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Posted on: September 13, 2016


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P.O. Box 97 - 14200 Solomons Island Road
Solomons, MD 20688
Traci Cimini - 410-326-2042 x62

September 13, 2016
For Immediate Release - Also include in community calendars

FREE Family Fun For All Ages!

Celebrate the Patuxent River at one of Southern Maryland’s longest running festivals! Patuxent River Appreciation Days (PRAD), now in its 39th year, is October 8 and 9 at the Calvert Marine Museum. All members of the family can enjoy the fun from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Museum admission is free and complimentary parking is available.

The arts and craft show with over thirty artists will be located in the museum’s parking lot along with local food vendors. The two music stages will host live performances including GrooveSpan, Smoke Creek Rounders, Country Memories, Southern Maryland Jazz Orchestra, and many more. Children can build their own toy boats while the whole family enjoys free cruises aboard the Wm. B. Tennison and Dee of St. Mary’s. See the Carole Jean, a newly launched electric powered crab skiff. Paddle in canoes in the boat basin throughout the weekend.

See dozens of non-profit groups that celebrate the river in a wide variety of ways. There will be exhibits, demonstrations, displays, and educational activities about green products, recycling, oyster farming, native plants, wildlife, restoration efforts, live animals, and more.

Back by popular demand is “Bounty of the Patuxent” in the Corbin Pavilion. On Saturday, local wineries will offer wine tasting. A wonderful array of fall produce, potted mums, honey and homemade jellies/jams and lavender products will also be available for sale.

Stop by the Museum Store tent on both days to sneak a peek at many of the new items available, including books, home décor, themed clothing, children’s puppets, and jewelry. This is a perfect opportunity to get a head start on holiday shopping.

The annual PRAD Parade with a one mile route along Solomons Island Road will begin Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Non-profit organizations are welcome to join the parade with cash prizes offered for best float entries. To enter your float or organization, contact Randy Geck at

PRAD is made possible through the generous support of the Calvert County Board of Commissioners and in part by the Calvert Marine Museum, Calvert Artists’ Guild, Calvert Waterman’s Association, Pa-Po-Peake Shrine Club, American Legion-Arick L. Lore Post and NRG Chalk Point. For more information about PRAD, including a complete schedule of events, visit, or call 410-326-2042, ext. 41.

PRAD Music Performance Schedule
Saturday, October 8 – PNC Waterside Stage
11:45 – 12:45 Some Assembly
1:00 – 2:00 GrooveSpan
2:15 – 3:15 Jay Armsworthy
3:30 – 4:45 Let’s “Duet”

Saturday, October 8 – Corbin Stage
11:45 – 12:45 Bob Pfeiffer and Eric Skow
1:00 – 2:00 Folk Salad Trio
2:15 – 3:15 Patuxent Voices
3:30 – 4:30 Gary Rue

Sunday, October 9 – PNC Waterside Stage
11:45 – 12:45 Country Memories
1:00 – 2:00 California Ramblers
3:30 – 4:30 Southern Maryland Jazz Orchestra

CMM PRAD photos attached courtesy Robert Hurry


The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and military with valid I.D., and $4.00 for children ages 5 - 12; children under 5 and museum members are always admitted free. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website at or call 410-326-2042. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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