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Maryland Spotlight - September is for Uncovering Uniquely Maryland 


September is for Uncovering Uniquely Maryland

From decoy carvings to comic book collections, this is a great time to discover Maryland’s distinct history, culture and events.

Baltimore, Md. (September 12, 2013) — What makes Maryland so special? For the state’s residents and frequent visitors, it may be the land itself, offering everything from mountains to the shore and from city to small-town, or our vast waterways. In fact, Maryland offers 31 miles of Atlantic Ocean coast, including Assateague Island; the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries; and 400 manmade lakes. For others, history is the allure: The legendary slugger Babe Ruth was born in Maryland; the first telegraph line in the world was established between Washington and Baltimore; and it was home to Francis Scott Key, who penned the National Anthem aboard a boat in the Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. Set amidst this confluence of geography, industry and heritage, Maryland’s museums capture the state’s spirit, with venues across the state featuring fine art, historic treasures, and items significant to the state and our nation’s growth and expansion.

“As summer draws to a close, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the arts, outdoor festivals and cultural heritage that makes Maryland a truly unique place,” said Margot Amelia, executive director of the Maryland Office of Tourism. “With our diverse landscape and an assortment of popular yearly events, residents and visitors will find that there is truly something for everyone here, especially during the month of September.”

It’s no wonder that Marylanders display a sense of pride when talking about their “Old Line State.” These are just a few examples of the unique and interesting things to do and see in Maryland this month:

Western Maryland

  • First opened in 1931 and located inside Hagerstown’s City Park, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is world renowned for their collection of 19th century and early 20th century American Art that includes works by Rockwell, Remington, and Singer. Hear from the nephew of Ian Hornak, one of the founding artists of the Photorealist and Hyperrealist movements during “The Life, Work & Legacy of Ian Hornak” on Sept. 19.
  • A program of Frostburg State University, Mountain City Traditional Arts is fully staffed by students teaching about and selling Appalachian arts. Located in Downtown Frostburg's Arts & Entertainment District, the venue’s displays of colorful quilts, intricately woven baskets and woven rugs are the perfect background for bluegrass concerts or clogging lessons.
  • If you have ever wanted to learn blacksmithing or carve a bird feather, throw a ceramic pot or weave a rug, Spruce Forest Artisans Village offers classes on these skills and more. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Casselman Bridge on Sept. 21 & 22 then roam through the village of relocated and restored log cabins to watch various artisans demonstrating their crafts.

Capital Region

  • NASA’s Goddard Visitor Center provides an out-of-this-world experience to guests looking for an extra-terrestrial education. Kids can gear up with a specially designed space suit and even climb aboard a model of the Gemini capsule. You’ll never look at rocket launches the same when you participate in the center’s monthly launches.
  • Glenstone, a former foxhunting estate in Potomac, seamlessly integrates art, architecture, and landscape into a serene and contemplative environment. It presents post-World War II to present art in a series of refined architectural and outdoor spaces. Visits by appointment.
  • Music, dance, painting, sculpture and musical theatre are all performed or exhibited at Strathmore in Bethesda. Multi-disciplinary arts programming, and ongoing events such as afternoon tea, are presented in the Mansion at Strathmore, the Music Center at Strathmore, and on its scenic 11-acre site.
  • Strategically located within a half-hour drive of five major Civil War battlefields, the National Civil War Medicine Museum in historic downtown Frederick began as a private collection of Civil War-era medical artifacts. The interactive tour of the museum gives a snapshot of Civil War medicine, including dentistry, veterinary medicine and medical evacuation, and allows visitors to put faces and names to those who fought, were injured, the surgeons and caregivers who tended them. Free presentations on various Civil War topics are given September through May on the third Thursday evening of each month by the Fredrick County Civil War Roundtable.

Central Maryland

  • The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to a world-renowned collection of works by some of art’s most storied figures, including Matisse, Picasso, and Cezanne. Many pieces were purchased directly from the artists by Baltimore sisters Claribel and Etta Cone. Also located on Baltimore’s Historic Charles Street scenic byway, The Walters Art Museum offers a critically acclaimed collection and features pieces that span more than 5,000 years; the Walters is particularly noted for their extensive medieval art and armor collections.
  • All aboard at the B&O Railroad Museum, home of the oldest surviving railroad station in America, where visitors can take a 20-minute round trip ride along the first commercial of railroad track in America on the Mile One Express, among other activities.
  • You’ll know it’s unique from the moment you spot its eclectic mirror panel exterior. The American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore is America’s official national museum and education center for intuitive, self-taught artists. Don’t miss the one-day workshop titled MOSAICS with Rick Shelley on Sept. 21, where guests will learn how Shelley worked on the museum’s trademark exterior.
  • Geppi’s Entertainment Museum is owned by the CEO of Diamond Comics distributors; his extensive personal collection of comic books comprises one of eight galleries filled with pop culture mementos through the ages. The massive hallway between galleries includes original artwork by Golden Age comic artist Murphy Anderson (known for his work on Superman, Batman and other familiar characters) and Charles Clarence (C.C.) Beck, co-creator of the Captain Marvel character.
  • Catch a glimpse of the inner workings of the National Security Agency at the National Cryptological Museum in Ft. Meade. The first and only public museum within the intelligence community, the facility provides visitors from around the world with a sneak peek into the world of codes and agency life.
  • The Havre de Grace Decoy Museum houses some of the finest collections of Chesapeake Bay waterfowl decoys ever assembled, including the original workshop of R. Madison Mitchell, a universally recognized master of decoy carving. On Sept. 28, head to the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum 5k, a run through downtown finishing at the Decoy Museum. A Vincenti Decoys Canvasback Drake trophy will be presented to the top overall performer.

Southern Maryland

  • Fall colors will only enhance your visit to the Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons. Pick a nice crisp day to tour the sculpture garden, a 1/4 mile walking path that meanders through the woods past permanent and loaned sculpture, including over thirty works on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art. Don’t miss Artsfest on Sept. 21-22, featuring more than 150 artist booths, 25 performers, and art-themed family activities and keep an eye out for gnome homes and fairy houses.
  • Get up close to Skyhawks, Cougars, Harriers, and Tomcats among other military aircraft on display at the Patuxent Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park. Inside the museum, visitors can select from four cockpits ranging from World War II and other fighter jets to dogfight and battle each other using the Mach Combat Flight Simulator (by reservation).

Eastern Shore

  • The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art offers the world’s largest public collection of decorative and antique decoys. Its Decoy in Time Gallery showcases decoys, birds, and other authentic elements of the sport in the story of how Native Americans used decoys. The 16th Annual Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo will be held at the museum on Oct. 12, and will spotlight carvers, decoy collectors and an exciting marketplace.
  • Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore is a recent addition to the art scene with changing exhibits of historic and recent works by quilters and fiber artists from Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Delmarva Peninsula. Further explore the area driving the Byway Quilt Trail, a public art project (which will include 16 quilt block replicas when complete) installed on (or near) historic structures along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway in Caroline County.
  • Located in a circa 1820 building that served as Easton’s first charter school, the Academy Art Museum continues to educate and inspire visitors with national and regional exhibitions, concerts, lectures, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children. The permanent collection began with 11 pieces and has expanded to more than one thousand works of art, including a newly acquired Picasso aquatint and etching.

About Maryland tourism

The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts within the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. Visitors to the state spent more than $14.3 billion on travel-related expenses in 2011. During 2011, the Maryland tourism industry also generated close to $2 billion in state and local taxes, and provided more than 131,000 jobs for Maryland residents.
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