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Happy Maryland Day From Your Friends at What’s Up? Media!

Mar 19, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren

Photo Courtesy of Carol Benson

Happy Maryland Day from your friends at What’s Up? Media! Maryland Day celebrates the history of our state and features events at various locations throughout Maryland this weekend!

Maryland Day 2015 will be celebrated throughout Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County this Friday, March 20th through Sunday, March 22nd. The weekend commemorates March 25th, 1634, the day English settlers first set foot on Maryland soil in St. Clements Island, which is now St. Mary’s County. The state’s storied past beginning with its foundation will be reexamined and remembered. Tours, family-friendly activities, and educational lectures will all help tell centuries of tales about our great state at various historic locations. Take a few days to learn about and appreciate the Old Line State. Maryland Day is presented by Four 
Selfie courtesy of

 Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town, and South County.

Enjoy Yourself!

#MDSelfie is certainly a sign of the times! Take a selfie at any Maryland Day location and post your history inspired selfies online for your chance to win! Tag your selfie (#MDSelfie) and post it @fouriversha to participate. Good luck!


Towne Transport will be providing free transportation on Saturday in Downtown Annapolis and West Annapolis. One trolley will run between the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Visitors Bureau on West Street and stop at 7 participating sites along the way. On Sunday, two 25 passenger mini-coach buses will run a loop from the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Visitors Bureau on West Street to South County Maryland Day event sites. You can find the transportation information online at

Fees? Mostly Free!

The events are just $1 or less and many of the activities are free! Times vary based on location of event. For more information call 410-222-1805 and be sure to visit for a full list of events including a complete program of events.

Top 25 Maryland Day Event Picks

Since our founders set foot on Maryland soil March 25, 1634, following are my top 25ish picks for Maryland Day Events…

Friday, March 20th

Maryland Day Scavenger Hunt for History. Discover the unique Made in Maryland products sold by many of our local merchants. Then stop in at some historic hostelries, pubs and cultural sites and support the local business community while you learn more about our unique history and heritage. The Scavenger Hunt for History begins on Maryland Day weekend, March 20th, and continues each Friday evening until April 3rd. Stores will be open until 8 p.m. for your shopping and history-hunting pleasure. Prizes will be awarded. Pick up your Annapolis Scavenger Hunt map at Annapolis Collections on West Street, Annebeth’s on Maryland Avenue, the Historic Annapolis Museum Store on Main Street, or the Annapolis and Anne Arundel Convention and Visitors Center on West Street, or look for stores along Main Street, Maryland Avenue or West Street with a number in their window. More details on this free event can be found at

United States Naval Academy, Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, 52 King George Street, (inside Gate 1, Randall Street), Annapolis. Visitor Center Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tour Times: Fri. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., $1 when presenting a printed coupon from the Visitor Center webpage at Or, show the coupon on a smart phone (must have coupon to receive special deal). Please ask an information specialist for a free booklet on John Paul Jones, the Revolutionary War naval hero buried at the Academy. You can see his sarcophagus and exhibits on his life in the crypt beneath the main Chapel on the guided walking tour. Redeem your tour coupon and your tour tag will be stamped with an anchor which entitles you to 20% off one item in the Visitor Center Gift Shop.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 4800 Atwell Road, Shady Side, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Free. Help restore the native Chesapeake Bay oyster population by constructing concrete reef balls that will serve as habitats for oysters, fish, blue crabs, and other critters. Dress appropriately – gloves, boots, and warm clothes that can get wet and dirty – as this is an outdoor event. Tour the Oyster Restoration Center afterwards to learn all that CBF is doing to restore the native oyster population in the Bay. Limited to 25 people. Children and teenagers welcome with adult supervision. Advance registration required to Patrick Beall,, or 410-268-8816.

Historic Annapolis Museum and Store, 99 Main Street, Annapolis, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Free. Visitors will see and hear the story of resistance to servitude and slavery in the Chesapeake region. The interactive exhibit takes visitors from the Colonial Period through the Civil War. Historic Annapolis exhibit guides will lead visitors through hands-on activities and thought- provoking debates on freedom.

Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Annapolis, 12 – 4 p.m., Free. Visitors can join one of our trained docents for a guided tour of the historic McNasby oyster packing plant. The exhibit features an 850 gallon aquarium filled with Chesapeake Bay critters as well as a waterman workboat Miss Lonesome. The interactive exhibit allows visitors to participate in activities such as hand tonging from the washboards of our workboat, dressing as a waterman, and culling oysters.

Maryland State House, 100 State Circle, Annapolis, 1 – 3 p.m., Free. George Washington resigned his military commission here! On December 23, 1783, General George Washington stood before Congress in the Old Senate Chamber to surrender his command of the Continental Army. Staff from the Maryland State Archives will explain the importance of Washington’s resignation, which established the precedent of civilian control of the American military. Washington’s personal copy of his resignation speech, which he read in the Old Senate Chamber, will be exhibited in the State House rotunda. A photo ID is required to enter the State House. Occupancy in the rooms is limited, so there may be a brief wait at certain times. Guests are encouraged to take a self-guided tour of the Maryland State House.

