Wednesday, December 22, 2010

New Year's Eve in St. Mary's County

New Year's Eve is a time for celebrations with friends and family.  Ring in the New Year at one of these fun events in St. Mary's County!

  • New Year's Eve Party at Rustic River Bar & Grill
  • New Year's Eve Dance at Immaculate Conception Church
  • Dinner from the Special New Year's Eve Menu at La Tabella Ristorante Italiano
New Year's Eve Party at Rustic River Bar & Grill
Celebrate the new year at Rustic River with a dinner special followed by a party!  On December 31, enjoy a Surf and Turf dinner for $25 and choose from either Steak or Ribs paired with Lobster Tail, Snow Crab Legs, Crab Cake, Shrimp or Oysters.

Then, Rustic River is hosting a New Year's Eve Party from 9 p.m. 'til 3 a.m.  Admission to the party is $15 per person in advance (must be purchased by December 29) or $20 per person at the door and it includes:
  • Complimentary buffet
  • Complimentary champagne toast at midnight
  • New drink specials every hour on the hour
  • DJ and Karaoke
  • Complimentary breakfast served at 3 a.m.
All guests attending the party must be 21 years of age or older.  Rustic River is located at 40874 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown, MD 20650.  For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 301-997-1700 or visit
New Year's Eve Dance at Immaculate Conception Church
If you're looking for something a little different from the bar scene, head over to Immaculate Conception Church in Mechanicsville for their New Year's Eve Dance!  The dance will be held on December 31 from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.  Tickets are $25 per person and include free breakfast at midnight.  

Immaculate Conception Church is located at 28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call 301-884-3123 or visit

Dinner from the Special New Year's Eve Menu at La Tabella Ristorante Italiano
La Tabella Ristorante Italiano, St. Mary's County's newest Italian restaurant, is offering a special dinner menu for New Year's Eve!  For $40 per person, enjoy a lovely romantic evening with your loved ones while La Tabella entertains you with food, sights and sounds.

The dinner menu includes delicious appetizers, such as Calamari Fritti and Crab Crostini; scrumptious entrees, like Stuffed Rockfish and Chicken Parm; and lovely desserts, such as Tiramisu.  The full menu can be viewed from La Tabella's website,

Seating is available at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.  Reservations are recommended.  For more information or to make reservations, call 240-237-8333 or visit

La Tabella is located at 23154 Wetstone Lane, California, MD 20619.  It is inside the Wildewood Neighborhood, but open to the public.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Celebrate the Holidays in the Cecil's Mill Historic District

A bit of St. Mary's history will come alive this weekend when Bill Clements of Cecil's Old Mill fires up the antique sawmill and demonstrates how logs that were eventually used to build many of the homes in St. Mary's county a century ago, were transformed into lumber boards. It's a rare opportunity to observe the sawmill in action this Saturday, December 4th, between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Old Mill on Indian Bridge Road in California, Maryland (weather permitting).

Across the street, Cecil's Country Store will be holding their annual Holiday Open House on Saturday and Sunday with special sales, holiday decorations and food. Reminiscent of the holiday window displays from department stores of yesteryear, Cecil's enchanting Christmas window displays will delight children of all ages. Cecil's Country Store was also the local post office for many years and the old post office is still on display at the store. "There is a lot of history here at Cecil's and our goal is to mix a unique shopping experience with a little bit of history," says Dawna Wible, owner of Cecil's Country Store.

Located in one of Maryland’s first Industrial Districts, Cecil's Mill was originally built as a cotton/textile factory in the 1800's. It was later transformed into a grist mill and saw mill. After restoration in the late 1970's, Cecil's Mill became a National Landmark in St. Mary's County. Today, the mill exhibits artifacts including its working water wheel, and is home to local arts and handmade crafts for sale. The historic district also includes Cecil’s Country Store and Post Office.
For additional information about the open house or Cecil's Country Store and Cecil's Old Mill, contact Dawna Wible at 301-994-9622 or