Patuxent River Park event to connect residents to the past
There will be “traditional and contemporary music, dancing, drumming, singing, and storytelling” at the Eighth Annual American Indian Festival at the Patuxent River Park at 16000 Croom Airport Road in Upper Marlboro. The phone number at the park is 301-6276074. This free event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There have been a lot of things planned for the “free activities, interactive exhibits and demonstrations.” There will also be a lot of other things going on such as finger weaving, beading and other things to keep you busy and interested at this event. There will be a nominal fee if you want some native food, pony rides, basket crafts and an opportunity to design your own T-shirt. There will be vendors there who will be selling arts, jewelry, flutes, music and books. You can purchase a $1 ticket for the multiple raffle which will be held for a Pendleton blanket, a Pendleton crib blanket, and a quality American Indian flute. Again, admission to this event is free but there will be nominal fees for food and some of the activities. There will be signs in the park to direct to this event.
Fish fry scheduled
Trinity Episcopal Church will have its last fish fry on Friday, Oct. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church located at 14515 Church St. in Upper Marlboro. The menu consists of fried whiting or tilapia, green beans, coleslaw, bread, beverage and desserts costing $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for children 11 years old and under. And, you can eat it there or you can take it with you. The parish office phone number is 301-627-2636.
Enjoy the weather
The weather has been something else. It is fall. It is the time of the year that we have some very “wet” days. We look at the television, we listen to our radios, and look out of our windows to see just what is happening. Well, it did. Hurricane Matthew was flooding the nearby coast as it poured several inches of “torrential rain and triggering floods far inland.” It was a slow moving trip, even though local and national weather forecasters were doing a good job of telling us what was happening, they were also showing us the flooded areas, the mudded streets, the downed trees, the ruined property as well as the winds that were blowing as they bravely held on to their umbrellas and hats, as they were in the misty outside being very brave. Sometimes they showed two different pictures of the way they thought the Hurricane Matthew would “visit” the east coast. It made it difficult for me to relax as I was looking on the weather channel because I have relatives and friends who live in North Carolina and Virginia. I continued to peep out my front window as there was little water in my area. I was surprised when I heard the rain coming down and I was more surprised when I learned that a lot of rain did come nearby. My brother, Leonard Cross, who lives in North Carolina, said that there were lots of trees down, streets full of water and dirt, but he did have electricity. We must be alert, prepared and careful if we have to go out in this kind of weather. And the good thing, though, Monday was a holiday. Hope you enjoyed it.
Time to get out
November is Voting Month for the Presidential General Election. The voting date is Tuesday, Nov. 8. The sample ballot has been mailed and has information about the candidates as well as the time the polls will be opened. But, if you would like to vote early, you can. Information inside for early voting has a listing of the places to go to on Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Instructions are also included that tell you how to vote. Good luck.
Reminder: Oct. 31 is the day to “Join in the Fight to Cure Breast Cancer.” Check in your local area for places you are invited to join in this walk. Everyone is invited to participate to show their help for this project.