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					AROUND DOWNTOWN A Publication for Members of
Volume II, Issue V

The Bel Air Downtown Alliance
July 2006

BEL AIR TOWN COMMISSIONERS ON PARADE

Rob Preston

Dave Carey

Mayor Terry Hanley

Captain Jim McMahon

Joan Morrissey Ward

The threat of storms and heavy clouds above didn’t even begin to stop the Fourth of July Celebration in Bel Air! The parade, as always, went off without a hitch! Above are photos of each of our Town’s Commissioners who kicked off the parade and were followed by Kimmie Meissner (Bel Air’s own Olympic ice skater), Governor Robert Ehrlich and Lt. Governor Michael Steele, and miles and miles of many proud Harford Countians!

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GOVERNOR AND “LG” VISIT BEL AIR
Governor Ehrlich and Lt. Governor Michael Steele (who the Governor now refers to as “LG”) made their way to downtown Bel Air on Monday, June 5 for a Cabinet Meeting in the Armory followed by a brief stroll down Main Street. The Governor and his entourage visited Savona, Heartbeat, Buontempo Brothers, Boyd & Fulford, Sean Bolan’s, Johnston Brothers Jewelers, A.G. Edwards, and Shamrock Coffee Company. Joining the entourage was Harford County Executive David Craig and Town of Bel Air Mayor Terry Hanley.

Maria Boeri and Denise Edwards of Savona

Krista, Sue and Ken Rodriguez of Heartbeat

Dr. Gene Street of Boyd & Fulford

The Mayor, Governor and LG sneaking a slice of pizza from Buontempo’s

FUN AT THE FLICKS
Three down...three to go...and half way through we can say that the 2006 Summer Outdoor Movie series has been better than ever! Record crowds have been flocking to Shamrock Park for the pre-movie entertainment and great line-up of movies in this exciting summer series. The movies remaining are: Polar Express on July 14; Dreamer on August 4 and Madagascar on August 18. Thanks again to our sponsors: Advantage Title Company, Body

WELCOME NEW ALLIANCE MEMBERS: Michael Stewart and Todd Pauliny

Ferris Baker Watts
111 Fulford Avenue 443-420-2201 Thanks for your support in the Bel Air Downtown Alliance.

Styles By Mel, Dance Connection, Carrollton Mortgage Services, Colonnade Imaging Center, Parris Castoro, Law Offices of Jeffrey Plum, Dr. James Taneyhill, DDS, and the Aegis.
A BIG thanks to Dr. Rob Reier, Fran Johnson and their loyal team of volunteers for all their help at each and every movie all summer long!

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PATRICK REDMOND BAND ROCKS BEL AIR FOR OUR JULY FIRST FRIDAYS

The Patrick Redmond Band on Office Street

It’s been a stormy, rainy summer, but we were able to sneak in a delightful, clear blue sky evening for the July First Fridays. The Patrick Redmond Band, featuring Bel Air Alliance’s own Jeff Herget, truly rocked downtown Bel Air! Thanks to SunTrust Bank, our sponsor for the entire series of First Fridays, and to our volunteers, for helping to make this event such a success. Three more to go: August 4 featuring The Heaters; September 1 with the Dalton Gang, and October 6 with The Just Foolin’ Around Band from Harford County Government. Join us for our outdoor summertime celebration the first Friday of each month on Office Street from 5 - 8 p.m.

Charlotte, Ron, and Kirk Anthony and Mike Cook

Barbara Barnoff and Dawn Garrity

Thanks to our hard-working and dedicated First Friday bartenders!!

Just a reminder that we have a brand new, beautiful kiosk on Main Street next to the Main Street Tower with plenty of room for your information and news! If you are interested in this free advertising for your business, please email flyers (8.5” x 11” or smaller) to ecook@downtownbelair.com. We have alot of people walking up and down the street these days the kiosk is a wonderful and FREE way to let people know what’s going on in our downtown!

Sign up today to volunteer at the Maryland BBQ Bash (August 11 & 12). We need volunteers to help with set-up, to greet people at the gates, take tickets, serve beer and man the Alliance booth. Please call 410-638-1023 if you can lend a hand.

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EXTENDED HOURS FOR THIS YEAR’S MARYLAND BARBECUE BASH The fifth annual Maryland Barbecue Bash is now less than a month away, and promises to be the biggest and best ever! It will also be the longest - with extended hours this year on Saturday night. The event officially gets underway on Friday, August 11 when the 37 registered competition teams set up in the Mary Risteau Parking Lot and fire up their grills! Some of the teams registered for the event are from as far away as Texas, Florida, Georgia and Vermont and as close as right here in Bel Air. For the local backyard grilling chefs, the Barbecue Bash offers a pork rib cooking contest which begins on Friday at 1 p.m. There is still space available for this contest and the cost is only $40 to register. In addition to the official Maryland BBQ Championship and the Tailgate Challenge, the event also features food vendors selling everything from nachos to kabobs. Several of the contestants are allowed to sell their barbecue to the public, so attendees will have a chance to sample the best there is in barbecue! Bel Air’s very own Main Street Tower has registered for this year’s contest and will be selling their barbecue as well. There is a kid’s area with all kinds of activities and entertainment for children, and an exhibitors’ area with crafters and politicians (since this year is a big election year!) One of the major highlights of the Bash is the live music presented on stage throughout the event. The line-up this year is sensational: Friday, August 11: 4:30 - 7 p.m. 7:30 - 10 p.m. Saturday, August 12: 2 - 4 p.m. 4:30 - 7 p.m. 7:30 - 10 p.m.

The Jody West Band (classic rock, swing and blues) The Crawdaddies (zydeco/cajun)

The Mad Sweet Pangs (young, cute and good!) Dangertones (classic rock and blues) Catfish Hodge Band (rhythm and blues)

The Bel Air Farmers’ Market is kind to put up with the Alliance for this annual event and allow us to relocate them from their usual spot on the Mary Risteau Parking Lot to Hays Street on the Saturday of the Bash. They will be there from 7 to 11 a.m. that morning. Also in conjunction with the BBQ Bash, the merchants in Bel Air will be holding special sales on Saturday and we encourage everyone to visit the unique boutiques, shops and restaurants during that day. The Alliance owes a debt of gratitude to all our sponsors: Harford County Office of Economic Development, M&T Bank, Andy Nelson’s Barbecue, Frederick Ward Associates, HARCO Federal Credit Union, Clifton Gunderson, Harford Community College, Harford Mutual Insurance Company, Van Deusen Construction, Brooks Financial Group, National Penn Bank, WSMT Insurance, Northeast Beverage Corporation, Hodes/Ulman/Pessin & Katz, Mercantile County Bank, Klein’s Supermarkets, Ward Development, Bel Air Athletic Club, Tritronics, Comer Construction, Maryland Paving and Harry Hopkins Company. The Alliance also wishes to thank Craig Ward for chairing this event each year and the Town of Bel Air, Harford County Government, The Piccirilli Group, The Aegis, WXCY, Benfield Electric, Fidelity Engineering, Pepsi Cola, Hess Hotels, Baltimore Trophy, and all the dedicated Alliance volunteers. SEE YOU ON AUGUST 11TH AND 12TH FOR THE BEST BARBECUE BASH OF ALL!

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR THE ALLIANCE UPCOMING EVENTS: Friday, August 4 - First Fridays featuring The Heaters, Office Street, 5 - 8 p.m. Friday, August 4 & 18 - Outdoor Movie, Shamrock Park, 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, August 11 & 12 - Maryland BBQ Bash, Mary Risteau Parking Lot


				
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