Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Unveiling of Dave Brown’s NEW Sotterley Book


Three years after the publication of his first book entitled, Sotterley: Her People and Their Worlds, Sotterley Trustee Dave Brown will soon unveil his second book George Plater of Sotterley with the companion book The Letters of George Plater. On Friday, November 7th at 6:30 p.m. the public is invited to attend a Meet the Author and Book Signing event in the Sotterley Warehouse. Once again, Brown is generously contributing all proceeds to benefit Sotterley’s educational programming and this biography will only be available for purchase at Sotterley’s Museum Shop and through the Sotterley website: www.sotterley.org.

Fleshing out a fair assessment of George Plater’s personal character and significant political accomplishments to benefit Historic Sotterley Plantation was Brown’s motivation. With little information available about the sixth Governor of Maryland in the Sotterley archives, Brown had his work cut out for him as he began a three year journey of research to breathe some life into a largely under-studied and underappreciated Maryland Patriot, who was the owner of Sotterley Plantation from 1755 to 1792.

Often running into dead ends, Brown persisted in piecing together documentation of Plater’s life to the best of his ability. “Amazingly, information about George Plater’s life and what motivated him to make decisions both political and personal were hard to come by. Although he was a significant figure in late eighteenth century Maryland history, he kept a very low profile,” stated Brown.

According to Brown, George Plater was a product of his time and 18th century Maryland was a radically different place. He was a senator, lawmaker, husband, tobacco plantation owner, and slave owner. Fortunately, we do have letters and other forms of documentation which provide a basis for understanding his contributions and his character.

Extensive research led Brown to commentaries claiming that Plater was not a man of great consequence,  large creative ability, or marked individuality. However, the public record and Plater’s private letters spoke and continue to speak volumes. Plater was a modest, gentry gentleman, a member of the Anglican Church, and a dedicated public servant. Although he never played a role in public debates regarding issues of the day, he exercised elite politics wielding his influence behind closed doors. His most notable contribution as president of the Maryland Senate during the decade of the 1870’s – on his very first day in office he persuaded his colleagues to ratify the Articles of Confederation after a two year stalemate. As the chairman of a convention in our state, his influence resulted in Maryland becoming the first southern state to ratify the draft of the U.S. Constitution. 

Edward C. Papenfuse, Maryland State Archivist (retired) extended high praise about George Plater of Sotterley. “David Brown has written more than a biography of a Maryland aristocrat and political figure.  He has placed his subject squarely in the context of a turbulent era with a mastery of much documentary evidence hitherto unexplored by scholars.  It sets a standard for historical writing to which many aspire, but few ever succeed.”

Nancy Easterling, Sotterley’s Executive Director said, “Dave’s hours upon hours of research and writing is appreciated by all. He has generously paid for the printing of both of his books, enabling Sotterley’s educational programming to benefit from the proceeds. His dedication to this National Historic Landmark as an author, a volunteer, and a Sotterley Board Member is appreciated and valued more than I can ever say.”


George Plater of Sotterley - Price: $17.00 
To order, please click here.


The Letters of George Plater 
Available online free of charge - click here.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The 12th Annual Riverside WineFest at Sotterley!

 
Celebrate the Best of Maryland
in the Breathtaking Setting
of this National Historic Landmark! 
 
October 4 & 5, 2014
Noon - 6:00 p.m. both days

The 12th Annual Riverside WineFest at Sotterley is coming up on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, 2014, celebrating the very best of over 20 Maryland wineries in the breathtaking setting of this National Historic Landmark! Combining fun and education, guests come to the place where wine flows freely, live music is jamming, kids enjoy their own play area, engaging demonstrations, artists are selling their exquisite creations, food is scrumptious, and the 1703 Plantation House Mini Tours and the Colonial Revival Garden Tours are FREE.
 


 
Stop by the Warehouse to see the creations by the artisans from Fuzzy Farmer. In the historic Barn, artists from The Color & Light Society will be creating, displaying, and selling their treasures. As an added bonus, Southern Maryland Radio celebs T-Bone & Heather of Star 98.3 FM will be here on Saturday.

PRICING:
 
Discount Tickets may be purchased in advance for a discounted price
of $20 through September 28th - BUY Online Only CLICK HERE!

