Check out the calendar for upcoming events. Events are subject to change so please verify through the contact information below before attending. Send your calendar events to somdthisislivingeditor@gmail.com.

 

 

OCT. 12-27

SCARECROW FESTIVAL, Downtown La Plata. Vote for your favorite scarecrow scattered around town. Vote on http://www.townoflaplata.org. Winners announced Oct. 27.

 

OCT. 14

SUNSET HIKE, Jefferson Patterson Park, 10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard, 6-7 p.m. Walk one hour over a one-mile mostly paved path. Sunglasses or hat recommended. Tickets $5. Call (410) 586-8501 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunset-hikes-tickets-159852367735 $

 

OCT. 15

CANOE TRIP, 676 Double Oak Rd., Prince Frederick, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Paddle along Parkers Creek with guides. Tickets $15. Call 410-414-3400 or visit https://choosecalvert.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=8609&month=10&year=2021&day=11&calType=0 $

ARTS IN NEW NORMAL, Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons, 5-7 p.m. Casual adult evening of art, wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Free to members, $5 non-members. Call (410) 326-4640 or visit https://www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/content/annmarie-after-hours?mini=calendar%2F2021-07 $

 

OCT. 16

FRANKENSTEIN, North Beach Boys and Girls Club, 9021 Dayton Ave., North Beach, 8-10 p.m. Frankenstein is rescued from the Arctic and mayhem ensues. Call (443) 646-3878 or visit www.twinbeachplayers.org. $

ARTSFEST, La Plata Town Hall, 305 Queen Anne St., La Plata, 12-5 p.m. Buy from local artists, food and music. Visit https://www.charlescountyarts.org/program/artsfest/

LOWER MARLBORO FREEDOM DAY, 3911 Lower Marlboro Rd., Owings, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The British were coming in the War of 1812 and local slaves flee for freedom. Woodworking demonstrations, kayak tours, exhibits. Call (410) 535-5327 or visit https://choosecalvert.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=8610&month=10&year=2021&day=11&calType=0

HISTORICAL COOKING WORKSHOP, 10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard, 1-4 p.m. Learn 18th-century recipes for mac and cheese, parmesan ice cream and onion rings. Tickets $25. Call (410) 586-8501 or visit https://choosecalvert.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=8550&month=10&year=2021&day=11&calType=0 $

VILLAGE DAYS, 10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Discover what life along the Patuxent Rivers was like 500 years ago with demonstrations of pottery, mini poplar baskets and fire. Call (410) 586-8501 or visit https://choosecalvert.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=8414&month=10&year=2021&day=11&calType=0

WALKTOBER, 9023 Bay Ave., North Beach, 8-9 a.m. Walk the boardwalk on North Beach with friends. Call (410) 257-9618 or visit https://choosecalvert.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=8693&month=10&year=2021&day=11&calType=0

CONCERT, Leonardtown Square, Leonardtown. Amish Outlaws play Music Festival for the first time with a variety of cover songs.

FALL VENDOR FESTIVAL, 10406 MD-4, Dunkirk, 1-5 p.m. Family-friendly outdoor event with local vendors. Contact Sunshinedesignsbylindsay@gmail.com

 

OCT. 16-17

OYSTER FESTIVAL, St. Mary’s County Fair Grounds, 42455 Fairgrounds Rd., Leonardtown, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tickets $10, free 12-under. U.S. National Championship oyster shucking contest, amateur and pro divisions. Call (301) 863-5015 or visit https://usoysterfest.com $

DOGFEST, Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairgrounds Rd., La Plata, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Competitions, talent shows, costume contest and adoption zone. Dogs must be leashed. Tickets $12 adults, children 5-12 $6, children 4-under free. Visit http://www.marylanddogfest.com/ $

 

OCT. 23

VIRTUAL BLUEGRASS, 1-8 p.m. The “Bluegrass Comeback to Southern Maryland” includes local bands Jay Armsworthy & Eastern Tradition, 15 Strings, Recycled Bluegrass and Cuzin’s N Harmony. Benefits St. Mary’s Helping Hands Food Pantry in Mechanicsville. Event will be shown on www.facebook.com/jayarmsworthy. Call (301) 737-3004 or email jaychelle1@verizon.net.

