Princess Anne Street Fest set

PRINCESS ANNE — The Princess Anne Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Street Fest in downtown Princess Anne this Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Featured will be music and food, crafts, vendors, a car show, games and activities for children to include the popular children’s “train” ride and a bounce house plus live animals from the Salisbury Zoo and balloon animals. There will be a free bike giveaway every hour.

Over 30 different businesses and independent distributors will be selling everything from clothing to sea glass and jewelry. Community organizations include the Somerset County Garden Club, Relay For Life, the Somerset County Library, Garland Hayward Youth Center, Washington High School Alumni and Friends, St. Mark’s UMC and the Eastern Shore Majorettes.

Author and illustrator Jeanne du Nord of Princess Anne will be at Somerset Hidden Treasures from 1 to 3 p.m. to sign her books and to talk about the pleasures and pitfalls of being a writer. Among her works are Makepeace, set in 1663 Somerset County, Best of Spirits, and Marshall Muskrat and the Chesapeake Pirates, a 2012 book that brought Marshall Muskrat to the fore for the town (especially on New Year’s Eve) and is being transformed into a musical with lots of banjo pickin’.

All of the downtown shops will be open as well, to include Junior’s Wines, the Washington Inn & Tavern and C.H. Hayman’s on Broad Street, a former hardware store now filled with antiques, local memorabilia and handcrafted wood art.

Street Fest was a promotion first held in 2001 after businesses and residents suffered several months of construction in front of their shops and homes for the installation of new sewer and water lines deep under Somerset Avenue. Streetscape as the project was called was nearing completion and on May 12 of that year the town and chamber teamed up for the first annual event to give the downtown a shot in the arm.

For information on participating as a craftsman, artisan or community group contact Mary Misencik at 410-651-2728 or Dennis Williams at 410-651-2118. For information about Main Street Princess Anne contact Carrie Samis, 443-523-0425.

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