La Plata’s charm featured during broadcast visit
Washington, D.C., broadcasters Wisdom Martin, left, and Annie Yu, right, get ready to quiz Charles County Commissioner Ken Robinson and the Mayor of La Plata Roy G. Hale on set at the FOX 5 Zip Trip to La Plata last Friday.
The Town of La Plata is home to many impressive sites like Tilghman Lake Park, Christ Church-Port Tobacco Parish, the Port Tobacco Players and events such as the La Plata Friday Night Summer Concert Series. It’s no wonder why the anchors from FOX 5 “Good Day DC” recently brought their Zip Trip to La Plata to showcase some of the town’s local businesses, organizations and most intriguing sites.
On Aug. 5 between 6-11 a.m., television anchors Wisdom Martin, Annie Yu and Tucker Barnes broadcast the FOX 5 Zip Trip, a weekly Friday series that highlights spots to visit around the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, from La Plata Town Hall. Barnes stopped by House Boutique, Charles Street Bakery and Bernie’s Frame Shop before visiting Island Music for a ukulele lesson.
“This is a great community to visit and we are not just a street that you drive down to get to work,” said Keith Grasso, president of the La Plata Business Association. “We have a lot of awesome things and it’s exciting when there are people out and in the streets. For the La Plata Business Association, this also helps us kick off our Rocktoberfest and Shop La Plata celebration coming this fall where we have the streets packed with people as well.”
Deborah Taylor, owner of Charles Street Bakery, was excited about gaining even more exposure for her local business in La Plata during the broadcast. She says perseverance has kept her and her business running for the last 14 years.
“You can bring in any cake design and we can create it,” Taylor said. “People love our cakes, lemon bars and great customer service. It’s comfort food that’s also happy food and I get to do what I love to do. Plus all of the businesses here in La Plata support one another and we were able to share that with all of the D.C. metropolitan area today.”
Southern Maryland Martial Arts & Fitness in La Plata was also featured during the Zip Trip. The gym’s owner, Jeremy Grey, and master instructor Michael Norwood said the gym has been around for 25 years with both gym locations in La Plata and Bryans Road teaching a total of 462 students. “Our gym is community-oriented and we pride ourselves on having something for everybody in the community,” Grey said. “Our students have gone to college, have great work ethics, and come back to become leaders in their own community as well.”
They also sampled food from Marie’s Diner, Pizza Hotline and Galazio’s and enjoyed live music from the Maryland Concert Band, acoustic guitarist Tommy James and acoustic guitarist Chris Dean.
Later on, the anchors quizzed Mayor Roy G. Hale and Charles County Commissioner Ken Robinson (D) in a game of trivia about the town and county. After both politicians answered all three questions correctly, they declared them very knowledgeable about county histor y.
“This kind of turnout is pretty amazing and it’s such a diverse crowd,” Robinson said. “This really is the picture of Charles County. We are young, old, white, black, and we all love our county. I hope the entire Washington, D.C., metropolitan area got a good feeling about what the county is about. This is a community that’s together, likes each other, likes living here and is proud of living here.”
“We faced adversity 14 years ago with the tornado in 2002 destroying so much of the town, but the community came together after that and rebuilt the town so that 14 years later, others can look around and you can’t see hardly any scars,” said Hale. “That took a lot of effort, community effort, and I hope others will see the small town atmosphere that we promote.”
La Plata resident Crystal Kijesky attended the Zip Trip with her daughters Helena, 11, Anabelle, 8, and Sarah, 5, who are all dancers at the Studio Cooperative in Waldorf, where they attend ballet, yoga and pilates classes. Crystal said her entire family loves living in La Plata.
“It’s such a beautiful day with lots of music and it’s a fun day for everyone here in the community,” Helena said.
Anabelle is a self-proclaimed lover of ballet who said she enjoys playing at local parks and visiting the summer concerts in the evenings at La Plata Town Hall.
Commissioners’ President Peter Murphy (D) said he was truly proud to see the enthusiasm and community spirit being showed amongst attendees at the Zip Trip. He said the town’s history and vibrant community are a great representation of Charles County.
On Aug. 5, channel 5 broadcasters Annie Yu, far right, and Wisdom Martin, far left, prepare to quiz Charles County Commissioner Ken Robinson and La Plata Mayor Roy G. Hale on set at the FOX 5 Zip Trip to La Plata.
On Aug. 5, the FOX 5 Zip Trip stopped by Keith Grasso’s Island Music store in La Plata during their tour of the town.
On Aug. 5, the anchors from the FOX 5 Zip Trip tasted cupcakes at the Charles Street Bakery in La Plata during their tour of the town.