Saturday, January 9, 2016

Leonardtown love notes

Our next First Friday is February 5th.  This is your chance to tell the world that you love Leonardtown and its small independent businesses.  Stop by your favorite First Friday haunts and grab one of our special notes and jot down a few words about why you love it.  Visit as many businesses as you like! Take a selfie with your note and post it to the First Friday Facebook Page! Be sure to leave your Leonardtown love note with the business so they can post it and spread the word about Maryland's "Most Charming Small Town."

Here are some of the February First Friday specials that Leonardtown businesses will be running. Check back often because we''ll be updating regularly.  Also, be sure to Like our Facebook Page to get the latest information on First Friday happenings.

BLACK MARKET INTERIORS  -- 41665 Fenwick Street, 240-309-4074

I Leonardtown, Pillow Talk.  In keeping with February's theme of love, Black Market Interiors will be offering Feather Filled Toss Pillows at 20% Off.

Accent pillows are a great way to update a room and add a splash of color to any decor.  Come on in and find the ones you love.

SOUTHERN MARYLAND ANNNE PENMAN LASER THERAPY -- 22530 Washington Street, 301-904-4339  is participating in the I Leonardtown in February by offering a LOVE-ly special for your !   Smoking Cessation and Weight Management programs are painless, drug-free laser programs focused on helping you with smoking cessation or managing your weight.  Three sessions are included in the Smoking Cessation Package and four sessions are included for the Weight Management Package.  Penny Brueggemann, Co-Owner, says, “The laser helps stimulate the body’s endorphins, which make the pain from urges more manageable. You will feel very relaxed after each of your sessions, which are geared to help you meet your goals.”  SOMD Anne Penman Laser Therapy, the only office in Maryland, offers free consultations to anyone interested in their programs.  Programs purchased on   “Leonardtown” for February’s First Friday will receive 10% off an already discounted price.  Mention this posting any other time for a 5% discount. Keep up with them on their Face Book page:  Call for a free consultation today!  301-904-4339.    Please note their office is open by appointment only.

CRAZY FOR EWE YARNS -- 22715 Washington Street, 301-475-2744
Come to Crazy for Ewe and get started on Hollyhock, a beautiful spring infinity scarf using three different coordinating yarns.  Hollyhock is romantic and fresh, so even though it's still cold, you'll feel like springtime!

Hollyhock designer Louisa Harding is famous for her romantic sweaters and accessories that bring to mind and English garden.

We have Hollyhock kits in three different colorways - the hardest part will be choosing your favorite.  Bring or purchase at First Friday, one set each US size 9 and 10 circular needles 24" or 32"

CAUGHT MY EYE -- 22760 Washington Street, Unit #1, 301-475-6805
Caught My Eye will have animal related art showing our love for Animals. Snacks and punch will be available. Also, we will be raffling of a handmade Stained Glass wind chime. In order to enter just come fill in the "I Love Leonardtown" sheet filled with the answer to... What do you like most about Caught My Eye?

FENWICK STREET USED BOOKS AND MUSIC- 41655A Fenwick Street, 301-475-2859
Eric Smith will sign copies of his book, Not a Bad Ride: Stories from a Boomer's Life on the Edge from 5-7 PM. "A boomer memoir delivered in wry vignettes—edgy but never bitter. These reflections concentrate on the early 1970s as I drifted through a turbulent swarm of events, buffeted by psychological conflicts, underachieving, drinking, and drugs. • Commune. I guess you could call it a commune: some of us were unrelated; we bought, cooked, and ate food as a group; we’d sit on the floor around a low table wolfing down fried rice, scrambled eggs, calf brains, and lungs. • The Draft. We all dealt with it one way or another. Some took cover in college throughout that period. Others enlisted for four years rather than serving the two-year minimum, sacrificing two years of their lives to gain control over how and where they spent their time during the war. • Hitchhiking. People seldom hitch these days. But in the late sixties and early seventies, we shuffled along the roads with our thumbs out, ready for anything. In the world of hitching, it was axiomatic never to offend the driver. Otherwise, you might find yourself back on the shoulder of the road, or worse. • Dropping Acid. I became concerned I’d have a bad trip so I went into the bathroom, locked the door, stared into the medicine cabinet mirror, and reassured myself—not aloud, but inside my head. I assessed the person I saw as if he and I were different entities. After several minutes, I felt better. • Health. You know that cliché, “If you have your health, you have everything”? In 1980, mine crashed like a runaway elevator. The room spun violently, faster and faster. I went blind; my body tied up in knots and started to disappear. This memoir takes you on the inside of the early seventies—life after that was up for grabs, shaped by one’s youthful mistakes."

