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Ellynne en Pointe - Fiorina vows to stop Clinton

Carly Fiorina has now joined the 2016 race for President, declaring: “Hillary Clinton must not be President of the United States.” The former Hewlett-Packard CEO issued this statement during the New Hampshire Republican Leadership Summit and continued by saying it was because of Hillary’s lack of “essential qualities of leadership such as a record of accomplishment, candor and transparency.”

GOP events
Come to the 2015 End of Session Social with Senator Waugh, and delegates O’Donnell, Morgan and Rey Wednesday, April 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Rex Restaurant on-the-square in beautiful, downtown, historic Leonardtown. Here is an opportunity to join your Maryland state senator and delegates for one-on-one conversations and a friendly drink while learning more about the 2015 Legislative Session. Sodas and light appetizers will be provided. Guests are welcome to order from The Rex’s extensive menu. This event is sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee. You may RSVP to SMC RCC Chair Julie Burk-Greer at (301)475-2577 or at jburk@md.metrocast.net.

The Mother County Republicans Club will meet Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant located on Route 235 in Lexington Park from 7 to 8 p.m. All five St. Mary’s County Commissioners have been invited as guest speakers to address questions about the proposed new Leonardtown Library in the Leonard’s Grant area. If you wish, come early for dinner at 6:15 p.m.

The April meeting of the Republican Women of St. Mary’s County, Jaymi Sterling, president, will be held Monday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at The Front Porch Restaurant in Leonardtown with Sheriff Tim Cameron as guest speaker. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 18 at 11 a.m. at The Front Porch with guest speaker Delegate Matt Morgan.

The St. Mary’s County Republican Club, Greg Sauter, president, invites you to the club’s First Friday Happy Hour May 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the BTB Coffee Bar and speakeasy located at 41658 Fenwick Street in Leonardtown. The club’s next meeting will be held Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Stoney’s Clarke’s Landing Restaurant with guest speaker Dan Bongino. Contact gregsauter@msn.com.

The next two meetings of the St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee, Julie Burk-Greer, chair, are scheduled for Thursday May 7 and June 4 at 7 p.m. at the F.O.P. on Chancellor’s Run Road. Contact jburk@md.metrocast.net.

Events around town
Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance holds a HomeSpun Coffee House Open Mic night at Christ Church Parish hall located at 37497 Zach Fowler Road in Chaptico Friday, April 24. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is $7. Performers are admitted free of charge. Light refreshments will be provided (donations suggested). For more information you may contact www.smtmd.org.

Award-winning author Sally Walker will be on hand for a Lecture and book signing in the Visitor Center at Historic St. Mary’s City Saturday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m. Tours of St. John’s Site will be given at 11 a.m. and at 4 p.m. Admission is free. Sally Walker is the author of “Ghost Walls: The Story of a 17th century Colonial Homestead,” which explores the St. John’s site, a plantation which was built in 1638 at St. Mary’s City. She has also authored “Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland.” For more information you may contact 240-895-4990.

Auditions for Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” will be held Monday and Tuesday, April 27 and 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.at the Historic St. Mary’s City Visitor Center. Callbacks are scheduled for Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. Come prepared with a 10 minute Shakespearean monologue, which does not need to be memorized. Roles are open for men and women of all ages, no experience necessary. Twelfth Night is directed by Beth Sanford and performances are scheduled for August 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22. You may call bethsanford@gmail.com for more information.

The DMA of Color exhibit featuring artists Diana Manchak, Mickey Kunkle, and Ann Preston (DMA) will run at the North End Gallery (NEG) April 28 through May 31. The First Friday reception will be held May 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday Noon to 4 p.m. For more information you may contact 301-475-3130 or www.northendgallery.org.

Mark your calendar for the next Vintage Source Spring Flea Market to be held Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. For more information you may contact www.thevintagesource.net.

On the Trail of the Assassin at the Sr. Samuel Mudd House with Patrick Burke
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s death, the Charles County Government and the Dr. Samuel Mudd Society presented a two-day event Saturday and Sunday, April 18 - 19 on site at Dr. Samuel Mudd’s House and grounds. Tours of the house, lectures, costumed interpreters, and musicians brought history to life throughout the day but it was the Candlelight Tour led by Patrick Burke that marked this event as truly unique.


John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln on the night of April 14, 1865 at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Booth, accompanied by David Herold, arrived on horseback at Dr. Mudd’s house around 4 a.m. on April 15.The 31-year-old country doctor, father of 4, treated Booth’s leg on the living room sofa. The visitors rested for several hours in an upstairs bedroom, departing later that same day.

Burke is the author of the recently published “Ghost Soldiers of Gettysburg: Searching for Spirits on America’s Most Famous Battlefield.” He is president of the American Battlefield Ghost Hunters Society and has enjoyed building a career as a renowned paranormal expert. “Battlefield Guide to Ghost Hunting,” his first book, is a great resource for anyone who may be interested in conducting their own paranormal field research.


So it was with high expectations of the possibility of having an encounter of the paranormal kind that my husband and I eagerly signed up for the 7:30 p.m. Candlelight Tour with expert guide Patrick Burke on the evening of April 18. We had already spent a delightful afternoon wandering the grounds of the Mudd House, listening to the lectures under the tent. We had enjoyed a tour of the inside of the house where we were greeted by friendly and informative costumed docents. I marveled at the sight of the sofa where Dr. Mudd initially examined John Wilkes Booth’s broken leg before moving him upstairs to spend the night. But it was quite another experience to see it at night, although by flashlight, and not candlelight. To be in the presence of such historical spirits was significantly eerie, but not scary at all. In fact, I found it to be a very peaceful and welcoming nighttime setting and was fascinated to observe Mr. Burke and his crew as they diligently pursued their collection of scientific data. Unfortunately, I was not gifted at being able to distinguish many voices on the headphones provided by the crew; others on the tour seemed to be more adept at this.


Our group headed up the stairs to the bedrooms and then up to the attic. And lastly came the stop that made the tour truly memorable—we all went around to the kitchen at the back of the house and watched herbs twirl, untouched by human hands. Our group of 11 sat around the table (some stood in the tiny, cozy room while Patrick encouraged whatever spirits were present to gently spin the two bunches of dried herbs that were hanging from a rafter near the hearth. And the spirits complied—several times. The herbs even changed direction, stopping and starting again upon Patrick’s request. Both bunches of herbs did not necessarily always twirl at the same time. One bunch would twirl while the other remained stationary. We all witnessed the phenomena, mesmerized, lit by flashlight. Later, I asked my engineer husband, Jim, what he thought had caused the herbs to move in the still room, figuring he would have a detailed, scientific description of air currents, or our breathing patterns, or heat lightening. But all he had to say was, “I don’t know.” The sensations I experienced while watching the herbs and listening to Patrick’s voice were again peaceful and welcoming. The atmosphere felt friendly. Would I ever sign up for a ghost tour again? You bet’cha. Especially if Mr. Burke is the guide.

The Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House and Museum are located at 3725 Dr. Samuel Mudd Road in Waldorf, MD. The site is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays and on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. from mid-March through late November. An admission fee is charged. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the most-visited historic site in Charles County. For more information you may contact the website at www.drmudd.org.

(Ellynne is a former member and Recording Secretary of the St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee, 2010 – 2014)
NOTE: After the April 29 edition of ELLYNNE EN POINTE, the column will be on hiatus while Ellynne is in Venice, Italy. Watch for her travelogue at thebaynet.com.

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