Charles County Office of Tourism, La Plata, (800) 766-3386, www.explorecharlescomd.com.
African-American Heritage Society Museum, 7485 Crain Highway, La Plata, (301) 843-0371. The museum includes authentic artifacts and re-creates the lives, history, and contributions of African-Americans in Maryland during the time of slavery.
The Piscataway Indian Museum, open by appointment during the week for school tours, open Sundays 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 16816 Country Lane, Waldorf, (301) 782-2224, website. See what life in America was like before the Europeans came and messed it all up. The museum focuses on the lives of Maryland's indigenous peoples, and there's a full-scale replica of a long house.
Thomas Stone National Historic Site, 6655 Rose Hill Road, Port Tobacco, (301) 392-1776. If you don't know and don't care who Thomas Stone is or what his mansion looks like, you should start knowing and caring. It just so happens he was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was also a mastermind behind the Articles of Confederation, and we all know those blew a big one, but we won't hold it against him.
Lower Potomac Wade In, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 21, Mirant Morgantown Powerplant, (410) 260-8988. Measuring water quality may not sound like a fun summer activity but this is your opportunity to help out. Come on, do you really want to have little mutant children running around sprouting arms and stuff because you didn't want to get your feet wet? No one wants that.
Maryland Strongest Man Contest, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 9, Charles County Fairgrounds, LaPlata, (301) 609-3246. If there was ever a reason to go to Charles County, by God, this is it folks. We are talking huge, sweaty, singlet-clad men with a dream. Hey, don't stand in their way.
Truck and Tractor Pull, 7-11 p.m. July 19, Charles County Fairgrounds, LaPlata, (410) 586-1137. Did you know that people with tractors name their tractors names like "Mother's Nightmare" and "White Zombie"? No, seriously. We looked on the Internet.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
BADD Run--Bikers Against Diabetes Disease, registration 9:30-11 a.m., departure time noon June 28, (301) 893-2900. If you're a biker and you think you're immune from diabetes, wake-up call! You're not. Now put your chaps on and ride for a cause.
Purse State Park, 2750 Sweden Point Road, Marbury, (301) 743-7613. Believe it or not, this pristine park on the banks of the Potomac is the place to go for fossil-hunting. You know, fossils, like dinosaurs and stuff.
Swan Point Yacht and Country Club, Issue, (301) 259-0047, ext. 17. Get your golf on at this beautiful, waterfront course. Hey, remember when Bob Barker kicked Adam Sandler's ass in that golfing movie? Maybe you could go with a street fighting friend and the two of you could make that happen.
Hughesville Bargain Barn #1 and #2, Hughesville, (301) 934-8580. Do you like bargains? Do you like barns? Do you like bargains and barns together? A more relevant question would be, who doesn't?
Nostalgia Nook, 36 Mattingly Ave., Indian Head, (301) 753-6940. It's a nook, it's nostalgic, and it's jam-packed with antiques.
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