It was a beautiful spring evening in Southern Maryland on April 6th! Numerous pups (and one kitty), many dressed to impress in an array of costumes and pet attire, joined their people for a walk around The Square at the debut First Friday Pet Parade. Animals available for adoption were present as local rescue groups provided information about both foster and permanent placement opportunities, accepted donations of food and supplies, and spoke about volunteer opportunities.

Three fabulous art shows opened up with a trio of receptions at: the North End Gallery (3 Bold Women – pictured in photo is Rachael Platt of One Eleven Pottery/ North End Gallery), Opal Gallery (Transitions), and St. Mary’s County Arts Council (The Colors of Spring, featuring the Color & Light Society). The SoMar Drummers brought the beat back as well as a colorful array of percussion instruments for the audience participation Drum Circle, now celebrating their one-year anniversary as an ongoing monthly event. All art exhibits run through the end of this month, see the First Friday Facebook page for links to the many businesses and rescue groups that participated for additional info.

The Leonardtown Business Association (LBA) would like to thank everyone who attended, all of the shops who participated, the First Friday volunteer team, and our Platinum Level Sponsors (Marrick Homes, Quality Built Homes, Winegardner Motor Company). Save the date to come join us May 4th from 5 to 8 PM for “Sounds of Spring”, featuring the Chesapeake Swing Band and a fun flash mob!

Always Pet and Family Friendly, visit the First Friday Facebook page for details about upcoming events and to see additional photos from April 6th.