NORTH END GALLERY  41652 Fenwick Street, 301-475-3130
North End Gallery presents "A Sweetheart of a Show," its annual invitational show. This large and unique show features the art of more than 25 guest artists from the Southern Maryland area, in addition to work by the gallery's 32 member artists. Included in the show will be children's and scientific illustration, knitted wire, quilting, linocut prints, silver, jewelry, ceramics, wood, sculpture, mosaics and photography as well as drawings and paintings in all media.

The North End Gallery was recently re-designed, so stop by to see the revamped gallery and this fantastic show. Reception 5-8 p.m.

DRAGONFLY DESIGNS JEWELRY - 41620 Courthouse Dr. Weiner Bldg - 2nd floor - 301-997-4240
For February First Friday, Dragonfly Designs will offer 10% off all Jewelry and Accessories.  An additional 10% off sterling bracelets and hand-painted jewelry.

BIG LARRY'S COMIC BOOK CAFE -- 22745 Washington Street 301-475-1860
Visit us on First Friday and confess your love for Big Larry’s and all of Leonardtown! Enter our “Why you love Leonardtown or Big Larry’s” contest! First place winner recieves a $20 Big Larry’s Gift Card and the Runner-Up will recieve a $10 Big Larry’s gift card. Big Larry’s staff will judge entries on Saturday and announce the winners on Sunday on our “Big Larry’s Eatery” Facebook page! Eat, Drink, and be Super!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Happy 2016 - January First Friday

January First Friday fell on New Year's Day, but not to worry - you didn't miss it.  We've rescheduled it so that you get two great events in the first week of the year!  Join us in Leonardtown, the most charming small town in Maryland, for First Friday this week, January 8th!

Come enjoy a unique shopping experience at the small independent business and restaurants here in Leonardtown.

Here are some of the specials Leonardtown businesses have for your this month:

NORTH END GALLERY  41652 Fenwick Street, 301-475-3130
North End Galley offers numerous types of original art works, including hand-made glass dishes, unique pottery in the form of mugs, bowls, and vases, silk-screen prints, glass wall hangings, fine jewelry, fun jewelry, one-of-a-kind clocks, photography and unique glass hangings. There are paintings done in watercolor, scratchboard, pastel, acrylic and oil media as well as prints and notecards by North End Gallery's artists. Stop in at North End Gallery to see this eclectic collection.

FENWICK STREET USED BOOKS & MUSIC 41655A Fenwick Street, 301-475-2859
Author Karen Grubber will be signing copies of her book, Postcard History Series: St. Mary's County. As a St. Mary's County native, local history buff, and postcard collector, Karen L. Grubber shares her family's collection of over 180 vintage postcards, including never-before-published images of cherished landmarks and bygone days.

BLACK MARKET INTERIORS  -- 41665 Fenwick Street,
Stop by Black Market Interiors this Friday. All In-Stock lighting will be 25-40% Off, continuing throughout the month of January. Shop early for best selection! All remaining holiday ornaments & decor will also be available at 75% off through January 16th. Other items throughout store also sale priced.

CAFE des ARTISTES -- 41655 Fenwick Street, 301-997-0500
Make your reservations now to enjoy a delicious meal and the sounds of Randy Richie on the piano. Café des Artistes is a Classic Upscale Bistro where you can escape the culinary mundane and take a journey to the French countryside! The promise of a true elegant country French meal - moderately priced, a well-selected wine list with offerings from France to Leonardtown, the original Chef/Owner and staff still in tact after 11 years - is what makes Café des Artistes one of a kind.

