Getting a taste of two towns

Doug Hill and John Luskey at Taste of Beaches

Television meteorologist Doug Hill amuses entertainer John Luskey with some "weatherman humor" at the Taste of Beaches.

Chesapeake Beach, MD - While the weekend after Labor Day once was a time when beach towns were transformed to ghost towns, that proved not to be the case Saturday, Sept. 9 in Calvert County. The bayside towns of North Beach and Chesapeake Beach collaborated for “Taste the Beaches” during the early afternoon. The event was held at Kellam’s Field in Chesapeake Beach. Under a large tent attendees could sample the offerings of several eateries and Farmers Market vendors or wander over to a food vendor truck for a bite.

Live entertainment was provided by local music legend John Luskey, Megan Warturtle and rhythm and blues guitarist Kenny Holmes. Even Chesapeake Beach Councilman Gregory J. Morris got into the act, playing keyboards a singing.

According to Chesapeake Beach resident Doug Hill, his presence at the event marked his last appearance as a television meteorologist after a 33-year career. Hill, who is currently chief meteorologist at WJLA ABC TV-7, will retire Friday, Sept. 15. Town officials gave Hill credit for the day’s spectacular weather.

North Beach Mayor Mark Frazer noted that the two towns are working as a team to promote economic development in the Twin Beach area. Both towns see a benefit from events held in the area.

Chesapeake Beach Mayor Pat “Irish” Mahoney credited Morris and Councilman Lawrence P. Jaworski with the Taste the Beaches event. As Holmes got ready to begin his set, the singer-guitarist led the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to Mahoney.

Among the vendors at Taste of Beaches were Chesapeake Mermaid, face painting by Cre8tive Impulses, Chesapeake Beach Waterpark and the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Cultivation Society.

Food vendors included Mamma Lucia’s, which now has a third Calvert County location in Chesapeake Beach and the Rod ‘N’ Reel, which is bringing back the barbecue entrees of the greatly-missed Smokey Joe’s Restaurant on Friday nights.

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