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April 2016

Get a taste of the West and Rhode rivers while supporting their heath

“You couldn’t have picked a better time for a visit,” I told the friends coming our way this weekend. “This Saturday we’ll show you what Chesapeake Country is all about.”

Local lasses drawn home by the dance and the culture

The joy of Scottish Highland dance bound them together as girls coming up in Calvert County. Now they are returning from hundreds and even thousands of miles away to lead the dance events at Southern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering at Jefferson-Patterson Park April 30.

An absurdist retelling of a surreal moment in American history

A man shows up at the White House and asks to see the president. The request gives pause to the secret service, as the man is Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice).

Fill Your Garden: Regional plant and flower shows, sales

Four Rivers Garden Club May Market April 29: Pre-order a May Day basket, buy one on site or join the workshop to create your own (9am, $30 advance/$35 day of) at this 71st market presented by AA County’s oldest garden club. Shop for native plants, perennials, herbs and cut flowers. 8:30am-12:30pm, Market House, Annapolis, rsvp for workshop or basket orders:  443-995-2995. National Arboretum Garden Fair

Cuba Art Reception

Meet the artists whose works, painted in Cuba, are exhibited in Cuba Today: Studies to Studio. 1-4pm, McBride Gallery, Annapolis: www.mcbridegallery.com.

Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Teas & Arts

Join in the 20th year of this family-friendly event to delight your senses with formal tea in the mansion ($13), vendors with fragrant herbs and garden-centric handmade items, live music and a gardening talk. Women’s Club of Laurel sells tea. Kids play in the hands-on history playground, make art projects and see a live animal exhibit. 10am-4pm, Montpelier Mansion, Laurel, free, rsvp for tea: 301-377-7817.

Garden Party

May 7–Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the historic home with cocktails, appetizers and jazz. 5-8pm, Hammond Harwood House, Annapolis, $125, rsvp: www.hammondharwoodhouse.org.

Solomons Maritime Festival

May 7–Celebrate Southern Maryland traditions with antique boats and motors, master maritime carvers, traditional music and Chesapeake Bay retriever demos. Kids enjoy toy boat building. Adults learn how to pick crabs, shuck oysters, stuff a ham and more. Everyone gets free rides aboard the historic bugeye the Wm. B. Tennison, at the 11th annual festival. 10am-5pm, Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons: ­www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

All Children’s Chorus

May 7–Honor the singing group’s 15th anniversary with a fundraising party with food, drinks and entertainment. 4-7pm, Fado Irish Pub, Annapolis, $40/$70 couple, rsvp: [email protected]

6th Annual Naptown barBAYq Festival

May 6-7–Get tickets now for reduced rates to this two-day event featuring BBQ competitions and samples plus live music, libations, merchants and kids activities. Chefs compete for prizes and trophies. F 4-10pm, Sa noon-10pm, Anne Arundel Co. Fairgrounds, Crownsville, $15 before May 1/$20 after w/discounts, rsvp: www.barBAYq.com.