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Steel Magnolias

Concerned with a group of gossipy Southern ladies in a small town beauty parlor, Steel Magnolias is alternately hilarious and touching -- and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness that underlies the antic banter of its characters.

The Newtowne Players will perform Steel Magnolias Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 7. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows begin at 3:30 p.m. Performances are held at Three Notch Theatre on 21744 South Coral Drive in Lexington Park.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, senior citizens and the military. Thursday shows are $10 general admission. Light refreshments and beverages are also available for purchase at the theatre.

The theater is also asking for donations of wrapped candy to support its participation in Annmarie Garden’s Halloween in the Garden Oct. 27. Bins will be provided in the lobby during the run of Steel Magnolias.

Reservations are recommended; call 301-737-5447 or go to www.newtowneplayers.org.

Explore the ways conflict has impacted the lives of your neighbors and ancestors when “War Comes to St. Mary’s” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29-30 at Historic St. Mary’s City at 18751 Hogaboom Lane.

The event will focus on Colonial Maryland, when all able-bodied male colonists were directed to arm themselves and be prepared to defend the colony against pirates, Virginians and others intent on plundering. Although the militia of St. Mary’s City fought few battles, members still needed to be trained and ready to do battle at a moment’s notice. Several times throughout the year, the citizen armed force would travel from far-flung plantations to muster and practice soldiers’ skills.

At “War Comes to St. Mary’s” visitors can stroll through encampments and talk to militia families or watch as unit members test their mastery with a sword and musket. Learn about open-hearth cooking, march a drill, or practice with a pike. Take a break and enjoy period music, a puppet show, and colonial games. At 1:30 p.m., join a unique walking tour along a Timeline of Conflict. Meet reenacators representing soldiers from different time periods and conflicts. “War Comes to St. Mary’s” is sponsored by Chaney Enterprises and the Historic St. Mary’s City Foundation.

After hours, dance aficionados are invited to join militia members for a country dance on the state house lawn. No partner and no experience are needed. All dances will be taught, then called, and accompanied by live music. The Militia Ball will take place from 7:30-9 p.m. and it’s free.

Militia Muster activities are included with admission to the museum. Fees are $10 for adults, $9 seniors, $6 for youth, and free for those less than 5 years old and Friends members. Lunch and snacks from Expressions of St. Mary’s will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Call 1-800-SMC-1634, 240-895-4990 or visit www.stmaryscity.org.

A poker run for wounded Marines will be held Sept. 29. Registration will take place at Toot’s Bar at 23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood starting at 11 a.m. with the ride beginning at noon. There is a $25 entry fee with a $250 prize for the best poker hand.

T-shirts will be provided for riders. All motorcycles welcomed. The final stop is a party with live music at Toot’s Bar in Hollywood.

All proceeds from the event will go to Marines Helping Marines, an organization dedicated to helping injured Marines after being wounded in our defense.

Call Billy Breslin at 301-904-5412.