Now in our second generation of family ownership and operation, Watermark believes strongly in partnering and supporting local businesses and non-profit organizations to advance the development of the rich culture, heritage and resources found in the Chesapeake area.
With several Watermark employees lending their voices to the Annapolis Chorale, Watermark is an avid supporter. The Annapolis Chorale is a non-profit artistic organization dedicated to enhancing community life through performing and producing a wide variety of music. Now in its 32nd year, the Annapolis Chorale, which now also includes the Chamber Chorus, Chamber Orchestra and the Annapolis Youth Chorus, has attained a national reputation for excellence and innovation and remains dedicated to creating and presenting high-quality music.
Watermark actively participates in the Chorales’ fund-raising events through-out the year including a signature event held on Watermark’s Harbor Queen during the summer months. Visit the Annapolis Chorales’ schedule for a complete listing of performances by this talented organization.
|Annapolis Maritime Museum|
The Annapolis Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving and commemorating the maritime heritage of Annapolis and the neighboring waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
Watermark shares the same passion and commitment to the maritime heritage of Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay so it only seems natural that Watermark supports the Museum’s efforts through a number of fundraising and partnership efforts.
In 2007, Watermark will sponsor the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s educational efforts by contributing the use of Annapolitan II for their 4th and 8th grade inaugural field trip program. This program is designed to give elementary and middle school children the opportunity to explore the rich maritime history in Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. Children will spend part of their one-day journey on land learning about the economic impact of the maritime industry from 18th century to present day and the balance of the day on the water, aboard Annapolitan II, exploring the treasures of the Chesapeake Bay.
|Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum|
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, in St. Michaels, Maryland, is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering an understanding of the culture and history of the Chesapeake Bay. Since its founding in 1965, the Museum has grown through the support of volunteers, staff, and members.
Watermark’s relationship with The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum spans decades. In fact, Watermark originated over thirty years ago by offering a single public sightseeing cruise to St. Michaels, Maryland known as Day on the Bay to St. Michaels. Over the years the relationship between Watermark and the Museum has grown. Together, our organizations are working together to bring new and unique experiences, such as the cruise to St Michaels for their Food and Wine Festival hosted on the museum grounds on April 28, 2007, to the public.
Since 1952 Historic Annapolis has led the way in preserving the city's architectural legacy and unique historic character for future generations—and for residents and visitors today! We have been instrumental in saving nearly 400 historic buildings in Annapolis.
Watermark is proud to support an organization so dedicated to historic Annapolis. Watermark has led countless groups to the William Paca House and in 2008 Watermark and HAF partnered to ad the interior of the Paca House to Watermark's Haunted Ghost Tour. In 2009 Watermark added the Paca Kitchen to its school offerings to a overwhelmingly good response. Come step back in time and into one of Annapolis' most beautiful and interesting historic homes.
|Kunte Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation|
Watermark is pleased to support and partner with The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation. Based in Annapolis, Maryland, The Foundation is dedicated to fostering the exploration, rediscovery, and preservation of African American history, culture, archaeology, and genealogy. They further encourage the search for ethnic "roots" among Americans of all ethnic origins. Another role of the Foundation is to continue the symbolic journey begun by the late author Alex Haley in his quest for his own cultural heritage as reflected in his Pulitzer prize-winning book Roots.
In 2006, Watermark and The Foundation established a unique partnership designed to deliver a series of African-American Heritage tours on land and water to all who wish to learn and experience the rich and diverse history of African Americans in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.
Our African-American Heritage Tour was awarded the “Best New Heritage Initiative” for 2006 by the Four Rivers Heritage Association. The 2-hour walking tour covers a 200-year journey. It begins at Annapolis City Dock recounting the arrival of Kunta Kinte in 1767 aboard the slave ship Lord Ligonier. The tour then travels the streets of Annapolis and ascends to State Circle where the tour concludes at Lawyers Mall and the Thurgood Marshall Memorial. Click here for additional tour information and schedule. Come join us on an unforgettable journey.
|Four Rivers Heritage Area|
|Four Rivers develops and supports activities that combine tourism and small business development with education, historic preservation, cultural and natural resource conservation, and recreation in a strategic effort to enhance the community’s economy and culture.|