The couple are also very involved in their church, Hart’s United Methodist Church, and particularly with its annual peach festival.
And given their long roots in the county, the two are no strangers to parades. They’ve been to nearly every Christmas parade over the years, and Sylva recalled how nice it was to see a local parade when they first moved back to the county.
The Passis also recalled one memorable experience marching in a North East parade during the summer several decades ago to promote their business.
“We were in the parade on a tandem bike,” Sylva said.
“We had a sign that said, ‘Peaches galore in Hank added.
The couple also remember many hours spent watching firemen’s parades while growing up in Elkton and North East.
“Our parents marched in the parades,” Sylva said, “it’s a wonderful tradition.” ‘ 94,’” “But this time, we get to ride.”
A scene from last year’s Cecil County Christmas Parade. Longtime county residents Hank and Sylva Passi will serve as grand marshals in this year’s parade.