FOOLS, FAKES AND FRAUDS, Historic Port Tobacco Village, 8450 Commerce St., Port Tobacco, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Three immersive historical ghost-story plays. Call (800) 766-3386.

LOST CITY, Historic St. Mary’s City, 47418 Old State House Rd., St. Mary’s City, 5-8:30 p.m. Trick or treating on the Town Center area, talk to pirates, have your fortune told and enjoy a spooky time while wearing your best costume. Call (240) 895-4990 or visit https://www.visitstmarysmd.com/events/lost-city/

TRICK OR TREAT ON THE SQUARE, Leonardtown Town Square, Leonardtown, 3-5 p.m. Trick or treat with local businesses. Face painting and pet costumes. Adult must accompany kids. Bring your bag. Call (301) 475-9791 or email brandy.blackstone@leonardtownmd.gov

CRAFT FAIR, St. Mary’s County Fair Grounds, 42455 Fairgrounds Rd., Leonardtown, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fall craft and vendor fair offering handmade items like jewelry, scarves, knit items and baked goods. Benefits Valley Lee 2nd District Volunteer Fire Dept. and Rescue Squad. Contact Becky at (301) 904-1656 or dbksk@atlanticbb.net

WALK, 47418 Old State House Rd., St Mary’s City, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Southern Maryland Out of the Darkness Walk. Visit http://www.afsp.org/southernmd

 

OCT. 24

 CRAFT FAIR, Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department, 12245 Rock Point Rd., Newburg, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Benefits Pets in Charles County and American Kidney Fund. Contact lericker@hotmail.com

 

OCT. 29

GREAT PUMPKIN CHALLENGE, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons, 4:30-6:30 p.m. How good are your pumpkin-carving skills? You have one hour to find out. Prizes for best and worst pumpkin plus homemade costumes. Adults only. Tickets $25. Call (410) 326-4640 or visit https://choosecalvert.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=8652&month=10&year=2021&day=11&calType=0 $

 WITCHES NIGHT OUT, Southern Trail Distillery, 27227 Morganza Turner Rd., Mechanicsville, 6-9 p.m. Halloween festivities, homemade moonshine, local vendors, costume contest. Admission $5. Call (240) 249-6009 or visit https://southerntraildistillery.com/ $

 TRUNK OR TREAT, North Beach Fire Dept., 8536 Bayside Rd., Chesapeake Beach, 6-9 p.m. Family fun, contests, games and sweets. Call Lauren at (410) 257-6564.

 

OCT. 30

 HIKING TOUR, Jefferson Patterson Park, 10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard, 2-4:30 p.m. Discover 9,000 yards of history by archaeology during 2.5-mile walk. Can be strenuous for new hikers. Tickets $5. Call (410) 586-8501 or visit https://choosecalvert.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=8640&month=10&year=2021&day=11&calType=0 $

 PUBLIC SAIL, Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Public cruise on the Patuxent River aboard Dee of St. Mary’s, a Chesapeake Bay Skipjack. Help raise and lower mast. Tickets $25 for 13-up, $15 for ages 5-12. No children under 5 permitted. Call (410) 326-2042, ext. 8083 or visit https://www.calvertmarinemuseum.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=1793&month=10&year=2021&day=30&calType=0 $

 HALLOWEEN WITH THE HUBCAPS, Holiday Inn Conference Center and Marina, Solomons, 155 Holiday Dr., Solomons. Tickets $75. Buffet dinner featuring the Fabulous Hubcaps. Raffle and festive Halloween costume contest. Benefits Sugar Faces Senior Dog Rescue of Southern Maryland. Call (410) 474-2958 or email sugarfacesrescue@yahoo.com $

 

OCT. 31

 HOUND OF THE TOWN, 9023 Bay Ave., North Beach, 1-3 p.m. Dog costume parade on the boardwalk. Call (443) 646-2415.