$25 at the gate
 
But WAIT!
Become a Sotterley Member! Click HERE!
Sotterley Members pay only $15 at the gate!
Individual Level (Limit 1 ticket)
Family Level (Limit 2 tickets)
Patron Level (Limit 4 tickets)
Sponsor Level (Limit 6 tickets)
Preserver Level & above (Limit 8 tickets)
 
$15 for designated drivers
 
$5 for children ages 6 - 20;
 
FREE for children under six years old
 
$15 for existing Sotterley Members at the gate only
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For more information, visit www.sotterley.org
or call 301-373-2280 or 800-681-0850.
 
See you at WineFest!
 

Bwahahahahaha! The Ghosts of Sotterley are Baaack!


ADVANCE Reservations Required – No Walk-ins
 
This year’s Ghosts of Sotterley, Reapers in Red Coats: The Ghosts of Sotterley 1814” will run on October 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25 with first performances beginning at 7:00 p.m. Prepare to encounter both the earthly inhabitants of the era and those not of this earth on this historical and spooky outdoor walking tour/production!

Though war rages around the sleepy plantation of Sotterley, and the ravages and carnage of battle are evident, life still goes on. Lovers meet, slaves dream of freedom, mothers mourn the loss of husbands and children, and soldiers, far from home, look for comfort and companionship. Take a trip back in time and witness the tears, laughter, and sorrows during the tumultuous year of 1814.

Advance reservations are required.
Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased online: www.sotterley.org
 
Group rates are available by calling our office 301-373-2280.
 
NEW! Exclusively for Sotterley Members! Pay only $10 per person for performances on Thursday, October 23rd! Advance reservations required - call 301-373-2280! Another benefit of membership!
 

Ghosts of Sotterley may not be suitable for young children.
Dress appropriately for this spooky outdoor walking tour/production.
NO refunds - held rain or shine.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello September! And Plan Ahead for October!


Speaker Series #6
Michael J. Kurtz, Ph.D.
 "Monuments Men"
Wednesday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Barn
In the long saga of cultural looting and destruction, the Nazi war was unprecedented in its ideological ferocity and brutal effectiveness on Europe's cultural heritage.  Yet, in the midst of the destruction wrought by the Nazis, a band of men and women serving in the U.S. military during World War II, known as the Monuments Men, fought a valiant struggle to preserve what could be saved and to restore precious objects to devastated communities.  This presentation will explore why the Nazis sought to obliterate the cultural heritage of the Jewish people and others who were considered "inferior races."  Front and center will be the work of the Monuments Men, who fought to counter Nazi depredations and the successes they achieved.  From the 1930's until today the story of cultural restoration continues! 

This event is FREE to the public. Advance reservations are required due to limited seating. Call 301-373-2280 to make your reservation.

Because of the generous grant and continued support from The Boeing Company, Sotterley Plantation is able to offer this important community outreach, fulfilling its mission  to preserve, research, and interpret Sotterley Plantation's diverse cultures and environments and to serve the world as an educational, cultural, and community resource.

The Sotterley Farmer's Market!
Sotterley has always had strong ties to our Southern Maryland farming community, having been a working farm during all of its 300 year existence. This year we will further strengthen these ties as we proudly announce the unveiling of the Sotterley Farmer's Market - a producer only farmer's market! Every Saturday between 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. running from May 24 through September 27, 2014, the public is invited to the Sotterley Plantation grounds to shop local. 

After buying wonderful local produce we have, we hope our guests will also stay in order to take advantage of our site's beauty, nature trails, and history. Visitors need only to check in at the Visitor Center, then they can enjoy themselves hiking and touring the site - and remember that Sotterley members get in free! And also new for 2014, your furry friends are welcome on our nature trails (on a leash, please)!


 Birding the Fields & Trails of Sotterley
Sunday, September 28th
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Leaders:

David Moulton and Michael Patterson  

Join us for a fall excursion of birding at Sotterley! David Moulton and Michael Patterson will lead you through our extensive new trail system, which is home to Bald Eagles, migrant songbirds, and lingering meadowlarks and sparrows. Beginners welcome! The Southern Maryland Audubon Society, David Moulton, Michael Patterson, and Sotterley are teaming up once again to offer this fascinating birding walk.

 
Please RSVP to David at: moulton.davidh@gmail.com or 240-278-4473



 Looking Forward to October!

