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Beach to Bay Annual Meeting is October 28 

The BBHA Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 28 at the Henson Center on the Campus of UMES from 11:30am to 1pm. Our featured speaker is widely acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author, Kate Clifford Larson. She’ll be discussing her book Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero.  Reserve a seat or a table.

BBHA Receives $40K Rural Maryland Council Grant

The Beach to Bay Heritage Area is excited to once again partner with the Rural Maryland Council through the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF). The Heritage Area was awarded $40,000 to increase cultural tourism to the region. The focus will build upon existing African American heritage sites in the tri-county region. Some of those sites include:

  • Briddelltown Interpretive Marker (Worcester County)
  • Charles Chipman Cultural Center (Wicomico)
  • Germantown School (Worcester) 
  • Harriet Tubman Sculpture (Wicomico)
  • Henry Hotel (Worcester)
  • Isaiah Fassett Civil War Trails Sign (Worcester)
  • Judy Johnson Memorial (Worcester)
  • San Domingo School (Wicomico) (interpretive sign pictured here)
  • Rev. Dr. Charles Albert Tindley (Worcester)
  • Samuel Bowen (Worcester)
  • St. James Methodist Episcopal Church (Somerset County)
  • Tubman Monument at Salisbury University (Wicomico)
  • UMES (Somerset County)

Funds will be used to add four new sites to this list based on community input. In addition, the funds will help create a large mural of the Reverend Charles Albert Tindley in downtown Berlin. Tindley, born in the Berlin vicinity, is widely known as one of the founding fathers of American gospel music and is most noted for penning the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome” and “Stand By Me.”

To pull all of these things together, a self-guided driving trail of all these sites will be produced and distributed through regional visitor centers. Our goal is to increase African American tourism to our region, thereby increasing revenues to our businesses on the lower shore and instill pride in place in all residents. 


Maryland Heritage Area Authority Awards Four Local Projects

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority has awarded funding to four projects here in the heritage area totaling $73,138. Those projects include the Ward Museum in Salisbury, Sturgis One-Room School in Pocomoke (pictured above), All Hallows Church in Snow Hill and the Town of Snow Hill for the Black-Eyed Susan paddlewheel boat.
BBHA Embarks on a Strategic-Planning Exercise
The Beach to Bay Heritage Area is in the process of updating and revising our Management Plan and incorporating a strategic plan to focus on our direction for the next five years. A planning session has been scheduled at the Ward Museum in Salisbury in October. If you are interested in helping to guide our future, please email

Learn about the Life of Watermen at the Smith Island Cultural Center

Take the virtual tour of the Smith Island Cultural Center, which since 1996 has been sharing bits of everyday life in this tiny (186 full-time residents) community of watermen. Exhibits include model skipjacks, a crab scraping boat, a gunning skiff, handmade quilts, and more. Thanks to the Rural Maryland Council for funding the creation of the video. 

National Folk 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.

Chesapeake Ghost Tours 
Prepare to be intrigued on one of these spooky nighttime ghost walks. Multiple locations make it easy to catch one near you. Walks are usually one-and-a-half to two hours long and take place throughout the summer and fall. Join guides in Crisfield, Berlin, Salisbury, Ocean City, Pocomoke City, Princess Anne and Snow Hill for some fun storytelling and quirky events from a large collection of historic properties.

62nd Annual Skipjack Race & Festival
September 4-6
Weekend activities include a parade, festival, food (including local seafood), live music, children’s activities, vendors, skipjack race, boat docking, and more! 

Outdoor Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing
Throughout September
Performances are free, outdoors and open to all audiences; no tickets needed. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome! Catch a performance at one of the following venues. All performances start at 7:30pm.
Sept. 3    Snow Hill, Sturgis Park
Sept. 4    Berlin, Pitts Street
Sept. 9    Ocean City, Sunset Park
Sept. 17   Princess Anne, Manokin River Park
Sept. 19   Salisbury, Pohanka Riverwalk Amphitheater
Sept. 23   Crisfield, Tawes Museum
Sept. 26   Ocean City, Northside Park

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.

Tales from Delmarva Talk
Sept. 18
Author and storyteller Jim Duffy of Secrets of the Eastern Shore shares some of his favorite tales at the Delmarva Discovery Center Museum in Pocomoke from 2 to 3:30pm. 
Thank You to Our New Members!
Town of Ocean City
Tri-County Council
Tawes Insurance Agency
Mini-Grants Will be Available Soon
Beach to Bay Heritage Area Fiscal Year 2022 mini-grants will be available soon. Please check here for updates.
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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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