BOO BASH, 9023 Bay Ave., North Beach, 3-4 p.m. Children’s costume parade and contest. Call (410) 257-9618 or visit https://choosecalvert.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=8686&month=10&year=2021&day=11&calType=0

 

NOV. 1

HISTORIC MARKER UNVEILING, Old Jail Museum, 41625 Courthouse Dr., Leonardtown, 4-5 p.m. Benjamin Hance Historic Marker will be unveiled to celebrate equity and justice for all. Hance was the only documented lynching victim in St. Mary’s County in 1887. Call (240) 925-3427 or visit http://museums.stmarysmd.com/

 

NOV. 3

 THANKSGIVING COCKTAILS, 14624 Solomons Island Rd. S, 6-8 p.m. Mixologist Brooke Brown-Fitz creates Thanksgiving cocktails. Learn to make three drinks. Small plate food provided. Tickets $75-$99. Call (443) 624-5048 or visit https://choosecalvert.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=8646&month=11&year=2021&day=3&calType=0 $

 

NOV. 6

ARTISAN, VENDOR MARKET, 26655 Three Notch Rd., Mechanicsville, 9 am.-3 p.m. Homemade and handmade, vintage and baked items on Summerseat Farm. Start holiday shopping amid a working farm. Call (301) 373-6607 or visit https://summerseat.org

AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE, Jefferson Patterson Park, 10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. American Indian Heritage Day celebrates historical, cultural and social contributions of American Indian communities. Exhibits, demonstrations and performances by Piscataway Nation Dancers. Call (410) 586-8501 or visit https://jefpat.maryland.gov

NO THYME TO COOK, 14624 Solomons Island Rd. S, Solomons, 6-8 p.m. Mixologist Brooke Brown-Fritz continues her series by creating Thanksgiving cocktails. Small plate included. Visit http://choosecalvert.com

HOLIDAY SMALL WORKS SHOW, Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, 13470 Dowell Rd., Solomons. Ongoing through Jan. 1. Main Gallery offers wide selection of handmade works. Visit http://www.annemariegarden.org

ORNAMENT SHOW, Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, 13470 Dowell Rd., Solomons. Ongoing through Jan. 1. Hand-crafted ornaments from 25 regional artists will be on

trees in the Main Galley for judging. Visit http://www.annemariegarden.org

 

NOV. 6 & 7

CRAFT FAIR, Huntingtown High School, 4125 N. Solomons Island Rd., Huntingtown, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Holiday craft fair, holiday music and visit from Santa. Call (443) 550-8810.

VIKINGSCON, Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairground Rd., La Plata, bens 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 6 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 7. A fully-immersive Vikings experience with re-enactors celebrating daily Viking life through cooking, games, weapons and combat. Visit https://vikingscon.com/tickets $

 

NOV. 7

VETERANS PARADE, La Plata Town Hall to Charles St. and La Grange Ave. La Plata, 1 p.m. A salute to veterans. Deadline to participate in parade is Oct. 15. For information, contact cwilson@townoflaplata.org

CHAPEL FUNDRAISER, 6932 Serenity Farm Rd, Benedict, 3-8 p.m. Food, music and vendors. Email serenityfarm1@gmail.com

 

NOV. 11

VETERANS PARADE, Ryken High School, 22600 Camp Calvert Rd., Leonardtown, 10 a.m. Proceeds along Fenwick St. to Leonardtown Town Square. Floats, bands, schools, scouts, clubs, cheerleaders, bikes, vintage cars and horses are expected. To participate or more information, contact Connie Pennington at (301) 904-0707 or cdpennington@icloud.com

 

NOV. 13

COMIC CON, 3033 Waldorf Market Pl., Waldorf, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Showcase of comics, toys, superheroes and pop culture. Tickets $10. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/484249946082968/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22external_search_engine%22%7D%2C%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22calendar_tab_event%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark_calendar%22%7D]%7D $

HEARTH COOKING, 18751 Hogaboom Ln., St. Mary’s City, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Make gingerbread using two historic recipes and cooking techniques. Ages 12-up. Tickets $30 general, $25 members. Register at Programs@digshistory.org. $

