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2017 Calendar

January

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Twelfth Night Ball, January 14, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Cap off the holiday season in festive style at our Regency ball and supper. Period attire admired, but not required and black tie is also welcome. Registration required by December 31. Cost: Resident $40; Non-Resident $52; Ages 18 & up.

February

Out of the Shadows: Illuminating African-Americans This exhibit sheds more light on Riversdale's enslaved and free African-American residents through the 1860s. February 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, & 26 from 12:15 to 3:15 pm. The fee-based event includes a guided tour of the museum.
Out of the Shadows: A Woman's Work is Never Done , Sunday, February 26, noon - 3 p.m. Meet members of the Kitchen Guild as they perform some of the never-ending tasks that their sisters, enslaved and free, would have done at Riversdale during the 19th century. Fee includes a tour of the historic house: $2/ages 5-18; $5/ages 18-59; $4/ages 60 & up; FREE/ages 4 & under.

March

The Riversdale Chamber Music Society, Sunday, March 6, 2017, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Join us as the U.S. Army String Quartet interprets the theme "Styles"! Be sure to stay and enjoy a reception with the musicians after the performance. FREE. All ages welcome.
Tasting the Past: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth, Saturday, March 11, 2017, 1:30 p.m. Join our foodways historian for a look at the history of sugar and dessert, including a tasting of a variety of sweet treats. Resident: $12; Non-Resident: $16; Ages 12 & up
Kitchen Guild Open House, Sunday, March 19, 2017, 1 p.m. Kick off the spring opening of the open hearth kitchen and try something new! Learn tips and tricks from Kitchen Guild members you can use in your own kitchen while sampling dishes and chatting with members about volunteer opportunities. Registration required by March 10. FREE. Ages 14 & up

April

The Riversdale Chamber Music Society, Sunday, April 23, 2017, 2:30-4 p.m. This free indoor concert features music by some of the most talented University of Maryland musicians. FREE. All ages.
Tavern Night, Saturday, April 29, 2017, 8 p.m. Make merry with the lively sounds of the Ship's Company Chanteyment as our basement transforms into a 19th century tavern. Enjoy food, beverages, and a souvenir glass. Advance payment required by April 14. Resident: $25; Non-Resident: $33. Ages 21 & up.

May

Mother's Day in the Garden, Sunday, May 14, 2017, 12:15-3:15 p.m. Celebrate mom, grandma, or another special lady with a FREE guided tour of the house. End the afternoon with a glass of lemonade and a stroll through the garden. FREE; limited to one free tour per paid admission. All ages welcome.

June

Father's Day Tours, Sunday, June 19, 2016, 12 noon-3:30 pm Bring your father, grandfather, or another special gentleman for a FREE guided tour during open hours. Limited to one free tour per paid admission. $5/adult; $4/senior; $2/student; Free children 4 & under. All ages welcome.
Jazz on the Lawn: Lord Baltimore Country Club , Wednesday, June 21, 2016, 7 pm. Kick off our Jazz on the Lawn series with a tribute to the Lord Baltimore Country Club, housed at Riversdale in 1914. Dress in your best bib and tucker and bring out the seersucker! Spread out an elegant picnic and enjoy lawn games before the Potomac Winds concert. Prizes will be awarded! FREE. All ages welcome.

July

Jazz on the Lawn, Wednesday, July 6, 7 pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and enjoy some of the area's top jazz musicians, Seth Kibel Quartet. NOTE: In case of rain, the concerts move inside. The concerts are supported by a grant from the Town of Riverdale Park and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Free. All ages welcome.
Hands-on History Weeks: Exhibit Explorers
Monday-Friday, July 11-15, Monday-Friday, July 18-22
The art exhibit comes to life with activities, games, crafts, and more. Participants take on the role of artist's apprentices, explore the museum's paintings, and mount an exhibit. Advance payment required by June 24. Week 1: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ages 8-12 Fee: Resident *$35/day or $150/all 5 days Non-Resident $45/day or $195/all 5 days

Week 2: 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; Ages 5-8 Fee: Resident* $18/day; $78/all 5 days Non-Resident $23/day; $100/ all 5 days
Shakespeare in the Parks: Twelfth NightWednesday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. "If music be the food of love, play on," opens one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy this FREE performance. Rain location is just down the street at Riverdale Elementary School, 5006 Riverdale Road. FREE
Jazz on the Lawn, Wednesday, July 20, 7 pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and enjoy some of the area's top jazz musicians, Susan Jones Quartet. NOTE: In case of rain, the concerts move inside. The concerts are supported by a grant from the Town of Riverdale Park and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Free. All ages welcome.
Drawing on History, Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. In partnership with the Brentwood Arts Exchange, artists of all ages are invited to spend a day sketching in the museum. Get inspired by the paintings, architecture, and decorative arts inside or find your muse outside in the garden. Free art materials for kids while supplies last. Registration requested. FREE

