Live shows highlight Watersedge Fall Fest
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:21

Rides, food also among attractions

by John G. Bailey

    It is September and time once again for the Watersedge Recreation Council’s Fall Fest, taking place this year from Friday to Sunday, Sept. 6, 7 and 8. After more than 30 years, the carnival has become a Watersedge community tradition and  high point of the year.
    “It started out as a one-day event,” recalled Watersedge Recreation Council president Todd Smith in an interview with The Eagle. “It’s no Heritage Fair, just a nice family-oriented event,” he said. “There’s no alcohol allowed.” 
    The festival features rides, games, food and non-stop live entertainment.
    Each year, there is a particular event that proves more popular than others. “We  had parachutists jump from helicopters for a few years. That was always a big highlight,” said Smith.
    A big draw for several years now has been Ronnie Wayne and Tidewater, a country band, who will be performing Sunday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    In keeping with the community orientation of the carnival, Ronnie Wayne grew up in Watersedge as did several members of  former bands at the event.
    Guilty as Charged begins live entertainment at the festival on Friday with a show from 6 to 10 p.m. The classic rock band, formed in Pasadena in 2002, plays covers from bands like Argent and Led Zeppelin.
    The classic country and rock music of AbiRose reflects the influence of Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley  on band member Norma Jean. She and husband Larry Paul co-founded AbiRose and are both inductees in the Country Music Hall of Fame for Maryland. The band performs on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.
    For heavy metal with a female flare, Scarlet Angel plays Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Formed by Kim Yates, founder of Kim’s Krypts, the three-woman and one-man band plays “hard hitting, between the eyes, guts and glory metal,” according to the group’s website.
    Land Shark, on stage Saturday 7:30 to 10 p.m,  bills itself as an alternative hard rock band — think Soft Machine, Yes, and the Door’s “The End” — and includes a broad range of influences.
    Rhapsody, a four-man classic rock band hailing from Lansdowne ends the festival on Sunday with a set from 7 to 9 p.m.
    Longtime Watersedge Recreation Council member Mary Bolyard might be a little biased, but for her the highlight of Fall Fest is the annual performance of the Watersedge Dancers. Bolyard has been the council’s youth dance program instructor for 13 years.
    “They’re really good,” she says of her students, and she sites achievements to back up the claim. This summer, during a three-day dance tournament in Ocean City, the Watersedge Dancers won three trophies, two plaques and two special ribbons.
    The dance group will perform this year at the Fall Fest on Sunday, Sept 8, at 2 p.m.
    “The whole festival is a lot of fun.” Bolyard says. “And the pit beef is so good, most of the time they sell out early.”
    Funds raised from the Watersedge Fall Fest offset the registration costs of athletic and dance programs, which makes them affordable to more community residents.