Smiles light up Oxford Day
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.
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.