Ellynne en Pointe: A GOP landslide

St. Mary’s own Mary Burke-Russell, Chair of the SMC Republican Central Committee, says that she is “…the happiest Chair in the State of Maryland!” And, why not? The GOP swept ALL races in St. Mary’s County on Tuesday night.  MD Governor-elect Larry Hogan’s victory was one of the biggest upset victories in the country. St. Mary’s County not only made Maryland history – but gave us a national spotlight as well. Although my four-year term on the SMC RCC has now ended (2010 – 2014), I am so grateful to the voters who elected me to serve as part of the SMC RCC team – and along with all the GOP candidates and volunteers we can be proud to have worked so diligently to achieve last night’s stunning results. As our State RCC Chair Diana Waterman has been quoted as saying on previous occasions, “United we can WIN!” We were - and we did.

Congratulations to: Steve Waugh (in an overwhelming victory over Sen. Roy Dyson); Deb Rey (who edged out a victory over Del.29B John Bohanan), Del. Tony O’Donnell, Matt Morgan, Richard Fritz, Rita Weaver, Karin Bailey, Christy Kelly, Chris Chafee (who won over Steny Hoyer here in St. Mary’s but was ultimately defeated at the state level), Orphans’ Court Judges Dalton Wood and Mike White, and to all five GOP winning GOP commissioner candidates – Randy Guy (for SMC Commissioner President), Todd Morgan (who ran unopposed), Mike Hewitt, Tom Jarboe, and John O’Connor.  (In additional state-level races, Attorney General GOP candidate Jeffrey Pritzger and GOP Comptroller candidate Bill Campbell won in St. Mary’s County but not across the state).

Local Events:
-For a complete schedule of the St. Maries Musica’s 2014 Winter Season, you may contact:

-The Educational Association of St. Mary’s County holds a Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale on Saturday, November 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the William Boyd Medical Building located at 41680 Miss Bessie Drive in Suite 201 in Leonardtown. Vendors include: Arbonne, Avon, Baked Goods, Close To My Heart, Honeybee, Jamberry Nails, Longaberger, Origami Owl, Ruby Ribbon, Scentsy, Silpada, Tastefully Simple, the Top Tomato Ladies, Thirty-One, Youngivity, Young Living, and Essentials Oils.

-Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance featuring caller Elgin Perry holds a contra-dance event on Saturday, November 8 at the Christ Church Parish Hall in Chaptico. A Beginner’s Class starts at 7 p.m. The Dance begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by an Ice-Cream Social.  A short Annual Meeting is scheduled prior to the event at 6 p.m. and boasts a Potluck Dinner. Admission to the Potluck and the meeting are free. Admission to the dance is $10 for non-members; $6 for members.  For more information you may contact:

-The COSMIC Symphony season opener concert, “Theme and Variations”, will be held on Saturday, November 8 at 7 p.m. at Great Mills High School, and will be repeated on Sunday, November 9 at 4 p.m. at the CSM campus in Prince Frederick. For tickets you may contact:

-Historic St. Mary’s City is collecting pumpkins for the Plantation’s pigs. You may deliver new or “used” squash to the bin outside the Visitor Center. Pigs Maizie, Pumpkin, and Scarlet love these fall fruits. Contact (240)895-4978 or for more information.

-HSMC holds a “Pirate’s Life” event for kids ages 9 to 12 offering them the opportunity to step aboard a tall ship on Saturday, November 8.  Meet at the Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary at 10:30 a.m. for the one-hour long program. The cost is $10 for each adult/child pair; $8 for Friends and members. This charge includes a full-day Admission to the Museum. You may pre-register at (240)895-4990 or at

-A Veteran and Military Appreciation Day honoring all who serve will be held on Saturday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CSM campus in Prince Frederick.  Admission is free.

Elephant Jokes of the Week, from 101 Elephant Jokes, by Robert Blake, available on

Repeating a previous joke:  Q: What did Tarzan say when he saw the elephants coming? A: “Here Come the Elephants!”

And the joke for this week:  Q: What did Tarzan say when he saw the elephants coming down the path wearing sunglasses? A: Nothing! He couldn’t recognize them!

Ellynne en Pointe will be on Holiday hiatus through the first of the year. Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to all!

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Photo by: Ellynne Brice Davis of the Capital Wheel at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. showing Washington, D.C. in the distance. To paraphrase Bette Davis in “All About Eve”: fasten your seat belts; it’s going to be a wild ride into 2016!

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