Skip to main content

What's Up Magazine

Maryland Day Events 2016

Mar 17, 2016 04:00PM ● Published by Melissa Lauren

9th Annual Maryland Day Celebration

Friday, March 18th through Sunday, March 20th. Times and locations vary. All events are $1 or free! The weekend reexamines the state’s storied past beginning with its foundation. Tours of the Annapolis Maritime Museum, Maryland State Archives, Hammond-Harwood House, Naval Academy, Historic London Town and Gardens, William Paca House and Garden (pictured ), and other locations will all help tell centuries of tales of this great state. Educational lectures will take place at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and St. John’s College. All events are $1 or free!

Following are details on the festivities…


Friday, March 18th


Annapolis Green Featuring the Annapolis Green House, 92 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis – As a non-profit promoting sustainable living for a healthy, beautiful and vibrant Annapolis Community, join us at our new green community center, the Annapolis Green House. We’ll be having FUN and interactive banter between the generations on what it means to be clean and green call “Stand-up Stewardship… it’s a generational thing!” Free. 1-3 p.m.

Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Annapolis – Do you have what it takes to sail the Severn? Compare how captains and mariners navigated the waters of the Chesapeake Bay historically and how we find our way today. Try your hand with real navigation tools, decode a secret message with signal flags, and complete a take-home craft. Admission: $1. noon-4 p.m.

Historic Annapolis Museum & Store, 99 Main Street, Annapolis – Visitors will see and hear the story of resistance to servitude and slavery in the Chesapeake region. The interactive exhibit, “Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake” 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. Free. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater – As part of the Maryland Day “Generation to Generation” theme, oral history interview stations will be set up throughout the gardens and historic area, where kids and adults can interview each other about growing up! All activities are included with $1 admission. 10 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of The Mitchell Gallery Caption: Guy Carleton Wiggins, Gloucester at Twilight, 1916, oil on canvas, 21 3/8” x 25 1/8”

Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, 60 College Avenue, Mellon Hall, Annapolis – The Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, founded in 1989, is located on the historic St. John’s College campus. What is the Liberty Tree? Discover the rich and fascinating history of this important American Revolutionary War landmark where the Sons of Liberty gathered in the 1770’s. Explore the intricate sculpture that honors this revered symbol of freedom. Also on view is the exhibition, “American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony.” Free. noon – 5 p.m.

U.S. Naval Academy, Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, 52 King George Street (inside Gate 1, Randall Street) Annapolis – 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.  Admission $1 when presenting a printed coupon from the Visitor Center webpage at www.usnabsd.com/for-visitors. Or, show a coupon on a smart phone. (Must have coupon to receive special deal). Visitor Center hours: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Tour Times: 10 a.m. -3 p.m.

Saturday, March 19th

Maryland Day Flag-Raising Ceremony, Susan Campbell Park, City Dock, Annapolis. Four Rivers Heritage Area and partners present a spirit-lifting flag raising ceremony! All are welcome, free and open to the public. Music by the Annapolis Drum and Bugle Corps and flag detail by the award-winning USNA League Cadets of the Training Ship Mercedes. Free. 10 a.m.

Annapolis Tours by Watermark – Archi TreX: Start off your day with Annapolis Tours by Watermark and Historic Annapolis by taking our brand new Colonial Architecture Tour! Explore Annapolis – the museum without walls. Join noted architect Craig Martin of Spire Architecture to learn about some of the most notable 17th and 18th century architecture in Annapolis. An unforgettable narrative and leisurely trek awaits. There is no advance registration required. Starts off at City Dock at Susan Campbell Park. Walk will start directly after the Maryland Day flag-raising ceremony. Free. 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side – Captain Avery Museum is celebrating Maryland Day with a Free feast for the senses on Saturday and Sunday, March 19th & 20th. Savor our waterfront view and the nationally acclaimed work of Southern High School artists with our second annual student exhibit, “emergent | 2016″, all weekend. Plus, hear amazing facts about the magnificent osprey at a talk with self-proclaimed “featherhead” Melanie Lynch on Saturday. Free. 1-3 p.m.

