Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2019 Calendar of Events!

9th - Fly-in Farmer’s Market at SMC Regional Airport
23rd - St. Mary’s County History Day at St. Mary’s Ryken * 

16th - Fly-In Farmer’s Market at SMC Regional Airport
23rd - Growing for Good Potato Planting
(rain date:  March 30th)
30th - Insider’s Tour: “Love in the Afternoon” * 

15th ~ 19th - Spring Break at Sotterley +
21st - Birdwalk: “Eagles & Earth Day”
25th - Film viewing: With All Deliberate Speed
27th - A Taste of Sotterley *
27th & 28th - 21st Annual Garden Guild Plant Sale

3rd - Volunteer Potluck
11th - 4th Annual 5k Trail Run ^
12th - Mother’s Day
15th - Homeschool Day: “The Chesapeake - A Resilient Ecosystem” +
17th, 18th & 19th - Armed Forces Weekend

8th - Gala: Grease is the Word *
16th - Father’s Day
17th & 18th - Junior Docent Academy *

12th, 19th, 26th - Family Friendly Fridays +
30th & 31st - Teacher’s Workshop: History to Equity

2nd - Family Friendly Friday +
12th ~ 16th - Butterfly Week +
23rd - UNESCO International Day
24th - Barn Bash & Craft Beer Tasting ^
Potato Harvesting coming up! Check website!

5th ~ 7th - Building Bridges to Common Ground:
Resilience, Remembrance, Honor and Equity
18th - Homeschool Day: "Slavery to Freedom" +
21st - Insider’s Tour: “Malady & Mayhem” *
22nd - Birdwalk: “Birding the Fields & Trails” 

5th & 6th - 17th Annual Riverside WineFest ^
18th, 19th, 24th, 25th & 26th - Ghosts of Sotterley *

9th - NovemBEER ^

7th - Winter Wonderland Workshops - 
Holiday Decoration Classes *

+ Online tickets available.
* Advance reservations required.
^ Discounted tickets if purchased in advance.

Visit for event details and new
event information throughout the year.

A Potato Planting Extravaganza!

“Growing for Good” Potato Planting Day
at Historic Sotterley
March 23, 2019

Volunteers who enjoy the great outdoors and don’t mind digging in the dirt, and want to help others are asked to join us for a day-long potato planting extravaganza at Historic Sotterley, as part of our “Growing for Good” program!  For the sixth year running, we are continuing the challenging work of sustainably farming the land. Most of what is produced at Sotterley supports those in need in partnership with local food pantries.

On Saturday, March 23rd, we will be hosting two Potato Planting sessions: 9:00 am and 12:30 pm. Our goal is to plant a full 11 acres of potatoes.  This is a family-friendly event - we invite anyone 5 and older to help plant potatoes. Dress appropriately for this weather-dependent* event. Shoes may get muddy if plots have recently had rain. Treats provided.
**Rain Date is Saturday, March 30th**

RSVP’s requested. 
CLICK HERE to Sign Up!

Pre-Valentine’s Fly-In Farmer’s Market

Pre-Valentine’s Fly-In Farmer’s Market
sponsored by Historic Sotterley

Step up your Valentine’s gift giving game and shop at the Pre-Valentine’s Fly-In Farmer’s Market on Saturday, February 9th  between 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport!

“Our first Fly-In Farmer’s Market took flight! With such an overwhelmingly positive response to our first event at the airport right before Christmas, we decided to go ahead with two additional winter markets,” stated Nancy Easterling, Executive Director of Historic Sotterley.

Visit this unique Fly-In Farmer’s Market on Saturday, February 9th and March 16th. “This is something that St. Mary’s County wants to support to showcase the great lifestyle we enjoy here while showcasing the high technology and aerospace capability for companies that are located here, or may want to move here” said Chris Kaselemis, St. Mary’s Director of Economic Development. He added that with a living museum such as Sotterley leading this event, it captures our past, present and future. Very few events embrace the rural characteristics of Southern Maryland while highlighting the role our region has had in developing our nation’s air and space technologies.

