10:59 AM EDT, July 31, 2013
If you are seeking out locally grown, fresh fruit and vegetables, journey no further than the Laurel Board of Trade's Frank and Gail's Farmers Market, which operates each Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., on the vacant lot in the 300 block of Main Street next to BB&T Bank.
While produce is the main attraction, there are numerous other vendors on a weekly basis. Their offerings include baked goods, potted plants, jewelry, specialty chocolates and candy, and sundry items. Lunch is available while you peruse the open air market. The venue remains in operation through the last Thursday in October. New vendors are always welcome. Another perk of stopping by is that you just never know who you will "bump into!"
The Board of Trade is planning for this year's Riverfest, slated for Sunday, Sept. 29, noon till 5 p.m., held annually in Riverfront Park, Main Street at Avondale Road.
The theme for the event is "The Pirates Are Coming." This year's festival will include emerging artists, a reenactment of privateers and pirates, food and entertainment. Live bands, including the Alan Scott Band and the School of Rock will provide entertainment. Additional vendors and entertainers are welcome.
If you need more information about participating in either event, go to the Board of Trade's website at laurelboardoftrade.net or contact Maureen Rogers, the board's recently appointed administrator at 301-483-0838.
Mike McLaughlin is hoping to set up a long-term, time lapse photo project during Towne Centre Laurel's construction on the site of the former mall. Ideally, he wants to find someone who lives in the "C" (north) wing of Middletown Apartments, who has windows on the mall side, and will allow the camera to remain on-site until construction is completed, in April of next year. The said camera will be automatically set to take one photo a day. If you or someone you know can assist with this project, contact Mike via email at email@example.com or 301-318-8965.
Mike's daughter, Jill, married Sean O'Brien on July 13. The newlyweds have known each other since elementary school, but didn't start dating until several years ago. Along with their two dogs, they reside just up the road in Columbia.
Elisabeth Hynes passed away July 16. The longtime area resident was employed at Laurel's Hecht Co. store, and also worked at Equitable Trust and Citizens National Bank. After retirement, she served as a volunteer in the Office of the Mayor, during Frank Casula's tenure, receiving multiple awards and commendations for her service.
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