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Here is what is happening at museums around Southern Maryland this week.

The La Plata Train Museum will be open 10 am to 2 pm on scheduled dates. The museum is located at 101 Kent Ave. in La Plata. For group tours, call Danielle Mandley at 301-934-8421.

The Maryland Veterans Museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is located at 1100 Crain Highway in Newburg. Go to www.mdvets.cc.

The Historic McConchie One-School, which originally served African-American students exclusively, now serves as a living museum and is open for tours and periodically throughout the year to the public. The schoolhouse is located inside the Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairground Road in La Plata. Contact Edward Holland at 301-848-3476 or HistoricMcConchieSchool@gmail.com.

General William Smallwood’s Retreat House and Ground will be open on selected dates. The house is located inside Smallwood State Park, 2750 Sweden Point Road in Marbury. Call 301-743-3048 or 301-743-7613.

The Veteran’s Museum at Patriot Park will host a fundraiser to support disadvantaged and homeless veterans noon at 3:30 pm Saturday, April 30. Food, entertainment, raffles, giveaways and more. Rain date is May 7. Go to https://www.mdvets.cc.

The Old Jail Museum, St. Clement’s Island Museum & Piney Point Lighthouse Museum will be open 10 am to 5 pm daily through October 31. The Old Jail Museum will also be open 10 am to 7 pm on the first Friday of each month for Leonardtown’s First Fridays. Call 240-925-3427 or go to Facebook.com/TheOldJailMuseumGo to www.Museums.StMarysMD.com.

Historic Sotterley will host its annual Garden Guild Plant Sale 9 am to 2 pm Saturday, April 23, and noon to 3 pm Sunday, April 24. Members of the Garden Guild will be on hand to answer questions and give tips. A free plant exchange will take place on April 23 until supplies last. Proceeds will be used to maintain the Colonial Revival Garden adjacent to the Manor House. Go to www.sotterley.org.

St. Clement’s Island Museum will host The Black Diamond Disaster Weekend 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24. Call 301-769-2222 or go to www.Facebook.com/SCIMuseum.

St. Clement’s Island Museum will host a dinner and a cruise 2 to 6 pm Sunday, April 24. Call 301-769-2222 or go to www.Facebook.com/SCIMuseum.

Historic Sotterley will host a symposium titled “Common Ground: Passage to Strength and Change” 10 am to 3 pm Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30. The event will feature a roundtable with some of Sotterley’s diverse descendants, a living history performance, a study of genealogy and the Executive Vice-President of Content from Maryland Public Television telling his own journey using previews of the yet-to-be released films “Becoming Frederick Douglas” and “Harriet Tubman Visions of Freedom.” Free, but space is limited and registration is required. Go to www.sotterley.org/events.

The Veteran’s Museum at Patriot Park will host a fundraiser to support disadvantaged and homeless veterans noon at 3:30 pm Saturday, April 30, at 11000 Crain Highway in Newburg. Food, entertainment, raffles, giveaways and more. Rain date is May 7. Go to https://www.mdvets.cc.

The Drayden African American Schoolhouse will hold a free open house 11 am to 2 pm Saturday, May 7, in Drayden. Learn more about one of the nation’s best-preserved one-room African American schoolhouses and its history and importance to education in St. Mary’s County. Call 301-994-1471 or go to www.Facebook.com/DraydenSchool.

Piney Point Lighthouse Museum in conjunction with the Southern Maryland Boat Club’s Piney Point Regatta will host RetroFest on the Potomac Museum Art Kids 11 am to 5 pm Saturday, June 4. Call 301-769-2222 or go to www.Facebook.com/SCIMuseum.

The Drayden African American Schoolhouse will hold a free open house 11 am to 2 pm Saturday, June 4, in Drayden. Learn more about one of the nation’s best-preserved one-room African American schoolhouses and its history and importance to education in St. Mary’s County. Call 301-994-1471 or go to www.Facebook.com/DraydenSchool.

St. Clement’s Island Museum will host a Conversation and a Cruise 9 to 10 am Saturday, June 11. Call 301-769-2222 or go to www.Facebook.com/SCIMuseum.

The Drayden African American Schoolhouse will hold a free open house June 18-20 for Juneteenth in Drayden. Learn more about one of the nation’s best-preserved one-room African American schoolhouses and its history and importance to education in St. Mary’s County. Call 301-994-1471 or go to www.Facebook.com/DraydenSchool.

St. Clement’s Island Museum will host Museum Art Kids noon to 3 pm Tuesday, June 21. Call 301-769-2222 or go to www.Facebook.com/SCIMuseum.

St. Clement’s Island Museum will host Heritage Day 10 am to 3 pm Saturday, June 25. Call 301-769-2222 or go to www.Facebook.com/SCIMuseum.

Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Historic Park will host National Lighthouse Weekend 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, June 4. Call 301-769-2222 or go to www.Facebook.com/SCIMuseum.

The Drayden African American Schoolhouse will hold a free open house Saturday, July 2, in Drayden. Learn more about one of the nation’s best-preserved one-room African American schoolhouses and its history and importance to education in St. Mary’s County. Call 301-994-1471 or go to www.Facebook.com/DraydenSchool.

The Drayden African American Schoolhouse will hold a free open house Saturday, Aug. 6, in Drayden. Learn more about one of the nation’s best-preserved one-room African American schoolhouses and its history and importance to education in St. Mary’s County. Call 301-994-1471 or go to www.Facebook.com/DraydenSchool.

