MAY 2024

(SC) Ongoing, HOMESCHOOL IN THE PARKS,  Ages: 7-12. Charleston County Parks, 843-795-4386, Cost: $7. Charleston County Parks hosts various events for homeschool groups in our parks throughout the year! From the marsh to the oceans, the outdoors serves as our classroom and make for great homeschool field trips during science lessons.

(MD) Ongoing: First Friday of Month, OLD JAIL MUSEUM: EXTENDED HOURS DURING LEONARDTOWN FIRST FRIDAYS, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., The Old Jail Museum, 41625 Court House Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650. The Old Jail Museum, a well-known landmark in the heart of Leonardtown and one of the four museums and historic sites overseen by the St. Mary’s County Government’s Museum Division, will be open to the public for extended hours on Leonardtown First Fridays. Staff will be on-hand to showcase the Old Jail and its interesting story. A special exhibit regarding Benjamin Hance, a young African American man who was held at the Old Jail in 1887 and later killed by a local mob, will be on display. Hance is the only documented lynching victim recorded in St. Mary’s County. The museum’s regular daily hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is FREE to all ages. For more information about the Old Jail Museum, special hours, contact information, updates and much more, please visit

(MD) May 4, 2024, DRAYDEN AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOOLHOUSE FREE OPEN HOUSE, 11 am to 2 pm, 18287 Cherryfield Road, Drayden, MD 20630, (301) 994-1471,  The Drayden African American Schoolhouse is one of the nation’s best-preserved one-room African American schoolhouses, and its story represents a significant part of St. Mary’s County’s African American history. Visitors are invited to learn more about the restored schoolhouse, its rich history and importance to education in St. Mary’s County. Hear the real stories about how African American students learned in this school up until the mid-20th century. All ages are welcome, and admission is free.

(PA) May 10, 2024, WOODHICK DAY, 9:30-1:30.  Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, PO Box 239, Galeton, PA 16922, (814) 435-2652, Students can visit the museum to explore the courageous yet reckless spirit of Pennsylvania’s lumber past at our education program.  Learning stations across the museum will give students the opportunity to watch demonstrations, try hands-on activities and talk with knowledgeable staff to discover what it was like to work in the woods. Space is limited and reservations are required. Admission is $3 per student with parents free (so long as they don’t outnumber the students in their party).  Interested families can contact Museum Educator Jennifer Haines at (814)435-2652 or email to make reservations. For more information, visit

(MD) May 11, 2024. SATURDAYS OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:  BUGS! 12 p.m-2 p.m. Piney Point Lighthouse Museum, 44720 Lighthouse Road, Piney Point. All ages are invited to enjoy new outdoor activities while visiting   the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum. These activities encourage visitors to explore nature and the outdoors through curiosity and play. Modeled loosely after “Forest School” learning styles in Denmark and Sweden, the Nature &Forest Play for All Ages Series encourages discovering nature through hands-on, tactile, “no right or wrong way to play” experiences. Age is not a factor; adults need to connect with nature in relaxing, simple ways, just as much as children do! Themed activities will be held on the following dates and times. Price is included in regular museum admission. Save the dates and call ahead to pre-register! More information: (301) 994-1471 or

(PA) May 11. 2024, MISSION TO MARS WORKSHOP,1 – 3 PM, Ages:  7 – 12. American Helicopter Museum & Education Center, 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester, PA 19380.  What does it take to get us to Mars? What are the things we would have to do to live on the red planet? In this out-of-the-world workshop, we will discuss the challenges of getting and living on Mars. What kind of rocket do we need? What would a colony on Mars look like? How do we grow food and produce oxygen to breathe? We try some hands-on experiments to discover the answers to some of these questions. Fee:  $30.

(MD) May 12, 2024, ST. MARY’S COUNTY MUSEUMS: FREE ADMISSION FOR MOMS ON MOTHER’S DAY, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point and Piney Point Lighthouse Museum in Piney Point, will offer free museum admission for moms on Mother’s Day, Please note regular admission prices apply to others in the party: St. Clement’s Island Museum: $3 for adults, $1.50 for children (6-18), $2 for seniors and military, and free for those 5 and under. St. Clement’s Island Water Taxi rides are not included in this promotion. Water taxi rides are $7 per person (all ages), which includes museum admission.  Piney Point Lighthouse Museum: $7 for adults, $3.50 for children (6-18), seniors and military, and free for those 5 and under. Old Jail Museum & Leonardtown Visitor Center: always free admission for all! The Museum Stores at all three locations are open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on this promotion, hours of operation, programs, events, admission prices,and more, follow the Museum Division pages on social media at,, and

(NC) May 15, 2024, COFFEE WITH THE CURATOR, 10:30am – 11:30am, Earl Scruggs Center: 103 S Lafayette St, Shelby, NC 28150, 704-487-6233,  Do you enjoy local history? Grab your coffee and join us Wednesday, May 15, at 10:30 AM for Coffee with the Curator in our Great Hall! Our curator, Zach Dressel, will facilitate a discussion on a topic relating to our county’s history and present items from the Cleveland County Historical Collection. FREE PROGRAM.

(NC) May 16, 2024, MAKING MUSIC WITH AUTHOR DR. WILLIAM ALLSBROOK, 6:00pm – 7:30pm Earl Scruggs Center: 103 S Lafayette St, Shelby, NC 28150, 704-487-6233,  Join Dr. William Allsbrook, author of Making Music: The Banjo in a Southern Appalachian County, as he explores the way in which the art of banjo playing grew in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  The program will feature a selection of the 32 interviews that Dr. Allsbrook conducted with Banjo players from Haywood County, NC in order to help create his book. FREE PROGRAM.

(GA) May 22, 2024, HOMESCHOOL DAY: THE INFORMATION AGE. 10am-1pm, Ages: Parents with children. The Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy Street NE, Gainesville, Georgia, 30501, 770-297-5900, Join the Northeast Georgia History Center for our next Homeschool Day: The Information Age on Wednesday, May 22nd from 10 AM – 1 PM. During this “throwback” event, students and families will learn about the evolution of computer and communication technologies from the telegraph to the personal computer with guest experts and demonstrations. Cost of Event: Free for members and children 5 and under. $6 for students, $7 for seniors, $8 for adults.

(NC) May 23, 2024, CENTER STAGE: LAURA BOOSINGER & JOSH GOFORTH, 6:00pm – 7:30pm. Earl Scruggs Center: 103 S Lafayette St, Shelby, NC 28150, 704-487-6233,  Laura Boosinger, acclaimed for her ‘essence of the mountains’ spirit, brings a nostalgic charm to her Appalachian old-time music. With her sweet voice and masterful banjo, autoharp, and guitar skills, Laura promises a “goosepimples experience.” Josh Goforth, a renowned fiddler and multi-instrumentalist, joins Laura for an unforgettable performance. Raised in a community rich in traditional music, Josh’s talent has earned him accolades and a Grammy nomination. General Admission: $30.

(PA) May 28, 2024, DRONE WORKSHOP, 1-4 pm, ages 8-14. American Helicopter Museum & Education Center, 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester, PA 19380.  In this THREE-HOUR (1:00 TO 4:00 PM) workshop, you will learn about the different parts of a drone and the science behind drone flight. We will also take flight as we will fly some drones. You’ll even get to TAKE HOME your very own drone!