Wednesday, August 19, 2015

September First Friday - Art Walk!

September First Friday means Art Walk, a fun chance for you to see lots of beautiful artwork by talented artists from St. Mary's County and beyond.  Choose your favorites and cast your ballot First Friday at the Leonardtown Arts Center by 8 pm.

Band members Ambus, Alex, and Frank
We'll have  live music by Higher Standards, a vibrant, sophisticated, and versatile jazz trio.  Band members Alex Bizzarro, Frank Smith, and Ambus Hunter each bring their own style to the table for traditional jazz with a contemporary vibe.  With influences like Herbie Hancock, Soulive, Amy Winehouse, Christian McBride and Miles Davis, Higher Standards delivers a funky and soulful performance you'll love.

Musically eclectic, we are known for our technical ability and showmanship. "We like to bring a familiar sound, while providing a completely unique live jazz experience.”  See more about the band here.

The Good Earth Natural Foods Company will be providing Higher Standards with a beautiful organic dinner. Thank you, Val!  She's also put together perfect picnic packages and fresh delicious smoothies  you can grab and enjoy al fresco while you listen to the band.

by Pauline Lang
GOOD EARTH NATURAL FOODS CO. -- 41765 Park Avenue, 301-475-1630

Visit The Good Earth on September 4th from 5 pm until 8 pm for Leonardtown Art Walk.  Two paintings by Pauline Lange are on display in our Demo Kitchen for this occasion.

Our very own Maria will be available during this evening maknig fresh delicious smoothies.

Red Chair at Green Cottage,
by Ann Preston
NORTH END GALLERY  41652 Fenwick Street, 301-475-3130

Many North End Gallery Artists are participating in the Art Walk this First Friday.  Find their works in 25 venues throughout Leonardtown and vote for your favorite.

In addition, a number of North End Gallery artists will create art in Leonardtown for the Paint the Town paint out event during First Friday. Watch them while they work and then visit North End Gallery to see their other artworks.  At the Gallery, check out the show, Opposites Attract, and enter the Mystery Box drawing for a chance to win a piece of art produced by a gallery member.

FENWICK STREET USED BOOKS & MUSIC 41655A Fenwick Street, 301-475-2859
The Megarid

Vesta Clark will be signing copies of Charms of The Fae and The Megarid from 5-7 pm

Writing under the pseudonym Vesta Clark, Arianna Pray is a 23-year-old self published author who graduated from St Mary's College of Maryland last year. Already she has published five of her works, with another two to follow later this month.  her first novel dealt with Arthurian Legend, engaging with the tale of Sir Gareth and intended to progress into a fully-fledged re-telling of the tales of Camelot. She composed much of this novel while studying at Oxford University's Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Her methods of composition draw heavily on her skills from her history degree, especially a meticulous sensibility directed at research and accuracy, even of the fantastical elements of her works. Having written the Megarid as her senior project at St Mary's, Arianna has already gone on to finish the next five books in the series, and if you come in on Thursdays or Sundays, then you are sure to find her ready to assist you and even sign a copy of one of her books, just for you.

THE CRAFT GUILD SHOP- 26005 Point Lookout Road, 301-997-1644
Check out our shop for a variety of new items on display, such as fall decorations, soaps, jewelry, machine embroidery and sewing, and also visit our table on the Square for samples of our handmade arts and crafts.

CRAZY FOR EWE -- 22715 Washington Street, 301-475-2744

Come see the beautiful trunk show from Tahki Stacy Charles featuring designs in silky soft light weight Lena, and glamorous Adele.  We'll be kicking off a knitalong on this beautiful and easy top -- perfect for the holidays.

Get started with us, and be ready to look fabulous!  Pattern is free with purchase of yarn First Friday only.

QUALITY STREET KITCHENS- 41625 Fenwick Street, 301-997-0700
Quality Street will do a wine tasting as well as some Stonewall kitchens product line samplings. We will also have our Stonewall products buy 3 get one free!

