Monday, April 30th, 2018 | Barbara Watkins
Annual Oxford Day
April 28 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
For the 24th year, Oxford enthusiastically celebrates the history and community of the village and welcomes all visitors to join the fun. With seven locations in town – Oxford Community Center, Causeway Park, Town Park, Morris Street, Market Street, Pier Street and Ferry Dock – the town will be buzzing from 8 a.m. to dusk. Rain or shine, Oxford Day is a great event.
Talbot Hospice’s Memorial Walk begins the day at 8 a.m. The walk leaves from the Oxford Community Center and proceeds down Morris Street to West Strand. Register in advance at TalbotHospice.org or in person at OCC before the walk.
Talbot Humane’s Dog event begins with the annual Blessing of the Pets by Father Kevin Cross, followed by the walk that begins at the Causeway at 9 a.m.; some participants will continue on to participate in a dog show in Town Park at 9:30 a.m.
Before the parade, enjoy Family Hour in Town Park with games, balloon creations and prizes. Also, visit with a Maryland State Police K-9 unit with “Bear” and “Gracie” and Smokey the Bear.
The main event of the day is a parade on Morris Street starting at 11 a.m. at The Strand with marching bands, boats, floats, community organizations, fire trucks, beauty queens, classic cars and at least one people-powered surrey.
The Plant Sale at Holy Trinity Church offers fabulous colors and a wide variety of blooming plants and herbs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For children, there is a moon bounce and giant air slide at Causeway Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is a chance to visit with the U.S. Coast Guard at its boat docked on Market Street.
After the parade, the Oxford Community Center is hopping with the Oxford Garden Club hosted botanical crafts for kids. “Painting with the Grands” is a class ($45) for children and grandparents. Don’t miss the OCC Jam Session where musicians drop in to play – dancing is encouraged.
Town Park is filled with all sorts of delicious treats – brown bag breakfast and coffee offered by Oxford Community Center, a White Elephant and Bake Sale by United Methodist Church, plus tasty treats provided by Robert Morris Inn, Doc’s Sunset Grille and Latitude 38. Waters Church offers up a mouth-watering barbecue and fish fry at its location on Market Street. At Causeway Park, the Fire Department grills hot dogs and burgers, clams and more while Scottish Highland Creamery dishes out ice cream from its mobile cart.
Businesses on Morris Street celebrate with special events – opening day at the Oxford Museum where one can explore Oxford’s history; a raffle at The Treasure Chest; and wine tastings at the Oxford Market. On Market Street, find some hidden treasures at the Oxford Library’s paperback and soft cover book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Throughout the day, enjoy a Vigilant Crew Pirate Encampment and Ship Jollyboat from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This Oxford Day, Town Park will be rocking with music from Bird Dog & the Road Kings from noon to 2 p.m. Or, toe-tap with the Jazz Lunch on the porch of Pope’s Tavern. At 3 p.m., enjoy the Great Gospel Concert at Waters United Methodist Church.
Complete the Oxford Day experience at the Ferry Dock with a free ride on the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester or a free walk-on ride on the historic Oxford Bellevue Ferry (for the first 100 who board), which will be running all day.
Arrive in Oxford early since Morris Street will close at 10 a.m. to all but parade participants. Volunteers will direct everyone to the parking lot and courtesy shuttles will take people into town. While sunshine is ordered up for this special day, this is a rain or shine event. Outdoor events will be relocated in case of rain; the parade will march unless the weather is really storming. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit oxfordday.org. Follow us on Facebook at Oxford Day – there are contests and prizes leading up to Oxford Day and live updates throughout the event.