Crafts, boat rides, chidlren’s authors and more
The arts and craft show with over 30 artists and local food vendors will be located in the museum’s parking lot on both days of the festival. The two music stages will host live performances including RockFish, Country Memories, Pond Scum, Celtic ConFusion and more. Children can build their own toy boats while the whole family can enjoy free cruises aboard the Wm. B. Tennison, Nathan of Dorchester, and Dee of St. Mary’s. Families can also row in canoes in the boat basin throughout the weekend.
The “Green Village” features scores of non-profit groups that celebrate the river in a wide variety of ways. See exhibits, demonstrations, displays, and educational activities about green products, recycling, oyster restoration, native plants, wildlife, restoration efforts, live animals, and more.
Back by popular demand is “Bounty of the Patuxent.” On Saturday, local wineries will be offering wine tasting in the Corbin Pavilion. Local produce will be for sale as well as soaps, candles, candy, locally formed oysters, and other homemade items.
The annual PRAD Parade with a one-mile route along Solomons Island Road will begin Sunday at 2pm.
PRAD will also be home to many children’s authors presenting their books and offering arts and crafts activities for children. The authors include: Susan Glick, a high school English teacher in Maryland who will be presenting her book Jemma’s Got the Travel Bug; Priscilla Cummings, an award-winning former newspaper reporter and magazine writer who has authored many books for children and young adults, most notably the Chadwick the Crab Series; Rena Cherry Brown, a writer, educator, and actress from Maryland’s Eastern Shore who released her second book last year titled Otter Lee Brave; Elaine Ann Allen, an avid environmentalist who focuses on the aquatic life of the Chesapeake Bay and the importance of the environment in her debut book Olly the Oyster; Jeff Dombek, an author, illustrator, and art teacher who has written several books including Sam: The Tale of a Chesapeake Bay Rockfish; Rebecca Jones, an accomplished writer who has written over 16 children’s books including Captain John Smith’s Big and Beautiful Bay; Lois Szymanski, an author of over 20 books showcasing her love of horses such as Charming Ponies: A Pony Promise; and Kelli Nash, an artist who works in graphic design, watercolor, and more who has illustrated children’s books with other attending authors Elaine Ann Allen and Susan Glick.
PRAD is made possible through the generous support of the Calvert County Board of Commissioners.
For more information about PRAD, including a complete schedule of events, visit the Patuxent River Appreciation Days website, or call 410-326-2042, ext. 41.