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Central committee
St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee (SMCRCC) Chair Julie Burk-Greer says that the End of Session Social sponsored by the SMCRCC at The Rex Restaurant in Leonardtown April 22 was a huge success. She thanks our elected officials, Senator Steve Waugh, and delegates Matt Morgan, Deb Rey and Tony O’Donnell along with St. Mary’s County Commissioner Todd Morgan, Leonardtown Mayor Dan Burris and Leonardtown City Councilman Hayden Hammett for coming out to support this event.

Senator Waugh began his brief comments by saying that 2015 was the best session in a long time in Annapolis for three reasons: 1. No new spending, no new taxes 2. St. Mary’s and Calvert counties were fully-funded and 3. There were many legislative successes (19 of 27 bills which Senator Waugh supported passed, nine of which became laws). For details of Senator Waugh’s End of Session Report you may contact:

Delegate Matt Morgan echoed Sen. Waugh’s comments and added that the structural deficit was eliminated this year, the Rain Tax was repealed, and the budget was balanced. He concluded his comments by adding that the Maryland taxpayers won this session!

Delegate Tony O’Donnell said that he was a happy camper. He’d been hoping for Republican help in Annapolis and this time he got when Deb Rey, Matt Morgan and Steve Waugh were elected. He said that this session marked a definite course correction. He said that this is the first time in eight years that there are no new taxes; the ship is turning slowly.

Upcoming GOP events
Thursday, May 7 - St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee meeting at the F.O.P. Lodge on Chancellor’s Run Road in Great Mills at 7 p.m. and First Lady Yumi Hogan’s Luncheon at the Annapolis Westin Hotel at 11:30 a.m.
Monday, May 18 - Republican Women of St. Mary’s County meeting at The Front Porch Restaurant in Leonardtown with Guest Speaker Delegate Matt Morgan at 11 a.m.
Thursday, May 21 - St. Mary’s Republican Club at Stoney’s at Clark’s Landing Restaurant at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 29 - SMC RCC Lincoln/Reagan Dinner at the Olde Breton Inn at 6 p.m. with keynote speaker Republican National Committee Co-Chair Sharon Day. Tickets are $65 and advanced registration is required. You may contact 301-475-8709.
Sunday, May 31 - Meet-and-Greet Reception with Delegate Matt Morgan at Sandgates Inn from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 each and sponsorships are available. You may contact him at for details.
Thursday, June 4 - SMCRCC meets at the F.O.P. Lodge on Chancellor’s Run Road in Great Mills at 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 6 - The St. Mary’s County Republican Party will be participating in the Relay For Life event to be held at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds from 6 a.m. - 2 a.m. the next morning. You may contact Kevin Cioppa at for more information and to join the team.
Friday, June 12 - The St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee will hold a Blue Crabs Fundraiser. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Tickets are only $13 each and $6.50 of each ticket will be donated to SMCRCC. You may register online and the code is SMCRCC. For more information you may contact
Sunday, June 14 is Flag Day.
Thursday, June 18 - The SMC Republican Club meets at Stoney’s Clark’s Landing Restaurant at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, June 22 - The Republican Women of St. Mary’s Club meets at The Front Porch Restaurant in Leonardtown with Guest Speaker Senator Steve Waugh.

Events around town
On May’s First Friday (Friday, May 1) come out to the Port of Leonardtown Winery to listen to the Folk Salad Trio from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The winery is open that day for wine-tastings from noon to 8 p.m. Admission is free. For more information you may call 301-690-2192.

May Day will be celebrated at Historic St. Mary’s City on Saturday, May 2 with Baltimore historical artisan Lauren Muney who will be creating period-style silhouette portraits. There is a fee charged for the silhouettes. For details you may contact:

Are We There Yet? will be presented by The Victorian Candle Bed and Breakfast and Entrée Act on May 23. The $60 per person ticket includes light hors d’oeuvres, dinner and the show as well as tax and gratuity. Reservations must be made by May 16 by calling 301-373-8800, or you may email A cash beer bar will be provided by the Rotary Club of Lexington Park with proceeds going to local charities and scholarships.

