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.

 

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 $

 

FEB. 11-27

PUFFS, 21744 South Coral Dr., Lexington Park, 8:30 p.m. except 3:30 p.m. on Sundays. Newtowne Players Theater presents an original comedy that promises to be hilarious and heartwarming of a student who went to a certain wizards school. Tickets – adults $18, seniors/students/military $15, children $13; Thursdays all tickets $13. Visit https://www.newtowneplayers.org/puffs.html $

 

MARCH 15

ST. MARY’S CITY RE-OPENS, 18751 Hogaboom Ln., St. Mary’s City, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The living history outdoor exhibits re-open as life in the 1600s returns. Tickets: adults $10, youth $9, members $6 and 5-under free. Call (240) 895-4990 or visit https://www.visitstmarysmd.com/events/outdoor-exhibits-open-at-historic-st-marys-city/$

 

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.