Lower Marl­boro Free­dom Day is back Sat­ur­day

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Calvert County res­i­dents are asked to take a step back in his­tory to re­mem­ber the slaves who fought for their right to be free dur­ing Lower Marl­boro Free­dom Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat­ur­day, Oct. 6, at Lower Marl­boro United Methodist Church, 6519 Lower Marl­boro Lane in Owings; Lower Marl­boro Hall, 3911 Lower Marl­boro Road in Owings; and All Saints Epis­co­pal Church, 100 Lower Marl­boro Road in Sun­der­land.

“We want to ed­u­cate peo­ple be­cause most peo­ple don’t know about what hap­pened dur­ing that time,” said Calvert County NAACP Pres­i­dent Michael Kent, who is also a mem­ber of the Calvert His­toric Dis­trict Com­mis­sion. “It’s an op­por­tu­nity to found out some­thing you had no idea hap­pened, plus it’s a beau­ti­ful area and his­toric. It’s kind of like one of the birth­places of Calvert County.”

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease, “in July of 1814, Bri­tish forces sailed up the Patux­ent River dur­ing the War of 1812, landed at Lower Marl­boro, burned ware­houses full of to­bacco, and left with at least 13 en­slaved per­sons from the Bal­lard plan­ta­tion near the wharf.”

Kent said more than 700 slaves even­tu­ally es­caped, some to Trinidad and oth­ers to Canada, though only the names of the 13 are known be­cause their own­ers even­tu­ally put in for com­pen­sa­tion at the end of the war.

“Peo­ple that are na­tive to our fam­i­lies and were slaves at that time made the de­ci­sion [to es­cape], and that was the most im­por­tant de­ci­sion be­cause we wouldn’t be here to­day if they had made the de­ci­sion to leave with the Bri­tish. Oth­ers just ran away and ended up wher­ever. They were slaves at that time and didn’t have free­dom,” Kent said. “It was free­dom for the ones that left, but not for the ones who stayed.”

There will be walk­ing tours, guest speak­ers, en­ter­tain­ment, spir­i­tual mu­sic, food ven­dors, ex­hibits and kayak tours of the Patux­ent River.

Kent will also be telling the story of Charles Ball, a slave who lived in Calvert who de­cided not to leave and in­stead joined the Amer­i­can troops. He was later sold to a plan­ta­tion in South Carolina and, later, Ge­or­gia, but es­caped back to Calvert to re­join his wife and bought some prop­erty near Bal­ti­more. He fought in bat­tle but later he was dis­cov­ered not to have his free­dom pa­pers and was sent back to Ge­or­gia. He es­caped once again back to Calvert, only to discover his wife had been kid­napped into slav­ery.

Free­dom Day was started in 2014 to co­in­cide with the bi­cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion of the War of 1812 and, af­ter skip­ping a year, has been a yearly event since, and at­tracts about 200 vis­i­tors an­nu­ally.

“Lower Marl­boro Free­dom Day cel­e­brates the free­dom of the 13 peo­ple,” Kent said, “while pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn about the con­text of those events and much more about the his­tory of the town.”

Call Kirsti Uu­nila at 410-5351600, ext. 2504, or email kirsti. uu­nila@calvert­coun­tymd.gov, for more in­for­ma­tion.

Breast Can­cer 5K set

CalvertHealth Foun­da­tion will host its ninth an­nual Breast Can­cer 5K Walk/Run at 8:30 a.m. Sat­ur­day, Oct. 6, start­ing at the Solomons Med­i­cal Of­fice Build­ing, 14090 Solomons Is­land Road in Solomons.

Check-in is at 7 a.m., fol­lowed by a warmup by World Gym. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Shel­don E. Gold­berg Cen­ter for Breast Care, which opened in 2010 and of­fers com­pre­hen­sive care from out­reach and screen­ing to di­ag­no­sis, treat­ment and sur­vivor­ship. The cen­ter brings to­gether in one con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion a mul­tidis­ci­plinary team of breast health ex­perts with an ex­pe­ri­enced nav­i­ga­tor backed by the lat­est breast-imag­ing tech­nol­ogy to detect even the most sub­tle signs of early can­cer.

“It is heart­warm­ing that so many con­tinue to re­mem­ber with ad­mi­ra­tion my late hus­band, Dr. Shel­don Gold­berg,” foun­da­tion board mem­ber Ramona Crow­ley Gold­berg said in a press re­lease. “He touched lives with self­less al­tru­ism and is cer­tainly my hero, as he was to count­less pa­tients. To me, the [run] is a trib­ute to his mem­ory, and is a poignant re­minder that we all must be aware of breast can­cer and the dire need for a cure.”

