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40+ Events for Maryland Day 2020

Experience dozens of free and $1 events during Maryland's birthday celebration weekend March 20-22, 2020


On March 25th, Maryland turns 386. During Maryland Day Weekend from March 20-22, 2020 the areas historical, heritage and cultural sites come together to celebrate that milestone. They fill the weekend with fun family-friendly events throughout Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County that are free or just $1. There is a wide range of events that include nature hikes, historic homes, farm and garden tours, museum exhibits, historical reenactments and open house events at galleries and art centers. o


As it is also the Year of the Woman, so there will be a free guided tour in downtown Annapolis by Watermark Tours called the Women of Achievement Walking Tour and award-winning actress and Smithsonian scholar, Mary Ann Jung will be performing "Elizabeth Cady Stanton" at the Eastport Library, a new exhibit at Banneker Douglas called Verda's Place: A Homage to a Valiant Woman and you can also visit the new sculpture of Harriot Tubman at the Maryland State House. Other new events this year include a Maryland Day Block Party on Market Space in downtown Annapolis, tours of the Anne Arundel Free School in Davidsonville, an American Indian art exhibit at St. John's College, pirate fun on the Back Creek Campus of the Annapolis Maritime Museum, open house at the historic Goshen Farm and a scavenger hunt in downtown Annapolis by Visit Annapolis.


The weekend is a great affordable way for everyone to get out and enjoy the State of Maryland. This is the 13th year that the Maryland Day celebration has been sponsored by the Four Rivers Heritage Area. The sponsorship allows sites that typically charge an admission fee to either waive the admission fee or only charge $1 for the weekend. Most sites also bring on extra staff for tours, demonstrations and other events for the public to enjoy and enhance their visit during the Maryland Day weekend. "This is an opportunity to experience a wide range of historical and cultural sites that fit in every family's budget," says Erik Evans, the Marketing Director for Maryland Day. "The participating sites want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to come out and experience the heritage and culture of their community," 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. You will have the option to customize your weekend into themes if you wish or choose a variety of different events. Pick options like historic home tours, maritime history, outside tours and hikes, African American history, women's history, children's activities, arts, historical reenactments, and demonstrations. Maryland Day Weekend Event Highlights: Tour Historic Homes: Visit and tour the Deale Area Historical Society filled buildings from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Visit a 2-room home, a 1-room school, an African-American beneficial society building, an outhouse, a tobacco barn, a Russian Orthodox chapel, and various smaller buildings. In Annapolis check out the homes of two of our signers of the Declaration of Independence, the William Paca House, and the Charles Carrol House and see the newest restoration work at the Harwood Hammond House. Plus don't forget our Statehouse that is packed with history. Enjoy the Outdoors on one of several guided hikes, a walking tour of downtown Annapolis or Brewer Hill Cemetery or by visiting a local farm. Plus all of the Anne Arundel County Parks are offering free admission. On City Dock, you can tour the tall ship, Pride of Baltimore II, and watch a flag-raising ceremony. Visit the block party on Market Space between visiting all the sites and enjoy live music, food and drinks. Kids Activities are in abundance this weekend. Sites with kids' activities include the Chesapeake Children's Museum, Hammond Harwood House, Annapolis Maritime Museum's Back Creek Campus, and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Also, check out the flag-raising ceremony at Susan B. Campbell Park with the Mayor and flag detail by the award-winning USNA League Cadets of the Training Ship Mercedes. Take in the Arts at Maryland Hall's annual open house ArtFest. It's an afternoon of fun for all ages; featuring art demonstrations, music recitals, dance performances, exhibits, hands-on activities, and children's crafts. This free open house showcases Maryland Hall like no other single day and ends with a free concert. Stop by the Maryland Federation of art and see local artist work exhibit and sale. On Sunday head to downtown Annapolis to hear the live music at the Maryland Day Block Party on Market Space.


Learn about African American History at the Banneker Douglas Museum with the Black Vote and Verda's Place exhibit, learn about the culinary history at the Galesville Community Center, visit the historic Brewer Hill Cemetery, check out the new sculptures of Frederick Douglas and Harriot Tubman at the Statehouse, and experience the performance Our Legacy of Greatness at the Wiley Bates Legacy Center.


