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Events This Week: October 11-October 17

Oct 11 2021

Events This Week: October 11-October 17

Continue to get into the Halloween spirit with spooky webinars and ghost tours! We’re also excited about the in-person return of Oyster Festival 2021. It’s a great week to celebrate the best of fall in the Four Rivers Heritage Area.

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Events This Week

Virtual Lecture – The Wrong Side of History: Loyalists in the American Revolution

The loyalists were the losers of the American Revolution. The Americans who rejected independence and who fought to keep the colonies safely within the bosom of the British Empire lost almost everything when the patriots declared victory at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. History quickly lost sight of them in the years afterwards and looking back now, it’s hard to understand why so many ordinary Americans were actually bitterly opposed to the break with Britain and the birth of a new nation. Join University of Maryland historian Richard Bell as he takes us back in time to examine the American Revolution from their perspective. Focusing on individuals with compelling personal stories, Bell challenges deep-rooted stereotypes of loyalists as sycophantic, cowardly, and selfish persons of means and demonstrates that to understand who the loyalists were, and what they experienced, is to better understand the stakes of the entire American Revolution.

Registration is required. Cost to participate is $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members and Volunteers.

“Renew” Educational Webinar

With a focus on “renewal,” participants will learn the importance of financial competency, education equity, and positive mental/physical health awareness in the African American community. Examine the effects of Covid-19 on the financial, educational, and mental/physical health of the African American family and communities of color. This event is free to attend.

“Lunch and Learn”: Mysterious Maryland: Stories of the Bizarre and Unexplained from the Stacks of the Maryland State Archives

Get into the Halloween spirit with an hour of strange sightings, unsolved mysteries, and bizarre news. The mysterious intrigues us, especially at this time of year, so please join us in exploring the stranger side of Maryland history through our unique collections at the Maryland State Archives. Join Lead Reference Archivist and Search Room Coordinator, Rachel Frazier, as she shares spooky stories from the depths of the stacks.

As Search Room Coordinator at the Maryland State Archives, Rachel Frazier has over a decade of experience in assisting visitors, whether in person or by email, with their diverse genealogical, historical, and legal needs. Rachel has presented at regional and local history and library institutions, and is always pleased to connect members of the public with the important archival collections. This event is free to attend.

Historic Hauntings Ghost Tours

  • Date: Thursday, October 14, Friday, October 15, & Saturday, October 16
  • Time: 8:00 pm (check website for additional times)
  • Location: Meet at the Market House Park, 25 Market Space
  • Host Organization: Historic Annapolis

Looking for ghost tours in Maryland? Come with Watermark and Historic Annapolis for a special haunted ghost tour of Annapolis. On this walking tour, you will be led by our spirited guide through the dark alleys, spooky side streets, and lesser-known haunted sites of the old and creaky town of Annapolis. Hear of real diary entries and newspaper articles of what frightened early 18th century folks and how they utilized the moon and candles. Listen to tales of spirits that linger in the mist, and explore one of Annapolis’ best-known cemeteries. Special Historic Hauntings takes you back to a time of superstition and legend. And who knows, after a trip inside Hogshead, your own story may be added to the history of Annapolis. Cost to participate is $25 for adults and $14 for children (11 and under).

Historic Candlelight Ghost Stories Tour

  • Date: Friday, October 15 & Saturday, October 16
  • Time: Tours will be conducted between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm, with the last tour starting at 9:30 pm
  • Location: Rising Sun Inn, 1090 General’s Highway, Crownsville
  • Host Organization: Rising Sun Inn

The Rising Sun Inn, with a history spanning four centuries, has been home to many generations of families. Learn about the lives of some of those residents and learn about those residents who never left. This family-friendly ghost stories tour is suitable for visitors of all ages. Hear stories collected from first-hand accounts of ghostly encounters; tour areas of the Inn not regularly open to the public, and top the evening off with some cider and cookies. While this event promises to be family-friendly, the Inn will be dark with the exception of candlelight. Families with younger children may want to join during the first hour to take advantage of the fading daylight.

Advance ticket purchase is required. Register online or for alternate payment methods, email [email protected]. Admission is $15 for adults, $5.00 for children ages 3 – 8, and children under 3 are free.   ​

Captain Avery Museum’s Oyster Festival

  • Date: Saturday, October 16
  • Time: 12:30-5:00 pm
  • Location: Captain Avery Museum, 1418 E West Shady Side Road, Shady Side
  • Host Organization: Captain Avery Museum

Join the Captain Avery Museum for their Annual Oyster Festival. For 24 years, The Captain Avery Museum Oyster Festival has been a Community Celebration. It is always a great time; with lots of fresh oysters, music, fun, and games. Raindate will be Sunday, October 17. This year, featured performers are The Oyster Boys, who love to share their music and stories of life on the Chesapeake Bay. Along with original music and songs of the area, they recount their slightly modified history of the Bay. This event is also the kickoff of the popular Choose It! program and of course, The $5,000 Raffle. Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for children. Buy tickets online or on festival day.

As always, be sure to check the Four Rivers Heritage Area Events Calendar for the latest updates.