Saturday, March 21st

U.S. Naval Academy Visitor’s Center, Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, 52 King George Street, (inside Gate 1, Randall Street), Annapolis, MD 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tour Times: Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., $1 when presenting a printed coupon from the Visitor Center webpage at Or, show the coupon on a smart phone. (Must have coupon to receive special deal). On Saturday, the Visitor Center is providing activities for children from 12 – 3 p.m. Redeem your tour coupon and your tour tag will be stamped with an anchor which entitles you to 20% off one item in the Visitor Center Gift Shop. Children’s activities include: paper captain’s hat-making, linoleum rubbing, knot tying, and tattoo painting along with take-home activities on the kids’ quarterdeck.

Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Free. Take home a snapshot of history! Come visit the Maryland State Archives to begin your visual journey through Maryland’s past. While you are there, select a prop and pose for a selfie with a life-sized print from the state’s collection. Then, pick up a few historic images from our photographic collections to compare with their modern day locations downtown, creating a photo-mashup. Be sure to check out the historic maps on display to help you on this visual scavenger hunt and picture yourself in history! Valid Photo ID required by security for entry into the Archives building.

Historic Annapolis’ William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., $1. Visit the 1765 William Paca House and Gardens to experience what life was like for a wealthy Annapolis family during the years leading up to the American Revolution. Come meet the men and women who would have lived and worked in the house and gardens. Hands-on activities will help you decide if you could have lived in the house during the 18th century!

Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., $1. Picture yourself in Colonial London Town! They will have plenty of photo opportunities as you explore the wooded gardens and immerse yourself in the lives of Maryland colonists. Try your hand at activities that were essential to daily life 300 years ago and chat about the past with costumed interpreters. Create your own self portrait, or on Saturday afternoon, stop for a moment to have your portrait made by silhouette artist Lauren Muney.

Courtesy of Annapolis Tours by Watermark
Tricorns and Tennis Shoes Tour, Susan B. Campbell Park, 10:30 a.m., Free. In honor of Maryland Day, Annapolis Tours by Watermark is proud to offer a complimentary Tricorns and Tennis Shoes walking tour. The tour will depart from Susan Campbell Park immediately following the 10 a.m. flag raising ceremony. Wear comfy Shoes for this run! Not a race, just a brisk pace. Fresh air, fun, history and exercise come together for this romp through town! See the homes of each of our Maryland Signers of the Declaration of Independence, visit colonial era merchant homes and other historic sites that symbolize Maryland’s pre-Revolutionary War spirit of creativity, individuality, and respect for order, all of which were significant in our Constitution once we won our independence. A period dressed tour guide will lead the way.

Goshen Farm, 1420 Cape St. Claire Road, Annapolis. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Free. Take a family getaway to the Maryland Countryside where there is good fun for everyone in the family at Goshen Farm. Listen to music, participate in children’s old-fashioned games and activities, explore the 22 acres of Greenspace; open meadows, and walking trails in the woods. Tour the historic 1783 Goshen Farm House and marvel at the exposed, 18th century construction. View the ironstone quarry from which stone was used to build the Farm House’s foundation. Hear about the people who have farmed this land since the 1600’s and the crops they produced. Wander through the 62-plot community Sharing Garden, talk with the gardeners, peek into the High Tunnel/Greenhouse and see what’s growing.

Charles Carroll House, 107 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, 12 – 4 p.m., Free. The Carrolls From Offaly to Maryland: A Photographic Essay by Denny Lynch. In this exhibition, photographer Denny Lynch documents the indelible mark the Carrolls left on lands on both sides of the Atlantic. Many of the photographs are the result of journeys Denny made to Ely O’Carroll Country. There he captured images of castles, landscapes and historical sites associated with this family. Mr. Lynch will give a lecture about his experiences and the exhibit on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Carroll House. Come take a selfie with the Signer! Tours of the house will also be offered.

Belvoir Scott Plantation, 1534 Generals Highway, Crownsville, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Free. Visitors will be able to get a glimpse into one of Anne Arundel County’s best kept historic treasures! Belvoir, once owned by Francis Scott Key’s grandparents, is now under the stewardship of Rockbridge Academy. Enjoy a free walking tour of Belvoir Scott’s Plantation and the historic Manor House. Learn about the history of the plantation throughout the years. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled. Limited to 30 people, advance registration required. To register, please send an e-mail to

Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side, 1 – 3 p.m., Free. The Museum will be hosting Eco-Rock Star Greg Kearns! Greg will be giving a PowerPoint presentation with a Q & A, themed Greet the Osprey. Greg is a nationally renowned wetlands and wildlife expert who will be giving a special talk about Osprey. Get the inside scoop on this magnificent marine raptor.

