Heritage Society Karaoke Contest Winner, 2016

First Grader Matthew W. won the Karaoke Stars Stage Contest for having the most votes for him at The Heritage Society on Sunday 9/18/16. Fifty dollars was awarded to Matthew but he also won a second prize for his school Oliver Beach Elementary. $150 was presented to his Music Teacher Mandi Michaels to use for the childrens music program. Ms. Michaels said “I will be purchasing music sheets for the school.” She said she was so proud of Matthew for doing this for his school.

Crabs-N-Beer Raffle (2016)

Summer is the time for hot steamed Maryland crabs and ice cold beer! Pick up a raffle ticket for a chance to win a bushel of crabs from Vince’s Crab House and a case of beer from Mace Liquors. Buying a raffle ticket helps to pay for the operating costs and expenses of The Heritage Society of Essex & Middle River, an all-volunteer organization that relies on generous donations from individuals like yourself. Become a member.

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Please show your support for the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River by purchasing raffle tickets at one of these locations:

  • Back River Garage – 1817 Eastern Ave., Essex
  • Cars4sale – 2619 North Point Blvd., Dundalk
  • East County Times – 513 Eastern Blvd., Essex
  • Fattie’s Bar & Grill – 1030 Old Eastern Ave., Essex
  • Hawks Pleasure Club – 430 Riverside Drive, Essex
  • Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River – 513 Eastern Blvd., Essex (Saturdays 10-2)

Special thanks to Delegate Ric Metzgar, Vince’s Crab House and Mace Liquors.


Zachary Feltz of Essex won the Bushel of Crabs donated by Al’s Seafood in Essex when he entered the Heritage Society’s Essex Day raffle. Thanks to the 250+ visitors to the museum that day!

2015 Essex Day Festival

Click to view The Avenue News Essex Day 2015 photo gallery

40 years of Essex Day, 40 years of good weather

By Dan Baldwin, The Avenue News

With an early morning overcast and pockets of rain showers it seemed like history was going to be made on Sunday, Sept. 27. It looked like it was actually going to rain during the Essex Day Festival, an occurrence that has never happened during the festival’s four decade existence, said Midway Chairperson June Donovan.

The sentiment was shared by nearly every elected official during the opening ceremonies of the 40th annual Essex Day. Along with being known as a family-friendly event that attracts thousands every year, Essex Day is also known as always having perfect weather.

“[Essex Day] is a big event put on by many, many people,” said Essex Day Committee member Joe DiCara who also sang the national anthem to kick off the 40th annual event.

The festival’s invocation was performed by Del. Ric Metzgar.

According to Donovan, this year’s “big event” brought out more than 10,000 people from the Essex area and surrounding communities to the 400 and 500 blocks of Eastern Boulevard.

“It took people a little while to realize it wasn’t going to rain,” she told the Avenue News. “Then they came out in droves.”

Those who came out to enjoy the day were treated to good food, good music and good times.

This year, a crowd of about 100 gathered around the main stage and enjoyed the familiar tunes that filled the air. Main stage acts this year included the Voodoo Yahoos, Sarah and the Igniters, and Doug Lester and Andy Beccio with special guest Ronnie Dove.

“The past two years the audience at the main stage has gotten stronger,” Donovan said.

With more than 240 vendors lining the streets there was certainly something for everyone at this year’s Essex Day.

“Communities have their ups and downs, but this is what brings communities together,” said Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger.

WMAR 2014 Essex Day Photo Gallery

Click to view WMAR 2014 Essex Day 2014 Photo Gallery




2015 Essex Day Festival
Main Stage Entertainment Lineup

Voodoo Yahoos

Doug Lester & Annie Beccio

Sarah & the Igniters

Essex Day: 40 years and still going strong


By Dan Baldwin (Avenue News, 9/22/2015)

It was 40 years ago that Essex made history when the 400 and 500 blocks of Eastern Boulevard were shut down between Woodward Drive and Mace Avenue for the first time. Forty years ago when thousands of people and hundreds of vendors flooded the street for the first time to enjoy a day full of fun and excitement with friends and neighbors.
On June 15, 1975, the tradition of the highly anticipated Essex Day Festival began.

Continue reading at Avenue News.