Check out all the Maryland Day events below or online at www.MarylandDay.org



Maryland Day Weekend Activities Events for Friday, March 20 Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park - Education Center 7300 Edgewood Road - Back Creek Campus location Annapolis, MD 21403 Free 11 am - 3pm  PH# 410-295-0104 Discover local pirate lore as you join the Education Staff at the Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park's BACK CREEK CAMPUS for an afternoon of adventure. We will learn about local pirates as we conquer pirate challenges such as building boats, knot tying, decoding signal flags and more. Activities are free and for all ages! https://amaritime.org/ Anne Arundel County Dept. of Recreation & Parks  5 Anne Arundel County regional parks open free all weekend! Downs Park 8322 John Downs Loop Pasadena, MD Free  7 am - dusk  PH# 410-222-6230 This 236-acre park has 5 miles of trails, a fishing pier, a children's playground,2 basketball courts, kayak launching, and an amazing view of the Chesapeake Bay. The Downs Park Historical Society works hard to preserve the park's history. Fort Smallwood Park 9500 Fort Smallwood Road Pasadena, MD Free 5:30 am - dusk  PH# 410-222-0087 Recreational amenities include the 380-foot Bill Burton Fishing Pier for fishing and birdwatching, a large accessible playground, historic gun battery and barracks from when the site was a coastal fort, plus walking trails, beaches, a pond and volleyball courts. Fees apply for boat launching. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary 1361 Wrighton Road  Lothian, MD Free 9 am - 5pm PH# 410-222-8006 The Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is located along the tidal Patuxent River in southern Anne Arundel County. It includes 1,500 acres of tidal freshwater wetlands, forests, meadows, and fields.  Kinder Farm Park 1001 Kinder Farm Park Road Millersville, MD Free 7 am - dusk  PH#410-222-6115 Explore a restored farmhouse from 1925 with artifacts from the 1930s including a tobacco press, and harvesting tools. Live animals include chickens, turkeys, geese, cows, pigs, goats, and sheep. There is also a large playground, tot-lot, and walking trails. Quiet Waters Park 600 Quiet Waters Road Annapolis, MD Free 7 am - dusk PH# 410-222-1777 This park's 340 acres include paved trails, public art, playground, picnic areas and water views of the South River.  https://www.aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/ Banneker Douglass Museum 84 Franklin Street Annapolis, MD Free 10 am - 4 pm  PH# 410-216-6180 The Banneker-Douglass Museum serves to document, interpret and promote African-American history and culture through exhibits, projects, and programs to improve understanding and appreciation of the Americas’ rich cultural diversity.  In addition to the museum standing exhibitions there are several exhibits featuring the 50th anniversary of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC). In 1962, Verda Freeman Welcome became the first Black woman elected to a State Senate. Later, she became the legislative backer for the United States’ first ethnic commission, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC). In celebration of the MCAAHC’s 50th Anniversary we are launching a new exhibition, Verda’s Place: An Homage to a Valiant Woman. Explore the intersection of public art, Black voices, and civil rights with sixteen murals that transform the interior galleries of the Banneker-Douglass Museum. Painted by regional artists, these murals interpret the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) 2020 theme: African Americans and the Vote.  https://bdmuseum.maryland.gov/ Chase Lloyd House 22 Maryland Avenue Annapolis, MD Free 2- 4 pm  Tour this beautiful historic home and Bay-wise gardens! Visitors are welcomed by members of the Chase Lloyd docent volunteers and will be guided through the first floor public rooms. Hear details and stories about the history of Chase Lloyd House and Chase Home. Members of the Chase Home Garden Friends and Master Gardeners will lead guests on a tour of the 6,000 square foot Bay-wise gardens featuring native plants. Certified a Maryland Bay-Wise Landscape in 2014, visitors will learn what practices make this garden Bay-wise. http://www.chaselloydhouse.org/ Homestead Gardens 743 W. Central Avenue Davidsonville, MD Free 9 am -6 pm PH# 410-798-7000 Davidsonville Green Expo presented by the Davidsonville Area Civic Association -  40 exhibitors offer information, education, and demonstrations on environmentally friendly products, sustainable lifestyle, lawn and garden techniques, agricultural practices, energy use, water conservation and preservation, recycling, land use, and conservation. At the expo, you will find all you need to live a sustainable life, protect and preserve our environment, waterways and our Chesapeake Bay. In keeping with the theme, DACA is partnering with Annapolis Green to make Expo a ‘Zero Waste’ event. https://homesteadgardens.com/ Maryland Federation of Art/ Circle Gallery 18 State Circle Annapolis, MD 11am-5pm Free PH# 410-268-4566 View fine art, jewelry, and crafts from Maryland artists. Receive 10% off all Maryland artists. https://mdfedart.com/ Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts 801 Chase Street Annapolis, MD Free 9am-9pm  PH# 410-263-5544 Visit the galleries at Maryland Hall! Exhibits on display include Vantage Point: Paintings by Sally Davies, From Our Living Room to Yours: The Leroy Hoffberger School of Painting and Unnatural Causes. See Sunday's listing for the 'main' event - Maryland Hall's 40th Birthday Party! https://www.marylandhall.org/ Maryland State House 100 State Circle Annapolis, MD Free 9am-5pm  PH# 410-260-6400 The Maryland State House is the oldest state capital still in continuous legislative use. Enjoy the immersive State House exhibits, including the beautifully restored Old Senate Chamber. Explore important historical events that happened underneath the dome and in the chamber of the only state house ever to have served as the nation's capital.  