Lexington Park, MD – Reservations continue to be accepted for the collaborative community fundraiser Happy Hour to benefit the Great Mills High School Recovery Programs. The event will be held at The Reluctant Navigator Restaurant at Tall Timbers Marina on Wednesday, August 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. This will be a fun night of socializing, movie-screenings, and hobnobbing with friends and neighbors who will gather to support the high school and the surrounding community. Half of each ticket price will be donated directly to the recovery programs at Great Mills High School. Tickets are $20 each and will include a plate of Chef Keith’s hors d’oeuvres and access to view four movies by filmmakers who were represented at the 2018 Southern Maryland Film Festival held in Leonardtown last month; all four movies reflect aspects of life in St. Mary’s County. Great Mills Strong, by Ed Winson Delmoro, is a documentary featuring the efforts to heal and support a community as it returns to learning after the tragic shooting last March, with a running time of 11 minutes. In Passing, by director Bittnarie Shin, was filmed on location right at Tall Timbers Marina in December of 2016 and premiered at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City in May of 2017. Three members of the local Newtowne Players at the Three Notch Theatre are featured in small speaking roles in this film which also employed Equity actors. Running time is 15 minutes. Memories of Leonardtown, by Kennedy Abell, is a recollection of memories illustrated through drawings of Leonardtown from decades’ past; the drawings are by Mr. Abell himself. Running time is 16 minutes. Historic St. Mary’s County Life, by Alex David, is a Saturday Night Live-style parody that highlights the best parts of St. Mary’s County life, with a running time of 10 minutes.

Both Great Mills Strong and In Passing were nominated for the Jury Award at the Southern Maryland Film Festival. The filmmakers or their representatives will be on hand to introduce their films and to be available for a Q & A session for the Fundraiser event.

A cash bar will be available; additional hors d’oeuvres will also be available for purchase. The Reluctant Navigator is not usually open on Wednesday evenings, but the restaurant will open on August 22 just for this special event. RSVP to reserve your spot (space is limited) by calling 240-925-9797; pay cash at the door that night when you arrive. This event is sponsored by The Reluctant Navigator Restaurant, local filmmakers, and by friends and neighbors of Great Mills High School.

Spud harvest
Among the upcoming events at Historic Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood are happenings involving spuds and sports. Sign-up for the “Pay It Forward” event to harvest the potato crop that was planted back on March 17 which will be donated to local food banks and pantries. Volunteers should meet at Sotterley’s Farmers Market site with hats, gloves, shoes and clothing that they won’t be afraid to get dirty Aug. 18, 19, 25, 26 and Sept. 1 and 2 from 8 a.m. to noon. RSVP to: marketing@sotterley.org.

Speaker Series #4 with Kennedy Cohen will be held Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Barn. This is a free event. This talk will explore how sports, drinking, gambling and theater produced a sense of democracy while also reinforcing racial, gender and class divisions in early America. Many thanks go to Boeing for supporting this Speaker Series for the past 11 years. Call 301-373-2280 to reserve.

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