African American Event

The Ninth Annual African American Family Community Day, "Celebrating a Patchwork of Colors," features live music, African dancers and drummers, children's activities, games, hands-on history exhibits, face painting, a student art contest, craft and food vendors, oxcart rides, gospel choirs, quilt displays and actress Gwendolyn Briley-Strand in her one-woman show, "Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One." Organized by the Calvert County Branch of the NAACP and the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Rd. in St. Leonard. Admission is free. 410-535-2730 or 410-586-8502.

Maritime Festival

Celebrate all things nautical at Saturday's Maritime Heritage Festival in Historic St. Mary's City. Meet boat builders and sailors of hand-crafted vessels, watch a regatta of radio-controlled model sailboats, take a cruise on the Dee of St. Mary's, one of the last skipjacks on the Chesapeake Bay, with departures at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Take in a free performance of "Sale at the Dove" -- a story of the plight of an indentured servant arriving in the New World. Learn to operate a windlass, create a sea monster or get a (removable) tattoo. At 6 p.m. a free concert by The Ship's Company closes the day's events. Cookout fare and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day, provided by Bear Creek BBQ and Holy Grounds of Trinity Church. There is no admission fee to the festival, but a cruise aboard the Dee of St. Mary's will cost $12 for adults and $6 for ages 17 and younger. In addition to the festival, Historic St. Mary's City Museum and exhibits will be open at the regular admission fee of $7.50 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and $3.50 for ages 6-12. For more information, call 800-SMC-1634, 240-895-4990 or

A young would-be sailor and a more experienced one examine an hourglass at a recent Maritime Heritage Festival.