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Made In Maryland Returns For Second Installment

Maya Pottiger
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Think shopping local, but on a bigger scale. The second annual Made In Maryland Festival returned to Kurtz’s Beach on May 6 with more than 100 Maryland-based vendors.
 
This year, about 2,500 people attended the festival to meet artisans and enjoy entertainment, food and libations.
 
“Vendors must be based in Maryland in order to be accepted into the festival,” said Hayley Bowerman, a spokesperson for the event. “Additionally, we look for vendors that offer a unique, quality product - something you wouldn’t typically find at just any store.”
 
In addition to vendors were different types of entertainment and activities. There was a designated band performance area where Sons of Pirates and The Reagan Years played live music. Dance in Motion performed for the crowd and Maryland Jousting Tournament Association had jousting demonstrations.
 
Appealing to younger attendees was story time with the Chesapeake Mermaid, face painting, a moon bounce and a petting zoo.
 
Among the vendors were 12 Pasadena businesses, including Pasadena Paracord, Coco Couture Chocolate, Peaches Snowballs and Magothy Market.
 
Elizabeth Rodenhizer Photography was in attendance, and it was her first year at the festival. She displayed a range of her products, from her panoramas to prints to magnets.
 
“I’ve shown at Artscape [in Baltimore] the past couple years, but a lot of the places I show at are in the city, not in my hometown,” said Rodenhizer, who owns the photography company. “[I was] excited to go to my hometown and show them what I’ve been doing with myself.”
 
At last year’s event, Jennifer Wilson, owner of Shabby Chalk, brought 70 porch signs to sell and came home with two.
 
“I usually do all of my work online, so it’s really fun to get out and meet the customers and get some positive feedback,” Wilson said. “It was a busy, fun event.”
 
Jessica Graves, who owns JG Designs, attended both installments of the Made In Maryland Festival. She cited the helpful staff and overall planning of the event as her reasons for returning for the second year.
 
“It’s a big enough venue that everybody can spread out and enjoy the water views or the music or the various artists and artisans that are there,” Graves said. “There’s something for everybody.”
 
Kurtz’s Beach opened up for festivals four years ago “as a way to invite the community,” said event coordinator Ashley Mason.
 
“Made In Maryland was a great way for us to celebrate all things Maryland and for us to share the beauty that the Chesapeake Bay has provided us for 85 years, and we credit those beautiful views to much of our success,” Mason said.
 
A portion of the proceeds from the Made In Maryland Festival support the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
 
“Festivals [are] a great way for us to be able to give back to the community by being able to give back to those programs that help restore the bay,” Mason said.

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