May 5th was hopping as the Chesapeake Swingband played the favorite tunes of a classic era at Leonardtown Square. Dancers of all ages and levels boogie woogied, waltzed, jitter bugged, and more on a beautiful clear evening. Free demos and lessons provided by Southern Maryland Ballroom and Swing Dance along with Alan Brown & Friends kept everyone moving to the music until 8 pm. The SoMar Drummers then continued the evening’s entertainment at the Leonardtown Arts Center for a night of audience participation drumming and rhythm making.

From 5 to 8 pm, art galleries held Opening Receptions for their new shows. Shops and restaurants throughout town offered one-night only specials, a monthly book signing was held featuring local author Philip Hayward, and adoptable animals from Second Hope Rescue were present.

A special note of appreciation to our Platinum Level Sponsors (Marrick Homes, Quality Built Homes, and the Winegardner Motor Company) whose generous support makes these community events possible, as well as to the Town of Leonardtown and our First Friday volunteers.

Join us on June 2nd for our “Where’s Crabby?” Scavenger Hunt, with a Grand Prize of two Steam pot Dinners from Kevin’s Corner Kafe. Our First Friday Music Series continues with C Bass & the Rockfish followed by the return of the SoMar Drummers. Check the Leonardtown First Fridays page on Facebook or www.firstfridaysleonardtown.com for details.

(Dancers in photo – Christiana Sabett and Michael Gill)