St. Mary’s City, MD – The 384th Anniversary of the founding of Maryland (March 25, 1634) was celebrated in a ceremony held at The Inn at Brome-Howard House in Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) Saturday, March 24 at 11 a.m. Regina Faden Ph. D, executive director at HSMC, welcomed guest speakers and dignitaries to this event which featured music by members of the Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra, and also by the Southern Maryland Gospel Choir directed by Sherri Fenwick. The N.A.S. Patuxent River Color Guard and the St. Maries Citty Militia participated in the Presentation of the Colors. The endearing parade of the Ceremony of the Flags, with MC Aaron Meisinger, HSMC Interpretive Programs manager, was presented by fourth-grade student flagbearers chosen by the individual school districts for the honor of carrying their flag in this annual pageant. Maryland history is taught as part of the 4th-grade curriculum. The Garrett County flag was the first in line as Garrett is Maryland’s youngest county. The others followed in reverse order, with the last flag being that of St. Mary’s, Maryland’s oldest county. Francis Gray, tribal chairman of the Piscataway Conoy nation, presented the Welcome and Blessing for the ceremony. The Rev. John Ball of St. Mary’s Episcopal Parish, Trinity Church, gave the invocation. Paul Willoughby of the St. Maries Citty Militia gave the flag flourish, and William George, S.J., chair of the HSMC Commission, gave the benediction.
Comments were given by Gretchen Hardman, representing Gov. Larry Hogan; Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Senator Stephen M. Waugh and Delegate Deb Rey.
The ceremony’s highlight was the presentation of the Cross Bottony Award to Keynote Speaker Chanel Compton (Director, Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture) who accepted the award on behalf of the MCAAHC. The tradition of the Cross Botony Award began in 1988 to recognize important contributions with a lasting impact made to the preservation of HSMC and the interpretation of Maryland’s history. The award itself is a hand-crafted silver pin fashioned after the Crossland Cross which is an element in the Maryland flag.
The celebration also marked the official opening of HSMC’s newest exhibit, “Struggle for Freedom: African-American Life at St. Mary’s City in the 19th and 20th Centuries – Telling the Story of the Brome Quarter”, led by Dr. Henry M. Miller, Maryland Heritage scholar at HSMC.
Dr. Miller states that the building in the Slave Quarters exhibit is at least 70 percent of the original structure. This wooden duplex house dates to circa 1840 and is most likely the oldest surviving wooden duplex slave house in the state of Maryland. This duplex was moved from its original location on the grounds of HSMC to its present location next to the Brome-Howard House on Rosecroft Road in 1994. The exhibit tells three stories: of life on the Brome Plantation during slavery; of how people changed their own lives with freedom after emancipation; and of the Milburns – the last family to live there from 1930 to 1965.
Maryland Day at St. Clement’s Island Museum
Maryland Day was celebrated at the St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point Monday, March 26 at 2 p.m. Maryland Day was officially declared to be March 25 in the year 1916 by the Maryland General Assembly as a day to commemorate Maryland’s past, present, and future. St. Mary’s County Museum Division Manager Karen Stone introduced special guests including Director of St. Mary’s County’s Department of Recreation and Parks Arthur Shepherd, St. Mary’s County Commission President James R. Guy and Keynote Speaker Monsignor Edward Coyle of the Church of St. Ann in Emmaus, PA. The Knights of Columbus Council #1470 performed the honors of posting of colors and retiring of colors. Mariely Lopez Perez sang the National Anthem, followed by speaker Francis Gray, tribal chair of the Piscataway Conoy nation. The Invocation and Benediction were given by Father Anthony Lickteig of Holy Angels and Sacred Heart Catholic churches. The Wreath-Laying at the St. Clement’s Island Historical Marker was followed by a Reception in the Museum.
Town hall meeting
Delegate Deb Rey will hold a town hall meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department. The Del. Deb Rey Scholarship application due date has been extended to April 15.
Annmarie Sculpture Gardens and Arts Center
Due to the Holiday weekend, the application deadline for artists for the 25th Annual Artsfest Celebration has been extended to April 4. The Festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. There is a new booth fee structure and there are no more post-event commissions to be paid; vendors will now pay all fees in advance. For more information you may contact: email@example.com or you may call (410)326-4640. You may also access the website at www.annmariegarden.org.
Republican Women of St. Mary’s County
The Republican Women of St. Mary’s County Club held its monthly meeting on March 26 at The Front Porch Restaurant in Leonardtown. Guest Speaker was retired St. Mary’s County Circuit Court Judge Karen Abrams. She and Drug Court Coordinator Pete Cucinotta described the St. Mary’s County Adult Substance Abuse Recovery Court program. To be eligible to participate in this program, one must be a St. Mary’s County resident age 18 or older at the time of the commission of a criminal offense or when the offense has been adjudicated. The individual must be (or was) abusing drugs and/or alcohol and be in need of treatment. Participants must have committed a non-violent offense, not be deemed a violent offender by criminal history, have no history of drug trafficking, and not have committed a felony sex offense. To learn more about the St. Mary’s County Adult Substance Abuse Recovery Court you may call 301-475-7844 X 4162, or you may send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For your holiday weekend enjoyment, here is a recipe from the Reading Terminal Market located in Philadelphia, PA:
No-Bake Pot Du Crème –Recipe provided by Chef Tess Connors of City Kitchen
Ingredients- 15 oz. dark chocolate (pieces or rough chopped), 5 whole eggs (at room temperature), 2 tsp. vanilla extract, Pinch of kosher salt, 10 oz. brewed coffee (extra hot) and 4 oz. mason jars (for serving).
Directions – In a blender, combine chocolate, eggs, vanilla, and salt. Pulse over the course of a minute to break up chocolate pieces and combine ingredients. With the blender running on medium high, slowly add hot coffee in a steady stream. When all the coffee is added, blend on high for one more minute until smooth. Pour directly into 4 oz. serving dishes and refrigerate for a minimum of 90 minutes. (Larger portions will take longer to set.) Once set, loosely cover in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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