SPORTSMAN’S BASH, Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairground Rd., La Plata, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Ducks Unlimited and Waldorf Lions fourth annual event offers food and raffle. Tickets $50, raffle $25. Visit http://charlesdu.com or call (301) 440-5969. $

NOVEMBEER, Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Ln., Hollywood, 1-5 p.m. Try craft beers while listening to a local band, playing lawn games or perusing artisan vendors. Tickets $20 advance, $25 at door, non-drinkers $10. Visit https://www.sotterley.org/event/novembeer/ or call (301) 373-2280. $

 

NOV. 20

CRAFT FAIR, Waldorf Jaycees, 3090 Crain Hwy., Waldorf, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. More than 70 local vendors of holiday crafts. Door prizes, raffles and food. Email waldorfjcs@comcast.net

CRAFT FAIR, Church by the Chesapeake, 3255 Broomes Island Rd., Port Republic, 2-8 p.m. Hand-crafted items, baked goods. Vendor tables available. Visit http://www.churchbythechesapeake.org

HOLIDAYS WITH HORSES, Freedom Hill Horse Rescue, 7940 Flint Hill Rd., Owings, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Holiday fundraiser to support horse rescue. Have your photos taken with horses along with a Christmas market. Vendor spaces available. Email Cathy.FreedomHill@gmail.com

 CRAFT FAIR, Church by the Chesapeake, 3255 Broomes Island Rd., Port Republic, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Handmade items by local artisans, concessions and baked goods. Visit www.churchbythechesapeake.org/upcoming-events

 

NOV. 26

HEARTH AND HOME, 18751 Hogaboom Ln., St. Mary’s City, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn 17th-century cooking. Demonstrations and outdoor events. Receive cookbook of historic recipes. Call (240) 895-4980 or visit https://www.visitstmarysmd.com/events/hearth-and-home/ $

CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE, Leonardtown Town Square, Leonardtown, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Santa arrives to the town square for the annual Christmas Tree lighting. Music, entertainment, sleigh rides, train rides, hay rides, live nativity, petting zoo. Tree lighting at 7 p.m. Rain date Nov. 28. Call (301) 475-9891 or email brandy.blackstone@leonardtownmd.gov.

GARDEN IN LIGHTS, Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, 13470 Dowell Rd., Solomons, 5-9 p.m. nightly. Ongoing through Jan. 1. The show is an outdoors wonderland of twinkling lights, sculptures and scenes of wild animals, wintery wonderlands, musical holiday scenes, deep sea treasures, glowing trees and more. Visit http://www.annemariegarden.org

 

NOV. 27, DEC. 4 & DEC. 11

HOLIDAY MARKET, 5180 Sixes Rd., Prince Frederick, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. More than 30 vendors over three greenhouses. Visit http://choosecalvert.com/calendar.aspx?EID=8606

 

NOV. 28-JAN. 2

LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM EXHIBIT, 44720 Lighthouse Rd., Piney Point, 12-4 p.m. Closed Dec. 24-25. Guided holiday tours of the lighthouse museum with new exhibits and holiday decorating. Call (301) 994-1471 or visit https://www.visitstmarysmd.com/events/holidays-at-piney-point-lighthouse-museum/ $

 

DEC. 1-JAN. 2

DOLL & TRAIN EXHIBIT, St. Clement’s Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Rd., Coltons Point, 12-4 p.m. Exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, classic trains and retro toys. Closed Dec. 24-25. Tickets $3 adults, $2 seniors and military, $1.50 children 5-up. Call (301) 769-2222 or visit https://www.visitstmarysmd.com/events/st-clements-island-museum-christmas-doll-train-exhibit-2020/ $

 

DEC. 3

MADRIGAL DINNER, 47418 Old State House Rd., St. Mary’s City, 5 p.m. Enjoy a feast, firelight and music among the festively decorated State House. Reservations needed. Call (240) 895-4991 or visit https://www.visitstmarysmd.com/events/madrigal-dinners $

 

DEC. 4-5, 11-12

CONNECTICUT YANKEE, Long Beach Community Center, 5845 Calvert Blvd., St. Leonard, 2-4 p.m. Kids show featuring “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” Visit http://www.ndctheater.org

 

