Events This Week: December 6-12

Dec 06 2021

Events This Week: December 6-12

Holiday events continue this week, especially the chance to do some gift shopping. Support downtown Annapolis businesses at Midnight Madness or local artists through the Muddy Creek Artists Guild. You can also take a break from holiday planning to view the decorations at a special Hammond-Harwood House event. And don’t forget, online programs are still an option as well! See what’s happening below.

Events This Week

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Mr. Paca’s Garden Storytime: “Bear Says Thanks”

  • Date: Tuesday, December 7
  • Time: Program, 10 – 11 am; Garden Time, 11 – 11:30 am
  • Location: William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis
  • Host Organization: Historic Annapolis

Nicki begged his grandmother “BaBa” for a pair of white mittens. Although she warned him that white mittens might be hard to find if they are lost in the snow, she made them for him anyway. Unfortunately, Nicki loses one of the mittens in the snow. Soon a mole, rabbit, hedgehog, owl, badger, fox, bear, and mouse find shelter in his mitten. How can 8 animals fit into a mitten? Join us and see what happens when the mitten is stretched out and no more animals can fit inside.  

Each program is designed for little ones (4-7 years) with a book reading, song, craft/art project, and free time in the garden. Cost to participate is $10 per Child and $5 per Adult for General Admission; $8 per Child and Free for Adults for HA Members and Volunteers; $5 per Child and Free for Adults for Family Circle Members.

Virtual Lecture – The Nine Lives of Benjamin Franklin

  • Date: Tuesday, December 7
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: Online
  • Host Organization: Historic Annapolis

Franklin’s genius is a puzzle. Born the tenth son of a humble family of puritan candle-makers in Boston in 1706, Franklin’s rise to the front ranks of science, engineering, and invention was as unexpected as it was meteoric.

Here is a man with only two years of proper schooling who later received honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Oxford, and St. Andrews as well as the eighteenth-century equivalent of a Nobel Prize for Physics. Like his hero Isaac Newton, Franklin’s great genius lay in optimizing, in tinkering, in improving, and in never being satisfied with the world as he knew it. Join University of Maryland historian Richard Bell as we examine many of Franklin’s ideas to make life simpler, cheaper, and easier for himself and everyone else. It turns out that those ideas encompassed not only natural science and engineering, but also all sorts of public works, civic improvements, political trail-blazing, and fresh, new business ideas.

Registration is required. Cost to participate is $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members and Volunteers.

Lunch and Learn: Frederick’s “Stories in Stone”

Frederick’s Mount Olivet Cemetery is “a museum without walls.” Opened in 1854 as part of the famed “Garden Cemetery Movement,” Mount Olivet was clearly a progressive endeavor for a small town such as Frederick at the time. Today, Mount Olivet remains active as a site of over 40,000 burials while readily welcoming “tombstone tourists,” family genealogists and reverent recreation lovers. As a mirror on Frederick’s past, it reflects people buried here having unique ties to local, state and national events. Cemetery historian and preservation manager Chris Haugh will discuss the cemetery’s interesting beginning and introduce participants to some of the interesting characters that repose within its gates as he does each week through walking tours and his popular weekly blog entitled, “Stories in Stone” (recently celebrating its 5th anniversary.) A few of the obvious subjects are Francis Scott Key, Civil War heroine Barbara Fritchie, and Maryland’s first governor Thomas Johnson, Jr.

Registration not required, but encouraged. ASL interpretation will be available for attendees. This event is free to attend. Login information is available on the event’s website.

Midnight Madness

Residents and visitors are invited to stroll along Main Street, West Street, Maryland Avenue, State Circle, Market Space and Dock Street from 4 PM until Midnight to support local businesses. When we Shop Local, we reinvest in our community and help our downtown businesses thrive. Check out all the stores, galleries, and boutiques throughout the downtown area.

Gift from the Arts Holiday Show and Sale

  • Date: Friday, December 10 – Sunday, December 12
  • Time: See event link for time details
  • Location: South River Colony Main Street Shopping Center, 179 Mitchells Chance Road, Edgewater
  • Host Organization: Muddy Creek Artists Guild

The Muddy Creek Artists Guild cordially invites the public to its annual Holiday Art Show and Sale, “Gifts From the Arts” this December. The pop-up gallery show will be held over two weekends, December 2-5 and December 10-12 2021 at 179 Mitchells Chance Road, Edgewater, Md. 21073 (Main Street at South River Colony shopping center). The show is free and open to the public. Masks required.

A Dutch American Christmas

  • Date: Saturday, December 11
  • Time: 10:00-11:00 am
  • Location: Hammond-Harwood House, 19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis
  • Host Organization: Hammond-Harwood House

Families are invited to the mansion for a day of holiday stories and crafts. Children will enjoy story-time amidst the splendor of the ballroom decorated for the season. After the story children will be invited to an activity classroom where they will create holiday decorations and learn about a Dutch Christmas tradition.

Cost to attend is $12 or free for members. To make a reservation call: 410-263-4683 x10.

Memorial and Soil Collection Ceremony for King Johnson

This Ceremony of Remembrance and Reconciliation is being held to memorialize King Johnson who was lynched in Brooklyn, Maryland on December 25, 1911. Brooklyn was part of Anne Arundel County, MD until the annexation of 1919, when it became part of Baltimore City. The Ceremony will recognize the traumatic lynching of King Johnson. It will include the collection of soil from near the lynching site and reflections from community members and leaders. It will end with a discussion facilitated by members of the Maryland Local Affiliate Groups of Coming to the Table.

As always, be sure to check the Four Rivers Heritage Area Events Calendar for the latest updates.