Street festival will be sure to have Eastport a-rockin'


July 12, 1999|By Jeff Holland | Jeff Holland,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE BENEFIT street festival, Eastport-A-Rockin', runs from noon until dusk Saturday, with eight bands performing at the Back Creek end of Second Street. Proceeds will benefit area nonprofit groups.

There will be plenty of food and beverages, activities for the kids, crafts and lots of fun. Volunteers will request a $5 donation for admission. Donations of canned food are welcome, too.

"Last year, we had almost 2,000 people attending," coordinator Jim Borchelt reports. "We were able to donate $8,000 to the charities. We expect an even better turnout this year."

Bands donating their time and talents for the event include the gospel group Rejuvenation, Them Eastport Oyster Boys, Colouring Lesson, Full Moon Jam, Good Charlotte, Spine, Brian Wagoner of Underfoot, and Clones of Funk.

As one of Them Eastport Boys -- Kevin Brooks is the other guy -- I'm proud to be part of this fun event. Hope you can join us. Information: 410-295-0601.

Music for all

The streets of Annapolis will be ringing with great music this coming week. On Tuesday, the Naval Academy Band will perform in the second concert of their annual summer series.

On Wednesday, the award-winning band Emphatic! will perform its original upbeat tunes as part of the Celebrate 350 summer concert series. Both concert series are free and both take place at 7: 30 p.m. at Susan Campbell Park at Annapolis City Dock.

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the fun. Information: 410-222-1086.

First-rate Fourth

I love a parade! Even though it was so hot chicken-neckers were hauling crabs out of the creek already steamed, it was still a great day for the annual Fourth of July parade a week ago Sunday.

As director of Celebrate 350 Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, I got to march ahead of the Naval Academy Band alongside Mayor Dean Johnson, state Sen. John Astle and honorary parade marshal Chris McCleary, the chairman of Usinternetworking, which contributed $40,000 to the Annapolis fireworks fund.

As we turned the corner from Church Circle, heading down Main Street, two young fellows started tagging along with us. I had rigged up a banner in the shape of a square sail with the Celebrate 350 logo on it and red, white and blue streamers hanging down. I invited the kids to join us and handed over the banner to 12-year-old Marlin Sims, who carried it proudly as his pal, 12-year-old Norman Gross, marched alongside.

I learned later, after we got all the way to the end of the parade at the Naval Academy, that both of these young men live in Eastport. Marlin is heading for seventh grade at Bates Middle School and Norman is going to enter seventh grade at Annapolis Middle School.

I'm sending their names and addresses to Mayor Johnson in hopes that he'll invite them to join next year's parade in some official capacity. They were a big help to me and they seemed to be having as much fun as I was, marching to "Anchors Aweigh" and waving to all the neighbors lined up on the streets of Annapolis.

After the parade, I headed home to watch the fireworks with family and friends -- and what a spectacular show it was. Everyone agreed it was the best fireworks display ever, thanks to Chris McCleary and Usinternetworking.

As awesome as they were, the fireworks were nearly upstaged by the huge fleet of pleasure boats anchored out on the mouth of the Severn River to watch the show. After the last blast of light dimmed in the sky, the red, green and white navigation lights of the boats on the water all started moving at once, in every direction, for as far as you could see.

Pub Date: 7/12/99

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