Archaeology Weekend

Visitors will be able to discover the art and science of archaeology at Historic St. Mary's City this weekend, working alongside professional archaeologists on an excavation at the Print House site. Excavations at the site have yielded objects from the 1650s through the 1670s. Other activities will include behind-the-scenes guided tours of the Research Laboratory at 11 a.m. and 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, a walking tour of the Town Center at 2 p.m. and hands-on learning for children. Archaeology work can be hot and dirty, and participants are asked to dress accordingly and bring drinking water. Admission to Tidewater Archaeology Days and other museum exhibits costs $7.50 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $3.50 for ages 6-12, and is free for children 5 and younger. Museum exhibits will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 240-895-4990 or 800-762-1634 or visit the Web site www.stmaryscity.org.

Farm Safety Day

An annual event now in its eighth year, the Southern Maryland Progressive Farmer Magazine Farm Safety Day in Leonardtown teaches rural safety awareness through lessons and activities involving first aid, farm equipment, lawn mowers, all-terrain vehicles, bicycles and a 911 simulator. Safety during violent weather also is a topic. The Health Connections van will be available for free health screenings. The event is sponsored by the St. Mary's County Department of Economic and Community Development, St. Mary's County Fair Association, St. Mary's Hospital Health Connections, Farm Bureau, St. Mary's County Health Department, St. Mary's Agriculture and Seafood Commission and the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension. Progressive Farmer magazine will provide a free T-shirt to participants, and a hot dog or peanut butter and jelly sandwich lunch -- served with fresh local produce -- is included. St. Mary's Fairgrounds, Route 5, across from Leonardtown High School. The fee is $5 per child or $10 maximum per family. Register in advance by calling 301-475-4484 or online at www.agnr.umd.edu/SaintMarys.

Sarah Chasney, left, with Scott Abell, Marcella Fenwick, Molly Abell and Andrea Schendel, background, at last year's Tidewater Archaeology weekend. The event is scheduled again this Saturday and Sunday.