February 25, 2020
Annapolis Restaurant Week Starts this Weekend!
February 29-March 8

Get your friends and family together for a fun time surrounded by great food in Annapolis!

The first week in March participating Annapolis restaurants offer prix fixe menus for you to enjoy. You can indulge in a two-course breakfast, two-course lunch or three-course dinner. Some restaurants even have bonus specials!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to treat yourself or your friends to delicious meals at reasonable prices. Reservations are recommended as this is a popular week to dine out. Find a list of participating restaurants .
Working Toward a Sustainable Chesapeake Bay and a Sustainable World: a New Way Forward
Thursday, February 27
7:00-9:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street, Annapolis

Annapolis Maritime Museum's Winter Lecture Series continues with Working toward a sustainable Chesapeake Bay and a sustainable world: a new way forward

  • An honest look at the current state of the Chesapeake Bay
  • Examine how the Chesapeake Bay reached it’s current status and the results if we stay on our present course
  • Understand the influence we can make to take on what has been described as the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced

Presenter: Paul Kazyak | Scientist and Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Paul Kazyak is an aquatic ecologist with more than 30 years of experience working on Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. During his career as a senior scientist with Maryland DNR, Paul directed water quality monitoring for the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays Trust Fund, and he played a key role in designing and leading the nationally renowned Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS). He also served as Maryland liaison for the Highlands Action Program (HAP). In this role he worked on numerous sustainability-related projects and did environmental leadership and sustainability trainings for community leaders, elected officials, DNR staff, and others. He also really learned the lesson that ecological problems are economic problems that are also cultural problems, and that the bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity.

Paul has also served as a popular part-time graduate instructor for Johns Hopkins University for the past 25+ years. His current courses include: coastal ecology and management, Great Lakes ecology and management, freshwater ecology, applied sustainability, and his favorite, sustainability leadership.

Lectures are $10; FREE for AMMP Members First Mate and above ($100 level). Pay at the door.
Winter Lecture Series: Caring for your Treasures
Thursday, February 27
Lecture, 10:30 am; Lunch, 11:30 am
O'Brien's Oyster Bar and Seafood Tavern
113 Main Street, Annapolis

We all have them: the jersey you wore in that winning game, Mom's handwritten recipes, a favorite ornament, vacation photographs, etc. They are precious memories and stories embodied in a physical object. While we know we want to safeguard these objects, it's not always clear how to do so. In this lecture, Curator of Collections Robin Matty will discuss simple and affordable ways to protect your treasures for years to come.  Advance registration required .
Partying through Time: A Happy Hour Archaeology Workshop
Friday, February 28
6:00 pm
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

Join the Happy Hour Archaeology Workshop . Archaeologists with The Lost Towns Project will pull real artifact collections from Anne Arundel County out of storage for this hands-on workshop. Listen to experts describe lavish parties through the centuries, then go on a guided exploration of artifacts from ancient Native American feasts, Colonial taverns, and other historic celebrations.

Admission includes heavy appetizers, refreshments, and 1 drink ticket. Cash bar will also be available. $25 for London Town members and Lost Towns Project volunteers; $30 for non-members
LGBTQ+ History in Maryland Series: Documenting LGBTQ+ spaces in Maryland
Saturday, February 29
10:00 am
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

Each Saturday at Historic London Town and Gardens, learn from a noted scholar about the LGBTQ+ experience in the Chesapeake region.

On Saturday, February 29, Ben Egerman will discuss Preservation Maryland’s project documenting the LGBTQ+ spaces in Maryland. Throughout 2019, Ben Egerman worked with Preservation Maryland on a project to conduct a brief survey of sites associated with LGBTQ+ history, culture, and communities statewide. This talk will discuss this project and what it uncovered, how this helps us understand the story of LGBTQ+ people in our state’s history, and the resources that are available for future work in preserving LGBTQ+ history and heritage.

Included with general admission or free for members of London Town.
Cooking on the Chesapeake: The Carr’s and Sparrow’s Beach Heritage Preservation Project
Saturday, February 29
3:00 pm
Galesville Community Center
916 W. Benning Rd., Galesville

Join Vince Leggett, “Admiral of the Chesapeake” and founder of the Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation who will discuss historical accounts and memories of the famous beach venues owned and operated by Elizabeth Carr Smith and her sister Florence Carr Sparrow during the 1930s-1970s.  

