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.

JULY 23-25

SUMMERSTOCK, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, “Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance: A Live Concert Reading” will be presented by the St. Mary’s Dept. of Recreations and Parks on July 23 at 7 p.m., July 24 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and July 25 at 3 p.m. at Great Mills High School. Ticket information at stmarysmd.com/recreate/summerstock

JULY 24-25

ESTATE SALE, 13100 Langley Road, Bryantown, Md.  7:30 am-12:30 pm. Everything must go, furniture, home décor, dishes, Christmas items, craft supplies, frames, prints, men’s clothing, tools.  410-610-3322.

JULY 25-30

DRUMSET CAMP, 41290 Camp Maria Rd, Leonardtown, Camp Maria provides classes and workshop on different styles of drumming. For more information on the Mid Atlantic Drumset Camp, visit Facebook.com/SoMarDrummers or email Sheila Klotz at somardrummers@gmail.com.

JULY 30-31

GOVERNOR’S CUP YACHT RACE, 48th running of oldest and longest overnight race on Chesapeake Bay. Potomac Race sailors begin at Dalgren, Southern Race sailors at Fishing Bay and Solomons Race Sailors at Solomons en route to St. Mary’s City. Qualified sailors register at smcm.edu/events/govcup by July 23 at 5 p.m. Entry fee is $120. Details at smcm.edu/events/govcup

AUGUST 7

VETERANS PROGRAM, Patriot Park, 11000 Crain Hwy., Newburg, Md. Noon, First Veterans of Charles County Purple Heart Recognition and Veterans Resource Fair.

DRAYDEN AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOOLHOUSE OPEN HOUSE, 18287 Cherryfield Road, Drayden. Visit one of the nation’s best-preserved one-room African American schoolhouses one Saturday of each month. Check out the renovated schoolhouse and learn about its history and importance to education in St. Mary’s County. Staff will be available to answer questions and provide information. Co-hosted by Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions and St. Mary’s County Museum Division. 301-994-1471; facebook.com/DraydenSchool

AUGUST 31
DEADLINE FOR OYSTER FEST COOK-OFF RECIPES,
National Oyster Cook-Off, Leonardtown. Cook-Off will be Oct. 16. Recipes deadline is Aug. 31. Contestants can send up to six recipes. Mail them to usoysterfest@gmail.com or U.S. Oyster Festival, P.O. Box 766, California, MD 20619.

OCT. 3

ART SHOW, “Barns of Calvert County Art Show and Sale” is 2-5 p.m. at Linden, 70 Church Street, Prince Frederick. Presented by the Calvert County Historical Society, the free event showcases farming heritage by local artists. Call 703-509-3509.

ONGOING

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.

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

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. Aug. 1, Sept. 12, and if weather permits, Oct. 31 and Nov. 21. 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 noon-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 Road, Solomons. 410-326-4640; annmariegarden.org $

CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM, Solomons. Open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Toy boat building 1-4 p.m. June 26. $2 donation per boat is offered. 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 $

SOTTERLEY, Historic Sotterley, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood. Wine Fest 2021 will be Oct. 2-3. 301-373-2280; sotterley.org $

SEA SQUIRTS, Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. The program invites adults and children 18 months to 3 years to discover the museum together through music, stories, and special activities. Join the museum for storytime and a take-away craft, available while supplies last. Sessions are 15-20 minutes. Capacity limited. For specific dates and times, go to calvertmarinemuseum.com.

LITTLE MINNOWS, Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. June 24. “Who’s Your Momma?” For preschoolers ages 3-5, with an adult. Join CMM for storytime and a take-away craft, available while supplies last. Sessions are 15-20 minutes. Capacity limited. This program is now offered at various times throughout the day, to accommodate guests during all sessions. Check websites for specific dates and times. 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

LEGO My Lighthouse

The Piney Point Lighthouse Museum has a challenge for local LEGO enthusiasts. Create a lighthouse utilizing LEGO bricks, and enter it in a competition honoring the lighthouse’s 185th anniversary.

The St. Mary’s County Museum Division is announcing a fun competition in honor of the oldest lighthouse on the Potomac River for Piney Point Lighthouse’s 185th anniversary. The challenge entails creating a version of any lighthouse utilizing LEGO bricks and bringing it to Piney Point Lighthouse Museum for display and contest judging.

The challenge has various age group categories, including ages 4-6, ages 7-11, ages 12-15 and ages 16 and older. The LEGO lighthouse creation should be no less than 12 inches wide and should not exceed 36 inches in height.

The winner of the contest in each age range will be selected Aug. 8 during the final day of National Lighthouse Weekend. Lighthouses will be on public display at the museum until Sept. 7.

Lighthouses should be brought to the main museum building at 44720 Lighthouse Road in Piney Point between July 21-30. Models can then be picked up between Sept. 7-12. Participation is free, and registration is required. Call 301-994-1471.

National Lighthouse Weekend will occur Aug. 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

In celebration of the weekend and anniversary, admission to the museum is free.

For information about the contest, National Lighthouse Weekend or Piney Point Lighthouse Museum, call 301-994-1471 or go to the lighthouse’s Facebook page.

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 this summer.

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.

The following classes are scheduled: Fashion Designer Then and Now: Concepts in Sculpting – July 20, 21, 22; Aug. 10, 11, 12; Collage: A New Dimension in Self-Portrait.

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, May 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, April through November. La Plata Farmers Market has been in continuous operation since 1978. Our market season runs from April through November. We are open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 am – 2 pm, 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

NORTH BEACH FARMERS MARKET. North Beach Senior Center Parking Lot. 8-11 a.m. Saturdays, May through September. We are pleased to announce changes to the market that will give it a traditional, small-town atmosphere. The market will include local vendors with items such as plants, farm vegetables, baked goods, meats, cheeses, eggs, and other fresh goods. The Town of North Beach will follow the State of Maryland’s masking order and physical distancing order for outdoor public areas that exist at the start of, and during, the Farmers’ Market season. northbeachfarmersmarket.com

CALIFORNIA FARMERS MARKET, BAE Building parking lot, California. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May 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 until June, 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. Clement’s

Visitors can enjoy a fun evening of cruising on the St. Clement’s Island water taxi, cocktail reception at St. Clement’s Island Museum and a seafood dinner at waterside Morris Point Restaurant during a series of themed events throughout the season.
They include the following themes:

  • Aug. 1, features “Inside the Blackistone Lighthouse,” where your water tour will include a guided tour of the Blackistone Lighthouse on St. Clement’s Island.
  • 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. Clement’s 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. Clement’s Island Museum and dinner at Morris Point.
Call 301-769-2222.