It’s the first full weekend of fall and the perfect time to get out and about in Southern Maryland! Here are three events happening this weekend, Sept. 23-25, 2016.
RiverFest Celebrates the St. Mary’s River
Don your white sneakers and come out to the annual RiverFest at Historic St. Mary’s City!
Wade into the water at with special guest Sen. Bernie Fowler. How far will you be able to walk out and still see your feet?
The festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the State House Lawn and Waterfront at Historic St. Mary’s City. The wade-in will take place at 1:30 p.m. The event is free.
Don’t forget to bring a chance to clothes if you plan to wade!
The day also includes live music, kayaking and boat rides, exhibits and demonstrations, facepainting, tall ships, a militia muster, crafts and artwork and more.
RiverFest is hosted by the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association. For more information, visit www.smrwa.org.
Commemorate the War of 1812 at Annual Fair and Reenactment
Flashback to 1814. Just before dawn on June 26, residents of St. Leonard awoke to the sounds of cannon fire. Here, with the help from American Marine and Infantry shore batteries, Commodore Joshua Barney’s Chesapeake Flotilla fought to break through the British blockade at the head of St. Leonard Creek near what is now Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM).
On Saturday, Sept. 24, the museum will commemorate this battle at its Annual 1812 Fair and Reenactment. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by Tavern Night from 6 to 10 p.m.
The day is full of entertainment, food, and fun and games for the whole family. Try period crafts and games, or learn to play rounders or cricket from instructor Simon Spaulding. Relive the sights and sounds of the battle featuring reenactors from the Maryland Light Dragoons, 16th Regiment of the Maryland Militia, Calvert Arundel Swordsmen, and Friends of Maryland’s War of 1812, Inc.
You’ll also find hands-on demonstrations, weaving lessons, knot typing and more. Entertainment includes a slack rope walker and juggler and live music and theater presentations.
The event culminates with Tavern Night! Enjoy an evening experience full of the sights and sounds of an 1800’s tavern featuring live music by Ship’s Company. Beer, wine, and food will be available for purchase all day.
Entrance to the 1812 Fair and Reenactment is $3 per person or $10 per car. Tavern Night is $10 per person, $8 for Friends members or guests in period costume. All proceeds from Tavern Night will support educational programming at JPPM.
Enjoy St. Mary’s Rural Charm on Annual Bike Ride
See St. Mary’s County from the seat of your bike! Pax Velos St. Mary’s Century will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, from 7 a.m. to noon. All rides begin from Chopticon High School, 25390 Colton Point Road in Morganza.
Choose from three courses: 100 miles, 66.9 miles, or 37.5 miles. Registration and packet pick up is 7 to 9 a.m., and century riders are required to start no later than 9 a.m.
Register online at www.bikereg.com/st-marys-century. All registrants will receive a T-shirt and are welcome to attend a BBQ lunch after finishing the ride.
For more information, call Pax Velo at 410-326-0511 or visit the organization’s website at www.paxvelo.com.
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