Special Events - Stars & Stripes Festival
Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival 2013 (revised April 26, 2013)
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Stars & Stripes Festival 2013 (Stephanie Zanelotti, 2013 Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival Chair)
The Town of Chesapeake Beach presents the second annual Memorial Day event, the Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival, Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27, 2013. This Festival, honoring our fallen heroes, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with an opening ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Park with music by the United States Naval Academy Band Brass Quintet. The Guest Speaker will be local Gold Star Mother and co-founder of SSG Christopher W. Swanson Support Charity for Veterans and their Families, Inc., Mrs. Kelly Swanson.
Be sure to decorate your home, business and/or boat to paint the Town red, white and blue. Prizes awarded to winners! Catch the Nam Knights mini-rolling thunder through Town at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and thank them for their service and continued support of our military.
The Nam Knights will have a model of a Vietnam Memorial to be placed at Veterans’ Memorial Park 2014 (target date) on hand at the Festival, Sunday, May 26. Donations will be accepted as well as an opportunity to purchase a print or win the original artwork in an auction. The artist of the original artwork is Dave Lewis. Mr. Lewis was an “In Country” artist for the United States Army in Vietnam and has art displayed at the National Army History Museum in Washington, D.C.
All weekend – free admission to the Chesapeake Beach Water Park, Bayfront Park and North Beach to all active military personnel and immediate family members as well as Veterans and their immediate family members. All must show proper identification.
A free moonlight cruise Saturday evening beginning at 7:30 p.m. [RESCHEDULED TO MONDAY EVENING FROM 5 - 7 PM] is open to the first 49 active military persons and their immediate families aboard the Miss Chesapeake Beach, the Rod 'N' Reel fishing charter head boat. The owner of the Miss Chesapeake Beach, Mr. Luke Thatcher, donates the trip. Proper identification required.
Like to hand dance or want to learn? The American Legion will host a hand dance Saturday, May 25 at 8:00 pm. Dance lessons begin at 7:00. Cost is $10.00 per person with a 50% discount for active military personnel and guest. Cost includes beer, soda and snacks.
The Big Day is Sunday, May 26 at Kellam’s Field. Bring the family for a day of fun learning experiences through stories, crafts, games and activities. There will be a moon bounce, super slide, miniature golf, Bingo tent (Sponsored by North Beach Volunteer Fire Department), Super Heroes of Southern Maryland, local entertainment, All American Family Day Picnic (sponsored by the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206), snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy and more. There will be a tent filled with non-profit organizations that assist families of fallen heroes as well as a display of military toys and other military equipment. You can climb the rock wall with the Army National Guard. Enjoy afternoon entertainment on the open stage including Superheroes, Dave Chappell, Ladies of Twin Beach Players, Scattered Leaves and Patty Reese. Both Chappell and Reese are multiple Washington Area Music Association (WAMMIE) winners and have been heard at many local and national festivals, sporting events, theaters and clubs. A show you will not want to miss!
The American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206 at Veterans’ Memorial Park beginning at 10 a.m. will host their annual Memorial Day Observance Monday, May 27.
All events (unless otherwise stated) are free. Donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated to ensure future Festivals to celebrate the true meaning of memorial and honor our fallen heroes.
At 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 27, please take a moment to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance. You can do this with a family or individual prayer, moment of silence or any way you see fit to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
To volunteer to assist at the Festival, email 2013 Festival Chair, Stephanie Zanelotti at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-752-0445.
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