The cost is $50. For in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter, go to CalvertHealthFoun­da­tion.org/5k.

Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion Day sched­uled for Oct. 19

The Com­mu­nity Mediation Cen­ter of Calvert will cel­e­brate Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion Day with a free open house lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fri­day, Oct. 19, at the Phillips House, 28 Duke St. in Prince Fred­er­ick.

Res­i­dents are in­vited to join staff and vol­un­teers for a light lunch and the pre­sen­ta­tion of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s an­nual Peace Builder award to a Calvert County res­i­dent who has worked to bring di­verse com­mu­nity mem­bers to­gether.

Call 443-295-7456.

Golden Har­vest so­cial planned for se­niors

Eastern United Methodist Church and St. John United Methodist Church will hold a free so­cial for se­niors at 3 p.m. Sat­ur­day, Oct. 20, at St. Paul Christian Life Cen­ter’s Fel­low­ship Hall, 11000 HG True­man Road in Lusby.

The evening of el­e­gance will fea­ture en­ter­tain­ment, a catered meal, a mem­ory photo, door prizes and mu­sic.

Se­niors are asked to wear for­mal at­tire in gold and black to go with the “Livin’ My Life Like It’s Golden” theme.

The event, which is for se­niors 70 and older, is a way of thank­ing the se­nior cit­i­zens of the com­mu­nity for their “ex­am­ple of strength, wis­dom and per­se­ver­ance down through the years,” ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

RSVP by Oct. 5. Call La­mon­ica Hans­bor­ough at 443-4041838 or Nikita Parker at 240431-8542.

Zumba for a cause

Zumba in­struc­tor Betty Thompson will host a “Party In Pink Zum­bat­hon” event from noon to 3 p.m. Sun­day, Oct. 21, at the Dunkirk Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment. There will be ven­dors and door prizes.

More than 15 in­struc­tors from South­ern Mary­land are ex­pected to at­tend.

Tick­ets are $15 in ad­vance, $20 at the door, free for ages 12 and un­der.

Go to www.Face­book.bon­niecar­pen­ter.

Health and well­ness sem­i­nar com­ing up

Calvert Hospice will host a free sem­i­nar ti­tled “Be­ing Mor­tal: Medicine and What Mat­ters in the End” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tues­day, Oct. 23, at SpringHill Suites, 75 Sherry Lane in Prince Fred­er­ick. The pre­sen­ter will be Sarah Sim­mons, the direc­tor of qual­ity and ed­u­ca­tion for Calvert Hospice. The sem­i­nar fea­tures the doc­u­men­tary based on Dr. Gawande’s book “Be­ing Mor­tal,” in which he shares sto­ries of his pa­tients and fam­i­lies as they nav­i­gate the med­i­cal world at the end of life. Con­tact Peggy Bra­ham at 410-535-0892, or email pbra­ham@calver­thos­pice.org, or reg­is­ter at http://calver­thos­pice.org/ed­u­ca­tion-sem­i­nars/.

Solomons vis­i­tor cen­ter an­nounces new hours

The Calvert County Depart­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment re­cently an­nounced the Solomons Vis­i­tor Cen­ter’s hours of op­er­a­tion re­turned to a fall/winter sched­ule Oct. 1.

The new hours of op­er­a­tion will be 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­days and Sun­days. The cen­ter will be closed Mon­days through Fri­days.

Vis­i­tor cen­ter staff is on hand to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about lo­cal at­trac­tions, ho­tels, mari­nas, restau­rants and other travel in­for­ma­tion. There is also a gift shop that of­fers lo­cal and re­gional gift items, cook­books, pot­tery, art­work and more.

The fall/winter hours will re­main in ef­fect un­til Tues­day, April 30, 2019. The vis­i­tor cen­ter is lo­cated at 14175 S. Solomons Is­land Road. For in­for­ma­tion, call 410-535-4583, email info@ecalvert.com, or go to www.choose­calvert.com.


Calvert Branch of the NAACP Pres­i­dent Michael Kent, left, and the Rev. Faith Lewis, the se­nior pas­tor at Mt. Har­mony-Lower Marl­boro United Methodist Church, at last year’s Free­dom Day.

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