Music and Fundraisers Headline the Weekend Calendar for Southern Maryland, March 8-10, 2019

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on March 2, 2019

There’s just something about the beginning of March that makes it feel like spring is just around the corner. If you’re looking to get out and about in Southern Maryland, check out just three of the events happening in the region this weekend, March 8-10, 2019.

Bring Your Guitar for Annual Guitar Fest Events

Guitar lovers unite!

The seventh annual Guitar Fest will take place Saturday, March 2, at the 5 South Event Center, 21030 Point Lookout Road in Callaway.

The day begins with a workshop – bring your guitar! – at 2 p.m. led by local musician Jay Armsworthy. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and features headliners Jay Armsworthy & Eastern Tradition, local headliner David Norris, featured artist August Winters, and supporting artists Bob Schaller and Friends, Landry Slaughter, Paul Dickson, and Prophessor.

Cost is $5 for the guitar workshop or $11 in advance for the workshop and concert. Advance concert-only tickets are $7; tickets will be $12 at the door. All ages are welcome.

Guitar Fest 2019 is sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council and the St. Mary’s County Arts Council.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Shamrock Run/Walk Benefits Local ATV Safety Organization

Lace up your sneakers for a St. Patrick’s Day-themed run!

The 6th Annual Shamrock 5K Run/Walk/Lil’ Leprechaun will take place Sunday, March 10, at The Charles, 417 Charles St. in La Plata. The race will weave through La Plata and end back at The Charles for a post-race buffet.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The SaMercy Fund, which works to educate parents and riders about ATV/UTV safety, create awareness about the dangers of inappropriate use of these vehicles, and awards grants to grieving families. The organization was founded following the 2015 deaths of Southern Maryland residents Sam and Mercy McCawley in a UTV accident in Texas.

The Lil’ Leprechaun race begins at 8 a.m. on March 10, and the 5K walk/run begins at 8:30 a.m. Packets may be picked up at Coal Road Crossfit, 403 Charles St. #2A in La Plata, on Saturday, March 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.; and on Sunday, March 10, from 7 to 8 a.m.

The registration fee is $40. Awards will be given for the top qualifier of the 5K run and the best St. Patrick’s Day costume. The post-race buffet will be included for any racer who registers by Wednesday, March 6. Non-race participants can purchase the buffet for $10 on the day of the race.

For more information on the race and to register, visit

To learn more about The SaMercy Fund, visit

Bluegrass Favorites Perform in Hughesville

Tap your toes at an afternoon of great bluegrass music!

Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers will perform Sunday, March 10, at 2 p.m. at American Legion Post 238, 6265 Brandywine Road in Hughesville. The concert is the third performance in the bluegrass series presented by Jay
Armsworthy and the Sons of the American Legion Post 238.

No matter the source, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers always put their distinctive stamp on a song, making it at once their own and a part of the chain of tradition that lies at the heart of bluegrass. JMRR’s professionalism, engaging presentation, and successful, heavily played
recordings have kept them in demand with a national audience. Fans across the continent and Europe have experienced their energetic performances at esteemed concert productions including the National Folk Festival, Bluegrass Underground, Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman, and the Grand Ole Opry. Mullins is also the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) 2016 Broadcaster of the Year, recognized for a respected radio career spanning more than 30 years and rooted in the Midwest. He also hosts “Front Porch Fellowship,” a weekly syndicated radio program broadcast on 200 stations in 30 states and Canada and enjoyed by thousands of Internet listeners. Recently, they won the 2018 IBMA Song of the Year for “If I Had Wrote That Song.”

Local favorites Recycled Bluegrass will open the show.

Cost is $20 per person, available at the door. Children younger than 12 are free with a paid adult. Doors open at noon, and the Sons of the American Legion will have food for sale. Non- perishable food donations will be collected for the Helping Hands Food Pantry of Southern Maryland.

For more information, visit or call 301-737-3004.

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