Thursday, May 30, 2013



The Commissioners of Leonardtown will hold a public hearing on Monday June 10, 2013 at 4:15 p.m. at the Town office at 41660 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown, MD.  The purpose of the hearing will be to receive comments on the Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2014.  Copies of the recommended budget will be available June 3 online at or at the Town Office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The public is invited to attend or send written comments by 4:00 p.m. on June 10, 2013 to:

The Commissioners of Leonardtown

P.O. Box 1

Leonardtown, MD  20650

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Leonardtown Criterium This Sunday 6/2

8 AM – 5 PM

Leonardtown Criterium
A Portion of the proceeds to benefit:  Special Olympics of St. Mary’s County, Leonardtown Fire Department, and Leonardtown Rescue Squad.

The Leonardtown Crit will again be the Criterium championship for the Mid-Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association. MABRA is the regional group responsible for bike racing in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. 

The Leonardtown Crit course is a flat triangle in the downtown part of Leonardtown. The start/finish line is right in the middle of the square.  Racers proceed down Washington Street towards the water and abruptly transitions from down to a slight uphill right onto Lawrence Avenue in the apex of the turn. The big ring climb then opens into a broad straight away past the Leonardtown Fire Department. Two 90-degree turns onto Shadrick Street and back onto Washington Street bring the course back towards the start/finish line.

Residents and business owners should note that the race course itself will be closed to traffic between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM, but people will be able to get around Town.  Spectators can park in the public lots behind The Hair Company and Corner Critters.  Restaurants will be open, and the Pax Velo team will be providing music and race announcing throughout the day.  The race will be held rain or shine.  Children’s bike and trike races will be held at 11:45 AM.

Cinema on the Square this Saturday

8:30 – 10:30 PM

Cinema On the Square
The Friends of the Leonardtown Theater, Inc., in partnership with Pax Velo cycling club, will present an outdoor screening of the movie Breaking Away on Saturday night, June 1st, on the Square in Leonardtown, starting at 8:30 p.m. 

This outdoor film event is open and free to the public, but donations to help restore the Leonardtown Theater are welcome. Bring folding lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.  Refreshments will be available for purchase and most local restaurants will be open. In the event of inclement weather, the screening will be moved to the Dorsey Building in Leonardtown at the same date and time. For more information, go to

Please note that for spectator safety, outbound Washington Street from Café des Artistes to Corner Critters will be closed.  Incoming traffic on Washington Street and Park Avenue will be detoured around the Square.  Cones, signs and volunteers will be helping to direct traffic.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Seventh Season of Downtown Tunes Begins May 25

The seventh season of live music returns to downtown Leonardtown this summer when the Downtown Tunes series opens in the Square on Saturday, May 25, 2013, with a varied music program featuring acoustic music with popular trio Hamm-It-Ups, and The Eds, an acoustic duo of terrific singers and guitarists who do surprising things with mostly rock and roll songs.

The series will also feature evenings devoted to country, and rock and roll throughout the summer. All concerts are on the fourth Saturdays of the month and all are free. Shows begin at 6 pm and will run about three hours.

Hamm-It-Ups are Mary Lynn and Ray Hammett and their cousin Jeff Bowles. All are veteran musicians. Mary Lynn played guitar in southern Maryland’s first all girl rock and roll group quite a few years ago and Jeff Bowles used to play with the Paul Reed Smith Band. They are known for their vocal harmonies on cover tunes by groups like the Beatles and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

The Eds are Ward Carroll and Ed Gassie, guitarists from the popular local rock group Miles from Clever. The Eds play a variety of music and will impress listeners with their guitar skills and vocals.

Downtown Tunes will continue on June 22 regional Country music favorites Country Memories, one of the hardest working bands around, who offer up old and new country sounds, with an occasional classic rock and roll tune thrown in.

July 27 will bring The Piranhas to town, who play all kinds of rock and roll and are one of Southern Maryland’s most popular rising young bands.

The series winds up on August 24 with rock and roll by Geezer.

All shows are free but concert-goers are invited to bring chairs or blankets to sit on. Downtown restaurants will be open before and during the shows.

The series is organized and hosted by the Leonardtown Business Association and sponsored by Café des Artistes, WM Davis, Inc., Koch Consulting Group, LLC, Quality Built Homes and Winegardner Auto.