Charles Carroll House of Annapolis, 107 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis – Tracing Your Family Roots Together. The Charles Carroll House of Annapolis will host a weekend of family fun and instructive genealogical activities for all ages. Learn how to research your ancestry and plot your family tree with assistance from the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society. There will be special activities for children, door prizes, an exhibit about the Carroll family, and tours. A lecture on the Carroll Family Tree will be presented on Saturday, March 19that 11 a.m. The Charles Carroll House is located in historic downtown Annapolis behind St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Duke of Gloucester Street. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis – Join CBF’s Maryland Senior Scientist and staff to learn about the natural history and current state of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn the forecast for it’s future and how you can make a difference in the health of this beautiful, fragile waterway. Tour CBF’s environmentally sustainable headquarters building and find out why it’s one of the world’s most energy-efficient buildings. Get a firsthand look at how CBF incorporated natural elements into a fully functional workplace that has minimal impact on its Bay-and-creek-front surroundings. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing appropriate for an outdoor tour and a short-distance walk on the beach (weather permitting). Limited to 50 people, advance registration required by March 17th: visit www.cbf.org/calendar,  look for “MD Day Lecture and Tour” on March 19, 2016 to register online. Questions? Contact Jennifer Herzog: jherzog@cbf.org or 443-482-2103. You are welcome to walk the grounds and enjoy our lovely natural setting on your own after the formal tour. Free, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Chesapeake Children’s Museum, 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis – Child’s play is timeless. Play games enjoyed by countless generations of children, including, S.P.U.D., Chinese Jump Rope, and Marbles. Don’t fret if you don’t remember how to play or never learned these games, we’ll learn and relearn together! $1 admission for all. 10 a.m. -4 p.m.

City of Annapolis – Walk Parole – Annapolis: A Scavenger Hunt for History. 410-263-7961 ext. 7793. Explore the strong sense of history in this turn of the century neighborhood that recognizes the important African American pioneers who built their homes, businesses or professional associations in Parole. The legacy of these community leaders continues to benefit Annapolis and the State of Maryland. This is a 4.25 mile walking map and clues. Pick up your map at the Parole Community Health Center, 1950 Drew Street, and local businesses in Parole. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Galesville Community Center, 916 West Benning Road, Galesville- Screenings of the nationally-acclaimed documentary film, “Rosenwald,” will take place on both Saturday and Sunday — Saturday showings, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., please make an advance reservation by e-mail to: communitycenter@historicgalesville.org.  There will also be a focus on Rosenwald Schools (did you know: the Galesville Community Center is a former Rosenwald School!) and the Carrie Weedon Elementary School (the first integrated elementary school in Anne Arundel County) and their impact on the community. There will be an unveiling of a documentary quilt on Sunday. Local family oral histories will also be included in the day. Free. noon-4 p.m.

Historic Annapolis Museum & Store, 99 Main Street, Annapolis – Visitors will see and hear the story of resistance to servitude and slavery in the Chesapeake region. The interactive exhibit, “Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake” 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. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Historic Annapolis’ Hogshead Living History Center, 43 Pinkney Street, Annapolis – 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 – you might be surprised how close it was! Last entry time into Hogshead will be 3:45 p.m. Free. noon-4 p.m.

Photo Credit: Creative Commons License

Historic Annapolis’ William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis – Visit the 1765 William Paca House and Garden 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, visited and worked in the house and gardens. Joseph McGill, Founder of the Slave Dwelling Project will talk about the lives of enslaved people in colonial homes such as the William Paca House and the James Brice House (12:30-4 p.m.). Admission: $1 per person. 10 a.m. -4 p.m.

Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater – Try your hand at activities that were essential to daily life 300 years ago, including cooking over an open fire, chopping wood, and making rope, and learn more chatting about the past with costumed interpreters. Kids can even dress up in colonial-style clothing during their visit! As part of the Maryland Day “Generation to Generation” theme, oral history interview stations will be set up throughout the gardens and historic area, where kids and adults can interview each other about growing up! Oldton’s Baltemore Rangers are joining Historic London Town and Gardens in celebrating and exploring the early history of our state. These reenactors join us with their intimate knowledge of the seventeenth century, and what life was like for our forefathers. All activities are included with $1 admission. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis – Explore all that Maryland Hall has to offer at our annual “ArtFest” Open House on Saturday, March 19! From performances to art demonstrations, hands-on projects to gallery events, this Free event will be an exciting afternoon of fun and creativity for children and adults. 1- 4 p.m.

Photo of Maryland State House courtesy of Watermark

Maryland State House with Maryland State Archives, 100 State Circle, Annapolis – Claim your spot on the Maryland Timeline! Come join the staff of the Maryland State Archives at the State House to place your own family event on our interactive timeline and learn more about your special place in Maryland’s past. While you are here, tour the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use and enjoy the new exhibits, including the beautifully restored Old Senate Chamber. Explore the significant historical events that happened underneath the dome of the only state house ever to have served as the nation’s capitol. Please join us for this unique opportunity to record your family story on our interactive timeline, which will be archived in our Special Collections to share with future generations! Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, 60 College Avenue, Mellon Hall, Annapolis – The Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, founded in 1989, is located on the historic St. John’s College campus. What is the Liberty Tree? Discover the rich and fascinating history of this important American Revolutionary War landmark where the Sons of Liberty gathered in the 1770’s. Explore the intricate sculpture that honors this revered symbol of freedom. Also on view is the exhibition American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony. Free. noon – 5 p.m.

