMMP Members First Mate and above ($100). Pay at the door. Learn more here .
Save the Date for Maryland Day Weekend!
On March 25th, Maryland turns 386!

During the 13th Annual Maryland Day Weekend -- on March 20-22, 2020 -- dozens of organizations in the Four Rivers Heritage Area (and nearby!) offer family-oriented events that are all ONE DOLLAR OR FREE to celebrate that milestone. There is a wide range of events to choose from, including climbing aboard a tall ship, nature hikes, tours of historic homes, farms and gardens, museum exhibits, historical reenactments, and more!

The events and activities are all located at sites within or close by the Four Rivers Heritage Area, located between Annapolis and the southern tip of Anne Arundel County. This year, you will be able to choose your itinerary by themes, such as historic home tours, maritime history, outside tours and hikes, African American history, children's activities, arts, historical reenactments, and demonstrations.

Save the date now! If your site wants to participate this year and hasn't already signed up, please contact the event Coordinator, Cindy Borchardt . Learn more about the Maryland Day Celebration here .
Call for Editors - Arts & Entertainment (A&E) Districts
The staff of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is ready to begin revisions of MSAC grants programs and they need editors from across the state!

Editors will receive modest compensation for their time plus travel reimbursement for the entire process, including two in-person meetings and two at-home, electronic editing assignments. A Gmail account is necessary to participate. Editors must be residents of the State of Maryland.

Submit your name and information at this link by January 6, 2020 to be considered as an editor.
Network for Good Webinar: Modern Wellbeing for Nonprofit Professionals
Tuesday, January 7th at 2:00 pm

It's a new year and a great time to create some new habits that will help you avoid workplace burnout and cope with work-related stress. Burnout is not just about people, it is about organizational culture. Organizations have a big role in addressing burnout by paying attention to whether employees have a sense of community at work, strong social relationships, a collegial environment, a workload that's not too burdensome, a sense of purpose at work, and a healthy work-life balance.

This free webinar will share the latest science on building a culture of resilience in the nonprofit workplace and practical tips. You will also learn how a new class of technology applications can help you stick to your new self-care habits and support an organizational culture of resilience. Register here .
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