August 27, 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. Potential applications who cannot attend this session can arrange a one-on-one makeup session. To register call 410-222-1805 or email .
Nominations Are Open for the 2020 Maryland Preservation Awards!
The Maryland Historical Trust is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Maryland Preservation Awards ! You may complete a nomination here using the 2020 guidelines . Nominations are due September 13, 2019.

The Maryland Preservation Awards , presented annually by the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Historical Trust, are the highest level of recognition for historic preservation, heritage education and community development projects in the state. Since 1975, the Maryland Historical Trust has honored the outstanding preservation efforts of more than 250 individuals and projects throughout Maryland.  

Awards are presented in four categories: Leadership and Service, Education and Community Engagement, Project Excellence and Stewardship. To learn more or submit a nomination, visit .
More than a Doormat: The Art of Floorcloths
Wednesday, August 28
5:30-7:30 pm
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis
Floorcloths were more than just doormats in 18th century homes. Water resistant, durable, and protective, it is likely that inside every home, from working class to gentry, you could find a painted floorcloth. Artist Jennifer Higgins presents the history of floorcloths and the techniques to make them.

After the lecture, try your hand at making your own floorcloth-inspired bookmark out of sailcloth. Supplies and instruction included; all painting skill levels welcome! 

Reservations required. Cost: $20 General Admission; $18 for HA Members and Volunteers; $15 for Curator's Circle Members. Learn more here .
Tides & Tunes with Dublin 5
Thursday, August 29
7:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second St, Annapolis
The Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series offers 10 weeks of popular music–from rock to folk to jazz–with the incomparable backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay. Concerts are free; however, donations are gratefully accepted. Food and spirits are available for purchase. Beverage sales support the Museum’s education program. Bring a chair or blanket. Learn more here.

The August 29 concert will feature Dublin 5 , a high-energy Irish rock band. They have taken the Celtic music scene by storm thanks to an eclectic mix of traditional roots and blazing instrumentals with an amped up rock twist.
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:
  • Thursday, August 29, 6:30 pm
  • Friday, August 30, 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, August 31, 4:30pm and 6:30pm
At Maryland Hall! Chuck Brown Band with Special Guest Sugar Bear of E.U.
Friday, August 30
8:00 pm
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
801 Chase St, Annapolis

Co-Presented by Maryland Hall & Phyllis "Tee" Adams

The Chuck Brown Band toured the world with the Godfather of Go-Go for the most prolific period of his life, when he had 5 Billboard charting releases and a Grammy nomination over a ten-year period. They continue to honor him by carrying the torch, keeping the beat alive and keeping the party going!

Maryland Hall is excited to feature a dance floor section in the orchestra near the front of the stage for this event. Guests who plan to purchase seating in the first several rows should be aware that the dance floor area may disturb the line of view to the stage. Buy tickets here.
Hogshead Living History: Mary Howard’s Coffeehouse
Saturday, September 1
12:00-4:00 pm
43 Pinkney Street, Annapolis

Did you know? Coffeehouses aren’t new to Annapolis! Yes, even in the era of Mr. Paca, coffeehouses were a place to meet. Mary Howard, proprietress of the Maryland Coffeehouse will be setting up shop at Hogshead Tavern on Sunday, September 1.

Learn more about the social hotspots that were 18th-century coffeehouses and taverns from Mrs. Howard, as she displays some of the tools of her trade.

Cost: Free (donations welcome). Learn more here.
Unveiling of a Historical Marker about the Lynchings that Occurred in Anne Arundel County
Saturday September 7
10:00 a.m.
Calvert Street, Annapolis

A historical marker will be unveiled on Calvert Street in Annapolis (across from the Arundel Center) as part of the Equal Justice Initiative's Lynching Marker Project. The location is near the site where Henry Davis was lynched in 1906. The marker will acknowledge the lynching of at least five black men in Anne Arundel County and the racial terrorizing of many more. In an effort to foster remembrance, reconciliation, and education about these painful events, Connecting the Dots (Anne Arundel County) has partnered with the Equal Justice Initiative, the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project, the City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, local elected officials and civil rights groups to bring the first historical marker to Maryland, acknowledging racial terror. In addition to the marker unveiling, EJI will be announcing the winners of the Racial Justice Essay Contest.

Parking is available in the Whitmore Garage at 37 Clay Street. Consider bringing a lawn chair if you will require seating during the unveiling ceremony. Following the dedication, Connecting the Dots and their partners will offer an open opportunity for the public to address the topic: “Who are we and where are we going as a Nation?” All are welcome. The discussions will be facilitated by members Coming to the Table here groups from Annapolis, Baltimore, Harford County, and Montgomery County and The Conversation Starters here . The discussions are open to everyone over the age of 14 and will be held at the Asbury United Methodist Church, 87 West Street, Annapolis. Facebook event here .
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