October 9, 2017 – CENTREVILLE, MD
Centreville Day Steering Committee uses river rock painting to advertise popular event
If it is fall it must be time for Centreville Day, the free family event hosted in downtown Centreville. When it comes to creativity, the steering committee that plans and executes the event has that more than covered. The group met recently at Wye River Design Studio in Grasonville to paint more than 50 river rocks that they hid around Centreville and Queen Anne’s County to advertise the event.
Centreville Day will be held on Saturday, October 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the front and back lawn of the historic Queen Anne’s County Courthouse as well as Lawyers Row, which will be closed to traffic. The rain date is October 29th. Admission is free. A variety of food and beverages will be sold.
For the past six years, Centreville Day has been gaining in popularity with families looking to enjoy a day of diverse activities without the concern for cost. The family event is planned by a group of volunteers under the direction of the Centreville Main Street program. The event includes an “Idol” contest organized by a teacher and coach at Queen Anne’s County Public Schools. This year the Idol contest will broaden its focus to other performance genres in addition to singing.
Another popular feature is an interactive Kids Zone, organized by volunteers from the Queen Anne’s County Children’s Council. The Kids Zone is located on the courthouse lawn facing Liberty Street. This area will host corn hole free play, pumpkin bowling and painting, and other interactive games and activities.
The event will also include a face painter, a balloon twister and a moon bounce and slide, as well as:
• An anti-bullying puppet show, presented by the ARC of the Central Chesapeake Region Eastern Shore.
• Final judging for the “Great Centreville Cookie” contest. Entry deadline: Wednesday, October 25th.
• An interactive public art activity, organized by the Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts.
• A winter sow activity, presented by Adkins Arboretum.
• More than 40 vendors, representing businesses, community organizations, food vendors and the Centreville Farmers’ Market.
Corporate Sponsors and event support
Centreville Day is presented by the Town of Centreville, and is made possible by the Centreville Day Steering Committee and the generosity of its corporate sponsors. Returning this year as media sponsors are WCEI-FM 96.7, Easton and the Record-Observer, Centreville. At press time, this year’s corporate sponsors include: Gold Sponsor ($1,000) – Shore United Bank; Silver Sponsor ($500) – Corsica Technologies; Mike Bozek/Cal Gray III; and Rosendale Realty; Bronze Sponsors ($250) –Davis Moore Shearon & Associates, LLC; Kent School; Queen Anne’s County Family YMCA; and Queen Anne’s County Library; and Other ($100) Draper Bros. Inc.; Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, PA; Freestate & Son Insurance; Lane Engineering, LLC; and Wye River Upper School.
Event support is also provided by Gunston School G.I.V.E. Group (Gunston Initiates Volunteer Efforts); the staff at Day Care Inc.; Shore Lumber; Queen Anne’s County Board of Education; Queen Anne’s County High School; the Public Works staff at the Town of Centreville and the Centreville Police Department.
“Centreville Day has become an increasingly popular event for both the families who come to enjoy the day’s festivities as well as the businesses, organizations and civic groups who set up tables to do activities or market their services or products,” says Carol D’Agostino, Centreville Main Street manager. “The impact of this free event to creating community pride, generating energy and foot traffic in our town and providing a safe, affordable event for regional families has been significant,’ she adds.
Art Walk and Grander Opening
As Centreville Day has grown in popularity residents, organizations and businesses have organized events to coincide with the event. This year the Bull and Goat Brewery will present a Grander Opening to commemorate the expansion of their business. The event will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. at 204 Banjo Lane, Suite E. Food will be provided by Smoke Rattle and Roll. Also featured will be live music, darts, shuffle board, corn hole and more.
New this year is an inaugural Art Walk beginning at 6 p.m. The Art Walk is a free event that gives the community an opportunity to visit galleries in Centreville and support talented artists. The Art Walk will include the West Gallery at 107 Lawyers Row; Will Hemsley Fine Art Studio & Gallery, 100 N. Liberty St.; and the Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St.