Monday, June 30, 2014

Speaker Series #6 ~ Monuments Men

Sotterley Plantation is proud to partner with 
The Boeing Company in announcing 
the upcoming 2014 Speaker Series 
presentation entitled:

Michael J. Kurtz, Ph.D.
“Monuments Men”
Wednesday, September 17  |  7:00 p.m. in the Barn
In the long saga of cultural looting and destruction, the Nazi war was unprecedented in its ideological ferocity and brutal effectiveness on Europe’s cultural heritage. Yet, in the midst of the destruction wrought by the Nazis, a band of men and women serving in the U.S. military during World War II, known as the Monuments Men, fought a valiant struggle to preserve what could be saved and to restore precious objects to devastated communities.  This presentation will explore why the Nazis sought to obliterate the cultural heritage of the Jewish people and others who were considered “inferior races.”  Front and center will be the work of the Monuments Men, who fought to counter Nazi depredations and the successes they achieved.  From the 1930’s until today the story of cultural restoration continues! 
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 to preserve, research, and interpret Sotterley Plantation’s diverse cultures and environments and to serve the world as an educational, cultural, and community resource.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Speaker Series #5 ~ Admiral Stephen Rochon

Admiral Stephen Rochon
“Called to Serve: 
Over 40 Years Journey from 
The Customs House to The White House & Beyond”
Wednesday, August 27  |  7:00 p.m. in the Barn

Admiral Rochon has had a long, impressive career; from being a highly decorated military officer, to his work as Chief Usher of The White House, and recently, The White House consultant and advisor for the #1 box office hit movie, Lee Daniels’ “The Butler.” In his presentation at Sotterley, ADM Rochon will speak about his personal journey as both Head Usher during the Bush and Obama administrations and his consultation on this well-known film. He is now a private consultant, speaker, and writer.  
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 to preserve, research, and interpret Sotterley Plantation’s diverse cultures and environments and to serve the world as an educational, cultural, and community resource.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

With Gratitude to Many for Mambo in Miami!

The 5th Annual Gala in the Garden was held last night in the Sotterley Colonial Revival Gardens and was a truly memorable and marvelous event! In keeping with the theme of “Mambo in Miami” attendees wore bright blues and pinks as the garden resonated with the distinctive South Beach Art Deco influences and the rhythms of the Miami Sound Machine & the Buena Vista Social Club. Exceptional Latin and Cuban infused cuisine brought a right amount of spice! Guests were wow-ed and generously bid on the incredible Silent & Live auction items.

The Gala in the Garden is our second largest fundraising event of the year, which allows Historic Sotterley, Inc. to continue our mission of preserving, researching, and interpreting our diverse cultures and environments and to serve the world as an educational, cultural, and community resource. This could not be possible without the generous support of the following:

Thank You
Thank You
Thank You

2014 Gala Sponsors

Gold Sponsorship - $2,500
Cherry Cove Hospitality and Brian & Kim Norris
John Felicitas and Christine Wray
MedStar Health, Inc.
Skip and Ellen Zahniser

Silver Sponsorship - $1,000
Baldwin & Briscoe, P.C.
Dave and Erna Brown
Community Bank of the Chesapeake
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Bronze Sponsorship - $500
Askey, Askey & Associates, CPA, LLC
Jan and Tom Barnes
Jan Mandel - Weitzel and Harry J. Weitzel, Jr.
Don and Jean McDougall, Jr.
Resource Management Concepts, Inc.
Nancy Ruyle Dodge Charitable Trust
Sabre Systems, Inc.

Special Thanks
Michael Whitson and Lynn Erwin
Our Auctioneer, Dan Raley
Carol and Tom Davis, Your Journey Studios
Maryland Country Caterers
Wentworth Nursery
(for the magnificent plants & flowers)
Bailey’s Party Rentals
Busy Corner Buggies
Mark Bailey
Communications Facilities
Sotterley’s Maintenance Staff
Top Hat Party Design

