It seems a man in Topeka, Kansas decided to write a book about churches around the country.He started by flying to San Francisco and started working east to zigzag across the states from there.
He went to a very large church and began taking pictures.He spotted a golden telephone on a wall and was intrigued by a sign that read: "$10,000.00 a minute."
Seeking out the pastor he asked about the phone and the sign. The pastor answered that this golden phone was, in fact, a direct line to Heaven and if he were to pay the price he could talk directly to God.
He thanked the pastor and continued on his way.
Visiting churches in Seattle, Boise, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, New York, and other places, he found more phones with the same sign. From each pastor he received the same answer Finally, he arrived in the northeast part of the U.S.
Upon entering a small church, low and behold, he saw the usual golden telephone, but this time the sign read: "Calls: 35 cents"
Fascinated, he asked of the pastor, "Reverend, I have been in cities and towns all across the country and in each church I have found this very same golden telephone, and I have been told it is a direct line to Heaven, and that I could talk to God. However, in the other churches, the cost was $10,000.00 a minute. Your sign reads 35 cents a call. Why?"
The pastor, smiling benignly,replied:
"Son, you're in Leonardtown now. It's a local call."
On the first Friday of each month, historic Leonardtown's art galleries, restaurants, cafe's, gift shops, antique shops, etc. open their doors to showcase local artists and/or serve specials at their establishments.
The town hosts a free evening of art, entertainment, and specials where people gather to enjoy local art, the company of others, and even a free glass of wine. Come and rediscover the many treasures of Old/New Leonardtown!
Port of Leonardtown
Port of Leonardtown Winery, the Only Collective Winery in the Region, Opened in May
For the past several years, officials from St. Mary’s and surrounding counties recognized that the wine
industry had the potential to positively affect agriculture and tourism in the area. The county asked the Southern Maryland Grape Growers and Wineries Association to investigate the possibility of forming an organization to help create the county’s first winery. Local wineries support local growers, which is not only good for the environment, reducing the amount of fuel and energy it takes to deliver and process wine, but is a boost for the local economy allowing wine growers to keep more of their income, which in turn is spent in the local market.
The winery is completed and is now producing its first wines. The winery is in an old State Highways garage which has been adapted for this new use and fitted with state-of-the-art wine production equipment. The winery shares acreage with the McIntosh Run’s canoe/kayak launch and the Port of Leonardtown Public Park. McIntosh Run is a tidal run that flows through a 53-acre wildlife conservation area and out into Breton Bay.