Maryland State Archives curatorial staff will be on hand for this special event. ID required to enter if you are over 21. https://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdstatehouse/html/home.html Pride of Baltimore ll 1 Dock Street Annapolis, MD Free 4pm – 7pm  PH# 410-539-1151 Come rock your Friday photo op!! Pride of Baltimore II is scheduled to arrive in the afternoon at City Dock.  Walk across the gangway to explore Maryland's world-renown tall ship. Learn about privateers, Baltimore Clippers, and Pride II and learn from the crew members what it's like to live aboard and sail a tall ship today. Tours are open to guests of all ages. (Unfortunately, Pride II is not handicap accessible.) http://pride2.org/ St. John’s College - Mitchell Gallery 60 College Avenue Annapolis, MD Free 12pm - 5pm  PH# 410-626-2556 Explore American Indian Art from the Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection. This lovely exhibition of Native American artistry dates from 1200 to 1850. https://www.sjc.edu/annapolis/mitchell-gallery Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 647 Contees Wharf Road  Edgewater, MD Free 8:30am-4:30pm  PH# 443-482-2220 Take a hike! Located on the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary, the SERC campus boasts 2,650-acres of forests, wetlands, marshes and 15 miles of protected shoreline. With almost a dozen geocache sites located along the trails, visitors are welcome to search for them and practice their GPS skills while enjoying a lovely hike.    * Science Saturday! (see Saturday listing) https://serc.si.edu/ United States Naval Academy Visitor Center 52 King George Street Annapolis, MD Free  9am - 5pm PH# 410-293-8123 Join our Maryland Residence Frequent Tour Program! Present your Maryland driver's license for your first tour with us. You will be given a MD membership card. Every time you return with one or more guests your tour will be free! While you are visiting explore our FREE exhibit hall and watch our film in the Visitor Center. https://www.usnabsd.com/for-visitors/ Visit Annapolis Visitors Center 26 West Street and City Dock Annapolis, MD Free 9am-5pm  PH# 410-280-0445   Information specialists can help you plan activities for your Maryland Day Celebration adventures including a free Maryland Day Program and information about local things to see and do. Stop by the West Street location to have your picture taken at our photo booth complete with colonial props for kids! Information specialists are ready at both locations to help you plan activities for your Maryland Day Weekend adventures. www.visitannapolis.org Events for Saturday, March 21 Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park 7300 Edgewood Road Annapolis, MD 21403 Free 11 am - 3pm PH# 410 -295 -0104 Discover local pirate lore as you join the Education Staff at the Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park's Back Creek campus for an afternoon of adventure. We will learn about local pirates as we conquer pirate challenges such as building boats, knot tying, decoding signal flags and more. Activities are free and for all ages! https://amaritime.org/ Annapolis Tours by Watermark Women of Achievement Walking Tour - departs from Susan Campbell Park at City Dock, 1 Dock Street Annapolis, MD Free 10:00am-10:30pm PH#410-268-7601 x 100. Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Women's Right to Vote and the "Year of the Woman" with the Women of Achievement Tour. Enjoy a leisurely stroll in Annapolis' historic district led by a period-dressed guide. Space is limited. Walk ups welcome space permitting. Reserve your tour at https://annapolistours.com/ or call 410-268-7601 x 100 Anne Arundel County Dept. Of Recreation & Parks  5 regional parks open free all weekend Downs Park 8322 John Downs Loop, Pasadena, MD  Free 7 am - dusk  PH# 410-222-6230 This 236-acre park has 5 miles of trails, a fishing pier, a children's playground,2 basketball courts, kayak launching, and an amazing view of the Chesapeake Bay. The Downs Park Historical Society works hard to preserve the park's history. Fort Smallwood Park 9500 Fort Smallwood Road Pasadena, MD Free 5:30 am - dusk PH# 410-222-0087 Recreational amenities include the 380-foot Bill Burton Fishing Pier for fishing and birdwatching, a large accessible playground, historic gun battery and barracks from when the site was a coastal fort, plus walking trails, beaches, a pond and volleyball courts. Fees apply for boat launching. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary 1361 Wrighton Road  Lothian, MD Free 9 am - 5pm PH# 410-222-8006 The Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is located along the tidal Patuxent River in southern Anne Arundel County. It includes 1,500 acres of tidal freshwater wetlands, forests, meadows and fields.  Kinder Farm Park 1001 Kinder Farm Park Road Millersville, MD Free 7 am - dusk  PH#410-222-6115  Explore a restored farmhouse from 1925 with artifacts from the 1930's including a tobacco press, and harvesting tools. Live animals include: chickens, turkeys, geese, cows, pigs, goats, and sheep. There is also a large playground, tot- lot and walking trails. Quiet Waters Park 600 Quiet Waters Road Annapolis, MD Free 7 am - dusk  PH#410-222-177 This park's 340 acres include paved trails, public art, playground, picnic areas and spectacular water views of the South River.  