Drivers and tourists cruising along county roads will have the chance to see some new sights after the Arts Council of Calvert County recently announced the installation of three new squares on the Calvert Barn Quilt Trail.

“It’s an economic development project and a tourism project because we really, really want people to understand how precious Calvert County is and how important these multigenerational farms are,” said Calvert Barn Quilt Trail Chairperson Sue Mills, who is also the treasurer of the arts council. “Really, we want to preserve them. We want to keep our small businesses open and our farmers growing.”

According to a press release, a barn quilt square is a replica of one square from a quilt pattern, painted on an 8-by-8-foot square piece of wood mounted on the side of a barn or other structure.

The Barn Quilt Trail is becoming a popular tourism trend, with thousands of barn quilts existing around the country.

“Oh yes, this is really cool,” Calvert Asrts Council President Carol Eberly said. “Quilting is very popular in the United States right now. It will be a really cool tourist attraction.”

The sixth square, which was designed by Marie Dawson and titled “Barn with Sunflowers,” is at The Barn at Pleasant Acres, at 5145 Mackall Road in St. Leonard. An artist, Dawson has lived in Calvert County for more than 30 years and enjoys photographing barns in the county and seeing fields of sunflowers in bloom.

Wilma “Willie” Sickle and her son, Bob, who own The Barn at Pleasant Acres, chose Dawson’s design in part to welcome guests to their event barn, which hosts weddings and parties.

The seventh square is Kathy Bowen’s “Farmer’s Daughter,” which is a more than five generation family barn located at 875 Dan Bowen Road in Prince Frederick.

Bowen, who is a farmer’s daughter, and her 98-year-old mother, Mildred, are quilters, as was Mildred’s mother, Nettie A. Bowen.

The eighth square hangs at Butterflies & Wishes Teas & Sweets at 3819 Harbor Road, Suite 106, in Chesapeake Beach, which is owned and operated by Sandy Walker-Samler. The square, which was inspired by Walker-Samler’s grandmother, features a sawtooth star with a checkerboard border and is sponsored by Phil and Joyce Pfanschmidt.

Quilters interested in having a square on the trail go through an application process. Barn owners host the squares and sponsors are then needed to help with materials, which run $200 for a 4-by-4, or $350 for an 8-by-8 duplicate, which is constructed out of wood.

The next three squares are scheduled to be released shortly, though a lift is required to hoist the squares, which can weigh up to 350 pounds.

Chesapeake Bay Railway Museum and Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum are scheduled to get their squares shortly.

“The idea is that we want to tap into that eight-million-dollar tourist industry from Washington, D.C., and have [people] come on down Route 4 and all the way to Solomons and along the way look at our farms and our heritage,” Mills said.

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Trail Ride returns to Johnson Brothers Farm

Everard Sr. and Loujeania Johnson’s Trail Ride 2018 will take place Saturday, Aug. 18, at The Johnson Brothers Farm, 1955 Laveille Road, Port Republic. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Trail Ride time begins at noon, with lunch at 12:30 p.m., bingo at 1:30 p.m. and dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Register at the gate for this free event and receive an event wristband.

The full Trail Ride program runs Aug. 16 through 19, starting at 8 a.m. Aug. 16 and ending at 5 p.m. Aug. 19.

On Thursday, Aug. 16, enjoy a seafood mixer at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Gray-Ray Post 220 at a cost of $20, and on Friday, Aug. 17, enjoy a fish fry from 4 to 8 p.m. and party from 8 p.m. to midnight, also at the legion post. On Sunday, Aug. 19, there will be a fish and grits breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by “Cowboy Church” at 8 a.m.

For more information, call 410-586-1066, 443-532-5915 or 410-474-3138.

Calvert Hospice to host summer fundraiser

Calvert Hospice will hold its second annual “An Evening in the Vineyard” from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at 150 Adelina Road in Prince Frederick.

Guests can expect a selection of dishes created by Elegance by Maryland Country Caterers, a full bar including wine and beer from Running Hare Vineyard and Calvert Brewing Company and a performance by the five-piece NightLife Band.

There will also be a silent auction that will include local artwork, jewelry, sports memorabilia and trips, and other unique experiences, a press release states.

Tickets are $125, $135 at the door, and sponsorships are available. Contact Claire at 410-535-0892, ext. 4002; email; or go to

Humane Society benefit concert coming up

Humane Society of Calvert County and Pilots N Paws will host a benefit concert featuring The Fabulous Hubcaps from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Holiday Inn Solomons, 155 Holiday Drive in Solomons.

The event will feature dancing, silent auctions and raffles. Tickets are $50 and include a light meal.

Contact Jill at 410-353-7670; email; or go to

Sorority invites public to 5K, health expo

Omega Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host its first 5K run/walk, “Being a Healthier You,” at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Hallowing Point Park.

Check-in begins at 8 a.m., and a ceremony will run from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

The cost is $40, $25 for ages 12 and under. Registration ends Tuesday, Sept. 4.

There will also be a health expo that includes free flu shots, breast cancer awareness information, integrative alternative medicine and BMI and blood pressure screenings. There will also be wellness vendors. Go to

Treasurer’s office drop-box moves

The Calvert County Treasurer’s Office announces the night drop-off box for after-hours payments has been relocated to the rear parking lot of the Calvert County Circuit Courthouse located at 175 Main St. in Prince Frederick. The bright yellow box is located on the south corner of the building.

Payments can be dropped into the box for processing after county government offices have closed. Normal county government hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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