Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Family Farm Day FRIENDS!

!!! We are so grateful !!!
Our very first Family Farm Day was a tremendous success thanks to all of you ~ guests, volunteers, demonstrators, vendors, and staff! The event ended up being all good things rolled into one ... educational tours and demos, kid-friendly creative crafts and fun activities, great shopping of goods and produce, delicious food, and fantastic FUN!
Thanks to our volunteers:
Bob Aldridge
Joi Ames
Anna Boarman
Lacey Benton
Julia Berryman
Laura Berryman
Jake Bowling
Gabrielle Churchill
Jeanne Davis
Aaron Gofreed
Joseph Husick
Chris Jeys 
Daphne McQuire & the Sotterley Garden Guild
Keith McQuire
Tom Russell
Karen Russell
Michelle Shaw
Susan Summers
Marci Turner
Julie Woods
Thanks to our demo friends:
Chesapeake Log Canoe with John Cooke
Cooking with Veggies with Chef Michael Chance, The Cow & The Fish Restaurant
Southern Maryland Power Association
The Nature of Bees with Dave Newburyport
Tool Time with Pete Himmelheber
UMD Extension of Master Gardeners, Linda Crandall
Thanks to the band:
The Country Memories Band 
Thanks to our vendors:
Bay Farm Ventures
Dooley's Backyard BBQ
Face Painting by Mandy Hunter
Glass by Dave
Magical Moments .925 Photography
Nelly's Cupcakez & more
Preserving Gone Wild
Rainbow's End
Russell Farms
Sweet Tooth Funnel Cakes
Quilted Crafts by Liz
UnforGoatable Goods
Thanks to the Sotterley staff
Thanks to all who donated to our Growing for Good program … together we make a difference in our community! 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

It's Almost SHOWTIME!

Open Auditions for Actors
Ghosts of Sotterley 2018
“Terror on the Home Front

Announcing open auditions for our wildly popular annual signature event – The Ghosts of Sotterley! Whether you are a seasoned actor or have a new-found interest in acting, we invite all from age 13 and up to try out. You will be in great company with an enthusiastic group of talented wonders who enjoy performing and love Sotterley!
Auditions will be held at the Sotterley Barn on:
Thursday, July 12 th    7 pm – 9 pm
Sunday, July 15 th    6 pm - 8 pm
Tuesday, July 17 th    7 pm – 9 pm
Saturday, July 21 st   9 am - 11 am
This year’s Ghosts of Sotterley, “Terror on the Home Front” will run October 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. If you are able to commit to rehearsal dates and to all of these show dates, then you just may be the perfect fit for one of the roles. Just bring yourself and your undeniable talent; we will provide the reading.
For more information, please contact our Event Manager, Ginger Newman-Askew at 301-373-2280 or events@sotterley.org.
See you at Sotterley!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

We’re having a party ... a STAR PARTY!

Saturday, July 21st
10:00 p.m. - midnight!
Grab a picnic blanket, the bug spray, and a flashlight and head over for a fun-filled, family-friendly event featuring the Southern Maryland Astronomical Society. It’s a late night, so kids wearing their PJs are not a problem!
(Note: weather conditions such as rain or cloud cover will affect the event.
Check our Facebook for “it’s a go” by 2:00 p.m. for final event status.)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018


July 6
Paint with Nature and Nature Hunt. Paint with grass, leaves, sticks, bark, and other natural elements to create one-of-a-kind artworks.  Storybook time, too!

July 13
Trail Walk with Seek and Find!  See what you can find along the trails of Sotterley.  Storybook time, too!

July 20
Bug Hunt in the Sotterley Gardens! Use magnifying glasses and bug viewers to get an up-close look at insects.  Reuse and Recycle: create mini-butterfly garden planters to take home using recycled materials.  Storybook time, too!

July 27
Learn about games and toys from the 1700s thru the early 1900s!  Make your own toy!  Storybook time, too!

August 3
Recycled Instruments!  Years ago, people at Sotterley made their own musical instruments using materials that they found lying around.  Make your own instrument!  Storybook time, too!

Admission Fee:
Members - FREE; Adults - $10.00; Seniors - $9.00; Youths (ages 6 – 18) - $6.00; Children under 6 – Free.

See you at Sotterley!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Barn Bash & Craft Beer Tasting!

Friday, August 17, 2018
Gates open at 6:00 pm  |  Music starts at 7:00 pm
Get your boots on, y'all! 
Y'all gave us two thumbs up for adding craft beers to last year's Barn Bash, so we're going to do that again, plus even more ... because more beer is better!
SHOUT OUT! We couldn't do this event without our good friends Sunny Malhotra of Taphouse 1637/Bollywood Masala and Josh Peeling of The Hole In The Wall, who are coming up with the beer menu!
Back by popular demand: The "Country Memories" Band will play your country favorites and golden oldies to get you out on the dance floor! This Southern Maryland band has earned a strong following over the past 17 years and once you hear them, you'll be in 100% agreement. So come on down Sotterley Lane, let your hair down, and enjoy classic country and current favorites!
ADVANCE purchase price: $20.00 includes admission, a signature pint glass and four (4 oz) tastings of selections from Maryland's fantastic craft brewers. Purchase additional tasting tickets onsite ($25.00 at the gate, but only if not sold out in advance online).
ADVANCE NON-taster price: $15.00 includes admission ($20.00 at the gate). FREE for children under 5!
Purchasers of tasting tickets must be 21 or older. Please bring a valid ID or entry to the tasting will be denied. Food & drink will be available for additional purchase. Tasters of the craft brews will have the option to purchase additional tastings. Upon arrival, proceed towards the Warehouse to check in. Please be sure to read all event information and policies before making your purchase.
See y'all at Sotterley!

