Grants to plant lo­cal ‘seeds’ grow­ing heritage tourism

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Four lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions re­cently re­ceived a fi­nan­cial boost when they were awarded seed grants (for­merly known as mini grants) from the South­ern Mary­land Heritage Area Con­sor­tium.

The Calvert County Arts Coun­cil, An­n­marie Sculp­ture Gar­den and Arts Cen­ter, Calvert Marine Mu­seum So­ci­ety and the Amer­i­can Chest­nut Land Trust re­ceived a com­bined to­tal of $9,000.

“It’s a re­ally grow­ing pro­gram be­cause heritage tourism is one of our driv­ing en­gines,” South­ern Mary­land Heritage Area Con­sor­tium Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Lu­cille Walker said. “For me, it’s a chance for all sto­ries to be told and for our whole region to re­ally thrive and to un­der­stand who we are and where we’re go­ing.”

An­n­marie Gar­den re­ceived its seed grant of $2,000 for the in­stal­la­tion of col­or­ful, life­like ce­ramic tiles that de­pict lo­cal wildlife and aid in iden­ti­fy­ing dif­fer­ent species of plant, in­sect and an­i­mal life.

“We have never got­ten a grant from a heritage area be­fore so we’re ex­cited about this,” said An­n­marie Gar­den Direc­tor Stacy Hann-Ruff, whose or­ga­ni­za­tion had re­ceived its first-ever grant ear­lier this year. Both grants com­bined are worth $72,000. “It’s re­ally go­ing to trans­form our trails here.”

The project will sup­port the $70,000 Mary­land Heritage Area grant awarded to An­n­marie ear­lier this year for its pro­posed Tree-men­dous Trail, which will cir­cle the perime­ter of the mu­seum grounds.

“The cool thing is that it’s go­ing to be an ed­u­ca­tional project about the en­vi­ron­ment, about trees and in­sects and all kinds of things,” Hann-Ruff said.

The trail will also fea­ture a se­ries of bronze plaques cast by a lo­cal artist that will al­low vis­i­tors to rub off the im­age with pa­per and pen­cil. In­ter­pre­tive pan­els will also be added to the up­graded trail.

The Calvert County Arts Coun­cil was awarded $1,000 for its Calvert Barn Quilt Trail project, which a press re­lease said is de­signed to “high­light both the Amer­i­can art of quilt­ing and the im­por­tance of South­ern Mary­land barns and his­toric sites.”

This project will in­clude plac­ing painted wooden squares in quilt pat­terns on barns, mu­se­ums and his­toric lo­ca­tions through­out Calvert County in or­der to bring tourists to the county to fol­low this trail. The arts coun­cil hopes to branch out and make this a South­ern Mary­land project.

A pre­vi­ous grant al­lowed the arts coun­cil to in­stall eight squares through­out the county, and this grant will bring that num­ber up to 14.

Amer­i­can Chest­nut Land Trust was awarded $3,000 for its new “In Your Own Back­yard” pro­gram, which a press re­lease said “will in­tro­duce res­i­dents to the ben­e­fits and joys of vis­it­ing the wide se­lec­tion of lo­cal and state parks, lesser known fa­cil­i­ties of­fer­ing eco-tourism, and high­light­ing the care of the ACLT’s Park­ers Creek Pre­serve.”

The project will also in­clude a brochure, web­page, eco-tourism blog, a com­mu­nity event at Dou­ble Oak Farm, mar­ket­ing and a sign at the en­trance to ACLT’s north side trail­head, which will as­sist res­i­dents with park­ing and trails.

Calvert Marine Mu­seum So­ci­ety re­ceived $3,000 for its Me­ga­lodon Jaws En­counter. The funds will go to­ward cre­at­ing a large, lighted and move­able dis­play case with in­ter­pre­tive pan­els.

The mu­seum hopes the ex­hibit will en­cour­age vis­i­tors to take pho­to­graphs of them­selves with the jaws, and share those pho­to­graphs through var­i­ous medi­ums. The Me­ga­lodon Jaw En­counter ex­hibit will open with its new dis­play after the mu­seum’s ren­o­va­tions, which are sched­uled for the win­ter of 2019.

“We have dif­fer­ent focus areas within our heritage area; we focus of course on [the fact we are] the birth­place of Mary­land, and we’re also the birth­place of re­li­gious free­dom in the United States,” Walker said. “And we also focus on out­door re­cre­ation and na­ture and a va­ri­ety of his­to­ries. It’s about in­no­va­tive tourism, and it’s about ed­u­ca­tion and nat­u­ral re­source preser­va­tion. [Grants have] to be tied into grow­ing our region. We would love to pre­serve a barn, but our pro­gram is, ‘What’s the story of that barn, how do we get peo­ple to visit that barn, how do you [con­tinue] the preser­va­tion of that barn?’”