Rain dates will be the next day, Sunday, for all shows.

For information call Robin Guyther, Director, at 301 904-4452, or visit the Leonardtown web site, as the summer approaches.


FREE HONOR FLIGHT MOVIE SCREENINGS! Honor Flight is a non-profit organization which brings WWII and Korean War veterans from all over the country to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial at no cost to the veteran.

A documentary about Honor Flight was recently produced/released and it is a moving and inspiring movie! Through the efforts of the Pax River CPOA and Free Think Media, we are able to offer two screenings to the local community free of charge! While admission is free, seating is limited to the size of each venue - 350 seats on June 6th at the Center Stage Theater on board NAS Patuxent River and 200 seats on June 8th at American Legion Post #274 in Lusby. Please use the links below to reserve your seats - a portion of seats at each venue are set aside for veterans (any veterans); however, if there are no veterans' seats available when they make their reservation they are certainly welcome to use the general admission tickets. If you know of a WWII or Korean War veteran who will be attending, please ask them contact ATC Marc Scott directly at so they may be identified and given the acknowledgement they have earned. If for any reason you are unable to reach me, you may contact AZC Apryl Nanney at for assistance. Please spread the word by sharing this information with as many people in the local area as you can. We are very hopeful for a large turnout at each venue and we hope to see you there!

June 6th, 0930, Center Stage Theater:

June 8th, 1600, American Legion Post #274 - Lusby:

Saturday, May 18, 2013

CANCELLATION - Concert in the Square

Due to inclement weather Metropolitan Barnyard's performance on the square has been cancelled for today. We hope to reschedule for a future date. Our apologies to all.

The outdoor events are cancelled, but there is still plenty going on inside, especially for our military personnel and veterans. See the complete list of specials at

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Heroes Welcome Weekend - Steppin Out in Leonardtown

May 17 - 19 - Heroes Welcome Weekend -

Last chance to enter to win a $1,000 Spending Spree in Leonardtown!


The Town of Leonardtown, The Leonardtown Business Association, and St. Mary’s County Tourism would like to announce a change of performance for Saturday, May 18 from 12 – 4:00 PM.  The “Superheroes vs Cancer” event previously listed in the “Steppin’ Out in Leonardtown” advertising has been changed to a “Heroes Welcome” concert event, featuring the band Metropolitan Barnyard, specials and discount for military personnel with valid military ID, and displays from local military and auxiliary organizations.

Comprised of retired Air Force band members, Metropolitan Barnyard, will be performing in the Town Square from 1PM to 3PM, bringing a unique perspective to the town's "Heroes" celebration of Armed Forces Day. Covering a broad spectrum of musical styles, they have performed their repertoire of Bluegrass, Country, Gypsy Jazz, Classical, and even a taste of James Brown at private parties and banquets hosted by commanding generals and higher.

In keeping with the day's theme, they will do "America The Beautiful" as an  audience sing along, a medley of service songs honoring veterans in attendance, and close with Orange Blossom Special. Another old country favorite, "I've Been Everywhere", will also hit the mark. Their fiddle player and lead vocalist, Jim Queen is a skilled raconteur, and will weave a narrative relating to the show's theme plus a little comedy besides.

Come and celebrate Armed Forces Day and enjoy a sonic blend of family friendly fun and good time music!


At the Restaurants and Winery

Big Larry’s Comic Book Café.  Saturday, 6- 8 PM:  free food samples with military ID.

Brewing Grounds.  Friday and Saturday:  10% off entire order for active and retired  military with ID.

Café des Artistes.  Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Complimentary glass of house wine with military ID and dinner specials. Saturday evening, 7:30 – 10:30 PM:  Jazz Cabaret with dancing.

The Front Porch.  Friday and Saturday, 11 AM – 10 PM: Active and retired military get complimentary house specialty bread pudding with purchase of two entrees (must show military ID.)

Guenther’s Bistro.  Thursday/Friday/Saturday, 5 – 9 PM:  Wine tasting. Special dinner entrees highlighting fresh local ingredients, complimentary dessert to active and retired military with ID.

Kevin’s Corner Kafe.  All weekend: Seafood specials. Download coupons for crab cakes and steamed shrimp dining deals.

Oga's Asian Cuisine.  Saturday, 11 AM - 8 PM: Get the General's special!--$6.99 for General Tso's Chicken.

