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The Piney Point Lighthouse and the reconstructed Blackistone Lighthouse will be open for viewing Sunday, Aug. 3, in recognition of National Lighthouse Day.

The Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be tours of the museum, the Potomac River Maritime Exhibit, the lighthouse itself and the grounds.

“The preservation work was finished last year. It looks wonderful, now,” said April Havens, site coordinator at Piney Point. The 1836 lighthouse tower was renovated from top to bottom, inside and out, including a new spiral staircase.

“The keeper’s quarters are going to be open. There will be some visiting artists” displaying and selling lighthouse-themed works, Havens said.

The standalone house where the lighthouse keepers lived is normally closed to the public. Visitors will be able to tour the quarters and see the artwork by Mary Gault, Nancy Wathen, Eric Berg and River Edge Fiberworks.

The museum’s maritime exhibit building features boats, including the skipjack Joy Parks. There are also exhibits focusing on watermen, boat-building and fossil in the maritime building.

The reconstructed Blackistone Lighthouse stands on St. Clement’s Island State Park. It is accessible by private boat or by water taxi service from nearby St. Clement’s Island Museum.

This Sunday, water taxi service will begin at 10 a.m. with the last ride to the island at 2 p.m., Christina Barbour, site coordinator, said. The last ride back to the museum is at 3:30 p.m.

The lighthouse will be open for tours by volunteers of the St. Clement’s Hundred organization, which maintains the island and the lighthouse.

“We encourage people to take the water taxi early in the day and pack a picnic” to enjoy on the island, said Helen Dorsey, a board member of the St. Clement’s Hundred.

Visitors to the lighthouses will be able to have their United States Lighthouse Society passports stamped, Dorsey said.

The official National Lighthouse Day is Aug. 7, as designated by Congress in 1989 as part of the 200th anniversary of the signing of a congressional act “for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers,” and the date of the first commissioned federal lighthouse.

A fee of $7 per person at the St. Clement’s museum includes museum admission and water taxi service. Call ahead at 301-769-2222 to check if weather conditions allow water taxi operation.

For more information about the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum, which has a fee of $7 for adults or $3.50 for children, seniors or military with ID, call 301-994-1471.

Point Lookout lighthouse, located in Scotland’s Point Lookout State Park, will not be open on Sunday, but will be open and available for tours Saturday, Aug. 2. Park fees apply.

Annual Governor’s Cup race sets sail Aug. 1

The Governor’s Cup Yacht Race will be held Aug. 1 and 2, with sail boats starting in Annapolis and ending at Church Point at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

This year will be the 41st running of the oldest and longest overnight race on the Chesapeake Bay. The 70-mile race begins on Friday, Aug. 1, at 2:55 p.m., with racers expected at the college beginning that night through Saturday.

The race will be bookended by icons of Maryland’s maritime history: the Pride of Baltimore II will start the race and the Maryland Dove will mark the end the race. The Potomac Leg of the race from Dahlgren, Va., added in 2012, will return this year.

For information, email or call 240-895-3039.

Road closure in Wildewood planned

On Saturday, Aug. 2, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., Wildewood Parkway between Wildewood Drive and Hickory Nut Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic for the seventh annual kids triathlon. Side street access to Wildewood Parkway will be available. During the closure vehicles wishing to exit/enter the Wildewood neighborhood past the pool will need to use the rear exit of Wildewood at Lawrence Hayden Road. For more information visit and select kids triathlon.

NAACP to meet, encourage voting

Tawana Lane, with the Maryland State Education Association, will give strategies for getting people registered to vote and out to vote in this year’s election at the NAACP St. Mary’s County chapter’s July 31 meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Lexington Park library. The local NAACP branch will be soliciting volunteers to organize a “souls to the polls” event for the Nov. 4 election.

In addition Del. John Bohanan (D-St. Mary’s) will discuss legislation passed in the last legislative session in Annapolis that impacts St. Mary’s County citizens, in particular the African-American/minority community. In addition, he will share how citizens can give input to the development of bills that they might want elected officials to sponsor. Call 301-863-3011 or visit for more information.

Auditions for ghosts to be held

Open auditions for “The Ghosts of Sotterley” will be held beginning next week. For both seasoned actors or those with a newfound interest in acting, anyone from age 12 and up can try out.

Auditions will be held at the Sotterley warehouse on Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon; Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. This year’s “Ghosts of Sotterley” presentation, called “Love, Life, Liberty and Loss,” will run Oct. 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. If interested in tech support, costuming, or hair and makeup, contact Mellanie Teed at 301-373-2280 or

Lawn mower races in Clements this weekend

The United States Lawn Mower Racing Association will be plowing into Clements this weekend for the 10th annual St. Mary’s County Mow Down.

Professional lawn mower racers will compete for bragging rights, lawn ornaments and trophies as they go head to head on Friday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2, at Bowles Farms on 22880 Budds Creek Road, at the intersection of Route 234 and Pincushion Road. Spectator admission is $10 per person, with children 6 and younger free. The races benefit the 7th District Rescue Squad and the 7th District Optimist Club of St. Mary’s County.

Racers from the Mason-Dixon Lawn Mower Racing Association, Florida Lawn Mower Racing Association, Ohio Lawn Mower Racing Association and Michigan Lawn Mower Racing Association will be tearing up the turf along with sod slingers from Alabama, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

Established in 1992, the USLMRA is the oldest and largest lawn mower racing sanctioning body with more than 250 races taking place across the country every year. From former pro athletes to farmers and attorney, the USLMRA includes more than 700 racing enthusiasts and 60 chapters and affiliated clubs.

The 2014 STA-BIL Lawn and Garden Mower Racing Series runs from March through September all across the country. For more information on the USLMRA, its clubs and upcoming races, visit

Stroke survivors support group to meet

Survivors of a stroke can face many changes when returning to everyday life. Learn about physical and emotional challenges and how to adjust to them at a free stroke survivors support group on Aug. 19, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Health Connections at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. Speakers provide a topic of interest each month to stroke survivors and their families. Caregivers are welcome. Call 301-475-6019 for more information.