High winds hampered many of the evening’s events but those braving the elements were out and about enjoying hand-dipped ice cream cones and perusing through comics at Big Larry’s Eatery, at The Good Earth Natural Foods Co. seeking delicious soup and smoothies, and visiting other merchants who were able to be open.

As part of their year-round First Friday music series, the Port of Leonardtown Winery hosted local favorite Joe Parsons, playing many a favorite tune as guests visited the newly renovated Tasting Room.

Unfortunately the much anticipated Opening Receptions for several shows were canceled due to power outages but the exhibits will continue on this month. The Youth Art Month (YAM) show at St. Mary’s County Arts Council, featuring the work of local students will run through March 31st, visit www.stmarysartscouncil.com for details. Works from Chopticon High School students Rebecca Collier and Cassidy Norris, of the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts Capstone, will run through March 16th at the Opal Fine Art Gallery and “Informal Gatherings” at the North End Gallery will run through April 1st.

The winners of the Youth Art Month 2018 art contest were announced as follows by St. Mary’s County Arts Council, congratulations to these talented young artists. All of the students who participated submitted amazing pieces, be sure to stop by the Council office to see their work.

* 1st Place “Kell and Ruby” by Alizza Damaso of LIFE Academy

* 2nd Place “Leonardtown Can Be Found 1,000’s of Miles Away” by Jacob Farren of Leonardtown Middle School

* 3rd Place “Kitty Community Creating Art in Maryland by Heidi Davis of Leonardtown High School

The Leonardtown Business Association (LBA) would like to thank everyone who attended and all of the shops who participated, save the date to come join us April 6th from 5 to 8 PM for a pet-friendly First Friday in the theme of “Reuse, Reduce, Rescue” which will also feature a special dog parade. Visit the First Friday Facebook page for details.