September First Friday means Art Walk, a fun chance for you to see lots of beautiful artwork by talented artists from St. Mary’s County and beyond.  Choose your favorites and cast your ballot First Friday at the Leonardtown Arts Center by 8 pm.

Band members Ambus, Alex, and Frank

We’ll have  live music by Higher Standards, a vibrant, sophisticated, and versatile jazz trio.  Band members Alex Bizzarro, Frank Smith, and Ambus Hunter each bring their own style to the table for traditional jazz with a contemporary vibe.  With influences like Herbie Hancock, Soulive, Amy Winehouse, Christian McBride and Miles Davis, Higher Standards delivers a funky and soulful performance you’ll love.

Musically eclectic, we are known for our technical ability and showmanship. “We like to bring a familiar sound, while providing a completely unique live jazz experience.”  See more about the band here.

The Good Earth Natural Foods Company will be providing Higher Standards with a beautiful organic dinner. Thank you, Val!  She’s also put together perfect picnic packages and fresh delicious smoothies  you can grab and enjoy al fresco while you listen to the band.

by Pauline Lang

GOOD EARTH NATURAL FOODS CO. — 41765 Park Avenue, 301-475-1630

Visit The Good Earth on September 4th from 5 pm until 8 pm for Leonardtown Art Walk.  Two paintings by Pauline Lange are on display in our Demo Kitchen for this occasion.

Our very own Maria will be available during this evening maknig fresh delicious smoothies.

Red Chair at Green Cottage,
by Ann Preston

NORTH END GALLERY  41652 Fenwick Street, 301-475-3130

Many North End Gallery Artists are participating in the Art Walk this First Friday.  Find their works in 25 venues throughout Leonardtown and vote for your favorite.

In addition, a number of North End Gallery artists will create art in Leonardtown for the Paint the Town paint out event during First Friday. Watch them while they work and then visit North End Gallery to see their other artworks.  At the Gallery, check out the show, Opposites Attract, and enter the Mystery Box drawing for a chance to win a piece of art produced by a gallery member.

FENWICK STREET USED BOOKS & MUSIC 41655A Fenwick Street, 301-475-2859

The Megarid

Vesta Clark will be signing copies of Charms of The Fae and The Megarid from 5-7 pm

Writing under the pseudonym Vesta Clark, Arianna Pray is a 23-year-old self published author who graduated from St Mary’s College of Maryland last year. Already she has published five of her works, with another two to follow later this month.  her first novel dealt with Arthurian Legend, engaging with the tale of Sir Gareth and intended to progress into a fully-fledged re-telling of the tales of Camelot. She composed much of this novel while studying at Oxford University’s Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Her methods of composition draw heavily on her skills from her history degree, especially a meticulous sensibility directed at research and accuracy, even of the fantastical elements of her works. Having written the Megarid as her senior project at St Mary’s, Arianna has already gone on to finish the next five books in the series, and if you come in on Thursdays or Sundays, then you are sure to find her ready to assist you and even sign a copy of one of her books, just for you.

THE CRAFT GUILD SHOP– 26005 Point Lookout Road, 301-997-1644
Check out our shop for a variety of new items on display, such as fall decorations, soaps, jewelry, machine embroidery and sewing, and also visit our table on the Square for samples of our handmade arts and crafts.

CRAZY FOR EWE — 22715 Washington Street, 301-475-2744

Come see the beautiful trunk show from Tahki Stacy Charles featuring designs in silky soft light weight Lena, and glamorous Adele.  We’ll be kicking off a knitalong on this beautiful and easy top — perfect for the holidays.

Get started with us, and be ready to look fabulous!  Pattern is free with purchase of yarn First Friday only.

QUALITY STREET KITCHENS– 41625 Fenwick Street, 301-997-0700
Quality Street will do a wine tasting as well as some Stonewall kitchens product line samplings. We will also have our Stonewall products buy 3 get one free!

BIG LARRY’S COMIC BOOK CAFE — 22745 Washington Street 301-475-1860
Celebrate the Leonardtown Arts & Entertainment District while enjoying a taste of Big Larry’s Eatery! While experiencing the Art Walk, visit Big Larry’s for food on the go, our almost famous Walking Tacos, Nathans’ All-Beef Hotdogs, Cheeseburgers, and Subs. All 20% off from 5:00-8:00 PM!

PORT OF LEONARDTOWN WINERY — off Rt. 5 at 23190 Newtowne Neck Road , 301-690-2192
We are releasing the new vintage of our McIntosh Run on First Friday. Come get a bottle or a glass!

CAFE des ARTISTES — 41655 Fenwick Street, 301-997-0500
Make reservations inside for First Friday to enjoy the music of Randy Richie on Piano, or dine on our patio to hear the music on The Square.

Featured Menu Specials include Rich Lobster Bisque and Veal Sweetbreads (appetizer or entree)

ST. MARY’S HISTORICAL SOCIETY — 41680 Tudor Place 301-475-2467

The Historical Society of St. Mary’s will have the Old Jail Museum open for tours First Friday from 5-8 p.m.  Also, inside Tudor Hall we have a painting for Art Walk – come by and see!