Fun Ways to Enjoy the Flavors of Southern Maryland This Weekend, Feb. 16-18, 2018

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on February 12, 2018

Looking for an interesting meal this weekend? Savor the tastes of Southern Maryland at one of these unique events, all happening in the region this weekend, Feb. 16-18, 2018


Irish Gala Benefits Local Youth Orchestra and Chorus

Your toes will be tapping at the Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra & Choir’s annual fundraising gala!

This year’s gala will feature Irish music by Cillian Vallely. The event will take place Friday, Feb. 16, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Solomons Conference Center and Marina, 155 Holiday Drive in Solomons.

Vallely is a uilleann piper and member of influential Irish band Lunasa. He will perform with the SMYOC youth orchestra and choirs, making for an incredibly exciting evening of music. There will also be a silent auction of items and experiences including hotel stays, theme park admissions, adventure experiences, artwork, and more.

Tickets are $50 per person and include food. A cash bar will be available.

To learn more about the event and purchase tickets, visit To learn more about the band Lunasa, visit

(Image via SMYOC website)

Learn about Chocolate’s Place in Colonial America

What did Colonial Americans think of chocolate? Find out this weekend at Darnell’s Chance Museum!

The museum will host “Savor the Flavor: Tour & Tasting” on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the museum, which is located at 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive in Upper Marlboro.

Take a guided tour of the 18th century home with costumed interpreters and learn some interesting facts about why chocolate was so popular in Colonial America. Visitors will also get to taste hot chocolate and chocolate tea made using authentic 1750s recipes.

Cost is $8 per person and includes a house tour, cup of hot chocolate and chocolate tea, and other sweets. Advance registration is recommended, but walk-ins will be welcome.

For more information, visit or call 301-952-8010.

Have Sunday Brunch with a Raptor!

If you’re fascinated by big birds, you don’t want to miss this event!

The National Colonial Farm at Piscataway Park in Accokeek will host a Raptor Brunch on Sunday, Feb. 18, from noon to 2 p.m. for members of the Accokeek Foundation. The park is located at 3400 Bryan Point Road in Accokeek.

A brunch buffet will be served in the park’s Education Center while you meet some of the fierce and feathered rescues from the Nanjemoy Environmental Education Center. You’ll see a barn owl, American kestrel, and bald eagle up close and learn more about what makes each bird unique. Plus, you’ll hear how you can get involved in conservation efforts to save them and their habitats.

Cost is $20 per person and registration is required. Not a member of the Accokeek Foundation? Join today so you can register. For more information or to register, visit or call (301) 283-2113.

(Image via Accokeek Foundation website)