Day 128: St. Mary’s City Beerfest, May 22nd, 2011

The first annual Beer Festival will be held at Historic St. Mary’s City on Sunday, May 22, from noon until 6 p.m.  The event is being sponsored by the Historic St. Mary’s City Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the museum.

Activities will include music by GeeZer and 25th Hour Band; special tours of the Van Sweringen’s Ordinary exhibit (one of the first taverns of the colony); and a beer-making demonstration by local home brewers, the Hollywood Hopheads.

There will also be a demonstration of a cider press with information on the history of cider in the colony.
Visitors will have the opportunity to sample local cuisine (provided by Bear Creek Barbeque and Canards) while tasting the offerings of craft brewers, including Redhook, Widmer Bros., Kona, Goose Island, Fordham, Dominion and Star Hill.

Craft and artist vendors will also be on hand throughout the day, including:  Custom Tees; the Happy Turner in Owings; My Cause Water; Sarah Houde Pottery; the Shoppes of Southern Maryland; Tidewater Artist; the Weekend Woodshop; Whiskey Creek Woodworks; and Wood Goodies.

All proceeds from this event will go toward the education and research programs at the museum.  Admission is $20 for tasters, $10 for designated drivers, and free for children ages 12 and under.  A Kid’s Tent will also be available for our young visitors.  Parking is free.

For more information call Historic St. Mary’s City Foundation at 240-895-4977; email; or visit their website at



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