Buried History

Funerals are not meant to be entertaining, but tomorrow's reinterment ceremony at Darnall's Chance House Museum might be an exception. The remains of nine people removed, along with household debris, from an 18th-century underground brick burial vault that was excavated in 1990 will be returned to their graves.

At 11 a.m., visitors to the museum will take part in honoring Upper Marlboro resident Lettice Lee, who lived in Darnall's Chance from 1748 to 1776 and whose remains will be among those returned to the vault. Guests will learn about 18th-century burial rituals and will join Lee's descendants at the gravesite for the brief ceremony, after which they are invited to view the museum's current exhibition, "This Fair Lady: The Life of Lettice Lee."

From 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, forensic anthropologist Douglas Owsley will discuss his analysis of the exhumed remains, and archaeologist Donald Creveling will discuss the identification, excavation and artifact analysis of the vault. Both events are free; reservations are required. Darnall's Chance House Museum, 14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-952-8010.

Happy Birthday, Maryland!

On June 20, 1632, King Charles I signed a charter to grant Lord Baltimore the tract that became Maryland. On Sunday, guests can explore Mount Airy Mansion and sample English tea and snacks to celebrate Maryland's 372nd anniversary.

"Maryland's Birthday Party" will feature a reading of the original charter by state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert). (On the same day, in North Yorkshire, England, a member of one of Maryland's pioneering families, the Calverts, will read the 1632 proclamation at Kiplin Hall, the original homestead of Lord Baltimore.) Reservations are required; a $15 donation is suggested. The event takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Mount Airy Mansion, 8714 Rosaryville Rd., Upper Marlboro. For information, call Pineapple Alley Catering at 301-856-1954.

A Poet's Life

The life of a full-time, professional performance poet isn't all smooth rhymes and cheering crowds.

For Taalam Acey, an international poetry slam champion, the experience has included sleeping on subways after losing his home and all of his possessions. Before taking the risk to pursue his poetry, he owned a consulting firm.

Acey documents the ups and downs of his life while analyzing contemporary spoken-word culture in his new memoir, "Eyes Free." Tomorrow At 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, the artist will perform and read from his book at Karibu Books, Prince George's Plaza, 3500 East West Highway, Hyattsville. The event is free. 301-559-1140.