Sunflowers and flowering grasses stuffed into mason jars atop picnic tables covered by red and white checkered tablecloths decorate the park’s Pavilion, a fully-renovated historical barn. Flickering lanterns add to the homespun charm.
A generous spread and open bar keep you fed and watered. The lively auctions — both silent and live — give you a head start on holiday shopping. Awaiting your bid: Jewelry, sports tickets, gift baskets, fine art, romantic getaways, surfing lesson by legendary surfer Bruce ‘Snake’ Gabrielson, and a behind the scenes tour of the Maryland Archaeology Laboratory, getting your hands on — indeed helping clean — timbers from the ship found at the World Trade Center.
When the calling ends, the barn dance begins to music by 2 For You.
This thigh-slapping good time benefits the educational programs at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, including the Indian Village, the Public Archaeology program, summer camps and workshops.
Saturday, September 11 from 5:30-8:30pm at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, St. Leonard. $60: 410 586-8515; www.friendsofjppm.org.