Coltons Point, MD – The annual music and food event to benefit the museums of St. Mary’s County was held Saturday, July 11. The Potomac Jazz and Seafood Festival at St. Clements Island Museum featured savory, impeccably prepared food, hot jazz and, this year, warm memories of one of the event’s founders.

The hundreds who came to the riverside venue were entertained by the sounds of saxophonist Art Sherrod Jr., pianist Alex Bugnon and trumpeter/vocalist Jumaane Smith.

The bounty of food for sale included oysters, shrimp, rockfish and crab cakes plus barbecue, desserts and beverages.

As an added bonus, fest-goers were offered a complimentary cruise around historic St. Clements Island during the early afternoon.

The mellow music blended with the melancholy mood that many were in due to the loss earlier this year of Kim Cullins. The longtime marketing specialist for the St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks Museum Division died this past February after courageously battling leukemia.

“Her most treasured accomplishment was the creation of the Potomac Jazz and Seafood Festival, hosted annually at the St. Clements Island Museum and drawing thousands of supporters and world-class jazz acts since 1999,” a joint statement from the Friends of the St. Clements Island and Piney Point Museum Board of Directors and museum staff read.

Enjoy the gallery compiled by The BayNet photojournalist Ron Bailey.