Summer Begins with Fun Activities in Southern Maryland this Weekend


Summer officially begins on Wednesday, and the first full weekend of the season is full of great events for the whole family! Check out these three events happening in the area this week.

Town of La Plata Hosts Fun Summertime Shows for Kids

What to do with the kids this summer?

How about free family fun at the La Plata Town Hall?

The town will host a series of five summer shows just for kids! The shows are geared toward preschool and elementary-age children. Each lasts about 45 minutes, and the shows are free and open to the public. The shows take place on the west lawn of the Town Hall. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

 Here is the 2017 schedule; all shows begin at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, June 20: Blue Sky Puppets – Rufus

Tuesday, July 11: Bright Star Theatre – Alice in Wonderland

Tuesday, July 25: The Balloon Nerd Show

Tuesday, Aug. 1: Ryan Buckle and The Curiosity Crew

Tuesday, Aug. 8: Science Tellers – Tall Ships & Pirates Tales

For more information, contact Special Events Coordinator Colleen Wilson at cwilson@townoflaplata.org or at 301-934-8421. If a show is cancelled due to the weather, an announcement will be posted on the town’s website and Facebook page. Information will also be available at 301-934-8421.

(Image via Bright Star Theatre.)

Cheers to BeerFest at Historic St. Mary’s City

Did the earliest Maryland settlers celebrate their arrival with a cold one?

No one knows, but this weekend, you can celebrate with Historic St. Mary’s City’s 7th Annual BeerFest. The event will take place Saturday, June 24, from noon to 6 p.m. on the grounds of the living history museum at 18751 Hogaboom Lane in St. Mary’s City.

Taste beers from craft brewers such as Ruddy Duck, Brewers Alley, Flying Dog, Du Claw, Mullys Brewery, Union Craft, Peabody Heights, and Calvert Brewing Company. Other highlights include fantastic food vendors and live music from The Ryan Forrester Band, Bye Felcia, and Come Back Iris. Watch brewer and cider-making demonstrations, tour Van Sweringen’s Ordinary (one of Maryland’s first taverns), and browse the offerings by local artisans. Fun activities for the youngsters may be found at the Kid’s Tent.

Admission is $18 for tasters and $8 for designated drivers online, and $20 for tasters and $10 for designated drivers at the gate. Admission is free for children ages 12 and under. Parking is free.

BeerFest is a fundraiser to support the education and research activities of the Historic St. Mary’s City Museum. For more information, call 240-895-4977, or visit www.StMarysCityBeerFest.org.

Basket Bingo and Beach Party Benefits SMAWL’s Pets!

Have a great time while helping animals in need!

St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League (SMAWL) will host a Basket Bingo and Beach Party on Sunday, June 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department at ADDRESS in Hollywood. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

More than $14,000 in Longaberger baskets, wrought iron, and pottery; and bags from SCOUT of Georgetown! The day also includes festive fruity drinks, amazing prizes, and good fun! Money raised benefits the life-saving work of SMAWL.

Cost is $25 in advance; the deadline for advance ticket sales is Friday, June 23, at 5 p.m. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $30.

For more information, visit SMAWL on Facebook.

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