BIG LARRY'S COMIC BOOK CAFE -- 22745 Washington Street 301-475-1860
Celebrate the Leonardtown Arts & Entertainment District while enjoying a taste of Big Larry’s Eatery! While experiencing the Art Walk, visit Big Larry’s for food on the go, our almost famous Walking Tacos, Nathans’ All-Beef Hotdogs, Cheeseburgers, and Subs. All 20% off from 5:00-8:00 PM!

PORT OF LEONARDTOWN WINERY -- off Rt. 5 at 23190 Newtowne Neck Road , 301-690-2192
We are releasing the new vintage of our McIntosh Run on First Friday. Come get a bottle or a glass!

CAFE des ARTISTES -- 41655 Fenwick Street, 301-997-0500
Make reservations inside for First Friday to enjoy the music of Randy Richie on Piano, or dine on our patio to hear the music on The Square.

Featured Menu Specials include Rich Lobster Bisque and Veal Sweetbreads (appetizer or entree)

ST. MARY'S HISTORICAL SOCIETY -- 41680 Tudor Place 301-475-2467

The Historical Society of St. Mary's will have the Old Jail Museum open for tours First Friday from 5-8 p.m.  Also, inside Tudor Hall we have a painting for Art Walk - come by and see!

September's Art Walk is just around the corner

September is Art Walk, an fun and important component of the Leonardtown Arts and Entertainment designation celebration. Work from a variety of talented artists will be displayed in businesses throughout Leonardtown, from Tuesday, Sept. 1 to Saturday, October 3.

You have a chance to vote for your favorite on First Friday, September 4.  Please visit each business and cast your ballot at the Leonardtown Arts Center by 8pm.  First place winner will receive a cash prize of $100, second and third place will each receive a gift certificate to a restaurant in Leonardtown.

If you're an artist and would like to participate, please register here. It's not too late.  This is a great way to showcase your talent for a very appreciative audience!

Look soon for lots of fun First Friday specials at all the Leonardtown businesses, and mark your calendars for Art Walk 2015!

Last year's Art Walk winner
The Dancing Egret by Mary Ida Rolape

Flippin' for thses flip flops

This is great!  North End Gallery artists know just what to do for Flip Flop First Friday!  Share your pictures from Flip Flop First Friday on our Facebook page!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Fabulous Flip Flop First Friday

Say that five times fast!   Anyway, it was a great evening -- the weather held out, and everyone really enjoyed themselves.  Here are a few pics from early in the evening when things were just getting started.

If you have photos from your First Friday adventures, email them to me (that's Firstfriday<at>theLBA<dot>org)  and I'll post 'em up here!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Bob Schaller & Friends at August First Friday

We're so excited to have Bob Schaller and Friends join us on the Square for Flip Flop First Friday!

Bob's been a musician most of his life - at age 12, after years of piano training, Bob turned his musical attention to the guitar, starting with a jumbo Silvertone guitar with thick strings. The next year, for his 8th grade graduation, his parents gave him a Yamaha FG-150 acoustic which he still has today. While a faculty member at CSM in 2004 Bob started the CSM Guitar Club which brought together dozens of local guitarists, of varying ages, experience levels, and musical interests. He collaborated closely with Steve Cavanaugh of the Nanjemoy Creek Boys to offer an Art of Jamming course open to the public at CSM. Bob's programs were offered across the tri-county area and involved over one hundred students and players. Some of the program's participants have gone on to start their own musical groups, and many continue to get together and jam on a regular basis. Bob is a member of GeeZer, a local band that performs classic rock songs from the 60s, 70s and more recent hits. He loves bringing people together to share talents and learn from each other.

Join on the Square, August 7 for Flip Flop First Friday, a fun evening with fabulous music you'll love!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Flip Flop First Friday!

