For over 20 years, friends & neighbors have gathered at Idlewild Park in Easton, MD to celebrate the cultural diversity of our community through music, dance, art, crafts, games, food and more. The Festival celebrates cultural diversity by providing programming that positively showcases cultural differences and encourages people to share and celebrate in unity. “Planning events during a pandemic presents significant challenges,” states Suzy Moore, the Artistic Director for the Avalon Foundation. “Historically, international food has been a focus of the annual event, but for many reasons, that is just not feasible this year.”
Through its prior work operating the COVID vaccine call center for the Talbot County Health Department, the Avalon Foundation staff became keenly aware that vaccine distribution was not a one size fits all proposition in Talbot County and that Choptank Community Health was providing much needed options. “We know that the pandemic has disproportionally affected our communities of color, pivoting the focus of the Festival to concentrate on health and wellness seemed like a logical move and our dream became to use the Multicultural Festival as an opportunity to bring access to vaccines. When it was announced that Choptank Community Health was chosen for the program that provides for federally directed distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, it felt like it could be a perfect match” explains Jessica Bellis, Avalon Foundation Chief Operating Officer.
While planning for the Festival is still in development, through this newly formed partnership those attending the Festival on May 1, 2021 in Idlewild Park in Easton, MD will enjoy live music from local and regional groups, learn from exhibitors about health related services available to them in the County, have their blood pressure checked and register for school based medical care for their children. The Avalon promises crafts and socially distanced activities to occupy children while their parents get vaccinated with the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (available to anyone over the age of 18+) through Choptank Community Health. Masks will be a requirement to participate in the festival and all best safety practices will be observed.
“We are excited to present this outdoor vaccination opportunity. What a great way to get vaccinated – being entertained with live music while you wait, activities to occupy your kids and a feel good celebration of PEACE? We are hoping many of our friends and neighbours use this as a chance to get vaccinated and we are so grateful to Choptank Community Health for making this a possibility” stated Moore.
If you are interested in sponsoring this event, acting as a health/wellness exhibitor or if you are with a group that would like to utilize this event to vaccinate your members contact Suzy Moore at email@example.com. For more information about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the vaccination process contact Lucie Hughes at Choptank Community Health at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information will be coming soon at avalonfoundation.org
The Festival is organized by a committee of people representing a diverse array of community groups and faith based organizations. It features curated live entertainment provided by community groups and regional acts. Historically more than 40 vendors such as Healthy Talbot, ChesMRC, the Talbot County Free Library, the Department of Social Services, Adkins Arboretum and more have used this event to engage and educate people across the community. For More Information Contact Artistic Director, Suzy Moore, email@example.com or 410-200-8660