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Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival
May 28—30, 2016

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5th Annual 
Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival
"Honoring Our Fallen Heroes"

Bring Back the True Meaning of MEMORIAL DAY!

The Town of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland is proud to announce the 5th annual Memorial Day Festival, Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival; “Honoring Our Fallen Heroes,” May 28-30, 2016. This year’s theme is the American Civil War. The Festival’s mission, “We will strive to educate our youth and our community on the true meaning of Memorial Day,” brings opportunities to participate in both fun and educational activities and events for all ages. 

Weekend events begin on Saturday, May 28 at 10:00 a.m. with an Opening Ceremony at Chesapeake Beach Veterans’ Memorial Park featuring:

Keynote Speaker: Bradley Gottfried, PhD   President of the College of Southern Maryland since 2006, Dr. Brad Gottfried has served in higher education for almost 40 years at several colleges in the East, Midwest, and South.  He has served as a faculty member, department chair, chief academic officer, campus dean, and president.  As president of CSM, he oversees three, soon to be four, campuses in the three Southern Maryland counties with an annual enrollment of over 25,000. When not working, Dr. Gottfried's passion is researching and writing about the Civil War.  He has written eleven books on the Civil War, concentrating on mapping studies.  Since moving to Southern Maryland, he had developed a strong interest in local history.  Dr. Gottfried is married and has five grandchildren.  He lives on Cobb Island.

The United States Naval Academy Band’s Brass Quintet   “The Navy’s Oldest and Finest,” has been providing music for the Brigade of Midshipmen and surrounding community since 1852. Located at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, this premier military band offers fifteen world-class ensembles which perform a variety of musical styles, ranging from classical to contemporary. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016 is All American Family Fun Day.  Bring the whole family to participate in activities and games, chat with our non-profit organization representatives, have a free picnic lunch sponsored by Stallings Williams American Legion Post 206, listen to Civil War Era music and learn the dances of the era. You will also be entertained by our own community theatre group, the Twin Beach Players, with a performance of the 3rd Act of "Our American Cousin" by Tom Taylor as adapted by Matthew Konerth and followed by Mr. Michael W. Kauffman, historian and author of American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies. Mr. Abe Lincoln will also be on hand to tell Abe’s story through music.

Kaydence - Traditional folk music including Celtic, American and European, played on guitar, concertina, flute, fiddle, mandola, banjo, and penny whistle. 

Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers   As the music rises, Tom and Lesley Mack, along with other dancers, swing into place and begin a glorious evening of teaching others the twirling, handing off, and stepping as part of the dances known to the group, The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers. The (SVCWED) have a goal which is battlefield land preservation through dance.

Twin Beach Players (TBP) – A nonprofit, viable and creative community theater group based in Chesapeake Beach and North Beach Maryland with a mission to promote the performing arts and culture for the residents of the Twin Beach communities. Featuring the talents of volunteer actors, directors, designers, and crews drawn from the Twin Beach communities, the Twin Beach Players present a narrative and performance of the 3rd act of "Our American Cousin" by Tom Taylor as adapted by Matthew Konerth.

Michael W. Kauffman, Historian and Author  For more than forty years, Kauffman has been a fixture at assassination-related symposia, tours, and news events. He has written numerous articles on the subject, and his bus tours of the John Wilkes Booth Escape Route, long a staple of feature publications throughout the U.S., inspired the Washington Post to call him "legendary" in this field. His major work is American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies, which was named by the New York Times, The Washington Post, and other major media outlets as one of the best non-fiction books of 2004. 

Dr. Duke Thompson presenting “Lincoln Lives through Stories and Music”  Thompson is a lifelong fan and student of Abraham Lincoln. When he discovered Lincoln’s extraordinary bond with music, his show was created. Duke Thompson has a Doctor of Music degree from Arizona State University. He has also studied at University of Maryland College Park, UMBC, Ithaca College, Columbia University in New York City, Peabody Conservatory, and Conservatoire d’Arts Americaine in Fontainbleu, France. Dr. Thompson has performed in Japan, Europe, and North America.

A pride and patriotic decorating contest will take place for all homeowners and businesses prior to the weekend activities with winners announced on Sunday, May 29 at the All American Family Fun Day, Kellam’s Field.

For additional information or questions, contact Connie O’Dell , Stephanie Zanelotti or call Chesapeake Beach Town Hall at 410-257-2230.

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 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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