Photo by Nicole Magee of SPICE Studio

First Friday Fun & Fundraisers!

News Release, Leoanrdotwn Business Association

Leonardtown, MD- Love for our community (and creatively colored hairstyles!) were definitely in the air on February 7th! A heartfelt “thank you” to all who braved the day’s wild weather and came out for a myriad of opening receptions and workshops at the art studios, one-night-only specials at the shops and restaurants, live music and entertainment, and other activities and events.

SPICE Studio and friends rocked the evening with style in support of the St. Mary’s County Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, whose mission is to build beds for children in our community who have been without these most simple of staples.

Over $700 was raised in just a few hours through SPICE’s W.I.I.G. (Women Invested In Giving) program via generous donations from guests Xella Winery, a pop-up shop at SPICE by Athleta, and the many individuals who contributed to the cause.

Visit and to learn more about how you can help. A raffle for gift cards from Athleta will continue to further support the fundraiser, stop by SPICE for your tickets through Feb. 15th and a chance to win!

Don’t forget to post your photos taken at the “selfie bench” Downtown at the corner of Washington & Fenwick Streets. Just add to your social media and tag with #loveltown, to be entered into a random drawing for a gift card to a local restaurant.

Save the date for our next monthly event with the theme of “March Madness First Friday” scheduled for March 6th, 2020 from 5-8 PM, activities will be announced soon on the Leonardtown First Fridays Facebook page. The audience participation in Drum Circle with the SoMar Drummers will also continue from 7-8 PM at the Town Hall.

A note of appreciation to the Town of Leonardtown, the Commissioners of Leonardtown, LBA business members, the SoMar Drummers, the First Friday volunteers, and Platinum Sponsors (The County Times, Leonardtown Chevy Buick GMC, Marrick Homes, Quality Built Homes, and Visit St. Mary’s) who all helped to make this yet another wonderful community event!

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David M. Higgins II

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in Digital Marketing, eventually leading him back to his passion. David started The Southern Maryland Chronicle in December 2017 and has grown it to become the #1 news source in Southern Maryland.

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