Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:30

Rain moves Art Show to May 18

by Nicole Rodman

    Under heavy clouds ripe with the threat of rain, the second annual Dunfest  event was held last Saturday in Heritage Park.
    While the rain held off long enough for Dunfest to go on, the 47th annual Dundalk Art Show, also scheduled for last Saturday was postponed.
    It will, instead, be held this Saturday, May 18, from noon to 4 p.m. in Veterans Park at the Dundalk Village Shopping Center.
    Despite the threat of wet weather, hundreds of area residents turned out for this year’s Dunfest celebration.
    Organized by the Dundalk Community Partnership, Dunfest was sponsored by Ports America Chesapeake, the Baltimore County Departments of Health and Social Services, the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation (DRC), Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the Baltimore Art and Music Project.
    According to Dunfest coordinator Linda Bryan, executive director of the Dundalk Youth Services Center, the purpose of the event was to “bring resources together.”
    “We wanted to do a day for Dundalk to meet the needs of keeping kids safe in the community,” she explained.
    By combining food and games with community resources, Bryan and her partners hoped to share information with the community in a fun way.
    “We want to bring the community together to keep kids safe and healthy,” she noted.
    And, while she admitted that the threat of rain may have kept some visitors away, there were still plenty of families enjoying the day’s festivities.
    Stretching from Center Place to Heritage Park, the event included music, games, food vendors and a number of booths from local organizations.
    On Center Place, kids played in two bounce houses as musicians entertained crowds gathered in front of the DRC office.
    Next to the DRC, the in-coming Tropical Café and Bakery gave away free yogurt parfait samples to hungry festival-goers.
    According to owner Joel Morgan, the newest addition to the Dundalk Village Shopping Center should be open by July 4.
    At the entrance to the park, a tent sponsored by the Baltimore County Department of Health sent an anti-tobacco message to kids with performances by the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre and magician Dee Bates.
    Within the park, the festival was divided into five zones — art zone, green zone, kidzone, community zone and wellness zone.
    In the green zone, a number of environmental groups such as Clean Bread and Cheese Creek and the Edgemere Green Society shared information on keeping the community clean and healthy.
    In the kidzone, children received airbrush tattoos and face-painting.
    Dunfest visitors were also able to get a variety of health information from the Baltimore County Department of Health, Franklin Square Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Bayview in the festival’s wellness zone.
    The largest area, the Dunfest community zone featured information from the Community College of Baltimore County, Caring Hands Adult Daycare, Alliance, Inc. and more.
    A number of local churches, including New Light Lutheran Church and Flagship House of Prayer were also represented.
    Meanwhile, in the park’s gazebo, bands such as Mother’s Worry played for an enthusiastic crowd.
    While the skies may have been cloudy, the weather was unable to dampen the spirits of those enjoying the festivities at Dunfest.