Grants to plant local ‘seeds’ growing heritage tourism
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 email@example.com, 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.