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Bluegrass in the country

Jay Armsworthy and Eastern Tradition Band will perform its “hard-driving” bluegrass sound at the annual bluegrass concert and spaghetti dinner 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 16 at the Nanjemoy Community Center at 4375 Port Tobacco Road in Port Tobacco.

Armsworthy is a noted local promoter of bluegrass music whose efforts to increase interest in the genre have been recognized by the International Bluegrass Music Association. But in Nanjemoy, he and his band will showcase their own creativity.

Dinner will be served before the show starts, courtesy of the Nanjemoy Community Center Council. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.

Charles County residents may purchase tickets for $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets for nonresidents cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, contact the Nanjemoy Community Center at 301-246-9612.

‘Shamrock Shenanigans’ concert

It’s said that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so this weekend enjoy “Shamrock Shenanigans — the Sequel,” a concert by the Chesapeake Choral Arts Society. The repertoire will feature Irish music (though all of Britain is fair game). The concert is back by popular demand, having been very well received a few years ago, according to CCAS.

Old standards like “Danny Boy” and “Molly Malone” will be on the program, joined by other pieces including “A Welsh Lullaby,” “The British Grenadiers” and “Phil the Fluter’s Ball.”

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. March 16 and 3:30 p.m. March 17 at the College of Southern Maryland’s La Plata campus, fine arts building, 8730 Mitchell Road. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, people with military IDs and students high school-age or younger. Tickets can be bought online with a credit card or with cash or a check at the door. Go to, or call 301-642-0594.

Cook like a colonist

Head to National Colonial Farm in Accokeek for a demonstration of old-time cooking using seasonal ingredients, “A pot, a kettle and a cook.”

This month’s class will focus on using little-known jerusalem artichokes, as well as cucumbers, to prepare tasty meals. Participants will explore old recipes and join a “kitchen table conversation” about Maryland’s changing epicurean landscape during the past three centuries.

The free demonstration will be held noon-1 p.m. March 16 at 3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek. For more information, call 301-283-2113 or go to