Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hats Off to the 2012 Gala Contributors!

With Much Appreciation to all who contributed

to this year’s successful Gala in the Garden

“Cast Off for the Caribbean!”

Gala in the Garden Sponsors

Platinum Sponsorship - $5,000

PEPCO Holdings, Inc.

Gold Sponsorship - $2,500

Bailey’s Party Rentals

Cherry Cove Hospitality

Exelon Corporation

MedStar Health


Christine Wray and John Felicitas

Silver Sponsorship - $1,000

Andrews, Bongar, Starkey & Clagett, P.A.

Baldwin & Briscoe, P.C.

Community Bank of Tri-County

W. M. Davis, Inc.

Michael Whitson & Lynn Erwin

Skip and Ellen Zahniser

Bronze Sponsorship - $500

Dave & Erna Brown

Heritage Printing & Graphics

Resource Management Concepts, Inc.

Sabre Systems, Inc.

Rick & Paula Tepel

Tom Hodges Auto Sales & Service

Harry Weitzel and Jan Mandel-Weitzel

Gala in the Garden Auction Donors

Jane and Bob Aldridge

Christina Allen

Apple Basket

The Arts Alliance of St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Baldwin & Briscoe, P.C.

Hans Boecher of The Weekend Woodshop

Breton House Antiques

Jan Briscoe and Sam Baldwin

Breton Bay Golf & Country Club

Trevor Bothwell of Stiff Willi Chili

Dave and Erna Brown

California News & Tobacco

California Wine & Spirits

Calvert Marine Museum

Tim and Angie Cameron

Cecil’s Country Store

Centre Liquors

Clarke’s Landing

The Coffee Quarter

Mike and Linda Colina

Crazy for Ewe

Guy Curley of Liberty Builders

Betty Currie

Wayne Davis

The Dry Dock Restaurant

Nancy and Alan Easterling

Evolve Yoga & Wellness

The Fabric Store

Fenwick Street Used Books & Music

First Cash of Georgetown

The Front Porch

Pat Furey

John Gardiner, III

Grapevine Antiques

The Greenery

Frank and Patricia Greenwell

Guenther’s Wine & Spirits

Guenther’s Bistro

Glenn Guy of Guy Distributing

John Hanson & Bonnie Briscoe

Mike Heimer

Sheila Gibbons Hiebert

Hilton Garden Inn Solomons

Historic St. Mary’s City

Sarah Houde

Loic and Karleen Jaffres

Bert & Beverly Johnston

Linda and Marshall Jones

Lenny’s Restaurant

Leslie’s Hair Care

Living Social

Eve Love and Johnny Cook


Meadow Farms

Meisterhaus Antiques & Fine Collectibles

Julia and Richard Moe

Monterey’s Restaurant

Morris Point Restaurant

Okada Restaurant

Outside the Lines

Dan Parker & Travel Leaders

Porcupine Designs

The Port of Leonardtown Winery

Rick's Jewelers

The Ruddy Duck

Salsa’s Restaurant

Shear Grace

David Stamm

Michael and Mary Ann Stamm

Robert Stamm


Top Notch Grooming

Traditions of Loveville

Carole Tucker


St. Mary’s Golf Center

Shelby’s Creative Custom Framing & Art

Smile & Click Photography, LLC

Florence Smith

Southern Maryland Statuary

Ginni Stein

Katherine Stormont and Butch Chandler

The Tides Restaurant

True Value of Leonardtown

Pam & Mike Veitch

The Vintage Source

Wentworth Nursery

Ellen and Skip Zahniser

The Gala in the Garden Committee


Ellen Zahniser, Committee Chair


Jan Briscoe, Linda Colina, Nancy Easterling,

Sheila Gibbons Hiebert, Linda Tucker Jones,

Eileen Miller, Mary Ann Stamm, Katherine Stormont

and the Sotterley Staff

The Gala in the Garden Volunteers

Sam Baldwin
Ashley Cannon
Robert de Vos

Kyle Easterling
Eve Love

Bill Moody

Kati Pittendreigh
Kevin Stamm

Mike Stamm


Special Thanks to Wentworth Nursery for the magnificent plants and flowers,
adding the perfect touch!

This Sunday Afternoon - Independence Day Celebration Concert!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Just Like Being in the Caribbean!

Last night's Gala in the Garden - "Cast Off for the Caribbean!" was a tremendous success, thanks to the generosity and time & talents of so many people and companies! They believe in Sotterley's mission and do so much to help this incredible National Historic Landmark continue to flourish.

Take a bow!

Platinum Sponsorship - $5,000

Gold Sponsorship - $2,500
Christine Wray and John Felicitas

Silver Sponsorship - $1,000
Michael Whitson & Lynn Erwin
Skip and Ellen Zahniser

Bronze Sponsorship - $500
Dave & Erna Brown
Rick & Paula Tepel
Harry Weitzel and Jan Mandel-Weitzel

The Gala in the Garden Committee:
Ellen Zahniser, Committee Chair
Jan Briscoe, Linda Colina, Nancy Easterling, Sheila Gibbons Hiebert, Linda Tucker Jones, Eileen Miller, Mary Ann Stamm, Katherine Stormont and the Sotterley Staff

Special Thanks to Wentworth Nursery for the magnificent plants and flowers ~
creating the perfect tropical paradise!

The Mama Jama Band was perfect, prompting break-out dancing during the event - thank you!
Canard's Catering served up a delectable feast of Caribbean inspired flavors - thank you!
The Dry Dock Restaurant offered a sunny punch with zing - thank you!
Huge applause to ALL who donated items for the LIVE & Silent Auctions - thank you!
A sincere thanks to everyone who attended this spectacular event. Your support matters!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Annual Indepedence Day Celebration Concert!

