Cen­tre­ville Day plans un­der­way

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — Down­town events nat­u­rally bring to­gether fam­i­lies and neigh­bor­hoods as well as visi­tors. The Town of Cen­tre­ville is known for its Christ­mas pa­rade where march­ing bands, fire com­pa­nies, busi­nesses and civic groups strut their stuff to the de­light of thou­sands of on­look­ers.

For the past six years another event, Cen­tre­ville Day, has be­come in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar with area fam­i­lies as well as the nearly 40 busi­nesses, agen­cies and or­ga­ni­za­tions who set up ta­bles to share in­for­ma­tion and do out­reach to fam­i­lies. This free fam­ily event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, on the green at the his­toric Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court­house as well as Lawyers Row. Lawyers Row will be closed to traf­fic at 10 a.m. Rain date for the event is Oct. 30.

This year’s fes­tiv­i­ties will in­cludes a singing con­test and cookie con­test, moon bounce, and an in­ter­ac­tive Kids Zone, or­ga­nized by vol­un­teers from the Queen Anne’s County Chil­dren’s Coun­cil. Ad­mis­sion is free, but food will be sold. New this year will be a bal­loon twister, an adult “Hops” scav­enger hunt or­ga­nized by the Bull & Goat Brew­ery, Cen­tre­ville, and a com­mu­nity paint-by-num­bers art pro­ject, or­ga­nized by the Queen Anne’s County Arts Coun­cil.

The Kids Zone will be lo­cated on the court­house lawn fac­ing Lib­erty Street. This area will fea­ture corn hole free play, pump­kin bowl­ing and paint­ing, face paint­ing, and other in­ter­ac­tive games and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ad­di­tional event fea­tures sched­uled are:

• Anti-bul­ly­ing pup­pet show, pre­sented by the ARC of the Cen­tral Ch­e­sa­peake Re­gion Eastern Shore.

• “Cen­tre­ville Idol” singing con­test, or­ga­nized by Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools teach­ers. Dead­line to en­ter, Oct.14

• Fi­nal judg­ing for the “Great Cen­tre­ville Cookie” con­test. En­try dead­line: Oct. 26.

More than 40 ven­dors, rep­re­sent­ing busi­nesses, com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, food ven­dors and the Cen­tre­ville Farm­ers Mar­ket farm­ers and ven­dors.

“The grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of Cen­tre­ville Day is a tes­ta­ment to the qual­ity of the event ac­tiv­i­ties and the com­mit­ment of our Steer­ing Com­mit­tee vol­un­teers who know that fam­i­lies value well-run events that not only have di­verse en­ter­tain­ment fea­tures, but also are free or low cost,” said Carol D’Agostino, Cen­tre­ville Main Street man­ager. “It’s be­come so pop­u­lar that this year res­i­dents are plan­ning com­mu­nity lawn sales through­out the town.

“In ad­di­tion, one of our lo­cal busi­nesses, the Bull & Goat Brew­ery, will host a rib­bon cut­ting be­fore Cen­tre­ville Day at 10:30 a.m. and an open house un­til 6 p.m. The Bull & Goat Brew­ery will also be in their usual spot at the farm­ers mar­ket at Cen­tre­ville Day.”

Cen­tre­ville Day is or­ga­nized a group of vol­un­teers un­der the di­rec­tion of the Cen­tre­ville Main Street pro­gram and is pre­sented by the Town of Cen­tre­ville. The Cen­tre­ville Day Steer­ing Com­mit­tee and the gen­eros­ity of its event cor­po­rate spon­sors make the event pos­si­ble.

The event will pro­vide vendor/ex­hibitor op­por­tu­ni­ties for civic and non­profit groups to do com­mu­nity out­reach or fundrais­ing as well as busi­nesses to pro­mote ser­vices and up­com­ing pro­mo­tions of in­ter­est to fam­i­lies. Space is limited. The dead­line for ex­hibitor/ vendor and food vendor ap­pli­ca­tions and pay­ment is Friday, Oct. 21.

All ex­hibitor/vendor ap­pli­ca­tions and the Great Cen­tre­ville Cookie and Cen­tre­ville Idol con­test forms are avail­able at Cen­tre­ville Town Hall and on­line at www.townof­cen­tre­ville.org. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Idol com­pe­ti­tion email cen­tre­villei­dol@gmail.com.

To learn more about Cen­tre­ville Day or to have a vendor ap­pli­ca­tion or con­test form emailed to you, con­tact D’Agostino at 410-758-1180, ext. 17, or mainstreet@ townof­cen­tre­ville.org.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Cen­tre­ville Day Steer­ing Com­mit­tee mem­bers busy at work plan­ning the Sixth An­nual Cen­tre­ville Day, to be held Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in down­town Cen­tre­ville. From left, Mary Walker, Judy Corchiarino, Natasha Wright, Vince Ra­dosta and Mary Beth John­son.

King Chris, with his Cheshire cat, and sis­ter An­drea Boothby, a li­brar­ian with the Cen­tre­ville branch of the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary, en­joy Cen­tre­ville Day 2015.

PHOTOS BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Pump­kin paint­ing is a pop­u­lar ac­tiv­ity with the chil­dren at Cen­tre­ville Day.

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