By Carol Benson, Four Rivers Heritage Area’s Executive Director
Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know in advance of this weekend’s Maryland Day Celebration in Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County (which we call “South County”, this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 24 to 26.
- It’s the best experience all year in the heritage area. That’s right, there are other terrific days in the Four Rivers Heritage Area, but this weekend offers specially-priced, unique activities (many planned only for Maryland Day) and a full view of the dedication and passion of the outstanding volunteers (and some staff!) doing what they love to do.
- This is the 10th year of this great collaborative event. It’s hard to believe that much time has passed, but yes, this is the event’s 10th year, and we’ve all learned a lot along the way. When it began, we offered “open house” activities all in the same day from 12 to 5. People loved it, but said they needed running shoes or bikes to try to get to as many sites as possible and they still didn’t make it to every site they wanted to! After 2 years, we got wise and spread the event over a 3-day weekend, and it works much better this way.
- It’s not going to be crowded. The event offers fun for the whole family, but it’s not going to get crowded. The participating sites have planned ahead, and there’s always room for you! The one exception is activities that require an advance registration, but these are rare.
- You will meet terrific people. I do, every year! And you will, too. Whether an individual running one of the activities, or a fellow visitor — take the time to have a conversation with someone new. I find Maryland Day weekend to be inspiring and uplifting, because of the people I meet.
- There’s new energy this year. The event organizers this year are Debbie Wood of the Chesapeake Children’s Museum and Erik Evans of the Inner West Street Association and First Sunday Arts Festivals (and a lot of other street festivals in town.) They brought new vision and new energy to the event, and as a result, it will be better than ever.
- All the information you need is on the event website, www.marylandday.org. The website, has everything listed, but you can also pick up your copy of the full-color event brochure (with map!) at the Visit Annapolis Visitors Center (26 West Street, Annapolis), or the City Dock Information Booth (downtown Annapolis), or at the activity sites.
Looking forward to seeing you around town!