April 9, 2019
Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2019 Governor's Service Awards
The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Governor's Service Awards. The awards recognize Marylanders who have provided significant volunteer contributions to communities around the state and have worked to change Maryland for the better. This year, the awards will represent outstanding service occurring in 2018 (or longer for the lifetime achievement award).

Service must be performed outside of the context of the nominee's paid employment. Individuals and organizations who have been awarded a Governor's Service Award in the past are ineligible for consideration. ​ Nominations due Friday, June 7, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Learn more here .

The 2019 Governor's Service Awards Categories:

AmeriCorps Alum
Lifetime Achievement
Emerging Leader
Member of the Board
National Service
First Responder
Nonprofit Volunteer Program
Government Employee/Agency
Small Business
State of the Rivers Presentation by t he South River and West & Rhode Riverkeepers - Tonight!
Tuesday, April 9
7:00 pm
Historic London Town and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

The South River and West & Rhode Riverkeepers will be unveiling the South River Report Card and the West & Rhode Rivers Report Card. Come learn about the progress being made towards clean, fishable, swimmable waterways for our local communities.

"Reconstructing the Paca Garden" and Garden Docent Training Tour at Historic Annapolis
Thursday, April 11
10:00 am
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis

Join retired Historic Annapolis Director of Horticultural, Mollie Ridout as she presents the fascinating history of the Paca Garden, through the removal of Carvel Hall, the archeology performed, the planning, and care of this wonderful Annapolis treasured garden. HA Docents and prospective docents are then invited to join Mollie in the Garden for an informative training tour of the site.

Cost: Free for HA Docents and Docents-in-Training; $5 HA Members and Volunteers; $10 General Admission. Learn more here.
Archaeology Lab Night: Projectile Point Identification Workshop, Thursday!
Thursday, April 11
6:00-9:00 pm
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

Location:  Anne Arundel County’s Archaeology Lab, which is located on the grounds of Historic London Town and Gardens ​

Discover projectile point identification with Zachary Singer (Public Outreach Coordinator) at Anne Arundel County Division of Cultural Resources/The Lost Towns Project at your choice of workshops. Perfect way to celebrate Maryland Archaeology Month! ​

Admission to the workshops is $15 for the general public. Members of Historic London Town and Gardens can participate for the discounted price of $5. The workshop is free to attend for Lost Towns Project volunteers with over 100 volunteer hours!​ Learn more here.

They will accept cash or checks made payable to The Lost Towns Project, Inc.
​For more information, please email Zac Singer at
Salon Style Concert - "Eliza Ridgely: More than a Lady with a Harp"
Thursday, April 11
6:30 pm
H ammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis

Music from the Hampton Mansion Collection: Eliza Eichelberger Ridgely (1803-1867) was a pioneering American heiress, musician and horticulturalist. A correspondent of the Marquis de Lafayette, friend of U.S. Presidents, and important businesswoman in her own right, she was also the owner of the first double-action harp in the United States, and both popularized and introduced many exotic plants to the country. Different authors have called her the ideal of American womanhood, a characterization reinforced by her iconic (and rather large) portrait The Lady with a Harp by Thomas Sully which hangs prominently in the National Gallery of Art and her family estate’s preservation as the Hampton National Historic Site in Towson, Maryland.

Welcoming reception at 6:30 p.m., Concert at 7 P.m.

Celebrate the sights and sounds of spring with this performance by Élan Ensemble , in the ballroom of the museum! Learn more here.

$30 per person/$25 Members. For reservations, please call 410-263-4683×10 or email
"Escape London Town: Ferguson Tavern" This Week
Historic London Town and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

This week's dates: April 11, 12, 13
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.

Cost: $30 per member or $35 per non-member.
Spring Open House at Goshen Farm
Saturday, April 13
10:00 am-4:00 pm
Historic Goshen Farm and Educational Center
1420 Cape St. Claire Road, Annapolis

Historic Goshen Farm and Educational Center is pleased to open its gate yet again and invite the community to enjoy the property and tour its historic structure.

The Goshen Farm Preservation Society was established to restore and preserve the historic Goshen Farm and “Radoff” House. This farm is a very important part of the history of Cape St. Claire, the Broadneck Peninsula and Anne Arundel County. This property is located behind the Cape St. Claire Elementary School and is one of the few examples left of a Colonial farm in the county. Learn more here.
Maryland Cemetery Conference - REGISTER NOW!
The Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites is pleased to announce our 28th Statewide Conference and Annual Meeting in Prince George’s County, on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

Held at the Old Greenbelt Theatre ( 129 Centerway, Greenbelt) , morning refreshments and check-in open at 8:15 am, and the meeting begins at 9:00 am. 

Join cemetery caregivers, volunteers, and advocates in Prince George’s County for a day of education, fun, and collegiality! Plan to attend the annual Maryland Cemetery Conference.

Morning sessions feature experts eager to share their knowledge and experiences, and to engage with the audience. Architectural historian Anne Brockett will talk about African American Burial Societies in Maryland, and historian Susan Pearl will introduce us to the variety of burial sites in Prince George’s County. More information on these topics and speakers may be found below.

Opportunities to present local issues and discuss cemetery concerns at Open Forum are a regular feature of this gathering, as are a short business meeting, a hot buffet lunch, and of course a tombstone dessert. Our silent auction and gift shop will be open for business. Deserving volunteers will be honored with the coveted Periwinkle Award, and the day will conclude with a special afternoon tour of historic Bowie family cemetery. 

Cost for the day is $50 per person for Coalition members, $55 for non-members. Register here.
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