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Friday, April 30, 2010


Concerts

Spring Choral Concert — Under the direction of Michael Santana, the College of Southern Maryland's chorale and chamber choir will perform in concert at 8 p.m. April 30 in the La Plata campus' fine arts center, 8730 Mitchell Road. Tickets are $5. Call 301-934-7828.

Galleries

Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park and Arts Center — A free maker's market, a farmers market that also features homemade household items and clothes, will be held from 9 a.m.-noon May 1. Children are invited to visit the ceramics studio for free from 1-3 p.m. May 2. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Sunday. Fee is $3, $2 for senior citizens and children 5-12 and free for children younger than 5. Annmarie Garden is at 13480 Dowell Road, Solomons. Call 410-326-4640.

Boyden Gallery — Art by students will be on display through May 8. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. May 3 and contributors will give presentations from 2-4 p.m. May 4. The gallery's hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The gallery is in Montgomery Hall at St. Mary's College in St. Mary's City. Call 240-895-4246.

CalvART — An exhibition "Burned & Turned," featuring collaborative pieces by Ray Bogle (pottery) and Dave Wardrup (woodturning), will continue through May 2. The gallery is at 110 Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Call 410-535-9252. Go to www.calvertarts.org.

Lexington Park Library Art Gallery — A show featuring Suzanne Shelden will continue through May 15. The library is at 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Call 301-863-8188.

Mattawoman Creek Arts Center — "Spring into Art," a show featuring Jeanne Ulrich, Anthony Neville, Marsha Brown and Peter Ulrich will continue through May 22. The gallery is in Smallwood State Park, Route 224, Marbury. Park fee is waived for art center visitors. Call 301-743-5159. Go to www.mattawomanart.org.

North End Gallery — "Mixing It Up," featuring Karen Vaughn, Angie Wathen and Keith Wood. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is at 41625 Fenwick St., Leonardtown. Call 301-475-3130. Go to www.northendgallery.org.

Special events

Point Lookout Lighthouse Open House — The lighthouse will be open for free to visitors (though there is a park entrance fee) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 1. Tour guides will answer questions. The lighthouse is in Point Lookout State Park, 11175 Point Lookout Road, Scotland. Call 410-586-1064.

Connections Literary Series — Contributors to the College of Southern Maryland's Connections literary magazine will read from their works at 7:30 p.m. April 30 in the Learning Resource Building, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. The event is free. Call 301-934-7864.

Robbie Miles 5K Run/Walk — Bring the family for a morning of healthy fun to the annual Robbie Miles 5K Run/Walk, which will start at 9 a.m. May 1. The race honors Robbie Miles, a former Patuxent High School student who used to push himself around the track in his wheel chair. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The race starts and finishes at Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick. The event will include drinks, a DJ, face painting, relay races and games. Fee is $35, $25 for students and seniors, $75 per family.

Speaker series — Flo Stone, president and founder of the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C., will appear at Sotterley Plantation at 7 p.m. April 30 for a talk about the highlights from this year's festival. She will highlight the 13-day program with a collection of film clips, a press release states. The event is free. Sotterley is at 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood. Call 301-373-2280. Go to www.sotterley.org.

Plan ahead

Calvert Wine and Arts Fest — The third annual event will be held from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 8 at All Saints Episcopal Church and the Southern Maryland Folk Arts Center. Visitors will be able to try wine from all five Calvert County wineries and a juried show will feature local artisans. The event will have musicians and dancers. The church is at 100 Lower Marlboro Road, Sunderland. Call 410-257-6306.

The Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage Tour — The series of tours which explore both historic and contemporary sites will come to Charles County from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 8. Participants will travel to 10 sites, beginning with Thomas Stone National Historic Site in Port Tobacco and ending at Westwood, "a dream home" built in Indian Head in 1966. Proceeds will support preservation projects. Call 410-821-6933. Go to www.mhgp.org.