Live & Silent Auction

Asahi Restaurant
Bob & Jane Aldridge
Alexander Chiropractic
JaeNee and Paul Ausley
Baldwin & Briscoe, P.C.
Baltimore Orioles
Bollywood Masala
Bonnie Briscoe
Breton Bay Golf & Country Club
Jan Briscoe and Sam Baldwin
Brome Howard Inn
Bernadette Brooks
Dave and Erna Brown
Café des Artistes
Calvert Marine Museum
Mary Ada and Jack Candela
Cassie the Black Lab
Linda and Mike Colina
John Cook and Eve Love
Betty Currie
VADM Joseph Dyer and Susan Dyer
Nancy and Alan Easterling
Evolve Yoga & Wellness
Marian and Jack Fegeley
Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts
John F. Gardiner, III
Missy Geimer
Frank and Patricia Greenwell
Sheila Gibbons Hiebert and Ray Hiebert
Glenn Guy & Guy Distributing
Hilton Garden Inn
Historic St. Mary’s City Foundation
Sarah Houde
Loic and Karleen Jaffres
Bert and Beverly Johnston
Becky Kozak
Karl Mattis
Morris Point
Picker’s Paradise
Pink Beach
Michelle Radez
Joe and Sherri St. Clair
St. Mary’s College Arts Alliance
St. Mary’s College River Concert Series
Spider Hall Farm
MaryAnn Stamm
Katherine Stormont
Rick and Paula Tepel
The Front Porch
The Light House Inn Restaurant
The Right Mix
The Ruddy Duck Brewery
The Sharper Cut Landscapes, Inc.
The Vintage Source
Megan Thomas, Scentsy Consultant
Top Notch Grooming
Traditions of Loveville
Travel Leaders
Linda Tucker Jones
Walt Disney World
Washington Capitals
Washington Mystics
Washington Nationals
Washington Redskins
Washington Wizards
Jan Mandel - Weitzel
Ellen and Skip Zahniser

The 2014
Gala in the Garden

Ellen Zahniser, Committee Chair
Jan Briscoe
Linda Colina
Nancy Easterling
Marian Gardiner Fegeley
Joe Goldsmith
Sheila Gibbons Hiebert
Linda Tucker Jones
Eileen Miller
Katherine Stormont
Mellanie Teed
the Sotterley Staff

and to all of the volunteers
that helped the day of the event!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

NEW DATE!!! Two-Stepping the Night Away!


Need a fun family-friendly night out with live music and dancing? “The Country Memories Band” will be at Sotterley on Friday, August 22, 2014 with the goal of delighting you and yours with traditional country favorites and golden oldies … and getting you all out on the dance floor! This Southern Maryland band has earned a strong following over the past 14 years; once you hear them, you will become part of the following.

Did you know? 
Sotterley’s very own Joe Goldsmith 
is one of the band members!

So come on down Sotterley Lane and let your hair down with family and friends, as you enjoy songs made famous by Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynne and many other country legends.

Admission: $5.00 per person at the gate.

See you at Sotterley!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Our Sincere Thanks to ALL for THE CHOICE!

Our living history performances of "The Choice: Risking Your Life for Freedom" just wrapped up after three years running! The success of this program was due to commitment, talents, time, and effort of so many - from the acquisition of grant funding to the creation of the Sotterley history specific script to time period costume design to auditions to rehearsals to the generous sponsors to on-site volunteers to the fabulous performances by the actors!
Applause! Applause!
We thank each and every one of you! Please know that all of the feedback we have received from audiences over these years has been glowingly positive!

Our sincere thanks to the following:

Dale Jones, Making History Connections
Dale Jones founded Making History Connections to help museums and historic sites offer meaningful programs. He creates compelling and provocative experiences using museum theatre, living history, and guided tours and has scripted scores of museum productions, including Scenes from 1837 at Conner Prairie and Old Sturbridge Village and The Value of Life for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Dawna Diaz
Dawna Diaz has a long history with Sotterley. As an outstandingly multi-talented volunteer, she has been involved in all aspects of the popular “Ghosts of Sotterley” for the past nine years. When not directing or performing on a stage, she can be found mediating or working her day job on base at Atlantic Test Range.

Costume Designer
Leon Wiebers
Leon Wiebers, an award-winning costume designer, has designed for operas, musicals, and theatre performances for the San Francisco Opera Center, English National Opera, Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, Getty Museum, California Music Circus, Portland Center Stage, and Seneca Theatre. He holds a faculty position at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, is a member of USA 829, and was recently awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to South Korea for the 2012-13 academic year. 

The Cast

John Rousby Plater (guardian of George V and Sotterley)
played by
Stephen Rumpf
Trevor Diaz

Elizabeth Plater (John’s wife)
played by
Shannon Ivanchev

Elcie (an enslaved servant and cook)
played by
Shemika Berry

Peregrine Young (an enslaved servant in the house)
played by
Jay Hunter

Commodore Brown (a British naval officer)
played by
Eric Zabiegalski


Maryland Heritage Areas Authority
Maryland Humanities Council
Old Line Bank
Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium
Star Spangled 200
Students of St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Merideth Taylor
Joanna Woods
Sotterley Volunteers
Pam Parker
Wesley Thomas
Julie Woods
Meagan Woods
Shayna Zabiegalski