The Drayden African American Schoolhouse will hold a free open house Saturday, Sept. 3, in Drayden. Learn more about one of the nation’s best-preserved one-room African American schoolhouses and its history and importance to education in St. Mary’s County. Call 301-994-1471 or go to www.Facebook.com/DraydenSchool.

The Drayden African American Schoolhouse will hold a free open house Saturday, Oct. 1, in Drayden. Learn more about one of the nation’s best-preserved one-room African American schoolhouses and its history and importance to education in St. Mary’s County. Call 301-994-1471 or go to www.Facebook.com/DraydenSchool.

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center will hold its Adorned: Inspired by Fabric and Fashion exhibit through Sunday, May 8. Admission is suggested $5 donation.

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum will host a free exhibit titled “Southern Maryland History: Through Ebony Eyes” daily through Thursday, June 30. The exhibit embraces the heritage and culture of the region’s past. For an interactive story map, go to https://arcg.is/15588po.

Calvert Marine Museum recently announces it has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits. The program supports those receiving SNAP food assistance benefits to visit the museum for free admission, up to four people, with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer card. Similar free or reduced admission is available to eligible members of the public at more than 700 museums across the country. For more information, go to www.imls.gov.

The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum is open 1 to 4 pm daily. The museum is located at 4155 Mears Ave. In Chesapeake Beach. Call 410-257-3892 or go to www.chesapeakebeachrailwaymuseum.com.

Calvert Marine Museum will hold a Spring Break program Plants & Pollinators 11 am to 3 pm Friday, April 15. Tour the upland marsh and rain garden to discover what plants grow best in these environments and bring home Black-eyed Susan seeds. Tours begin at 11 am and 12:30 and 2 pm For ages 5 to 10. Included with museum admission.

Calvert Marine Museum will hold a Spring Break program Fossil Egg Hunt 10 am to noon Saturday, April 16. Look for eggs with real fossils and receive a container for fossils and identification guide. Limit four eggs per child. A follow-up activity allows ages 5 and older to excavate fossils from a matrix. For ages 3 to 10. Included with museum admission.

Calvert Marine Museum will hold a Spring Break program Eco-Invaders 11 am and 12:30 and 2 pm Monday, April 18. Explore how fragile the bay ecosystem can be when nonnative animals or plants are introduced and play the Aqua-invaders game (ages 6 and older ) to learn how native species are affected. Included with museum admission.

Calvert Marine Museum will sell tickets to its members for the Brothers Osborne concert 10 am Tuesday, April 19. The band will perform July 16. To become a member, go to bit.ly/CMMmembership.

Calvert Marine Museum members save 20% in the museum store Wednesday, April 20. Private Zoom sessions are also available.

Calvert Marine Museum will hold Little Minnows 10:15 and 11:15 am Thursday, April 21. Storytime and a craft, while supplies last. The theme is Crabs have Claws. Sessions are 25 to 40 minutes. For ages 3 to 5 and an adult caregiver. Sign up at the admission desk.

Calvert Marine Museum will sell tickets for the Brothers Osborne 10 am Friday, April 22. The band will perform at the museum July 16.

Calvert Marine Museum will hold a fossil club meeting and public lecture 6:30 to 9 pm Monday, April 25. Bring in a favorite find to showcase and receive identification assistance. Linda McCall will then give a lecture on “30 Million-Year-Old Fossils in Living Color from North Topsail Beach, North Carolina.”

Calvert Marine Museum will hold Little Minnows 10:15 and 11:15 am Thursday, April 28. Storytime and a craft, while supplies last. The theme is Crabs have Claws. Sessions are 25 to 40 minutes. For ages 3 to 5 and an adult caregiver. Sign up at the admission desk.

Calvert Marine Museum will host a performance by Bob Zentz 7 pm Friday, April 29. The singer/songwriter plays dozens of instruments and spans folk, traditional, Celtic and maritime music. The concert is part of the museum’s 12th annual Maritime Performance Series. Doors open 6 pm Beer and wine will be available for purchase, Tickets are $25, $20 in advance. Go to bit.ly/MaritimeConcerts.

Calvert Marine Museum will hold a Fossil Field Experience 9 am to noon Saturday, April 30. Explore the fossils at Cove Point and where to find them, how to identify them, and what they can tell us about the past. For ages 8 and older accompanied by an adult. Registration required at least two business days before the program. The cost is $15 per person.

Calvert Marine Museum members save 20% in the museum store Friday, May 20. Private Zoom sessions are also available.

Old Dominion will perform Friday, June 10, at the Calvert Marine Museum. The band is the reigning CMA and ACM “Group of the Year” and recently won its fifth consecutive “Group of the Year” award at the 2022 ACM Awards. The concert is part of the Waterside Music Series. Tickets are $39-$89. Go to www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

Calvert Marine Museum members save 20% in the museum store Monday, June 20. Private Zoom sessions are also available.

Maryland native duo Brothers Osborne will perform Saturday, July 16, at the Calvert Marine Museum. The band, which is currently on its “We’re Not For Everyone” tour, took home their fourth “Vocal Duo of the Year” trophy at the 55th Annual CMA Awards, in addition to being a 2-time winner of the Duo of the Year. The concert is part of the Waterside Music Series. Tickets are $39-$69. Go to www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

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