FEATURE: New in Leonardtown
Anyone looking for fun, unique experiences should check out Board & Brush and Escape Rooms of Southern Maryland. At Board & Brush, visitors can choose decorative pieces from boards to clocks to distress and then personalize with stain, paint and stencils. By the end of the evening, attendees have a finished piece of art to take home. At Escape Rooms of Southern Maryland, groups work together to search for clues and hidden puzzles to unlock a mystery of each room in order to “escape”. Both businesses opened in 2018 and offer entertaining group activities that are great for special celebrations and team-building exercises.
Changes are also taking place with the events and happenings in Town. Leonardtown, one of twenty-six Arts & Entertainment Districts in Maryland, has created a new, one-of-a-kind event for music, art and food lovers this season. The Leonardtown Summer Music Festival (LSMF) combines the Commissioners of Leonardtown’s Summer Concert Series and the Leonardtown Business Association’s Downtown Tunes Concert Series into one amazing music festival that will run from Saturday, May 18th – September 7th. The festival will provide a summer of free concerts, dancing, great food and fun. Featured artists include Six Gun South, Ryan Forrest Band, Latrice Carr, Wesley Spangler, and Robbie Boothe. And now, attendees will be able to pre-order picnic bags from participating businesses in Town for select concerts. Participating local restaurants include: Social Coffeehouse & Speakeasy, Big Larry’s Eatery, Jessie's Kitchen, Smokey Joe's on the Town, Shepherd’s Old Field Market and Port of Leonardtown Winery. Additionally, parents can drop off their children to be entertained with kid-friendly art experiences at participating businesses/organizations for select concerts including: St. Mary’s Arts Council, Leonardtown Arts Center, Wine & Design’s Art Buzz Kids, ARTful PLAYhouse and with Artist, Carrie Patterson (Carrie’s art studio opened in Leonardtown last year, and she will be offering her new Yellowline Art Project Boxes for kids to try during the Drop N’ Dine for select concerts). The LSMF is sponsored by the Commissioners of Leonardtown and Leonardtown Business Association in partnership with the St. Mary’s Arts Council and James LePore Productions. For the full concert schedule and to learn how to order a picnic bag for this season’s concerts or to participate in the Drop N’ Dine Program, visit: www.LeonardtownMusicFest.com.
Town Administrator, Laschelle McKay, noted, “If you haven’t been to Leonardtown in a while you need to visit soon. There is so much happening. New housing in Clarks Rest and Meadows at Town Run, new apartments right downtown with Park Ave. Apartments, Seymour Town Apartments and now the brand-new Hamptons at Leonardtown apartment complex. The Leonardtown Wharf waterfront park is getting a new amenity as well, construction of a new floating dock for transient boats will begin this summer. A visit to Leonardtown, Southern Maryland’s only Arts & Entertainment District, is a must this summer!” Leonardtown’s Mayor, Daniel Burris, summed it up by saying, “It’s an exciting time to be a part of Leonardtown with all the new things happening in Town.”
TOP: Board & Brush; BOTTOM: Escape Rooms of Southern Maryland