Volunteer: Service Saturday

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Service Saturday CollageJoin the Accokeek Foundation on the 1st Saturday of every month, from 10 am to 1 pm, to get your hands dirty volunteering around site.

We’ll be working year round to help with projects like trail maintenance, historic building upkeep and restoration, garden maintenance, shoreline clean-up, field and crop maintenance, barnyard maintenance, invasive species removal, and event preparation.

  • NEW VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: For volunteers new  to the foundation and interested in serving on a regular basis, each Service Saturday event will also serve as your orientation to the foundation. You will have the chance to learn more about the foundation and the available volunteer opportunities, meet and speak to staff members, and  begin your volunteer tenure all in one fun morning!

This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups/families to give back to the community on a Saturday morning while enjoying the beauty of Piscataway Park.

If you are interested in attending a Service Saturday event, please RSVP to the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@accokeek.org.

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Volunteer: Service Saturday

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Service Saturday CollageJoin the Accokeek Foundation on the 1st Saturday of every month, from 10 am to 1 pm, to get your hands dirty volunteering around site.

We’ll be working year round to help with projects like trail maintenance, historic building upkeep and restoration, garden maintenance, shoreline clean-up, field and crop maintenance, barnyard maintenance, invasive species removal, and event preparation.

This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups/families to give back to the community on a Saturday morning while enjoying the beauty of Piscataway Park.

  • NEW VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: For volunteers new  to the foundation and interested in serving on a regular basis, each Service Saturday event will also serve as your orientation to the foundation. You will have the chance to learn more about the foundation and the available volunteer opportunities, meet and speak to staff members, and  begin your volunteer tenure all in one fun morning!

If you are interested in attending a Service Saturday event, please RSVP to the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@accokeek.org.

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Volunteer: Service Saturday

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Service Saturday CollageJoin the Accokeek Foundation on the 1st Saturday of every month, from 10 am to 1 pm, to get your hands dirty volunteering around site.

We’ll be working year round to help with projects like trail maintenance, historic building upkeep and restoration, garden maintenance, shoreline clean-up, field and crop maintenance, barnyard maintenance, invasive species removal, and event preparation.

This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups/families to give back to the community on a Saturday morning while enjoying the beauty of Piscataway Park.

If you are interested in attending a Service Saturday event, please RSVP to the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@accokeek.org.

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Volunteer: Service Saturday

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Service Saturday CollageJoin the Accokeek Foundation on the 1st Saturday of every month, from 10 am to 1 pm, to get your hands dirty volunteering around site.

We’ll be working year round to help with projects like trail maintenance, historic building upkeep and restoration, garden maintenance, shoreline clean-up, field and crop maintenance, barnyard maintenance, invasive species removal, and event preparation.

This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups/families to give back to the community on a Saturday morning while enjoying the beauty of Piscataway Park.

*During the March Service Saturday event, we will be cleaning the Saylor Grove Fishing Pier. We’ll be using scrub brushes, wood cleaner, and a little elbow grease to reinvigorate this special part of the park where you can fish, launch a kayak, or just take in the spectacular view of Mount Vernon and the Potomac.

If you are interested in attending a Service Saturday event, please RSVP to the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@accokeek.org.

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Volunteer: Service Saturday

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Service Saturday CollageJoin the Accokeek Foundation on the 1st Saturday of every month, from 10 am to 1 pm, to get your hands dirty volunteering around site.

We’ll be working year round to help with projects like trail maintenance, historic building upkeep and restoration, garden maintenance, shoreline clean-up, field and crop maintenance, barnyard maintenance, invasive species removal, and event preparation.

This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups/families to give back to the community on a Saturday morning while enjoying the beauty of Piscataway Park.

*During February’s Service Saturday, we’ll be starting our spring cleaning early and will need volunteers to help with the cleaning and organization of our maintenance area, trash pick-up, and brush clearing.

If you are interested in attending a Service Saturday event, please RSVP to the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@accokeek.org.

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Volunteer: Service Saturday

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Service Saturday Collage**NOTICE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CHANGED TO SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 FROM 10-1. **

Join the Accokeek Foundation on the 1st Saturday of every month, from 10 am to 1 pm, to get your hands dirty volunteering around site.

We’ll be working year round to help with projects like trail maintenance, historic building upkeep and restoration, garden maintenance, shoreline clean-up, field and crop maintenance, barnyard maintenance, invasive species removal, and event preparation.

*During January’s Service Saturday, we will be removing invasive species and clearing overgrowth from our livestock and pasture fence lines.

This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups/families to give back to the community on a Saturday morning while enjoying the beauty of Piscataway Park.

