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Leonardtown, MD - The Republican Women of St. Mary’s County meet Monday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Front Porch Restaurant in Leonardtown. Guest speakers are Lynn Delahay and Joey Hoopengardner who will discuss the Encore Chorale of Southern Maryland. This meeting is free and all are welcomed to attend. Lunch will be available for purchase from the menu.

Historic St. Mary’s City invites you to discover the spirit of Christmas Past on Saturday, Dec. 2  as you travel back in time to the 17th-century. Visitors will follow the journey of a recently freed colonial servant as he searches for love (and/or domestic help!). Visitors will also experience colonial traditions such as the hanging of evergreens and the dressing of the Yule log. Be sure to come dressed for the weather and be prepared for walking. Tours will depart from the Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary every hour on the hour from  11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 for youth, and free to Friends members and children ages five and under. HSMC is a museum of living history and archaeology on the site of Maryland’s first capital in beautiful, tidewater Southern Maryland. For more information you may contact info@HSMCdigshistory.org or you may call 240-895-4990.

The Greenwell Foundation announce a Holiday Horse Photo Op to be held on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. The horses will be decked out in their holiday best and will be eager to pose for your unique family photo! (Note: bring your camera; you’re the photographer!) Other family-friendly activities will include pony rides and crafts, and a toasty fire to gather around.  For more information you may contact info@greenwellfoundation.org, or you may call (301)373-9775.

The Accokeek Foundation will celebrate its Annual Winter’s Eve on Dec. 9 and is seeking colonial caroler volunteers. No rehearsal is required; costumes and sheet music will be provided. Please respond to kmcgowan@accokeek.org if you are interested.

Port Tobacco Players is presenting its family holiday musical production of The Christmas Schooner through December 17, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, and $15 for students, seniors, and military. For more information you may visit www.ptplayers.com. This is a musical that the entire family will enjoy; it is based on the Great Lakes voyages of Christmas tree ships during the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. The musical follows the true story of a Michigan shipping captain who braves the deadly winter weather to bring Christmas trees to homesick German-American families in turn-of-the-century Chicago. Director is Tessa Silvestro; producers are Liz Mildenstein and Bill Righter with musical direction by Will V. Derr and choreography by Benjamin Simpson. The cast includes: Michael Mickey, Rachel Escilopio, Rick Wathen, Lukas Righter, Hayden Long, Austin Kuhn, Connor Bullis, JR Cook, Trey Jolly, Chloe Lateuliere, Lydia Williams, Lucy Mudd, Camryn Ging, Lydia Bowman, Annie Lockhart, Katie O’Shields, Joshua Smith and Brandon Williams.

Recipe: Spicy holiday olive hors d’oeuvres
BY: Ellynne Brice Davis
Ingredients:
3 T. EVOO
1/3 cup fresh Rosemary sprigs, cut-up
12 - 16 ounces mixed green and black olives (your choice) whole and pitted
3 -4 lime slices
2 small cloves garlic, finely minced
Crushed red pepper flakes, a sprinkle or so, to taste
Hot sauce, a sprinkle or two, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
Directions: To a small casserole dish add the oil, olives, lime slices, garlic, herbs and spices. Stir well. Bake in a 375-degree oven for about 15 minutes. May be served hot or cooled.

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