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Organizers hope Saturday's Edgewoodstock energizes Edgewood

MusicBusinessNAACPWoodstock Festival (1969)David R. Craig

Edgewood Recreation Park should be hopping with the sounds of music and spoken-word poetry Saturday, when organizers the first "Edgewoodstock" hope to bring a day full of music and arts to the Edgewood area.

The free event is expected to draw about 500 people from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Cunion Field, organizer Angela Peaker said Thursday.

The line-up will feature local soul, jazz and inspirational singer Carronne Jones, who will cap off a long and busy day.

Those who attend "can expect a wide variety of musical talent and spoken word poetry," Peaker said.

Other acts, which start at about 12:15 p.m., include the contemporary-Christian Cantler Trio, Genae Hatcher on the guitar, vocalist Prince Jordan, poet Ty Scott, the alternative band Go On Red, The Chance band, two members of the NAACP Youth Council performing spoken word and saxophone music, Southern Baptist Church dancers, dancer Jayla Fulton, the band Koutic, a step team from Omega Psi Phi Iota Nu and rappers Michael and Justin as well as E. Black, Peaker said.

Steve Gambrill will perform balloon art and magic tricks and a children's area will feature face-painting and other activities, including a mobile playground by Play Your Way. The library system's Rolling Reader will also arrive.

Harford County Councilman Dion Guthrie and Edgewood Community Council representative Jansen Robinson are expected to speak.

Peaker said Harford County Executive David Craig was invited but "he is out of town with his family."

Parking will be available on the two lots by the recreation field and security will be provided by the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

The Laughing Crab Company, as well as vendor Jack Higgins and First Sergeant's BBQ, will provide food.

The event had been expected to shake Edgewood's "negative stigma," Peaker said earlier this year. The day had been re-scheduled from June 22.

On Thursday, Peaker said the buzz seems to be spreading and the committee was just wrapping up all the logistics.

"I think people are very excited about it," she said. "They think this is a wonderful event."

The name event is a reference to the 1969 Woodstock festival that was billed as a "multi-cultural and music festival."

"We would like to start first with erasing completely the negative stigma that Edgewood has," Peaker said earlier this year. "Everybody loves food and everybody likes music, right?"

She said many positive things go on in Edgewood and the board hopes to let other county residents know that the area is a good community to live in, work and "just come and hang out."

"We are kind of shunned when it comes to economic development, when it comes to reputable businesses or higher-end businesses coming to Edgewood. We would like to change that," Peaker said.

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