Smiles light up Ox­ford Day

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS POLK cpolk@star­dem.com

OX­FORD — Me­mo­rial hospice walks, dog walks, dog shows — Ox­ford Day had it all. Plus a beau­ti­ful, blue sky and tem­per­a­tures in the 70s.

There was a record crowd on foot all over town. Lines were long for the Scot­tish High­land Cream­ery ice cream, Lat­i­tude 38 crab cakes, Robert Mor­ris Inn crab soup and pulled pork sand­wiches, “burg­ers and dogs” at the fire house, Ox­ford Mar­ket, Doc’s Sun­set Grille, Com­mu­nity Cen­ter Brown Bag Break­fast and Cof­fee, and the Wa­ters UM Church Bar­be­cue and Fish Fry, among oth­ers.

Folks lan­guished on the grass in the park, lis­ten­ing to mu­sic by Bird Dog and the Road Kings, or en­joy­ing

pi­rate an­tics put on by The Vig­i­lant Crew, who also fired a can­non fre­quently.

There was the Church of the Holy Trin­ity Plant Sale, Jazz Brunch at the Ox­ford Inn, the Ox­ford UM Church White Ele­phant Sale, Tai Chi in the Park and the Mary­land State Po­lice K-9 Unit.

Boats were ev­ery­where, be­gin­ning with open­ing day of the Ox­ford Ferry, sail­boats ply­ing the Tred Avon River and those on land — such as the res­cue boats on dis­play by the Ox­ford U.S. Coast Guard Sta­tion.

The Ox­ford Pa­rade was large, long and enjoyed by hun­dreds of peo­ple. Mu­si­cians march­ing in the pa­rade in­cluded those from the Kent County Com­mu­nity Band, Eas­ton Mid­dle School, Randy Welch bag­pipers and the Ox­ford Com­mu­nity Cen­ter play­ing ka­zoos.

Fi­nan­cial spon­sors for Ox­ford Day in­cluded the com­mis­sion­ers, em­ploy­ees and res­i­dents of Ox­ford; 1880 Bank; Amer­i­cana An­tiques; Ben­son and Man­gold Real Es­tate; Bob Jack­son Land­scapes; Booth, Booth, Crop­per and Mar­riner P.C.; Brewer Ox­ford Boat­yard & Ma­rina; Camp­bell’s Boat­yards; Cutts and Case; Fred Fred­er­ick of Eas­ton; Henry Hale, Real­tor; Hinck­ley Yacht Ser­vices; Jeff Mor­ton; Ox­ford Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion; Ni­chols House Cot­tage B&B; Ox­ford Gar­den Club; Ox­ford Lawn & Land­scape Inc.; Ox­ford Li­brar y; Ox­ford Mar­ket; San­d­away Suites and Beach; Scot­tish High­land Cream­ery; The Church of the Holy Trin­ity; Tred Avon Yacht Club; and Wa­ters U. M. Church.

Critchlow Ad­kin’s Chil­dren’s Cen­ters helped by pro­vid­ing Fam­ily Hour and Face Paint­ing vol­un­teers.

Ox­ford Day was made pos­si­ble by hun­dreds of vol­un­teers who plan, co­or­di­nate and run the event.

PHOTO BY CHRIS POLK

Ox­ford Gar­den Club mem­bers wave to the crowd dur­ing the Ox­ford Day Pa­rade. From left: Kay Rourke, Phyl­lis Gaiti, Carol Abruzzese and Marie Davis.

PHO­TOS BY CHRIS POLK Bill Eason pro­vides a trac­tor to pull the Ox­ford Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany Aux­il­iary dur­ing the Ox­ford Day pa­rade.

Eas­ton Mid­dle School brass rocks the side­walks on Mor­ris Street dur­ing the Ox­ford Day Pa­rade.

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