Per­ryville gears up for pos­si­bly last Hal­loween party at Rodgers Tav­ern

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART - By JOE ANTOSHAK

jan­toshak@ches­pub.com

— Come Fri­day night, res­i­dents here will de­scend on the his­toric Rodgers Tav­ern for this town’s an­nual Hal­loween party — maybe for the last time at that lo­ca­tion.

Next year, ac­cord­ing to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment co­or­di­na­tor Amanda Hick­man, the town has plans to move the sea­sonal cel­e­bra­tion across the street to Lower Ferry Park, which is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion.

“We had in­tended to make the event much larger this year, [mov­ing it to the park]” Hick­man wrote in an email, “how­ever con­struc­tion of the park it­self had been de­layed mak­ing

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the area un­suit­able for such an event.”

Work on Lower Ferry Park be­gan ear­lier this year, namely with a band­shell and mu­sic stage in­stalled in May for live per­for­mances. Hick­man wrote that con­struc­tion had an ex­pected com­ple­tion date of late Novem­ber or early De­cem­ber.

Per­ryville’s mayor and com­mis­sion­ers have hosted the Hal­loween party since at least 1999, Hick­man stated, though the ex­act start­ing

year is un­known. Next year, the ad­di­tional space at Lower Ferry Park will free up more ac­tiv­i­ties for a larger party, and Hick­man en­cour­aged those look­ing to plan fu­ture events to join the com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties com­mit­tee, which han­dles the town’s events.

Fri­day’s fes­tiv­i­ties will be­gin at 5 p.m. and go un­til 7. The public­ity flyer for the free event lists a cos­tume con­test, pump­kin patch, straw maze, moon bounce, kids games, vendors and light re­fresh­ments.

More in­for­ma­tion can be found at per­ryvillemd.org or on Per­ryville’s Face­book page.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Rodgers Tav­ern pic­tured here in sum­mer 2015. The town of Per­ryville will host its fi­nal Hal­loween party here tonight (Oct. 14). Of­fi­cials had in­tended to move the event to Lower Ferry Park, but con­struc­tion on the park made that area un­suit­able. The event will be held there next year.

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