Olde Town Pub. Saturday and Sunday: Stick'm up! Free mozzarella sticks when your order a pitcher

Port of Leonardtown Winery.  Saturday and Sunday, Noon- 6 PM:  Complimentary wine tasting for all active and retired military personnel and 10%  off all wine purchases with military ID.

The Tea Room. Friday/Saturday/Sunday: 15% all menu items for active or retired military personnel and their families.


Craft Guild Shop.  Saturday: 10% off total purchase with coupon and a military ID. Download coupon.

Crazy for Ewe.  Friday and Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM: 10% off all purchases for military personnel and their spouses.

Fenwick Street Used Books & Music.  Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Enjoy 10% off all military-related books.

Friday Night Film.  Friday, 6 PM:  see “M*A*S*H” at the Dorsey Building. Sponsored by the Friends of the Leonardtown Theater. Must reserve in advance. Click here.

Fuzzy Farmers Market. Saturday, 1 – 4 PM: Show our true colors! Make a charm in patriotic colors to hang from a zipper, purse or cell phone.  No cost for activity.

The Good Earth.  Saturday and Sunday: 10 % off total purchase with military ID.

HOMETOWN HERO:  Saturday: Display of photos and artifacts of WWII ace Walter Francis Duke, whose recently discovered remains will soon be returned from Burma. On the square.

Maryland Antiques Center.  Friday/Saturday/Sunday, 10 AM - 5 PM:  Patriotic decor and flag tribute to our vets. Complimentary cupcakes to all active duty military or with coupon while shopping.

Bella Antiques offers 20% off any purchase with payment made by cash or check and 15% off when paying by credit card with military id or coupon.

 Free gift at Caught My Eye with purchase of $25 or more. Look for posted deals in shops.

North End Gallery: Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Artist-made “hero-themed” buttons, one per person while supplies last.

Old Town Stitchery.  Friday and Saturday: 20% off red, white and blue fabrics. Saturday: Charity sewing activity to create a patriotic quilt to be donated to the Charlotte Hall Veterans’ Home.  Stop by and sew a quilt block.  No experience necessary.

Opal Fine Art.   Sunday,  Noon – 5 PM: Find out about the Greenwell Foundation’s cool programs for recovering US Military men and women offered at near-by Greenwell State Park.

Old Jail Museum.  Friday, 9 AM – 2 PM and Saturday, 10 AM-3 PM: stop in for a free tour.

Tudor Hall.  Saturday, 10 AM – 3 PM: Visit the St. Mary’s County Historical Society located in historic Tudor Hall.

Yellow Door Art Studios.  Saturday, 3- 5 PM:  Hats Off to Veterans!  Put some patriot flair into your straw hat and you’ll be all set for summer!  Hat purchase and decorating session:  $5 child, $7 adult.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Steppin' Out in Leonardtown - Celebrate Marvelous Moms this Weekend

Steppin' Out in Leonardtown this Spring

Visitors and residents are invited to Leonardtown for a series of five weekends in April and May during the Steppin' Out in Leonardtown spring campaign.

Each Steppin' Out in Leonardtown weekend will include a signature event and theme ­­
from Earth Day to Armed Forces weekend.

Participating shops and restaurants around town will offer thematic deals and coupons and host activities and special events during these weekends.

Earth Day weekend kicked off the campaign on April 19-21 with a focus on all things fresh, green and local, culminating with Sunday's annual Earth Day on the Square celebration.

Fabulous Fifties weekend took place April 28-29 and featured the St. Mary's Rod & Classic Spring Fling Car Show and all things retro.

The town celebrated May Day and Cinco de Mayo, with a Fiesta First Friday and Latin flavors all weekend, May 3-5.

Celebrate Marvelous Moms this weekend of May 10-12, with the SOMD Fashion Flea Market produced by 3 Chicks Promotions and a fashion show on the Leonardtown Wharf and specials, lunches and brunches at local shops and restaurants.

The campaign wraps up the weekend of May 17-19 with "Heroes Welcome," an Armed Forces day salute to the troops.

The Steppin' Out in Leonardtown campaign is a cooperative effort made by the Commissioners of Leonardtown, the Leonardtown Business Association and St. Mary's County Division of Tourism.

To learn more about Steppin' Out in Leonardtown and to see a full list of events, deals and participating businesses, log on to the campaign website at