Hospice to host pair of sem­i­nars

“Pre­par­ing Meals for Spe­cial Di­ets Through­out the Hol­i­days” will be held 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tues­day, Nov. 6, at SpringHill Suites, 75 Sherry Lane in Prince Fred­er­ick. The pre­sen­ter will be Direc­tor of Din­ing Ser­vices for Brightview An­napo­lis John Long, who will present strate­gies for pre­par­ing spe­cial meals.

Then, “Nav­i­gat­ing the Hol­i­days” will be held

1 to 2:30 p.m. Tues­day, Nov. 13, at the same lo­ca­tion. The pre­sen­ter is Be­reave­ment Co­or­di­na­tor for Calvert Hospice Tessa Washington, who will dis­cuss cop­ing with loss, re­mem­ber­ing and hon­or­ing a loved one, and caring for one­self while find­ing new mean­ing and heal­ing dur­ing the hol­i­day season.

Call Peggy Bra­ham at 410-535-0892, email pbra­ham@calver­thos­pice.org, or go to http://calver­thos­pice.org/ed­u­ca­tion-sem­i­nars/.

Alzheimer’s disease care­givers to meet

Calvert Li­brary Prince Fred­er­ick will host an Alzheimer’s Care­givers Sup­port Group from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Nov. 8. Re­ceive tips and sup­port from other care­givers. The event will be fa­cil­i­tated by Jean­nette Find­ley and JC Hooker and is free, but reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-535-0291, or go to http://CalvertLi­brary.info.

Lo­cal groups set to host coat drive

Creative Crafters and the Bat­tle Creek 4-H Club will hold a coat drive Thurs­day, Nov. 8, through Thurs­day, Dec. 13. Coats must be clean, wear­able and wrapped in plas­tic, a press re­lease states.

Coats may be dropped off at 30 Duke St. in Prince Fred­er­ick. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Stacey Thacker at 443-6246775.

Li­brary plans WWI memorial cer­e­mony

Calvert Li­brary Prince Fred­er­ick will cel­e­brate Calvert County’s World War I ser­vice­men who lost their lives in the war, from 10:45 a.m. to noon Satur­day, Nov. 10. The names of those who served and died will be high­lighted; they are en­graved on the 1920 mon­u­ment on the court­house lawn, a press re­lease states. The cer­e­mony will be­gin with a trib­ute by the Naval Academy Brass Quin­tet.

Fam­ily mem­bers of the fol­low­ing pa­tri­ots are in­vited to at­tend: Ge­orge Ar­miger, Solomon Barnes, Alonza Brown, James But­ler, Wal­lace Cur­tis, Wil­liam T. Dorsey, Thorn­ton Gor­mon, John Gross, Joseph S. Jones, Ben­jamin Kent, Arick L. Lore, Wil­liam N. Mar­quess, Thomas J. Os­borne, Reuben Pitcher, Mur­ray A. Sher­bert, Irv­ing R. Stallings, Harry Sun­der­land and Charles W. Tongue.

Call 410-535-0291, or go to http://CalvertLi­brary. info.

Li­brary to host au­thor Nor­ton

Calvert Li­brary Prince Fred­er­ick will host po­lit­i­cal thriller au­thor Doug Nor­ton at 7 p.m. Mon­day, Nov. 19.

As a war­ship cap­tain dur­ing the Cold War, Nor­ton held launch codes for nu­clear weapons and was pre­pared to use them, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease. He also par­tic­i­pated in in­ter­na­tional ne­go­ti­a­tions to re­duce their num­bers and the chance of nu­clear war be­tween the United States and the Soviet Union. Nor­ton will present “Amer­i­can Pres­i­dents, North Korean Dic­ta­tors, and the Ele­phants in the Room,” which re­lates the fic­tional plots of his “Code Word” thrillers to cur­rent de­vel­op­ments in East Asia.

Nor­ton’s po­lit­i­cal thriller “Code Word: Pa­ter­nity” and its se­quel “Code Word: Pan­dora” fea­ture the stand-off be­tween the U.S. and North Korea.

The talk will be fol­lowed by a Q&A ses­sion and book sign­ing. Regis­ter for a chance to win a Nor­ton book of the win­ner’s choos­ing.

The event is free, but reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Robyn Trus­low at 410535-0291, or go to www. calvertli­brary.info.

Tur­key Day trot will ben­e­fit Project ECHO

The Arc South­ern Mary­land will hold an an­nual 5K run/walk at 7 a.m. Tues­day, Nov. 22, at 355 W. Dares Beach Road in Prince Fred­er­ick. Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 6 a.m. Pr­ereg­is­tra­tion will take place noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 21 and Nov. 22. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit Project ECHO’s home­less shelter.

Cost is $30 un­til Nov. 15, $35 after Nov. 15, and $25 for ages 12 and younger. A free T-shirt is guar­an­teed un­til Sun­day, Nov. 4. For in­for­ma­tion, go to to www. Pro­jec­tECHO.net.

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