Ellynne Davis and Lois Stephenson pose at the conclusion of the collaborative community fundraising event which they helped organize for Great Mills High School’s Recovery Programs at Tall Timber Marina on August 22.

Hollywood, MD – An Insider’s Tour: “And All That Stuff” will be held on Saturday, September 8 at 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m.  Enjoy an insider’s tour about the latest researched stories behind Historic Sotterley’s collections from tea sets and portraits to trinkets and potties in the Sotterley Manor House. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and stair climbing is required. Meet at the Visitor Center at least 10 minutes before tour time. The cost is $20 per person; each tour is limited to 18 visitors.

On March 17, the Growing for Good endeavor involved the planting of over five acres of potatoes which Sotterley earmarked for donation to local food banks and food pantries. Now the time has come to harvest! Everyone willing to volunteer will be helping to “Pay it Forward”, directly supporting families in need in our community. The next harvest dates are August 25 and 26, and September 1 and 2 from 8 a.m. to Noon on all days. Please sign up in advance at: marketing@sotterley.org and remember to come prepared with hats, gloves, shoes, and clothes that you are not afraid to get dirty!

Historic Sotterley Plantation is located at 44300 Sotterley Lane in Hollywood, MD. For more information, you may contact (301)373-2280, or sotterley.org.

Robbie Boothe performing in Leonardtown
The Town of Leonardtown, the Leonardtown Business Association, and Producers James and Heather LePore announce that a record-breaking attendance is expected for the last Downtown Tunes concert of the summer. “Downtown Tunes with Robbie Boothe” is the explosive season finale, with opening act special guest star Bradley Turner. This is a free, no-alcohol, family-friendly concert which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Bring your favorite chairs or blankets; food is available at local Leonardtown restaurants for eat-in or take-out. This event is presented by the Leonardtown Business Association and is financed in part with a grant from the St. Mary’s County Arts Council and by series sponsors including Marrick Homes, and PJ’s Towing and Recovery. Music starts at 6 p.m. 

SomdIndyFilms Casting Call
SomdIndyFilms is looking for actors to fill several roles in the upcoming project, The Monkey’s Paw. Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 1 from Noon to 3 p.m. at the Abberly Crest Club House in Lexington Park, MD. This is unpaid work. To schedule an audition time you may contact SomdIndyFilms@gmail.com.
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
The Park/Museum is seeking actors to perform on a Haunted Trail. The event takes place on October 26. You may contact Sherwana Knox at Sherwana.knox@maryland.gov or you may call (410)586-8512 for more information.

Event for high school deemed successful
A community fundraising event to benefit Great Mills High School’s Recovery Programs was held at Tall Timber Marina Aug. 22. Amanda Meatyard worked with Chef Keith to coordinate a delicious hors d’oeuvres menu which included fried oysters and steak sliders, among other choices; Rick Meatyard is the owner of the marina. Over 50 people were in attendance and over $500 was raised for the school. Filmmakers from the Southern MD Film Fest were on hand to introduce county-themed movies: Historic St. Mary’s County Life (an SNL Parody) by Alex David, In Passing (filmed on location at Tall Timbers Marina in December of 2016 featuring three local actors from the Newtowne Players in supporting roles alongside professional Equity actors from NYC and which enjoyed its premiere performance at Lincoln Center in NYC in 2017), Memories of Leonardtown by Kennedy Abell, and the documentary Great Mills Strong by Ed Delmoro.

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