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Activities and fun in beautiful, downtown, historic Leonardtown are planned for Friday, July 9, and Sunday, July 11. Dress up in jazz-era attire and dance on Fenwick Street with live music. Enjoy local shops and the Social Coffeehouse for a bite to eat. On Sunday, make reservations to enjoy brunch and listen to live music at The Front Porch and Antoinette’s Garden. Then head over to the Port of Leonardtown Winery for more live music and a glass of award-wining wine! For more information, email info@visitstmarys.com.

Important dates

July 12 is National Simplicity Day to honor the life of Henry David Thoreau and his philosophy of living simply in natural surroundings. Happy Birthday PattyCatty, our feral cat rescue, who turns 8 years old on July 14, which is Bastille Day!

FOL to host sidewalk sale

The Friends of the St. Mary’s County Library will hold a Children’s Books Outdoor Sidewalk Sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at the Board of Elections Building, 23250 Hollywood Road in Leonardtown. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. Rain date is July 17.

For more information, email Folstmarys@gmail.com.

Riverkeeper networking

Register for Water Wednesday: Intro and Q&A With The Riverkeepers nooin to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 14. This online webinar features Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks, Shenandoah Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf and Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls.

NEG to hold “From Sea to Shining Sea”

North End Gallery in Leonardtown’s July exhibit “From Sea to Shining Sea” focuses on America’s beauty, uniqueness, traditions, and culture with a diverse collection of artwork by its 32 members. Visitors will find new work that includes found-object assemblages, fused-glass sculptures, pottery and woodwork, plein-air paintings, large format acrylic abstracts, urban, seascape and abstract photography, stained-glass objects, watercolors, still life oil paintings, precious metal jewelry, and the new 2022 NEG Planner 14-month wall calendar. The gallery, which is located at ---, is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, and will remain open until 8 p.m. on Friday, July 9, for the Jazz Era party and concert.

For more information, email northendgalleryinfo@gmail.com. or to see the members’ work, go to www.northendgallery.com.

Historic St. Mary’s City news

The new summer schedule will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Summer workshops for kids include Waterfront Wonders (ages 8-12) on July 14, Experimental Archaeology (ages 7-12) on July 15 and Fiber Arts (ages 7-12) on July 16. The cost is $20, $15 for members for each workshop and space is limited. Registration is required and payment is due upon registration.

For more information, email Programs@DigsHistory.org.

AMG ready to start bugging you

Annemarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center is looking for vendors that fit the insect, art, and science theme of Insectival 2021, which will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 24. The booth fee is $35 and advance application is required.

For more information, email art@annmariegarden.org.

Waterway improvement funds announced

Gov. Larry Hogan (-) recently announced $13.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants to help enhance and improve public boating access, facilities, and navigation throughout the state. Calvert County recipients include the Calvert Marine Museum, the Town of Chesapeake Beach, and the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department. St Mary’s County recipients include Bushwood Wharf, the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, Snow Hill Park and the St. Patrick’s Creek Federal Navigation Channel.

Recipe of the Week

Brood X Tempura

By Ellynne Davis

(With apologies to George and Ira Gershwin)

“You say cicAYda

I say cicAHda.

Cut up a tomAYto

(Or a tomAHto),

And slices of potAYto

(Or slices of potAHto),

Plus a wedge of avocAHdo.

Coat it all with crumbs of pAHnko,

(Add a pinch of salt & pepper & Old Bay Seasoning);

Fry it up in E-V-O-OH.

CicAYda; cicAHda.

TomAYto; potAHto,

A wedge of avocAHdo

Some pAHnko, E-V-O-OH,

And let’s call it tempurAH!”

I originally wrote this poem as a joke; then I realized it could be an actual recipe! Of course, I haven’t prepared it, but perhaps an adventurous reader might be willing to try it? The cicada season is winding down now, but for those who had the foresight to freeze the bugs at the peak of the invasion, this tempura recipe might just hit the spot! The recipe would also work as well with a pound of shelled, deveined shrimp. Please let me know how this dish turns out for you and I’ll feature your version as a future Recipe of the Week.

Many thanks to artist Lois Stephenson of Leonardtown who created this beautiful cicada drawing specifically to pair with the Brood X Tempura recipe. Her recipe for delicious toffee appeared in this column Aug. 14, 2020. Lois’ many talents include writing, acting, filmmaking, and music. Lois and I appeared together in the Southern MD Filmfest movie “In Passing” which premiered at the Lincoln Center in 2018. A memorable trip to NYC via Amtrak ensued as we travelled to attend the screening. Thank you Lois for your artwork!

Please continue to send your news items and recipes to LynnieBDavis@gmail.com. Thank you.