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

Join us for a selection of new hand-dyed yarns from Dream in Color.  Get started on Line Break, a lovely asymetrical wrap with a flattering curved shape.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Happy holidays!

The First Friday team and all the wonderful small, independent merchants and galleries wish you and yours a happy, healthy holiday season. 

Come celebrate January First Friday with us Friday, January 8th from 5-8 pm.  More information and specials to follow!  

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December First Friday

December First Friday is Wish List First Friday.  Each shop has a wish list for you to fill out with everything you'd love to see under the tree.  Check out the ad in this week's County Times - there's a place to list all the stores you visted so Santa will know just what to do!

Come enjoy a unique shopping experience as you stroll the decorated streets and bustle from shop to gallery to restaurant.  Find unique gifts for everyone on your holiday list, and have fun while you shop for yourself too!

Here are some of the specials Leonardtown businesses have for your this month:

NORTH END GALLERY  41652 Fenwick Street, 301-475-3130
North End Gallery has an abundance of riches for your holiday shopping. In addition to fine art paintings, serigraph prints, sculpture, stained glass, woodwork, photography, jewelry and ceramics by our many artists, North End Gallery's 29th annual holiday show, Gifts Galore, offers one-of-a-kind work to suit any budget. You will find unique clocks, Christmas tree ornaments, silk scarves, ceramic and glass dishes and boxes, clay figures, mini paintings and children's books. There's also a selection of elegant, arty and whimsical jewelry. Share the pleasure of your favorite painting with friends and family in a print or note card. Please stop by to see these special large and small works of art!

FENWICK STREET USED BOOKS & MUSIC 41655A Fenwick Street, 301-475-2859
Author Lauren R. Silberman will be signing copies of Wild Women of Maryland from 5-7 pm.  Wild Women of Maryland, tells of the daring women of Maryland who made their mark on history as spies, would-be queens and fiery suffragettes. Sarah Wilson escaped indentured servitude in Frederick by impersonating the queen's sister. In Cumberland, Sallie Pollock smuggled letters for top Confederate officials. Baltimore journalist Marguerite Harrison sneaked into Russia to report conditions there after World War I. From famous figures like Harriet Tubman to unsung heroines like Lady Law Violet Hill Whyte, author Lauren R. Silberman introduces Maryland's most tenacious and adventurous women.

BLACK MARKET INTERIORS  -- 41665 Fenwick Street,
Stop by Black Market Interiors this Friday to fill out your wish list - special promotions for everyone. We offer completely customizable upholstery, distinctive case goods, unusual occasional pieces, a wide selection of wall art, cowhides and area rugs, lighting, and an eclectic assortment of small accessories and gift items. Come see where local Interior Designers find their “wow” pieces to add the finishing touches to their projects

CAFE des ARTISTES -- 41655 Fenwick Street, 301-997-0500
Make your reservations now to enjoy a delicious meal and the sounds of Randy Richie on the piano. Café des Artistes is a Classic Upscale Bistro where you can escape the culinary mundane and take a journey to the French countryside! The promise of a true elegant country French meal - moderately priced, a well-selected wine list with offerings from France to Leonardtown, the original Chef/Owner and staff still in tact after 11 years - is what makes Café des Artistes one of a kind.

GOOD EARTH NATURAL FOODS CO. -- 41765 Park Avenue, 301-475-1630
Come on in December 4th between 5 pm and 8 pm, Wynne will be in the store to help you "Find Unique Gifts for Everyone on Your List"! Shop locally for stocking stuffers and gifts.  Look for our wonderful selection of Forever Eden products made in Maryland, and other great items at your neighborhood natural foods market, The Good Earth.

CAUGHT MY EYE -- 22760 Washington Street, Unit #1, 301-475-6805
A glass ornament that the customer can bring home and decorate for their tree with a purchase of $20 worth of any handmade item in the shop. While supplies last.

 This promotion will be offered all day First Friday, December 4th.

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

Join us for a glamorous trunk show from Prism Yarns.  Beautiful samples made from their exquisite hand dyed yarns will be on display.

