Check out local Southern Maryland happenings!
The national spotlight will shine on St. Mary’s County this weekend as the 51st ANNUAL U.S. NATIONAL OYSTER FESTIVAL gets underway at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, south of Leonardtown on Route 5. The event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Lexington Park, will run from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 21 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 22. Celebrate the opening of oyster season on the Chesapeake Bay and take part in one of the oldest and most popular oyster festivals in the United States. Visitors can watch oyster shuckers take center stage in the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championships, and chefs compete in the National Oyster Cook-Off. Admission is $10, children 12 and younger are free. Oysters and other food will be available for purchase. 301- 863-5015; usoysterfest.com.
There’s still time to visit the BOWLES FARM CORN MAZE & PUMPKIN FARM at 22880 Budds Creek Road in Clements. There’s a corn maze, petting zoo, wagon rides, mini straw maze, corn box, pumpkins, food and lots of family fun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 21-22 and 28-29. Also, you might want to grab your friends, families and neighbors and plan to spend the day at the Bowles Farm’s CORNFIELD CADILLACS TRUCK SHOW. The show – featuring pick-ups, big rigs, wreckers, roll backs and more – will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 22. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Go from rows of corn to rows of chrome. 301-475- 2139; www.bowlesfarms.com $
There are also plenty of other activities in Southern Maryland in the coming week.
Check out these events on our calendar of events:
SMR OPEN HOUSE. Parents and students are invited to join St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown for an open house to get to know the school, students and faculty. The open house will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 22. Visitors can take a tour and learn about the benefits of SMR’s college preparatory, honors, AP and Scholars Program curriculum. firstname.lastname@example.org; 301-373-4183
A DAY AT CHESAPEAKE BEACH PARK, 1946 to 1972. Did you know that the Chesapeake Beach Amusement Park operated in Calvert County from 1946 to 1972? Want to learn about fun to be had back in the day? Joan Kilmon, who grew up in Chesapeake Beach, will present “A Day at Chesapeake Beach Park, 1946 to 1972” from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons. The lecture is part of the At the Water’s Edge Lecture Series sponsored by Bayside History Museum, Calvert Library, Calvert Marine Museum and the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum. For more details, visit www.calvertmarinemuseum.com/446/At-The-Waters-Edge-Lecture-Series.
CSM FALL 2017 TEACHER EDUCATION OPEN HOUSE. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 19, College of Southern Maryland, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Room 113, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. CSM’s Teacher Education Open House is a chance for high school and college-age students to drop in and learn about teacher education at the College of Southern Maryland as well as certification pathways here in Southern Maryland. Students who are currently in and who have graduated from partnership programs will be available to answer questions, as will representatives from CSM, the local school system and partner institutions. Free. 301-934-7821, Elizabeth.Settle@csmd.edu, www.csmd.edu/teachered
CSM OPEN HOUSE AT CENTER FOR TRADES AND ENERGY TRAINING. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 21 and every third Saturday of the month through December, College of Southern Maryland, Regional Hughesville Campus, Center for Trades and Energy Training (CT Building), 6170 Hughesville Station Place, Hughesville. Area residents are invited to visit CSM newest campus and learn more about programs offered there. Free. Call 301-539-4730 or visit www.csmd.edu/about/locations/center-for-trades-and-energy-training/.
CSM CONCERT: SOUTHERN MARYLAND CONCERT BAND. 8 p.m. Oct. 21, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Theatre, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. The Southern Maryland Band, under the direction of Michael Peerless, is a community-based concert band comprised of amateur and professional community musicians and CSM students. $7 for adults ($5 if purchased before the day of the concert), $5 for seniors/military with ID and youth of high school age and younger. email@example.com, 301-934-7828, www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/music/concert-band/index.
ECO-EXPLORATIONS, Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, 13480 Dowell Road, Solomons. 10-11 a.m. Oct. 20. Come along with staff naturalist Hester Burch as she leads youngsters and their caregivers on a hands-on exploration of the natural world of Annmarie Garden. 410-326-4640; annmariegarden.org. $
GHOSTS OF SOTTERLEY PLANTATION, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood. These walking tours take place outside, rain or shine. Tour route will include rough and uneven terrain. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and to wear suitable foot wear for the conditions. This is a theatrical production and will include spooky moments and special effects. Some content may not be suitable for young children. 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 20-21 and Oct 26-28. Tours leave every 15 minutes. Reservations required. Online tickets only. No tickets will be sold at the door. sotterley.org. $
VINTAGE SOURCE WEEKEND, 22080 Newtowne Neck Road, Compton. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 21-22. The Vintage Source resides in an old general store which comes alive with people buying old doors, painted dressers, mantles, slip-covered wing chairs, vintage jewelry, old metal furniture, gilded mirrors and architectural pieces. thevintagesource.net. $
HAUNTED SHIP. On Oct. 21, the Maryland Dove at Historic St. Mary’s City will be transformed into a not-so-scary Haunted Ship. This year, Haunted Ship is bigger than ever – starting at the State House, you will weave through family-friendly games, pirates, a fortune teller and face painting all while trick-or-treating your way down to the Haunted Ship. Come and see the Halloween makeover that will delight you. Event runs from 5:30-8 p.m. There is no fee, but donations are accepted. 240-895-4990;or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRICK OR TREAT ON THE SQUARE, downtown Leonardtown. 3-5 p.m. Oct. 21. Come in costume for trick-or-treating at local businesses during this family-friendly, safe Halloween event. Enjoy Southern Maryland Animal Welfare League’s pet costume contest and face painting with artists from St. Mary’s Wine & Design. 301-475- 9791.
CELEBRATE CHARLES FALLFEST, Capital Clubhouse, 3033 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf. Noon- 4 p.m. Oct. 21. Fun for the whole family. Marketplace, Family Fun Zone, trick-or-treat trail, live entertainment. 800-766- 3386; charlescountymd.gov/celebratecharles. $ for food and marketplace purchases.
THE ARC’S 5K TRICK-OR-TREAT TROT, beginning at 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at Potter’s Heating & Electric, 6 Irongate Drive, Waldorf. Get ghoulish for the 5K or try the 1K Fun Run/Walk/Roll event. Open to all ages and abilities. There will be a costume contest and fun family activities. Strollers welcome. It’s free for children 12 and younger. Register at arcsomd.org/trot/ $