Happy Birthday to Our Nation!
Independence Day Celebration Concert
Sunday, July 1st, 2012
Join us at Sotterley Plantation for our annual Independence Day Celebration Concert on Sunday, July 1st from 1:00 p.m. - 4 p.m. Come and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music on the Portico, while taking in the breathtaking view of the Patuxent River! Pack your picnic baskets, bring along your lawn chairs and blankets, and listen to the patriotic music renditions of the Chesapeake Orchestra Brass Quintet led by Maestro Jeffrey Silberschlag of St. Mary’s College of Maryland. This event is also an “On Location” event of the SMCM’s River Concert Series.

Take a chance at winning prizes at the Brown Bag Raffle and Silent Auction, including toys large and small, wine for the discerning taste, original artwork and prints, and the gastronomic delights from local restaurants. Fun activities for children, too! Food, beer, wine, and cold drinks will be available for purchase.
As a special and sincere thanks, all those with a Military ID and their families are invited to celebrate this event free of charge. General Admission: $10 per vehicle.
For more information on Sotterley Plantation events, please visit our website at

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Award-Winning Film & Presenters at Sotterley!

2012 Speaker Series at Sotterley
Grace Guggenheim and Flo Stone

“A Place in the Land”

Friday, July 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the Barn

Academy Award Nomination -
Documentary Short Subject 1998

CINE - Golden Eagle Award 1999

Earthwatch Institute Film Award - 1999
Worldfest Flagstaff International Film Festival -
Gold Award 1998

Sotterley Plantation is proud to partner with The Boeing Company in announcing the upcoming 2012 Speaker Series presentation entitled “A Place in the Land” by Grace Guggenheim and Flo Stone. They will present this award-winning film for viewing with discussion to follow.

A Place in the Land is the story of George Perkins Marsh, Frederick Billings, and Laurance S. Rockefeller, three seminal figures in the history of the conservation movement in America. Though they were born generations apart and lived very different lives, the three were connected by a common vision and a common place. Marsh, Billings, and Rockefeller occupied the same home and surrounding land in Woodstock, VT – a place that instilled in each of them a determination to preserve America’s natural resources and to teach their fellow man to live in harmony with nature. Today, their legacy and the land in Woodstock that inspired them are preserved at the Billings Farm & Museum and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park – the first National Park in America dedicated to teaching the concept of land stewardship.

Grace Guggenheim is President of Guggenheim Productions and was Executive Producer of A Place in the Land. She has produced over 15 documentaries for both television and theatrical release. Many of her films have been finished in 35mm for permanent exhibition at museums and presidential libraries around the country.

Flo Stone is President and Founder of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, which she started 20 years ago. In March 2012, the festival showed 180 films from 42 countries which were presented at 64 different locations around Washington, with most events free to the public. This is the 6th year she has facilitated the viewing of award-winning films as part of the Speaker Series.

This event is FREE to the public. Advance reservations are required due to limited seating. Call 301-373-2280 to make your reservation.

Because of the generous grant and continued support from The Boeing Company, Sotterley Plantation is able to offer this important community outreach, fulfilling its mission of serving as an educational resource and cultural venue while it seeks to preserve, interpret and research the plantation’s diverse cultures and environments through its history.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Not-so-silent SILENT Auction Items for the Gala in the Garden!

SILENT Auction items for this year's Gala in the Garden ~ "Cast Off for the Caribbean!" Even if you will be unable to attend the event on Saturday, June 16th, please call our office to place your bids: 301-373-2280.

All proceeds directly benefit the educational programming at Sotterley!

Ooh, Aah, Look at these LIVE Gala Auction Items!

Whether or not you will be attending the Gala in the Garden - "Cast Off for the Caribbean!" on Saturday, June 16th, you can place bids on the fabulous LIVE Auction items! Call 301-373-2280 to learn more.
All proceeds directly benefit the educational programming at Sotterley!

Something Special for Father's Day!

Half Price Day for Dad at Sotterley Plantation!

Sotterley Plantation is pleased to announce a special gift for all fathers on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17, 2012. From Noon ~ 4 p.m., fathers will receive the Guided Tour of the 1703 Plantation House for HALF PRICE.
We welcome you and your father to stroll the exquisite blooming gardens, walk the plantation grounds and nature trails, see the historic outbuildings including our original 1830’s Slave Cabin, or picnic out on the lawn while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Patuxent River. Top off the day with buying a memorable gift at the Museum Shop, located in our Visitor Center. It will be a day he will never forget!
For more information on upcoming Sotterley Plantation events, visit our website at


Our Generous 2012 Gala in the Garden SPONSORS!

Monday, June 4, 2012

1812 Living History Event - Second Date Set

The War of 1812 – “The Choice”
Living History Event #2

The second War of 1812 Living History event, “The Choice” will be held at Sotterley Plantation on Saturday, July 14th at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The war with the British brought hardship to the plantation but a chance at freedom for the enslaved. At the living history presentations you will meet the people who lived and labored at Sotterley during the summer of 1814. Come to one of our events and be a part of the drama as slaves must make a difficult and daring choice. What will you decide?

In FY2011, Sotterley was awarded grants from the Maryland Heritage Area Authority, the Maryland Humanities Council, and the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium to create a living history script from Sotterley’s unique story of the War of 1812, as well as the costuming and props needed for the production. Now that the script and costuming had been completed it was time to begin production, and Old Line Bank stepped forward to generously sponsor the production phase of this project. Due to the support from these three organizations, Sotterley will now be able to share a unique story with a perspective rarely told about the War of 1812.

This event is FREE to the public, but space is limited. Advanced reservations can be made by calling the Sotterley office at 301-373-2280.