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Fall Events This Week: November 7-November 13

Nov 07 2022

Fall Events This Week: November 7-November 13

This Fall, we are celebrating heritage throughout the Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area! Read on to see what is happening this week.

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Mr. Paca’s Garden Storytime: “Veterans: Heroes in our Neighborhood”

  • Date: Tuesday, November 8
  • 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

Join Historic Annapolis on select Tuesday mornings for storytime and fun activities in the William Paca Garden, a secret treasure in the Historic District of Annapolis. Each program is designed for little ones (3-7 years) with a book reading, song, craft/art project, and free time in the garden.

This Week’s Book: Veterans: Heroes in our Neighborhood by Valerie Pfundstein

Veterans: Heroes in our Neighborhood honors and celebrates our veterans who have faithfully and diligently served in our armed forces. We will learn about the people who bravely served our great country and now humbly serve in our communities. We will have a “show and tell” so bring a picture or memento of someone in your family who is a Veteran. In honor of Veterans Day, we will be reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Cost: $10 per Child and $5 per Adult for General Admission; $8 per Child and Free for Adults for HA Members and Active Military; $5 per Child and Free for Adults for Family Circle Members.

The Making of an Exhibition

  • Date: Tuesday, November 8
  • Time: 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Location: Hammond-Harwood House, 19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis
  • Host Organization: Hammond-Harwood House

Have you ever wondered how an exhibition is developed? In this lecture, participants will get a behind the scenes look at the making of the exhibition Ambition: Charles Willson Peale in Annapolis. Rachel Lovett, former Hammond-Harwood House curator, will discuss the concept for the show, how the pieces were chosen, the loan process, and how the show was installed. Lovett will delve into her research on the Peale family and their contributions to early America. Additionally, the lecture will feature a section on the transformation of a period room into a gallery. The exhibition is now on view until December 31, 2022. Price: Free.

Virtual Lecture – Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Journey Home

  • Date: Tuesday, November 8
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: Online
  • Host Organization: Historic Annapolis

Guest speaker Richard Bell discusses his research and story behind his book, Stolen, which covers the grim story of human trafficking and slave traders who ”stole” away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery’s rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War. His newest book tells of the odyssey of five free black boys kidnapped from Philadelphia in 1825 who were coffled to Mississippi for sale as slaves, only to escape, return and lead a manhunt to bring their former captors to justice.

Registration required. Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members & Volunteers.

Homeschool Program: Music in the Gardens

  • Date: Wednesday, November 9
  • Time: 10:00-11:30 am
  • Location: Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater
  • Host Organization: Historic London Town and Gardens

The gardens are alive with the sound of music! Join us as we discover the connection between the natural world and the world of music. We’ll make music, dance, and sing while learning about nature’s symphony.​

$8 for member children ages 6-12. $10 for non-member children ages 6-12.

Revolutionary War General Baron de Kalb

People who saw Major General Johann de Kalb’s heroic actions at the battle of Camden, South Carolina on August 16, 1780, never forgot it. A soldier who fought there wrote fifty -three years later that de Kalb was “…perhaps the bravest man that ever lived.” De Kalb had fought fiercely on that fateful day, but he was finally felled by eleven wounds. His life ebbed slowly away, and he died three agonizing days after the battle.

Accolades began almost immediately. British officers attended his funeral in respect for an honored foe. American leaders spoke and wrote of their high regard. Congress authorized a memorial statue in Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, whose sons he had led in battle. Part of his legacy is this statue on the grounds of the Maryland State House. Join the Maryland State Archives to hear more about this important Maryland military history with author John Beakes. Free to attend.

Chesapeake Crossroads Nineteenth Annual Heritage Awards

  • Date: Thursday, November 10
  • Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Location: Blue Heron Room at Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd, Annapolis
  • Host Organization: Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area

Celebrate history, heritage and excellence as the Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area celebrates its Nineteenth Annual Heritage Awards! These awards recognize individuals, organizations, programs and achievements that contribute to our community by interpreting, promoting, preserving, researching and/or supporting our historical legacy.

The event will be held on Thursday, November 10th at 5 p.m., in the Blue Heron Room at Quiet Waters Park. Tickets are $10 per person through Eventbrite or at the door. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us as we gather again to reconnect and celebrate this year’s outstanding honorees!

Exhibit Opening Reception: The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy

  • Date: Thursday, November 10
  • Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
  • Location: Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis
  • Host Organization: Banneker-Douglass Museum

You are invited to join the Banneker-Douglass Museum as they celebrate the museum’s newest exhibit, The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy. In collaboration with world renowned curator,  Myrtis Bedolla, the Banneker-Douglass Museum will feature works by fifteen Black Maryland-based artists and portraits from BDM’s Fine Art collection. On this day attendees will enjoy art, music, light fare, the museum’s permanent exhibits and of course, each other!

