African-American Heritage Society Museum, 7485 Crain Highway, LaPlata, (301) 843-0371. The museum depicts the lives of African-Americans from Charles County through both artifacts used during slavery and contributions made by African-Americans up until present times. American Indian Cultural Center and Piscataway Indian Museum, open by appointment, 16812 Country Lane, Waldorf, (301) 372-1932. Check out exhibits on American Indians, especially those who resided in Maryland. The museum features, among other things, a full-scale long house replica. Port Tobacco One-Room School House, 7215 Chapel Point Road off Route 6 West, Port Tobacco, (301) 932-6064. In 1876 the townsfolk built this schoolhouse to educate their children. It's been out of use since 1953, but can still offer a little history lesson for today's kids.
Cedar Fest Mountain Bike Duathlon, 8 a.m. July 18, Cedarville State Park, Waldorf. Run, then ride, then run again over a grand total of 15 miles of scenic terrain. If you're not ready for bathing suit weather yet, you will be after this. Maryland Strongest Man Contest, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 7, White Planes Regional Park, White Planes, (301) 609-3246. Big giant men lift great heavy things to benefit the Charles County Crime Victim Fund. Truck and Tractor Pull, 7-11 p.m. July 24, Charles County Fairgrounds, LaPlata, (410) 586-1137. If you're looking to escape city life for the weekend, this sounds like an event you should probably see. We don't know what else to say about it.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
BADD (Bikers Against Diabetes Disease) Run, registration 9:30-11:30 a.m., departure at 12:30 p.m. June 26, (301) 893-2900. Bikers can register for this 85-mile ride because it's for a good cause or they can register because it's a bike ride with abundant food and music. Friendship Landing, Friendship Landing Road, Nanjemoy, (301) 932-3470. Nanjemoy Creek offers kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. In fact, the dock is a free fishing zone, which means that no license is required to fish. Purse State Park, 2750 Sweden Point Road, Marbury, (301) 743-7613. This 90-acre reserve on the Potomac River offers hunting, fishing, and bird watching. But if you're up for something a little less traditional, the park digs on fossil hunting as well.
Nostalgia Nook, 36 Mattingly Ave., Indian Head, (301) 753-6940. Country and English style furniture can be found here but only on the weekends when they're open. Walls Bakery Wigwam, 301 Crane Highway, Waldorf, (301) 645-2833. If you've never been to a wigwam-shaped bakery, this may be your only chance. If that's not enough to make you go, hit it up for the eclairs.