Left to right, Dave Taylor discusses Lincoln’s assassination and Kristen McIntyre receives award from Dr. J. Scott Smith.

Leonardtown, MD – Congratulations to St. Mary’s County Public Schools Teacher of the Year Ms. Kristen McIntyre of Greenview Knolls Elementary School who received her Award from SMCPS Superintendent Dr. J. Scott Smith. Ms. McIntyre was presented with a check for $1,000. From the Rotary Club of Leonardtown and the Rotary Club of Lexington Park at a dinner held at the Elks Club in California, MD on Nov. 15.

Master of ceremonies for the evening was Dr. Jake Heibel; greetings were given by Ms. Robin Finnacom, president, Rotary Club of Leonardtown and by Dr. Linda Lymas, president, Rotary Club of Lexington Park.

Award recipients also included: Ms. Robin Girard, Mr. Christopher Adams, Ms. Laura Tiderman, Ms. Karenan Smart, Ms. Emily Meny, Ms. Amanda Myatt, Ms. Mary Rose Depperschmidt, Ms. Tara Everly, Mrs. Amy Cricchi, Ms. Mary Jane Selph, Ms. Jennifer Gilman, Mrs. Michelle Morning, Mr. Ken Scheiber, and Dr. Robin Solomon. Awards were presented by Dr. J. Scott Smith, SMCPS superintendent, and by Dr. Rick Wood, Principal, St. Mary’s Ryken High School.

Guest speaker Dave Taylor gave a fascinating talk on “The Lincoln Assassination in St. Mary’s County” for the St. Mary’s County Historical Society’s Annual Fall Dinner held Nov. 10 at Olde Breton Inn. Mr. Taylor is a third grade teacher at Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School. For more information on his research you may contact Boothiebarn.com. Welcoming remarks were given by SMC Historical Society President Dr. John Roache.

A Christmas Carol
Twin Beach Players will close out its 19th season with A Christmas Carol, weekends November 24 through December 10 at the Boys and Girls Club on Dayton Avenue in North Beach, MD. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees start at 3 p.m. Tickets are available now at www.twinbeachplayers.org. General Admission is $15; students, seniors, and TBP members tickets are $12. Twin Beach Players is a non-profit 501 © (3) organization. For more information you may call 410-286-1890.

Holiday Open House
The Vintage Source located on Newtowne Neck Road in Compton will hold its Annual Holiday Open House Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The shop is decorated and stocked for the magical holiday season. All who attend are eligible to enter a raffle for a $25 gift certificate to Vintage Source. For more information you may contact www.thevintagesource.net or you may call 240-925-1060.

The Hearth and Home: Preserving Maryland event will be presented at Historic St. Mary’s City as a lively exploration of 17th-century foodways in the finale to the Fall Season November 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum admission is priced at $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 for children ages 6 to 18, and is free for children ages 5 and under and for Friends members. If you bring a non-perishable food item for the Southern Maryland Food Bank along with you, you will receive $1 off the admission charge. Your visit will begin at the Visitor Center and will include special activities along with your admission. This event is presented with generous support from the HSMC Foundation.  For more information you may visit www.HSMCdigshistory.org or you may call  240-895-4990.

Also happening

St. George Catholic Church in Valley Lee,will hold its Annual Christmas Bazaar with gifts, crafts, food, fun and Santa Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Special features boast homemade crafts, a candy shop, a mystery raffle, gift basket raffles along with great food and baked goods. All items have been donated; all sales will directly benefit the parish. For more information you may call (301)994-0607.

Keepin’ It Local located at the corner of Routes 5 and 242 in Morganza, MD will hold its Annual Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 2. Stop in to enjoy music and goodies! You may visit the website at www.keepinitlocal.biz or you may call (301)475-7888.

The St. Mary’s River Watershed Association announces that Dr. Henry Miller will be the Guest Speaker for a talk on oysters in the St. Mary’s River at the Annual Meeting to be held on Saturday, November 18 at the Ruddy Duck Seafood and Alehouse on St. George Island from 10 to 11 a.m. An RSVP is required and may be made by text to 301-904-2387, or by email to info@stmarysriver.org. The public is welcomed to attend.

New Direction Community Theatre announces its upcoming holiday productions of The Taming of the Shoe, and A Tuna Christmas. The children’s’ production, The Taming of the Shoe, by Desire M. Sobiech, will have matinee performances on Dec. 2, 3 and 9.  Director is Sherry Mervine. A Tuna Christmas, by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, and Jaston Williams will hold evening performances on December 1, 2, 8 and 9. This is the hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, set in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie will be reporting on various local Yuletide activities such as the hot competition in the Annual Lawn Display Contest.  Director is Candida Olney. Performances will be held at Long Beach Community Theatre in St. Leonard, MD. Reservations are recommended. Tickets are available online at www.ndctheater.org or at the door ($12 to $15).

The Newtowne Players at the Three Notch Theatre are presenting the holiday production of Ken Ludwig’s Twas the Night Before Christmas from November 17 through December 10. Show times for Friday and Saturday evening performances  on Nov. 17 and 18 and December 1,2 8 and 9 are at 8 pm. Matinees will run on Saturdays and Sundays November 19, December 3 and 10 at 3:30 p.m. (Note: there are no performances scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend; there are no Thursday performances for this show.) This show chronicles the holiday adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who won’t take “no” for an answer as they all endeavor to discover why Santa missed their house last year. The play is ideal for those ages 2 to 102! Performances are held at Three Notch Theatre on S. Coral Drive in Lexington Park, MD. Tickets are $15 for adults; $13 for military/seniors/students/ and $10 for children under 12 years of age. Tickets may be purchased online at www.newtowneplayers.org, or you may call 301-737-5447.