https://www.aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/ Banneker Douglass Museum  84 Franklin Street Annapolis, MD Free  10am-4pm    PH# 410-216-6180 The Banneker-Douglass Museum serves to document, interpret and promote African-American history and culture through exhibits, projects and programs to improve understanding and appreciation of Americas’ rich cultural diversity.  In addition to the museums standing exhibitions there are several exhibits featuring the 50th anniversary of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC). In 1962, Verda Freeman Welcome became the first Black woman elected to a State Senate. Later, she became the legislative backer for the United States’ first ethnic commission, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC). In celebration of the MCAAHC’s 50th Anniversary we are launching a new exhibition, Verda’s Place: An Homage to a Valiant Woman. https://bdmuseum.maryland.gov/ Brewer Hill Cemetery (Weather permitting) 800 West Street Annapolis, MD  $1  11am - 3pm PH# 443-433-8167 Tours on the hour Volunteer opportunity at Brewer Hill Cemetery 10 am - 3pm Help Brewer Hill Cemetery staff locate, map and photograph one of the oldest African American cemeteries in the United States. All materials are provided but please bring blankets or chairs and use your cell phones to photograph the tombstones.  Register on BHC webpage. Guided Tours of Brewer Hill Cemetery 11am - 3pm  *Sixty-minute tours on the hour Explore this historic cemetery formerly known as the Peoples Cemetery Association of Annapolis. More than 7,000 people interred at this historic site that include many former slaves, freemen, clergy, aldermen, doctors, lawyers, Naval Academy workers, Civil War soldiers and many people who fell victim to lynching. Many significant African Americans who built local communities as well as many Masonic Lodge members from the former Universal Lodge 14 located at 64 Clay Street. There are also some not-so-well known people such as Mary Naylor, who was accused of poisoning her master and was hung in 1861. Donations are accepted. https://historybrewerhill.wixsite.com/1884 Captain Avery Museum 1418 E. West Shady Side Road Shady Side, MD Free 10am - 4pm PH# 410-867-4486 Captain Avery Museum will be debuting their newly renovated historic house with fresh exhibits related to their three centuries theme of people living on the water, recreation and preservation of the Chesapeake Bay. They will have an open house with self-guided tours, activities and tours of the garden. https://captainaverymuseum.org/ Charles Carroll House 107 Duke of Gloucester Street Annapolis, MD 12pm - 4pm Free Explore the grand old home of the Carroll family located on the picturesque grounds of St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Carroll family played a major role in the framing of constitution. This wonderfully curated house and garden is a hidden gem on the shores of Spa Creek. For younger audiences, participate in a scavenger hunt as well as crossword puzzles. On display Annapolis Historian Robert Worden's "A Night of Tragedy, July 9th, 1866" on the tragic accidental drownings of the Redemptorists. https://charlescarrollhouse.org/ Chase Lloyd House 22 Maryland Avenue Annapolis, MD Free 2- 4 pm PH# 410-263-2723 Take a tour of this beautiful historic home and Bay-wise gardens! Visitors are welcomed by members of the Chase Lloyd docent volunteers and will be guided through the first-floor public rooms. Hear details and stories about the history of Chase Lloyd House and Chase Home. Members of the Chase Home Garden Friends and Master Gardeners will lead guests on a tour of the 6,000 square foot Bay-wise gardens featuring native plants. Certified a Maryland Bay-Wise Landscape in 2014, visitors will learn what practices make this garden bay-wise. http://www.chaselloydhouse.org/ Chesapeake Children's Museum 25 Silopanna Road Annapolis, MD  10am - 4pm $1 per person ages 1 and up PH# 410-990-1993 Your children will enjoy playing in the museum's Chesapeake Bay themed room. There are animals and hands-on exhibits for all ages. There is also a theater with a dress up wardrobe, dentist’s office, Colombian market, play-kitchen and an art table.  Hispanic Folk Tales in Spanish and English 3pm FREE with admission Take a trip to a place where animals talk. Experience the interactive theater where the audience takes part in acting out the story of 'The Great Big Jicama', 'Who's in Rabbit's House' and 'the Lizard in the Sun'. http://www.theccm.org/ Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library  269 Hillsmere Drive  Annapolis, MD Free 2pm  PH# 410-222-1770 'Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Equality for All!', a Living History Performance of Elizabeth Cady Stanton Join award-winning actress and Smithsonian scholar, Mary Ann Jung as she takes us on Elizabeth Cady Stanton's journey as a champion for Women's Rights; even while married with seven children, Stanton was a speech writer for Susan B. Anthony, fought for and won property rights for married women, as well as equal guardianship for children. https://www.aacpl.net/ Four Rivers Heritage Area Maryland Day Flag-Raising Ceremony Susan Campbell Park-City Dock Annapolis, MD Free 10am    Four Rivers Heritage Area and partners present a spirit-lifting flag raising ceremony! Join Town Crier Fred