Wednesday, August 19, 2015



Affordable Refuse has informed us that plastic bags are wreaking havoc on the processing machines.

The recycling facility is requiring that bags be taken out of the recycling stream.  Worst case scenario is they will stop accepting recyclables and it all goes to the incinerator at a higher customer cost.

All plastic bags should be put in the garbage or recycled at a local vendor (some grocery stores provide receptacles for plastic bags).

Recyclables should be put in the toters loose.

If customers accumulate their recyclables in plastic bags in the house, they should be dumped out of the bags when taken to the toter.  Paper bags are acceptable.  Each member of the household, or your cleaning service, should be informed of this.

Please, immediately, discontinue using and placing any plastic bags in the recycling toter.  This help us, your neighbors and Affordable Refuse and will also help maintain the present trash service costs.

Thank you.

ART WORK SHOP LEONARDTOWN - Full day of classes and workshops in Leonardtown - 9/12/15


Creative exploration - for yourself or for a gift - made with love by you or just express yourself!

Saturday, September 12, our newest event " Art Work Shop " brings professional teaching artists to the Leonardtown Arts & Entertainment District for classes in many different materials and techniques. Find a new hobby, practice your skills or challenge yourself with an advanced class. Hands-on workshops for all ages and skill levels. Registration details can be found at the St. Mary's County Arts Council website

Art Work Shop Leonardtown - Classes in different materials - September 12, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Get Creative!

Be a More Creative Person in 4 Short Weeks

1.       Exploration - Not sure where to start? Start in Leonardtown!  The whole family can relax, socialize, listen to music, meet local artists and play with hands-on art demos at Arts & Entertainment First Friday Celebration and Art Walk on September 4, 2015, from 5 – 8 p.m.   In celebration of Leonardtown’s Arts & Entertainment District, jazz trio Higher Standards will be serenading visitors as they move from demo stations to galleries to boutiques, taking in the sights, sounds and tastes of Leonardtown.  Local authors will be signing books, and artists will be located around the Square, creating works from start to finish and inviting passersby to try something new!  Near the Leonardtown Arts Center, a “paint-out” vignette will be staged for anyone who wishes to paint, sketch or sculpt with a live model.
Participants in the Art Walk around Town will see finished works from local artists, discover a variety of artistic styles and materials, and be able to vote for their favorite piece.  Ballots will be available in the September 3 issue of The County Times, or at any participating ArtWalk location. 

Artists who wish to submit to the ArtWalk should contact Nell Elder at the St. Mary’s County Arts Council  

Artists who wish to sell their work and/or provide demonstrations in the Square for this event should contact Maria Fleming at the Commissioners of Leonardtown:

Artists wishing to set up for the paint out can contact Nicole Stewart at
For more information on the event visit .

2.    Inspiration – Learn to think differently, step outside your comfort zone and change your perspective.   No better place for this than at The Clazzical Project concert, Saturday, September 5, 2015, starting at 6 p.m. in the Leonardtown Square.
What if Mozart had been born in Havana? What would it sound like if Dave Brubeck had written Beethoven's Symphony No. 9?   On Saturday, September 5th, enjoy unique versions of classical music in contemporary jazz styles performed by The Clazzical Project:   Don Stapleson on flute, his fellow St. Mary’s alum Peter Fields on guitar, and Fred Lieder the cello.
 By thinking “outside the Bachs” the trio has developed a playlist that includes, “Bachbird” (combining the Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No 1 in G Major with “Bye Bye Blackbird”), “Blueberry Madigan” (Mozart’s Elvira Madigan meets “Blueberry Hill”), “Havana Nacht Musik” (The Rondo from Mozart’s Eine Kliene Nachtmusik as an Afro-Cuban piece), and “Mars the Bringer of da’ Funk” (Gustav Holst plays that funky music).
Please bring blankets and chairs to sit on, and enjoy one of the many restaurants for dinner before the show.
3.          Participation – The Art*Work*Shop on Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. invites people of all ages to challenge themselves, learn new skills, benefit from expert teachers, be confident, feel accomplished, and go home with something they created!
This first time event allows participants to explore art venues and studios around Leonardtown for a full day of hands-on, educational, creative workshops with professional artists.  Students can brush up on skills, gain some experience, or try something completely new!  Included in the cost of each seminar are materials and instruction for a creative take home project, including drawings, paintings, jewelry, fiber arts, music, dance and so much more!
Registration is now open for classes including shadow knitting, felting animal sculptures, Raku ceramics, poetry writing, dance, photography, Ikebana flower arranging, bead crochet, painting, clay/stoneware, stained glass, fabric colored-in appliqué and music.  Classes are available for all ages and skill levels at a variety of price points.    Class details, registration and payment information can be found at the St. Mary’s County Arts Council website,   If you have further questions please contact Nell Elder at

4.       Motivation  – Don’t stop now!  Continue to socialize, have fun, improve your skills, and try new things – including foods - right here in Leonardtown!
Taste of St. Mary’s on Sunday, September 20, 2015, from 12 noon – 4:30 p.m.  showcases food and beverage establishments from around  the County, who offer food samples from their menus for a fraction of the price. 

