Where to Find Fun in Southern Maryland this Weekend, Jan. 11-13, 2019

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on January 4, 2019

There’s always something fun to do in Southern Maryland! Check out these three events happening in the region this weekend, Jan. 11-13, 2019.

GMHS Hosts SoMd Jeopardy Tournament

Do you have all the answers?

Be in the audience on Friday, Jan. 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for Great Mills High School Engineering Club’s Jeopardy tournament! Admission is $5 per person. The event will take place at Great Mills High School, 21130 Great Mills Road in Great Mills.

The evening begins with a student tournament followed by an adult tournament. Companies interested in sponsoring a contestant should email Allen Skinner at [email protected]. Proceeds from the event benefit the GMHS Engineering Club, which gives students the opportunity to participate in national and international engineering competitions.

Harlem Wizards Take on Teachers for Benefit Basketball Game

Who’s got the best game?

Find out on Saturday, Jan. 12, when the world-famous Harlem Wizards take on a team of southern Calvert County administrators and teachers. The game will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. at Patuxent High School, 12485 Southern Connector Blvd. in Lusby.

Tickets are $12 to $30 and may be purchased online at http://www.patuxentband.com/harlem-wizards.html or at the door. Proceeds benefit the PHS Band Program.

The event will feature a variety of fun interactive extras to complement the Wizards’ dazzling demonstration of hoops artistry: A pregame “Wiz Kids” warm-up, contests, comedy, awesome slam dunks, audience participation, merchandise giveaways, and more. The game will conclude with the Wizards’ signature dance extravaganza that will have the crowd on its feet!

For more information visit, http://www.patuxentband.com/fundraising.html.

Aviation and Jazz Meet at Unique Evening in St. Mary’s County

What do improvisational jazz and aviation research have in common?

Find out at “The Spirit of Innovation and Freedom” on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, 22156 Three Notch Road in Lexington Park. Cost is $25 per
person and $15 per person for members.

The event is a partnership between the museum and The Spirit of Jazz & Democracy. Enso Kitchen will provide a selection of foods based on environmentally sustainable seasonal and local foods, and there will be a cash bar. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7:00 p.m.

The evening includes a panel discussion and concert highlighting the value and role of improvisation and unconventional thinking in the research, development, innovation, and evolution of both sound/music and
aerospace technology. Representing R, D, T, and E will be former defense
analyst and record producer Pierre Sprey, who helped conceptualize designs for the F-16 and the A-10; Matt Scassero, former Navy test pilot and Director of the University of Maryland Unmanned Air Systems Test Site; and Jim McCue, instructor at the Navy’s Test Pilot School at NAS Pax. Following the panel discussion, master musicians Paul Murphy (drums) and Larry Willis (piano) will perform a fully improvised concert with guest performances by poet Jere Carroll and drummer Dominic Fragman. Murphy and Willis’ performances of total improvisation have been recognized by Oxford’s Grove Dictionary of American Music as “a new direction in the jazz and art arena.”

In keeping with the evening’s theme of innovation, as visitors gather before the program, they will be able to tour a Tiny House conceived of and constructed by faculty and students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM). They will also be able to talk to faculty and students about
art projects.

For information, visit http://paxmuseum.org/ or call (301) 863-1900.

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