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Leonardtown's Earth Day celebration is April 14

Leonardtown, MD - Celebrate Leonardtown’s 19th Annual Earth Day on the Square, Sunday, April 14 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in historic downtown Leonardtown and at the picturesque Leonardtown Wharf Park.  

Mr. Michael from Reptile World, Inc. will be back doing two, afternoon live shows with exotic reptiles from all over the world, professional fitness instructors will be leading Tai Chi, Zumba, racquet and paddle sports demos, and Police Officers from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will be providing information on bicycle safety, so feel free to bring your bikes to the event! 

The room air conditioner and dehumidifier recycling drop off event will be taking place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Wharf again this year courtesy of SMECO. Qualifying SMECO Residential customers can receive a $25 incentive per appliance mailed to them 4-6 weeks after the drop off.  Limit of only 2 working Room A/C’s or Dehumidifier per SMECO Residential account per year. Visit SMECO’s web site at for additional program information and eligibility.

Environmental and non-profit organizations will be on site to provide information on energy, land and water conservation, recycling, gardening, sustainability, biodiesel fuel and solar power. Natural personal care items, food and hand crafts will also be available for purchase, and many of the local restaurants and merchants will be offering “Earth Day” menu and merchandise specials all day!  

New this year, Energy Select, your local solar company, will be at Earth Day with solar systems on view, solar charger raffle giveaways every hour, the company Tesla Model S will be on display and an electric charging station will be available at their Leonardtown office free of charge. There will also be two presentations in their solar showroom on the square at 22815 Washington St., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., titled: Solar Systems; How They Work and Is It Right for You.

As you make your way around the Square, check out SMECO’s lighting display, and speak with SMECO representatives about available incentives for lighting, appliances, recycling, conservation and more. Get up close and personal with all kinds of animals including greyhounds, wild birds, reptiles, horses and amphibious creatures.  Hear about land stewardship and conservation from the Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust, the UMD Extension Groups, St. Mary’s County River Watershed Association, the Commission on the Environment, and the St. Mary’s County Farm Bureau. Representatives from the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, and Gentle Green Dental Care will discuss fighting disease and living a healthier lifestyle. Don’t leave the event without your kettle korn from St. Mary’s Soil Conservation District Envirothon, cotton candy from St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League, make-your-own Hawaiian shaved ice at the solar-powered Kona Ice truck, and a special Earth Day Smoothie called Global Warming from the Good Earth Natural Foods Company. This all-natural smoothie features a delicious blend of young coconut, mango, pineapple, greens and coconut water. 

Stroll down to the Leonardtown Wharf Park where you will find Waterman Boat Tours with Captain Phil Langley! After purchasing your $5 ticket, board the Lisa S. and learn about the tools and toil of the men and women who make their living on the water as you take in the breath-taking views of Breton Bay (tours will run hourly; seating is limited). Also returning is Greenwell Foundation with their miniature horses, Levi and Maverick, to enjoy the festivities as well. Experience all that Leonardtown Wharf Park has to offer by trying out a free kayak ride with Patuxent Adventure Center, enjoy nature tours offered by Mr. Bobby Wentworth from Wentworth Nursery, move and groove with the fitness experts from Zumba Around Town at 2 p.m. and improve your balance control, fitness, and flexibility with Tai Chi at 3:30 p.m. at the Compass Rose and take advantage of April winds and bring a kite with you!

The free shuttle provided by The Center for Life Enrichment will take you back up the hill to enjoy the sounds of local favorites Joseph Norris, Bushmill Band, Folk Salad Duo, and Catfish Joe and dance along with the elegant and colorful Daughters of Veda. Stop in St. Mary’s County Arts Council to view artist, Candy Cummings, recycled art and pop into North End Gallery to see 3D printing demos provided by artist Micky Kunkel.

From 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. traffic into the historic downtown area will be detoured to free parking areas around the Town. Earth Day on the Square in Leonardtown is sponsored by the Leonardtown Business Association and the Commissioners of Leonardtown, and is funded in part by a grant from the St. Mary’s County Arts Council’s Community Arts Development Grant Program and the Maryland State Arts Council.  For more information or performance schedule, contact the Commissioners of Leonardtown at 301-475-9791 or visit www.leonardtown.somd.com.

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