Heart of Ch­e­sa­peake presents Shore awards

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CAM­BRIDGE — A doc­u­men­tary film­mak­ing team, na­tional wildlife refuge sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tion, his­toric preser­va­tion­ist and a tourism com­pany were all hon­ored Thurs­day, Oct. 25, at the an­nual Heart of Ch­e­sa­peake Coun­try Her­itage Area awards re­cep­tion at the Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts.

The groups were hon­ored for their roles in help­ing to pre­serve and pro­mote Dorch­ester County’s lo­cal cul­ture. The event also in­cluded pre­sen­ta­tions on the Her­itage Area’s achieve­ments over the past year.

The 2018 hon­orees, who were nom­i­nated by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and cho­sen by the Man­age­ment Board of the Heart of Ch­e­sa­peake Coun­try Her­itage Area, are:

• High Tide in Dorch­ester and the doc­u­men­tary team of David Harp, Tom Hor­ton and Sandy Can­non-Brown; Out­stand­ing Project, which rec­og­nizes an ex­cep­tional project, event or ac­tiv­ity con­ducted or spon­sored by an or­ga­ni­za­tion, busi­ness, in­di­vid­ual or lo­cal gov­ern­ment that high­lights Dorch­ester’s nat­u­ral or cul­tural her­itage and/or in­creases pub­lic aware­ness of its his­tory, her­itage and cul­tural tra­di­tions.

The group’s nom­i­na­tion noted that the, “doc­u­men­tar y, High Tide in Dorch­ester, high­lights with clar­ity the present and in­creas­ing im­pact cli­mate change is and will con­tinue to have on the nat­u­ral land and wa­ter­scapes of the county and a way of life hav­ing been passed down through the gen­er­a­tions.”

• Friends of Black­wa­ter Na­tional Wildlife Refuge; Or­ga­ni­za­tional Ex­cel­lence, which rec­og­nizes an or­ga­ni­za­tion or lo­cal gov­ern­ment en­tity that demon­strates sus­tained achieve­ment in con­tribut­ing to her­itage preser­va­tion, pro­mo­tion, in­ter­pre­ta­tion or tourism ef­forts. Richard Abend and Harry Heckathorn ac­cepted the award on be­half of Friends of Black­wa­ter.

The group’s nom­i­na­tion noted that the Friends of Black­wa­ter “has ac­tively par­tic­i­pated in preser­va­tion ef­forts, pro­moted re­source ste­ward­ship and en­cour­aged ad­vo­cacy by estab­lish­ing nu­mer­ous ed­u­ca­tional ini­tia­tives, fund­ing refuge in­fra­struc­ture and in­ter­pre­tive ex­hibit projects, and sup­port­ing refuge-spon­sored events.”

• Ge­orge M. Rad­cliffe, Jr.; In­di­vid­ual Achieve­ment, which rec­og­nizes a per­son for his or her con­tri­bu­tions to the her­itage com­mu­nity by in­ter­pret­ing, pre­serv­ing, pro­mot­ing, re­search­ing and/or sup­port­ing lo­cal his­tory and cul­tural tra­di­tions.

Rad­cliffe’s nom­i­na­tion noted that he “has tire­lessly worked to main­tain, ex­pand, and im­prove Spocott Wind­mill & Vil­lage. He has re­searched to fill out the story of wind­mills in Dorch­ester, the Spocott Wind­mill, life in the Neck District area in the 1800s, the his­tory of the Rad­cliffe fam­ily and more.”

• Ch­e­sa­peake Tours; Busi­ness Part­ner, which rec­og­nizes a for-profit part­ner that demon­strates sus­tained com­mit­ment to her­itage preser­va­tion and/ or pro­mo­tion, in­clud­ing his­toric preser­va­tion, cul­tural or nat­u­ral re­source ste­ward­ship, ad­vo­cacy, or her­itage tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Heart of Ch­e­sa­peake Coun­try. Priscilla Timken, Ch­e­sa­peake Tours founder, ac­cepted the award.

The group’s nom­i­na­tion noted that “Ch­e­sa­peake Tours takes such great pride in cre­at­ing an in­di­vid­ual, group ex­pe­ri­ence for each per­son that comes through our area. The con­nec­tion is the sto­ries and the story teller and be­ing pre­pared on the back end.”

All hon­orees also re­ceived ci­ta­tions not­ing their achieve­ments and com­mend­ing their work from Sen. Chris Van Hollen and Sen. Ben­jamin Cardin, along with ci­ta­tions from Sen. Ad­die Eckardt and Del. Johnny Mautz and Del. Christo­pher Adams.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Front row, from left: Friends of Black­wa­ter Na­tional Wildlife Refuge mem­ber Richard Abend and Ch­e­sa­peake Tours mem­ber Priscilla Timken. Back row, from left: Ge­orge M. Rad­cliffe, High Tide in Dorch­ester team mem­ber Tom Hor­ton, Friends of Black­wa­ter Na­tional Wildlife Refuge mem­ber Harry Heckathorn, and High Tide in Dorch­ester team mem­ber David Harp.

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