Join us Friday, August 7th for Flip Flop First Friday and the Blues Jam with Bob Schaller.

Check out these great specials around town!

GOOD EARTH NATURAL FOODS COMPANY -- 41765 Park Avenue, 301-475-1630
The Good Earth will host Sylvia Jacobs from 5 pm until 8 pm on August 7th. Sylvia, a member of the Color & Light Society of Southern Maryland, will have her photographs available for purchase just for this event. Sylvia finds delight in capturing the beauty and character of Southern Maryland with her camera. We will also have our Cheyenne making smoothies and juice. Come by to support your local natural foods store and a local artist at the same time!

41655A Fenwick Street, 301-475-2859

Local author L.A. Stewart will be signing copies of her Maryland mysteries series, Snow’s Rest and Snow’s Run from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Come pick up a copy of the books and meet the author.

CAUGHT MY EYE -- 22760 Washington Street, Unit #1, 301-475-6805
Caught My Eye will have a fabric artists outside selling handmade Wine themed merchandise. Get all of your washable wine accessories here. Also, inside all colorful metal bracelet sets from India will be half off the ticketed price. Brighten up your beach wardrobe with these fun accessories!

CRAZY FOR EWE -- 22715 Washington Street
Come see the Hunter Hammersen Trunk Show featuring projects from all four of Hunter's books. We're especially excited about Curls, a collection of shawls with an innovative shape that's fun to knit and easy to wear.

We'll be starting a First Friday knit along with the Caesious Curl in Breathless DK from Shalimar. Breathless DK combines cashmere, silk, and merino into an elegant yarn with a beautiful hand. Your Caesious will be a treat to knit and an luxurious accessory to enjoy.

WINE AND DESIGN --  41610 Fenwick Street -- 240-925-7464
For August First Friday we're offering a special class painting neon Flip Flops!  Just $25
Friday from 6-8 pm. More info here!

BLACK MARKET INTERIORS  -- 41665 Fenwick Street, 240-309-4074
Black Market Interiors will be hosting Kera Cherrey of Chesapeake Staging and Design, as well as Becky Beck of Becky Beck Designs from 5-8 pm. Bring your design dilemma's and have one of the designers provide you with their professional advice and possible solutions. Please take a few photo's and have them printed out so that the designers can visualize your the design dilemma.

Becky has lived in St. Mary's County for over 25 years, owned her own design business for the past 15 years, and has developed a clientele that relies on her quick thinking for interior and exterior spaces. “Going local” allows for the transformation of any space in a matter of days when needed, instead of months! Becky's Motto is Fast and Fabulous! 

CAFE des ARTISTES -- 41655 Fenwick Street, 301-997-0500
Make reservations now for a wonderful First Friday dining event, and enjoy the sounds of Randy Richie on the Piano!

Café des Artistes is Leonardtown's original neighborhood bistro with French Country Charm, a casual and friendly atmosphere, fine food and excellent service.  Creative, comforting dishes are Classic French with an American flair and pair perfectly with the great variety of wines from Leonardtown to France.  Alfresco dining available on our sidewalk!  A perfect way to enjoy First Friday.

NORTH END GALLERY  41652 Fenwick Street, 301-475-3130

Visit the North End Gallery to see their new show Opposites Attract, Collaborations of Courage
Some of the pieces in the show are the result of several artists sharing creativity in a collaborative work.  Other pieces are inspired by complementary colors - those that appear on opposite sides of the color wheel.  Join us for our reception 5 until 8 PM at the Gallery

Saturday, June 20, 2015

July 3rd -- Red White and Blues!!

Join us July 3rd for the Blue Eyed Blues live on The Square followed by a rockin' Blues Jam with Bob Schaller. Musicians are invited to Jam with Bob Schaller and Friends during Leonardtown's First Friday event Jul A great way to kick off the holiday weekend.

While you're here, check out these fabulous First Friday Specials!

