June 17, 2002
ST. MARY'S CITY - It is hard to believe today, but 350 years ago - before malaria and shifting political tides ran it into the ground - this tiny settlement was a thriving laboratory for democracy. Now, St. Mary's City, Maryland's first capital, is making a bid to reclaim that status. In an alliance, historic St. Mary's City and adjacent St. Mary's College of Maryland have embarked on a mission to put the Chesapeake Bay village back on the map. The commission that oversees the town's ruins and the college have won state approval for a $65 million expansion that will include new tourist offerings, archaeological offices and college buildings.
January 21, 2002
Long before Maryland had a State House in Annapolis, its leaders met on a tobacco plantation called St. John's Freehold in the original state capital, St. Mary's City. The owner was John Lewger, a former Anglican priest who became the first provincial secretary for the Maryland colony in 1638. Representing the first Lord Baltimore, Cecil Calvert, Lewger built a manor house that was both a residence for himself and a gathering place for leaders of the fledgling colony. It later was used as the residence of a Dutch merchant, the home of a governor, and a succession of inns.
April 12, 2001
An Annapolis Chorale performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" showcased historic St. Anne's Episcopal Church's restored look Saturday. In this beautifully refurbished setting that cost more than $1 million, the beginning of Holy Week was celebrated with Bach's majestic oratorio, sung to words of the Gospel describing Christ's betrayal, arrest, trial, crucifixion and entombment. St. Anne's dates to Bach's era - the original church was built on the site in 1692, seven years after the composer's birth.
November 23, 2000
Christmas at Longwood Gardens Longwood Gardens near Kennett Square, Pa., burst into bloom for the holiday season today, and visitors can marvel at the colorful and sparkling display through Jan. 7. Thousands of brilliant poinsettias, towering trees, fragrant flowers and exotic plants fill four acres of gardens inside Longwood's glass conservatory along with decorated trees and wreaths. And daily concerts, outdoor fountain shows and evening light displays add to the holiday magic. The gardens, off U.S. 1 three miles northeast of Kennett Square, Pa., are open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. - the conservatory opens at 10 a.m., including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $12 for adults ($8 Tuesdays)
March 23, 2000
A cappella festival Celebrate the original musical instrument -- the human voice -- and cheer on competitors Saturday at the Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival at George Washington University in Washington. The festival will feature eight singing groups. The host is Minimum Wage, last year's Mid-Atlantic champions and third-place winners at the National Harmony Sweepstakes. The festival starts at 8 p.m. in George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. N.W. Washington.
March 12, 2000
More than one visitor has arrived at Historic St. Mary's City and, scanning the horizon with hand to brow, asked, "So, where's the city?" This short question has a long answer. Maryland's first capital perished long ago in a conspiracy of politics, time and nature. But meticulous research and modern archaeology are restoring the city and its tale of 17th-century life in the Chesapeake area. Visitors to the 840-acre site can see Maryland life as it was then. Costumed interpreters, exhibits and living history demonstrations allow you to immerse yourself in the Colonial experience.