United States Naval Academy, Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, 52 King George Street, (inside Gate 1, Randall Street) Annapolis – On Saturday, Noon to 3:00 p.m., the Visitor Center is providing activities for children: paper captain hat-making, linoleum rubbing, knot tying, and tattoo painting along with take-home activities on the kids’ quarterdeck. 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. Admission is $1.00 when presenting a printed coupon from the Visitor Center webpage at http://www.usnabsd.com/for-visitors. Or, show the coupon on a smart phone. (Must have coupon to receive special deal). Visitor Center Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Tour Times: 9:30 a.m. -3 p.m.

West Annapolis Heritage Partnership, Annapolis Street, West Annapolis – Make your Maryland Day a “V” Day, with a visit to West Annapolis for a celebration of “Veterans, Vineyards and Victory Gardens.” Don’t just learn about history – immerse yourself – walk the streets named for battles of the Mexican-American War or local veterans. Discover their stories with the launch of a new booklet: “Street Signs to History.” Tread where Luther Giddings, over 150 years ago, experimented with wine quality grape varieties (16,500 vines). Listen to a modern day craftsman – Tom Croghan, co-owner of the Vineyards at Dodon- explain why Maryland soils and sun, combined with passion, vision and perseverance, produce exceptional wines. Let your children reconnect with the land at the planting table sponsored by the Master Gardeners. Discover how you can continue the traditions of Victory and Schoolyard Gardens, letting the land nourish you. And then delight yourself in the Maryland Day offerings of the shops along Annapolis Street. Or for a final “V” – get your victuals (food) at one of the local restaurants. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


Free Saturday Transportation Schedule: On Saturday March 19th in downtown Annapolis and West Annapolis, Towne Transport will operate a Free Trolley running a loop between the Visit Annapolis Visitors Center, 26 West Street and J. Melvin Properties in West Annapolis, stopping at six additional participating sites along the way, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Full Schedule Details Here.
Four Rivers Heritage Area thanks Ross Cohen of Towne Transport for providing Free transportation again this year!

Sunday, March 20th


Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side –  Captain Avery Museum is celebrating Maryland Day with a FREE feast for the senses on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 & 20. Savor our waterfront view and the nationally acclaimed work of Southern High School artists with our second annual student exhibit, “emergent | 2016,” all weekend. On Sunday, taste and tempo abound at the pop-up Avery Cafe, a collaboration featuring talented Southern High School student chefs and musicians, from 1-3 p.m.

Charles Carroll House of Annapolis, 107 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis – Tracing Your Family Roots Together.  The Charles Carroll House of Annapolis will host a weekend of family fun and instructive genealogical activities for all ages. Learn how to research your ancestry and plot your family tree with assistance from the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society. There will be special activities for children, door prizes, an exhibit about the Carroll family, and tours. A lecture on the Carroll Family Tree will be presented on Sunday, March 20 at 2:00 p.m. The Charles Carroll House is located in historic downtown Annapolis behind St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Duke of Gloucester Street. Free. noon -4 p.m.

Chesapeake Children’s Museum, 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis –   Child’s play is timeless. Play games enjoyed by countless generations of children, including, S.P.U.D., Chinese Jump Rope, and Marbles. Don’t fret if you don’t remember how to play or never learned these games, we’ll learn and relearn together! $1. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

City of Annapolis – Walk Parole – Annapolis: A Scavenger Hunt for History. Explore the strong sense of history in this turn of the century neighborhood that recognizes the important African American pioneers who built their homes, businesses or professional associations in Parole. The legacy of these community leaders continues to benefit Annapolis and the State of Maryland. This is a 4.25 mile walking map and clues. Pick up your map at the Parole Community Health Center, 1950 Drew Street, and local businesses in Parole. Free. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Deale Area Historical Society, HIstoric Village at the Herrington Harbour, North Marina, 389 Deale Road (Rt. 256) Tracys Landing – Experience a day in the early 1900’s. Follow our 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 watermen and learn the art of crocheting or candle wicking from our housewives. Scholars, take a penmanship class at one of our one-room school, using slates or pen and ink. Visit an African-American Beneficial Society meetinghouse, turn of the century barn or a country church. Help us create an oral history of life as it was. Please come and share your memories and experiences with us, so we can produce an historical record of a by-gone era. Refreshments will be available. Free. noon-4 p.m.

