2016 SPECIAL EVENTS
JULY 9–FRIENDS OF FORT MCHENRY CRAB FEAST
[4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.] – Enjoy summer BBQ fare to go along with MARYLAND CRABS, Heavy Seas beverages, Ryleigh’s Oysters and Eastport Oyster Boys band. Benefits the Friends of Fort McHenry. [4:00-8:00pm] Anyone can attend – Tickets and Tables will be available this spring. Keep updated on facebook.com/FriendsofFortMcHenry
SEPTEMBER 10 & 11-- DEFENDERS’ DAY WEEKEND – Come to Fort McHenry for the annual Defenders’ Day Weekend festivities including Fife & Drum performances, flag talks, living historians, children’s activities, author talks, special demonstrations and more. [9:00am-5:00pm]
SEPTEMBER 10-- SPECTACULAR EVENING – [6:30PM] - Enjoy a star-studded patriotic concert and the National Park Service’s ceremony honoring the Defenders of Fort McHenry, past and present. Honoring the spirit of defense –both of Baltimore in 1814 and of the many natural and historic sites across the nation, the evening program begins with greetings by city officials and state dignitaries, fife and drum music and special choral performance by the Society for the Preservation of African-American Arts and Culture. There will also be a stirring patriotic concert by the United States Army Field Band. As dusk settles, a symbolic ship-to-shore bombardment will take place and the program concludes with the singing of the National Anthem and a FIREWORKS display. The evening public program is free!
[5:00PM- 10:00PM] – FRIENDS OF FORT MCHENRY SPECTACULAR RECEPTION. Anyone can attend – Tickets on sale early summer. Follow us on facebook.com/FriendsofFortMcHenry.
LOOKING BACK TO 2015...
SEPTEMBER 12th - STAR-SPANGLED RECEPTION
Celebrate the successful defense of Fort McHenry and the City of Baltimore from British Invasion 201 years ago—by joining the Friends of Fort McHenry for the STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR RECEPTION to commemorate Defenders’ Day! Featuring a delicious buffet and desserts from Atlantic Caterers plus delectables and refreshments from Ryleigh's Oysters, Heavy Seas Beer and Atlantic Wines. Enjoy the Friends’ reception under the tent in the shadow of the evening’s public program beginning at 6:30 P.M., which will feature a concert by the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus, musket firing demonstrations and a spectacular fireworks show!
We honored Mr. Bill Pencek with the 2015 Francis Scott Key award for distinguished service to the citizens of Maryland and Fort McHenry. As the leader in the statewide Bicentennial commemorations, Bill worked tirelessly for nearly ten (10) years to make these events the amazing success that they were. His passion for history and Fort McHenry has been nothing less than spectacular! As the current Acting Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, Bill served as the Executive Director of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission for the last six years.
2015 Supporters and corporate sponsors of the Friends of Fort McHenry:
American Sugar Refining - Domino Sugar
Society of the War of 1812 of Maryland
Association of Maryland Pilots
Heavy Seas Brewing
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Propeller Club of Baltimore
Ports America Chesapeake
Rukert Terminals Corporation
UA Locust Point Holdings
WBAL Radio & Alan Walden
National Park Service, Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
Living Classrooms Foundation
2014 WAS A BANNER YEAR! There was a lot of bicentennial buzz in September-it was all quite incredible and a "spectacular" time was had all over town!!!