Archaeology Lab Tours

The Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum opens its doors for tours tomorrow; they are given only one day a month. Visitors can view state-of-the-art archaeological research and conservation and the collections storage facility. The lab serves as a clearinghouse for archaeological collections recovered from land-based and underwater projects conducted by state and federal agencies in Maryland. Tours are free and run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations are required. After the tour, visitors can participate in a pinch pot workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Take-home clay pots will be made using the same techniques that Native Americans used in the area long ago. A $5 charge covers all materials; reservations also are required for the workshop. Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard. 410-586-8501.

Huntingtown Football

Sports enthusiasts can get their first look at Calvert County's newest high school stadium -- home of the Huntingtown Hurricanes -- as the varsity football team takes on county rival Patuxent High at its inaugural game at 7 p.m. tomorrow. The field has home and visitors bleachers to accommodate what Valerie Harrington, Huntingtown's athletic director, anticipates will be a large and enthusiastic crowd. The Huntingtown High marching band and cheerleaders, decked out in the school colors of Columbia blue, black and silver, also will make their debut at the county's fourth high school. Veteran coach Jerry Franks is seeking to take his third Calvert County team to the playoffs. As head coach at Calvert High, Franks won the county's only state championship, leading the Cavaliers to the 2000 3A title, and took the Northern Patriots to three state semifinals in four years (1988-91). Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are $4. Children in grade 5 and younger will be admitted for free. Concessions and restrooms are available at the stadium. Huntingtown High School, 4125 N. Solomons Island Rd., Huntingtown. 410-414-7036.

The Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory will hold its once-monthly public tours tomorrow. Above, lead conservator Howard Wellman lowers a War of 1812 cannon that was pulled out of the Baltimore Harbor into a case.