Maritime Festival

Historic St. Mary's City will host the Maritime Heritage Festival on Saturday. Highlights of the event, which will start at 10 a.m., include Ray Miles's detailed scale replicas of contemporary and traditional craft and 90-minute cruises aboard the Dee of St. Mary's (surcharge, reservations recommended, 240-895-4991). Reenactors will share stories about colonial sailors' travels, and folk musician Charlie Zahm will hold a sea chantey workshop for children before performing with fiddler Tad Marks in a free concert at 6 p.m. on the State House lawn. David Norris will open the concert with folk songs and country ballads. The Third District Optimists will provide seafood, grilled foods and drinks, and Holy Grounds will offer light dinner fare, snacks and beverages. Participants can also tour Historic St. Mary's City's exhibits, including the tobacco plantation, Indian hamlet, town center and visitors center. Historic St. Mary's City is off Route 5, just south of the St. Mary's College of Maryland campus. $7.50; seniors and students, $6; ages 6-12, $3.50. 800-762-1634, 240-895-4990 or

Dunkirk Golf Tournament

For Scholarship Fund

Golfers will take to the links at 8 a.m. tomorrow at Twin Shields Golf Club in Dunkirk to raise money for the Thorn Scholarship Fund. A catered lunch will be served, and all teams will receive door prizes and gift bags. Awards will be presented to the winning teams. The scholarship fund is named for Eric and Cara Thorn of Chesapeake Beach, siblings who died in a single-car accident as they were on their way to Calvert High School in November 1998. Eric was 16 and Cara a day shy of her 14th birthday. Their parents, Debbie and Mark Thorn, along with their daughters Jenn and Laura, started the scholarship fund as a memorial to Eric and Cara. More than $40,000 in scholarships has been awarded to Calvert County graduating seniors. The golf tournament, begun in 1999, is the biggest fundraiser for the scholarship fund. Donations may be made through the Baltimore Community Foundation, c/o Leslie Tinker, 2 E. Read St., Baltimore, Md. 21202. Hole sponsorships are available for $100 each by contacting Debbie Thorn at 301-855-0404. The catered lunch, which is open to anyone, will start at 1:15 p.m. $12 a person. Twin Shields Golf Club, Route 260, Dunkirk. 443-618-1216 or 301-855-0404.

AMA Motocross Races

At Budds Creek Park

Top motocross racers will compete at Budds Creek Motocross Park in St. Mary's County this weekend in the fourth round of the AMA Motocross Championship. The main events will begin at noon Sunday, with 250cc and 125cc four-stroke dirt bikes competing. The event will feature 2004 champions Ricky Carmichael (250cc) of Havana, Fla., and James Stewart (125cc) of Haines City, Fla. Gates open at 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, with practices beginning at 9 a.m. Racing begins at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Other racers scheduled to compete include Chad Reed, Kevin Windham, Grant Langston, Mike Brown, Mike Alessi and David Millsaps. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $50 for adults and $20 for children. Tickets for Sunday only are $30 for adults and $10 for children. Advance tickets are available at; information on the competition is available at

Charlie Zahm will hold a sea chantey workshop for children at the Maritime Heritage Festival on Saturday in Historic St. Mary's City.