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Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009


Kick off Maryland's 375th anniversary year at Historic St. Mary's City on March 28 and 29 with a series of speakers who will illuminate Maryland at the beginning. On Sunday, join in for the annual Maryland Day ceremony. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.

On Saturday, March 28, the public is invited to hear stories of Maryland's founding during a free lecture program. Between 1 and 5 p.m., historians and archaeologists will offer 30-minute talks on topics of interest to hobbyists and scholars. Speakers will be John Drugler from Marquette University, Maryland state archivist Edward Papenfuse, a representative from the National Museum of the American Indian, Garry Wheeler Stone from the Monmouth Battlefield and HSMC's director of research, Henry M. Miller.

The talks will take place at St. Mary's Hall near the State House; there is no charge for the lectures.

Begin the day at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, by launching a kite in the Town Center field. Gather on the State House green at 1 p.m. for the official ceremony with keynote speaker O'Malley. Martin Sullivan and Roger Hill will be awarded the Cross Botany, Historic St. Mary's City's highest honor, for their many contributions to the museum during their tenures as chief executive officer and chief operating officer. The Chesapeake Charter School Chorus will serenade the crowd. And students representing each Maryland jurisdiction will parade their home county's colors in the flag ceremony, while contemporary and colonial color guards stand by.

For more information on these events, call 240-895-4960 or visit www.stmaryscity.org.

News around town

A family concert featuring winners of the Fifth Annual Young Artist Competition, sponsored by the Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland in Concert, will be held Sunday, March 1, at 4 p.m. at Huntingtown High School. For more information call 301-373-5277.

The middle school spelling bee will be held Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. at Great Mills High School. For information call 301-475-5511, ext. 114.

St. Mary's training for team captains for Relay For Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will be held on Tuesday, March 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Leonardtown Middle School cafeteria. For more information call 814-450-3454.

St. George's Episcopal Church in Valley Lee will hold fish dinners on Friday, March 6, and Friday, April 3, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.. The all-you-can-eat menu includes beer-battered fried fish, St. George's potatoes, hush puppies, cole slaw, coffee, tea and lemonade. The charge will be $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children age 5 and younger. Desserts will be extra.

For more information call 301-994-0585 or visit stgeorgesvalleylee.org.

A St. Patricks' Day dance will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church parish center in Mechanicsville on Saturday, March 14, from 7 to 11 p.m. The cost is $20 per person; $40 per couple.

There will be corned beef and ham sandwiches for sale, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, cake walks and dance demonstrations.

Music will be provided by Mean Gene.

BYOB, with set-ups to be available. For additional information and for tickets, call 301-884-5095.

Events at St. Mary's College of Maryland

On Saturday, Feb. 28, a jazz festival sponsored by the alumni office will be held in the main arena of the Athletics and Recreation Center at 7:30 p.m. Featured will be the 1970s reunion Jazz Ensemble, directed by Bob Levy and Don Stapleson. On Monday, March 2, the Democracy in New and Old Europe Film Series presents "Snow" in Cole Cinema at 8 p.m.

On Thursday, March 5, poet Karen Leona Anderson will be featured as part of the VOICES Reading Series in the Daugherty-Palmer Commons at 8:15 p.m.

For the most current SMCM event information, contact 240-895-4310 or visit www.smcm.edu.

Continue to send church, school, social, club and community news to Ellynne Brice Davis, Park-to-Point/ c/o The Enterprise, P.O. Box 700, Lexington Park, MD 20650.

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