The very beginning of summer is not too soon for planning the Fell’s Point Fun Festival, says Mike Maraziti, president of Fell’s Point Main Street, which last year took over the planning and executing of the festival.
Maraziti gave a brief update—“a preemptive strike, if you will,” he said—to the Fell’s Point Residents Association last week on the festival, which was first held in 1966 to showcase the historic Fell’s Point, which would have been demolished to make way for a highway had the powers that were had their way.
“The Fun Festival is well underway, under planning,” said Maraziti.
He said that this year’s festival—always held the first weekend in October—will be similar to last year’s, which departed from the standard model by allowing alcohol to be drunk throughout the festival grounds, rather than containing it in a few beer gardens.
“Obviously, it comes down to the alcohol part of it,” said Maraziti, adding that in his opinion, the new alcohol policy made for “a more fluid festival.”
“It was the first festival in many years where there wasn’t one police issue,” Maraziti aedded.
Also similar to last year will be the festival’s layout—or “the Big T”— Thames St. and Broadway. Last year, the festival ran up Broadway to Eastern; it may stop at Fleet this year, according to Maraziti, for a more affordable event requiring that much less policing.
This fall, look for an enhanced children’s section, Maraziti said, as there is a group focusing solely on the planning of that.
Fell’s Point Main Street also took the floor to announce a new event—a crab feast to be held Thursday, June 19, 5:30-9 p.m. in Broadway Square.
Bmore Events, a company owned by Fell’s Point resident Steve Jackson, is running the event.
“He has volunteered a considerable amount of time and expertise to Fell’ Point Main Street over the years,” said Joy Giordano, executive director of Fell’s Point Main Street.
Last year, Jackson ran the beer operation for the Fun Festival.
The crab feast costs $65, and includes unlimited, steamed-on-site jumbo crabs; draft beer; and a “full board” complement menu including pit beef, coleslaw, etc.
Tickets are available through Mission Tix at 240-565-4493.
by Erik Zygmont