DEC. 4

CAROLINA SNOWFLAKES, Jefferson Patterson Park, 10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard, 10-11 a.m. Learn to create decorative Carolina snowflakes using flat reed or ash. Tickets $15. Email elizabeth.brant@maryland.gov $

SOLOMONS CHRISTMAS WALK, Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd. S., Solomons, 6-9 p.m. Musical entertainment, holiday crafts and even a visit by Santa. Visit calvertmarinemuseum.com or call (410) 326-2042, ext. 19 or email Sherry.Reid@calvertcountymd.gov

FESTIVAL OF TREES, Virtual event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Hospice of St. Mary’s Festival of Trees is an online event. Bid online for a decorated tree for your home or office. Visit http://www.2021FOT.givesmart.com

EVERGREEN WORKSHOP, 18751 Hogaboom Ln., St. Mary’s City, 10 a.m.-noon. Seasonal craft workshop for holiday centerpieces. Ages 12-up. Tickets $40, members $30. Register at programs@digshistory.org. $

 

DEC. 5

OLDE THYME HOLIDAY GATHERING, La Plata Town Hall, 305 Queen Anne St., La Plata, 3-6 p.m., Look for Santa to arrive early to greet holiday merrymakers. Visit http://www.TownofLaPlata.org

WREATH MAKING, Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, 13470 Dowell Road, Solomons, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Learn to create holiday greens and decorative elements. Wreathmaking tools and greens to assemble wreaths outdoors on picnic tables. $45. Rain date is Dec. 12. Contact programs@annmariegarden.org $

CRAFT FAIR, 3785 Leonardtown Rd., Waldorf, Thomas Stone High, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 100 tables of unique crafts and gifts. Free admission. For more information, contact Events@HumaneSocietycc.org

 

DEC. 10-12

KRIS KRINGLE CHRISTMAS MARKET, Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairground Rd., La Plata, 4-10 p.m on Dec. 10, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Dec. 12. An indoor Christmas market filled with lights, holiday foods and handmade crafts from regional vendors plus Santa himself for the kids. Admission $3. Visit facebook.com/KrisKringleChristmasMarket $

 

DEC. 11

HOLIDAY MARKET, 5180 Sixes Rd., Prince Frederick, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Three greenhouses of vendors. Call (443) 486-4769 or visit https://www.cardinalcreekplantfarm.com/

JINGLE BELL RUN, 155 Holiday Dr., Solomons, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Race for arthritis cure in your best holiday costume. Contact Greta Barnes at mbarnes@arthritis.org, or call 202-765-0285.

CRAFT FAIR, Northern High School, 2950 Chaneyville Rd, Owings, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 80 local crafters and vendors. Call (443) 550-8950.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, La Plata Town Hall, 305 Queen Anne St., La Plata, 8 a.m.-noon. Meet old Saint Nick himself amid morning fare. Visit http://www.TownofLaPlata.org

 

DEC. 14

HOLIDAY STORYTIME, Jefferson Patterson Park, 10515 Mackall Rd., Saint Leonard, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Holiday crafts and stories for ages Pre-K through elementary. Fee $5. Pre-registration required. Email elizabeth.brant@maryland.gov $

 

DEC. 18

BLACKSMITH WORKSHOP, Jefferson Patterson Park, 10515 Mackall Rd., Saint Leonard, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn the basics of blacksmithing by turning bars of steel into “something amazing.” Fee $40. Email elizabeth.brant@maryland.gov $

 

JAN. 1

FIRST DAY HIKE, Flag Ponds Nature Park, 1525 Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby, 9-11 a.m. Three-mile guided hike. $8 per family. Call (410) 535-5327 or visit https://choosecalvert.com/calendar.aspx?EID=8665

 

JAN. 7-8, 12

BOOK SALE, Calvert Library, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thousands of used books at discount prices. Call (410) 535-0291.