If you are interested in attending a Service Saturday event, please RSVP to the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@accokeek.org.

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Volunteer: Service Saturday

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Service Saturday CollageJoin the Accokeek Foundation on the 1st Saturday of every month, from 10 am to 1 pm, to get your hands dirty volunteering around site.

We’ll be working year round to help with projects like trail maintenance, historic building upkeep and restoration, garden maintenance, shoreline clean-up, field and crop maintenance, barnyard maintenance, invasive species removal, and event preparation.

This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups/families to give back to the community on a Saturday morning while enjoying the beauty of Piscataway Park.

  • NEW VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: For volunteers new  to the foundation and interested in serving on a regular basis, each Service Saturday event will also serve as your orientation to the foundation. You will have the chance to learn more about the foundation and the available volunteer opportunities, meet and speak to staff members, and  begin your volunteer tenure all in one fun morning!

*During December’s Service Saturday event we will be preparing the site for this year’s Winter’s Eve event. We’ll be decorating the Education Center, setting up tables and chairs for food and craft vendors, placing luminaries around site, and much more. Come help us get in the festive mood, then join us to celebrate later in the evening!

If you are interested in attending a Service Saturday event, please RSVP to the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@accokeek.org.

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Faces of the Farm: Matt Mattingly, National Colonial Farm Manager

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Every week throughout November the Accokeek Foundation will present video profiles of one of its many “Faces of the Farm.” These videos allow you to get a closer, behind-the-scenes look at some of the faces you see around the National Colonial Farm and Ecosystem Farm at Piscataway Park every day. Meet them virtually, then meet them in person by visiting the farm daily, from dusk to dawn.

The nest installment in this video series is the profile of National Colonial Farm Manager, Matt Mattingly. Matt is in charge of the National Colonial Farm as well as all historic interpretation that takes place on site.  Having been with the Foundation for over a decade, Matt’s extensive research on the 18th century tobacco culture of Southern Maryland continues to shape our educational and interpretive programs.

We invite you to get a closer look at the Accokeek Foundation’s National Colonial Farm and see Matt in his element in this edition of Faces of the Farm!

Faces of the Farm – Matt Mattingly from Accokeek Foundation on Vimeo.

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Volunteer: Service Saturday

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Service Saturday CollageJoin the Accokeek Foundation on the 1st Saturday of every month, from 10 am to 1 pm, to get your hands dirty volunteering around site.

We’ll be working year round to help with projects like trail maintenance, historic building upkeep and restoration, garden maintenance, shoreline clean-up, field and crop maintenance, barnyard maintenance, invasive species removal, and event preparation.

This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups/families to give back to the community on a Saturday morning while enjoying the beauty of Piscataway Park.

*This month’s Service Saturday will be a gleaning day on the Ecosystem Farm. Help us spread the love and veggies this November by volunteering to  harvest the “leftover” summer crops from the field to be donated to a local food bank.

If you are interested in attending a Service Saturday event, please RSVP to the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@accokeek.org.

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The Show Must Go On!

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TT '12 smallI began working at the foundation last October–just in time for Twilight Tales. When I agreed to participate in the event, I had no idea what I was getting myself into, and just two weeks after my first day I was decked out in colonial clothing and covered in ghost make-up and fake smallpox. It was the most fun I had ever had while working, and gave me even more reason to look forward to October every year.

We began recruiting volunteers for this year’s Twilight Tales over the summer, and the dedicated group of people who answered our call have been working tirelessly, despite the shutdown, to make this year’s event a spectacular one. After a jam-session to learn the songs (yes, you heard right–songs!), a prop design day to help transform the farm, and two rehearsals of the script, we are only one dress rehearsal away from event day.

This year’s Twilight Tales will follow Gemmy Catnach, famous “death hunter” and murder balladeer, and the ghosts that are the subjects of his sinister songs. With tales of tragic love triangles, cruel mothers, murderous affairs, and poisonings, we’ll be exploring  murder and death through the music of colonial Maryland. It will be both creepy and toe-tapping as the real-life spirits of the day serenade you from the fields to the farm house, and the tobacco barn to the Tavern of Lost Souls.

This is certainly an event you don’t want to miss, and whether we’re closed or not–the show will go on! Follow the links below to learn more about the event, keep updated about its location, and to register your spot in one of the tours.

Friday, October 25

Saturday, October 26

We hope to see you there!

 

Twilight Tales Prop Design Day

Twilight Tales Prop Design Day

Twilight Tales Rehearsal

Twilight Tales Rehearsal

Blocking out the scene

Blocking out the scene

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Twilight Tales Rehearsal

 

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