Wondering what’s happening in the Four Rivers Heritage Area this weekend? We’ve got everything from plein air painting to garden tours!
Paint Annapolis is back in Annapolis! Professional artists will be painting in and around the beautiful historic city of Annapolis, Maryland, from Sunday, September 20 to Thursday, September 24. For 19 years, Paint Annapolis has been a premier painting event, bringing artists and the community together to share in the beauty of outdoor painting. The event is designed to explore in paint the colonial architecture, marine atmosphere, and overall energy of Maryland’s capital city – and the first capital of the United States – home to families, businesses, colleges, and maritime activities. Like what you see? The art created by these painters will be available in person at MFA Circle Gallery and online through October 4th.
Historic Annapolis recently announced expanded hours at the William Paca Garden (186 Prince George Street, Annapolis). The Garden is now open for self-guided tours on Wednesday through Sunday. Garden Hours are Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm and Sunday: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. You can also sign up for a guided tour. Guided tours are limited to 6 people. An expert garden guide will lead you through the two-acre 18th century English garden sharing insights about the unique native plantings, interesting garden design, amazing history of the home and garden of William Paca, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the stories of the people who lived and labored here. Enjoy the idyllic parterres, physic garden, and wilderness garden as you explore this oasis of natural beauty in the heart of downtown Annapolis.
Historic London Town and Gardens (839 Londontown Road, Edgewater) is now offering 30-minute walking tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2:30pm. Sign up at the Visitor Center. The gardens, grounds, limited bathrooms, and reconstructed colonial buildings (Lord Mayor’s Tenement and Carpenter Shop) are open, although some sections of the garden are closed for cleanup due to a recent tornado. The William Brown House is currently closed until further notice. The Discover London Town exhibit is open from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The exhibit is closed from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm for cleaning and sanitizing. Take the opportunity this weekend to explore this twenty-three acre park featuring history, archaeology, and horticulture on the South River.
And don’t forget, Hammond-Harwood House (19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis) is also open for public tours every day except Tuesday. Tours are by reservation only. Two exhibitions are currently on view at the house. Decadent Décor: Global Imports in an Early American Port City features pieces imported from around the world during America’s early years. Highlights include a French-made George Washington clock, Spanish silver, British furniture, and Chinese porcelain. Slavery at Hammond-Harwood House is staged in the service hyphen and kitchen of the museum. Explanatory wall panels tell the stories of several enslaved women at Hammond-Harwood House. Artifacts on display are from the archeological and kitchen collections.
Have a wonderful weekend in the Four Rivers Heritage Area!