After passing by Cocoa’s Corral Pony Rides at the main entrance, the Calvert County Volunteer Council was front in center answering questions regarding Patuxent River Appreciation Day that was held last weekend at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons.
With the event just one day this year, the annual parade was taken off the itinerary and with the high tides causing flooding on the Island, partly because of Friday nights full moon, the boat making project was also scratched, but the day definitely was not a wash out. Musicians graced the stage; toddlers danced while parents captured photos.
Some of the many exhibitors were the Calvert County Emergency, 911 center, the Chesapeake Biological Lab, the Calvert Nature Society, the Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club and the Patuxent Environmental Aquatic Research Lab of Morgan State University with Research Assistant Professor, Thomas Ihde, Ph.D on site.
Local author William Sells was there on site to sign his first novel, Leaf, which was illustrated by Michael Bracco as well as his newest novel, Count on the Chesapeake: A bay-friendly counting book for babies, toddlers and anyone else who counts.
Count on the Chesapeake is an interactive teaching tool that incorporates the love of nature and marine animals that live in and along Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.
Sells said he was getting good feedback and his children have enjoyed reading his novels as well.
Ted and Laura Kramer, owners of The Bohemian Studios brought some brilliant flare to Solomon’s during their debut at PRAD. You can find their unique products at www.bohemianstudios.net or on Facebook.
Lara Kramer captured beautiful photography from Longwood Gardens located in Philadelphia, Pa.
Representatives from Jefferson Patterson Park were on site.
Lindsey Dillon, outreach coordinator said, “We hope that people realize today that we are a tool for the people of Maryland. We want them to learn their history and more about archaeology and why having a state repository here is so vital.”
Lalonda McClain set up her Dream Jar Cupcake display from her company, Dream Cupcakery; a company she said she always dreamt of starting. She is based out of Howard County and is happy to ship wherever it’s needed. To view her products, visit www.thedreamcupcakery.com.
Local soap maker, Sabrina Dobbins of Hollywood enjoyed the afternoon displaying the family company, Unforgoatable Goods, ‘Making everyday soaps unforgettable’.
“We started the business in 2017,” Dobbins said. “We have the dairy farm and we were freezing the milk; where soon we had too much milk we started making soap. We set up at BAE at the market there and in Lexington Park [third gate of base]. It’s enjoyable. Our most popular scent is the lavender.”
Mary Lou Troutman had her acrylic paintings on display and welcomed a conversation from visitors as always.
“The Christmas hand towels are being worked on,” she said. “I’ll update the public on my Facebook page.”
Cold Stone Creamery had a long line for most of the day as well as Boomerangs Pork BBQ. If you missed PRAD this year, remember to mark it down on the calendar next year. It’s always a great time for the family.
The PNC Waterside Stage was where, at any age, dancing was definitely welcomed. Pond Scum and Folk Salad surely had the crowd entertained while toddlers showed off their moves. The evening ended with local artist, Robbie Boothe putting on a great show.
Please enjoy the picture gallery below.
Tammy Showalter / Calvert Beacon Reporter