An SBDC Women’s Business Roundtable, an open forum where women business owners and women in the workplace network and learn from each other, will hold a Speed Planning evening on Thursday, July 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Victorian Candle B&B in Hollywood from 6 to 8 p.m. The charge is $35, payable at the door, and features great food by Susan. You may call Linda Craven at (301)542-9092 for more information or you may contact

Sotterley is a stop on the Maryland House and Garden Tour Sunday, May 3. On Sunday, May 10 – Mother’s Day – mothers receive a guided tour of the 1703 plantation House for 1/2 price from noon to 4 p.m. For more information you may contact

For information on Operation Warrior Refuge, Inc., a non-profit 501(c) (3) program, you may contact Equine Program Director Julie Devine, LCPC, at

Author Sally Walker
Sally Walker gave an informative lecture in the Visitor Center of Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) Saturday, April 25. She spoke in detail about her research and about her two most recent books - "Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland," and "Ghost Walls: The Story of a 17th-Century Colonial Homestead." 

Ghost Walls tells the story of St. John’s House at HSMC. Tours were given at the St. John’s Site at 11 a.m. and at 4 p.m. that day. Our 11 a.m. tour was led Ruth Mitchell and Beth Sanford of the HSMC Staff and they both made the “ghost walls” come alive within the lovely museum setting. For more details on Sally Walker’s books you may contact

St. Marie’s Musica
At 1 p.m. on April 24, the St. Maries Musica presented a Spring 2015 Season concert, “Hope for Resolution” under Artistic Director Krystal McCoy in the restored HSMC Chapel. The final concert of the season will be held on Saturday, May 2 at Leonardtown High School at 7 p.m. with the Festival Chorus, the Southern Maryland Youth Choir, and the Symphony Orchestra of Arlington. Special music features “Dona Nobis Pacem” by R. Vaughan Williams. Tickets for this event are priced at $10 and may be purchased at the door.

The Leonardtown Lions 
The Leonardtown Lions celebrated its 75th anniversary Charter Night on Saturday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Olde Breton Inn. King Lion is George Kirby. Honored guest and speaker was District Governor Kelley Randolph. The outstanding menu boasted carved round of beef, baked chicken, fried oysters and sweet potatoes. The First Charter Night for this club was held at the St. Mary’s Hotel in Leonardtown Thursday, June 6, 1040, (the club had been organized as of April 23, 1940) and was sponsored by the Lions Club of Upper Marlboro. The menu on that night included broiled spring chicken, soft shell crab, new potatoes, spinach, and hearts of lettuce. Entertainment that evening was provided by violinists Edward Waring, and St. Mary’s County hero-to-be Walter Francis Duke.


Congratulations to…John Raley, former resident of St. Mary’s County, who has received recognition for his poetry. In a ceremony held at American University in Washington, D.C. on March 26, Mr. Raley was honored as a Contributor to Tacenda Literary Magazine, and will have several of his poems published in a future issue. Samples of Mr. Raley’s work are reprinted here, with the poet’s permission:
Let these shoes carry me home,
A home where I so much want to belong.
Open doors long since shut.
Send spirits to lift me up.
Down the sidewalk into town,
Crossing streets clogged with cars so sound.
Past shops, eateries, banks and flowers,
Taking time, time consumed by hours.
Wander now to sidestreets broken,
Cracks in concrete once unnoticed.
Bumps and ditches along the way,
Not inviting me to stay.
Stalled and still, not fluid and easy,
My wandering ceases, captured in breezes.
Push me forward, some wandering spirit.
Push me harder out of the granite.
Back to walking, some hope had come.
Speed up, move faster, now to run.
Home’s a callin’, so wander this way.
Get me home at last and seal this day.

Blackbird, blackbird, you saunter across my lawn
In search of something good to devour, I’m sure.
You look so sleek, so shiney in the mid-day sun.
I’ll just stare out the window, pretending to have fun.
“Don’t forget the birdbath,” I say, its water so inviting.
“It’s waiting for you in the garden, so don’t dare fly away.”
Two more blackbirds descend upon the grass,
But you don’t get excited; you’ve already claimed your path.
My sweet friend joins me at the window to stare.
He also looks on in wonder, as if your soul is bare.
So, we both marvel together and wish upon your wings,
For Peace behind these walls and for the simplest of things.
When you fly away, dear blackbird,
I hope you won’t be gone too long.
You talk so beautifully in rhyme
That flowers bend and open, what’s mine is yours in time.

(Ellynne is a former member and Recording Secretary of The St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee, 2010 - 2014. Ellynne en Pointe will go on hiatus for several weeks. In the meantime, please follow Viaggiando in Italia con Ellynne Spendendo Poco [Travelling in Italy with Ellynne on a Budget] on The Bay Net as she vacations from the Biennale in Venice to the World Food Expo in Milan, to Lake Como, and then on to the Italian Alps with lots of stops in between).

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