"Bette Davis Eyes" by Carmelo Ciancio
NORTH END GALLERY  41652 Fenwick Street, 301-475-3130
Visit the North End Gallery to see magic and glamour of Hollywood as expressed by North End Gallery's member artists in the "Silver Screen" show.

Enter the Mystery Box drawing for a chance to win a piece of art produced by a gallery member. The winner will be announced at the end of the evening; no need to be present to win.  Join us for our reception 5 until 8 PM at the Gallery

GOOD EARTH NATURAL FOODS COMPANY -- 41765 Park Avenue, 301-475-1630
The Good Earth is celebrating the 4th of July and First Fridays with patriotic smoothies that will put a firework-like smile on your face! Join our very own Maria in the demo kitchen 4-8pm, July 3rd, to get your own 12oz coconut smoothie, blueberry smoothie, and/or red fruit/veggie juice. You're sure to walk away just as happy as our founding fathers!

CAFE des ARTISTES -- 41655 Fenwick Street, 301-997-0500
Moules Marinara, Toasted Sourdough Bread & French Fries! 
(Euro Hot Dogs will also be available)  Enjoy the sounds of Randy Richie on the Piano!

Café des Artistes is Leonardtown's original neighborhood bistro with French Country Charm, a casual and friendly atmosphere, fine food and excellent service.  Creative, comforting dishes are Classic French with an American flair and pair perfectly with the great variety of wines, from Leonardtown to France.  Alfresco dining available on our sidewalk.

FENWICK STREET USED BOOKS AND MUSIC-- 41655A Fenwick Street 301-475-2859.
Local author/ historian Karen Grubber will be signing copies of St. Mary's County (Postcard History Series) from 5:00- to 7:00 PM. "For nearly four centuries, St. Marys County has been called the land of pleasant living. The county's fertile fields and pristine waters invite visitors and natives alike to revel, relax, and renew. As the Mother County of Maryland, St. Marys has a rich written history dating from 1634, when George and Leonard Calvert established the first American settlement founded on the principle of religious tolerance. After surviving British raids during the War of 1812 and divided loyalties in the Civil War, the county leapt into the modern era when the US Navy established Naval Air Station Patuxent River, the Navys premier flight test center and test pilot school. Today, millions of Americans trace their roots to Southern Maryland and are welcomed home as Sons and Daughters of Old St. Marys.” NOTE: • The author's proceeds from the publication will benefit the St. Mary's County Historical Society.

PORT OF LEONARDTOWN WINERY- off Rt. 5 at 23190 Newtowne Neck Road , 301-690-2192
Celebrate the Winery's 5th anniversary!  Toast the Taste of Southern Maryland Sample our special anniversary Red and White and the release of our new Traminette in our special blue-bottle.  Local artist, Dave Norris will be playing 5:30 - 8:30 First Friday.   For more information and instant updates, see our website or like us on Facebook.

CRAZY FOR EWE -- 22715 Washington Street, 301-475-2744
We'll be starting Quicksilver, a beautiful and colorful wrap in three colors. Fun to knit, and perfect for summer. I'm suggesting Hempathy because it''s great for summer wear, and because its fabulous color range gives that you have all sorts of stunning combinations. So, come First Friday to choose your palette and get started with us!

First Friday is also the last day of our Summer Sale!  Enjoy 20% off all summer yarns.

CAUGHT MY EYE -- 22760 Washington Street, Unit #1, 301-475-6805
For First Friday enjoy red white and blue savings!
$5 off on burgundy skirts from India
$1 off on white scarves
$3 off on blue earrings

BLACK MARKET INTERIORS  -- 41665 Fenwick Street, (240) 309-4074
Summer clearance Sale! Save 25% on Potting planters as well as the Ella Vickers Recycled Sailcloth Bags - in stock merchandise only, while supplies last! Come see our brand new custom upholstery line, Black Market Interiors HOME COLLECTION, made in America.