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On #GivingTuesday, help us make a difference for local museums, attractions, historic sites

On Tuesday, December 1, Giving Tuesday offers an opportunity to help heritage-related nonprofits on the lower eastern shore. By making a donation to the Beach to Bay Heritage area during this nationwide online giving event, you can help preserve our local heritage. As one of 13 heritage areas in Maryland, Beach to Bay blends economic development with conservation of our area's natural,  cultural, and historic resources. During this pandemic year we have:

  • started to create virtual tours for our museums to allow visits even when they're closed,
  • created a strong partnership with the Rural Maryland Council to  help us fund new projects and to create our new branding, and
  • continued to award up to $15,000 each year in mini grants to heritage tourism nonprofits to support new exhibits, brochures, and interpretive materials. 

If you’re not able to give on December 1, schedule your donation anytime between November 23 and December 1 by clicking the button below. Need help? Contact Lisa Challenger at   


Get in the spirit with holiday events!

Winter Wonderland: Illuminating Traditions
Tuesdays through December 29
A  seven-week virtual celebration of winter holidays from around the world and their traditions of light. Each video illuminates a new tradition. Pick up a craft kit to take part in the at-home activities. Reserve your kits at 410-742-4988 x 115 or go to

Ice Ice Berlin: Ice Art Sculptures & Holiday Shop Night
Friday, November 27, 5-9pm
24 holiday ice sculptures carved by award-winning ice artist Erik Cantine throughout town, pinecone birdfeeder craft at the Calvin B. Taylor Museum, Santa, carriage rides, shops open until 9pm. 

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 28
Shop local this season!

Free Carriage Rides in Berlin
December weekends, 11am-3pm 

Julia A. Purnell Museum Holiday Open House
Friday, December 4, 5-8pm
Holiday decorations throughout the museum, holiday exhibit, old-fashioned sweets and mulled cider. Great shopping in the museum gift shop!

A Miracle on Market Street
Friday, December 4, 5:30-8:30pm
Walk through the winter wonderland in Downtown Pocomoke City with a tree lighting, holiday music, dance performance, carriage rides, sidewalk sales, vendors, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, a bonfire, and carol sing-alongs. 

Light Up Berlin
December 11-31
Drive around town and look at all the beauty Berlin has to offer during this holiday house decorating contest! Tour map list will be available at

Holiday Tea at Poplar Hill
Thursday, December 10, 11:30am
Celebrate the holiday season at Poplar Hill Mansion, Salisbury’s oldest house, with a tea and menu featuring soup, tea sandwiches, scones, desserts, and more. Safety precautions in place. RSVP by December 4 at 410-749-1776.

A Pemberton Christmas
Saturday, December 12, 11am-4pm
Enjoy a festive day at Pemberton Historical  Park with holiday music, decorations, tours of the grounds, wreath-making classes, gingerbread-making contest, socially distanced photos with Santa, fire pits, vendors, food truck, and more.

2nd Friday in Berlin
Sunday, December 13, 5-8pm
Shop, see Santa, and enjoy live music!


Eight organizations receive mini grants 

The Beach to Bay Heritage Area has awarded mini grants to eight local heritage tourism organizations to help them expand and improve the visitor experience. Here are the organizations and the planned projects:
  • Delmarva Discovery Museum: Template for interpretive signage to be used throughout the museum. Signage for existing touch tank and new seahorse and oyster reef tank exhibits. 
  • Parsons Cemetery: Signage to better help visitors explore Salisbury's largest history cemetery. 
  • Wicomico County Recreation & Parks: New event, A Pemberton Christmas, set for December 12. 
  • Julia A. Purnell Museum: New exhibit, "Epidemic, A Local History of Medical Crisis," focusing on the history of historic medical epidemics through the lens of local experience. 
  • All Hallows Episcopal Church: Historic structure report to evaluate the building’s condition in order to prioritize restoration needs. Historical interpretation and expanded use by the public.
  • Green Hill Church: Preservation plan to guide and prioritize phases of restoration of the 1733 structure as well as to address activities to broaden public participation.
  • Westside Historical Society, Inc.: New signage, awning, and kiosk with information for the Westside Heritage Museum.
  • Berlin Heritage Foundation: Archive of local oral histories through audio and video recordings of people’s stories related to their life and experiences living in Berlin.
Deadline for first step in Heritage Area grants is January 29

It's time to plan for projects that could qualify for funding from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) in 2021. MHAA grants support nonprofit organizations and government entities with up to $50,000 for non-capital projects and up to $100,000 for capital projects located within a Certified Heritage Area. Grants can support projects involving historical, cultural or natural resources, sites, events or facilities. Eligible projects must have a heritage tourism component or contribute to research that will directly inform a heritage tourism product.

In an effort to attract a more diverse pool of grant applicants, MHAA has made a significant change in the cash match requirement. Read more about the change in match requirements and applying for grants on the MHT Blog. Letters of intent to apply are due January 29, 2021.

Funding sources available for heritage tourism partners

We have put together a listing of potential local, state, and federal funding sources for our heritage tourism partners. Whether you’re looking to build trails or exhibits, or you're hosting an event or renovating a historic structure, check these resources for criteria and eligibility.
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