Yellow Door Art Studio, Caught My Eye, Wine & Design, Quality Street Kitchen and Catering, and the College of Southern Maryland all have classes for community education.  Now is the time to take advantage of all the opportunities available in Leonardtown to become the creative person you want to be!

The Clazzical Project Returns to the Leonardtown Square!

“The Clazzical Project” In Concert

 Leonardtown, Maryland

6 PM, Saturday, September 5th


What if Mozart had been born in Havana? What would it sound like if Dave Brubeck had written Beethoven's Symphony No. 9?
 On Saturday, September 5th in Leonardtown, Maryland as part of the Leonardtown Summer Concerts on the Square, come enjoy unique versions of classical music in contemporary jazz styles performed by The Clazzical Project.  Guests will hear Don Stapleson on flute, his fellow St. Mary’s alum Peter Fields on guitar, and Fred Lieder the cello.
The performance will start at 6 p.m. and take place on the Square in Historic Downtown Leonardtown:  22735 Washington St. Leonardtown, MD 20650.  Please bring blankets and chairs to sit on, and enjoy one of the many restaurants for dinner before the show.
 Sample Playlist includes the following:
 - Bachbird (combining the Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No 1 in G Major with “Bye Bye Blackbird”)
- Blueberry Madigan (Mozart’s Elvira Madigan meets “Blueberry Hill”)
- Havana Nacht Musik (The Rondo from Mozarts Eine Kliene Nachtmusik as an Afro-Cuban piece)
- Mars the Bringer of da’ Funk (Gustav Holst plays that funky music)


Known throughout the D.C. area, gifted jazz and classical flutist Don Stapleson is the director of the St. Mary's College Jazz Bands; performs with his own group, The Don Stapleson Quartet; and plays flute and piccolo with the Chesapeake Orchestra.  He has shared the stage with Ray Charles, Dexter Gordon, Nancy Wilson, Wayne Newton and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Martha Reeves; for the performance with Clazzical Jam, Mr. Stapleson will demonstrate his mastery of a Muramatsu flute with a Drelinger Up Rite head joint.
Peter Fields has captivated audiences in the U.S. and Europe with his mastery of diverse musical styles and unique approach to guitar techniques. In addition to his sophisticated original compositions, his repertoire ranges from intricate jazz and Latin masterpieces, to extraordinary arrangements of R&B classics and interpretations of ethnic music from around the world.  His music can be heard on Fox, National Geographic and The Discovery Channel TV programs as well as numerous recorded projects, including his own Stillness of the Heart, an evocative collection of compositions for classical guitar.
Cellist and arranger Fred Lieder has been a fixture on the Washington area music scene for 25 years.   Delighting audiences with classical, jazz, blues, rock and Celtic arrangements - including works by the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, and Carlos Santana - Lieder may be the only cellist in the D.C. area who has played at such diverse places as the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, Rams Head, and The Birchmere. His current release is Cello Blues and he has recently published My Cello Has the Blues, an instructional book on playing the blues on cello.

For more info contact -301-475-9791

Tax Bills for Residents of the Town of Leonardtown

Town of Leonardtown Residents

Tax bills were mailed on August 4, 2015.

Please contact the Town office at 301-475-9791 if you have not received your tax bill by Friday, August 21, 2015.

Thank you.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Free Document Shredding Event Coming This Fall - St. Mary's County Government

Got Paper?  Nows the time to lose some weight.

Free Document Shredding Event Coming This Fall

You Get It – We Shred It! It is time to clean out your file cabinets, closetsand desks and get rid of confidential, private, and important personal documents you no longer
need to keep.

Community shredding events help protect individuals from identity theft and consumer fraudwhich are becoming an epidemic in our communities.

To raise awareness and to promote prevention, the St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation will host its first community Document Shredding Event at the St. Andrew’s Landfill on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

This community event will provide residents with the opportunity to have their confidential, private, and important documents destroyed by a professional shredding service at no cost. The
truck from East Coast Shredding is capable of holding 9,000 pounds of paper.

All paper material shredded during the event will be recycled.
Citizens are asked to not bring materials which are not confidential in nature, such as newspapers and magazines as they will cause the truck to fill up more quickly. Please try to limit the number of boxes you bring to 2 standard bankers’ boxes (10"H x 12"W x 15”D) per person so as many residents as possible can be served. It is hoped between 230-255 individuals bring material to the event.

For more information please contact the St. Mary’s Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-863-8400.

For more information on recycling programs, log on to our website at

Free Document Shred Event - September 12th - 8 am to noon