Take to the New Trails

Special events are scheduled at 26 sites Saturday to mark the rollout of the Southern Maryland Trails project. The trail system brings together a network of locations, each celebrating an aspect of the region's culture and heritage -- whether it be farms, art studios and galleries, eateries or lodgings. Initially the trails will be based predominantly in St. Mary's and Calvert counties, with trails scheduled to open later in Charles, Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties next year. For a complete schedule of events, call 301-274-1922 or visit www.somdtrails.com.

Farm Life, Indoors and Out

The eighth annual Southern Maryland Farm Life Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Parlett Farm east of Charlotte Hall. Launched in 1998 by John K. Parlett and his wife, Kitty, this fall event showcases their collection of American farm equipment from many periods, including an ox cart and modern machinery. The collection, which was Parlett's passion until his death in May at 68, fills 60,000 square feet of indoor space with displays of tools and machinery used by more than 30 agricultural trades. Outdoor exhibits include restored tractors; a tobacco museum; demonstrations of blacksmithing, woodworking, wheat thrashing and hay baling; a petting zoo; and hayrides. Proceeds from the festival benefit Christmas in April-St. Mary's County, a volunteer organization that rehabilitates houses for low-income people. Southern Maryland Farm Life Festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Parlett Farm, Route 6 East, Charlotte Hall. Adults, $7; students, $3; age 5 and younger, free. Call 301-863-2905, 301-290-1621 or 301-884-4337.

'War of the Worlds'

The Newtowne Players enter the territory of H.G. Wells, Orson Welles and more recently, Steven Spielberg when they stage the company's adaptation of Welles's 1938 radio broadcast "War of the Worlds," based on the book by Wells. The broadcast, describing a Martian attack, sent much of the nation into a frenzy. Shows are at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. next Thursday; 8 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15 and 3 p.m. Oct. 16. Three Notch Theatre, 21744 S. Coral Dr., Lexington Park. $15 for adults; $12 for students and seniors. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more if tickets are reserved and paid for in advance. 301-737-5447 or www.newtowneplayers.com.

The annual Farm Life Festival runs Saturday and Sunday near Charlotte Hall.