NEW EVENT! Sotterley Family Farm Day!

Historic Sotterley is hosting a Family Farm Day – a special NEW all-day event at our Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 30th from 9:00 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m. This will be a fun-filled day for all ages, with fascinating demos and presentations, foot stompin' live entertainment, entertaining activities and creative crafts for kids, fantastic food and drinks, and interesting tours around our historic site!

Check out antique farm equipment and tractor from The Southern Maryland Antique Power Association - they will also show y'all how a tractor pull is done! See and hear about the gorgeous log canoe, handcrafted in the historic tradition of Chesapeake Bay boat building by John Cook. The University of Maryland Extension of Master Gardeners will give a composting demo and have a special activity just for kids. Pete Himmelheber will give his famous "Tool Talk" in our Corn Crib. And just wait to see (and taste) what our friends from The Cow & Fish Restaurant will be whipping up. Learn about the nature of bees from Dave Newburyport, how to weave a basket, and Dave Baxter will demonstrate how glass beads are made. Face painting and balloons, too! Craft making for kids with Joi Ames will be available all day long. Free tours of our 1703 Plantation House and Colonial Revival Gardens will also be available for all to experience and enjoy! Don't worry, you won't leave hungry with the offerings from these fantastic food vendors: Dooley's Backyard BBQ, Niccoletti's food truck, Sweet Tooth Funnel Cakes, hot dogs dressed up to order, and top if off with a cupcake from Nelly'z Cupcakez! Last but never least, the "Country Memories" Band will be cranking out the tunes and tempting you to kick up your heels!

FREE admission! However, we are gratefully accepting donations for our "Growing for Good" program! Over the past four years, we have donated over 30,000 lbs. of produce to our local food banks and food pantries – together we can serve our community! 

Our Farmer's Market will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Farmer's Market Vendors: Sotterley Farm - assorted vegetables; R & H Farms - pork and beef; Herb Trapp Farm - herbs; Michael Churilla, Sr. - local honey.

Check out the full schedule of the day’s events at www.sotterleyfarm.org.

See you at Sotterley!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The BLOG is Back in Town!

As we gear up for the 2018 Gala in the Garden this Saturday night, we will have a great time no matter what mother nature has planned! We also want to take a moment to extend our sincere thanks to so many who support this event and thus, the mission and vision of Historic Sotterley.

We are a different kind of non-profit, as we rely 100% on philanthropic support through donated funds, grants, and special events. As with all of our events, the Gala in the Garden will allow ...

        ... for children to visit, explore, and learn ... 
        ... for food to be donated to those in need in our community ... 
        ... for the continued sharing of our important stories.

YOU help these things to happen through sponsorship, donations, volunteering, and attending events! Thank you all!

With Gratitude

Platinum Sponsors
John Felicitas & Christine Wray

Gold Sponsors 
Airtec, Inc
Bailey’s Party Rentals
Cherry Cove Group
MedStar Health
Ellen & Skip Zahniser

Silver Sponsors 
Ginger Newman-Askew & Gregory Askew
Jae-Nee Ausley, Odyssey Limousine
Anchored Roots Farm
Baldwin Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C.
Community Bank of the Chesapeake
College of Southern Maryland
The Goddard Companies
Lockheed Martin
Todd B. Morgan
The Nancy Ruyle Dodge Charitable Trust
Old Line Bank
Resource Management Concepts, Inc.
Toyota of Southern Maryland

Bronze Sponsors
Tom & Jan Barnes
Bill LeWarne of Black Cat Design
Mike & Linda Colina
Holiday Inn Solomons
Marian Gardiner, Gardiner & Associates
Bill Edgerton & Bonnie Green
Julie Burk-Greer & Tad Greer
Michael A. Guy, CPA & Associates
Jan Mandel Jewelry and Harry Weitzel
Donald & Jean Marie McDougall
O’Brien Realty
Quality Built Homes, Inc.
Raley, Watts & O’Neill
Sabre Systems, Inc.

Special Thanks 
Vintage Car provided by Don Hendrick,
Pete Butt, Michael & Sharon Clayton,
Graphic Arts Class at Forest Center,
Magical Moments .925 Photography, Wentworth Nursery, Julie Wood,
Auctioneer: Dan Raley, Drivers: Gregory Askew, Keith McGuire

Gala in the Garden Committee
Ellen Zahniser, Committee Chair
Jae-Nee Ausley, Jane Bachman, Jan Briscoe, Lisa Briscoe, Julie Burk-Greer, 
Linda Colina, Katrina Cropp, Nancy Easterling, Marian Gardiner-Fegeley, 
Sheila Gibbons-Hiebert, Joe Goldsmith, Ginger Newman-Askew, 
and the Sotterley Staff