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Beach to Bay Heritage Area Mini-Grants Deadline is Oct. 29

In order to promote heritage tourism and community involvement, the Beach to Bay Heritage Area hosts a Mini-Grant program to provide funding for significant local projects. Applicants may apply for small, non-capital project grant funding directly from BBHA. Grant projects reflect the cultural heritage of the Beach to Bay Heritage Area.
Applications will be selected for funding in November. Applications are evaluated based on a project’s plan to address or complete a priority activity identified in and consistent with the goals, objectives, strategies and actions outlined in the approved MHAA Certified Management Plan. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS OCTOBER 29. For more details and the application form, click here.


Heritage Area Boundaries May Be Changing

The Beach to Bay Heritage Area will be taking stock of our current boundaries over the next few weeks to include areas that add value and yet have been inadvertently left out of the certified heritage area. Those sites include places like the Germantown School and New Bethel Church in Berlin and the San Domingo School near Sharptown. Last spring, we modified our boundaries to include the West Ocean City Commercial Fishing Harbor and the Mt Zion Church near Princess Anne. The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) approves these boundary amendments, making it possible for those within the heritage area to apply for MHAA funding for capital and noncapital grants. The MHAA hearing to approve these amendments will take place in January 2022.

Beach to Bay Plans for 5-Year Strategies and Goals

During the summer, the BBHA carefully reviewed the management plan put into place in 2000. After reviewing stakeholder and board input, the heritage area has created a new vision statement and has identified some key goals moving forward. The heritage area held a work-session with community members from throughout the tri-county region on October 19 at the Ward Museum. We have some exciting times ahead and a solid path to lead us into the next five to six years. 


Your All-in-One Guide to Smith Island Cake

You may be thinking about the holiday season and gift giving, and we can’t think of a better gift than the Smith Island Cake. We’re breaking down everything from how this culinary tradition got started to what flavors they come in, where to buy one and even how to make one if you are so inclined. Thank you Somerset County Tourism for creating this handy guide

Learn About Early 1800s Medicine at Poplar Hill Mansion
Poplar Hill Mansion is a historic house museum near downtown Salisbury that interprets the Federal period through the lives of those who inhabited the 1805 manor house. It's a good place to explore medicine of the time period, since the homeowner, Dr. John Houston, was Salisbury's first surgeon and Poplar Hill served as the area's first hospital. Thanks to the Rural Maryland Council for funding the creation of the video. 
Oliver “Tuts” Lawson: A Retrospective
September 24 – January 23
Featuring pieces that tell the story of a living legend among decoy carvers. From his days as a teenager carving birds using strawberry baskets found while working at a grocery store in Crisfield, MD, to eclectic commissions and the many masterful birds made over a lifetime of dedication to craft, this exhibit in the LaMay Gallery is rich with beautiful work and a unique history rooted in local cultural tradition. Ward Museum, Salisbury. 

Crisfield Seafood Workers Mural Unveiling
November 5
Join in the unveiling of Crisfield's newest mural, created by artist Michael Rosato, celebrating seafood workers. 12pm at 413 West Main Street, Crisfield.

Flannel Formal
November 13, 3-6pm 

This benefit for the Lower Shore Land Trust features live blues and Motown music, pig roast, charcuterie, oysters, seafood chowder, bonfire, yard games, silent auction, and more. RSVP by Oct. 30. 
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"Not only does the Beach to Bay Heritage Area support the economic vitality of the lower shore’s heritage community, it also creates a great networking opportunity for all the organizations to keep in touch with and support each other.
– MICHAEL DAY, Chair, Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District 
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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