Hollywood, MD – The 18th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Awards Ceremony was held May 8 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. The event was sponsored by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, the Department of Aging and Human Services, and by Triad/SALT.

Award Recipients were: Corporal William D. Ray of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office; Correctional Officer First Class Patrick A. Britt of the St. Mary’ County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division; Deputy Fire Marshall II Brandon Shepperd of the Maryland State Fire Marshal Southern Regional Office; Senior Public Safety Officer Gerald Sellers of St. Mary’s College of Maryland Department of Public Safety; Trooper First Class Brandy Ditoto of the Maryland State Police Barrack “T” Leonardtown; Patrolman First Class Michael Koegel of the Patuxent River Police Department Public Safety; Civilian Pilot III Steven M. Lubberstedt of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command; Corporal Jason Kreider of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police Southern Region Area 4; Petty Officer Thomas Aveni of the US Coast Guard St. Inigoes; Assistant State’s Attorney Mike Kane of the Office the State’s Attorney; Public Safety Officer John Delabrer of the College of Southern Maryland Department of Public Safety; and Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.

The Colors were presented and retired by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Knights of Columbus, and the National Anthem was beautifully sung by Leonardtown High School’s Bella Voce. Pastor Chris McCombs of the Lexington Park Baptist Church provided the Invocation and the Benediction and “Amazing Grace” was performed by Harold Cummings on the bagpipes.

Calendar Girls continues at playhouse
Calendar Girls, by Tim Firth, continues through May 20 at the Port Tobacco Playhouse located at 508 Charles Street in La Plata, MD. Based on the Miramax motion picture which starred Helen Mirren, the PTP production is produced by Kathy Mead and is directed by Benjamin Simpson (assistant Director is Brenna Prestidge). The play, based true events, tells the story of six women–all members of the Yorkshire, England Women’s Institute–who came together to produce an unusual calendar for a cause in which they believed. The cast includes Kim Moore Bessler (Cora), Lynne O’Meara (Chris) Joanne Fuesel (Annie), Susan Claggett (Celia), Erin Timmermann (Ruth), Sheila Draper (Jessie), Joselle Gilpin (Marie), Gayle Morris Donahue (Brenda, Elaine), Rick Wathen (John), Greg Pruitt (Rod),  Ellynne Brice Davis (Lady Cravenshire), and Archie Parker (Lawrence, Liam). Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees begin at 3 p.m. For tickets and information contact: 301-932-6819. Proceeds from the sale of the PTP Calendar Girls 2019 Souvenir Calendar (available in the theatre Lobby on show dates) will benefit a local charity.

A Night on Broadway
A Night on Broadway: Sight, Song, and Sound opens at the Three Notch Theatre Friday, May 11 and runs through Sunday, May 20. Written by Thom Esposito and Diane Trautman, and choreographed by Kristin Kaufman, Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees begin at 3:30 p.m. Featured songs will be from shows such as Beauty and the Beast, Hamilton, West Side Story, Jersey Boys, South Pacific, Wicked, Into the Woods, Grease, and many others. For ticket information visit: www.newtowneplayers.org/tickets. See Bryan Ramsay’s photos below.

All dancin’
Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance (SMTMD) holds its monthly contra dance Saturday, May 12 at Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall on Zach Fowler Road in Chaptico featuring callers Jason Little, Lois Stephenson, and Elaine Szymkowiak and live acoustic string band Southern Maryland Open Band. Doors open at 7 p.m.; dancing starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for non-SMTMD members; $6 for members. Children ages 17 under and band members are admitted free of charge. An Ice Cream Social will be held during Intermission. For more information visit www.smtmd.org.

Winery news
The Port of Leonardtown Winery will feature Music on the Patio Saturdays and Sundays from 5 to 8 p.m. during the month of May. The Saturday schedule includes John Luskey May 12, Jim Crandall May 19, and Bushmill Band May 26. Sunday performers are Ross Crampton May 13 and Josh Airhart May 27. Ask about volunteering with POLW at wine festivals at www.facebook.com/POLWvolunteers. For more information about the Winery call 301-690-2192 or access www.polwinery.com.

Folk Salad Trio
The Folk Salad Trio will perform on Sunday, May 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Lotus Kitchen located at 14618 Solomons Island Road. Come celebrate Mother’s Day in scenic Solomons Island. For more information visit www.lotuskitchensolomons.com/

Historic Sotterley Plantation 
Armed Forces Appreciation Day will be celebrated at Sotterley in Hollywood Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The year 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of NAS Patuxent River. Sotterley salutes active duty and retired military and their families with complimentary grounds admission and house tours (with ID) on this day. For more information call 301-373-2280, or visit Sotterley.com.

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