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Posted on: September 9, 2015


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September 9, 2015
For Immediate Release - Also include in community calendars

FREE Family Fun For All Ages!

Celebrate the Patuxent River at one of Southern Maryland’s longest running festivals! Patuxent River Appreciation Days (PRAD), now in its 38th year, is October 10 and 11 at the Calvert Marine Museum. All members of the family can enjoy fun from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Museum admission is free and complimentary parking is available.

The arts and craft show with over thirty artists will be located in the museum’s parking lot along with local food vendors on both days of the festival. The two music stages will host live performances including Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition, Southern Maryland Jazz Orchestra, Some Assembly, Mac Walter, and many more. Children can build their own toy boats while the whole family enjoys free cruises aboard the Wm. B. Tennison and Dee of St. Mary’s. Paddle in canoes in the boat basin throughout the weekend.

See dozens of non-profit groups that celebrate the river in a wide variety of ways. There will be exhibits, demonstrations, displays, and educational activities about green products, recycling, oyster farming, native plants, wildlife, restoration efforts, live animals, and more.

Back by popular demand is “Bounty of the Patuxent” in the Corbin Pavilion. On Saturday, local wineries will offer wine tasting including Port of Leonardtown and Solomons Island Wineries. A wonderful array of fall produce, potted mums, honey and homemade jellies/jams and lavender products will also be for sale.

Stop by the Museum Store book fair tent on both days to visit local published adult and children’s authors including Janie Suss, Elaine Allen, Kelli Nash, Peter Vogt, Eugene Meyer, Richard LaMotte, Jennifer Keats Curtis and more, made possible by Schiffer Publishing. This is a perfect opportunity to find a new favorite book and/or personalize a book for a special holiday gift.

The annual PRAD Parade with a one mile route along Solomons Island Road will begin Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Non-profit organizations are welcome to join the parade with cash prizes offered for best float entries. To enter your float or organization, contact Randy Geck at

PRAD is made possible through the generous support of the Calvert County Board of Commissioners and in part by the Calvert Marine Museum, Calvert Artists’ Guild, Calvert Waterman’s Association, Pa-Po-Peake Shrine Club, American Legion-Arick L. Lore Post and NRG Chalk Point. For more information about PRAD, including a complete schedule of events, visit, or call 410-326-2042, ext. 41.

PRAD Music Performance Schedule
Saturday, October 10 – PNC Waterside Stage
10:30 – 11:45 Riverside South
Noon – 1:45 Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition
2:00 – 3:15 GrooveSpan
3:30 – 4:45 Southern Maryland Jazz Orchestra

Saturday, October 10 – Corbin Stage
10:30 – 11:30 Patuxent Voices
11:45 – 12:45 Some Assembly
1:00 – 2:30 Mac Walter
2:45 – 3:45 Smoke Creek Rounders
4:00 – 5:00 Mermalaide

Sunday, October 11 – PNC Waterside Stage
11 – Noon Bob Pfeiffer and Eric Skow
Noon – 2:00 The Eastport Oyster Boys
3:00 – 4:45 Moon Dog Medicine Show

Sunday, October 11 – Corbin Pavilion
12:30 – 2:00 Chesapeake Country Cruisers Dance Party

CMM PRAD photos attached courtesy Robert Hurry

Press Contact: Traci Cimini - or call 410-326-2042, ext. 62

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and military with valid I.D., and $4.00 for children ages 5 - 12; children under 5 and museum members are always admitted free. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website at or call 410-326-2042. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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