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Celtic music fans will have the chance to learn from a star performer, and hear him play, when the Winter Celtic Music Festival takes place this Saturday, Jan. 12, at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown.

Bruce Molsky, A Bronx native who became a well-recognized master fiddle player of Appalachian music after moving to Virginia in the 1970s, will conduct a workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. that day for not only fiddlers, but banjoists and guitarists as well. At 7:30 p.m., Molsky will present a concert in the school’s Romauld Hall auditorium.

“He is so entertaining, he doesn’t even need a whole band,” according to Sarah Brenzo, the president of the Celtic Society of Southern Maryland and director of its Celtic Arts Education Committee.

Brenzo said this week that the festival has been held since 2006 at the school, hosted by its Student Organization for Improving the Arts. Brenzo said some of the school group’s members have supported the festival program from the onset.

“I think [the president of the group] might have been 8 years old when she attended the workshop,” Brenzo said.

Molsky’s played in Nickel Creek’s farewell tour, Brenzo said, and musicians bringing their instruments to the workshop are encouraged to bring along a recording device, as Molsky will be teaching them tunes by ear.

For more information, email or call 301-375-0534.

Play bingo to fund school play

The Chopticon High School Theatre Booster Club is raising money for the costumes, set and props needed for an upcoming spring production of Disney’s version of Beauty & The Beast, and the club will hold a bingo event this Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge.

Bingo games to win Vera Bradley bags will begin at 2 p.m., one hour after the doors open, at the lodge located off Mechanicsville Road. Food and other refreshments will be available for purchase, along with baked goods and tickets for raffles and 50-50 drawings.

For more information, call 301-481-4420 or send email to

Mediators to host Sunday quarter auction

Quarter Throwdown auction fans can put their coins in play from 2 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 12, at the St. Mary’s fairgrounds off Route 5 south of Leonardtown, at an event benefiting the St. Mary’s Community Mediation Center.

Doors will open at 1 p.m.

For more information, call 410-474-2958 or go online to

Take a look at Sotterley’s backstairs

Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood will continue its 2nd Saturday Series this weekend on Saturday, Jan. 12, when tours at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. will give visitors a chance to explore the usually closed-off backstairs and upstairs of the historic mansion.

The visits to the kitchen will go from there to the back staircase, and up the steps to private chambers and undisplayed collections.

Participants will learn what it takes to operate and support the museum. They’ll also need to be prepared to do some walking outdoors.

Advance reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased online at

For more information, call 301-373-2280.

Visit Rosesale Manor on Sunday

Sundays in the Park continue this weekend, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, at Greenwell State Park in Hollywood, where visitors can go through historic Rosedale Manor, once the home of John Philip Greenwell Jr., who donated his land to the state of Maryland.

The manor house is located at 25420 Rosedale Manor Lane.

For more information, call the Greenwell Foundation at 301-373-9775.

Eat steak and shrimp Jan. 18 in Avenue

American Legion Post No. 221 at 21690 Colton Point Road in Avenue will hold its monthly dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, featuring New York strip steak, steamed shrimp and burgers.

Platters and sandwiches both will be available, for eat-in or carryout service.

For more information, call 301-769-4569, or go online to

King breakfast planned Jan. 21 at college

The 9th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast will be held from 6 to 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

The program portion of the event held in the J. Frank Raley Great Room will begin at 8 a.m.

For more information, send email to

Learn about shelter program funding on Jan. 22

St. Mary’s Department of Social Services in Leonardtown will host a meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, of the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, which authorizes supplemental funding for nonprofit groups that aid homeless people.

The meeting will be held in the Russell Room of the Carter State Office Building on Leonard Hall Drive.

For more information, call 240-895-7033 or send email to

See green house on Jan. 24

A model home featuring low-impact landscaping and conservation techniques will be open for inspection at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Elizabeth Hills housing area off Indian Bridge Road north of Great Mills.

The structure is the result of a partnership involving the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association and two developers, Stanley Martin Homes Wildewood and Marrick Homes.

For more information, call Bob Lewis at 301-737-2903, or send email to

Find out how much its worth

Expert appraisers will be at St. Clement’s Island Museum in Coltons Point from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, to give their opinion on the value of visitors’ jewelry, dolls, coins, paintings, pottery, glassware and other works of art.

A representative from the Washington Conservation Guild will teach visitors how to preserve photographs, newspapers and paintings.

The appraisals will be done first-come, first-served, and each visitor should bring no more than two items.

For more information, call 301-769-2222.

Apply by Feb. 1 for farm bureau scholarship

St. Mary’s Farm Bureau reports that the state organization has set a deadline of Feb. 1 to apply for one of 10 $2,000 scholarships, for high school seniors who will start college in the fall of this year.

Applicants or their parents or guardians must be members of the Maryland Farm Bureau. Seven of the scholarships will be offered to students majoring in an agriculture curriculum.

For more information, send email to, or call 410-374-2324.