There's a full slate of activities in St. Charles this Memorial Day Weekend
A free concert by renowned jazz musician, B.T. Richardson and his band, The Black Coffee Experience, kicks off an exciting weekend of Memorial Day weekend activities in St. Charles. With pools opening around St. Charles, a dog show Regency Furniture Stadium, an artists' show, and our farmers markets on Friday night and Saturday morning, all the ingredients are in place for a great holiday in St. Charles.
But before you take some time to enjoy all the great things to do around St. Charles, please take a moment to remember all those who fought and died to keep our country free. Those heroes in wartime past and present, and their families and loved ones, will be in our thoughts and prayers this weekend.
Events kick off Friday night at St. Charles’ Sunset Concert Festival. Born in Washington D.C., B.T. has led his eclectic band, "The Black Coffee Experience," as bassist and lead singer since 1995. With more than twenty years of experience as a performing artist, B.T. Richardson has played with the likes of jazz vocalist VINX, blues legend Son Seals, rock and roll pioneer Bo Diddley, New Orleans Queen of the Blues Marva Wright, R&B icons El DeBarge and Mark Greene of the Moments. He has also toured the world as a bassist with multi-Handy award nominee, Deborah Coleman and Handy award winner Grammy-nominated artist, James Solberg. B.T. has performed in music festivals and clubs around the world including the Montreal Jazz Fest (Spectrum Hall), Chicago Blues Fest, San Francisco Blues Fest, BB Kings, Buddy Guys Legends and the House of Blues to name a few. Preview the B.T. Richardson & the Black Coffee Experience at http://potpourrimusicworks.com/artist.html
To go along with the cool jazz, Chick- fil-A® has joined the lineup for the Concert Festival, offering their famous hot chicken sandwiches, salads, wraps and delicious sides and drinks. The St. Charles Farmers Market will also be open from 4 – 7:30 PM Friday evening and will feature delicious produce, fresh flowers, desserts, baked goods, honey and hand-crafted soaps. Also this Friday night is the first of our monthly Artists' Nights. Local artisans will have booths set up during the concert selling paintings, jewelry, and many other types of arts and crafts.
Having a cookout? Make sure to include plenty of local produce in your holiday meal! Visit our farmers' market on Friday night starting at 4 p.m. or Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m. to buy fresh local strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, meats, cheese, eggs, honey, and whatever else you need to make your backyard barbecue sizzle! Everything sold at our farmers' markets are grown and produced locally--so you know it will be Southern Maryland fresh.
The 2012 Maryland DogFest is also coming to St. Charles, Saturday and Sunday at Regency Furniture Stadium! The event includes a demonstration area, ulitmate air dogs, a talent contest, agility course, even a dog and owner look-alike contest! Adoptions will also be available. There is an entry fee, and the event is open on Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit www.marylanddogfest.com
The Sunset Concert Festival is a summer-long arts festival sponsored by The St. Charles Companies and the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission. Featuring a variety of local artists and musical genres, the concerts are being held every Friday night beginning at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit us at www.Facebook.com/stcharlesmd. Bands perform in the promenade area of the boardwalk, which is in the center of the property. Plenty of free parking is available and concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs for seating. Coolers are permitted, but alcohol and glass containers are not permitted. Concerts will end at dusk and all performances are free and open to the public. The O’Donnell Lake Restaurant Park is located at the intersection of St. Patrick’s Drive and Smallwood Drive West in St. Charles, across from the movie theater and the St. Charles Towne Center. Directions: From Route 301, turn onto Smallwood Drive West. Go through two lights, and O’Donnell Lake will be on your right, just past Sears Automotive. For directions using internet-based map programs, use the address 10440 O’Donnell Place.