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2015 Mini-Grants Funded

Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium
Roz Racanello, Executive Director
PO Box 745, Hughesville, MD 20637
Phone: 301-274-4083, Fax: 301-274-1924
Email: SoMdHeritage@tccsmd.org

October 21, 2015

***PRESS RELEASE***

Small Grants for Tourism Projects Funded.

The Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium (SMHAC) announced today that twelve projects submitting Mini-Grant applications will receive funding.

These funds are made available to non-profits and government organizations inside the Heritage Area that seek to promote heritage tourism and economic development.  Heritage tourism is defined as traveling to experience the places that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present – including historic, cultural and natural resources.

The projects receiving funding are:

Calvert County

Conservation of artifacts from the George Rice House at Biscoe Gray.   Working with the MAC Lab at Jefferson Patterson Park, the County will conserve objects found near this African American site on the Farm.  Once properly conserved, the artifacts, and any information they provide, can become part of an exhibit.

Arts Council of Calvert County – Barn Quilt Trail.  Calvert County will join a number of communities to use the sides of barns as canvases for quilt patterns.  They will begin by identifying one visible barn to paint and hold a ribbon cutting event in the Spring.

Calvert County Natural Resources – Natural Resources Brochure – printing.  A brochure was created and produced and now the Department wishes to use and promote the brochure more widely since it consolidates information about individual parks in a single source.

Bayside History Museum – Native American Day at the Beach exhibit. This will be part of an exhibit on the first floor of the museum, consisting of a canoe and artifacts from Colony Beach. A mural surrounding the dugout canoe (donated to the museum) will be created using the funds.

American Chestnut Land Trust – New Interpretive Signs on Turkey Trail. This Trail is the most popular hiking trail in the ACLT lands, and they will add to the hikers experience by interpreting the natural world around them. Highlighting conservation issues as well as flora and fauna the signs will include an introduction to the protection efforts of the ACLT.

Charles County

Historical Society of Charles County – Holiday Trail 2015.  This relatively new event will increase from 11 sites to 18 this year with the addition of a number of historic sites in the County.  The funds would help produce brochures, postcards and banners to promote the expanded Trail.

Maryland Veterans Memorial Museum – Exhibit for Washington/Rochambeau Trail.  The Museum is on this historically significant trail.  The trail route is a long series of roads used by the Continental Army under Gen. Washington’s command as well as Jean-Baptiste Rochambeau during the 1781 march from Rhode Island to Virginia.  The Museum will construct a series of exhibits relating to the route.

Friends of Chapman Forest – Historic Interpretive Posters – Preservation Study. The goal is to expand on the Preservation Study at Mt. Aventine completed in spring of 2015, and to duplicate key documented findings on large interpretive “posters” to display in the mansion. The posters would be on easels on both stories in the west wing.

Farm Heritage Conservancy – Serenity Farm Slave Grave Project. This new project will produce a short documentary titled: “Remembered by the Wind: The Slave Graves of Serenity Farm.” To be shot in HD video and provided to public television and other platforms, the film will tell the story of the uncovering of the burial ground.

St. Mary’s County

Unified Committee for Afro American Contributions (UCAC) – How Women Got the Right to Vote.   An exhibit detailing women’s suffrage in the US based on election day 1920, as millions of women exercised their right to vote for the first time after the passage of the 19th Amendment.  The exhibit will be displayed at the US Colored Troop Memorial Interpretive Center.

Point Lookout State Park – Photo Tour Book of the Park.  This book will be a walking tour guide with historical and educational significance.  There will be a trail of sequentially numbered stops, (17 have been identified,) and each will be depicted and described in the booklet.

Greenwell State Park – Explore Greenwell.  This project will create brochures that focus on the park’s history, environment, natural resources and tourism products, including information about Rosedale Manor.  The goal is to increase tours of all aspects of the park.

All those who wish to learn more about membership or future grant offerings should contact the Consortium by email, SoMdHeritage@tccsmd.org or by phone at 301-274-4083.
Additional information about the Southern Maryland Heritage Area is available on the web at: www.DestinationSouthernMaryland.com.

The mission of the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium (SMHAC) is to enhance the economic activity of Southern Maryland through combining quality heritage tourism and small business development with preservation, cultural and natural resource conservation and education. The SMHAC receives support from the three county Boards of Commissioners, the MHAA, the Tri-County Council for Southern MD and private contributions.

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Solomons Island Winery

515 Garner Lane, Lusby, MD 20657
Phone: 410-394-1933 • www.solomonsislandwinery.com

logo-patuxent-wine-trailSolomons Island Winery is a family owned winery located along the idyllic shores of Hungerford Creek, just north of Solomons Island.  Solomons Winery is best known for its fruit infused varietal wines named Solomons Island Mist.  Other premium wines are produced seasonally and have won many awards.

Running Hare Vineyard

105 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Phone: 410-414-8486 • runningharevineyard.com

logo-patuxent-wine-trailRunning Hare Vineyard is in the middle of a 291 acre farm.  With its rolling hills and Tuscan style events building it is a perfect afternoon escape to sample our international award winning wines.  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the vineyard.  A little bit of Tuscany and Napa in Southern Maryland.

Perigeaux Vineyards and Winery

8650 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD 20685
Phone: 410-586-2710 • perigeaux.com

logo-patuxent-wine-trailPerigeaux Vineyards and Winery is a small family-owned winery making fine Bordeaux-style wines unique to Southern Maryland.  We are known for our classically crafted, award-winning red wines.  Our wines are produced using grapes grown in our estate on our 27-acre farm.

Fridays Creek Winery

3485 Chaneyville Road, Owings, MD 20736
Phone: 410-286-9463 • fridayscreek.com

logo-patuxent-wine-trailFridays Creek Winery is a family owned farm winery housed in a remodeled tobacco barn that dates from the 1920s.  Where tobacco once hung, local art now resides;  where livestock once were, wine in oak barrels now age.  Visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds, sample wines and, of course, purchase the locally produced fare.

Cove Point Winery

755 Cove Point Road, Lusby, MD 20657
Phone: 410-326-0949 • covepointwinery.com

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Cove Point Winery is a small micro-winery located in Lusby, Maryland.  As Southern Maryland’s first winery, Cove Point Winery produces dozens of award-winning wines from reds, whites, and fruit blends.  Almost half our wines are produced from locally grown fruit throughout Southern Maryland, making us the largest local purchaser for winemaking.

Restaurants

From quick bites to more lavish affairs, there are lots of opportunities to explore Southern Maryland’s unique culinary offerings.

Calvert County

Calvert County‘s rich agricultural heritage and the bounty of its waterways are reflected in the area’s eclectic dining options. http://choosecalvert.com/index.aspx?NID=94

Charles County

http://www.charlescountymd.gov/maps/tourism/tourplan/231

St. Mary’s County

St. Mary’s County has lots of great places to eat from seafood dives to sidewalk cafes to white table cloth establishments. Our local hang-outs are authentically local and our waterfront eateries offer some amazing views. https://www.visitstmarysmd.com/dining/

Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail

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The Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail runs alongside Fishing Creek in the small town of Chesapeake Beach, in Northern Calvert County, partially on the right of way of the long abandoned Chesapeake Beach Railway.  The creek is a significant watershed that empties directly into the Chesapeake Bay.  The entire trail project lies within the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area, and offers scenic views of the creek itself, hundreds of acres of surrounding marsh and forest, and includes two bridges across the creek and several timber walkways either over the creek or marshland.  Wildlife is abundant, and visitors to the trail are quite often treated to sightings of bald eagles.