Calendar

Historic St. Mary’s City,
Southern Maryland Calendar of Events

Looking for fun things to do in Southern Maryland?

You’ve come to the right place. Historic St. Mary’s City has something for everyone.  You’ll find a world of fun, family and even romance here.  Let Historic St. Mary’s City be that adventure the family is still talking about years from now!

Oct
5
Fri
Maryland Dove Away from Port
Oct 5 all-day

Our maritime exhibit, the Maryland Dove, will be away from port on the following dates:

Friday, October 5th – Monday, October 8th

The Maryland Dove is sailing to St. Clement’s Island to participate in the annual Blessing of the Fleet.

She will be back on exhibit at Historic St. Mary’s City on Tuesday, October 9th.

 

Oct
6
Sat
Maryland Dove Away from Port
Oct 6 all-day

Our maritime exhibit, the Maryland Dove, will be away from port on the following dates:

Friday, October 5th – Monday, October 8th

The Maryland Dove is sailing to St. Clement’s Island to participate in the annual Blessing of the Fleet.

She will be back on exhibit at Historic St. Mary’s City on Tuesday, October 9th.

 

Oct
7
Sun
Maryland Dove Away from Port
Oct 7 all-day

Our maritime exhibit, the Maryland Dove, will be away from port on the following dates:

Friday, October 5th – Monday, October 8th

The Maryland Dove is sailing to St. Clement’s Island to participate in the annual Blessing of the Fleet.

She will be back on exhibit at Historic St. Mary’s City on Tuesday, October 9th.

 

Oct
8
Mon
Maryland Dove Away from Port
Oct 8 all-day

Our maritime exhibit, the Maryland Dove, will be away from port on the following dates:

Friday, October 5th – Monday, October 8th

The Maryland Dove is sailing to St. Clement’s Island to participate in the annual Blessing of the Fleet.

She will be back on exhibit at Historic St. Mary’s City on Tuesday, October 9th.

 

Oct
11
Thu
Lecture: Medical Practice and Practitioners in Seventeenth-Century St. Mary’s
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm

As only the fourth permanent English settlement on North American soil, the colony of Maryland faced an array of challenges from the moment it was established in 1634.  Paramount among these were the challenges of keeping settlers alive and in fit working condition.  Health and healing were issues which underpinned the potential success or failure of any colonial endeavor, and responses to these concerns often proved wholly inadequate.  This is one reason why many more English colonies failed than succeeded throughout the first century of imperial expansion. So how did early Marylanders seek to address their medical concerns in this strange new land? Who were their physicians, and what ailments were they treating?  What kinds of medicines did these colonists prescribe, and where did they come from?  Were their philosophies of health and healing predominantly imported from Europe, or were some worked out right here on the shores of Chesapeake Bay?

Join historian Benjamin Tomak as he addresses these and other questions concerning these critical and fascinating aspects of colonial life.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Oct
13
Sat
“Adults Only” Tour of the Town Center: Murder, Magic, and Mayhem
Oct 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Meet at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary.

This one-hour walking tour is designed to dramatize the darker side of the colony.  Immerse yourself in the world of the newly found colony – filled with superstition and suspicion!

Four tour times are available:

  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Designed for ages 18+.  I.D. is required.

Registration opens August 13th.  Space is limited.

$20 per person ($15 Friends members).  Payment in full is required at time of registration.  No refunds will be given for a cancellation made after October 5th.

“Adults Only” Tour of the Town Center: Murder, Magic, and Mayhem
Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Meet at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary.

This one-hour walking tour is designed to dramatize the darker side of the colony.  Immerse yourself in the world of the newly found colony – filled with superstition and suspicion!

Four tour times are available:

  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Designed for ages 18+.  I.D. is required.

Registration opens August 13th.  Space is limited.

$20 per person ($15 Friends members).  Payment in full is required at time of registration.  No refunds will be given for a cancellation made after October 5th.

Oct
27
Sat
Hide Tanning Workshop
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

This workshop takes place at the Woodland Indian Hamlet.  Meet at the Visitor Center.

