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!

Sep
1
Sun
Blue Star Museum Program Ends
Sep 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Historic St. Mary’s City is one of more than 2,000 Blue Star Museums across America offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families this summer. The program runs from Saturday, May 18, 2019, through Labor Day, September 2, 2019. This collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense includes fine arts museums, science museums, history museums, nature centers, and children’s museums. A list of participating institutions is available at https://www.arts.gov/national-initiatives/blue-star-museums.

Free admission is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five family members.

Museum operating schedule:

May 18 – June 29: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closed June 30, July 1, and July 2

July 3 – September 1: Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closed September 2 (Labor Day)

 

Sep
14
Sat
Indigenous Heritage Day
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Explore and celebrate Indian lifeways and culture.  Learn skills, try crafts, watch demonstrations, and gain a new appreciation for the people that called this land home before Maryland was founded.

 

Sep
21
Sat
Militia Muster
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The St. Maries Citty Militia musters for drills, mock battles, and camp life.  Visit an encampment, march along, watch a musket fire demonstration, and more.

The Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation is closed today, while household members participate in Muster activities.

Sep
28
Sat
Natural Plant Dyeing Workshop: Harvest and Color
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Meet at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary.

Coloring with natural materials is one of the most enjoyable arts.  It is an ancient craft, rich in history and traditions.  Join us for this informative and fun hands-on workshop.  Participants will learn the basics of extracting color from the plant, to create a beautiful dye.  Materials will be provided.

Ages 12+

$40 per person ($30 Friends members).  Payment in full is required at time of registration.

The workshop is outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather, and wear comfortable shoes for light walking.

 

RiverFest
Sep 28 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sponsored by the St. Mary’s Watershed Association and Historic St. Mary’s City

Wade-In for Clean Water with Senator Bernie Fowler.  Live music, environmental and children’s activities, kayaking, and more!

Oct
4
Fri
Maryland Dove Away from Port
Oct 4 all-day

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

Friday, October 4th – Monday, October 7th

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 in St. Mary’s City on Tuesday, October 8th.

 

Oct
5
Sat
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 4th – Monday, October 7th

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 in St. Mary’s City on Tuesday, October 8th.

 

Oct
6
Sun
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 4th – Monday, October 7th

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 in St. Mary’s City on Tuesday, October 8th.

 

Oct
7
Mon
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 4th – Monday, October 7th

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 in St. Mary’s City on Tuesday, October 8th.

 

Oct
12
Sat
“Adults Only” Tour of the Town Center: Witchcraft, Murder, and Mayhem
Oct 12 @ 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 4th.

“Adults Only” Tour of the Town Center: Witchcraft, Murder, and Mayhem
Oct 12 @ 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 4th.

Oct
25
Fri
Lady Baltimore Ball
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

SAVE THE DATE

Enjoy an extravagant evening out, filled with food, music, and masquerade!

  • Learn your fate from a powerful fortune teller who will read your tarot.
  • Costumes or evening attire
  • Ticket are $100.00 in advance (prior to October 18, 2019), or $125.00 at the door.

More details to come.  For information, contact Porzia at PorziaP@DigsHistory.

This event is a fundraiser hosted by Historic St. Mary’s City Foundation, with proceeds going to Historic St. Mary’s City’s Education Department.

 

Nov
29
Fri
Hearth and Home in Early Maryland
Nov 29 @ 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
30
Sat
Hearth and Home in Early Maryland
Nov 30 @ 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
6
Fri
Madrigal Dinners
Dec 6 @ 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 October.  Contact Mary Bohanan at MaryB@DigsHistory.org.