St. Charles Kicks Off May with Fun-Filled, Delicious and Healthy Weekend

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Movies, Markets, Music and More Around Town This Weekend
With warm temperatures and sunny days in the forecast, residents of St. Charles and Waldorf will be able to kick off May with a wide range of fun offerings all within the St. Charles community. 
Kicking off the weekend, on Friday evening, May 4th, everyone in the family can join us at Regency Stadium’s Blue Crabs big screen for a free movie night designed to entertain everyone. This event offers not only the prospect of a great movie – Bolt (PG)- on a warm summer evening but face painting, balloon characters, a caricature artist, free popcorn and soda and much more! Be sure to bring a blanket and pillow so you can relax in the outfield, under the stars, to watch the movie (no chairs please). Bolt received an “A” rating by www.ParentPreviews.com. This event is sponsored by The Apartments of St. Charles.


The next day, rouse your family to come explore the kickoff the St. Charles Farmers’ Market at O’Donnell Lake, now expanded to include all of the producers from the Festival in Waldorf market as well.  Conveniently located at the corner of St. Patrick’s and Smallwood Drives, you can walk on over or take advantage of plentiful parking.  This year’s market will include:
•    Locally raised meats
•    Local cheeses
•    Flowers of all kinds
•    Garden plants and herbs
•    Seven fresh produce vendors
•    Goat milk and herbal soaps
•    Farm fresh eggs
•    Hand crafted honey
•    Pastries and desserts

So come nibble and graze your way through the day and support Southern Maryland’s local small farmers and growers. If you need any more motivation, just check out some of the pictures from last year’s season!  http://www.flickr.com/photos/stcharlesmd/sets/72157626533447134/

Ready to walk off all that wonderful food from the Farmers’ Market? Come walk to support the March of Dimes March for Babies campaign Sunday morning, May 6th.  Meet us at 7:30 AM at Regency Furniture Stadium to register and then walk for your health and the health of babies and mothers throughout Maryland at 9 AM.  Our walk will meander through Piney Church Road, Billingsley Road, then north on St. Charles Parkway to St. Andrews Drive, then around the beautiful lakes in the Sheffield neighborhood, returning to the Stadium.  Our goal is to raise $91,000 – let’s show Charles County the true meaning of community! Join the Charles County team at www.marchforbabies.org and search for the Charles County, MD event to sign up.

And don’t forget about all of the music, performances and cultural events happening this weekend, below, courtesy of Therese Thiedeman of Southern Maryland Arts. For details on time and locations, please visit www.somdarts.com:


MUSIC
•    May 4 - CELEBRATION of MUSIC: Bring the whole family! The Southern Maryland members of the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation will be performing a blues concert.   The concert will feature country, delta and Chicago blues. Performers will explain the composition and history of the blues and share stories of the old local bluesman. A "barbershop" style jam session will follow the concert. Musicians welcome. (Charles County Public Library, La Plata branch)
•    May 5 – BARBERSHOP EXTRAVAGANZA: Join CSM’s Southern Mix Chorus in welcoming two guest quartets which are headed to International Competition: MAD HATTERS and TOP SHELF.  Concerts are at 2 and 8 p.m.
•    May 6 and 7 – “FROM BAROQUE TO BROADWAY” with St. Maries Musica.  Hear this troupe of talented singers perform works from Bach to Rodgers & Hammerstein.   Many works are performed a capella while others are accompanied by piano and the Linden String Trio.

THEATRE
•    May 5, 7, and 9 – AUDITIONS for “Annie” with the Newtowne Players
•    May 5 and 6 – “On Golden Pond” Dinner Theater presented by The New Direction Community Theater at Adam’s Ribs in Prince Frederick. The Thayer’s summer cabin is visited by a cast of colorful characters in this heartwarming story of family and friendship.
LITERARY ARTS
•    May 6 - “Dani Pettrey Book Signing” - Author Dani Pettrey will be signing copies of her new book "Submerged" at Fenwick Street Used Books & Music
•    There are a variety of area book discussion groups offered through the county libraries and senior centers. Just visit www.somdarts.com and check out the calendar of events to learn more.

VISUAL ARTS
•    On May 4, the Patuxent Habitat for Humanity is holding a “Recycled Art Show/Auction”
•    Through May 6 - CalvART Gallery’s exhibit entitled “Watershed” - Artists from all over Southern Maryland have come together at CalvArt Gallery for an exhibition about the Chesapeake Bay Watershed... it's about water and health...

OTHER CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES
•    May 4 - The 2012 Speaker Series at Sotterley Plantation presents: Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, Ph.D.: “A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons” In her new book, Dr. Elizabeth Dowling Taylor presents Jennings’s own story for the first time. She draws provocative portraits of African-American life at the Madison plantation and in early Washington and also offers bold new perspectives on the characters of James and Dolley Madison, focusing on their private relationships with a courageous man of color who was “enamoured with freedom” and determined to rise.
•    May 5 and May 12 – Plant Sales and Gardening Workshops
•    May 5 and May 19 - Friendship House Lectures – “The Contact Zone: Europeans, Native Americans and Africans in Early Charles County”; “Clothing of the Colonial Period”; “Carry Me to Yon Kirk Yard” - An Investigation of Changing Burial Practices in the 17th-Century Cemetery at St. Mary’s City; and “A Vain Resistance to an Inevitable Dispensation” - Evolution and Dating of the Brick Lined Graves in the Cemetery at Cloverfield, Maryland
•    May 6 – Chapman State Park and Mt. Aventine Open House with ongoing tours, children’s crafts, flute choir concert, and more

We hope to see everyone out and about in our community this weekend! 

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