Hunting season is upon us!  Are you wondering what to do with those deer hides?  Historic St. Mary’s City is offering a workshop in the traditional approach to hide tanning.  Join the Woodland Indian Hamlet staff and learn the native art of taking a deer hide and turning it into soft buckskin.  This program, designed for beginners, takes you through the steps required to do natural brain-tanning.  Space is limited.

Designed for ages 14+.

$20 per person ($15 Friends members).  Payment in full is required at time of registration.  No refunds will be given for a cancellation made after October 19th.

 

PING in Concert
Oct 27 @ 3:00 pm

Join St. Mary’s College of Maryland Music Department’s vocal ensemble, PING, as they perform a short program of a cappella musical selections, under the direction of Professor Larry Vote.

Park at the Visitor Center.

Lady Baltimore Ball
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Join Historic St. Mary’s City Foundation members for an evening of food, drink, and dancing at the “haunted” State House of 1676!

Tickets are $125 per person, and include an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres, as well as a photo booth to commemorate your evening fun.  Festivities will feature music from DJ Marc Shubrooks, a silent auction, and entertainment from a fortune-teller and a juggler.

Evening attire requested, and costumes encouraged for this special event

Proceeds benefit Historic St. Mary’s City museum’s research and educational programs.  For additional information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Porzia Purves at PorziaP@DigsHistory.org, or (240) 895-4960.

Nov
15
Thu
Lecture: They “Went Native”: Refugees and Runaways Among the Indians, 1580s-1630s
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm

In the early years of English colonization in North America, when the English presence was weak and their lifeline to the home country tenuous or — for the “Lost Colony” in North Carolina after 1587 — absent, some English people felt it necessary to join the much stronger Indian societies, “foreign” though they seemed.  Some of those people returned to the English settlements later, but others did not, either from necessity (the “Lost Colony”) or from preference, because they had established ties with Indian families.

Join Dr. Helen C. Rountree as she discusses this phenomenon, including her belief that the Algonquian-speaking Indians of northeast North Carolina may have absorbed the Roanoke (“Lost Colony”) colonists, as either prisoners, or refugees, or both.  Dr. Rountree will recontruct what such an absorption would have involved for both sides, given what we know about both Algonquian-speakers’ and English cultures.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Nov
23
Fri
Hearth and Home in Early Maryland
Nov 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Explore 17th-century foodways, and celebrate the end of the growing season. Discover what it took to weather the winter before refrigerators, electric stoves, and grocery stores.

Bring a canned good for the Southern Maryland Food Bank and save $1 on admission.

 

 

 

Nov
24
Sat
Hearth and Home in Early Maryland
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Explore 17th-century foodways, and celebrate the end of the growing season. Discover what it took to weather the winter before refrigerators, electric stoves, and grocery stores.

Bring a canned good for the Southern Maryland Food Bank and save $1 on admission.

 

 

 

Dec
1
Sat
Colonial Christmas
Dec 1 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Meet at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary.

This light-hearted tour of the Town Center follows a newly freed servant (and his fellow colonists) as he employs holiday traditions and the goodwill of the season to try to win a young lady’s heart.

Tours depart hourly:  11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

Dec
7
Fri
Madrigal Dinners
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm

Welcome the holiday season with feasting, firelight, and beautiful music in the lavishly decorated Reconstructed State House of 1676.

Holiday revelers have feasted through the ages. In the colony, delicacies arrived with the tobacco fleet towards the end of the year, and cool weather signaled time for butchering meat and decanting beverages that had fermented since the harvest. The notion of adding music to the meal was introduced to England from Italy, and the 16th-century lords and ladies of the land enjoyed great madrigal feasts. Today’s madrigal dinners feature other customs that were probably familiar to the colonists. The burning of a Yule log, a common practice by the Middle Ages, was thought to bring good luck in the New Year. Plants that magically remained green through the bleakest times have held a special significance since Ancient Rome. In 15th- and 16th- century England, musicians sang carols to introduce the Christmas story to those who were unable to read.

All of these traditions are part of HSMC’s Madrigal Dinners. Enjoy delectable fare following wassail and appetizers above stairs; the meal will commence in the first floor Great Hall. Lavish decorations will set the stage for beautiful harmonies.

Reservations are required and will be accepted beginning in mid-October.