Tours de Solomons

The Solomons Business Association and the Naughty Gull Restaurant hope to establish an annual community event this Saturday with the inaugural "Tours de Solomons" -- a day-long event encompassing most of the island's businesses and attractions. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. the Solomons area will offer entertainment and family-oriented activities for all ages.

On the grounds of the Calvert Marine Museum, "Ocean Day" celebrates the local environment with free hands-on crafts, science activities and games. Other highlights include experiments and demonstrations provided by the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, a book reading from 1 to 3 p.m. by Priscilla Cummings, author of "Chesapeake Rainbow," and a chance to view the Bay Hydrographer, a vessel that conducts hydrographic surveys throughout the Chesapeake Bay.

The boardwalk Pavilion will feature music by the Patuxent Pearls, the Patuxent High School Band and dance performances. The field at the Solomons Fire House will host live music by Kevin Kline, John Luskey, Anomaly and Southbound. A moon bounce, face painting, charity dart board, bike tours, a gallery exhibit at AnnMarie Garden, rock climbing, a classic car show, food concessions, kayaking demonstrations at the beach and an open house at the Solomons Fire and Rescue Station are among other features at this event. Parking will be available in the field across from Calvert Marine Museum, with free shuttle service provided by Ralph's Dodge.

Throughout the day, local professional and amateur artists will be painting along the boardwalk, streets and piers on the island. Their finished works -- Solomons Island through the eyes of its artists -- will be on display at Carmen's Gallery on the island, Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

Tours de Solomons will take place rain or shine. Those interested in bicycle tours should contact Patuxent Adventure Center in advance at 410-394-2770. All other information and updates are available at 410-326-1950.

Pump Boys and Dinettes

A rock-and-roll, country and blues musical revue takes the stage at the Black Box Theatre in Indian Head for a three-weekend run beginning tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. The setting is Highway 57 in an undesignated state, where the Cupp sisters run the Double Cupp Diner on one side of the road and the boys pump gas at the station across the street. The proprietors of the two businesses come together for song, dance and a good time, bringing the audience into the play as an integral part of the ensemble. The intimate 90-seat theater -- no audience member is more than five rows from the stage -- provides a chance to feel like a part of the James Adams II Repertory Company as actors celebrate the value of friendship and life's simple pleasures. "Pump Boys and Dinettes" is scheduled for nine performances -- 8:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. It also runs June 18-20 and 25-27. Black Box Theatre at the Indian Head Center for the Arts, 4185 Indian Head Hwy., Indian Head. Adults, $18; students and seniors, $15. Box office hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and one hour before curtain. 301-743-3040.