There are many reasons to be grateful and having the opportunity to help others is one of them. For the month of November, the First Friday team of volunteers will be hosting a special Can Drive. There will be two convenient drop off locations: Shepherd’s Old Field Market (22725 Duke St.) and the United Way of St. Mary’s County Office (22660 Washington St., 2nd floor of the Leonardtown Arts Center building) in the heart of Downtown Leonardtown. The cans will be donated to St. Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen to help provide meals and groceries for the needy of our community.

A featured activity for First Friday, November 2nd will be a “Turkey Hunt” for adults, with fabulous prizes donated by the local businesses. Due to projected rain, the children’s Turkey Hunt is canceled. “Stuff the Turkey”, a children’s game, will be located at Shepherd’s Old Field Market, details about both events will be announced on Facebook.

There will be opening receptions at local art galleries and one-evening only specials from 5-8 PM at various shops and restaurants throughout Leonardtown. This will be a fun, family friendly event for folks of all ages, pets on leashes are welcome at Leonardtown Square (each shop will have their own pet policies).

The audience participation Drum Circle featuring the SoMar Drummers will be held from 7-8 PM (note new hours for the fall/ winter). Bring your own percussion instrument or use one of theirs, all ages and skill levels are welcome. The location will be indoors at St. Mary’s County Arts Council, 22660 Washington St, first floor of the Leonardtown Arts Center across from Winegardner Motor Company.

Check the Leonardtown First Fridays Facebook page for updates and details about the above events as well as for news about special activities planned at participating stores, galleries, and restaurants. A special note of appreciation to our Platinum Level Sponsors (Marrick Homes, Quality Built Homes, and the Winegardner Motor Company) for their generous support as well as to our many other supporters and sponsors, the Town of Leonardtown, and the dedicated volunteers who make these monthly events possible! Make Leonardtown your “Special Place To Be” every First Friday, we look forward to seeing you soon! #LeonardtownFF