Thursday, September 27, 2012

First Friday Turns Pink Friday

Leonardtown's October First Friday celebration turns Pink to recognize and support breast cancer awareness month.  Businesses will all be offering unique pink specials with some of the proceeds going to support local breast cancer patients.

The Leonardtown Business Association (LBA) is involved in many local community efforts and for Pink Friday, they are supporting "The Sisters with Bracatude" local sisters, who are walking in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on October 7 in the Wildewood community.

The First Friday committe will be on hand in Leonardtown accepting applications from local residents wishing to participate in the walk.  First Friday begins at 5 p.m. and registration for the walk October 7, begins at 7 p.m.

For additional details or to pre-register for the walk, call 410-721-4304.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Pink Friday in Leonardtown

The Leonardtown Business Association plans to turn its monthly First Friday into a supportive PINK Friday event on October 5, 2012 from 5PM to 8PM. The LBA community and those in attendence will rally behind The Sisters with Bracatude: Terri Wheeler, Mary Friess and Beth Yates. These are three sisters who have lived almost all their lives in St. Mary’s County and are united against breast cancer because all three have had the disease and all three carry the BRCA gene that predisposes them to breast cancer.

In order to fight back against cancer, the sisters are helping to lead Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Southern Maryland, an American Cancer Society organized walk on October 7, 2012. “It gives us a lot of satisfaction to raise money for research and possibly see more advances against cancer in our lifetimes,” says Terri. “Maybe they will even discover how to reverse the effects of the BRCA gene and give hope to future generations.”
The community of Leonardtown turns Pink with pink decorations and a variety of pink retail promotions, festive dinner menus, themed services, special guests and other attractions throughout Leonardtown on October 5th:
In the town Square:
  • Health Connections from Med Star St. Mary's Hospital will share important information about breast cancer awareness, women's health and the importance of scheduling annual mammograms. The Sisters with Bracatude will be on hand to talk to visitors about their journey and about the local support Med Star St. Mary's Hospital receives from from events like Making Strides and the American Cancer Society. Visitors will have the opportunity to support the Sisters with a cash donation.
  • Live music with The Piney Point Playboys featuring Annie Jean (Breaux) DiDonato on accordion; Brenda Elwood on fiddle; Billy Longley on rhythm guitar; and Bernice Moore on string bass. Lively Cajun Music (photo attached) Bring a chair or blanket.
  • Childrens crafts and activities provided by St. Mary's Macaroni Kid and Bella Music School. FREE!
Many LBA businesses will donate a portion of their PINK Friday proceeds in support of the Sisters and a variety of PINK promotions and supportive specials around town will include (but are not limited to):
  • A meet and greet at Good Earth Natural Foods with Forever Eden Founders and Sisters Wanda and Wynne Brisco. Wanda, a breast cancer survivor and the inspiration for Forever Eden will discuss her journey to wellness and will have advance copies of her new book. Wynne, the handcrafter of the Forever Eden products will have samples and discuss the importance of healthy skincare. The sisters' goal throughout the year is to work together in the education and prevention of Cancer by promoting health and wellness.
  • S-Kape Salon hosts a night of pink pampering to include pink refreshments and complimentary nail polish changes. For a donation to the Sisters with Bracatude at the Salon, guests can enjoy make-up applications, hair styling, seated chair massage and Pink single hair applications.
  • The Port of Leonardtown Winery will donate $2 for every bottle of any Rose' sold on PINK Friday and during the month of October to support the Sisters. Guests of PINK Friday will enjoy live music with Fractal Folk, SOMD's premier jazz-folk-fusion band, the photographic art of Dean Souleles and tastings of their award winning wines.
  • The Olde Towne Stichery Shop invites guests to stop by and create a pink flower pin to wear that night and throughout Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pink fabrics or those that contain pink, not already reduced, will be on sale that night for 20% off. Guests will enjoy pink refreshments and can make a donation to support the Sisters With Bracatude.
  • Cafe des Artistes offers a 20% discount on all "pink wines" by the bottle including Slack Winery Lush Blush and Lous Laurent Rose D'anjou. A delicious Pink themed Salmon main course is featured on the menu, and David Kalil performs on Piano.
  • The Front Porch offers a $2 discount of all house specialty drinks and martinis and features a Pink Flirtini.
  • Both the Brewing Grounds and Quality Street Kitchens plan to donate a portion of their PINK Friday proceeds to Cancer Awareness causes.
All are welcome to come out to Leonardtown in their Pink attire to help the LBA support the Sisters with Bracatude on October 5 from 5PM to 8PM and throughout the month of October. Donation containers will be accessible throughout the entire month.

