Charles County to host several July 4 celebrations
The annual Celebrate Charles: A Fun-Filled Fourth, a family-friendly event held in celebration of Independence Day, will begin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at Regency Furniture Stadium, 11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf. For more information about the event activities, go to www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/CelebrateCharles.
• 4:30 p.m. Best of Charles County Marketplace opens, Celebrate Charles Family Fun Zone begins, music by No Green Jellybeenz
• 6:35 p.m. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball game vs. Sugar Land Skeeters
• 8 p.m. Music by Sam Grow
• 9:30 p.m. Fireworks Display
County fairgrounds to host July 4 fireworks
The Charles County Fair has planned a new and improved Fourth of July Fireworks demonstration in the county. Come and enjoy the open fairgrounds prior to the fireworks display with food and fun for all. The evening show will be a digital pyro techniques display shot off and thundering to a multicultural musical blast. To see a sample of the upcoming event, go to charlescountyfair.com.
Additional sites to catch fireworks
The following locations will have public fireworks displays:
• Hawthorne Country Club in La Plata;
• Smallwood Village Association at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Waldorf;
• Charlie Wright Sports Field in Indian Head;
• Regency Stadium in Waldorf;
• Charles County Fire Grounds in Bel Alton Fire and EMS warn about legal vs. illegal fireworks
As local volunteer fire and EMS departments plan the Fourth of July events, they are aware many residents head to other states to buy fireworks. In Maryland, fireworks are largely illegal, where only gold-labeled sparklers, novelty items such as party poppers, snap pops and snakes, and ground-based sparkler devices are allowed in Charles County.
Violating these laws can lead to fines and/or jail time. The state law for possessing or shooting off illegal fireworks is $250.
Some examples of illegal fireworks in Maryland are: firecrackers, cherry bombs, black cats, M-80s, crackling balls and smoke bombs, Roman candles, bottle rockets (whistling and/or with report), sky rockets, helicopter-type rockets, spinning wheels, moving tanks or other vehicles and any firework that is shot from a mortar tube
So before heading out to get any fireworks for your celebrations, make sure to check your local jurisdiction and follow all safety precautions.
Buy Local Week celebrates 10th anniversary
This July marks the 10th anniversary of the Buy Local Challenge (BLC), which was launched in 2007 by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission as a regional initiative, designed to highlight the health and economic benefits that farms provide and encourage consumers to pledge to eat local farm foods every day during Buy Local Week, and beyond.
Over successive years, the Buy Local Challenge generated intense interest from the community. Fueled by public appreciation for the importance of buying local, it quickly grew in popularity and became adopted as a statewide promotion in partnership with the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Every year, BLC week kicks-off with the Governor’s Proclamation which is endorsed around the state by county governments and economic development departments.
To mark the BLC’s 10th Anniversary, SMADC is hosting a special evening of farms, food and fun on July 31 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Robin Hill Farm and Vineyards in Brandywine. The BLC Celebration will feature tastings of Maryland farm foods, wines, beer and other locally produced beverages, as well as the opportunity to buy from farm vendors, local artisans and crafters. Other highlights include a Southern Maryland-style buffet dinner, live entertainment with the Hayley Fahey Band, the magnificent Suttler Post Farm Clydesdales, a raffle and lawn games.
“We are excited about the BLC Celebration event, it’s open to the public and it’s a great way for folks to meet the farmers who grow their food,” said SMADC director Shelby Watson-Hampton in a press release. “We hope all Marylanders, individuals, families, businesses and organizations will take the pledge this year to support their local farms. It’s easy to do, as we have so many options to buy local now; at farmers’ markets, restaurants, stores, wineries, breweries and even distilleries. The list is endless.”
For tickets and information about the BLC 10th Anniversary Celebration event, go to the Buy Local Challenge website at www. buylocalchallenge.com.
To further engage the public in the BLC Anniversary Celebration, SMADC is inviting everyone to share their BLC shopping spree experiences for a chance to win prizes, by posting their buy local photos to Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #buylocalchallenge. For competition details, information on how to participate in the Buy Local Challenge Week, (July 22-30), and find statewide links to farmers’ market directories, downloadable BLC logos, pledge certificates and more, go to the BLC website at www.buylocalchallenge.com.
Tickets now on sale for Indian Head Mini Film Festival
Tickets are now on sale for the Southern Maryland Film Festival Mini-Fest at the Indian Head Black Box Theatre, 4185 Indian Head Hwy, Indian Head. The Mini-Fest will be held on Saturday, July 15 and includes a family-friendly block of short films from 4-6 p.m. and a second block of movies from 7-9 p.m., some of which contain more mature themes and some mild language.
Tickets for each showing are $3 per person regardless of age; or patrons can buy a $5 ticket that is good for the entire evening.
“Partnering with the Indian Head Black Box Theatre has allowed us to keep ticket prices as low as possible,” said SMFF Steering Committee member Heather Husk in a press release. “While the mini-fest is a fundraiser for the 2018 Fest, the goal of both organizations is to promote the arts — to introduce audiences to something new and different and make locally-made films easily accessible to as many audience members as possible.”
Husk and her fellow committee members encourage adults to attend both blocks of film. The family-friendly movies were well received during last weekend’s Mini-Fest at the North Beach American Film Festival. The theater will also be selling refreshments during the intermission, including a cash bar and various local food trucks on site.
To see the line-up of movies for each time slot and purchase tickets, go to the SMFF website at www.smdff.org and scroll to the “Ticketing Options” link.