Montpelier supports active military members as a Blue Star Museum

Montpelier/South Laurel

July 21, 2011

Montpelier Mansion is one of more than 600 museums nationwide participating in the second annual Blue Star Museums program. As part of the program, Montpelier will offer active duty military personnel and their immediate family members, spouse or child, free access to all programs held at the mansion. Appropriate ID must be shown at the admissions desk. The Blue Star Museums program results from a partnership between Blue Star Families and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on the program, go to arts.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/index.php .

Activities at Montpelier Mansion include guided tours Sunday at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.; and self-directed tours Monday through Thursday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. In the fall, the mansion will host several high teas, beginning with a Fall Equinox Tea Sept. 24 at 1:30 p.m. The events feature finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries and a selection of teas served on fine china as well as a self-directed tour. Cost is $27.50, including gratuity. These teas sell out very quickly, so this may be a good time to make reservations by calling the mansion at 301-377-7817, TTY 301-699-2544.

At the Montpelier Arts Center next door, there is still time to register children in a wide variety of weeklong classes. These include beginning ceramics, for ages 10-16; painting, for ages 8-12; journalism workshop, for ages 12-16; animation, for ages 13-16; and fabric arts, for ages 10-14. You may register using a Smartlink account at http://www.pgparks.com, or get more information by calling the center at 301-377-7800.

Those who think they might be interested in the fabric arts class, may want to check out the current exhibit of fiber works at the Resident Artists Gallery, which runs through Aug. 19. The exhibit features the work of 15 participants in rug hooking classes taught by resident artist Roslyn Logsdon. The original works on display include human figures, landscapes and architecture. Rug hooking classes are taught at the Montpelier Arts Center year round.

Other activities coming in the fall include participation in the Greater Laurel United Soccer Club. Montpelier resident Steve Haversack coordinates club activities, which includes boys and girls ages 6 to 16. Steve is particularly interested in recruiting girls ages 10-14. Registration is now open for the fall season. More information can be obtained by contacting Steve at: greaterlaurelunitedsoccerclub@gmail.com or by phone at 301-502-6431.

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