MD Black History Month: Composer Talk + Civil Rights Movies

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MARYLAND — Black History Month is here, and several Maryland organizations have planned events. Offerings include a discussion of black composers and a civil rights film series.

For Valentine’s Day, send one of these animal-themed e-cards. A syrup-making lesson and a conference on oysters are also on the program.

Patch recently partnered with several local organizations to bring you their latest news. This guest contribution comes from National Park Service Chesapeake Gateways and the Chesapeake Conservancy. Here’s what Jody Hedeman Couser submitted to help you explore the Chesapeake Bay:

“A Celebration of Black Composers

Join the Riversdale Chamber Music Society Salon Trio and faculty from the University of Maryland School of Music for their virtual exploration of the life and music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and William Grant Still. Learn about the composers, listen to excerpts from their works, and enjoy a question-and-answer session with the musicians. Registration required by February 16. Free. Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. More information and registration.”

“Black History Month Free Movie Series at B&O

To celebrate the designation of the B&O Railway Museum as a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site by the National Park Service, the museum is showing three films on the themes of slavery, the Underground Railroad and freedom. This month’s three films, Amistad, Harriet and Selma, highlight the harsh reality of slavery and racial discrimination, and show the heroes who persevered. Regular seating will be available, but guests can also watch the museum’s 1884 Roundhouse “picnic” style with BYO blankets and snacks. February 12, 20 and 27. More information, including reviews and registration.”

“Send an Aquatic Valentine

Can’t make it to the card store? No time to browse the card holders? Want to save a tree? The National Aquarium has developed stunning Valentine’s Day cards to send electronically to delight your friends and loved ones. Aquatic Valentines.”

“Maple Magic

Join the Irvine Nature Center naturalists for an outdoor hike that is sure to be a fun learning experience. Learn how to identify maple trees and why it’s high season to collect their sap. Practice using a hand drill to find out how the trees are tapped and check the buckets where the sap is collected. Then, explore how the process of turning a clear watery liquid into everyone’s favorite treat has changed over time. Then taste that liquid gold as a reward for all the hard work. $10 per person (children under 3 are free). Four public sessions to choose from. Feb. 12, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. More information and reservations.”

“Winter Lecture Series: Oyster Farming

The seafood industry has grown rapidly over the past decades, while natural seafood resources have slowly declined. Imani Black, founder of Minorities in Aquaculture, will explore the opportunities offered by aquaculture, farming seafood like oysters in a sustainable way. This virtual presentation is part of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Winter Lecture Series, Building Business. Learn more about shellfish biologist Imani Black and her incredible journey. Virtual presentation, February 16, 5 p.m.; $7.50 per person. More information and registration.”

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