Jazz Festival — The College of Southern Maryland's annual festival will start at 8 p.m. May 7 with a performance by Randy Runyon & Animal Zoo. Tickets are $5. Free clinics will be held at 2 p.m. May 8 and Solid Brass Jazz Ensemble with Terri Lyne Carrington and Animal Zoo will perform at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. All of the events will be held in La Plata's fine arts center, 8730 Mitchell Road. Call 301-934-7828.

United States 257th Army Band — Under the direction of Chief Warrant Officer Sheila M. Klotz, the band will perform at 8 p.m. May 15 at the College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. The event is free. Call 301-934-7828.

Cole Bros. Circus — The big-top circus will return to the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds, 42555 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown, on May 10 and 11. Go to www.colebroscircus.com.

Fun in North Beach — North Beach's annual farmers market and classic car show will kick off from 6-9 p.m. May 14 and continue on Friday nights through Oct. 1 on 5th Street between Bay and Chesapeake avenues. Buy goods from local farms, check out classic cars and taste the county's wines. On May 15, North Beach's welcome back to the beach event will be held from 2-6 p.m. And to learn more about campfires and movies on the beach, go to www.northbeachevents.com.

COSMIC — The community orchestra will cap its season with a concert called "Beethoven and Bess" and the "Do You See What I HEAR?" art exhibition at 7 p.m. May 15 at Great Mills High School, 21130 Great Mills Road. Along with Polovtsian Dances, COSMIC will perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto #1 with soloist Kirsten Taylor and the music of George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" with a chorus. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and students. Family passes are $25. Go to www.cosmicmusic.org.

Downtown Tunes — The concert series on the Leonardtown square will begin May 22 with a jazz concert and continue with an acoustic show June 26, country July 24 and rock Aug. 28. The free events will be held from 6-9 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair.

La Plata Summer Concert Series — The summer concert series will kick off with 25th Hour Band at 6 p.m. May 28 p.m. and continue on Friday nights throughout the summer and fall. Bands include Road House, the U.S. Navy Band, Sweetwater and Special Blend. Concerts will be held at 305 Queen Anne St., La Plata. Go to www.townoflaplata.org.

National Trails Day 5K Fun Run — Discover the beauty of the St. Mary's tidewater backwoods on June 5 during a 5K fun run and walk sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Running Club. Meet at Historic St. Mary's City's visitor center at 8 p.m. There is a fee. Call 800-762-1634. Go to www.stmaryscity.org.

Recycled Art Show — A silent auction of recycled art from 6-9 p.m. April 23 at Three Notch Theatre will benefit Patuxent Habitat for Humanity. The event will also feature music and food. The theater is at 21744 S. Coral Dr., Lexington Park. Call 301-737-6273.

Sanford Concert Series — The schedule includes a free concert featuring the U.S. Navy Brass Quartet April 24 and the annual "Sounds of Tomorrow" concert June 13. Tickets for the "Sounds of Tomorrow" concert, which features local, emerging artists, are $5. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 44078 St. Andrew's Church Road, California. Call 310-862-9541. Go to www.sanfordconcertseries.com.

Potomac Wildlife Art and Decoy Show — The fourth annual show will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 15 at the College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Call 301-934-1366.

River Concert Series — St. Mary's College's annual classical music series will open at 7 p.m. June 18 and continue on Fridays through July 30. The concerts draw thousands to the college's Townhouse Green, which opens at 5 p.m. Bring a chair and blanket; picnic baskets and coolers are allowed. The college is in St. Mary's City.

Children's Day on the Farm — The 25th annual Children's Day on the Farm will be held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 6 at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum. A tractor parade will be held at noon. The park is at 1015 Mackall Road, St. Leonard. Call 410-586-8501. Go to www.jefpat.org.

North Beach Home and Garden Tour — Select homes will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m. June 6. See bayside homes and stroll the boardwalk. Call 301-812-0044.

Ballet Caliente — The ballet company will perform an original ballet suitable for all ages at 7 p.m. June 11 and 12 at Great Mills High School, 21130 Great Mills Road. Tickets will go on sale in April. Go to www.balletcaliente.com

River Concert Series — St. Mary's College's annual classical music series will open at 7 p.m. June 18 and continue on Fridays through July 30. The concerts draw thousands to the college's Townhouse Green, which opens at 5 p.m. Bring a chair and blanket; picnic baskets and coolers are allowed. The college is in St. Mary's City.

