Annual rites of end of summer include the purchase of school supplies, one last vacation and, locally, the annual Christ Church Jousting Tournament Aug. 25, in which riders will compete for jousting supremacy for the 152nd straight year.

The tournament, which will run 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the church at 3100 Broomes Island Road in Port Republic, is a Calvert County staple. Last year’s event drew between 800 and 1,000 visitors.

“I think it’s an example of tradition and I think the people have a strong desire for maintaining some traditions,” said Peter Cochran, who is on the Board of Directors Non-Rider for the Maryland Jousting Tournament Association, on why the tournament is so successful. “We all want change, we all want progress, but we all want to hold onto some of our traditions so we feel grounded all the time.”

And one of the traditions that has stood the test of time in the county is the jousting tournament, which begins at noon. More than 50 riders — some of whom travel more than 100 miles to attend — will compete in four classes: novice, amateur, semi-pro and pro.

Each class starts with a different ring size: 1¾-inch diameter for novice, 1½-inch for amateur, 1¼-inch for semi-pro and 1-inch for pro.

Riders have a 20-yard run before they attempt to spear three rings with a 5-pound lance hanging 69 inches off the ground and 30 yards apart. They must do so in nine seconds, and have three turns, for a maximum of nine points. Ties are broken by reducing ring size all the way down to a quarter of an inch.

“The rider will face the horse the wrong way,” Cochran said, “and then when it is turned around and sees the track it knows its job and is on auto-pilot. There’s no stopping him then.”

Cochran said riders favor smaller, faster breeds and that it can take up to five years to train a horse to joust. He added the Christ Church tournament is considered “one of the best” tournaments in Maryland.

There will be a church bazaar featuring books and baked goods and a country store and a children’s corner. Other activities for children include pony rides, a balloon artist, face painting, story time and arts and crafts.

“We had very little activities for children and they would start losing interest and go off and play because they weren’t sure what they were getting into,” Cochran said. More activities for kids “makes it much more of a family-type thing.”

Live music will be played in Colonial Christ Church and also courtesy of the Port Tobacco Pickers.

The church also serves up an annual country supper from 2 to 6 p.m. that includes two pieces of fried chicken, deviled crab or ham, sides, beverages and a dessert.

Dinner prices are $22 for adults, $8 for ages 6 to 12 and free for children younger than 6.

For more information, go to www.christchurchcalvert.org/152nd-jousting-tournament/. To order a boxed dinner the morning of the tournament, call 410-586-0565.

Benefit open mic planned

All Saints Parish will present a benefit open mic to help fund The Rent’s Due Project from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, hosted by the South County Musicians Alliance.

All performers are welcome to bring their instruments and singing voices, or the public can just come to enjoy and listen. A full PA will be provided.

The event is scheduled for outdoors, but will move inside in the case of bad weather. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages to this family-friendly event.

The Rent’s Due Project raises money for those who are struggling to meet their rent, a press release states. Donations are appreciated.

For more information, go to www.allsaints1692.org.

Big Conversation on racism continues

The Big Conversation committee will host a quarterly meeting on Dismantling Racism and Privilege from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Emmanuel Seventh Day Adventist Church in St. Leonard.

An informative program on “Deepening the Discussion on Bias” will be followed by a dinner provided by the church, during which time there will be table talk and discussion about the presentation, led by table hosts.

RSVP to bigconmsp@gmail.com by Sept. 4.

Taste of the Twin Beaches coming up

“Taste the Beaches” is an outdoor event with a community block party vibe and returns this year from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Kellam’s Field in Chesapeake Beach.

Along with local venues such as Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society, Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail, Chesapeake Beach Water Park and North Beach venues, local community attractions and entertainment for the entire family will be offered to all attendees.

Sample local restaurant menu items, purchase local beer and wine and enjoy refreshments from some of the concession stands.

Entertainment will include emcee John Luskey and other local musicians with a special performance by Kenneth Holmes. There will be raffle drawings for prizes. The Kids Zone will include a visit from The Chesapeake Mermaid, The Fish Mobile (a traveling aquarium with Chesapeake Bay inhabitants), Raptors Eye — Live Birds of Prey Display (owls, falcon, hawk), an inflatable bouncy slide, face painting, balloon art, appearances by children’s favorite characters and more.

Caregivers Night Out scheduled

The Calvert County Department of Community Resources’ Office on Aging will host a free Caregivers Night Out event Thursday, Sept. 27, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Calvert Pines Senior Center located at 450 W. Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick. Caregivers Night Out is an opportunity for caregivers in the local community to come together and enjoy a meal, dessert and a movie. The movie featured at this event is “Wonder.”

“We know caregiving can be demanding, overwhelming and rewarding at the same time, and as a way of showing our appreciation, Office on Aging staff is providing a night of relaxation with a great meal and a movie,” Aging Services Division Chief Susan Justice said in a press release. “We can’t thank caregivers enough for their dedication and support of loved ones, family members and neighbors, and we hope that caregivers take time and enjoy this special evening.”

Registration is required and individuals must register by Friday, Sept. 7. Contact Amy Boucher at 410-535-4606 to register. Information on the Calvert County Office on Aging can be found online or by calling 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170.

Event, ‘Hot Topics in Business Law,’ nears

Calvert Library Prince Frederick will hold a meeting on Hot Topics in Business Law: Job Interviews from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29. Guest speakers are Denise Bowman, a lawyer with Davis, Upton & Palumbo, and Belinda Denton of the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland.

This free event is offered in partnership with Calvert County Department of Economic Development, Calvert County Chamber of Commerce and Calvert Library. Registration is required. Call 410-535-0291, or go to http://CalvertLibrary.info.