The Severn Community is gearing up for the 33rd annual Queenstown Day celebration and parade July 14.
The event has a precursor at 7 p.m. July 13 at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 548 Queenstown Road. A service will be held that is dedicated to the memories of Severn Improvement Association past president Linda Smoot, and past vice president Dal’Mico Boston and will include singing groups, soloists and praise dancers.
The Queenstown Day Celebration begins at noon with the traditional community parade. SAC football teams, TREA, the Department of Veterans Affairs Mobile Unit as well as elected officials, are expected to participate in the parade.
“By far, one of the most anticipated events is the Queenstown Day parade which travels down Queenstown Road and the community sit in the yard and watch the parade,” said SIA President Tracey Williams Simms.
“The parade includes marching bands and local and community muscle and vintage cars, motorcycles and trucks from the community.”
The parade route follows Queenstown Road beginning at 430 Queenstown Road and ending at Queenstown Park, 580 Queenstown Road. Queenstown Road will close to traffic at noon.
“It's difficult to estimate the number of attendees because Queenstown Day has changed over the years,” Simms said. “In the past, Queenstown Park was central meeting place where the community met for this event. In recent years, families living along Queenstown Road scheduled family cook-out and barbeques at home and folks visit thoughout the community as well as at the Queenstown Park.”
The fanfare will continue with an introduction by Simms, and presentation of memorial plaques to the families of former Smoot and Boston.
Another popular tradition of Queenstown Day is the crowning of Miss/Mr Queenstown. Three contestants will be introduced to the community but only one will be chosen to reign during the 2018 Queenstown Day Celebration.
Last year’s Queenstown Day included a special dedication of two, newly installed baseball backstops to honor Severn’s own baseball teams, Severn Wildcats and Severn Pirates. New this year, Queenstown Day will celebrate the arrival of the Buffalo Soldiers, dressed in period uniforms.
It was during the U.S. Civil War that two cavalry regiments of African-American men, known as buffalo soldiers, guarded our western frontier, fighting Indians and protecting settlers.
Rounding out the day’s activities are live music, face painting, moon bounce, 50-50 raffle, food vendors and basketball. The Queenstown Day Classic Basketball Game, Fort Meade All-stars against the Maryland All-stars, kicks off at 4 p.m. with the Presentation of Colors by the JROTC Drill Team from Northeast High School in Pasadena.
The JROTC Drill Team is scheduled to do the half-time performance as well. For more information email SIA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Area youth dance down 42th Street
The Talent Machine Company presents its summertime production of the classic musical, “42nd Street,” July 13-15 and July 19-22.
Two Severn youngsters, Joseph Hancock and Isabella Vanbergen, will be appearing on stage in the current production as part of a cast of 42 children, ages 7 to 14, from all around the region.
Georgie Jessup, singer, songwriter and proprietor of local music venue Edith May’s Paradise in Jessup, takes to the road this July.
Jessup and his band the Philosopher Dogs will appear for their second engagement at the Mad City Coffee at 10801 Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia July 7 beginning at 7 p.m.
Next, Jessup and the band will appear at the 26th annual Howard County American Indian Pow Wow at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road in West Friendship. The band takes the stage at 6 p.m. July 21.
Finally, Jessup goes solo July 25, performing with other musicians at the New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway in Greenbelt.