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Summer brings big changes in family routines. Schools are closed until August. There are plenty of long summer days and balmy summer nights ahead, and plenty of nearby entertainment options that won’t put a big dent in your wallet. The money you do spend will stay in the area, helping out tourism-related businesses and bouncing around the community.
Here are just a few suggestions:
The River Concert Series at St. Mary’s College of Maryland began its summer season last week, and for the next five Friday evenings will feature the Chesapeake Orchestra and guests on the townhouse green. Admission is free, and you can bring a picnic or purchase food from vendors. Grounds open at 5 p.m., and the music starts at 7.
This coming weekend brings an early start to Fourth of July celebrations, with the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department’s annual celebration set for Saturday, June 29. Live entertainment and carnival rides begin at 5 p.m. and fireworks start at dusk.
Sunday, June 30, brings and Independence Day Celebration Concert at Waterfront at Sotterley Plantation from 1 to 4 p.m. featuring the Chesapeake Orchestra Brass Quintet. Admission is free for active, reserve and retired military members and $10 per car for others.
On July 4 itself, the fireworks show moves across the Patuxent River to Solomons. A street fair begins at 3 p.m. and the fireworks are due at 9:30.
That’s not the end of it. Fireworks will end the River Concert Series on July 5, and they’ll blast off at Dennis Point Marina in Drayden on Saturday, July 6.
July 5 also brings Leonardtown’s First Friday activities. Those go on all year, but the daylight lasts longer during the summer time. And the special events in town this summer aren’t confined to the first Friday of the month.
The Twilight Performance Series will bring actors and musicians to the Leonardtown campus of the College of Southern Maryland on July 16, 23 and 30. The Downtown Tunes series on the town square continues July 27 and Aug. 24. Saturday, Aug. 3 will bring the town’s Beach Party on the Square.
At the Goddard Farm outside of town, Lil Margaret’s Bluegrass Festival will mark its 25th year on Aug. 8, 9 and 10.
The long summer evenings also encourage a trip to watch the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf. The minor league baseball team plays in the Atlantic League; its schedule includes about 70 home games during the regular season. The team is in town Wednesday and Thursday this week, and will be back July 2 through 7, with more fireworks July 4 at the stadium. And fireworks are a regular feature at all Friday and Saturday night games.
Tickets are inexpensive, and an even better way to save money is to bring your own lawn chairs and blankets and sit on the hillside just beyond the outfield fence. There are plenty of activities for children, including a playground and bumper boats.
This year the team is also hosting the league’s All-Star activities July 9 and 10. Fifty of the league’s best athletes will be in town.
All this is just scratching the surface. Check our Southern Maryland Weekend section each Friday, and the calendar of events in our community section each Wednesday and Friday. A long, relaxing summer stretches ahead.