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Explore Your State 2017

Explore Your State Outdoors

Spring is officially here! The time has come to break out your walking shoes and rediscover the natural wonders of this state. We will continue with our 2016 blog series, "Explore Your State," which honors 100 years of the National Park Service, and share some especially amazing places to visit. There is a reason Maryland is often called, "America in Miniature." Mountains, marshes, estuaries, flatlands, beaches, and more make up this state's magnificently diverse landscape. But, exploring your state does not have to be overwhelming. In coordination with the Maryland Historical Society's We Are Maryland program, the next four posts will each feature one...

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Made in Maryland: Winslow Nautical

Made in Maryland

Behind the rope work of Winslow Nautical is Deborah Rowan, a former tall-ship sailor and Maryland Historical Society volunteer. Rowan started making hemp rope mats after admiring how they looked in use on modern replicas of historical ships. Rowan says, "For centuries, sailors have made thump mats from flat knots, or carrick bend knots, to protect the decks and rigging of sailing ships from wear and chafe. Creative sailors could also use strands of rope to make buttons in a pinch." "Today, thump mats make useful trivets or decorative centerpieces. And, button knots tied with colorful paracord make attractive earrings. Monkey's Fist knots once...

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Made in Maryland: Vintage Stamp Jewels

Made in Maryland

Jewelry you can wear every day doesn’t need to be . . . everyday. We are in love with Vintage Stamp Jewels here in the museum shop. The company, which is based in Hanover, Maryland, creates simple yet fashionable jewelry to wear on any occasion, with any outfit.       Creator Monica Sisk started making necklaces while caring for her young children at home. She sold the necklaces online and very quickly they became a hit. Now, she and several employees operate Vintage Stamp Jewels out of her cottage studio. Each piece features a "family tree" charm, which represents the relationships and connections that matter most to the individual wearing...

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This Weekend: October 15 & 16

Explore Your State

Listed below are the many festivals, markets and popular events happening this weekend across the state. Details about these events and more can be found on the VisitMaryland.org Events Calendar). Saturday, October 15  11th Annual Fall International Wine Tasting - Kingsville, Baltimore Co. ACLT Guided Canoe Trip on Parker Creek - Prince Frederick, Calvert Co. 8th Annual Town of Bel Air Film Festival - Bel Air, Harford Co. Book Signing for "Paddling Maryland" by Jeff Lowman - Salisbury, Wicomico Co. Sunday, October 16 Maryland Art Place 35th Anniversary Open House - Baltimore City Hawk Watch at Elk Neck State Park - North East,...

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New in Consignment: Prints from Tom Miller

African American History Baltimore Consignment

We are delighted to be able to offer screened prints from the nationally-acclaimed and beloved Baltimore artist Tom Miller (1945-2000). Summer in Baltimore (1994) Maryland Crab Feast (1994) The National Aquarium in Baltimore (1996) Much like his painted furniture, these three scenes invoke the Afro-Deco style for which Tom Miller was known. Each piece is part of a series of limited printings by Miller. The prints "Summer in Baltimore" and "Maryland Crab Feast" are companion pieces and were printed 195 times each. The third print, "The National Aquarium in Baltimore" was only printed a total of 75 times. There are finer details in this particular...

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