First APG Summer Fest draws hundreds
July 23, 2012
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - From toddlers to seniors, the APG Community Summer Fest, held at the APG North (Aberdeen) recreation center July 12, offered something for everyone. APG service members, civilians, contractors, retirees and their Families enjoyed carnival style arcade games with prizes, kiddie inflatables, and a water slide.
Live entertainers included Duffy Kane and the Freedom Train with Kane singing lead, Brent Mingle on bass and Jeff Gillis on drums offering up their own style of "Rockin' Texas Blues;" Mic Gaines and The Tru, a local singer transplanted from Eatontown, N.J. and specializing in a kind of contemporary soul and rock mix; and Elvis impersonator Michael O'Connor.
In addition, entry to the Olympic Pool was free and open to everyone during the festivities. Closing out the evening was Country music sensation Natalie Stovall and incredibly funny stand-up comic Paul Varghese who performed in the center's ballroom. Most festivities were held outdoors on the patio.
APG organization displays included a Designated Driver Registration booth where those signing up as designated drivers received a bracelet and a beverage cup from the Army Substance Abuse Program. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation booth offered giveaways and displayed flyers and other information about upcoming programs, events and trips. Food and refreshments were provided by Big Boy Foods and 1st Sgt BBQ along with a beer tent.
Helping out MWR organizers were 17 youth from the Hired! Program, led by Jay McKinney who said the time served goes toward their work hours. "They've worked community events in the past and they will continue throughout the summer," he said.
Upcoming events include the APG Olympic Sports Day on July 26; the Army Entertainment Concert featuring Boston, Kansas and Grand Funk Railroad Aug. 11; and a gospel concert featuring Yolanda Adams Aug. 18.
To learn about upcoming MWR events or services, call 410-278-4011 or visit www.apgmwr.com.