Thursday, November 17, 2011

Christmas on the Square and Annual Tree Lighting

Christmas on the Square and Annual Tree Lighting in Leonardtown

Ring in the holiday season on Friday, November 25th from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM in the Leonardtown Town Square! Leonardtown’s annual "Christmas on the Square" and "Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony" will be held on Washington Street in Historic downtown Leonardtown. Santa’s arrival and lighting of the Town Christmas Tree takes place at 7:00 PM

Enjoy a variety of entertainment, including holiday music, sleigh rides, horse & carriage rides, train rides, hay rides, fire truck rides, petting zoo, live nativity, Christmas carols, face painting, make-and-take crafts, festive decorations, food and much more! You can also check out the Christmas Festival at Winegardner Auto Showroom, the Gingerbread House at Kevin’s Corner Kafe, the Leonardtown Arts Center, and a presentation of “A Christmas Carol” on Fenwick Street. Many downtown merchants and art galleries will also remain open for your Christmas shopping needs! Performers on stage include Bella School of Music, the St. Aloysius Spirit Singers, Leonardtown Middle School Chorus, St. Mary’s Ryken Chorus, Gracie’s Guys and Gals Dance Troupe, the Southern Maryland Boot Scooters, Leonardtown Baptist Church Choir, and Piney Point Elementary Chorus! Be sure to keep an eye out for Frosty the Snowman, the Christmas Elf, Mrs. Claus, and of course, the big guy himself, Santa Claus!

Several streets in the downtown Leonardtown Square area will be closed to thru traffic from 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Parking will be limited to accessible streets and designated parking lots. You are encouraged to park at the College of Southern Maryland and take the free shuttle bus service provided by Carter Bus Service to the Leonardtown Square.

Christmas on the Square is sponsored by the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department, the Leonardtown Business Association and the Commissioners of Leonardtown, in gratitude to our community financial partners: Two Guys Auto Body, Quality Built Homes, Winegardner Auto Group, PNC Bank, Burris’ Olde Towne Insurance, the Cutting Edge Salon and the College of Southern Maryland. For further information, visit or call 301-475-9791. (Raindate: The raindate will comprise the Annual Tree Lighting (only) on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 7:00 PM.)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Event Coordinator Job Opening

Event Coordinator Job Opening

The Town of Leonardtown is accepting resumes for a part-time Event Coordinator. This position reports directly to the Town Administrator. Responsibilities include organizing special events and functions, and marketing and promoting the Town. Individuals must be available weekends and evenings if special events are scheduled. Priority will be given to resumes showing relevant work experience. Salary will be commensurate with experience, with a range of $11-$15 per hour. Average 24 hours per week. Send resume and three professional references to Laschelle McKay, Commissioners of Leonardtown, POB 1, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or email to

Application deadline is November 25, 2011.

Leonardtown Arts Center Gala Opening - Nov 20th

Leonardtown Arts Center gala fund raising event is Sunday, November 20 at noon at Cafe des Artistes, followed by reception and meet and greet with artist at the LAC. Space may still be available. $50 per person and $30 of that is tax deductible. Checks must be made out to St. Mary's County Arts Council for the LAC. Contact Joe Orlando at

Wednesday, November 09, 2011


Due to road closures in the downtown area on Friday, November 11 - collection times are being modified in order to ensure all Friday customers can be serviced. Downtown customers should place their trash containers at the curb on Thursday evening. Customers outside the downtown area may notice a change in the time of collection.

Thursday, November 03, 2011




Parade organizers extend an invitation to the entire community to attend Annual Veterans Day Parade in Leonardtown on Friday, November 11th! Join us in saluting our Veterans. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will move from the staging area at Ryken High School onto Fenwick Street, proceed to Washington Street and the Town Square area, and end on Courthouse Drive. The Parade will feature Veterans, dignitaries, elected officials, military units, color guards, local school marching bands, bagpipers, classic and antique cars, boy and girl scouts, cheerleaders, horses, motorcycles, fire, police, emergency personnel and equipment, and more! Immediately following the parade, spectators are encouraged to remain in the Town Square for the Veterans Memorial Ceremony. The ceremony is held to thank and honor all Veterans for their military service, and includes guest speakers, patriotic music, “What Veterans Day Means to Me” essay winners, and the laying of wreaths in honor of our fallen Veterans.


Parade participants are requested to arrive between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., and be in their assembly area at Ryken High School no later than 9:00 a.m.

All Parade Participants should park in the parking lot complex at the Leonardtown Middle School located on Route 5/Point Lookout Road, where they will be bused to Ryken High School. This includes participants, groups and individual walkers, with the following exception: Parade Participants with the following entries only, may proceed directly to the assembly area at Ryken High School on Camp Calvert Road by taking Fenwick Street via Route 5/Point Lookout Road : Units that are arriving by bus and preloaded with equipment, such as school bands, etc.; Units or individuals carrying large instruments or other cumbersome entries, such as bagpipers, etc.; Vehicles that are in the parade (such as Police, Fire Trucks, Ambulances, Classic Cars, Motorcycles, etc.); Floats; Horses

If your parade entry does not fall within one of the categories outlined above, you will be asked to turn around, park at the Leonardtown Middle School, and take the shuttle bus to the staging area at Ryken School.

Upon arrival at Ryken High School, parade participants should check in with parade coordinators for their line-up assignment, where they will then be directed to their assembly area. Numbered cones will be set up at each assembly area. Parade participants who do not know their number before arrival should check in with one of the parade organizers.


Spectators are encouraged to park at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds and take the free round-trip bus service into downtown Leonardtown to view the parade. The buses will operate between 8 AM – 1 PM to load and unload spectators at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds on Route 5 (Point Lookout Road) for the round-trip service between the Downtown and the Fairgrounds. Drop-off point in the Downtown will be the intersection of Washington Street and Shadrick Street. This bus service is provided by the St. Mary’s County Public Schools, Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship, the St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works and transportation, and Carter Bus Service. There will be no charge to use this service for the parade.

Spectators choosing to enter downtown Leonardtown with their personal vehicle will be limited to areas accessible from Lawrence Avenue, including neighboring side streets and parking areas along Courthouse Drive and Park Avenue, as Washington Street and Fenwick Street into downtown Leonardtown will be closed to incoming traffic from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Officers from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department will provide traffic control, and Parade Volunteers will assist with parking directions and street detours.

Handicapped Parking: Spectators requiring handicapped parking may take Washington Street and upon showing proof of handicapped sticker or need, they will be allowed through the street closure area by police personnel to continue on Washington Street, where they will be guided by parking attendants to the designated parking area.

Inclement weather: In the event of inclement weather, the Veterans Day Parade would be cancelled, and the Memorial Ceremony would be moved inside and held at the Leonardtown Elementary School at 11:00 AM. Those wishing to lay wreaths at the monuments may choose to do so.

CSM volunteers will be on-site collecting donations for CSM’s “Support the Heroes Campaign”. The campaign benefits a scholarship fund developed to support students studying to become first responders and veterans whose benefits changed effective Aug. 1st as a part of the Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Campaign. Volunteers will also be on site from the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund to distribute information about their mission of providing assistance to wounded Marines, and from the Habitat for Humanity to distribute information and accept donations toward the Repair Corps project and injured Marine Caleb Getscher.

Veterans Day is a day set aside to thank and honor America’s Veterans for their patriotism and military service, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. The annual Veterans Day Parade is sponsored by the Commissioners of Leonardtown and the Board of Commissioners for St. Mary’s County, in cooperation with American Legion Post 2632. For more information call 301-475-9791 or e-mail