Juneteenth — Part of a national celebration commemorating the end of slavery, Juneteenth will return at noon June 20 at Freedom Park, Route 235, Lexington Park. The event will feature live entertainment and prizes. Call 301-862-4868.

Sharkfest! — The annual event will be held from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 10. For it, Calvert Marine Museum will focus on sharks, both living and fossilized. Touch the rough hide of a shark in the shark touch tank or have your picture taken in the jaw of shark skeleton. Calvert Marine Museum is at 14150 Solomons Island Road, Solomons. Call 410-326-2042. Go to www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival — Three jazz groups will perform and seafood specialties will be served from 3-9 p.m. July 10 at St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point. Tickets usually sell out before the event. Call 301-769-2222.

Tidewater Archaeology Weekend — Visit Historic St. Mary's City from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 24 and 25 to help archaeologists remove pieces of Maryland's past from excavations. Watch as artifacts are identified and tour through labs. There is a fee. Call 800-762-1634. Go to www.stmaryscity.org

Summer Arts Festival — Formerly Art in the Park, an event featuring music, food, open air painting, art demonstrations, jewelry appraisals and activities for children will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 31 at Mattawoman Creek Art Center in Smallwood State Park, Route 224, Marbury. Fee is $3. Call 301-743-5159. Go to www.mattawomanart.org.

Governor's Cup Yacht Race — The oldest and longest overnight race on the Chesapeake Bay will start at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 in Annapolis and finish the next morning in St. Mary's City, where a post-race party will be held. Go to www.smcm.edu/govcup.

Beach Party on the Square — Wear your beach clothes to the Leonardtown square from 4-9 p.m. Aug. 7 for music, sand volleyball and jump rope and hula-hoop contests. Call 301-475-9791.

Lil Margaret's Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival — The annual event will be held from Aug 12-14 at Goddard Family Farm, 21810 Clay Hill Road, Leonardtown. Enjoy live bluegrass, home-cooked food, crafts and old cars. Call 301-475-8191. Go to www.lilmargaretsbluegrass.com.

Maryland Hunting & Outdoor Expo — The 4th annual event will be held on Aug. 28 and 29 at Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairgrounds Road, La Plata. Go to www.somdexpo.com.

Calvert County Jousting Tournament — Maryland's official state sport will be celebrated Aug. 28 at the 144th annual event at Christ Church in Port Republic. Jousting will be held at noon and a church bazaar will run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. A country supper will be served from 2:30-6:30 p.m. The church is at 3100 Broomes Island Road, Chaptico. The event is free but donations will be requested. Call 410-586-0565.

Park Rock Fest — The eighth annual event will be held from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 4 and 5 at Chancellors Run Regional Park, 21905 Chancellor's Run Road, Great Mills. There will be five stages and 125 bands are expected to perform just about every genre of music imaginable. New for 2010, two performance areas at each stage will allow for nonstop music. Go to www.parkrockfest.com.

Southern Maryland Fall Century Ride — On Sept. 12, The Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club will lead 16-, 29-, 63- and 100-mile bike rides, beginning at the Indian Head Village Green, 100 Walter Thomas Road and continuing throughout Southern Maryland. Go to ohbike.org.

War of 1812 Reenactment and Tavern Night — Discover the site of Maryland's largest naval engagement from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 18. Later, unwind in Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum's version of a 19th century tavern. The park is at 1015 Mackall Road, St. Leonard. Call 410-586-8501. Go to www.jefpat.org.

Artsfest — Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park and Arts Center's annual event will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 18 and 19. The sculpture park will be full of vendors and artists displaying their work. Live music will be performed throughout the event. Fee is $6, children younger than 12 get in for free. Annmarie Garden is at 13480 Dowell Road, Solomons Call 410-326-4640. Go to www.annmariegarden.org.



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