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August 22, 2013
Commissioners of Leonardtown
There is Art for Everyone on the Square in Leonardtown on Friday, September 6 from 5 – 8 p.m. The Arts and Entertainment District Committee, Commissioners of Leonardtown, Leonardtown Business Association, and local arts community are providing an evening of music, theater, visual arts, and interactive displays to welcome everyone to Leonardtown, the newest Arts and Entertainment District in Maryland!
Join Assistant Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Hannah Byron, Chairperson of the Maryland State Arts Council Barbara Bershon, Leonardtown Mayor Dan Burris, and the Leonardtown Town Council in the celebration of the new designation, including the unveiling of the new Arts and Entertainment District logo. Then let the sweet soulful sounds of Jennifer Cooper and Groovespan lead you through the Square as you watch members of the North End Gallery and other local artists displaying, selling and creating new pieces En plein air ("in the open air”) around the Town.
Take an old-fashioned Horse-and-Carriage ride to discover artistic gems like Opal Fine Arts, Bella Music School, Chez Nous, and Olde Towne Stitchery. Continue your exploration of art and the local business community by following the Art Walk around Town. The week before the September 6 event, local artists will have works on display in 21 different businesses around Town, and you get to vote for your favorite piece! Get your ballot from the August 29 issue of The County Times or pick one up one at any participating Art Walk location. You may hand in your completed ballot at the Leonardtown Arts Center anytime during the week, but the first 100 people to turn in their ballot during the First Friday event will receive a Leonardtown Swag Bag full of handy items and coupons from local businesses.
Bring the kids for hands-on activities and crafts at Yellow Door Art Studios, and visit with the cast of College of Southern Maryland’s production of Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of Murder Mystery. Just outside the Leonardtown Arts Center, viewers can become artists themselves by combining pre-made crocheted pieces into a colorful, ever-changing community sculpture akin to The Smithsonian Coral Reef.
Friendly Arts Ambassadors will be staged around the Town to help you find all these activities and more at Crazy for Ewe, Fuzzy Farmers Market, and the Friends of the Leonardtown Theater display – they will even point you in the direction of the cupcake table! So please join us for September First Fridays’ Celebration of the Arts and Entertainment Designation, Friday, September 6, 2013 from 5 - 8 p.m. For more information visit leonardtownfirstfridays.com and leonardtown.somd.com or call the Town Office at 301-475-9791.