While the agricultural product this area is
most associated with these days is arguably poultry, a century ago it
was peaches and this weekend will include a townwide celebration of
this drupaceous fruit, on the grounds of the Taylor House
Taylor, curator of the Taylor House Museum, said the Berlin Peach Festival
attracted 2,000 to 3,000 visitors last year. Attendees will have an
abundance of locally-grown peaches and peach dishes to choose from, along
with peach-related products on Aug. 3.
Gee Williams will lead off Saturday’s events with a ribbon cutting,
assisted by Little Miss and Little Mister Berlin Peach 2012 at 11
will be a myriad of activities for peach lovers including a peach
pie-baking contest and three pie-eating contests. Various craft and gift
vendors will be on hand and there will also be demonstrations and lectures and
for children will include juggling by Cascading Carlos, an
old-fashioned (cup)cake walk, photo cut-outs and temporary peach tattoos.
be provided by Frank Nanna’s fine fiddle and
3 Sheets, a trio that hails from the eastern shores of Maryland and Virginia, playing Celtic,
nautical, traditional and contemporary music. Dr. Paul Ewell will be on hand to
discuss nautical history.
Calvin B. Taylor House Museum, which is located at 208 North Main Street, will
be open for tours.
Calvin B. Taylor House was built in 1832 and has been home to Robert J. Henry,
who was instrumental in bringing the railroad to Berlin, and Calvin B.
Taylor. Taylor was a teacher, lawyer and founder of the Calvin B. Taylor
Banking Company. The Berlin Heritage Foundation launched a lobbying effort that
led to the town purchasing the house and lot in 1982 and to turning it over to
the foundation to administer as a town museum.
downtown merchants will sponsor tie-in activities as well, such as the Atlantic
Hotel, which will be serving peach crushes using fresh local peaches for
cocktails, cobblers, barbeque for ribs, desserts, salsa for fish and sorbets.
Charm is exhibiting a peach themed window display, including peach colored clothing
and merchandise from Fresh Produce sportswear, Spartina handbags and Tropical
Wednesday, pretty much everything we do will have peach in it,” said Robin
Tomaselli of Baked Dessert Cafe. She said the shop would offer peach dumplings,
the official dessert of Berlin; peach bars; peach cobbler; peach cake and
peaches stuffed with sorbet.
in Bloom will be offering cupcakes, peach-flavored lemonade and whoopie pies.
is no cost to attend the festival. Funding for this event was in part
provided by the Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and
the National Endowment for the Arts. The rain date for the festival is Aug. 4,
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
peach festival celebrates the history of what was once the town’s
most prominent business, a horticultural nursery owned by the Harrison
family. This year’s event will include a commemoration of the 100th anniversary
of a historical meeting of the Wilmington, Del. Chamber of Commerce that
was hosted by Berlin’s J. G. Harrison and Sons Orchards on July 31, 1913.
The horticultural industry meeting
was the preeminent
event of its time, explained Harrison descendent Sandra (Harrison) Dewey, who
recruits other descendants to participate in the events. She described the
first year of the festival included a Harrisons celebration that also served as
a family reunion.
Orchards, which operated from 1884-1962, was the world’s largest agricultural
nursery in the 1920s, according to Taylor. At its peak, Harrisons owned more
than 3,000 acres within the nursery industry, she said. The meeting came on the
heels of Harrisons developing an innovative technique for eradicating pests and
disease that had been blighting orchards throughout the region.
said the logo used for this year’s festival T-shirts and posters were from
Harrison’s 1908 catalog design, which features Ray, Crawford Late and Elberta
mural of a Hale peach that was painted of the building that currently houses
the Go Organic natural foods market was said to even have a Hollywood
connection. According to Taylor, as movie director Gary Marshall was walking through
town prior to filming of the movie “Runaway Bride,” starring Julia Roberts and
Richard Gere, he spotted the mural and decided to name the fictional rural town
featured in the movie Hale, Md.
annual peach pageant for 2013 will be sponsored by Berlin Main Street during
the Second Friday Art Stroll event on Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. Contestants ages 4-7 can
sign up during the festival and must be a resident of Worcester County. For the
pageant they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, the dress code is
“Sunday Best,” and no flip-flops. Deadline for registration will be no later
than 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 at either the Atlantic Hotel or the Treasure Chest.
pageant will be held on the hotel porch. Contestants will be judged on their
poise, personality and stage presence, according to Lisa Hall, who is
coordinating the pageant. The winners will represent the town at various
function throughout the year, she said.
the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by answering a question selected by
the judges, according to Hall. For more information about the pageant, call
Hall at 443-614-6135. On Aug. 11 at 6 p.m., contemporary music band Picnic will
perform at the foundation’s third concert on the lawn this season. Bring a
chair and a picnic. For information about the Peach Festival and concert
series, call 410-641- 1019 or visit taylorhousemuseum.org.