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May 31 2022

Our organization (ALTSCHA, Inc.) received a FY2022 Marketing Grant from the Maryland Heritage Area Authority (MHAA) for a Rebranding process, now that our official boundaries have expanded and approximately doubled in size. We selected local marketing firm, Cyphers Agency, to assist in the work. The process resulted in high stakeholder participation and satisfaction, and a new Brand, “Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area.” The marketing-related insights that ALTSCHA learned from our Rebranding Process were very helpful. After looking at past documents and conducting their own research, the consultant, Cyphers Agency, identified that our...

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May 06 2022

The Assistant Administrator of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA), Andrew Arivzu, has notified Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area that an eleventh grant has been awarded in our heritage area in FY2022. Reserve List funding in the amount of $40,000 has been awarded to Annapolis Maritime Museum for its project, "Outdoor Exhibits: An Extension of 'Our Changing Waterfront'." This brings the total of MHAA support to the heritage area to $454,039 for FY2022. Congratulations to the Annapolis Maritime Museum for receiving this significant support for its ongoing efforts to add new...

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Apr 28 2022

BIG CHANGES are in the works for ALTSCHA, Inc., as it transitions to its new brand, “Chesapeake Crossroads,” with expanded boundaries that includes many new partners. SMALL CHANGES funds can assist our small heritage-related partner organizations (annual budgets of $100,000 or less) with this transition as well. The vision for this grant fund is to give a “boost” to smaller organizations, especially those that are recently-established, that are experiencing a pressing need that, if met, will allow them to increase their effectiveness. Small Changes Grant funds could provide opportunities to strengthen...

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Apr 26 2022

By Riley Hoaglin Quiet Waters Park is a well-known stop for most Annapolitans; with its breathtaking views and scenic trails, it is one park you do not want to miss. The park offers a wide variety of activities from art galleries, to pavilions, to a dog beach, and even a premier indoor facility -- the Blue Heron Room -- that can host your next event. In the winter months they open a centrally-located ice-skating rink (pictured below). The benefits of the park do not end there; the location of Quiet Waters...

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Apr 06 2022

National Historic Marker Day will take place this year on Friday, April 29. The William G. Pomeroy Foundation created this fun and family-friendly celebration in 2021 to bring people together to clean historic markers in their community, while helping to promote and preserve local history. Markers educate the public, encourage pride of place, promote tourism and generate economic benefits. Despite their importance, many have not received ongoing care to maintain their luster. Road salt, pollen and other contaminants can take their toll. Markers must be regularly cleaned so they can be...

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Mar 29 2022

Following our recent Boundary Amendment, our heritage area's geographical footprint has nearly doubled in size and many new attractions, parks, heritage sites, and other organizations are now part of our stakeholder "family," and eligible for the grants and other activities of the program. How do I check whether my site or heritage project is in the heritage area? Four Rivers includes stakeholder information here on our website, www.chesapeakecrossroads.org. We seek to include our new attractions on the website, so please contact us at heritage_area@aacounty.org to share information and photos with us for your...

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Mar 24 2022

New “WILD” grant program will focus on the restoration and conservation of wetlands and streamside forest buffers, as well as community engagement and outdoor recreation The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) today announced that the recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 includes a first-year funding of $4 million for a new grant program to support fish and wildlife, climate resiliency, and equitable access to the outdoors in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.Grant proposals are now being accepted for the new Chesapeake...

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Mar 11 2022

This year, Arts Week returns in style! The event will take place June 5-12, a week-long celebration of the arts, with a focus on creating community around the arts! This year's organizers are the team from AND Creative / ArtFarm Studios, Darin Gilliam and Alison Harbaugh, and they have reached out for local businesses and organizations to become involved in this community-based event, with sponsorships, related events and programming, and more! Visit the Arts Week website: https://www.annapolisartsweek.com/. If you are an artist, or a business, or want to submit your...

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Mar 08 2022

Four Rivers/Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area is pleased to share the following resources about planning for interpretive signage projects. We presented a webinar on March 8th, 2022, with primary presenter, David J. Guiney, and panelists Marcie Taylor-Thoma, Jane Cox, Janice Hayes-Williams, and Andrew Arvizu. View a recording of the March 8th webinar here: https://youtu.be/W-d3hZxQ4ow Read the "Chat" discussion here: 00:24:50 Carol Benson: Find the outline and other resources here: https://chesapeakecrossroads.org/resources-for-interpretive-signage-projects/00:26:32 Carol Benson: Welcome to panelist Janice Hayes-Williams!00:30:15 janice: Hi!!!!!00:45:50 Tim Leahy: It’s so interesting that this design standard came from Harpers Ferry...

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Feb 18 2022

By Riley Hoaglin We can look at dance as a universal language that brings people together from different cultures and backgrounds. There are several Four Rivers Heritage Area sites offering enriching dance companies, programs and educational opportunities that are easily accessible to the general public. For those that just love to move, and aspire to learn the fundamentals of various styles of dance, Maryland Hall, located in the Annapolis Arts District, and Chesapeake Arts Center, located in Brooklyn Park, are two great options to consider. They both offer a wide range...

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