Prism Yarns  is the exclusive manufacturer of Stuff™Yarns -- 30 to 40 individually hand-dyed, color and gauge-coordinated yarns that are tied together end-to-end by hand. When knit, the yarns change from one to another in varying lengths for a beautiful and fun knitting experience and a striking fabric.   More info here.

THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY - TUDOR HALL -- 41680 Tudor Place, 301-475-2467
Come visit Tudor Hall in its holiday splendor!  This historic house has been decorated in period style and is open for tours First Friday. Come see this historic treasure dressed for the holidays.

YELLOW DOOR ART STUDIO -- 22795 Washington St. 240-925-1888
Featuring a new show by Kay Duval and Hana Horstkamp “St. Mary’s Treasures”  Two southern Maryland oil painters team up to present paintings of St. Mary’s County. A perfect gift for the holiday season folks--beautifully made original paintings to grace your homes and offices. Stop by Yellow Door Art Studios to enjoy a painterly feast for the eyes!" Show opens Dec. 4. and runs through December 28, 2015.  Reception on Friday Dec. 4 from 5- 8 pm

Open Studio on Friday Dec. 4, Friday 5:00 – 8:00 pm Drop in, see the show, stay for art making. Make a holiday Card holder! $10.00 per participant. This is a fun activity for kids and adults alike!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November First Friday is this week

Hard to believe it, but November is already here!  November First Friday kicks off the Grateful Harvest - Share the Bounty campaign. Local businesses are supporting a canned and non-perishable food drive throughout the month.  Beautiful boxes decorated by art students at The Yellow Door Art Studio will be in each business to collect your donations. Please think of those less fortunate and be generous.  The drive will end on November 28th, Small Business Saturday.

Also November First Friday, join us in the Leonardtown Art Center for your last chance to vote on your favorite Uplifting Design and contribute to St. Mary's Medstar Breast Cancer Outreach.  The bras will be on display from 5-8 pm.

Don't miss these and other specials around town!

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

The North End Gallery November Show celebrates the work of member artists Jim Doussard and Andrew Ridenour. Doussard's work includes one-of-a-kind clocks made with antiques and discarded scrap materials in addition to paintings and framed sillouettes. Ridenour is showing bright and colorful landscape paintings. This show is a "must see," so plan on stopping by.

CAUGHT MY EYE -- 22760 Washington Street, Unit #1,
At Caught My Eye, all India handicrafts (jewelry, slippers, clothing, shawls, home décor items) in the store will be 50% off the regular price. This will be all day Friday only.

 Stock up for your Christmas gift giving!

BLACK MARKET INTERIORS  -- 41665 Fenwick Street, 240-309-4074

Drop off a non-perishable food item for Grateful Harvest and receive a 15% Discount Coupon for purchases at Black Market Interiors good throughout the month of November.
Preview our Holiday Ornaments selection. New Ornaments arriving weekly over the next few weeks. 25% off all remaining Illume Candle Products

CAFE des ARTISTES -- 41655 Fenwick Street, 301-997-0500
Make your reservations now for dinner at Cafe des Artistes. Enjoy delicious seasonal specials and listen to the music of Randy Richie on the piano.

CRAZY FOR EWE -- 22715 Washington Street, 301-475-2744
Crazy for Ewe is kicking off our first ever Mystery Knitalong. Mary has selected a pattern she knows you'll love, but you don't get to see it before hand.  You just have to trust and knit.

Come choose your colors and join us First Friday to get started and be part of the fun!

FENWICK STREET USED BOOKS & MUSIC 41655A Fenwick Street, 301-475-2859
Join us for a book signing with local author and equestrian, Michael Kibler. 5:00- 7:00 PM Horses, Humans and Harmony.
- It is often forgotten how much we, as a species, owe to the great and majestic animal that is the horse. Indeed, the rise of modern civilization is much indebted to this wondrous creature. It is one that can fly without wings and thunder without clouds. It needs no speech to strike our own away, nor requires any wind to draw the very breath out of us. But how much do we actually know about the horse? Today, countless members of the human race attempt to understand and comprehend how we can live and work in harmony with one of the most amazing animals ever to come into existence. In Horses, Humans, and Harmony, equestrian Michael Kibler does just that. By breaking down natural horse psychology, human reactions, and the best way to adapt them both, Michael encourages the development of a healthy and happy bond between horses and humans. Don’t work on horses, work with them! Come pick up a copy and meet the author.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October First Friday changes

The rain and winds are coming, so we decided it would be safer for everyone to cancel the band and Uplifting Designs Show on the Square this First Friday.  We are working to reschedule these outdoor festivities.  Please keep an eye on this site and our Facebook page for news and updates!

