Leonardtown Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Leonardtown Square and Wharf
Have you ever seen a car that runs on biodiesel? Art made from recycled materials? Did you know that 1 of only 2 Certified Organic personal and skincare companies in the State of Maryland makes its home right here in St. Mary’s County? Would you like to taste some vegan and gluten free treats? How about a free sample of organic ice cream? If you answered “yes”, “no”, or “some of these words confuse me” to any of these questions, you need to come celebrate Earth Day on the Square in historic downtown Leonardtown, Maryland on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM.
Environmental and non-profit organizations will be on site to provide information on energy and water conservation, recycling, sustainability and organic gardening. Herbs, flowers, organic fertilizer, jewelry, natural cosmetics and crafts will also be available for purchase, and many of local restaurants and merchants will be offering “Earth Day” menu and merchandise specials all day!
Learn about Bay-friendly landscaping with experts from the University of Maryland and organic plant food made from all natural materials and processes from Full Circle Plant Pro-biotic. Stop by the Winegrowers Cooperative to learn how tobacco fields have been transformed into vineyards. Visit with SMECO and Complete Home Solutions for ways to save energy around the house and explore one step further by talking to Solar Tech about installing solar panels to capture natural energy. Let the students of the Spring Ridge Middle School STEM table show you how to grow plants hydroponically. Get up close and personal with all kinds of animals including greyhounds, sheep, bees, wild birds and amphibious creatures. Join Patuxent Habitat for Humanity – Restore in their efforts to repurpose and recycle home goods, and hear about land stewardship and conservation from the Friends of Myrtle Point Park, the Greenwell Foundation, Summerseat Farm, St. Mary’s County River Watershed, and the St. Mary’s County Farm Bureau.
To celebrate receiving their Maryland Department of Agriculture Organic Certification, Wynne Briscoe and the team at Forever Eden Organics have teamed up with Spider Hall Farms offering Free Samples of organic ice cream at the Wharf. Stop by the Forever Eden table in the Square for more details, then walk down to Leonardtown Wharf Park to redeem your free ice cream coupon at the Spider Hall Farms truck. While there, take the kids to the moon bounce and the plyometric exercise circuit sponsored by St. Mary’s MD Dream Basketball. Enjoy music from newcomers Audra Howard, Maritrese Nash, and Hangman’s Faire and free kayak rides on Breton Bay provided by Dave Lane of the Patuxent Adventure Center. Nature walks will be guided by Bobby Wentworth at 1:00, 1:45 and 2:30.
In the Square enjoy the sounds of local favorites Joe Norris, Harmony Grit, Trudy and the Falcons and Folk Salad Trio or dance along with the music of the Celtic Society and the elegant and colorful Daughters of Veda. At 2:45 children are invited to the park next to the Leonardtown Arts Center to participate in the wondrous antics of Nicolo Whimsey.
Take a peek into all of our art galleries as well as the Leonardtown Arts Center for the fun and innovative 2nd Annual Recycled Arts Show sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Arts Council. An added bonus in the Arts Center is an Artists Reception from 1-3 p.m. But don’t leave the event without some recycled art of your own to take home. Try an egg carton garden or paper flower with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Southern Maryland or decorate a planter with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life team.
Meander down to Good Earth Natural Foods on Park Avenue to visit with local filmmaker Shelley Wilson and sustainability experts Christina and Frank Allen. They will be signing copies of The Dinner, a movie that chronicles life on a sustainable farm at the Allen Heirloom Homestead and Corn Crib Studio and focuses on all aspects of the planning a dinner party from planting and composting to working with natural fibers and raising livestock. The movie will have its hometown premiere at the St. Mary's Ag Services Building, 26737 Radio Station Way (next to Dunkirk Building Supply) at 3:00 p.m. on April 13th. Copies of the DVD are also available at Fenwick Street Used Books & Music. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Leonardtown Theater. For more information, please call 240-298-0183 or visit fotlt.com or thedinnermovie.com.
From 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM traffic into the historic downtown area will be detoured to free parking areas around the Town. Earth Day on the Square in Leonardtown is sponsored by the Leonardtown Business Association and the Commissioners of Leonardtown, and is funded in part by a grant from the St. Mary’s County Arts Council’s Community Arts Development Grant Program and the Maryland State Arts Council. For more information or performance schedule, contact the Commissioners of Leonardtown at 301-475-9791 or visit www.leonardtown.somd.com.