Going on Faith

Winter 2017

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going on faith [ winter 2017 ] 22 D . C . S U B U R B S H I G H L I G H T | B I B L I C A L A R T From Emmitsburg, it's a short 60-mile drive south to Maryland's Washington, D.C., suburbs. Though cities such as Bethesda and Silver Spring are known as prosperous, busy bedroom communities, they also hold several attractions of interest to Protestant travelers. In Bethesda, the Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum is a campus that consists of three buildings that house artwork created by area artist Phillip Ratner, as well as pieces by other artists. Though the art spans a wide range of media and subjects, a significant portion of the galleries consists of a visual walk through the Bible that features art- work on biblical themes. The Seventh-day Adventist world headquarters is in nearby Silver Springs, and groups can arrange a tour of the facility to learn more about this often-overlooked Christian denomination and its history. The headquarters includes a visitors center with educational exhibits, and tours of the offices last about 45 minutes. WHILE YOU'RE THERE: Several of the suburbs around D.C. have vibrant arts scenes. The Silver Spring Art District features public art- work, galleries, studios and theaters, and Bethesda's Arts and Entertainment District is a popular place for groups to catch live music and other fine-arts performances. MORE INFO | www.visitmontgomery.com S T . M A R Y ' S C I T Y H I G H L I G H T | R E L I G I O U S F R E E D O M At the southern end of Maryland's coastline, about 90 miles south of the Washington metro area, St. Mary's County is a beautiful water- front destination steeped in history. Groups can explore the area's heritage in detail at Historic St. Mary's City, an 800-acre living-history site that interprets the town as it was when it served as Maryland's first capital in the mid 1600s. Visitors can choose from a variety of tour experiences at Historic St. Mary's City. One of the most interesting for church groups will be the State and Church tour, which examines Maryland's role as one of the first areas in Colonial America to enact religious liberties for its inhabitants. Guests at Historic St. Mary's City can also explore a re-creation of the Maryland Dove, the ship that brought Maryland settlers to the New World from England, as well as exhibits on the area's Native American inhabitants and Maryland farm life. WHILE YOU'RE THERE: Maritime heritage abounds along the St. Mary's shoreline. The area has four lighthouses, including the Piney Point Lighthouse, which is the oldest lighthouse on the Potomac. A museum at that lighthouse also has exhibits on historic vessels that sailed in the area. MORE INFO | www.visitstmarysmd.com Historic St. Mary's City Grotto at the Seton Shrine The Dove II at Historic St. Mary's City Courtesy St. Mary's Co. Div. of Tourism Courtesy Visit Frederick Courtesy St. Mary's Co. Div. of Tourism Courtesy St. Mary's Co. Div. of Tourism Blackstone Lighthouse in St. Mary's 3 4

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