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 Four Rivers Heritage Area Sponsors 4th Annual Maryland Day Celebration at Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County Heritage Sites

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town and South County is sponsoring the fourth annual Maryland Day Celebration in Anne Arundel County from Friday, March 25, 2011 through Sunday, March 27, 2011. Throughout the weekend, historical and cultural institutions in Annapolis and southern Anne Arundel County will open their doors to the public offering special tours, events, and programming for $1.00 or less. Maryland Day Celebration 2011 will include historic sites not usually open to the public, special programs developed for Maryland Day, costumed re-enactors, exhibits, and family activities. Events will occur throughout Annapolis and southern Anne Arundel County on a rolling basis throughout the weekend. Additionally, area businesses and restaurants are offering special packages and deals to commemorate the weekend. 

A special activity this year is the “Taste of Four Rivers” cookbook. Each participating site will distribute one or more collectible recipes to visitors for this make-your-own cookbook activity (sites that are participating are indicated by a diamond symbol, below). At least fourteen sites will have recipes, each of which reflects the site’s unique history or a special connection to local flavors. 

For the second year in a row, the entire weekend will be filled with events, activities, and special opportunities to experience our area’s heritage with an emphasis on fun for the whole family. Maryland Day Celebration 2011 is a collaborative event sponsored by Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County. Activities for this weekend-long celebration include a free “Heritage Stride” family tour of historic downtown Annapolis, sponsored by sponsored by Annapolis Tours® by Watermark®, and a free African American History Walk through Annapolis with historian Janice Hayes-Williams; both tours take place on the morning of Saturday, March 26. 

Maryland Day Celebration activities at participating historic and cultural institutions in Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County are offered for one dollar or FREE. A full listing of the weekend’s activities is available on the event website,, and in a printed Program of Events, available at visitor centers and participating sites. 

The list of participating sites includes:

◊ Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau
Annapolis Maritime Museum with the Coast Guard Auxiliary
Banneker-Douglass Museum
◊ Captain Salem Avery Museum
◊ Charles Carroll House
◊ Chesapeake Bay Foundation 
◊ Chesapeake Children’s Museum
City of Annapolis
◊ Deale Area Historical Society at the Herrington Harbour North Historic Village
Galesville Heritage Museum
◊ Historic Annapolis Museum
◊ Historic London Town and Gardens
◊ Hogshead (Historic Annapolis Foundation)
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
◊ Maryland State House
The Sands House
◊ Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
◊ United States Naval Academy Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center
Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center 
◊ William Paca House & Garden
◊ Wimsey Cove Framing & Art
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