The calendar still says “spring,” but everyone knows Memorial Day Weekend is the official start of summer. How are you planning to get out and about to enjoy the long weekend? Here are three unique events to check out in Southern Maryland over the holiday weekend, May 25-27, 2018.
Stars and Stripes Festival Marks Memorial Day in Chesapeake Beach
The Town of Chesapeake Beach will host the Stars and Stripes Festival this weekend. The event is free and open to the public.
On Saturday, May 26, the festival will take place at Veterans’ Memorial Park, which is at the crossroads of Route 260 and Route 261 in Chesapeake Beach. Saturday begins with an opening ceremony at 10 .am. featuring musical selections by the U.S. Naval Academy Band Wind Quintet “The Navy’s Oldest and Finest,” patriotic selections by Dana & Jeremy, and keynote speaker Dr. Hal “Toby” Raper portraying President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Later in the afternoon on Saturday, Dr. Raper will portray FDR during a reception at Mamma Lucia on the Bay.
Sunday, May 27, is Stars at Stripes Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kellam’s Field on Stinnett Avenue in Chesapeake Beach. A non-motorized parade will also begin at 11 a.m.
The festival includes free arts and crafts, games, and moon bounces for the kids. Visit the nonprofit tent to learn more about local organizations and organizations that focus in military personnel and their families.
“A Musical Salute to America’s Military with Spam Time” will take place at noon, and a surprise “Blusion” band will perform at 1:30 p.m. The American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206 will host a free community picnic lunch at noon, while supplies last.
Karsyn’s Karnival Raises Awareness of Down Syndrome with Fun!
Where can you find pony rides, moon bounces, games, and more this weekend?
At Karsyn’s Karnival! The event will take place Saturday, May 26, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Cove Point Park in Lusby. The purpose of the fun family event is to raise awareness about Down Syndrome.
You’ll also find food, crafts, a trackless train, rock climbing, and many other fun events at the carnival. Wristbands may be purchased in advance at www.karsynskarnival.com. Individuals with Down Syndrome are free.
The carnival is hosted by KS2 4 DS, Inc., a nonprofit that seeks to enhance the quality of live for individuals with Down Syndrome in Southern Maryland.
For more information, visit www.karsynskarnival.com.
(Image via Karsyn’s Karnival website.)
Tour Historic and Contemporary Homes and Gardens in St. Mary’s County
If you’ve ever wondered what’s inside the house at the end of the pier, this weekend is your chance to satisfy your curiosity.
The 81st Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage St. Mary’s County will take place Saturday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seven property owners have graciously opened their historic sites, homes, gardens, and grounds to the public for the day. The seven sites are surrounded by four bodies of water. This is your opportunity to peek inside these homes and stroll in their gardens.
St. Mary’s County is the fifth and last stop on this statewide home and garden tour.
Cost is $40 per person the day of the tour and $35 in advance. Purchase tickets online at the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage website, http://mhgp.org/. Lunches or lunch suggestions are available on the tour.
Proceeds from the St. Mary’s County tour benefit the Friends of Newtowne Manor and its efforts to protect, restore, and preserve the 18th century structure.
(Image via Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage website.)
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