Awardees preserve, promote local culture

Heritage Awardees to be recognized at reception

A documentary filmmaking team, national wildlife refuge support organization, historic preservationist and a tourism company will be honored this month for their roles in helping to preserve and promote Dorchester County’s local culture during the annual Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area Awards Reception.

The event, which will take place from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge, is open to the public and will include a presentation on the Heritage Area’s achievements over the past year.

The 2018 winners, who were nominated by members of the community and chosen by the Management Board of the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area, are:

High Tide in Dorchester and the documentary team of David Harp, Tom Horton and Sandy Cannon-Brown:

Outstanding Project, which recognizes an exceptional project, event or activity conducted/sponsored by an organization, business, individual or local government that highlights Dorchester’s natural or cultural heritage and/or increases public awareness of its history, heritage and cultural traditions.

Their nomination noted that the “documentary, High Tide in Dorchester, highlights with clarity the present and increasing impact climate change is and will continue to have on the natural land and waterscapes of the County and a way of life having been passed down through the generations.”

Friends of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge:

Organizational Excellence, which recognizes an organization or local government entity that demonstrates sustained achievement in contributing to heritage preservation, promotion, interpretation or tourism efforts.

Their nomination noted that the Friends of Blackwater “has actively participated in preservation efforts, promoted resource stewardship and encouraged advocacy by establishing numerous educational initiatives, funding refuge infrastructure and interpretive exhibit projects, and supporting refuge-sponsored events.”

George Radcliffe, II:

Individual Achievement, which recognizes a person for his/her contributions to the heritage community by interpreting, preserving, promoting, researching and/or supporting local history and cultural traditions.

Radcliffe’s nomination noted that he “has tirelessly worked to maintain, expand, and improve Spocott Windmill & Village. He has researched to fill out the story of windmills in Dorchester, the Spocott Windmill, life in the Neck District area in the 1800s, the history of the Radcliffe family and more.”

Chesapeake Tours:

Business Partner, which recognizes a for-profit partner that demonstrates sustained commitment to heritage preservation and/or promotion, including historic preservation, cultural or natural resource stewardship, advocacy, or heritage tourism opportunities in the Heart of Chesapeake Country.

Their nomination noted that “Chesapeake Tours takes such great pride in creating an individual, group experience for each person that comes through our area. The connection is the stories and the story teller and being prepared on the back end.”

Awards reception open to the public

The award presentation event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge, is free and open to the public, but please reserve a spot by Oct. 19 by contacting or 410-228-1000.

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