The Pre-Valentine’s Fly-In Farmer’s Market will feature:
· Battle Creek Beef - Full assortment of all “natural” beef and pork products.
· Blue Wind Gourmet - Local chocolate.
· Goose Creek Farm - Farm-raised Shiitake mushrooms. Fresh and dried.
· R&H Farms - Pork products from free range heritage pigs. USDA gourmet pork.
· Swamp Fox - Family owned small farm selling pastured raised chicken, duck & eggs.
· Olivin's - Maryland's finest aged & infused Fine Olive Oil & Vinegars.
· Port of Leonardtown Winery - Because what doesn't say love like a bottle of wine!
· Social Coffeehouse - Fresh Maryland coffee & “hot” Locavore Panini’s!
· Moonstruck Oysters - Local farm raised oysters from Hollywood, MD.
· Tobacco Barn Distillery - Highly-acclaimed Bourbon and Spirits!
· Just Loafin’ - Locally made artisan breads.
· Grandpap’s Honey - Locally sourced honey from Southern Maryland.
· Free State Cidery - Hard Apple Cider from the highest quality apples  harvested in Maryland.

You could win an airplane or helicopter ride for two people
(generously donated by S. Hunt Aero.)!
Tickets on sale at the Historic Sotterley table:
$5 for one ticket; $10 for three tickets; $20 for eight tickets.
(Some restrictions apply.)

The Captain from NAS Patuxent River will come out at noon to say a few words about our great community!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Our NEW Environmental Project

Spat Cages & Reef Building
New Environmental Project—OYSTERS!

In November, the Historic Sotterley Oyster Project began when students from both the  Lexington Park Elementary 5th grade STEM class and the Forrest Career and Technology Center’s Natural Resources Management Program participated in the first phase of a project to re-introduce oysters into our part of Sotterley Creek.

Knowledgeable volunteers from the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland, the Friends of St. Clements Bay, and the St. Mary’s River Watershed Project instructed students in the strategic placement of six cages of oyster spat at various water depths: 2ft, 4ft, 6ft, 8ft, 10ft, and 12ft. 

Twice a year, the students will return to Sotterley Creek to take water samples and complete testing to check the levels of salinity, pH, and temperature. In the spring, an Eagle Scout will also work with us to establish an oyster reef under the dock, which will hopefully become home to a thriving community of oysters.

“What began as a casual conversation about the health of our local waterways with colleagues, has blossomed into a strong  collaboration,” stated Katherine Humphries, Education Coordinator of Historic Sotterley. “This the beginning of a larger vision and expansion of Sotterley’s environmental programming and we are thrilled to be part of teaching younger generations about the importance of  improving the quality of environment—here in the Chesapeake Bay region and beyond.”

This a natural progression in Historic Sotterley’s on-going
Environmental Stewardship mission-driven initiatives.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

St. Mary's County History Day!


St. Mary's County History Day
Saturday, February 23, 2019 
8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
St. Mary's Ryken High School, Leonardtown, Maryland 
Facilitated by Historic Sotterley, Inc.

Open to public, private, and home-school students.
Junior Division – grades 6-8
Senior Division – grades 9-12
(County contest includes a 5th grade special division, they will not move up to state)

Online registration for county contest, CLICK HERE:

Winners 6-12 grade of the St. Mary’s County Contest on Feb. 23 
will be eligible to enter the Maryland History Day contest. 
Winners at state are eligible to enter the National History Day contest.

2019 Maryland History Day

This year’s theme is:
 Triumph and Tragedy

Project categories to choose from: 
paper, exhibit, documentary, website, and performance.

St. Mary’s County contest will take place on February 23, 2019.

The statewide contest will be held at the 
University of Maryland, Baltimore County on May 11, 2019.

National History Day will be held June 9-13, 2019
at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Contact: Jeanne Pirtle  301-373-2280