This multi-media presentation will highlight the culinary aspects of these extremely popular African American retreats situated on the Chesapeake Bay, south of Annapolis. Participants will be actively involved in this engaging program, which will be documented through videography. They will help to answer the following questions: What types of foods were grown on these beach properties? What types of food were sold at restaurants, lounges, and concessions located there? Who were the famous cooks, chefs, and caterers who supplied the needs of beach goers? What items were in picnic baskets?

In addition, Admiral Leggett will sell and autograph copies of his book, The Chesapeake Bay Through Ebony Eyes, which is chock full of recipes and stories about African American life on the Bay.

Courtesy RSVPs would be appreciated but are not required, and may be emailed to or
Saturday, February 29
6:00-10:00 pm
Galesville Memorial Hall
952 Galesville Rd, Galesville

Join in the dancing with Galesville Community Square Dance .

Optional (and always delicious) potluck starts at 5:45pm—bring a dish to share.

Dancing goes from 7pm to 10 pm. Janine Smith, will teach and call the dances. Live music is provided by Leah Weiss (fiddle), Gary Wright (guitar), Kate Brett (banjo), and Kevin Enoch (bass). Sit-ins are welcome on fiddle, guitar, banjo, and mandolin. All are welcome!
MSAC Call for Jurors - 2020 Women & Nature Open-Call Exhibition
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking jurors to review visual art (two-dimensional) and poetry submissions for "Women and Nature," MSAC's spring exhibition exploring artists' relationship with Mother Earth through visual art and poetry. This exhibition will be open April 2 - June 18, 2020.
Selected jurors must be available to review submitted artwork online (artwork review period is between March 5-12) and attend a conference call meeting (date TBD) to make final artwork selections. Ideal jurors for the open-call exhibition have professional experience in visual art, literature, and exhibitions. Artists, art instructors, arts administrators, and gallerists are encouraged to apply. Applicants must apply by 5 PM, Friday, February 28, 2020 to be considered.

Selected jurors will receive modest compensation for the review of submitted work and attendance at an opening reception on April 2, 2020 from 6-8 PM. For more information, contact Special Projects & Grants Assistant Rosa Chang at .
Call for Applications: MHT Capital Grant Program
Are you considering applying to the Capital Grant program for funding a historic preservation project? Now is the time! 

The MHT Capital Grant is a competitive funding program for construction projects on historic buildings or structures that are on or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Grants up to $100,000 are available. Learn more about the Capital Grant program  here .

Applications must be submitted online , and submissions must include a completed application along with all required attachments. 

To start a new application, visit the website  here .

Applications are due March 23, 2020 at 11:59pm. For questions, please contact Barbara Fisher, Capital Grant Administrator, at or 410-697-9574.
Save the Dates 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 .
Watch “Annapolis Discovered” Video About The Maryland State House
MD State House
The Maryland State House is beautiful and iconic on the Annapolis skyline. It is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use and is the only state house ever to have served as the nation’s capitol. The Continental Congress met in the Old Senate Chamber from November 26, 1783 to August 13, 1784. During that time, George Washington came before Congress to resign his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the Treaty of Paris was ratified, marking the official end of the Revolutionary War.

The State House is where the Maryland General Assembly convenes from January to April for 90 days each year, and the elected leadership of the state — the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the House of Delegates and president of the Senate — all have their offices here.
Notably, the State House is open to the public every day from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., except Christmas and New Years Day.

Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County recently made an “Annapolis Discovered” video with retired state Senator John C. Astle as he shares some of the history of the Maryland State House, enjoy!
NOTE: We are Hiring! Seeking a PT Programs Coordinator
Four Rivers Heritage Area is a non-profit organization with its office in Annapolis. We are seeking to fill our part-time staff position of Heritage Programs Coordinator . This individual should be highly creative, have excellent interpersonal and communications skills, pay careful attention to detail, and preferably have a Master’s degree in a heritage-related field. It is work that is interesting and challenging!

We are looking for someone with experience in grants, tourism, museum/nonprofit management, and preservation. The Heritage Programs Coordinator works under the supervision of the Executive Director. This is a part-time position (14 hours per week to start, with more hours expected to be added), with some limited flexibility in schedule. Read the full job description:   Heritage Programs Coordinator job description 2020
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