Building African American Minds (BAAM) Inc. celebrated its 10th year anniversary this past year. The organization will host a BAAM Fest on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Idlewild Park in Easton, MD. The Fest will celebrate the partners BAAM has collaborated with in helping African American males become productive, confident citizens through positive academic, social, emotional, and spiritual experiences as children and young men.
Partners who will take part in the Fest include Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, the Neighborhood Service Center, Easton Utilities, the Department of Social Services, the Talbot County Health Department, Talbot County Free Library, Talbot County Sheriff’s Department, the Easton Police Department, YMCA of the Chesapeake, Academy Art Museum, Freedom Rowers, and the Town of Easton. There will be informational booths, musical entertainment by the Baltimore/Washington-based reggae dance group Mama Jama and DJ Randy, dancing by Easton Elementary School Hot Tigerz, giveaways and door prizes, face painting, a clown show, fitness activities, a basketball tournament, and a rap contest. Free food and drinks will be provided by Frase’s Meat Shop of Preston, offering hot dogs, burgers, pulled pork sandwiches and side dishes.
According to BAAM’s executive director Debbi Short, “In addition to celebrating our partners, we hope that the BAAM Fest will help the community to get to know us better as an organization – to learn about the programs we are offering African American boys in Talbot County and to celebrate our successes.”
BAAM is supported by many generous donors and by the United Fund of Talbot County. Pepsi Bottling Ventures, LLC, is helping to support the refreshments for the BAAM Fest. For further information, contact Debbi Short at 410-714-3838 or visit BAAM’s Facebook page.