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With 23 wineries on hand to offer their wares, Sotterley Plantation will celebrate the best of Maryland at the Riverside WineFest at Sotterley 2012 from noon-5 p.m. Oct. 6-7.

For two days, guests will have the chance to taste the offerings from nearly two dozen Maryland wineries. Enjoy award-winning wines, scrumptious food and treats, handcrafted wares from regional artisans and free children’s activities. The live music line-up will include a tremendous variety of music, including performances by The Pax Rats, Groove Span, David and Joseph Norris, and Gary Rue and the Dance Hall Ghost.

The only wine festival in St. Mary’s County, this event will feature only Maryland wines, according to Sotterley Marketing Manager Eileen Miller.

“This is our largest fundraising event of the year,” Miller said. “This event is responsible for 15 percent of our operating budget, which is significant for us.”

For those who have always wanted to learn about wine making and wine testing, enjoy informative demonstrations and exhibits. Free garden tours and “mini tours” of the 1703 Plantation House will be available to guests. In the historic Barn, artists from The Color & Light Society will be creating, displaying and selling their creations.

Tickets are $25 at the gate; $15 for designated drivers; $5 for children ages 6 through 20; and free for children younger than 6. Tickets for Sotterley members are $18 available by phone only.

Go to or call 301-373-2280 or 800-681-0850.

Cryer’s to host bluegrass festival

Bring your lawn chairs to Cryer’s Back Road Inn at 22096 Newtowne Neck Road in Leonardtown for the first annual bluegrass festival sponsored by Joey Tippett and the California Ramblers noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 6.

“This is the first year we’ve put on a festival,” Tippett said. “We have played a couple of benefits and we thought a festival might be a good idea.”

Highlighting the bill for the event will be Spoon Creek, Highway 249 and Jollet Lane.

“Two of the bands are local,” Tippett said, “and the other two are coming from Buckingham County, Va. and Williamsburg, Va.”

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

“If it turns out all right, we’ll probably do it every year,” he said. “Right now, we’re hoping to make enough money to pay the bands.”

Call 240-925-0133, 301-481-0151 or go to

Sorel, Solero to perform for Virts Concert Series

The College of Southern Maryland welcomes violinist Robert Sorel and pianist Narciso Solero to perform at the Ward Virts Concert Series at 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Prince Frederick campus, Room 119 at 115 J.W. Williams Road in Prince Frederick.

Sorel is a freelance violinist, violist, music educator and conductor in the Washington, D.C. area. He has been a featured soloist with the Washington Bach Sinfonia and the New England Chamber Players and he has given numerous recitals throughout the New England and the Washington, D.C. areas. Solero regularly appears in collaboration with other artists. Solero has worked with artists including Placido Domingo, soprano Harolyn Blackwell, soprano Beverly Rinaldi and television and movie star, Vanessa Williams.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free and seating is open but limited. Call 443-550-6011, email or go to

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ continues into final week

Port Tobacco Players will stage “To Kill a Mockingbird” through Oct. 7 at the theater, 508 Charles St., La Plata. Shows are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $17 for adults and $14 for students, seniors and military members. Call 301-932-6819.