Hammond Harwood House, 19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, 1 – 4 p.m., $1. Family tours focusing on approachable ways to introduce your children into a museum’s collection. The special Maryland Day tours are fun and interactive, focusing on making connections between people’s own lives and collections in the museum’s period rooms. After the tour there will be children’s activities and a dress-up activity in our gardens. Tours at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. both days. Tours limited to 20 people. Pre-registration suggested, please call 410-263-4683, ext. 12.

West Annapolis Heritage Partnership, 24 Annapolis Street, Annapolis. Don your early Downton Abbey togs and saunter up Annapolis Street to celebrate the era of 1900 to 1920, when Miss Elizabeth Giddings and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. utilized natural landscapes to craft the lovely community of Wardour. Discover more about the history of Annapolis during that era and how you too, can create your own beautiful neighborhood.

Special Events at 24 Annapolis Street – Maryland Day Headquarters (J. Melvin Premier Properties).
  • 11 a.m. Explore Trees: When to Remove & What to Replant, with Paul G. Foster, Arborist and MD. Licensed Tree Expert. Sponsored by The Severn River Association. (limited seating – second chance at 3 p.m.)
  • 1:30 p.m. Discover Elizabeth Giddings’ World: Women Shaping Annapolis, 1900 to 1920 talk by Jane McWillliams, author of Annapolis: City on the Severn. Followed by a Fashion Show sponsored by Retropolitan.

Day-Long Activities 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • 105B Annapolis Street: Bring your bike to Green Pedals for a free spring tune-up.
  • 105C Annapolis Street: Ask Master Gardeners your spring planting questions. (Annapolis Kitchen and Bath).
  • Kid’s crafts and activities at: 2 Annapolis Street (Art Things); 10 Annapolis St. (Tara’s Gifts).

Sunday, March 22nd

Galesville Community Center with the West/Rhode Riverkeeper and Anne Arundel County Cultural Resources Division. Come and experience firsthand the restoration process of a 19thcentury farmhouse; take a walk back in time with an archaeologist and discover what artifacts can tell us about the past; visit with former Hot Sox baseball team players and hear a different story about America’s Pastime. Schedule: 11-1 p.m. Hot Sox Field at Wilson Park is open to the public, 862 Galesville Road, Galesville. Wilson Park is a new Anne Arundel County Park that is home to the Wilson House and the Hot Sox Field. Specific activities include:
  • Archaeology and History tours of the Wilson House and Hot Sox Field
  • Preservation in Progress: A report on the restoration of the Wilson House
  • Take a Selfie with an Archaeologist! #MDSelfie
  • West/Rhode Riverkeeper’s Hot Sox Field Clean-Up! Meet at home plate at historic Hot Sox Field at 11 a.m. to help the West/Rhode Riverkeeper staff clean litter and trash from the woods along the edge of the park. Work gloves provided, wear appropriate clothing-rubber boots are recommended. The group will follow the new trail from the field to the Galesville Community Center for the dedication of the trail at 1:30 p.m.

Historic Annapolis Hogshead Living History Center, 43 Pinkney Street, Annapolis, 12 – 4 p.m., Free. Experience the working class life of 18th century Annapolis. Historic interpreters will relate the labor intensive and difficult lives of the lower class working men and women of Annapolis during the 18th century. Experience hands-on activities and hear tales of travel to the western frontier. Last entry time into Hogshead will be 3:45 p.m.

ArtFest at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, 1 – 4 p.m., Free. Explore all that Maryland Hall has to offer at their annual Open House on Sunday! From performances to art demonstrations, hands-on projects to gallery event; an exciting afternoon full of fun and creativity for children and adults.

Deale Area Historical Society, Herrington Harbour North Marina, 389 Deale Road (Rt. 256), Tracys Landing, 1 – 4 p.m., Free. Experience a day in the early 1900’s. Follow hard-working villagers as they go about their daily chores. Help churn ice cream or butter, and enjoy the results. Tong for oysters with our waterman and learn the art of quilting, crocheting or candle wicking from our housewives. Scholars, take a penmanship class at the one room school, using slates or pen and ink. Visit an African-American Beneficial Society meetinghouse or a country church. Refreshments sold by the Deale Area Historic Society.

Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College, 60 College Avenue, Mellon Hall, Annapolis. 12 – 5 p.m., Free. The Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, founded in 1989, is located on the historic St. John’s College campus. The gallery’s current exhibition, An Ear for Music, An Eye for Art: Selections from the Ahmet Ertegün Collection, features paintings collected by a St. John’s alumnus who founded of one of the major record companies of the 20th century. Ahmet Ertegün is the Turkish-American musician and business man best known as the founder and president of Atlantic Records. Perhaps, most famous for signing such artists as Aretha Franklin and Led Zeppelin, among many other major music industry players. Come and discover more about this visionary entrepreneur. The Mitchell Gallery is a nationally accredited museum and offers educational programs for all ages: lectures, gallery talks, seminar, a Junior Member’s program, and tours for school and other groups.

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