September 10, 2019
Four Rivers Fall FY20 Mini-Grant Round Announced!
Four Rivers Heritage Area is please to announce the availability of our Fall FY20 Mini-Grants!

Applications in the new grant cycle are due by October 4 and funding decisions will be announced by November 1, 2019. The application is available on our website,  here . Click on the Mini-Grants tab. If you are not familiar with the Eligibility Questionnaire, please take the time to download that here .

These Mini-Grants are available for new heritage and preservation-related programs, activities, products, and events. We encourage Mini-Grant proposals that include collaborative partnerships and enhanced heritage tourism, preservation, and/or the stewardship of historical, cultural, and natural resources.

Non-profit organizations and municipalities are eligible to apply for projects that will primarily be located within the boundaries of the Heritage Area. The maximum award has been increased this year to $5,000 and applicants must provide a one-to-one match (at least 75% cash and up to 25% In-Kind).

To learn more, applicants must attend a MANDATORY workshop; the first session is Tuesday, September 24 at 3 p.m. in the Chesapeake Room, 2nd floor of the 2664 Riva Road building in Annapolis. Download the flyer here . Potential applicants who cannot attend this session can arrange a one-on-one makeup session. To register call 410-222-1805 or email .
Wine Down Wednesdays - Domestic Disarray: Sex, Scandal, and Salacious Behavior in Early Annapolis
Wednesday, September 11
5:30-7:00 pm – Collections talk at 6 pm
Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis

The story of the Loockerman’s begins in October 1803 when Frances Townley Chase, a woman from an affluent Annapolis family marries the dashing Richard Loockerman of the Eastern Shore, a young man of great promise and inherited fortune. Noted as some of Robert Field’s best work the Loockerman’s miniatures were also painted upon their union. Field depicts an attractive couple filled with optimism for their future life together. Undenounced to Frances during their courtship, Richard’s vices soon became apparent including drinking and gambling.

The couple immediately began spending time on Richard’s inherited plantation in Caroline County much the chagrin of Frances’ father, the venerable Judge Jeremiah Townley Chase, once Mayor of Annapolis. In 1811 Judge Chase bought the Hammond estate next door to his home for Frances and Richard, which included an over ten thousand square foot structure and four acres of land. Instead of deeding the property to Richard, Judge Chase kept the property in his name in order to avoid Richard gambling it away. The Loockerman’s rollercoaster of a marriage produced ten children and came to a crashing halt in November of 1834 when Richard’s destructive ways proved fatal.

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 the house with purchasing your drink for just $5! Learn more here.
"Annapolis and Colonial Painters" Tour
Saturday, September 14
11:00 am-12:30 pm
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis

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 here.
Chesapeake Music Festival - Saturday!
Saturday, September 14
2:00-6:00 pm
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater

Celebrate the Bay’s rich musical heritage, in a festival dedicated to Chesapeake folk music! Enjoy songs and storytelling from local bands, while taking in the view from SERC’s 18th-century mansion ruins overlooking the Bay. Food, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Because we’re an active research site, sadly we can’t accommodate any dogs except service animals. The festival takes place on a hill with a view of the Rhode River and Chesapeake Bay. Visitors are welcome to either walk up to the festival or take a shuttle bus.

This is a zero-waste event. Composting and recycling are provided. We encourage visitors to bring reusable water bottles and help keep the festival sustainable. Buy your tickets here.

This event is part of the Smithsonian Year of Music, in partnership with the Arundel Rivers Federation. Festival sponsorship provided by the Smithsonian Year of Music, the Four Rivers Heritage Area, Aveda Corporation and WRNR.
Annapolis Green's Activities This Week!
Annapolis Green is working with the City of Annapolis on a public information program to to urge all Annapolitans to cut back on single-use plastic.Annapolis Green and the City are teaming up in common cause with Plastic Free Annapolis, in a movement to change habits and reduce pollution at its source for a cleaner, more beautiful Annapolis with participation from businesses, residents and visitors.

