Fun Fact: Attention Lords and Ladies! Visit a 16th-Century English Village in This County.

The Maryland Renaissance Festival in Anne Arundel County is the second-largest Renaissance festival in the United States. The Maryland festival was first organized by Minnesota lawyer Jules Smith Sr. and was modeled after a Renaissance-themed Minneapolis festival that he had previously invested in. After the Minneapolis fair (now known as the Texas Renaissance Festival), relocated to Texas in the mid-1970s, Smith sold his shares and organized a similar festival in Columbia, Maryland. The festival was…

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MACo Fun Facts – We Want to Hear from You!

Each week the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) likes to post a fun fact about a county in Maryland. The facts can be about a variety of different things: how roads were named, how ponds were formed, what celebrities are from Maryland counties, historical firsts, county landmarks, and so much more. MACo wants to hear from you! Do you have a fun fact to share about your county? If so, please send it to Allison Valliant…

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Join NACo for a COVID-19 Vaccination Town Hall

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo), the National League of Cities and CVS for a COVID-19 Vaccination Town Hall on Wednesday, June 16, 4:00 PM EST. Hear the latest on the vaccine rollout, and discuss COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, the importance of continued COVID-19 testing and more. A panel of health care professionals will answer your questions about vaccinations and COVID-19. Call Details:Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pmDial-In:  Registration required to…

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NACo Counties at Work Virtual Summit – June 10-11

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) on June 10 and 11 for the Counties at Work Virtual Summit. With automation, shifting demographics and the vast impacts of COVID-19 and increased remote work opportunities, America’s counties are planning for evolving workforce and industry needs.This free, two-day online event will feature experts and effective county solutions for many workforce issues, beginning at 11:30 am, Thursday, June 10 with remarks from keynote speaker, U.S. Secretary of Labor…

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Fun Fact: Which County Houses the Nation’s First-Ever Monument in Honor of George Washington?
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Fun Fact: Which County Houses the Nation’s First-Ever Monument in Honor of George Washington?

Courtesy MD DNR Washington Monument State Park At the top of South Mountain in Washington County, is the nation’s first-ever monument honoring George Washington. It was completed in 1827 and predates the monument on the National Mall by 21 years. The monument, and South Mountain, played a pivotal role during the Civil War when Gen. Robert E. Lee brought the fight to the north. The battle of South Mountain was one of several battles that…

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Fun Fact: QUIZ…Can You Name All 24 Maryland County Seats?

A county seat is the town or city where county government is centered. It is where the executive and legislative branches of county government have their offices, and the county courthouse is found. Of the 50 states, Maryland is among those with the fewest number of local governments. Local government is found in Maryland's 23 counties, 157 towns and cities, including Baltimore City, and special taxing districts, which are created by state, county, and municipal…

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Fun Fact: Which Famous Actor Had His First Paid Role in St. Mary’s County?

Denzel Washington’s first paid acting role came out of a summer spent in Saint Mary’s City, Maryland. Courtesy: Historic St. Mary's City Museum The St. Mary’s Outdoor Drama Group was formed to produce “Wings of the Morning,” a bicentennial drama about the story of Maryland’s founding. Billed as “one of Maryland’s Top 20 Bicentennial Events,” the production was said to celebrate the historical significance of the state’s founding with “humor, dancing and song.” Denzel Washington…

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Join NACo Thursday for a Federal Policy Update

On Thursday, May 20, 2021 the National Association of Counties (NACo) will host a national membership call to update counties on important federal policy. NACo Government Affairs staff will discuss several important legislative items that may be considered by Congress in the next few months including infrastructure, election reform, implementation of the American Rescue Plan, police reform and public lands issues. Call Details:Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021Time: 3:15 pm - 4:15 pmDial-In: RSVP here to receive dial-in…

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Fun Fact: Did You Know There Is an Antiques Capital of Maryland?

Maryland has plenty to offer when it comes to antiquing, but the town of New Market in Frederick County has been dubbed the “Antiques Capital of Maryland”. The town was founded in 1793, developing around the major trade routes between Frederick and Baltimore. In the early 1800s, the Baltimore Turnpike became part of the National Turnpike, one of the most traveled highways in America. Travelers saw New Market as an ideal rest stop, and people…

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Join NACo this Week, National Membership Calls

This week, the National Association of Counties (NACo) is hosting two webinars for NACo members only. Every Maryland county is a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo), and all Maryland county elected officials and staff are invited to join NACo National Membership Calls. WHEN TO TUNE IN: Tuesday, May 11, 2021; 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST - Join NACo for an update on the latest news from the U.S. Treasury about the…

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