In­au­gu­ral fes­ti­val of­fers a taste of the Twin Beaches

The Calvert Recorder - - News - By SARAH FALLIN sfallin@somd­ Twit­ter: @CalRecSARAH

A new fam­ily-friendly event is com­ing up and is aimed at giv­ing lo­cals and vis­i­tors a taste of ev­ery­thing North Beach and Ch­e­sa­peake Beach have to of­fer.

Taste the Beaches will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Satur­day, Sept. 9, at Kel­lams Field in Ch­e­sa­peake Beach. There will be a va­ri­ety of over 40 lo­cal ven­dors, a dozen food and drink ven­dors, an in­flat­able slide, car­ni­val games, a bal­loon artist, Ch­e­sa­peake Mer­maid, face paint­ing and en­ter­tain­ment.

Ch­e­sa­peake Beach Mayor Pat “Ir­ish” Ma­honey cre­ated an eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee last year, which coun­cil­man Larry Ja­worski chairs. The com­mit­tee de­cided to come up with an event to fo­cus on the busi­nesses of both of the beach towns in or­der to help im­prove the towns’ economies, Ja­worski said.

“It’s not be­ing put on by one of the towns; it’s both towns com­ing to­gether to put on this event,” Ja­worski said.

The Town of North Beach pro­vided fi­nan­cial and pub­lic­ity sup­port for the event, said Mayor Mark Frazer. He said he was quick to say yes to Taste the Beaches, as the most suc­cess­ful busi­nesses in North Beach are the res­tau­rants.

“We’d like to give them ex­po­sure at this event as well as an op­por­tu­nity to see what Ch­e­sa­peake Beach has to of­fer,” Frazer said.

At­ten­dees will be able to sam­ple food from lo­cal res­tau­rants, pur­chase beer and wine and ex­plore town venues such as Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Oys­ter Cul­ti­va­tion So­ci­ety, Ch­e­sa­peake Beach Rail­way Trail, Ch­e­sa­peake Beach Wa­ter Park, North Beach Board­walk events and the farm­ers mar­ket. En­ter­tain­ment of­fer­ings in­clude Ken­neth Holmes, John Lusky, Me­gan War­tur­tle and Grass- roots pre­sented by Gar­rett Mu­sic Academy.

“The area of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment is some­thing that is best ap­proached not in­di­vid­u­ally by the towns, but as a joint ef­fort,” Frazer said.

The in­ten­tion is for Taste the Beaches to be an an­nual event, although ear­lier in the year next year, Ja­worski said.

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