An Evening of Revolutionary Music with Bedlam: A Musical Program Honoring Veterans

  • Date: Friday, November 11
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Location: O’Brien’s Oyster Bar and Seafood Tavern, 113 Main Street, Annapolis
  • Host Organization: Historic Annapolis

Honor and celebrate Veteran’s Day with a patriotic musical tribute. Join Historic Annapolis for a return engagement of the musical group, Bedlam, at O’Brien’s Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant.

Drawing largely from the group’s repertoire of 18th and 19th century music of early America, the performers use their voices, recorders, guitars, drums, and hammer dulcimer to explore a variety of themes relevant to war and its effects on communities.

Among the varied musical styles and settings will be upbeat songs to lift morale, ballads commemorating heroes and battles, and songs to memorialize the fallen young soldiers. For example, the ballad, “The Death of General Wolf”, chronicles the historic battle of Quebec that was fought between the French and British armies on the Plains of Abraham outside the city walls. You will also hear marching tunes like “Yankee Doodle” and “The British Grenadiers” and recruiting songs like “Over The Hills And Far Away”, that stir the soul of the listener, as much now as in former times when they called young men to war. General George Washington will be remembered in two very different songs – a tavern song called “A Toast to General Washington”, and a hauntingly beautiful ode called “Lady Washington”, which tells of Martha’s search for her husband in the confusion and chaos at the end of a battle.

Cost: $30 per person, General Admission; $25 per person for Veterans, HA Members and HA Docents. Optional dinner add-on available for $30 per person; cash bar will be available. Ages 21 and up only.

His Majesty’s Marines at Hogshead: Shore Leave 1772

  • Date: Saturday, November 12
  • Time: 11:00 am-3:00 pm
  • Location: Hogshead, 43 Pinkney Street, Annapolis
  • Host Organization: Historic Annapolis

The British are here! His Majesty’s Marines have been given shore leave and are taking a break from their revenue-enforcing duties. Come visit with the Marines at their land quarters at the Hogshead in Annapolis. It looks like trouble may be brewing in some of the colonies.

A special talk, “Conversations with the General,” will be presented at 11:30 am and 2 pm. The Brigadier General will be discussing the situation in the colonies in 1772.

Throughout the day, chat with other Marines to learn about their unique branch of service as soldiers of the Admiralty, serving on the high seas and Chesapeake Bay serving with the Royal Navy. The Marines will explain their uniforms and kits they wear, the weapons they carry, and how they serve as Briton’s sea soldiers across the empire and around the world – and they may even try to recruit you! Families and those Loyal to the King are welcome. Cost: Free (suggested donation, $5).

Collectors’ Day – How Appealing: Charles Willson Peale & Collecting

  • Date: Saturday, November 12
  • Time: 12:30-5:00 pm
  • Location: Hammond-Harwood House, 19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis
  • Host Organization: Hammond-Harwood House

Collectors’ Day 2022 features two perspectives on the artist Charles Willson Peale and collecting. Dr. Wendy Bellion will focus on Peale himself as a curator. Art collector Stiles Tuttle Colwill will discuss how he created a collection of works by Peale and his family over the last 30 years. Collectors’ Day complements the exhibition Ambition: Charles Willson Peale in Annapolis. Price: $75 | Members: $60.

Celebrating the Ancestors

  • Date: Saturday, November 12
  • Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Location: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contee Wharf Road, Edgewater
  • Host Organization: Ralph J Bunche Community Center, Inc.

Join family, friends, and neighbors for a walk into the past. Learn about plans for the new museum at the Mill Swamp| Ralph J. Bunche/Community Center and how you can contribute your family’s history to that of Mill Swamp Community!

Please note: The program begins in the Schmidt building – there are only two handicapped spaces at Schmidt. While parking is adjacent, some walking is necessary.

Hands-On History Day

  • Date: Sunday, November 13
  • Time: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
  • Location: Museum of Historic Annapolis, 99 Main Street, Annapolis
  • Host Organization: Historic Annapolis

Visit the Museum of Historic Annapolis on the second Sunday of every month Hands-On History Days. Drop in any time between 10 am and 2 pm for special family activites – a new theme each month means you and your family will want to visit again and again! Activities are included with Museum admission, which is 1/2 price on second Sundays.

Advance registration not required. Cost: $5 General Admission; $2.50 Children (6-17); Free for Children under 6, HA Members and Active-Duty Military.

Contact us at [email protected] if you have a Fall Heritage event. As always, be sure to check the Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area Events Calendar for the latest updates.