The St. Mary’s County Historical Society (housed in Tudor Hall in Leonardtown) is open some Saturday’s, this being one of them. MFO (keeper of one of the keys) got a call saying she was needed to come over and “open” for business today.
So, on a foggy morning we climbed in the MOMSTER, and headed over to Leonardtown. Our first pause was in front of the used to be Behind the Bookcase, or BTB. Mr. Brad Brown who has been on the Leonardtown food scene for a while apparently finally sold the place and it is now
“The Social Coffeehouse and Speakeasy” if you can’t decipher the sign. We never much frequented the place other than to get a coffee now and then. Before BTB took over, it was kind of nice coffee house by the name of….old age robs the brain. In those days, it was a meeting place for the town’s movers who often met for morning coffee. Since BTB altered the space to accommodate the “Speakeasy” behind the bookcase, it robbed many square feet from the coffee space, which made it much smaller and less conducive to sitting and talking.. I don’t know if the new regime has changed the (what I considered a silly) procedure where you have to call on the phone from the front and I think know some code and the door is opened to let you into the speakeasy space which recreated a prohibition lounge. Many people liked the drinks, but the Feeder never visited. Anyway, things change.
After the pause (which took less time than it did to read the above) we drove over to Tudor Hall. I sat in the MOMSTER with the window rolled down, and it was a very pleasant time. Despite being in the middle of Leonardtown, it is sort of isolated on a hill, and so it was quiet. The birds were active and singing, and in a short time I heard Titmice, Woodpeckers working someplace, Bluejays, Robins, and saw cardinals and that Red Bellied Woodpecker. It’s nice habitat for them with plenty of cover and other trees
Since it was almost 100% humidity there was water condensed on the trees, and I saw a nice little droplet. I only had the little point and shoot, but got a fairly nice shot with it.
We took the leisurely way home, a nice little outing.
A Bit of Shameless Self-praise (not often)
Been a rewarding couple of days for the Feeders. Thursday night, MFO attended a function organized by Sheriff Tim, to honor “Joe Lee” Somerville, the first African American Sheriff in St. Mary’s County, the longest continually operating Sheriff department in America. In honor of MFO’s work on “the book”
She, along other authors present was recognized received an honorary badge
I told her to keep it in the car for when we’re stopped (which has been zero times in 20 years) we could flash it. Anyway, it was a very nice gesture by the Sheriff.. I’m not being political at all, but he’s a nice guy.
Then last night we attended the Sotterley’s Annual Board Meeting of at Elements. The Feeder (in his real guise) was honored as a “Sotterley Fellow”, along with a few others that have helped Sotterley in one way or another. I was thanked for helping them start what has turned into the Boeing Lecture Series.
We had a nice dinner, and Chef Plant cooked a couple of appetizers and a low sodium steak for me which was darn good.
Good food, good experience. AND, of course I WAS