Leonardtown, MD – Mother Nature and Father Time smiled down on the 15th Annual Leonardtown Earth Day celebration Sunday, April 19. The afternoon started with sunny skies and warm temperatures with a moderating breeze. But as the afternoon wore on the clouds rolled in and the breeze became more of a chill. Still the event was well over before the rains came. Mother Nature this time of year can be a tad fickle.

The event started with a greeting from Leonardtown Mayor Dan Burris, reading of an Earth Day proclamation from Councilwoman Leslie Roberts and the singing of America the Beautiful and the National Anthem by Councilman Hayden Hammett. Invocation was by Joe Orlando. Leonardtown Business Association Secretary Randy Richie was master of ceremonies.

There was plenty for everyone of all ages to do in town and down at the wharf. Eighty-four educational displays, vendors and activities were spread out throughout the town. Booths includes energy and water conservation and recycling, animal welfare and rescue, and kids activities such as face painting

Entertainment throughout the day was provided by Joseph Norris, Harmony Grit, Trudy and the Falcons, and Folk Salad Trio.

Down at the wharf, boat tours of Breton Bay were given by Capt. Phil Langley of Fish the Bay Charters and there were free kayak and canoe rides courtesy of Patuxent Adventure Center and Elms Environmental center. And there were free samples of Spider Hall Farms Organic Ice Cream.

Earth Day was sponsored by the Commissioners of Leonardtown and the Leonardtown Business Association, with funding in part by a grant from the St. Mary’s Arts Council.

The Bay Net photos by Ron Bailey and Dick Myers

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