AFRAM fest set for July 31-Aug. 2 at new venue -- Mondawmin Mall

July 01, 1998

After four consecutive -- and not always profitable -- years at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore's AFRAM Expo, the annual Afro-American festival, is going northwest, to Mondawmin Mall.

Festival officials will announce the change of venue and dates at a news conference at 11 a.m. today at Oriole Park. Held in September last year, the cultural celebration of African-American food, music, arts and crafts is planned for July 31 to Aug. 2 at the mall, at Gwynns Falls Parkway, Liberty Heights Avenue and Reisterstown Road.

Lloyd Mitchner, director of AFRAM, said the change was made in part because the festival requires 10 days -- four days to set up, three for the festival, and three to break down and clean up -- and there was no break that long in the Orioles' schedule.

Also, the 22-year-old festival is traditionally held in August, and holding it in September last year because of the baseball schedule hampered its success. Last year, Mitchner said, "it was not successful, in terms of participation; and then we got rained out on Sunday. We wanted to move to the community this year."

"We're saluting volunteers from the community this year," Mitchner explained. AFRAM officials will honor community volunteers at a banquet July 15 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, on Light Street.

Pub Date: 7/01/98

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