Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides invites everyone to participate in a family-friendly Scavenger Hunt for History, kicking off on Friday, March 20. While the scavenger hunt is part of the Maryland Day Celebration activities, the hunt will continue through the Spring of 2015.
The City of Annapolis and MainStreets Annapolis Partnership is teaming up again this year with the Annapolis Historic Preservation Division to organize the scavenger hunt. Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town and South County is a partner during and Maryland Day Celebration Weekend of March 19th to the 22nd.
“I hope residents will take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about the history of our buildings, products, and occupations,” Mayor Pantelides said. “Make it a family activity and spend time together as you enjoy figuring out the clues and learning more about your hometown.”
The scavenger hunt includes 24 stops with historical significance in downtown Annapolis. Follow the map and clues to solve the riddles that take you to local restaurants, art galleries, museums, and merchants. The Scavenger Hunt for History will have you travel along West Street, Church Circle, Main Street, State Circle, and Maryland Avenue. At each stop you can go inside the building to learn more about the current business and their Maryland made products. As part of the scavenger hunt, participating stores will be open until 8 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 27 and April 3 and special prize clues can be found under #annapolisscavengerhuntforhistory. Download the map and clues online at mainstreetsannapolis.org or pick up a scavenger hunt map at any of these Annapolis locations:
- Nancy Hammond Editions
- Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge
- Crush Kitchen & Winehouse
- The Annapolis Collection Gallery
- AAACVB Visitors Center
- Rams Head Tavern
- Reynolds Tavern
- Banneker-Douglass Museum
- The Annapolis Pottery
- Governor Calvert House
- Evergreen Antiques
- Lil’ Lamb Boutique
- Maria’s Picture Place
- The Annapolis Bookstore
- Brown Eyed Girl
- McBride Gallery
- Alpaca International
- Annapolis Ice Cream Company
- Woodcraft Artisans
- Lilac Bijoux
- Hats in the Belfry
- Historic Annapolis Museum & Store
- The Market House
“Lilac Bijoux is pleased to be part of this 3rd annual Annapolis Scavenger Hunt for History as part of Maryland Day,” Fern Elliott, MainStreets Annapolis Partnership board member and owner of Lilac Bijoux said. “This is a fun and engaging way for residents and tourists to walk along our historic downtown streets, enjoy our local shops and restaurants, and learn more about our connection to Maryland history from our early days to today.“
The scavenger hunt is one way to celebrate Maryland’s heritage this weekend. On Thursday, March 19, Maryland Avenue stores will host a “Maryland, OUR Maryland,” Wheel of Good Fortune pre-celebration event from 4 to 9 p.m. Entertainment, prizes, food and drinks will be available.
Also, beginning March 20, residents and their guests can find special programs at the Maryland State Archives, Maryland State House, Historic Annapolis’s Paca House and Gardens, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Historic Annapolis Museum and Store, Banneker-Douglass-Museum, the Mitchell Gallery, at St. John’s College, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Charles Carroll House, Chase Lloyd House, Hammond Harwood House, Historic Annapolis’s Hogshead Living History Center, James Brice House, West Annapolis Heritage Partnership, the United State Naval Academy, and Whiley H. Bates Legacy Center. All activities are either free or cost one dollar.
On Saturday, March 21 at 10 a.m. there will be a special Maryland Flag Raising Ceremony at the Susan Campbell Park at City Dock with Annapolis Mayor Pantelides, the Annapolis Drum and Bugle Corps, and the United States Naval Academy flag detail. Following the ceremony, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. there will be a history jog through the City visiting colonial era homes including those of the four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence and others. The history jog is coordinated by Watermark Tours.
Check out the full schedule of Maryland Day events and activities planned in Annapolis and southern Anne Arundel County at www.Marylandday.org. Towne Transit will be offering free transportation to various Maryland Day Celebration Weekend destinations. Learn more here http://marylandday.org/free-transportation-schedules/, and downtown-parking information can be found at www.annapolis.gov/city/parking.