Lower Marlboro Freedom Day is back Saturday
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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.
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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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.