'Cradle of Invasion'

The seventh annual commemoration of the Navy's first amphibious landing training base, established in 1942 in Solomons, will be held this weekend at the Calvert Marine Museum. The three-day event features many free activities and demonstrations, including a living-history camp with reenactors portraying troops at the base who deployed during World War II and their trainers. There also will be amphibious landing exercises, heavy weapons demonstrations and a concert by the Navy Band and the Sea Chanters. Most evening events require advance paid tickets, including a dinner-dance, the 1940s Nite Club and Fashion Show, the Abbott and Costello tribute show, cruises aboard the Wm. B. Tennison and a Baby Snooks and Daddy theater performance. A complete listing of the weekend's events is available at the museum's Web site, www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. "Cradle of Invasion," tomorrow through Sunday at the Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons Island Road, Solomons. For a schedule of free events and ticket information, call 410-326-2042, Ext. 32.

Governor's Cup Race

The post-race party for the oldest and longest overnight race on the Chesapeake Bay takes place Saturday at the finish line along the shores of the St. Mary's River at St. Mary's College of Maryland in Historic St. Mary's City. Starting from Annapolis Harbor tomorrow evening, the yacht race ends Saturday morning in St. Mary's County at the waterfront campus, which will host live entertainment beginning at noon with steel band Tropical Ensemble. A half-hour race video will be shown throughout the day, and boating supplies, apparel and food will be sold all day. At 5 p.m. an awards ceremony will recognize the winners in each class. Four special race trophies will be presented by Angus Phillips, outdoors columnist for The Washington Post. At 7 p.m. the band 'round Midnight takes the stage to continue the festivities. St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City. Free admission. 240-895-3039 or www.smcm.edu/govcup.

Pop Culture 'Flashback'

The Newtowne Players present "Flashback," a walk down memory lane involving a look at the superstars of pop culture, with portrayals of performances by Sonny and Cher, Janis Joplin, Carole King, Judy Collins, Diana Ross and the Supremes and more. This is the finale of the Players' inaugural season of outdoor performances staged under the streetlights on Fenwick Street in downtown Leonardtown. Shops and restaurants will stay open late for the event for shopping, outdoor dining and an exhibit-opening reception at the North End Gallery. Bring a lawn chair or beach blanket for the show. 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Fenwick Street in Historic Leonardtown. 301-373-6418.

This photo, called "Checking for False Starts," was taken during the 2002 Governor's Cup. This year's race starts tomorrow night and will end Saturday.