Also, remember that some restaurants, galleries, and other businesses are largely unaffected by the rain - please stay the course and enjoy your favorite indoor First Friday activities this month - but do keep your eye on this page and our Facebook page for late-breaking news on what's happening in town.

From North End Gallery: Due to the extreme weather conditions expected on October 2, North End Gallery has postponed its First Friday and show reception for artists Jeanne Hammett and Sarah Houde. The reception will take place October 9 at 5:00 PM. Artist Karen Russell's paintings will also be donated to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital Infusion Center on October 9.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pink Friday

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Leonardtown is going all out to support (hehe) the cause!  We'll have live music on the square from The Bootleggers, a very cool female band., as well as the Uplifting Designs Bra Art contest.

This is a fun way the St. Mary's Arts Council uses art to bring awareness and raise money for Breast Cancer Screening, Early Detection, and Cancer Support Programs at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.  It's not too late to create your own bra masterpiece and contribute to the cause.  Interested?  See the details here.

Around town the shops and businesses will have specials for Pink Friday - don't miss these fun promotions and events :

NORTH END GALLERY  41652 Fenwick Street, 301-475-3130
For the month of October, the North End Gallery celebrates a two-woman show featuring potter Sarah Houde and silkscreen artist Jeanne Norton Hammett. In addition to pottery inspired by her travels, Houde has produced a new collection of gracefully formed bowls depicting Chesapeake waterfowl. Hammett's rich silk-screen creations were influenced by Southern Maryland country and water scenes. Additionally, North End Gallery artist Karen Quam Russell will donate eight beautifully rendered floral watercolors to the Infusion Center for MedStar St. Mary's Hospital during the October First Friday reception at North End Gallery.

CRAZY FOR EWE -- 22715 Washington Street, 301-475-2744
Crazy for Ewe is featuring a brand new cowl project - Isadore, by Louisa Harding. Worked in coordinating colors of two different yarns, this cowl is stylish, feminine, and fun to knit.  Kit is available in three colors.  For every kit purchased, Crazy for Ewe will donate $5 to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital outreach efforts.  Come choose  your color and get started with us First Friday.

CAFE des ARTISTES -- 41655 Fenwick Street, 301-997-0500
For LUNCH & DINNER: Pink Salmon Paupiette - rolled and stuffed with Pink scallop mousse & spinach; served with Pink beurre blanc Pink (Strawberry) Bavarois - Rich strawberry flavored Pink Bavarian Cream surround by a delicate sponge cake!
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.

FENWICK STREET USED BOOKS & MUSIC 41655A Fenwick Street, 301-475-2859
Ellynne Davis and Joyce Judd book signing 5-7 PM- Halloween Fright On A Chesapeake Night tells the story of three black cats who live on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and relates their trick or treating adventures.

ST. MARY'S HISTORICAL SOCIETY 41680 Tudor Place, 301-475-2467
The Historical Society will have the Old Jail Museum open First Fridays - come by and take a guided tour of this  fascinating museum.

Tudor Hall, an 18th century houseof the Georgian architecture, is the oldest building in Leonardtown. Tudor Hall was built by the Barnes family, either Abraham or his son, Richard, both of whom were active in the American Revolution. The name Tudor Hall was given to the house by a 19th century owner, Henry G.S. Key, a cousin of Francis Scott Key.

BIG LARRY'S EATERY AND BOOK CAFE -- 22745 Washington Street 301-475-1860

PORT OF LEONARDTOWN WINERY -- off Rt. 5 at 23190 Newtowne Neck Road , 301-690-2192