Taylor, the choir from Sunset Park Elementary School, and the award-winning USNA League Cadets of the Training Ship Mercedes for this annual event. It’s the perfect place to start your day, before joining a tour or visiting a historic site! https://fourriversheritage.org/ Goshen Farm Preservation Society presents Historic Goshen Farm House 1420 Cape St. Claire Road Annapolis, MD Free 10am - 4pm hourly tours on the hour 3pm Historical Marker ceremony PH# 443-994-5743 Explore this 18th century farmhouse and gardens located in Cape St. Claire. Historic Goshen Farm House is located on 22 acres of wooded land and has several outbuildings as well as a 'sharing' garden, a pollinator garden, monarch waystation and Henson-Hall Slave garden. There is a self- guided walking trail and in addition to the sharing garden, hoop house (green house) that will be open to visitors on Maryland Day Weekend 2020. At 3pm there will be a ceremony unveiling the first of nine "County Roadside Historic markers."  Donations welcomed to help preserve and restore the site as well as an education center. https://goshenfarm.org/ Hammond Harwood House 19 Maryland Avenue Annapolis, MD $1 12 - 5pm PH#410-263-4673 Hammond Harwood House will be celebrating Maryland Day with half hour tours of this beautiful 1774 house and its famous collection of art, furniture and decorative pieces. Families can enjoy fun facts and children's game "haversack' for use in the garden. The garden and a special exhibit will be open for free. https://hammondharwoodhouse.org/ Hogshead   43 Pinkney Street Annapolis, MD 12- 4 pm $1 The tradespeople of Annapolis have been hard at work. They will share their skills at carpentry, baking, spinning, printing and more. Help sew a replica of the John Shaw Flag, Maryland’s first flag for the United States. Homestead Gardens 743 W. Central Avenue Davidsonville, MD Free 9 am -6pm PH#410-798-7000 Davidsonville Green Expo presented by the Davidsonville Area Civic Association -  40 exhibitors offer information, education and demonstrations on environmentally friendly products, sustainable lifestyle, lawn and garden techniques, agricultural practices, energy use, water conservation and preservation, recycling, land use and conservation. At the expo you will find all you need to live a sustainable life, protect and preserve our environment, waterways and our Chesapeake Bay. In keeping with the theme, DACA is partnering with Annapolis Green to make Expo a ‘Zero Waste’ event. https://homesteadgardens.com/ Maryland Day Flag-Raising Ceremony Susan Campbell Park-City Dock Annapolis, MD 10am    Free Four Rivers Heritage Area and partners present a spirit-lifting flag raising ceremony! Join Town Crier Fred Taylor, the choir from Sunset Park Elementary School, and the award-winning USNA League Cadets of the Training Ship Mercedes for this annual event. It’s the perfect place to start your day, before joining a tour or visiting a historic site! https://fourriversheritage.org/ Maryland Federation of Art/ Circle Gallery 18 State Circle Annapolis, MD Free 11am-5pm  PH# 410-268-4566 View fine art, jewelry and crafts from Maryland artists. Receive 10% off all Maryland artists. https://mdfedart.com/ Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts 801 Chase Street Annapolis MD    9am-9pm      Free PH# 410-263-5544 Visit the galleries at Maryland Hall! Exhibits on display include Vantage Point: Paintings by Sally Davies, From Our Living Room to Yours: The Leroy Hoffberger School of Painting and Unnatural Causes. https://www.marylandhall.org/ Maryland State House 100 State Circle Annapolis, MD   9am-5pm     Free PH# 410-260-6400 The Maryland State House is the oldest state capital still in continuous legislative use. Enjoy the immersive State House exhibits, including the beautifully restored Old Senate Chamber. Explore important historical events that happened underneath the dome and in the chamber of the only state house ever to have served as the nation’s capital. Maryland State Archives curatorial staff will be on hand for this special event. ID required to enter if you are over 21. https://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdstatehouse/html/home.html Pride of Baltimore ll 1 Dock Street Annapolis, MD 10 am – 6pm   PH# 410-539-1151 Walk across the gangway and come aboard to learn about Maryland's world renown tall ship, Pride of Baltimore II. Explore the deck and talk to the crew. Learn about the history of privateers, Baltimore Clippers, and Pride ll. Hear from a crew member what it's like to live aboard and sail a tall ship today. Tours are available to guests of all ages. (Unfortunately Pride II is not handicap accessible). http://pride2.org/ Scenic Rivers Land Trust - Guided History Hike of the Bacon Ridge Natural Area Meet at Bacon Ridge Trailhead on Hawkins Road just south of the 97 overpass Crownsville, MD Free Hike times are: 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm   Length 2- 4 miles Get outside and enjoy your local woods! Join us as we explore the landscape for clues in the history-rich Bacon Ridge Natural Area. Together we'll learn how humans and nature have interacted to make the landscape we see today, all while enjoying the beautiful 900+ acre protected forest. *All ages are welcome but keep in mind it is an unpacked trail through the woods. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Contact Sarah at or call 410-980-6837 to reserve your spot! https://www.srlt.org/ Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 647 Contees Wharf Road Edgewater, MD Free 8:30am-4:30pm  PH# 443-482-2220 Science Saturday! All About Climate Change 9:30 am -12pm Learn about how SERC scientists are studying climate change and how it's affecting local species and environment. Explore the trails at SERC! Located on the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary, the SERC campus boasts 2,650-acres of forests, wetlands, marshes and 15 miles of protected shoreline. With almost a dozen geocache sites located along the trails, visitors are welcome to search for them and practice their GPS skills while enjoying a lovely hike. https://serc.si.edu/ St. John’s College - Mitchell Gallery 60 College Ave Annapolis, MD Free 12pm-5pm  PH# 410-626-2556 American Indian Art from the Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection Explore this lovely exhibition of Native American artistry that dates from1200 to 1850. https://www.sjc.edu/annapolis/mitchell-gallery United States Naval Academy Visitor Center 52 King George Street Annapolis, MD Free 9am - 5pm PH#410-293-8123 Join our Maryland Residence Frequent Tour Program! Present your Maryland driver's license for your first tour with us. You will be given a MD membership card. Every time you return with one or more guests your tour will be free! While you are visiting explore our FREE exhibit hall and watch our film in the Visitor Center. https://www.usnabsd.com/for-visitors/ Visit Annapolis Visitors Center 26 West Street and City Dock  Annapolis, MD Free 9am-5pm PH# 410-280-0445   Information specialists can help you plan activities for your Maryland Day Celebration adventures including a free Maryland Day Program and information about local things to see and do. Stop by the West Street location to have your picture taken at our photo booth, complete with colonial props for kids! Information specialists are ready at both locations to help you plan activities for your Maryland Day Weekend adventures. https://www.visitannapolis.org/ Waterfront Warehouse  4 Pinkney Street Annapolis, MD 12- 4 pm Free Walk into the past into a tiny building that once held commodities from ships and traders from around the world. See the model layout of the City of Annapolis and harbor as it once was in the 1700's. https://www.annapolis.org/contact/william-paca-house-garden Watermark Cruises - Annapolis Harbor and USNA Cruise Annapolis City Dock, 1 Dock Street Annapolis, MD Children cruise free with paying adult 11am- 6pm Join Watermark Cruises for their opening weekend and enjoy a 40-minute cruise exploring Annapolis Harbor and the US Naval Academy on the Harbor Queen! See the full schedule on the link below. No reservations required - boat boards 15 minutes before the hour. https://cruisesonthebay.com/ Wiley Bates Legacy Center 1101 Smithville Street Annapolis, MD Free 1-3pm  PH# 410-263-1860 Experience 'Our Legacy of Greatness' with speaker Pam Sherbia and Silent PRAZE Mime Ministry youth group from Mt. Olive Baptist Church. https://whbateslegacycenter.org/ William Paca House and Garden 186 Prince George Street Annapolis, MD $1  12 - 4pm PH# 410-221-6964 Visit the William Paca House and Garden and find the house full of excitement and conversation as the Annapolis Living Historians bring the house to life. This family-friendly day includes Maryland- themed activities. Then explore the 2-acre pleasure garden! Events of Sunday, March 22 Anne Arundel County Farmers Market 275 Harry S Truman Parkway Annapolis, MD  10am -1pm Free   Meet the local farmers & producers of fresh, local seasonal produce, meats, cheese and eggs. Also, local artists will be displaying crafts, jewelry, plants, baked goods and much, much, more. Anne Arundel County Dept. of Recreation & Parks  6 regional parks open free all weekend https://www.aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/ Sunday Exclusive Preview Jack Creek Park 1600 Snug Harbor Rd Shady Side, MD PH# 410-222-7300 10 am to 2 pm Free Experience how easy it is to get to the water at Jack Creek Park! Join the Public Water Access Committee, Department of Recreation and Parks and the Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting ceremony and a first look at the new kayak launch, parking area and access road. Walk the trail to the water, see the first ospreys of spring and plan your summer paddling trips! Downs Park 8322 John Downs Loop Pasadena, MD  PH# 410-222-6230 7 am - dusk  Free This 236-acre park has 5 miles of trails, a fishing pier, a children's playground,2 basketball courts, kayak launching, and an amazing view of the Chesapeake Bay. The Downs Park Historical Society works hard to preserve the park's history. Fort Smallwood Park 9500 Fort Smallwood Road Pasadena, MD PH# 410-222-0087 5:30 am - dusk  Free Recreational amenities include the 380-foot Bill Burton Fishing Pier for fishing and birdwatching, a large accessible playground, historic gun battery and barracks from when the site was a coastal fort, plus walking trails, beaches, a pond and volleyball courts. Fees apply for boat launching. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary 1361 Wrighton Road  Lothian, MD PH# 410-222-8006 9 am - 5pm The Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is located along the tidal Patuxent River in southern Anne Arundel County. It includes 1,500 acres of tidal freshwater wetlands, forests, meadows and fields.  Kinder Farm Park 1001 Kinder Farm Park Road Millersville, MD PH# 410-222-6115 7 am - dusk  Free Explore a restored farmhouse from 1925 with artifacts from the 1930's including a tobacco press, and harvesting tools. Live animals include: chickens, turkeys, geese, cows, pigs, goats, and sheep. There is also a large playground, tot- lot and walking trails. Quiet Waters Park 600 Quiet Waters Road Annapolis, MD PH# 410-222-1777 7 am - dusk Free The park's 340 acres include paved trails, public art, playground, picnic areas and water views of the South River.  