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May 27 – 29, 2017


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Chesapeake Beach announces the 6th annual Stars and Stripes Festival with a focus on World War I. Help us bring back the true meaning of Memorial Day by assisting with and participating in the Festival.  

Below, Elena Russo (Comcast Newsmakers) speaks with Pat Mahoney, the Mayor of the Town of Chesapeake Beach, about the Charter Boat Fleet, which is the largest on the Chesapeake Bay. Also discussed is the 2017 Stars and Stripes Festival, from May 27th – May 29th at the Veterans Memorial Park.



MAY 27 – 29, 2017

Saturday, May 27 (10 am) -- Opening Ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Park.  With our focus on commemorating the 100th Anniversary of WWI our guest speaker and story teller, Ellouise Schoettler, will perform a one woman show based on her writing from letters of forgotten WWI Nurses who served in France.  Mrs. Schoettler will be presenting a slide show in Town Hall immediately following the opening ceremony.  Enjoy patriotic music performed by The US Naval Academy Woodwind Quintet.  Local favorites Dana and Jeremy will present the National Anthem.

Listen to a preview (below) of the glorious notes that will be floating on the bay breezes beginning at 10am on Saturday, May 27th in Veterans' Memorial Park in Chesapeake Beach as the U.S. Naval Academy Wind Quintet opens the Stars & Stripes Festival. MU1 Emily Madsen (Oboe) and MU1 Micahla Hendrix (Bassoon) will join their colleagues in patriotic musical selections.

Sunday, May 29 (11 am-4 pm) -- Sunday Family Fun Day with fun and educational activities for everyone featuring (from 1-4 pm) the one and only Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra who are quoted by Forbes Magazine as “The Best Band in America”.  The Band includes Doc, Chou Chou, 15 musicians and four singing/dancing “Girlfriends”.  Their music will take you back in time to the 1930’s and make you want to kick off your shoes and jump onto the dance floor. 

Also on Sunday -- tent for non-profit organizations associated with honoring fallen heroes, wounded warriors and other military services, a picnic lunch (at noon) sponsored by Stallings Williams American Legion Post 206, and other fun and educational events for all ages.  All events are free excluding food vendors.  Available for Purchase: Beer by Scorpion Brewing & Greenspring Brewing, Wine by Bay Wine and Spirits.

Monday, May 29 (10 am) -- the annual Memorial Day Ceremony by the Chesapeake Beach American Legion Post 206 at Veterans’ Memorial Park then the National Moment of Silence at 3:00 pm.  Please take a moment wherever you are to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. 

Local businesses and all residents of Chesapeake Beach and North Beach are encouraged to decorate to show our local pride and patriotism throughout the Memorial Day Weekend. 

For more information, check out our Facebook page at Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival or check back here for updates. 

Contact Connie O’Dell at  or Festival Co-Chair Stephanie Zanelotti at .

 We are especially in search of:

  • Volunteers needed for the planning committee and assistance during the events

  • Military displays and collections

  •  Military focused non-profit organizations

  • Local organizations supporting Veterans and active military personnel and their families

For a printable event flyer, click here .

 Stars and Stripes Festival 2017 Photos

 Stars and Stripes Festival 2016 Photos

 Stars and Stripes Festival 2015 Photos

Stars and Stripes Festival 2014 Photos

Stars & Stripes Fifth Grade Artwork 2013 (slideshow) -- click here

Stars and Stripes Festival 2013 Photos

Stars and Stripes Festival 2012 Photos

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