August

Jazz on the Lawn, Wednesday, August 3, 7 pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and enjoy some of the area's top jazz musicians, Cheek to Cheek. NOTE: In case of rain, the concerts move inside. The concerts are supported by a grant from the Town of Riverdale Park and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Free. All ages welcome.
Battle of Bladensburg Encampment Saturday, August 5, 12 noon. The encampment returns with a bang this year as British and American troops ready the rockets and prepare for battle. Step back into 1814 with an afternoon of hands-on demos, children's activities, tours, music, and more! Food available for purchase. Scouts, call for details about earning a badge. FREE admission to grounds; $3 fee for house tours
Jazz on the Lawn, Wednesday, August 16, 7 pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and enjoy some of the area's top jazz musicians, Gina de Simone and the Moaners. NOTE: In case of rain, the concerts move inside. The concerts are supported by a grant from the Town of Riverdale Park and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Free. All ages welcome.
Family Movie Night, Wednesday, August 30, 7:30 p.m. In cooperation with the town of Riverdale Park, join us for a FREE outdoor showing of an animated feature film. Bring your own seating and snacks to enjoy. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

September

Grandparents' Day, Sunday, September 10, 12:15 p.m. Treat your grandparents to a FREE tour on their special day. Note: Limited to one free tour per paid admission.
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live, Saturday, September 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Riversdale is joining museums across the country to open its doors for FREE during this annual event. Find out more and print the REQUIRED ticket here: http://smithsonianmag.com/museumday/

October

Kitchen Guild Cooking Class, Saturday, October 7, Noon- 4 p.m. Join the cooks of the Kitchen Guild as they share the secrets of cooking on an open hearth and enjoy dining on the results. Fee: $60; registration required by September 30. Proceeds benefit the Riversdale Kitchen Guild.
Riversdale Chamber Music Society, Sunday, October 8, 2:30 p.m. The first chamber concert of the season features musicians from the University of Maryland and friends. Mingle with the performers at a reception after the show. FREE
Harvest Festival, Sunday, October 15, Noon-3:30 p.m. Enjoy some fall family fun with hands-on activities in the garden and open-hearth kitchen. Activities while supplies last. Fee: $5 adult; $2 student (includes tour of historic house).
Hands-on History: All Things Riversdale, Friday, October 20, 10 a.m. Spend this day off from school unlocking Riversdale's rich history. Children ages 8 to 12 will do crafts, activities, cooking, and more! Advance payment required by October 13: Fee: *Resident $18; Nonresident $23.
Flick or Treat, Saturday, October 28, 7 p.m. In cooperation with the town of Riverdale Park, join us for an outdoor family-friendly spooky movie and light refreshments while supplies last. Fee: $5 adult; children 12 and under $2--must be accompanied by an adult.

November

In a Distinctive Style, Sunday, November 5, 12:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Come during regular open hours dressed in your Regency- or Federal-era finery for a half-price tour of this house of "distinctive style." We will have tables set for you to enjoy your own informal light luncheon after your tour if you wish. Fee (in period attire): $2.50 adult; $2 senior; $1 student
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead, Sunday, November 12, 12:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. We've added Art to the Maryland S.T.E.M. Fest and invite families to learn about arts and sciences 19th-century style with hands-on activities throughout the house. FREE; advance registration required by October 30.
Riversdale Chamber Music Society, Sunday, November 19, 2:30 p.m. Enjoy another performance by talented area musicians and mingle with them at a reception. Program to be announced. FREE.

December

Breakfast with Sint Niklaas, Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.and 11 a.m. Join the kindly bishop as he makes his annual visit to Riversdale! He brings festive traditions like a Belgian-inspired breakfast and gifts for children. Children ages 3-10. Advance payment required by November 16; sorry, no walk-ins. Resident*: $10 child; $7 adult; Nonresident: $13 child; $9 adult.
Calverts by Candlelight, Friday, December 29, 6-9 p.m. Residents from Riversdale's past welcome guests in the candlelit museum for tours, refreshments, live music, and children's activities. Fee: $5 adult; FREE children 12 and under with a paid admission.

January 2018

Twelfth Night Ball, Saturday, January 6, 2018 Cap off the holiday season in festive style at our Regency ball and supper. Period attire admired but not required; black tie is also welcome. Register early; capacity limited. Fee: Resident* $45; Non-Resident $60

**Resident fees apply to residents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties. Please note that popular programs where reservations are required may sell out prior to the registration deadline noted.

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