Anne Arundel Retired School Personnel Association (AARSPA) presents the Anne Arundel County Free School Museum 1298 Lavall Drive Davidsonville MD  1pm - 4pm Free PH# 410-268-8656 Meet a Schoolmaster and a Schoolmarm and explore the history of education. See examples of learning tools in this charming one-room schoolhouse that is likely the only surviving structure of the Maryland Free School Act of 1723. Younger guests will particularly enjoy the toys of the colonial era. Also on display are several artifacts unearthed during an archeological dig in 1979.  To schedule a school or group tour please contact Karlie Everett at 410-268-8656 *Note the museum has an open house the second Saturday and second Sunday of April, May, June, July & August. http://www.aarspa.org/public_html/Contact%20Us.html Charles Carroll House 107 Duke of Gloucester Street Annapolis, MD 12pm - 4pm Free Explore the grand old home of the Carroll family located on the picturesque grounds of St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Carroll family played a major role in the framing of constitution. This wonderfully curated house and garden is a hidden gem on the shores of Spa Creek. For younger audiences, participate in a scavenger hunt as well as crossword puzzles. On display Annapolis Historian Robert Worden's "A Night of Tragedy, July 9th, 1866" on the tragic accidental drownings of the Redemptorists. https://charlescarrollhouse.org/ Chase Lloyd House 22 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis Free 2- 4 pm  PH# 410-263-2723 Take a tour of this beautiful historic home and Bay-wise gardens! Visitors are welcomed by members of the Chase Lloyd docent volunteers and will be guided through the first-floor public rooms. Hear details and stories about the history of Chase Lloyd House and Chase Home. Members of the Chase Home Garden Friends and Master Gardeners will lead guests on a tour of the 6,000 square foot Bay-wise gardens featuring native plants. Certified a Maryland Bay-Wise Landscape in 2014, visitors will learn what practices make this garden Bay-wise. http://www.chaselloydhouse.org/ Chesapeake Children's Museum 25 Silopanna Road Annapolis, MD  $1per person ages 1 and up 10am -4 pm PH# 410-990-1993 Your children will enjoy playing in the museum's Chesapeake Bay themed room. There are animals and hands-on exhibits for all ages. There is also a theater with dress up closet, a dentist’s office, a Columbian market, a kitchen and an art table.  http://www.theccm.org/ Deale Area Historical Society 389 Deale Road - Herrington Harbor North Tracy’s Landing, MD Free 1pm - 4pm PH# 410-279-2078 Experience life at the turn of the 1900's at the Deale Area Historical Society's Open House. Get a glimpse of what life was like in this charming historic village that boasts a beneficial society meeting house, a Russian Orthodox chapel, a tobacco barn, a one room school house and a home with the necessary 'out' buildings. All the buildings were moved to the site from the local vicinity and emphasize the simple, hardworking lives lived by South County farmers, watermen, tradesmen and their families. http://www.dahs.us/ Galesville Community Center 916 West Benning Road Galesville, MD Free 1pm - 4pm PH# 410-703-0610 Celebration! The public is invited to participate in a conversation engaging event centered on culinary traditions and 'food ways' of the African American community both past and present. The recently launched "African American Voices, Memories and Places: A Four Rivers Heritage Trail" revealed a persistent theme across many tour stops and oral history interviews: Food! Mrs. Crowner's Lunch Room Revisited: Not just a Restaurant but a Communities' Heart and Soul: The Galesville Community Center (GCCO) will be transformed into now demolished "Mrs. Crowner's Lunch Room" (aka the Cook Shop.) Long-time residents and scholars will join several of Crowner's descendants to lead a discussion about the legacy and traditions of the meals once served at the "Cook Shop." Sample the meals that were served by Mrs. Margaret Crowner in the 1940's and will be recreated and served to participants by members of the GCCO. Participants will also be encouraged to read Michael Twitty's book 'The Cooking Gene" in advance, and key themes from the book will provide conversation starters for facilitated group discussions. Jailhouse Antique Shop, formerly the only jail in the South County area and was built around 1937. It later became Ellen's Beauty Corner and then Harvey's Barbershop. The beauty shop was the first African American licensed hair salon in southern Anne Arundel County. GCCO has partnered with the new owner and will conduct tours during the 2020 Maryland Day celebration on Sunday afternoon. http://www.historicgalesville.org/ Galesville Heritage Society at Galesville Memorial Hall 952 Main St, Galesville, MD 20765 Free 1-4pm PH# 410-867-4731 Join native Galesvillian, Eric Steinlein for a display of maritime hunting and trapping tools. The collection is from the 1950's and 60's but curiously are no longer used today. Eric will be on hand to answer your questions about the tools and their uses.   