Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards

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Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards
Saturday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre

Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, is pleased to present the 12th Annual Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards — honors given each year to three of Maryland’s outstanding stewards of folklife, or living cultural traditions.

This year, the recipients are: in the category of person/people, The Sensational Royal Lights, an African American gospel quartet with roots in Dorchester County; in the category of place, Curtis’ Coney Island Famous Weiners of Allegany County; and in the category of tradition, stuffed ham, a longstanding St. Mary’s County foodway.

The ceremony will feature an opening performance by Meki Toalepai Sr. and Jr., recipients of a 2019 Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Award for Tahitian drumming (Anne Arundel County), and a closing concert by the Sensational Royal Lights. Cousins Jay Armsworthy and Woody Norris (St. Mary’s County) will play bluegrass during the reception immediately following the ceremony.


Admission is free, but tickets are required — please visit here.


Plan your visit
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, free visitor parking is available in Lot 8, directly adjacent to the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, where the Proscenium Theatre is located on the first floor — please click here for additional information.

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