The Sensational Royal Lights

"Preaching the Gospel Through Song"

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12th Annual Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards

  • UMBC Proscenium Theatre (map)

Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, is pleased to present the 12th Annual Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards - honors given each year to three of Maryland’s outstanding stewards of folklife, or living cultural traditions.

This year, the recipients are: in the category of person/people, The Sensational Royal Lights, an African American gospel quartet with roots in Dorchester County; in the category of place, Curtis' Coney Island Famous Weiners of Allegany County; and in the category of tradition, stuffed ham, a longstanding St. Mary's County foodway. Each recipient will be recognized in a ceremony in the Proscenium Theatre on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 1.

The ceremony will feature an opening performance by Meki Toalepai Sr. and Jr., recipients of a 2019 Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Award for Tahitian drumming (Anne Arundel County), and a closing concert by the Sensational Royal Lights. Cousins Jay Armsworthy and Woody Norris (St. Mary's County) will play bluegrass during the reception immediately following the ceremony. 

Earlier Event: December 23
Christmas Benefit Concert