Phoenix Rising 2021: Preserving the Best of Maryland for 90 Years

By Dana Cohen

Our largest event of the year, Phoenix Rising, was back at Bengies Drive-In Theatre this year as we featured our 90th anniversary celebration, the Best of Maryland Awards, a video update on Preservation Maryland’s programs and projects, and a screening of Back to the Future under the stars!

It was a fun night that makes our ongoing work rehabilitating important historic structures, providing thousands of dollars in grants to at-risk historic places, advocating for our history, heritage, and communities in Annapolis, and fighting for common sense smart growth in some of the fastest-growing communities in Maryland, possible.

Supporters were happy for an evening to mingle, snack, and check out the classic DeLoreans that joined us. Prior to the movie, President & CEO Nicholas Redding addressed the crowd via a pre-recorded video, recognizing our Best of Maryland Award winners, sharing the organization’s programmatic accomplishments, and honoring Preservation Maryland’s 90 years of historic preservation work.

Couldn’t make it? Grab your popcorn and watch the video here:

a bit of Only-in-Maryland history: Bengies Drive-In is Maryland’s last drive-in theatre, boasting the  largest screen in the us at 52 x120 feet.

Phoenix Rising 2021 Photos

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Dana Cohen · Director of Communications

As an award-winning communications professional who creates and manages strategic campaigns, Dana works with our team and partners to tell the stories about our important preservation work and highlight what makes Maryland’s historic buildings, communities, and landscapes special.

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