The Maribar Writers Colony on Cricket Hill is a tranquil by-invitation retreat for writers living and working in urban areas to finish or complete substantial work on an existing project.  The residence is a 18th- and 19th-Century farmhouse on Milford Haven just off the Chesapeake Bay in the rural Tidewater region of Virginia, and public readings by residents as well as community art and education projects are sometimes staged in collaboration with the nearby Mathews Memorial Library, the winner of the 2005 National Award for Library Service. Residents may bring pet dogs so long as those dogs are appropriately awesome.