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Tubman Scholar Kate Larson to Speak at Luncheon

The Beach to Bay Heritage Area will be holding our Annual Luncheon this year at the campus of UMES, Princess Anne, in the Henson Center on Thursday, October 28.  We are thrilled to be able to host this year’s guest speaker, Kate Larson. Kate Clifford Larson is an American historian and Harriet Tubman scholar. Her 2003 biography of Harriet Tubman, Bound for the Promised Land, was one of the first non-juvenile Tubman biographies published in six decades. Larson is the consultant for the Harriet Tubman Special Resource Study of the National Park Service and serves on the advisory board of the Historic Context on the Underground Railroad in Delaware, Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware. Please plan on attending this year’s program! Lee Whaley Associates has sponsored this year’s speaker program.


GoFundMe Campaign to Keep Mt. Zion Memorial Church Dry

Mt. Zion Memorial Church, located on Polks Road near Princess Anne, Maryland was built in 1887. The church was in continuous use as a functioning church until 2002 and has since been converted to use for community events including reunions, weddings and funerals. In 2007, Mt. Zion Memorial Church was listed on the National Register for Historic Places, in addition to the Maryland Register for Historic Sites.

The roof has been leaking during the past year, causing damage to the roof, ceilings, interior walls and flooring. Due to the rain damage, they have had to suspend use of the building for activities. Ongoing inclement weather has accelerated the need for a new roof and renovations inside the church.

Mt. Zion Memorial Church plays a vital role in community activities and is a strong partner with Trinity United Methodist Worship Center, of which Mt. Zion was originally a part of. This community center provides these activities for the residents of Mt. Vernon, Oriole, Venton and the greater Princess Anne area.

It is imperative that they receive funding to prevent further damage and preserve the church for the community. All donations are welcomed, including labor, materials and time. A GoFundMe campaign has been created for Mt. Zion.

The Perks of Joining the Beach to Bay Heritage Area

1. Networking
The greatest leaders learn from others. Networking is an essential ingredient for successful businesses, organizations and individuals, but it’s not always easy to gain access to other like-minded professionals. When you join Beach to Bay, you’re instantly part of a team that’s greater than yourself. 

2. Community Involvement
How do you learn to be a better version of yourself if you’re stuck in a box? When you become a member of Beach to Bay, you’ll learn about ways to reach out and become connected to the community. In this environment, you can bounce ideas off others, learn what’s worked for others, and ask for advice from those who have already been there.

3. Access to Education, Training and Funding Resources
With your membership, Beach to Bay holds workshops and lectures in order to give you the opportunity to stay up-to-date and knowledgeable about trends and heritage-related news on the lower shore. 

Become a member today!
Westside Heritage Museum Undergoing Façade Improvements
Westside Historical Society Inc. first opened the Heritage Museum at 413 Main St., Mardela Springs in 1988 in a building constructed in 1934-35, now owned by the local Masonic Lodge. The museum occupies 10 rooms. The exhibits offer an interpretive history of changes in the economy, lifestyle and customs of the west side (Nanticoke River watershed) of Wicomico County from the 17th through the mid-20th centuries – attempting to let past generations tell their own story. 

Two years ago, a walking tour brochure was created to help tell the town's history and important historic sites and buildings. This area hosts the Adkins Historic Complex & Museum, the restored 1842 Barren Creek Church and Springs, and lovely homes recalling the village’s busy Victorian-era history. 

Mini-grant funds will be giving the museum a more attractive facade, making it more intriguing, and inviting! The project will:
  1. Create a new, double-sided sidewalk sign for the museum front. With improved lettering, wording and color, for those who are walking through town or riding down Main Street, the museum’s presence will attract attention and make its existence evident. 
  2. Upgrade an existing small kiosk with weatherproofing to allow news of upcoming events and information to remain waterproof.
  3. There are two existing benches in front of the building, and grant funds will add an old wooden whiskey barrel trash container. 
  4. Erect a small awning over the front door, bearing the word "Museum." 
These improvements will make the front of the museum not only more inviting, but will also suggest to the visitor the historical experience that awaits inside.

Go Back to the 1830s at the Taylor House Museum
The Taylor House Museum is a hidden gem right in downtown Berlin that dates back to the 1830s. The Federal-style house fell into disrepair in the 1970s and was actually slated for demolition. Luckily, some community members came together to save and restore the house. Using historical research, the interior has been carefully renovated with faux paint finishes, furnishings and more to replicate a typical home from the 1830s. Another part of the museum tells the story of Berlin through images and artifacts. 

“Warblers, Waterfowl and a Weekend Retreat”

Freelance writer Amanda Creasey joined the Delmarva Birding Weekend crew for some birding fun at the Nassawango Creek Preserve. The article appears in Cooperative Living Magazine.

Calling All Photographers!

MD Coastal Bays Photo Contest 
The Maryland Coastal Bays Program is producing a 2022 calendar as a fundraising initiative and is looking for submissions of photos of our bays and the life that resides within our watershed. Community members of all ages are welcome to submit their photographs! Details here.

Ward Museum Photo Festival
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University invites photographers to join them for the hybrid event, The Ward Museum Photo Festival, with online and in-person entries, workshops, virtual programming and more. There are two divisions, Photographer and Youth Photographer (age 17 and younger). But hurry, deadline is July 2!  Details here.
Panelists Sought for MSAC's Arts in Education, Touring, and Public Art Programs
The Maryland State Arts Council relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. They invite participation through program-specific public calls for panelists, and they select panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in varying artistic disciplines. Panelists must be Maryland residents.

They are seeking panelists for three programs: Arts in Education Grant, Touring Grant, and Public Art. These programs are part of MSAC’s new Independent Artist Network (IAN), an artist employment initiative. 

Berlin Peach Festival

Exhibit: Delmarva: People, Place, and Time, Salisbury University
This self-guided exhibit highlights various aspects of Delmarva history, including Native Americans and early settlers, agriculture and water, military contributions, and an early 19th century home. At Guerrieri Academic Commons, Niemann Gallery. Open During GAC hours.

Berlin Peach Festival
August 7
Peaches, non-profit food vendors, and live entertainment make this a day you can’t miss! And did we mention peaches? Held on the lawn of the Taylor House Museum.

Wicomico County Fair
August 20-22
The event features livestock exhibits, competitions, home arts, auctions, the five-foot fry pan, music, rides and local vendors. Admission and parking are free.

National Folk Festival
Sept 10-12
One of America’s largest, most prestigious and longest-running celebrations of arts, culture, and heritage, this free, three-day outdoor event celebrates the roots, richness and variety of American culture. It features over 350 of the nation’s finest traditional musicians, dancers, craftspeople and other keepers of culture in performances, workshops, and demonstrations, plus children’s activities, savory regional and ethnic cuisines and craft brews, non-stop participatory dancing, storytelling, parades, and more.
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Become a Member!
Help preserve, protect, and promote the Lower Eastern Shore's cultural traditions, historic sites, and natural landscapes by becoming a member of the Beach to Bay Heritage Area! Stay connected to our exciting projects and programs, learn about funding opportunities and ways to get involved.

We are partnering with the Rural Maryland Council to create online virtual tours of our historic sites, attractions and museums in order to encourage folks to get back to visiting when the time is right.

We are partners with the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to encourage and enable all of our heritage area stakeholders here on the shore to apply for capital improvement projects, whether it is façade improvements, building a new exhibit or creating handicap accessibility.


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