Governor Calvert House  58 State Circle Annapolis, MD $1 1pm - 4pm PH# 410-263-2641 Explore the 17th century greenhouse heating system under the plexiglass floor of the lovely Governor Calvert House. This historic inn was renovated in the 1980's when the site was discovered and then preserved under a 'glass' floor. It is modeled after Roman designs that date from 300BC. A costumed interpreter provided by Historic Annapolis on hand to answer questions and help you explore this hidden treasure in Annapolis. https://www.historicinnsofannapolis.com/?utm_source=google%20my%20business&utm_medium=listing&utm_campaign=visit%20website Hogshead 43 Pinkney Street Annapolis, MD $1 12pm-4pm The tradespeople of Annapolis have been hard at work. They will share their skills at carpentry, baking, spinning, printing and more. Help sew a replica of the John Shaw Flag, Maryland first flag for the United States. Homestead Gardens 743 W. Central Avenue Davidsonville, MD Free 9 am -6pm PH#410-798-7000 Davidsonville Green Expo presented by the Davidsonville Area Civic Association -  40 exhibitors offer information, education and demonstrations on environmentally friendly products, sustainable lifestyle, lawn and garden techniques, agricultural practices, energy use, water conservation and preservation, recycling, land use and conservation. At the expo you will find all you need to live a sustainable life, protect and preserve our environment, waterways and our Chesapeake Bay. In keeping with the theme, DACA is partnering with Annapolis Green to make Expo a ‘Zero Waste’ event. https://homesteadgardens.com/ Maryland Day Festival on Market Space Market Space Annapolis, MD Free Sunday 11am - 5pm Enjoy local foods including oysters, crab cakes, and more. Plus, Maryland craft beers and live local bands all afternoon. Maryland Federation of Art/ Circle Gallery 18 State Circle Annapolis, MD 11am-5pm * Free PH# 410-268-4566 View fine art, jewelry and crafts from Maryland artists. Receive 10% off all Maryland artists. https://mdfedart.com/ Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts 801 Chase Street Annapolis MD Free 9am-7pm PH#410-263-5544 ArtFest is a day of creativity showcasing the arts at Maryland Hall like no other single day, attracting over 1000 people of all ages. At this year's ArtFest, we are celebrating our 40th anniversary year! Join us for an exciting 40th Birthday Party Open House - complete with birthday cake and party décor! The day features art demonstrations, live music, dance performances, exhibitions, hands-on activities, children's crafts and food trucks. The party will be capped off by a concert by the United States Naval Academy Band. https://www.marylandhall.org/ Pride of Baltimore ll 1 Dock Street Annapolis, MD Free 10 am – 6pm    PH# 410-539-1151 Walk across the gangway and come aboard to learn about Maryland's world renown tall ship, Pride of Baltimore II. Explore the deck and talk to the crew. Learn about the history of privateers, Baltimore Clippers, and Pride ll. Hear from a crew member what it's like to live aboard and sail a tall ship today. Tours are available to guests of all ages. (Unfortunately Pride II is not handicap accessible). http://pride2.org/ St. John’s College - Mitchell Gallery 60 College Ave Annapolis, MD Free 12pm-5pm   PH#410-626-2556 Explore American Indian Art from the Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection. This lovely exhibition of Native American artistry dates from1200 to 1850. https://www.sjc.edu/annapolis/mitchell-gallery United States Naval Academy Visitor Center 52 King George Street Annapolis, MD Free 9am - 5pm PH# 410-293-8123 Join our Maryland Residence Frequent Tour Program! Present your Maryland driver's license for your first tour with us. You will be given a MD membership card. Every time you return with one or more guests your tour will be free! While you are visiting explore our FREE exhibit hall and watch our film in the Visitor Center. https://www.usnabsd.com/for-visitors/ Visit Annapolis Visitors Center 26 West Street and City Dock Annapolis, MD Free   9am-5pm    PH#410-280-0445  Information specialists can help you plan activities for your Maryland Day Celebration adventures including a free Maryland Day Program and information about local things to see and do. Stop by the West Street location to have your picture taken at our photo booth complete with colonial props for kids! Information specialists are ready at both locations to help you plan activities for your Maryland Day Weekend adventures. www.visitannapolis.org/ Waterfront Warehouse  4 Pinkney Street Annapolis, MD Free 12pm-4pm Walk into the past into a tiny building that once held commodities from ships and traders from around the world. See the model layout of the city and harbor as it once was in the 1700's. http://www.annapolis.org/ Watermark Tours - Harbor Cruise of Annapolis and USNA  Annapolis City Dock Annapolis, MD 11am- 6pm   - Under the red umbrella at the end of Annapolis City Dock Free for children under 11 years of age with a paying adult Join Watermark Cruises for their opening weekend and enjoy a 40-minute cruise exploring Annapolis Harbor and the US Naval Academy on the Harbor Queen!  https://watermarkjourney.com/ William Paca House and Garden 186 Prince George Street Annapolis, MD $1  12pm-4pm PH# 410-221-6964 Take a guided, half hour tour of this lovely period home and explore the 2-acre pleasure garden.

Visit www.MarylandDay.org for event updates. We will be adding even more events and business specials as events are confirmed. Maryland Day is funded by the Four Rivers Heritage Area and participating venues to highlight our historic, natural and cultural sites. Management of Maryland Day is by the Chesapeake Children's Museum and marketing is by Evans Management LLC.

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