The goal of Plastic Free Annapolis – a month-long campaign – is to inform, residents, visitors and businesses about ways to voluntarily reduce throw-away plastic, such as bags, water bottles, carry-out containers,  balloons , and yes… straws, by using environmentally friendly alternatives or by just not using these products. They are planning on “signing up” at least 30 in this one-month period and plan to exceed that number in the weeks to come, even after the short, yet powerful, City campaign is over. Annapolis Green will keep the Plastic Free spirit alive demonstrating that there are alternatives to plastic. Read more here .

5:30 – 7:30 pm
Chesapeake Bay Trust, 108 Severn Avenue, Annapolis

Join Annapolis Green as they tell you about the environmental benefits of driving electric at the offices of the “license plate people,” the  Chesapeake Bay Trust,  in advance of the  Annapolis EV Showcase  on Sept. 14. Read more here .
Coming Soon! Street & Conventional Art: The Relevance of Museums Today
Wednesday, September 25
7:00 pm
Chesapeake Arts Center
Hammonds Lane Theatre
194 Hammonds Ln, Brooklyn Park

The Great Talk Maryland Series fosters Conversation With A Purpose, enriching and providing interdisciplinary learning and intellectual engagement for the Greater Baltimore and Maryland communities by bringing people together to share live, accessible and interactive conversations featuring distinguished speakers that address relevant issues including the arts, culture, the humanities, science, social concern and other areas at a wide range of venues in Maryland. Tickets: $15:00. Purchase tickets here.

Christopher Bedford, Director of the BMA
Gaia, Artist
Kelly Towles, Artist
Tom Hall, WYPR
Call for Proposals - Small Museum Association 2020 Conference
Small Museum Association
2020 Conference
February 16-18, 2020 
The Hotel at the University of Maryland

The Small Museum Association is planning its 36th annual conference, which will be held in College Park, Maryland February 16-18, 2020. As the only conference in the country dedicated specifically to small museums, this gathering draws museum professionals, board members, and volunteers from across the country.
This year, the SMA conference will offer sessions that address the theme: "Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage: Museums as Catalysts of Social Change."

Presentations should address issues of social activism in small museums and explore a wide range of social concerns (socioeconomic issues, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ageism, ableism, etc.) in honor of the work behind the women's suffrage movement. Sessions should help attendees learn from your institutions’ successes and failures, how your institution handles difficult topics, the ways your organization is working to become more equitable and provide ideas and actions for making an impact. The SMA Conference Committee is requesting that panels reflect the diverse communities that museums serve. SMA Conference Attendees tend to like practical sessions with roadmaps for implementation at their own sites.

The SMA Conference Committee is requesting that panels reflect the diverse communities that museums serve. Learn more here.
Volunteers Needed! Captain Avery Museum's 23rd Oyster Festival
Sunday, October 20, 12:30-5:00 pm

Calling All Volunteers!

Lend a hand at the 23rd Oyster Festival
Please contact Donna by emailing or calling her at 410-867-4486 .

All volunteers will receive a groovy tie-dyed bandana with our new logo! 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. 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.
Call for Nominations for Four Rivers Heritage Awards
Do you know a great heritage practitioner? Perhaps a valuable staff member or dedicated volunteer you would like to publicly acknowledge?

Four Rivers Heritage Area seeks nominations for its Sixteenth Annual Heritage Awards . These awards recognize individuals, organizations, partnerships, programs and products that contribute significantly to the community by interpreting, promoting, preserving, researching and/or supporting our historical legacy.

In 2019, nominations are invited in ten categories, including Heritage Tourism Product Award, Heritage Volunteer Award, Heritage Partnership Award, Heritage Professional of the Year, Heritage Interpreter of the Year, Legacy Award, and Public/Private Initiative Award. Other categories include the Sponsor of the Year Award, the Stewardship Award, and the Heritage Leadership Award, which goes to an individual for significant and long-lasting contributions to local history and heritage. Self-nominations are accepted.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from our website or by calling the Four Rivers Heritage Area office (410-222-1805). The nominations deadline is October 11, 2019. A heritage area awards committee will review and evaluate nominations; awards will be presented at the Four Rivers Annual Awards ceremony in November. Thank you!!
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