September 24, 2019
Mini-Grant Workshop TODAY!
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.

Applicants must attend a MANDATORY workshop; the public session is today, 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 e-mail . PLEASE RSVP TO BE ON THE LIST FOR ENTRY INTO THIS COUNTY BUILDING.
Frederick Douglass Film Screening, Discussion and Expanded Exhibition, Thursday!
Thursday, September 26
4:00-5:30 pm
Taylor House Office Building
6 Bladen Street, Annapolis

Join the Maryland State Archives in screening "Strike for Freedom: Frederick Douglass in Scotland" directed by Parisa Urquhart. This event is sponsored by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

The event will feature opening remarks by Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones, followed by a brief discussion with exhibition curator Dr. Celeste-Marie Bernier. Immediately following the screening the audience will have the opportunity to view the Strike for Freedom exhibition.

Free and Open to the Public! A valid ID is required to enter the House Office Building.
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 on November 7. Tickets: Thank you!!
30th Annual Kunta Kinte Festival this Weekend!
Celebrate 30 years of perseverance, education, and cultural heritage with the Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival!

September 28, 2019, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Dock Street, Annapolis City Dock
Featuring 80+ Arts & Crafts, Food, Education & Community vendors, Main Stage & Community Stage entertainment, Chesapeake Children's Museum Activity Tent with Face Painting, and more!

FREE; $5 suggested donation
Charles Willson Peale Walking Tour
Friday, September 27
12:00 pm

A tour of Annapolis’s historic district, where the painter Charles Willson Peale’s world has been preserved. Walk starts at the Old Treasury Building on the grounds of the Capitol.

Guests will also receive complimentary admission to the Hammond-Harwood House, where 15 paintings by Peale and other members of his family are on view.

$15 per person/ $10 Members. For reservations, please call 410-263-4683×10 or email Learn more here .
Picnic with the Pacas
Sunday, September 29
1:00-4:00 pm
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis

Spend a September Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Paca as they picnic in their garden. They will be hosting their friends in the manner of the day with treats, fine tea (only the best in 1772), and good company in the glorious garden setting. Join the Annapolis Living Historians as they bring the William Paca Garden to life and share the news of the day.

Cost: Included with admission to the William Paca House & Garden (starts at $5); Free for HA Members

Pre-registration not required. Please note, food and beverage will not be available for the public. Learn more here .
Join the Annapolis Family Square Dance!
Annapolis' Art in Public Places Commission is hosting a free, family-oriented, all-ages community square dance on Saturday, September 28th, from 6 to 9 pm, at the Pip Moyer Recreational Center on 273 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis.

Janine Smith will teach and call the dances, and live music will be provided by Leah Weiss (fiddle), Gary Wright (guitar), and Ann Porcella (bass). Sit-ins are welcome on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and banjo.

Soft-soled shoes are required in the venue.

Come on out and join the fun!
Next Week! Shenandoah Run at Maryland Hall
Saturday, October 5
8:00 pm
Maryland Hall fro the Creative Arts
801 Chase Street, Annapolis

Like a spirited family reunion, nine-piece band, Shenandoah Run welcome you in. They pay tribute to both vintage Americana and contemporary folk, playing covers and some originals and occasionally including a song from the worlds of bluegrass, country or foreign lands.

Expect top-notch musicianship and soaring harmonies that will lure you in for that irresistible sing-along.Formed in 2011, the band blends traditional and contemporary folk music in a manner that appeals to a diverse audience. Their performances delight music lovers of all ages and they consistently play to large, enthusiastic crowds. Shenandoah Run has become a staple at a variety of locations in and around the Greater Washington metropolitan area and beyond. Their desire to keep folk music alive and fresh will delight you!

Get your ticket s here.
Starting Soon! Historic Hauntings Ghost Tour
Looking for ghost tours in Maryland? This year instead of heading to the usual Haunted House full of unconvincing tricks, come with Watermark on a special haunted ghost tour of Annapolis during the festive month of October. 

Special Historic Hauntings takes guests inside one of Annapolis’s most notoriously haunted houses! Step back into time and hear the tales of the spirits that linger inside the dimly lit mansion. Only our ghoulish guides have access to bring you inside this haunted structure after dark. No visit to Annapolis is complete without seeking out the spirits!

Thursdays, October 3 - 24, 8:00 pm
Fridays & Saturdays, October 4 - 26, 7:30 & 8:00 pm

Cost: Adults, $23; Children 3-11, $13. Tours depart from Market House Park, 25 Main Street. Reserve your tour here .
This Week's 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.

This week's dates:
Saturday, September 28, 1:30 pm
Sunday, September 29, 1:30 pm
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