 The 12th Annual Riverside WineFest!
Celebrate the Best of Maryland
in the Breathtaking Setting
of this National Historic Landmark! 
October 4 & 5, 2014 from Noon - 6:00 p.m. both days

The 12th Annual Riverside WineFest at Sotterley is coming up on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5th, 2014, celebrating the very best of over 20 Maryland wineries in the breathtaking setting of this National Historic Landmark! Combining fun and education, guests come to the place where wine flows freely, live music is jamming, kids enjoy their own play area, engaging demonstrations, artists are selling their exquisite creations, food is scrumptious, and the 1703 Plantation House Mini Tours and the Colonial Revival Garden Tours are FREE.

This year’s fantastic live music line-up: Saturday: The Justin Myles Experience and GrooveSpan! Sunday: Hydra FX and The John Luskey Band!

Stop by the Warehouse to see the creations by the artisans from Fuzzy Farmer. In the historic Barn, artists from The Color & Light Society will be creating, displaying, and selling their treasures. As an added bonus, Southern Maryland Radio celebs T-Bone & Heather of Star 98.3 FM will be here on Saturday.

PRICING:
Discount Tickets may be purchased in advance for a discounted price of $20 through September 28th - BUY Online Only at www.sotterley.org.

$25 at the gate
But WAIT! Become a Sotterley Member! Sotterley Members pay only $15 at the gate!
Individual Level (Limit 1 ticket)
Family Level (Limit 2 tickets)
Patron Level (Limit 4 tickets)
Sponsor Level (Limit 6 tickets)
Preserver Level and above (Limit 8 tickets)
$15 for designated drivers
$5 for children ages 6 – 20; free for children under six years old
$15 for existing Sotterley Members at the gate.

For more information, visit www.sotterley.org or call 301-373-2280 or 800-681-0850.

See you at WineFest!




Reapers in Red Coats:
The Ghosts of Sotterley 1814
October 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25 
Experiences begin at 7:00 p.m. and run every 10 minutes 
ADVANCE Reservations Required – No Walk-ins
This year’s Ghosts of Sotterley, Reapers in Red Coats: The Ghosts of Sotterley 1814” will run on October 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25 with first performances beginning at 7:00 p.m. Prepare to encounter both the earthly inhabitants of the era and those not of this earth on this historical and spooky outdoor walking tour/production!

Though war rages around the sleepy plantation of Sotterley, and the ravages and carnage of battle are evident, life still goes on. Lovers meet, slaves dream of freedom, mothers mourn the loss of husbands and children, and soldiers, far from home, look for comfort and companionship. Take a trip back in time and witness the tears, laughter, and sorrows during the tumultuous year of 1814.

Advance reservations are required.
Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased online: www.sotterley.org.  Group rates are available by calling our office 301-373-2280. May not be suitable for young children. Dress appropriately for this spooky outdoor walking tour / production. NO refunds - held rain or shine.

NEW! Exclusively for Sotterley Members! Pay only $10 per person for performances on Thursday, October 23rd! Advance reservations required - call 301-373-2280! Another benefit of membership!


  Final Speaker 2014 Series Presentation
 Sandy Cannon-Brown  
"SPAT: Bringing Oysters Back 
to the Chesapeake Bay"
Wednesday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Barn

After centuries of over-harvesting, and recurring bouts of devastating diseases, oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay plummeted along with the profits of the industry and the health of the Bay.  In 2013, more than a billion hatchery-raised baby oysters were added to the Bay and new breeds of disease-resistant, meatier, faster-growing oysters are thriving in commercial aquaculture. Culture and ecology clash in this captivating story about one of the Bay’s most important critters. “SPAT: Bringing Oysters Back to the Chesapeake Bay” is directed and produced by Sandy Cannon-Brown, who is passionate about the vitality of ecosystems and the protection and health of their inhabitants.
Ms. Canon-Brown’s personal awards include the prestigious Woman of Vision award from Women in Film & Video and Special Achievement Awards for script writing and directing from TIVA (Television, Internet and Video Association of DC). She has also earned dozens of top awards in international festivals.
This event is FREE to the public. Advance reservations are required due to limited seating. Call 301-373-2280 to make your reservation.

Because of the generous grant and continued support from The Boeing Company, Sotterley Plantation is able to offer this important community outreach, fulfilling its mission to preserve, research, and interpret Sotterley Plantation’s diverse cultures and environments and to serve the world as an educational, cultural, and community resource.