 

JAN. 23

APPRAISER FAIR, St. Clement’s Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Rd., Coltons Point, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Find out if those hidden treasures in the attic are worth something by expert appraisers. Appointments preferred for 10 minutes and two items. Appraisals are $5. Visit www.facebook.com/events/342216450314325 $

 

ONGOING

WOMEN’S CLUB SEEKS MEMBERS, The Woman’s Club of St. Mary’s County seeks members. The 60-year group provides scholarships and supports many local organizations. Call Carol Evans at 301-994-0352, Carole Romary at (301) 863-6969 or Carolyn Guy at (301) 481-6438.

FREE PET ADOPTIONS, 5055 Hallowing Point Rd, Prince Frederick. Visit CalvertCountyAnimalShelter.com or call (410) 535-7387.

BAYSIDE HISTORY MUSEUM, 4025 Fourth St., North Beach, is open 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays to Sundays through Oct. 31 and on weekends through April 30. For information, visit Baysidehistorymuseum.org

TRAIN MUSEUM, The La Plata Train Museum, 101 Kent Ave. La Plata, is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on select dates. For group tours, call Danielle Mandley at (301) 934-8421.

ONE-ROOM SCHOOL, Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairgrounds Rd., La Plata, The McConchie One-School for Black students is now a museum with public tours. For information, call Edward Holland at (301) 848-3476 or HistoricMcConchieSchool@gmail.com

SINGERS SOUGHT, The Southern Maryland Encore Chorale meets 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays from September to December. For more information, call (301) 261-5747 or visit encorecreativity.org

ST. MARY’S CITY, Virtual field trip for elementary school students featuring Maryland’s first capital and the nation’s fourth English settlement. For information, visit http://virtualdigshistory.org

FOOD PANTRY, 7636 Port Tobacco Rd., Port Tobacco, 9:30-11 a.m. Shelves of Hope Food Pantry sponsored by St. Catherine Church is open the second and fourth Saturdays every month. For information, call (301) 934-9630.

FOOD PANTRY, 11555 St. Mary’s Church Road, Charlotte Hall, 9:30-11:30 a.m. third Saturday of each month. For information, call (301) 934-8825.

VIRTUAL LIBRARY EVENT, Unicorns: Break the Cage! Two kids visit the zoo to visit animals, including a horse that knows it’s a unicorn. Animated stories lead to life sciences and animals. Charles County Public Library series for children 5 to 9 and 9 to 14. https://ccplonline.libnet.info/event/5103644

LEONARDTOWN A&E ARTIST SPOTLIGHT, Virtual series explores art galleries, see shows, take group or one-on-one art classes, and enjoy outdoor concerts and special events. http://visitleonardtownmd.com/leonardtownae

FARMER, FLEA AND VENDOR MARKET, CICA Building, Cobb Island. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 21 weather permitting. Vendor cost is $10 per day. If you have any questions or would like to register, contact Mindy Millar (301) 399-0077 or Rochelle Creighton-Tompa (240) 505-3755.

AVIATION HISTORY, Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, 22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Flight Line with more than 22 one-of-a-kind aircraft and Test and Evaluation Hall open. A lunar sample, or “Moon Rock,” is now on display. In 2009, NASA gave each of the pioneer astronauts, those from Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, or their surviving relatives, the Ambassador of Exploration award on the condition it be housed in the institution of their choosing. Captain James “Jim” Lovell, most famous for his role as commander of the Apollo 13 mission, chose the Pax Museum to be the home for his award. During the reduced hours, the museum offers special admission rates and asks that all guests comply with posted guidelines. Admission is adults $5, children 5-12 $3, seniors 55 and older $3, and children younger than 5 free. paxmuseum.org $

VIRTUAL COLONIAL FAIRE, Maxwell Hall, Hughesville. The Friends of Maxwell Hall have created a Virtual Colonial Faire. Check it out at https://www.friendsofmh.com/. Five hours of videos featuring: Music: John O’Loughlin Trio, Rosewood Recorder Duo Rick Posey & Mary Mosher, and Celtic music by Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy. Maxwell Hall: House Tour by Crossroads of Hughesville Garden Club, Regional Raptors by Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center, Tree Walk by Holly Dilatush and Warren Guthrie, Blue Horseshoe Legend and trails of Maxwell Hall Park. Descendants: Life on the Farm by Mary Louise Webb, Reluctant Revolutionaries by Erik Curren, Harriot circa 1843 by Shemika Berry and Swann Family by Peter Swann. Craftspeople: Dowell Farm Art by Margaret Dowell, Rope Making by Brian Keith, Cornhusk Dolls by Rose Gazarek, Floral Design by Rose Gazarek and Blue Dyer Rum by Walker Dunbar. friendsofmh.com

