Mudd museum kicks off season, raffles rare rifle for 350th

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Museum will kick off the 2008 tourist season Saturday.

The house and grounds will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The last tour of the day begins at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per adult and $2 for children younger than 16.

The museum is at 3725 Dr. Samuel Mudd Road in Waldorf. To volunteer at the museum, call 301-274-9358.

The museum is also holding a raffle for a rare Henry ‘‘Big Boy” rifle. The gun, one of only 10 made, celebrates the 350th anniversary of Charles County. The gun is valued at $3,200 and features engraved artwork depicting some of the county’s historical milestones and famous faces – such as Matthew Henson, Mudd and John Hanson. The gun is on display at the museum during operating hours and chances are $10 each. The drawing will be held Dec. 7.

Digging into spring? Make a call first

It’s that time of year for spring cleaning, springing ahead and spring planting. If you’re one of those people who love the smell of mulch in the morning, Miss Utility is reminding all gardeners to call before digging into spring.

As days grow longer and temperatures warm, homeowners will be looking to start outdoor home improvements and Miss Utility is taking calls at 811 to inform weekend horticultural warriors of the location of marked underground utility lines. This will reduce the risk of injury and utility damage.

‘‘With spring projects under way, homeowners need to remember that depths of utility lines vary and to use prudent care when planting a tree, installing a fence or mailbox or building a deck,” said Miss Utility’s spokesman Matt Ruddo in a press release. ‘‘Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages.”

When homeowners call 811, they are connected to Miss Utility, the one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators are sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags or spray paint.

Failure to call 811 before digging projects causes more than one utility line hit per minute nationwide, according to information provided by Miss Utility.

Miss Utility’s toll-free number is 800-257-7777. For more information, go to

Art deadlineapproaches

The deadline for entries into the CalvArt College Art Show is March 29 and 30.

All local Southern Maryland college students are eligible to enter the show, no matter what college they attend.

St. Mary’s College and College of Southern Maryland students, regardless of their hometown, can also participate.

Students can enter two pieces of original work in any medium – painting, drawing, pastels, photography, wood carving, pottery, jewelry design, any mixed media or other formats – but no work made from commercially-produced kits may be entered.

Application forms and full details on sizes, pricing pieces for sale, dates for drop-off and pick-up and other information can be learned by calling, 410-535-9252.

The student show, ‘‘The Cutting Edge,” will run from April 9 to May 4 at the CalvArt Gallery in Prince Frederick. located in the Prince Frederick Shopping Center at the intersection of routes 4 and 231.

Neon lights are brightin Charles County

No need to head to Broadway this spring, area high schools are putting on shows so much closer to home.

Thomas Stone High School starts the season April 3 with ‘‘Grease.” The shake shack action will start at 7:30 p.m. with $7 tickets for adults and $5 tickets for students and seniors.

Next up is ‘‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” by Henry E. Lackey High School students. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 4 and 5 and 2 p.m. April 6. Adult tickets are $8 per adult, $7 for students and seniors and $6 for thespians.

‘‘High School Musical” is making the move from television to the stage of Maurice J. McDonough High School from April 10 to 13 and again April 17 to 20. Call 301-609-8198 for ticket prices and to reserve a seat.

Before ‘‘High School Musical” captivated a generation of viewers, ‘‘Fame” was the show about a bunch of students as likely to dance atop a taxicab as they were to take an English test.

La Plata High School will hold performances of ‘‘Fame” starting at 7 p.m. April 10 to 12 and again at 2 p.m. April 13. Tickets are $7 per adult, $5 for students and children and $4 for thespians.

The Peanuts gang gets another play about it when North Point High School stages ‘‘Snoopy” at 7 p.m. April 10, 11 and 12. Adults can get in to see the play for $8 each with students and seniors paying $5 per ticket.

Westlake High School will close out the season with its production of ‘‘Footloose.”

The play starts at 7 p.m. April 17 through 19. Tickets are $7 per adult, $5 for students and seniors and $4 for thespians.

To catch a sneak peek of any of the high school plays, tune in to cable Channel 96 or go to⁄publicinfo⁄channel96⁄ for the on-airschedule.

Support group

The Maryland Foundation for Quality Healthcare is starting a monthly diabetes support group, which is the only one of its kind in Charles County, according to Carol Wright, the director of the Maryland Foundation for Quality Healthcare.

The first group meeting is at 7 p.m. March 27 at Health Partners in Waldorf. For more information, call Wright at 301-645-0001. Health Partners is at 3070 Crain Highway in Waldorf.

Bluegrass kicks ... butt

The last bluegrass concert of the season at Hughesville’s American Legion Post 238 will be March 30.

A spaghetti dinner is also being served before the concert featuring several well known bluegrass musicians.

With the meal dished out at noon and the concert starting at 2 p.m., tickets for the show are $12 per person and free for children 12 and younger when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets for the dinner are $6 per person and will be sold at the door. There will also be a 50⁄50 raffle during the family-friendly show at the smoke-free facility at routes 231 and 381 in Hughesville. For more information, call 301-737-3004.