Galesville Community Center, 916 West Benning Road, Galesville – Screenings of the nationally-acclaimed documentary film, “Rosenwald,” will take place on both Saturday and Sunday, March 19th and 20th. Sunday showings, 2 and 5 p.m., please make an advance reservation by e-mail to: communitycenter@historicgalesville.org. There will also be a focus on Rosenwald Schools (the Galesville Community Center is one!) and the Carrie Weedon Elementary School (the first integrated elementary school in Anne Arundel County) and their impact on the community. There will also be an unveiling of a documentary story quilt, 1 p.m. Local family oral histories will be included in the day. noon-4 p.m.

Galesville Heritage Society, 988 Main Street, Galesville – “When a Tablet Needed Chalk” – What was it like to learn in a two-room school house? Learn as former students share their experiences in a small community school. Free. noon-4 p.m.

Grand Opening of Franklin Point State Park, Dent Road Entrance, Shady Side, Take 468 East to Dent Road – Explore the new Franklin Point State Park on Sunday, March 20, 2016 from noon to 4:00 p.m. with the West/Rhode Riverkeeper, Anne Arundel Water Access Committee, Maryland Park Service, and Lost Towns Project Archaeology. Maryland’s newest state park is 477 beautiful acres right on the Chesapeake Bay between Shady Side and Deale. Formerly the site of Deep Creek Airport, this rustic park now has marsh, forest, meadow, and a sandy bay shoreline. Discover the park on your own or join volunteers at the Dent Road entrance for hikes at noon and 2:00 p.m. Bring your binoculars and look for birds! Park website. Free. noon-4 p.m.

Hammond-Harwood House, 19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis – Early American Families at Work & Play: An Intergenerational Program. The Hammond-Harwood House Museum is a place of discovery and learning for families. Join the museum Sunday, March 20th for a special program Families at Work & Play geared for Girl and Boy Scouts to earn a history badge. This hands on program will take families back in time to the early 19th century when the Loockerman family was living in the mansion with their seven children. Children will have the opportunity to dress up and learn what daily life was like 200 years ago. Additionally, families will have the opportunity to test out the new outdoor discovery backpack program sponsored by a grant from Four Rivers Heritage Area. Program is $1. Noon-5 p.m., programs on the hour.

Historic Annapolis Museum & Store, 99 Main Street, Annapolis – Visitors will see and hear the story of resistance to servitude and slavery in the Chesapeake region. The interactive exhibit, “Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake” 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. Free. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Historic Annapolis’ Hogshead Living History Center, 43 Pinkney Street, Annapolis – 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 – you might be surprised how close it was! Last entry time into Hogshead will be 3:45 p.m. Free. noon-4 p.m.

Historic Annapolis’ William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis – 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, visited and worked in the house and gardens. Admission: $1. 10 a.m. -4 p.m.

Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater – Try your hand at activities that were essential to daily life 300 years ago, including cooking over an open fire, chopping wood, and making rope, and learn more chatting about the past with costumed interpreters. Kids can even dress up in colonial-style clothing during their visit! As part of the Maryland Day “Generation to Generation” theme, oral history interview stations will be set up throughout the gardens and historic area, where kids and adults can interview each other about growing up! Oldton’s Baltemore Rangers are joining Historic London Town and Gardens in celebrating and exploring the early history of our state. These reenactors join us with their intimate knowledge of the seventeenth century, and what life was like for our forefathers. All activities are included with $1 admission! noon-4:30 p.m.

Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, 60 College Avenue, Mellon Hall, Annapolis – The Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, founded in 1989, is located on the historic St. John’s College campus. What is the Liberty Tree? Discover the rich and fascinating history of this important American Revolutionary War landmark where the Sons of Liberty gathered in the 1770’s. Explore the intricate sculpture that honors this revered symbol of freedom. Also on view is the exhibition American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony. Free. noon – 5 p.m.

United States Naval Academy, Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, 52 King George Street, (inside Gate 1, Randall Street) Annapolis – 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.  Admission $1 when presenting a printed coupon from the Visitor Center webpage at www.usnabsd.com/for-visitors. Or, show a coupon on a smart phone. (Must have coupon to receive special deal).Visitor Center hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tour Times: noon-3 p.m.

For more information visit Marylandday.org.
Today, Arts+Entertainment What's Up? Events March Annapolis 2016 March Eastern Shore 2016 March West County 2016 Maryland Day Maryland Day Events 2016

 

 

Towne Social