For more information about First Friday, Pink Friday and the LBA visit

Learn more about the American Cancer Society and the Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk at

Lions Club Wharf Bash

September 29th from 5 - 9:00 PM

Enjoy crabs, a pig roast, and live music at the Leonardtown Wharf Park
The 2012 Wharf Bash is sponsored by the Leonardtown Lions Club and
proceeds benefit Hospice of St. Mary's
$ 35 in advance at
or $40 at the gate
Beer and Wine sold separately

Friday, September 21, 2012



LEONARDTOWN, MD — Wineries in St. Mary’s County continue to medal in state and regional competitions. St. Mary’s County’s fledgling wine industry has 76 acres of grapes in production and two wineries, Port of Leonardtown Winery and Slack Winery, both of which are under four years old.
"Both Slack and Port of Leonardtown have earned multiple golds and 'best in class' honors in their first few years of production," notes Kevin Atticks, Maryland Wineries Association Executive Director. “This is further proof that St. Mary’s County ­and Southern Maryland, in general ­is prime viticultural land.”
St. Mary’s County wineries brought home 19 medals from the 2012 WineMaster Choice Awards. Of Maryland’s 48 wineries judged in the blind tastings, Slack and Port of Leonardtown combined received more medals than any other, and each had a wine named Best in Class. Port of Leonardtown’s Chambourcin 2010 and Slack’s Danny Boy 2010 received gold medals and Best in Class Red and Best in Class Off­Dry, respectively. Together, Slack and Port of Leonardtown were awarded nine silver and six bronze medals.

The two wineries also received recognition at the 2012 Maryland Governor’s Cup, where Port of Leonardtown was awarded three Best in Class, including, Best Red: Chambourcin 2010, Best Dessert: Autumn Frost 2010, Best Fruit: McIntosh Run 2011. Together, Port of Leonardtown and Slack won four golds, five silvers and four bronze.

At the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition 2012, Port of Leonardtown competed against 95 wineries from ten states and was awarded two gold, two silver and one bronze medal.

Both wineries use locally grown grapes and offer tastings and tours. Slack Winery, Maryland’s only inn and winery, is located on the property of Woodlawn Farm in Ridge. Port of Leonardtown Winery is located on Route 5 in Leonardtown. 

For more information, visit or call 301­475­2400 ext. 1404. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Planning and Zoning Meeting Cancelled

Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting Cancelled today. No cases to be heard.  Next meeting will be October 15, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A Taste of St. Mary's - Sunday, September 16, 2012

Family Event!
Activities for the kids!
Free entertainment and classic cal' show! Samples of restaurant specialties will be available for purchase! Admission and parking (in designated areas) are free.

Chance to win gift certificates from participating vendors (list of vendors available on

For more information call the St. Mary's Chamber, 301-737-3001, or email:

Monday, September 10, 2012

Town Council Meeting - Meet the Mayor Tonight


Share your stories, comments, suggestions, concerns, or just about anything you would like to discuss with Leonardtown’s Mayor, Dan Burris.  

Mayor Burris says that communication is key to keeping Leonardtown an attractive, busy and viable Town and he would like to hear from you on ideas to continue positive growth in a fashion that fits our community’s needs. The best part of living in a small town is the opportunity to work toward enriching each other’s lives and to strengthen the connections of our community.

Schedules can be hectic so Mayor Burris has selected a set time, immediately following the regular Town Council meetings (always the second Monday’s of every month at 4:00 pm) to be available for a half-hour after the meeting.  This is your time to meet the Mayor. 

Keep the lines of communication open, tell your family, friends and business acquaintances to stop in to chat and converse with the Mayor. Get to know the people who serve you and strengthen the trust that you have in their decisions.