WELCOME CENTER, Charles County, U.S. 301, Newburg. Great place to visit to plan all your Charles County explorations. Stocked with the most up-to-date information about Southern Maryland and ready-to-help, travel-savvy staff, the center is a wonderful resource. Center open daily 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., excluding major holidays. (301) 259-2500.

SPECIAL EXHIBIT AT OLD JAIL MUSEUM, Leonardtown. Robert Ballard, a local model ship aficionado and builder, is displaying a temporary exhibit at the Old Jail Museum in Leonardtown about the HMS Albion, the flagship of the flotilla of British ships that raided Leonardtown during the War of 1812 Chesapeake Campaign in 1814. Panels describe the history behind the ship, her raids in Southern Maryland, and Admiral Cockburn, the British admiral who commanded the British fleet. The exhibit can be seen during regular museum hours, daily 12-4 p.m., or 5-7 p.m. during Leonardtown First Friday events.

PINEY POINT LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM, Piney Point. Museum has reopened its galleries, including a variety of brand-new exhibits. Museum admission is $7 for adults, $3.50 for military and seniors, $3.50 for children 6-17. Children 5 or younger are free. Call (301) 994-1471. $

VETERANS EXHIBITS, Maryland Veterans Museum, 11000 Crain Highway, Newburg. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. most days. Admission is $5 for ages 14-adult, $2 per child ages 7-13, and free for children 6 and younger. Memberships available. (301) 932-1900; mcvets.cc $

CALVERT COUNTY LIBRARY PROGRAMS, locations in Prince Frederick, Owings, Solomons and Chesapeake Beach.  (410) 535-0291, (301) 855-1862; calvertlibrary.info

CHARLES COUNTY LIBRARY PROGRAMS, locations in Waldorf, La Plata and Indian Head. (301) 934-9001, (301) 645-2864, (301) 375-7375, (301) 645-1395; ccplonline.org

ST. MARY’S LIBRARY PROGRAMS, locations in Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown and Lexington Park. Check website for hours. (301) 884-2211, (301) 475-2846, (301) 863-8188; stmalib.org

ANNMARIE GARDEN, Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Art Center, 13470 Dowell Rd., Solomons. (410) 326-4640; annmariegarden.org $

CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM, 14200 Solomons Island Rd. S., Solomons, Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum admission is $9 for adults; $7 for seniors, military with valid I.D, AAA and AARP members; $4 for children ages 5-12; children younger than 5 and museum members admitted free. calvertmarinemuseum.com $

HSMC OPEN, Historic St. Mary’s City. Tickets may be purchased on the day of arrival at either the Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary or the Visitor Center. Paths walking through the reconstructed areas are included in the admission cost. The museum offers visitors an opportunity to learn of Maryland’s diverse history, visit reconstructed buildings on their original locations, and learn of the connections between the past and the present, all while walking through roughly two miles of scenic and serene paths. General admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, students are $6, and children 5 and younger are free. (240) 895-4990; HSMCdigsHistory.org $

 

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Art Classes at St. Clement’s Island Museum

Join art instructor Ellen Duke Wilson in exploring fine arts at St. Clement’s Island Museum Art Kids classes. Young artists will expand their understanding of art and history while learning to sketch, paint and sculpt.

At the end of each session, all participants will create an individualized work of art to share with their family and community. These classes are geared toward children ages 7-17. Preregistration is required, and the price is $3 per child. All materials are provided and participants are asked to bring a light snack. Parents are encouraged to sign up soon as slots fill up quickly.

For more information or to sign up your child, call Barbour at (301) 769-4723. www.facebook.com/SCIMuseum

Rediscover Leonardtown
Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend? Why not come discover Leonardtown. This small Southern Maryland Town is big on charm and excitement. If you’re seeking adventure, there’s plenty to find here from water sports to seaplane rides. Are you looking to explore your creative side? As an Arts & Entertainment District (the only one in Southern Maryland), there are art classes, workshops and galleries to explore.

There’s also fine-dining, a Wharf with spectacular water views, an award-winning winery, specialty shops, exciting events and so much more to discover! If you haven’t been to Leonardtown in a while, there so much for you to rediscover here – from new restaurants and outdoor cafes, an elegant event space, a grand hotel and a one-of-a-kind indoor marketplace.

Are you a boater? Now you can tie up at the new boat slips at the Wharf, wander up the hill to historic downtown Leonardtown and explore all that the town has to offer.

Start at the new Leonardtown Welcome Center in the Old Jail Museum. While there, you can pick up a map/directory for the brand-new Butterfly Trail. This delightful new trail (as well as the kids’ Caterpillar Corner) will mark exciting historic landmarks, beautiful outdoor spaces, hidden works of art and fun activities throughout town.

To learn more about ReDiscovering Leonardtown, click here.

Seasonal Farmers Markets Now Open
All markets will be operated in the traditional walk-up fashion. For the 2021 season, Farmers Markets will adhere to all current health orders regarding face coverings and physical distancing guidance. For the safety of the public and vendors, masks will be required for market transactions.

WALDORF FARMERS MARKET. 10400 O’Donnell Place, Waldorf. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through November. The Waldorf Farmers Market is a “producer-only” market – meaning farmers and vendors sell only what we produce. You know what you buy is fresh, local, and in season! We are committed to providing local, fresh produce and supporting the Southern Maryland farm community. facebook.com/Waldorf-Farmers-Market

LA PLATA FARMERS MARKET. Charles County Courthouse & Government complex, La Plata. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays through November. La Plata Farmers Market has been in continuous operation since 1978. Our market season runs from April through November. We are open rain or shine. On Wednesdays, you’ll find us in the parking lot just north of the intersection of Talbot Street and Washington Avenue. On Saturdays, we’re in the main parking lot right behind the Charles County Courthouse. The Charles County Courthouse & Government complex parking lot is the perfect place to start a downtown stroll, with easy access in and out. Why not make a day of it? Experience the charm of La Plata’s small-town feel and find new places to explore on your next visit. laplatafarmersmarket.com

CALIFORNIA FARMERS MARKET, BAE Building parking lot, California. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through November. Grower/producer-only market featuring organic produce, local meats (including beef, pork, chicken, lamb, and goat), flowers, baked goods (including pastries), canned goods, fresh eggs, local wines, and craft distilled spirits (including rum and whiskey), and much more. visitstmarysmd.com/directory/california-farmers-market

HOMEGROWN FARM MARKET, Lexington Park. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays through November. The HomeGrown Farm Market is a producer-only market aimed at providing fresh produce, flowers, plants, meats, cheeses, and baked goods to the Southern Maryland community while promoting sustainable agriculture. Sustainable agriculture requires economic viability, eco-friendly production techniques that preserve water and soil resources, limited transportation of food and dependence on fossil fuels, and a strong connection between the producers and the consumers. homegrownfarmmarket.webs.com

NORTH ST. MARY’S COUNTY FARMERS MARKET, Charlotte Hall. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Popular all-Amish farmers market featuring a variety of seasonal produce, flowers, baked and canned goods, and more. Located near the corner of Route 5 and Route 6 in the parking lot of the Charlotte Hall Library. Call (240) 309-4021 for more information.

The Dinner & Cruise Series Is Back at St. Clements

Visitors can enjoy a fun evening of cruising on the St. Clements Island water taxi, cocktail reception at St. Clements Island Museum and a seafood dinner at waterside Morris Point Restaurant during a series of themed events throughout the season.

Oct. 10, features “A Narrated Fall Foliage Tour” from 2-6 p.m. where your water tour will include a guided presentation about why St. Clements Island is so important.

Tickets for all cruises are $55 per person or $100 per couple and include a boat ride, cocktail reception at St. Clements Island Museum and dinner at Morris Point.
Call (301) 769-2222.